Celebrating CAWEE's 50th Anniversary
Bridging School to Career


CAWEE President 2006-2007

Nellie Mendenhall


What were the challenges you faced as a member of and as president of CAWEE?

The biggest challenge was Work Experience Education programs being cut across the state due to budget cuts during the recession. Finding interesting venues that CAWEE could afford and to which members didn’t have much trouble traveling. My favorites: in the south-Mission Inn Riverside, in the north-Napa Embassy Suites (Monterey Bay, a close second).

What interesting memories do you have of your CAWEE experiences at conferences, meetings, etc?

I enjoyed getting to know the vendors while putting together the programs for conferences. I met and got to know some of the “higher ups” from Stater Bros’ Markets, California Conservation Corps and the CA Dept of Education. I’m still friends with a few. I met our senator one year. I especially remember the camaraderie with the various E-boards through the years. The amazing meals we had together after long and arduous meetings! Centerpieces and door prizes tormented my sleep and became my forte!

What have you been doing since leaving CAWEE?

Most fun: Desert Jeeping and a trip to Europe. I do mobile notary work for title companies for fun and extra money while I wait for hubby, Mike, to retire. We bought a little place on the Colorado River where we hang out as often as possible. Next year, we plan to travel by Prius across the states, visiting friends along the way.