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ACE Retirees Update

August 2017
ACE Retirees Stay Busy

I am constantly amazed with the creativity, ingenuity and all-around joy I hear from ACE retirees. Read on and you’ll see what I mean.

Our newest retiree, Martha Filipic, jumped right in the deep waters by agreeing to co-chair the ACE planning committee for our conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, next summer. She shares the early planning stages with you.

Jim Coats accidentally shared his creative days with us when he sent it to the retirees’ listserv. But it was so interesting, I decided to share it again in this newsletter. If you missed it the first time, be sure to read it this time.

Let’s help Lyn Jarvis celebrate a much deserved honor and raise a toast to Ralph and Vera Ballew for 65 years of marriage. Wow.

Dave McAllister answers my question about his leadership role in ACE and Tom Knecht is back in the radio business.

And you thought summer was a slow time …

In This Issue

  • ACE Joins Ag Media Summit for 2018 Conference
  • Let the Creative Juices Flow
  • Lyn Jarvis Honored with Robert O. Sinclair Cup
  • Raise a Toast to Ralph and Vera Ballew
  • Why I Serve: Dave McAllister
  • Tom Knecht Is Back on the Radio Upcoming Events

ACE Joins Ag Media Summit for 2018 Conference

Next year, ACE will join the American Agricultural Editors Association, the Livestock Publications Council, Connectiv Agri-Media Committee, and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at the Ag Media Summit conference at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, Aug. 5-8, 2018.

Meeting planning is beginning to take shape. At this point, the ACE Retirees and Past Presidents’ Reception is scheduled for 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. ACE is also considering a pre-conference on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Breakout sessions will be on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 6-7, with the ACE C&A dinner on
Tuesday evening. Right now, the only thing on the schedule for Wednesday, Aug. 8, is a “coffee-to-go bar,” but there may be post- conference options available.

ACE’s planning committee is working with the Ag Media Summit program committee to work out details. As usual, ACE will organize our own breakout sessions, which will pretty much run concurrently with other breakouts. Anyone at the conference, which usually numbers about 600 people, will be able to attend any of the sessions.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer a retirees’ discount next year, as none of the other organizations who meet with the Ag Media Summit provide such a discounted rate. But on the bright side, the registration cost will likely hold to $385 to $395 (compared with an ACE retiree registration fee of $375 for the 2017 conference). Also, single-day registration fees will be available.

Although the conference is later in the year than usual, the call for session proposals will be earlier. The planning committee wants sessions nailed down early in 2018 to help raise funds and find donors. If you’re interested in presenting, look for the Call for Proposals in November.

If you have any questions, contact Lori Greiner at lgreiner@vt.edu or Martha Filipic at marthafilipic@gmail.com, the ACE program committee’s co-chairs.

Let the Creative Juices Flow

Here’s news from Jim Coats. Enjoy.

All my life more of a grasshopper than an ant, I’m supplementing my retirement income these days with free-lance book editing (that can include YOUR books, too, fellow ACE-ers), part-time work at a music shop in Folsom, California, and teaching people to play guitar, mandolin, and ukulele (see photo of last Saturday’s ukulele class). I tell you, the uke is a very happening thing these days! But some of the best musical times I remember are of playing with the ACE X-Tension Chords. (Probably some of the best times I can’t remember, too.)

A couple of my photographs made it into the local visitors’ bureau quarterly and the color calendar for the Sutter Buttes, a beautiful little mountain range that makes its home in the middle of the Sacramento Valley.

I’ve done a little bit of traveling — to New York City last fall to visit my daughter Emma, who lives in Brooklyn, working for Google. She helps make sure the Google Assistant has a suitable personality. Really.
Definitely on my top-10 list of jobs I never imagined would ever exist in this world. Looking forward to more trips, including to Ireland next fall, if I can swing it. Middle kid Josh is a coder in San Francisco, and youngest Dustin is just now finding his way into the working world.

Meanwhile, I stay local in midtown Sacramento, keep company with Cali, my calico cat, and play music as often as I can — a little bit of blues, Celtic music, bluegrass, rock ’n roll — plus whatever I can fit onto a ukulele for my classes. The live music scene is pretty hot here on a lot of fronts.

The free-lance, gig-economy is a much edgier cocktail than was my 30- year stint at the University of California, but I must confess that it’s a lot of excitement and fun, too! And 61 is a much younger age than I ever imagined it would be.

Wishing everyone a season of pleasant surprises!

Lyn Jarvis Honored with Robert O. Sinclair Cup

As you may recall, Lyn Jarvis received a distinctive honor from the University of Vermont. Here is a summary of the award and a photo of the big night:

Lynville W. Jarvis (right) is presented the Robert O. Sinclair Cup that honors retired faculty and staff with professional accomplishments and distinction in their careers while at the University of Vermont. The award was presented at the 24th Annual Alumni and Friends Dinner for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and University of Vermont Extension System. The award, that honors Dean Emeritus Sinclair (left), recognizes retired faculty members who have served the College with distinction during their career and whose professional accomplishment involved increasing levels of responsibility and reflected outstanding performance and dedicated service.

Chuck Ross, Director of UVM Extension who introduced Jarvis, said he needed no introduction and dubbed him “Mr. Across the Fence” in honor of the generations of TV viewers who grew up watching the show he produced for 27 years on WCAX-TV in Burlington, VT. The show remains the longest running daily farm and home program in the nation. He took the show from live studio broadcasts where anything could, and did, happen to taped shows on on-location filming, among the first Vermont broadcast journalists to do so.

Ross added, “Many Extension professionals credit him with providing the training and experience that led to recognition from various collegiate and professional organizations for their expertise in Extension programming for television.

Jarvis may have retired in 2002, but Ross said he has not slowed down. “Lyn remains dedicated to the show, appearing on a regular basis to share his favorite recipes on segments of “In the Kitchen with Across the Fence” and his travels to far-away places with viewers.”

After receiving his MA degree from the University of Alabama, Jarvis worked at WSFA-TV, in Montgomery, Alabama, and Broadcasting Services at the U. of A. before returning to his home state of Vermont.

Raise a Toast to Ralph and Vera

Here’s a note from Ralph Ballew about an amazing occasion.

Vera and I celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary the 4th weekend in July. We celebrated a few days early so those present could also attend the Ballew Family Reunion, which was held July 23. Our anniversary was August 8.

Our youngest daughter, Julia, who lives in Leeds, England was here with her friend from London. Our oldest son, Jeff, from Shreveport, La., was here with lots of his family, as was son Dale and family from Huntsville and our oldest daughter, Jan, who lives nearby.

The celebration began with a seafood buffet on Friday evening attended by 19 members of our family. On Saturday afternoon a professional photographer from Birmingham made family pictures. The big event was an evening meal at Jan’s house where a delicious meal was served. Included was a beautiful and tasteful anniversary cake. One highlight of this event was four sets of posters of family pictures, one set being life size.

Most of the events were a surprise to us and it was a celebration of a lifetime! We have been truly blessed with a wonderful life!! Fourteen members of our family, from California, Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico were not able to attend.

Why I Serve: Dave McAllister

Here is Dave’s response to my question about taking on a leadership role in ACE.

After a long stint at the University of Minnesota, I accepted a position with USDA-CSREES in 1999, retiring five years later. I had been an ACE member since 1972 but had never served it in any major capacity until I was asked by some of my colleagues to "run" for DC Region Director, to succeed Marci Hilt, in 2001-02. I say run in quotation marks because I don't recall any particular competition for the post.

I enjoyed the opportunity, although I don't recall all the details 15 years later. I know it was difficult to have meetings since there were relatively few ACE members in the region, compared to other regions, and the ones who were there were a bit spread out. We tried to set up an afternoon of volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Washington, but as I recall only Marci and I were there to pound nails with some non-ACE volunteers.
I enjoyed going to the ACE Board meetings and getting to know other ACE leaders from around the country.

Our biggest achievement was designing and carrying out a very well- received diversity conference in Washington in 2002, which attracted communication professionals and quality speakers from across the country. I was the chair, and our committee consisted of Marci Hilt, Terry Meisenbach, Judy Rude, Ellen Varley, and Hank Becker. This group was recognized for its efforts with ACE's Diversity Award in 2003, now a fond memory.

Tom Knecht Is Back on the Radio

Past ACE President Tom Knecht was recently appointed Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Digital Communications in the White County, Georgia, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

Operating under FCC call letters W4TWK, Tom and a fellow radio amateur, or "ham," share the title, which involves being prepared to communicate information digitally during emergencies in support of the White County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

A typical assignment would be sending written information between a shelter operator and the emergency response managers at the EOC. Tom and his colleague Jim, K4PZ, also collaborate in training other members of White County ARES to communicate information by radio in digital form under a wide range of conditions.

The White County ARES group is a volunteer organization of radio amateurs who are trained, committed, and ready to deploy when traditional forms of communication such as landline telephones, cell phones, and the Internet have been knocked out by a natural disaster, widespread power failure, or other devastating event. The ARES motto is "When all else
fails .."

ARES units are active in many of the 3,000-plus counties across the U.S. under the auspices of ham radio's national organization, the American
Radio Relay League. Their work is often mentioned in news reports of recovery from natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.

Tom would be interested in hearing from other radio amateurs in ACE, whether or not they are involved with ARES, at w4twk@arrl.net.

Upcoming Events

October 9-12: Fall Board Meeting, Scottsdale, AR
August 4-8, 2018: Ag Media Summit join meeting with ACE, Scottsdale, AR

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