2007 statewide retiree reunion
Forty retirees and spouses gathered in San Diego in early November for the 2007 Statewide ANR Retiree Reunion. The conference began with a dinner and update on San Diego County Cooperative Extension by county director Terry Salmon. Terry spoke at length about their extensive work on educating the public about wildfire risks and hazards and prevention measures through http://www.wildfirezone.org.
Wednesday began with a tour of PETCO Park, arranged by farm advisor Dave Shaw, where we learned about the maintenance of the turf and why baseball, more than any other sport, has a true “home turf” advantage. Next we toured Stone Brewing Company whose brewmaster studied brewing science at UC Davis. Following a box lunch at the San Diego County Farm Bureau Office, we had a fascinating visit to the Paul Harter Veterinary Hospital at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. Our tour guide shared a wealth of knowledge about the planning and building of their state-of-the-art facility, and showed us their surgery, treatment and recovery rooms. A relaxing dinner cruise on the San Diego Bay was the perfect ending to a very full day.
The following day acting vice president Rick Standiford provided an update on administrative changes, the current and anticipated demographics of UCCE advisors and specialists, ANR’s budget and new initiatives. Development services director Cindy Barber and assistant director Fahey talked about the work of the Office of Development Services and the California 4-H Foundation.
This was followed by workshops on “Successful Aging” by Colin Depp of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UC San Diego and “You Ought to be in Pictures” by Sandy Rendell, who provided excellent instruction and useful information on getting digital photographs out of the camera. At lunch participants said goodbye, but not before several awards were given out. Among them were awards to Joan Wright for traveling the farthest distance to attend and Frank Laemmlen for being the newest retiree to participate. As guests parted, several vowed to organize the next gathering in Santa Barbara.