Saturday, July 2, 2011

Volunteering at FGS

Today I returned an e-mail in response to volunteering at the FGS Conference in Springfield, IL, Sept 7-10, 2011.  I signed up for nine volunteer sessions throughout the four days.  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, network, and give something back to the genealogical community. 

FGS will reimburse volunteers a portion of their registration fee after the conference (if registered at the early rate, which I am) based on the following schedule:

8 hours = 25%     12 hours = 40%    16 hours = 65%

Volunteers do not have to be registered for the conference; but those not registered
may not attend sessions, monitor sessions, or receive any reimbursement.

I'm so looking forward to my four days in Springfield, IL.  After the conference, my husband and I are driving up to my hometown of Chicago to see cousins and school friends.  What a great trip we have planned, can't wait until September!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Retirement Day

Well, it's official.  As of Wednesday, June 29, 2011, I am retired.  It hasn't sunk-in yet.  I normally worked Monday-Thursday, 10-hour days, so yesterday felt like a vacation day and today feels like my normal Friday off.  Maybe by next week it'll hit me. 

I've worked for the County of Ventura for 10.5 years and enjoyed every minute.  I had a great boss and coworker; lots of interaction with managers, supervisors and crew members.  I worked for the Road department, as a parting gift I got my very own street
name sign with our County logo, very cool!

I'll miss the mornings.  There was always hussle-bussle activity.  Everyone getting their work assignments, coming by my desk to ask for help or just rushing by saying, "Good morning Gayle" with a smile.

But on the very bright side, I'll be able to contribute more time to my local society.  I'm currently Publicity Chairman.  I've recently been listening to "My Society" on Blog Talk Radio.  So informative.  I want to bring all that I've learned to my society too.

I'll have the freedom to make appointments during the week (imagine that!)
I can attend "field trips" with my society.

My husband and I usually save Friday's as our movie day, now we can go
to the Tuesday matinee for $5.00.  Wow!

Well, whatever I choose, I won't have the time constraint of a 10-hour
work day, wheeeeeeee!