Sunday, May 13, 2007

Iowa City Education Association Hosts Awards Dinner

On a beautiful Thursday afternoon, I took off in the ISEA Limo (aka: Dodge van) for Iowa City to attend the awards dinner hosted by the Iowa City EA. The Iowa City Education Association hosted its Third Annual Awards Dinner and this would be my second awards dinner of their's to attend.
A number of state legislators were special guests at the awards dinner. Rep. Mary Mascher (at left) a personal friend, a classroom teacher and ISEA member was the floor manager in the Iowa House for the Early Childhood legislation that was signed into law earlier in the day by Governor Culver. I presented Rep. Mascher with a pen from the bill signing ceremony to thank her on behalf of all Team ISEA for her continued leadership.

Another long-time personal friend and a great friend of education is state Senator Bob Dvorsky (at right). Senator Dvorsky's is married to Iowa City EA leader Sue Dvorsky who played a key role in the Awards Dinner planning as well as honoring the ICEA Pioneer Award winners.

Other special guests at the awards dinner were state Senator Joe Bolkcom (at left) and state Representative Dave Jacoby (at right). It was extra special to be able to personally thank our state legislators for their work on behalf of public education on behalf of all Team ISEA!

Keynote speaker for the ICEA Awards Dinner was Governor Chet Culver. Governor Culver took the time to shake everyone's hand to thank them personally for the work they do every day for Iowa's students.

Pictured with Governor Culver are the award winners that were honored Thursday evening by the Iowa City EA. Bill Maher (from left to right) was honored as the ICEA Business Friend of the Year; Kim Hayes, the ICEA Friend of Education; Nancy Porter, ISEA Executive Board member and the ICEA Member of the Year; Governor Chet Culver; and Barb Henke, ICEA Educator of the Year.

ICEA leaders gave special recognition for the 30th anniversary of their first bargained contract. For the anniversary celebration of their first contract, local leaders created a new award to honor association leaders of the past. The Pioneer Award is to recognize leaders that have helped the local EA move to the place the ICEA is today. The ICEA presented their first Pioneer Award to Gordon and Mary Mixdorf.

Thank you ICEA leaders for the great work you continue to do every day. How lucky we are to have each and everyone of you as leaders on Team ISEA!

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