What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Contributed by Karen O’Connor
(Past President, Central Office Manager, 2017 Conference Chair)

How was your summer?  Do you ever think of the old school assignment as we go back to fall classes, “What I did on My Summer Vacation?”.  I wish this were part of my homework right now, and maybe it is, since I’ve just started a course about classroom blogging through Fresno Pacific self- paced professional development division.

This was a busy summer for me, as I completed a 12 week five-unit class on the state rubric for online standards and practices, taught six online courses totaling eight units all together (over eight weeks), prepared for your upcoming annual conference, and travelled a mini Western Business Education Association (geographically speaking) seven-week eight state/province tour with my husband on our Goldwing.  In addition, I lost 27 pounds and he 35, due in part to a low carb diet we launched around the time I last wrote for your Bulletin.  That’s pretty much the tip of the ice berg.  We also logged a good 200 miles of hiking under our belts (which is a lot smaller these days) hiking in the hills around my home in Ridgecrest bolstering the healthy weight loss since mid-March and the CBEA board leadership meeting which was also held at my home this past year to help save CBEA $ we could not afford to spend otherwise.

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If You Dream It, You Can Do It!


Attend our annual conference!

Please consider yourself personally invited to attend our CBEA annual conference to be held October 27-29 in Anaheim California.  We have a great conference planned and will be bringing in a guest speaker for opening general session on Friday of unprecedented caliber.

In addition to exciting, relevant and timely breakouts that will make your teaching life easier and more effective, you don’t want to miss Doug Lipp. The author of Disney U www.douglipp.com, will be speaking on the subject of leadership and how to create loyal employees, subjects we can use both in our classrooms and in our departments and even in our organization!  We have big sponsorship, over $20,000 from the “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy” chancellor’s office navigators to make this keynote/workshop/luncheon happen, so this is a very special occasion we will be talking about for years. Don’t be left out!

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CBEAR Paw Print


Fall is not far away. But, before you hibernate, it is time to think about, register, and prepare for the Conference in Anaheim. Hopefully you will be able to attend.

The Conference theme is, “If you can dream it, you can do it”. The place is the Anaheim Marriott Suites, October 27-29. There is a fantastic agenda for each day! Check out the details in this newsletter.

Many of you live in the area. Your help is needed for a variety of activities and not just attending the no host breakfast on Saturday at 7 a.m. If you are attending and will be driving, a donation for the hospitality table, or the bags, is appreciated such as candy, cookies, etc. Perhaps you will consider a monetary donation if you are attending but unable to bring something. Your consideration is always appreciated for whatever you can do for CBEA.

If you can volunteer to help at the Hospitality table, please contact me. Thank you for any help you can give now and in the future.

More Paw Prints:

Ingredients for all retirees. Consider:

  • Giving yourself enough love through your own words. It’s OK!
  • Taking a breath and feeling the energy moving through your body! (Oprah)
  • Choosing activities that you enjoy.

A BEAR Track: “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” (Thurgood Marshall)

Hope to visit with you at the conference and no host breakfast!

Judith Andrews, CBEAR Rep

Why You Should Join Us on Friday!


  1. Friday begins at 8am (8am-10:30am) for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) advisory meeting.
  2. At 11am (11am-4pm) the Opening General Session/Luncheon/Workshop/Keynote Speaker/book signing begins. Doug Lipp, Author of Disney U and internationally renowned speaker, is our keynote speaker (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NVs-BaQz2E). He is being sponsored by the Sector Navigators at “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy.” It is because of Sector Navigators support that we are able to bring this caliber of Keynote Speaker to our CBEA Conference. You do not want to miss this portion of the Conference.
  3. After an unprecedented Opening General Session, from 5pm-11pm we head for Disneyland.
    • You can get a specially discounted twilight ticket for admission after 5pm for $79. This is a special price for CBEA conference registrants.
    • I personally want to invite everyone to join me and the Executive Board for special seating for World of Color Show at California Adventure. Desert and champagne are included for an additional $79.
    • Tickets are for sale directly from a Disneyland site two months ahead and you will get the link just for CBEA conference registrants and accompanying family/guests in your confirmation email.
    • October 27th is Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland beginning at 6pm.
  4. Is this a Conference for educators? Yes, but it is also for our WAFC Industry Partners, our exhibitors, and our sponsors who want to learn more about CBEA and participate in a weekend of education and fun. It is also an excellent opportunity to include your family and friends for a Disneyland weekend with discounted conference prices.
  5. For those who cannot attend the entire Conference, Friday only attendance is being offered for just $149.
  6. The CBEA Conference qualifies for Perkins funding for CTE programs. Since Fall 2017 is just underway, be sure to apply early while you still have Perkins funds.

So, as Karen O’Connor and Walt Disney say, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Start dreaming about Friday at the CBEA 2017 Conference!

CBEA Awards


One of the most important things CBEA does for its members is to recognize excellence in education. We have four primary awards that can be found at http://www.cbeaonline.org/awards.html along with the required forms to nominate deserving educators for the respective award.

Please turn in nominations as soon as possible to bklivingston@cerritos.edu so the awards recipients can be selected prior to the 2017 CBEA Conference in October.

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