After graduating from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes) with a degree in Recreation Administration, I wandered out to California hoping to find a job in my field since Ohio offered few opportunities. In the fall of 1976, I was hired by the Coachella Valley Recreation District as a Program Leader. I led the Tiny Tots Program, After School Recreation, and Teen Programs. Eventually, I became the Program Supervisor which required me to develop recreation programs from Mecca to Palm Desert and to be the Aquatics Director during the summer months. From there, I was the Branch Manager for the Riverside Arts Foundation for two years until state funding ended, at which time, I went to work for the Coachella Boys and Girls Club for fourteen years. Then I became a Guest Teacher for CVUSD and DSUSD for several years. (I liked the opportunity to take days off when I wanted.) I was a member of Soroptimist of Coachella Valley, Indio Youth Task Force, and the Woman’s Club of Coachella Valley, and now, I am a docent for the CV History Museum. From these jobs and memberships, I have had the opportunity to meet many interesting people of the Coachella Valley. I initially joined WCI in October, 2005, and was a member for two years. I took a break from the Woman’s Club because my work schedule as a Teacher’s Aid with DSUSD made it impossible to make club meetings. But with Mickie Reed’s encouragement, I am now returning to continue my membership with a great group of women.