Peter Herron - Personal Retirement Story
I retired in 1995 and in 2000 I won the Academic Leadership Award for Excellence, Salute to Excellence 2000, Suffolk Community College Foundation. During the summers from 2001-2004 I volunteered for a 10 to 14 day session as a camp counselor at the Hole in the Woods Camp and the Hole in the Wall Camp. Both are camps for extremely ill children.
In 2000 I completed the Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program and became the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Society Treasurer. In 2004, when Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative dissolved the Master Gardener Society, I helped to establish the Long island Master Gardeners. I have served as Membership Chair and a member of the LIMG Executive board ever since. Recently I have initiated a website for the Long Island Master Gardeners, www.limastergardener.org and currently its web master.
In 2002 I initiated an effort to establish a retiree organization at Suffolk County Community College by appealing to the presidents of the three unions, the college president, SCCC foundation, and many SCCC retirees. In 2003 the Retiree Association of Suffolk County Community College (RASCC) was established. I served as president for four years. I am now serving on the RASCC executive council as immediate past president and as membership chair.
In 2006, at the invitation of NYSUT, I helped establish NYSUT Retiree Council 39 by chairing a RC39 constitution committee. I was elected the first president of NYSUT RC39. Elections of officers will be this summer and I intend to run again. I am also the RC39 newsletter editor. The newsletter is issued monthly and has a circulation of over 17,500.