- Author: Deanne Meyer
We had an incredible conference! More than 800 UC ANR members met in Fresno for our All ANR Conference. From individuals who start in fall, to those who are celebrating 40 years with ANR we had an incredible gathering. Secretary Karen Ross kicked off the event on Monday night with a captivating and challenging presentation. She also guided the Tuesday morning plenary panel. This set us up to participate in world café questions and provide input. This is the beginning of the visioning process. There will be many more opportunities for everyone in ANR to participate in the year ahead.
A HUGE thank you to everyone for participating. Gratitude and appreciation go to Program Support Unit. They made their lists and checked them multiple times. Kathy Eftekhari, Katherine Stein, the Strategic Initiative Leaders, various planning and steering committees and Strategic Communications had great input into and during the conference. THANK YOU all for your incredible efforts! Three field trips, many program team meetings, Governing Council and President's Advisory Commission, and many, many sessions. There was something for everyone! What did you like about the conference?
Recent hires included Community Education Specialists: Victoria Sandoval, Stanislaus; Andrea Castillo, Kern; Karen Joy Maggio, Contra Costa; Marilynn Click, San Diego; Larry Burrow , UC Merced; Marlee Duane, Capitol Corridor.
Saturday night before the conference I drove toTulare. This allowed plenty of time Sunday to see Lake Tulare. It's incredible how much water remains in the snow pack and how much water has flooded fields rendering crops unharvestable.
The electric poles are in water as far as the eye can see. There should be crops ready for harvest. I can't imagine the monetary loss from the flooding. Inability to harvest or plant crops will have a substantial impact to farmers' bottom lines.
A new week and month begin. Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Memorial Day all have much to celebrate with time with family and friends. Also, congratulations to those who have May graduations or advancements. Enjoy!