2017 Year End President’s Message
What an amazing time at the SCVPA Holiday Party on December 12, 2017. Once again we stepped out of our comfort zone and let everyone bring a dish to share instead of catering. Mel Carll, Glen Glancy and I cooked the meats, tri-tip, chicken and brisket were the main meat dishes. There were several salads, pasta dishes and even pizza! And the deserts! We had about 35 members who attended and everyone had a fun time. I’d like to thank everyone who helped set up and tear down. I think we were out of there by 9:30 pm so it was almost like a regular meeting. A special thank you to Cathy Driver who again did a great job coordinating and setting up the serving tables, etc., etc. She brings a lot of her own items that help make everything go smoothly.
Speaking about stepping out of your comfort zone, 20 years ago this February I stepped out of my comfort zone and left the Signal Newspaper, where I had worked for over 14 years, I gave up a steady paycheck and benefits to freelance for the Associated Press. After a few years I did it again and started working for Pacific Bell as a linemen. I had younger children that needed healthcare and my family needed a steady paycheck which the phone company provided. All I had to do was learn to climb telephone poles to a height of at least 18 feet while wearing my “climbers” which are a little more than hooks with spikes that go around your feet and ankles. I remember my first day at pole school thinking to myself “What am I thinking?” Well, I needed the job and was determined to learn to climb to keep it. The last 18 years have been full of challenges that I have overcome because I believed that what I was doing was not only good for me but for my family, which of course, it was.
Four years ago I did it once again when I decided to run for president of the SCVPA which was way out of my comfort zone as I really don’t like public speaking. Then there were those huge shoes to fill as past presidents were the likes of “Ted Dayton”, “David Saffir”, “David Green” and “Robert Mance”, all of whom I respect and admire. They have become great friends and mentors and I am grateful for that. Well it seems like it’s that time again, I have decided to venture out of my comfort zone yet again! I am going to retire from AT&T on January 5, 2018 and devote my time and energy full-time to photography. I’ve learned a lot these last few years and feel the time is right to make the change.
I wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year and I’m looking forward to the coming year and all the exciting possibilities that are coming with it.
Keep Shooting my Friends!