S: Carole Paterson: In Celebration of Your Career
BC: Happy Trails to You
FC: In Celebration of Your Career with the University of California Cooperative Extension Solano County | Carole A. Paterson
1: Hired: March 10, 1975 | Bye: June 29, 2011 | Carole A. Paterson | In Celebration of Your Career
2: Carole: And the best is yet to come! Being around you almost made me want to be involved in youth development! I loved all those great sessions with you and Faye, Jim, and Shelley where we laughed between yelling at each other while creating facilitation training(BEF). But we were passionate, right? Hope to play together in our doddering years xoox Ellie
3: Carole, Congratulations on your retirement and best wishes for the new adventures you'll be exploring in the years ahead. Hopefully some of those adventures will lead you and Craig past our door and we'll have a chance to visit the past and talk about the future. Your work has always been marked by positive action powered by passion and compassion. You have always been able to see through the disguise that individuals, institutions and communities sometimes assume and identify the real needs that demand attention. The University and your colleagues will miss your daily presence but I know that your work and play in the community and with friends will continue. Take care! Dan Desmond
5: Hi Pal, What a team! We trained together in dozens of cities: Boston, Chevy Chase, New Orleans, Portland, Spokane and up and down California. We trained in dozens of venues: schools, libraries, community centers, tractor barn, a bar (it was closed - darn!) and under a bridge. If there was a way to combine fun with our work, we found it. You charmed us into Emeril Lagasse's "no-reservations-for-months" restaurant in New Orleans and helped me clean dog poop off my shoes in Paris. . . and of course there was our Valentine's "date" in Williamsburg. Hope your retirement brings more travels, more good food, and LOTS more fun. Love, Shelley
6: Carole, Congratulations! Thank you for your leadership and for being so fun to work with. I will miss your smiling face at Department Head meetings, your possessiveness of "your seat," your hush bunny, and your Italian shoes. All kidding aside, your enthusiasm is infectious and your many contributions greatly appreciated. The Master Gardener partnership with the Juvenile Detention Facility is fantastic. I wish you all the best in retirement! Isabelle Voit
7: Carole - Congratulations on your retirement! It's hard to believe that we began working together nearly 15 years ago... Back then, in the world of UC ANR (wasn't it IANR?) I quickly learned that you had vision. I learned from you the possibility that, with creativity and determination, one could pursue her passions, values, and commitments within and through the (usually crazy) confines of a "job" or "career" with UC ANR. I observed how you managed clarity and purpose to push and pull the boundaries - without becoming part of crazy (well ... at least not always)! I learned a lot from you - thank you for your no-nonsense diplomacy, clarity, and, most of all, humor. And, among other things, I learned that you could throw one hell-of-a outdoor kitchen party - without regard to blasting heat! Many thanks, and best regards in your next adventures! Sincerely, Stephen Russell | "Say what??"
8: Welcome to the Club, Carole! | Dear Carole, I can’t find the words to thank you for 25+ wonderful years of working together. You were always an inspiration and you made us all better. I have many fond memories of working with you including coordinating our attire and primping in front of the mirror before a workshop. And remember the time we taught under a bridge like the Three Billy Goats Gruff. I look forward to another 25+ years of just playing together. I used to say education was wasted on the young. Now I say retirement is wasted on the old. Thank goodness we are young enough to have many, many years to enjoy and appreciate retirement. Come on in, the water is wonderful. Love, faye
10: Hi Speedy! We have been friends for almost 30 years! We have overlapped our work lives, we share the same birthday (well.., almost), we share a connection with Camp Fire and COMMIT, WOW! We've shared a lot, and that's not counting the infamous rafting trip we took where wet suits were mandatory!! And don't forget the Yosemite trip too! I hope we share many more adventures together over the next 30 years. You are indeed a special friend. Lots of Love, Sandy
13: Carole, You're one of those people that makes me feel so privilged to work here. Thanks for Kettering connections, projects together, and just plain fun. And you and Craig have already started a movement, so no need for prunes! Dave
14: Carole: It takes a tough lady like you to endure the trials and tribulations we faced in UCCE, especially 4-H. It is even more difficult to endure tough times with a positive attitude and smile. Beside a grim in your forehead, you never stopped smiling and always moving us toward solutions, Oh well, let's keep moving. I will never forget those wonderful retreats "working days" in your house. Those moments will always stay with me. I have no doubt you will have a lot of fun in your retirement. Save some time and visit Peru. Thanks for being part of my life. Lucrecia
16: Queridisima Carole, How exciting that you are about to be the queen of your time! I know you, you will do great things! You have been a wonderful role model and source of inspiration for me during my entire career at Extension. I admire your never ending creative ideas for programs and passion for your community. I am a lucky person to know you. I had a great time in Torino, Italy. It was great when the researchers from Germany kept admiring your pictorial agenda. You offered it to them and they were all over it and took it home! I am looking forward to our next San Francisco day trip! Abrazos y lots of love, Fe
17: Pay attention, Fe, this is how we cut. . . | Ooops, let me just wipe off my blood. . . | The heck with this, let's get a drink. . . . | WHOA!! Forget the drink, there goes Jim Brenner in a red thong! | The Cooking Lesson
19: Dear Carole, Like Faye Lee and Shelley, you were part of the group that I looked up to, learned from, shared with, and most important of all, laughed with... Of all the things I learned from you, the one thing that will always be with me is how you taught and demonstrated "facilitation skills" with a smile. I will also remember how you stepped up to help a colleague in need - no strings attached... You are so special and I will truly miss you. As you head for the next phase of life, I wish you the BEST things, travel, FUN, laughter, wine, friendship, and happiness in whatever you do... Peace, Charles | I'm OUTTA HERE!
20: Dear Carole: Congratulations on your retirement! While UCCE is surely sorry to see you leave, you should know that the organization is better for your having been in it. Your time with UCCE and the 4-H Youth Development Program has been such a gift, to its programs and its people. You’ve always had the ability to take the work very seriously, but without taking yourself too seriously. You modeled the concept of servant leadership, through your vision and creativity, your commitment to serving the community (defined sometimes in global terms), your care and support of colleagues, your energy and humor, and your ability to bring people together around a shared vision. Thank you for all you’ve contributed, for the many ways you’ve served your community and state, and for all the joy you’ve brought along the way. I look forward to seeing what new adventures lay ahead for you! (And I expect some grand ones!). With love, respect, and admiration, Carole MacNeil
21: Dear Carole - WOW! What a long and successful career you have had in Cooperative Extension! You truly are one of those special people who make a difference in the lives of others. As you retire, be proud of the good you've done and the friends you've made along the way ---wherever life takes you now, there is no doubt in my mind that you'll continue to make the lives of those around you brighter and better. I've enjoyed being your colleague all these years. You have always had one of the most expressive personalities in the org -easy to tell if you are intrigued, happy, feeling mischievous, sad, angry---always great body language. Your humor and laughter is contagious, and your developed ability to be articulate and facilitate effectively recognized by all. Cheers on a well-deserved next step into more fun --- I am trying to wait patiently for another outing of groupies, for whatever it is, it will be FUN! Best always and keep in touch - Marilyn
22: Hey Pal! Yeah for Carole, Carole, Carole! Congratulations on completion of a stellar career of service to youth, families, communities and the UC-ANR organization. You are a real UCCE super-star! I deeply admire the way you seize every new challenge with courage, compassion, chic and charm. I am always warmed by your smile and amused by one of those exceptional glances with that special tilt of your head. You are truly one of a kind girl! It was a pleasure to tackle any project with you since you always took on more than your fair share of the work and made every undertaking exciting, fun and meaningful. It was especially great training and working with you in the Essential Facilitation area. You embraced this new technology like the proverbial “duck to water” serving many groups with your facilitation skills and training many colleagues and cooperators in the powerful EF method. Your work with the National Issues Forums added even more depth and meaning to your work facilitating broad conversations with diverse groups and deepening everyone’s appreciation and understanding of critical public policy issues and alternatives. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to know you and work with you for many years as the UCCE program evolved and matured in our ecological region. I appreciate your friendship and have enjoyed your warmth and enthusiasm throughout our careers in UCCE. I wish you well in your much deserved retirement. I know you’ll have a blast. If you’re not sure what to do with your time, I suggest the world poker tour as a new undertaking for your talent and approach to life since you’re an “all in” kind of gal. Happy trails and I hope our paths cross again in the future, Jim Brenner
24: Happy Retirement Carole! I know you will have tons of fun because you have the knack for finding the fun, always bringing the sunny as well as the funny into any room | I so enjoyed working with you on our various projects. You were always so supportive of new colleagues and new ideas. I still tell folks about our hiring a limousine to take us shopping in Detroit. For what it’s worth: Do not get over committed in the weeks ahead. Remember the wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes: "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want!" Ann Brosnahan
25: Carole, You were one in the circle of friends that guided, encouraged, and supported me as I began my work with the University. Perhaps it was shared tales of Lake Vera or a connection born of people and places shared from our past lives that made you special in my eyes. I listened to you to learn the | ropes. I enjoyed the times we worked (and played) together--especially the writing weekend we spent with our cronies at Burney (remember the white earth we traipsed through at the falls, the leaky blender, and your sitting in the doorway to keep warm?). I enjoy your humor and your energy, and I grew to appreciate your connection with community and your ability to bring folks together. You are a special woman who has made a difference. Peace on your journey, my friend. Love, Marianne
26: Carole, you are a great friend and really neat person. I enjoyed the times we were at the same meeting or on the same committee. Thank you for your service to the people of California Your Friend - Maxwell Norton
27: Carole- I hope the energy and enthusiasm you've always brought to your work at UCCE will be transferred to exciting projects in retirement. I value the time I've spent with you and the amazing things I've learned from you. All the best! Shannon Mueller | I have no doubt that you will be a star in your retirement, just as you have been a star in your career. Enjoy it all!!! Cathi Lamp | Carole, 35+ years of friendship have brought many, many memories. You have been a great supportive frend and I appreciate all those times I really needed your support. I'll always treasure those fun times we've shared including the gourmet dinners (AAUW), get-aways, and the special occasions at your lovely home. Can't wait to spend more time with you. Love, Barbara | Best Wishes for a Terrific Retirement
28: Thanks for your hard work!
29: Thanks for the great times!
32: Congratulations from the Whole Gang!
36: The Good Old Days
37: The Good Future Days: Retirement Fashion Show
38: Editors & Contributors: Your Pals, Shelley Murdock & Faye Lee | Contributors: Ann Brosnahan Barbara King Carole MacNeil Cathi Lamp Charles Go Dan Desmond Dave Campbell Ellie Rilla Fe Moncloa | Best Wishes for a Long & Happy Retirement | Isabelle Voit Jim Brenner Lucrecia Farfan-Ramirez Marianne Bird Marilyn Johns Maxwell Norton Sandy Tosti Shannon Mueller Stephen Russell