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September, 2012

posted Sep 26, 2012, 5:55 PM by Jeff Charles
Hello San Diego & Imperial Members and Guests,

The past few months have seen several notable events for SDCSPCA, chief among them being the CSPCA Annual Conference, organized this year by our San Diego regional group. The conference took place in late January at the Hilton Harbor Island, and was themed “The Fresh Face of Merit”.  While the waterfront hotel venue and the ever-present allure of San Diego as a destination probably played a role, it was the dynamic program offerings that drew an overwhelming (literally) number of attendees.  The positive feedback began almost as soon as the conference did and has continued since!  A huge thanks to everybody who helped with committee work, and especially to the Program and Registration Committees for the daunting tasks involved with their responsibilities.  

Also of note was our 1st Quarter General Membership meeting which took place yesterday at the Officer’s Club at MCAS Miramar.  This dinner meeting had a full agenda, with the most noteworthy event being the presentation of the Duane Eppele Award to a very deserving Pat Ridenour.  Along with Milt Loy, Mr. Eppele’s wife, Jane, and his daughter, Janet, were on-hand to present the award, and they shared some poignant recollections about his belief in the Merit System and its principles.  The group was also updated on recent happenings at the local and state organization levels, as well as upcoming events and training.  

Of note with regard to training is the upcoming 2012 Merit Academy, with dates having been firmed up as the following:  September 15th, October 20th, November 17th, December 8th, and January 12th (2013).  The location is to be determined, but efforts are underway to offer the Merit Academy at more than one location, by way of video conferencing, in order to make it available to a wider group and with decreased travel expenses to attendees.  Check the CSPCA web site regularly for updates:  www.meritsystem.org  

Please check back as we update and expand this website, and thank you to all SDCSPCA members for your support.

Best regards, 
Jeff Charles