"Retiree Day 2010" a Huge Hit
Retirees are an essential part of the 3M legacy, and we were glad to once again say “Thanks” for all their past efforts.
It was a beautiful day, and 145 retirees attended. The tent set up in the parking lot was filled with energy and laughter as retirees shared stories and visited with old friends. “It’s like coming home,” was a sentiment heard more than once.
Clara Conzemius – who is 99 years young and the oldest person invited – was unable to attend. But Bob Cater (94) filled in admirably as the oldest attending retiree. Bob started working at the plant in 1948, the first year it opened, and retired in 1978. He was also the very first 3M Cottage Grove - 3M Club President in 1949. His wife, Lorraine Cater, also attended. She worked at the plant with Bob until she retired in 1979. They were both thrilled to come and had a great time.
Current employees and college summer students served lunch to the retirees. Site Director Vickie Batroot presented an update of the site businesses followed by tours of many of the buildings. Those who did the tours really enjoyed seeing their old work areas.
Everyone loved the gifts of 3M products, which included many of the latest innovative products. The day was topped off with a gathering at The Point, where retirees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and sharing more stories among old friends.
It was wonderful to hear from so many how much they enjoyed working here and how much they appreciated the opportunity to return and see their old friends. It's a common saying with retirees that they don't miss the work, but they do miss the people!
It was a great day and we look forward to doing it again!
Quotes from a few of the attndees:
“We were very excited to see people who we had both worked with – and it was a wonderful party."
Bob & Lorraine Cater
"The party was great. I look forward to more of them in the future. I saw people I worked with at the beginning, middle and end of my career."
(started at 3M in 1966, retired in 2002)
"It was super-terrific! I loved it. Everything was so well organized and we were treated so well!”
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Local Science Teachers Gain Valuable Experience with Help of a 3M Grant to Keystone Institute in Colorado
CarolynKeifer (left) & CallieChenault at the ContinentalDivide
“We learned great activities for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) 7th graders, activities that integrate energy and the environment, that show how science has a place in their own communities,” says Carolyn. “This was a great opportunity 3M gave us,” she concludes. “I can’t say enough for what they do in my classroom.”
High in the Colorado mountains, Callie Chenault of Oltman Middle School and Carolyn Keifer of Cottage Grove Middle School spent a week improving their skills and practicing realworld science. They were attending a seminar at the Keystone Institute of Keystone, Colorado, along with other science teachers from across the country.
The Institute helps teachers learn how to bring science and environmental issues into the classroom in an unbiased manner. Teachers work on practical scenarios such as water quality testing, enjoying hands-on experiences and experiments. They can than apply these same techniques in their classrooms. “I have loved science for as long as I can remember, and I love sharing that excitement with kids,” says Callie. She adds, “This experience was one of the best workshops I have ever been to.” Showing how science
works in the real world, that it’s not just something you study in school, is a key focus of this seminar. And something these two teachers have brought home to their classrooms.
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3M Cottage Grove Center
10746 Innovation Road
Cottage Grove Minnesota 55016-4600
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