Glanzmanís New Book Features Blend of Faith, Brains and Beauty

By Shannon Leonard-Boone

After making a successful splash in the pageant scene, a former Hodgenville resident is releasing her first book this month, hoping to inspire others to reach for their dreams.

Donna Hazle Glanzman, 55, lived in Hodgenville from 1971 to 1982, teaching English at both the 8th grade and high school levels.

Originally from Louisville, Glanzman now makes her home in Columbus, Ohio, and over the past five years has immersed herself in the world of pageants, being selected Ms. Ohio Senior and Mrs. All American last year alone, as well as placing as a finalist in numerous Mrs. Ohio America and Mrs. Ohio United States pageants.  She is also heavily involved in a variety of community and charitable organizations in Ohio, and is a motivational speaker and public relations consultant.

Now added to those distinctions, is “first-time author”.  Glanzman’s book, The Magnificent Seven Plus ONE:  The Art of Discovering Inspiration From Within, will be out mid-month, and she is already working on two others.

“I hope reading this book will move people to look honestly and introspectively at the challenges they face, dreams they hold dear, and circumstances that have impacted their lives,” Glanzman said.  “I have faith that each will find new meaning and joy and God’s purpose in their lives.”

Glanzman said her own faith has helped her navigate successfully through life’s difficulties and has blessed her with experiences to share with others.  Glanzman says in her book that through adversity, including the deaths of several loved ones, she started searching for the positive side in every hardship. 

With inspirational quotes and stories of survival and tenacity, Glanzman guides her readers through a series of narratives about different life situations, and provides questions people can ask themselves when facing similar experiences in their own lives.

“I want anyone who reads this book to search themselves—we each can be motivated and successful if we focus our talents correctly,” Glanzman said.

Glanzman keeps in touch with friends she made while living in Hodgenville.

Mary D. Meredith of Hodgenville said she met Glanzman when the two were part of the local Junior Woman’s Club, and have remained friends for more than 30 years, sharing both happy and difficult times together.

“She is on the go 24-7,” Meredith said of Glanzman’s many interests.  “There is no grass that grows under her feet!”

“The Magnificent Seven Plus ONE” will be available for $14.95 through Barnes & Noble, Borders Books, and other booksellers by request, or by visiting her Web site at

Glanzman is married to Gary Glanzman, president of Eastway Supplies, Inc., in Columbus, and she has three grown daughters—Hallie Elizabeth Hazel Bray and Stacey Denean Hazle, both of Louisville, and Billi Nicole Hazle of Helena, Montana.

From:  The Larue County Herald News, July 7, 2004