The best laid plans of mice and men… I don’t know the rest of this quote. But, you know what I am talking about.
We had a great summer of camping that included a trip to Lima OH for the FCRV campvention followed by a week in Fort Wayne. We managed to make all but one of the chapter campouts and both state campouts. We made two trips to Fort Wayne on back to back weekends. Each trip was for a wedding and both of the brides had the same first name. Our camping season ended in October with two Halloween campouts. The first was a club campout at Big Creek RV Park. The club decorated one of the campers and we won first place for scariest. The next weekend Beth and I were at Lost Valley Lake Resort and participated in the costume contest both as individuals and then as a “group”. We won first place for scariest in the “group” division. Had a lot of great fun.
In late September the company I work for presented about 330 employees in North American with a Voluntary Early Retirement Plan. The documentation was rather self explanatory but I waited a week and Beth and I sat in on a web conference where the plan was explained in great detail. I signed the form accepting the VERP and turned it in the next day. The VERP was perfect for me since I was planning to retire at the end of 2018 anyway and now I get to go out early but with a very nice separation package. The only downside is that I won’t make my 50 years. On December 16, 2018 I would have celebrated 50 years with Bunge (and it’s predecessors). The best comment on this came from daughter Kelly when she said “Just round up.” I have not received my separation date yet but the agreement states that they will let me know before December 31, 2017. I am hoping for the end of February. I would like to know because we would like to attend an FCRV Retiree Rally in Tallahassee FL in March but can’t really make plans until I have a definite separation date. I have been training a replacement for over a year but the training has picked up since the date has moved up.
Two weeks before Thanksgiving the company moved into a new building. It is a really nice building and I’m glad that I get to spend a few months in the new building before I retire. As the time passes I get more excited to find out exactly when I get to retire. After over 50 years of working it will sure be a big change.
Son Scott had been working for the same company but he gave his notice on Monday, December 4. He wasn’t really looking for anything different but was offered a job with quite a nice increase in pay so he accepted it.
Guess that is about it for now. When I get more details I’ll be sure to let you know.