What were the challenges you faced as a member of and as president of CAWEE?
The main challenge in being a member was the distance and time to get to meetings from Redding. I had wonderful support from my principal and Vocational Education director, so I was able to attend most chapter meetings and conferences. As president our biggest challenge was the change in educational philosophy away from skills education and the closing or decreasing of Work Experience Education Programs. Our numbers in CAWEE dwindled and our conference attendance plummeted.
What interesting memories do you have of your CAWEE experiences at conferences, meetings, etc?
What my most favorite memories are of the friendships and fun we had at meeting and conferences. I fortunately have been able to maintain quite a few of those friendships and am thrilled when we can get together for a visit, reminiscence and laughter. I also appreciated the sharing of materials and methods in developing and operating a quality Work Experience Education Program. I enjoyed learning labor law and the opportunity to work as the liaison to the community. It is gratifying to go into an office or place of business today and find former students with satisfying and successful jobs.
What have you been doing since leaving CAWEE?
Since leaving CAWEE and retiring from education, my husband and I have enjoyed travel throughout the USA, Canada and Alaska in our motorhome. We have met many wonderful friends along the way and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the USA in our traveling apartment! We have also done some traveling to foreign ports of call. We recently returned from a 65 day RV tour of New Zealand and Australia.
When we are not on the road, we are usually at our mountain home in Mineral, CA, 10 miles from the southwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. We so our time with our children and grandchildren and are lucky to visit ofen durning the summer and fall before we head south like all the other “Snow-Birds”. And there is always fun with our 12 lb Mini-Aussie, Belle.