Happy Holidays from Bob and Lois Butler!
2015 was a year of transition for the Butler family. Lois enjoyed some well-deserved time off to spend time with family and friends. She starts work with the City of Alameda in January. Bob completed 8 years of non-profit volunteer service. Alicia continues to work at Pottery Barn, volunteers at her church several times a week and spends a lot of time with her grandkids.
In May the three of us travelled to Brooklyn to attend Alicia’s daughter (my first and favorite niece!), Marcherie’s, wedding to Kim. We came back just time for the annual Cherry Picking BBQ.
Bob finished 8 years of service on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists. His term as President ended August 9th at NABJ’s 40th anniversary convention in Minneapolis.
In September we all went to Reno to help Dad celebrate his 85th birthday.
Bob travelled to Rwanda in October to lead a training program for University Rwanda journalism students at the Southern African Broadcasting Association conference. The students mostly learn theory in the classroom and many got their first opportunity to write, report and produce news stories. Bob continues to freelance at KCBS Radio and plans to spend more time helping train the next generation of journalists in Africa.
In early December Wendell, Debra (Lois’ brother-in-law and sister), Bob and Lois visited Alan and Daphne Rhoades in Honolulu. We hiked up to the Makapu’u Point lighthouse, relaxed at Kualoa Ranch (where Jurassic Park was filmed), attended a luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center and spent a day at Pearl Harbor, where Wendell and I toured the USS Missouri.
We are refreshed, we are recharged and looking forward to an exciting 2016.
Bob, Lois and Alicia!