San Joaquin Valley IFT
Central Valley IFT
MEMBER OF THE YEAR
2014 NCIFT Member of the Year:
"MAKING IT HAPPEN"
Congratulations to Susan on her selection as the 2014 NCIFT Member of the Year.
A long-time member of IFT and NCIFT, a California native and a graduate of UC Davis. Married to husband Robert for over 25 years with 2 adult children, living in Turlock. In her career, Susie has worked at Campbell Soup Co., Superb Farms, Sensient, and Taylor Farms in quality management capacities – Lab Manager, Quality Manager, etc. During this time she has always been an active member of NCIFT and IFT. She has been Chair of Central Valley IFT, Arrangements Coordinator for CVIFT, NCIFT Nominating Committee, and even a judge for the regional College Bowl a couple of years back. When she is not working or doing things for IFT/NCIFT/CVIFT, we understand that she enjoys wine tasting and still has time to be active in her church.
But why was Susan selected for this award?
Back in 2005, the Central Valley Subsection started losing its leadership and focus. Meetings were not being held unless NCIFT scheduled something in the area. About 5 years ago, Susan simply said “I’m going to start scheduling meetings and making this happen again!” Susan recognized that the reason she (and we!) joined an association like IFT is for the camaraderie and friendships, seeing new people, and the fun of interaction with people. For the past 5 years, Susan has “made it happen.” She has singlehandedly coordinated meetings - arranged the meeting place, found speakers, selected the menus, sent invitations, coordinated the attendee list, paid the bills, and even thanked people for coming out. She is THE ONE PERSON most responsible for revitalizing Central Valley into a viable group again. Now she is mentoring a new team of leaders in how to ‘make it happen’ so that Central Valley continues to meet the needs of its membership.
So next time you’re at a CVIFT meeting, ask for Susan and tell her thanks for all her work. Let her know you appreciate those efforts to ensure meetings are held so you, too, can enjoy the benefits of person-to-person contact and industry camaraderie. Many of the NCIFT volunteers are held in high esteem not just locally but also at the National IFT because of their creativity and ability to make things happen. But our biggest thanks and hearty congratulations go to Susan for her extra efforts to “Make it Happen.”