Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thanks for the Memories

It has been almost a month since my retirement party. I want to thank everyone who made it a very special day for Becky and me.

 • Best count I have is 65 attended the party. There were folks whom I worked with in 1981 and there was one person who started work December 2017. People from NRCS, retirees, Farm Service Agency, Pheasants Forever, ranchers, Wash. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and GracePoint Church – quite a diverse crowd

 • Party was organized by Lorna Bilodeau and Becky. They are the best.
 • The lunch was the best pot luck ever! A lot of FABULOUS New Mexican and Mexican dishes
 • Wonderful cake prepared by Joleen McBee • Bonda Habets presented me with two plaques – one for 40+ years of service, the other an award for work in 2016. Thank you, Bonda!
 • Harold Crose was emcee. He has some very remarkable things to say about me and included a letter to the editor of the newspaper where I lived in 1977 and a letter from Justin Mount
 • Becky told a very funny story about me and a bus load of Japanese tourists
 • Every father would be stunned if their sons talked about them the way Garrett talked about me.
 • My brother, JR, came from El Paso. He left a wonderful painting for me
 • Randy Kelley and Tracy Hanger had very kind words to say.

 It has been an honor and privilege to know and work alongside everyone. I had a remarkable career with SCS/NRCS and I leave it with no regrets. You have all blessed me beyond anything I could ask or imagine. Thanks for the memories!!!

 PS email me if you want the story of the Japanese Tourist bus

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