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    January 2017 Board Meets and Eats in Northern California

    On Thursday, January 19th, the CSA Board of Directors met at the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento for a regularly scheduled board meeting. In attendance were 19 of the 24 directors plus two active CSA Directors Emeritus, as well as Roy Flahive, Executive Director, and Cheryl Flahive, Dir. of Member Services. The subject matter addressed at the meeting included updates to the board from standing committees (Government Affairs, Education, Communication, Technical, Professionalism and Membership); the CSA Apprenticeship Program; Crane Operator Certification Program; as well as additional activities by CSA staff.

    After the board meeting, 29 attendees took a tour of the Railroad Museum, an exceptional and beautiful facility– one that any individual or family would doubtless enjoy visiting. Following this tour, 37 people sat down for dinner and camaraderie, with a presentation by the Sacramento School District regarding their ConnectEd Program. This program is part of a statewide program called Linked Learning, where high school students are enrolled in an Academy Schooling Program within their normal high school, during which time they are trained to be prepared for college or career.

    Recently, CSA president Pete Michelini, along with Roy and Cheryl Flahive, toured one of these schools (Potterville). “The work being done with these young people is nothing less than outstanding,” explained Roy. CSA is involved in discussions with the San Diego Unified School District to engage with them on their ConnectEd Program.

    CSA Board Member’s Perspective:

    The Sacramento venue for the CSA Board Meeting and NorCal activities January 19th received great reviews from those who attended. Board member Barbara Navarro also shared the following comments about an additional “excursion” she and her mother enjoyed while in town for the CSA events. “In planning for my recent trip to Old Sacramento for the Board Meeting, I choose to stay aboard the historic Delta King – a 285-foot riverboat moored in the Sacramento River and just steps from our meeting venue. Like everything else in the downtown area, the Delta King has an interesting story, beginning in 1927 when it made daily trips to San Francisco alongside the Delta Queen. It also served as a hospital ship during World War 2, but later sunk in the 1980’s after decades of touring the U.S. before finally returning to its authentic restoration today.” — Barbara Navarro, SPESCO, Wilmington, CA

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