Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SCS/NRCS Spring Banquet

We participated in the SCS/NRCS Spring Banquet this evening at the Cotner Center in Lincoln. Gary Muckel served as MC and the program was presented by John Chapo, Director of the Lincoln Children's Zoo. The Screen was set up to the right of the Head Table which  accounts for Gary and his wife looking away from the speaker. The retirees meet monthly for breakfast but we only get down to the Spring Banquet and Fall Breakfast where spouses participate. It's always enjoyable to get back with old friends. During my working days with SCS our working companions were among our closest friends. Many of the people there tonight worked more closely with our son Jon than they did with either Elaine or I. They are always interested in hearing about him and his family. I have known John Chapo since he came to Lincoln 25 years ago when we were new members of the Lincoln Center Kiwanis Club. He gave a great presentation and has brought the Lincoln Zoo into International prominence. He told of a National project underway involving Joel Satori and The National Geographic Magazine that began in the Lincoln Zoo. Our life's work as Natural Resource Conservation was closely aligned with that of the Zoo's in preserving endangered species,  according to Chapo. Craig Derickson, current NRCS State Conservationist, and his wife Kate were among the attendees. Craig is a native Nebraskan and they came back after serving the Agency in Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. It was a great evening. 

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