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  • 1. -1151094-832513<br />Madeleine von LaueA heartfelt tribute to our fearless leaderMadeleine was the first person I met in the ABE program after I had responded to the notice in the newspaper that the ABE program was looking for volunteer tutors.  I was impressed with her openness and cordiality as well as her enthusiasm for the ABE program and its students and tutors.In the six years that I have been part of the program, I've continued to be impressed with her and what she has brought to her job every day.  In spite of the exercise in chaos that she calls an office, which I've learned is a perpetual work in progress, she is remarkably organized and capable of keeping multiple tasks going at the same time.  She has the knack of making you believe that your concern is the only concern she has and that she is devoting all of her time to its resolution. Madeleine is a cheerleader, coach, and can-do person all wrapped up in a high energy body.Let me not forget to mention that Madeleine has very graciously kept me supplied with Moonstruck chocolates on a regular basis for the last several years.  Anyone who does that, I think, is qualified for sainthood!!Madeleine is a unique and wonderful individual.  I will miss her very much. John ForneyMadeleine – Best wishes to you on your next endeavor and thank you for all you have done for the students at Clark. I have really enjoyed volunteering here and appreciate your compassion and dedication. You have made the Literacy Lab a special place. You will be missed!Kyra JohnMadeleine: The first time I met you, you were smiling and each time after when I saw you, you were smiling.You asked and people came through, who could say no to you. I know you have met some very nice people and meeting you added one more special person in my life. Thank you for all that you have done for the ESL Program and I wish you the best in your new adventure. Sharon Hruby2003-2010To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to leave the world a better place; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson29838655354955301117036830029838652688590Madeleine,You have been such an inspiration to me – your energy, your commitment, and your sense of humor have added to the joy of participating in this program. You have made a real difference in so many lives, including mine! I will miss you, and hope that we keep in touch – I want to hear about your future adventures. Best wishes always,Marcia SmithAs a tutor, I have felt tremendously supported and valued by Madeleine and her staff.  Madeleine's competence, thoroughness, and, above all, her commitment to helping others improve their lives have been tremendous assets to the Adult Literacy Program, as well as inspiring to me personally.  I will miss her and wish her well in whatever she decides to do next.Sharon WinklerDear Madeleine, It is so evident to me that you have given your whole heart to your specialized work for literacy and learning at Clark. Your efforts have touched thousands of lives among students as well as tutors and staff and faculty… too many to count. What a beautiful legacy. You need to be proud. I know I am grateful to know you and have so much appreciated working more closely with you these last couple of years. I wish for you a wonderful next step in your career pathway. Enjoy the beautiful world and keep sharing your beautiful spirit with people. I’ll miss you.Sincerely,Kris BarnumContinue newsletter text here. Continue newsletter text here.Continue newsletter text here. Continue newsletter text here.Continue newsletter text here. Continue newsletter text here.YOU WILL BE MISSED-1155065-911860<br />When I first started working here, I made the mistake of asking Madeleine to recommend a good route to walk during the lunch hour. Her reply was, “Oh, you like to walk? Let’s go!” As I huffed and puffed trying to keep up with her, barely able to talk, Madeleine continued a rather one-sided conversation as if she were relaxing in a comfortable chair. She even added more steps to her route, zigzagging a bit, to match my “slow” straight line pace. She, of course, returned from the walk invigorated while I collapsed. Lesson learned: never walk with an avid bicyclist and hiker! Seriously though, it has been a pleasure working with Madeleine because she always “puts the students first.” She has a kind and generous heart and I have seen her go above and beyond the call of duty many times to help our students. She always makes students, volunteers, and staff feel welcome with her cheerful demeanor – as well as with plates of “goodies” and beautiful flowers on the counter. Her kind spirit and boundless energy will be sorely missed. Thank you, Madeleine, for making it fun to work here. Maureen WittersAdult Literacy Program AssistantDear Madeleine,I hope you have a great time finding a New Job. And I really liked it when you got flower bulbs from my fundraiser. I also had lots of fun when I helped you sort books.I really liked you and I hope you have a lot of fun at your new job!From your friend,AidenHow will I remember Madeleine?In just this way…First and foremost, as a friend, always ready to smile or chuckle, even in the worst of times.As a person fun to converse with, about things great and small. We solved many of the world’s problems in mere minutes, and we shared many laughs together!As a capable leader, willing to ask advice, through times prosperous and times changing. Will I miss Madeleine?Yes, and no…Yes, because I liked bumping into her in the hallway, in the classroom, and in the office, and in my email inbox throughout the year.No, because a friendship forever abides in one’s heart, bringing smiles at every memory of times together.What do I wish Madeleine?Happy trails, green pastures, fascinating adventures… with much love and appreciation for all that she has shared with us! Linda WardTo my favorite biker! Thank you for always…getting back to me via phone or email, going out of your way to support the ESL Mentors, encouraging me as I attempt to become a ‘real biker’ and sharing lots of laughs with me. You will be missed—thank you for all you’ve done over the years. Best wishes. Stay in touch.Lots of love,Sara No distance of time or place can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth. - Robert Southey-1028700-914400<br />Madeleine has always been wonderful about checking back with me regarding my tutors and making sure that the class, my teaching style and my tutors were working successfully together.  But where she really went beyond her job description is when she was always available to open Room 108 for me.  Since my classroom had been opened for me previously--this was the first time I taught in 108, I forgot that I needed to open that classroom myself for reasons of security.  Madeleine not only opened the classroom when she saw my students and I standing outside of the room with long faces, she also told me that she would always be available to open any classroom because she had keys.  When I had to take her up on her promise, she always jumped up and came to my assistance.  Thank you, Madeleine.  You will be missed.Catherine NobleThank you. You've made me feel very welcome.Marge McGlynnI have never met a more grateful person, or a more energized spirit. You lift up my day whenever we work together. I appreciate every compliment, every thank you, and all the smiles. I want to return all of those to you now, so with a bright smile I say…Thank you Madeleine for all you have done here, and my, you look stunning! I wish you the best with your next adventure. CassandraMADELEINE:You are such a workaholic and show your love for the program that helps so many people. I love your positive attitude and the assistance that you provide for each of us tutors.I wish you a blessed and wonderful time with whatever endeavors you might choose in the future.I’m sure that you will always remember me as your most difficult tutor to keep track of. You never knew where I would be going next!Oliver SasseI don’t have photos or anecdotes, but I do appreciate all that you, Madeleine, have accomplished through your untiring and consistent efforts.How you care is evident in every aspect of the literacy center and how students and teachers know and recognize if not you, the library, the trainings, etc.  Thank you is not enough, but it important to say.  Thank you Madeleine – your spirit will be sorely missed.Jackie Allen-Bond                 MADELEINEWhat can I say about Madeleine's leading?There was always so much heading.Whenever I had a problem She knew how to solve em.She listened to all that I would say and then say " OK" The next thing I knew she knew just what to do.She took a real interest to make the program better.Oh by the way did you see her great yellow sweater?We will miss you so much with your professional and personal touch.Wishing you all the best as you seek what's next.Thanks for all that you have been to so many,Julie Trombettahere. 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Continue newsletter text here. Continue newsletter text here. Continue newsletter text here.<br />“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”Helen Keller-127005121275-330200268986031781755938520317817526898602220595-198120-306070-194310-1148080-770255<br />Dear Madeleine,It has been my privilege to get to work with you, a most delightful person.  You are marvelous in reaching our students.  You demonstrate much respect for faculty and students. Your cheerful greetings are welcomed each day.  I love seeing you in our faculty kitchen, “Madeleine’s Place.” I do not know who can take over that kitchen; it belongs to you.  You mean much to all the tutors you have trained and to us the faculty with whom you work very conscientiously.  You have made a great contribution to the state, college, and community. It will be hard to fill your shoes. Thank you for your warm hospitality anytime I have entered Rm. 107.  You will do well, but I will personally miss you much.  Many blessings as you continue on your journey, and come see us!Anita LundyMadeleine,I’ll miss our trillium talks and imaginary nature walks.Barbara BairDear Madeleine:  Illusive, impish, imperial,      Incubator and executor of intelligent ideas.        Efficient, enigmatic, energizer bunniful.   Eternally effervescent and magnificently insightful.     EXCELLENT, excelente and most definitely irreplaceable.  From AlmaMadeleine,You are without a doubt the most unique person I have ever worked for, and your dedication to the program and the students is unparalleled. You treat each and every person who walks into your office with respect, and are determined to help find the solution to whatever the question or problem may be. I will miss you running around here trying to get us all (students included) involved in the community, reminding us to recycle, and spreading your enthusiasm wherever you go. They may have hired a replacement for your job position, but you will never be replaced. I have had the best two years working with you, and wish for you much happiness and blessings in whatever adventure you embark on next. HolliI loved working with you, Madeleine. Thank you for choosing me from the batch of applicants for the most enjoyable and rewarding job of my life! We got a lot done and had so much fun in the process of growing the Literacy Program! You are smart, funny, fair and creative and, boy, can you ever walk fast! I'll never forget speed walking with you through the neighborhoods surrounding TPC on our afternoon breaks, often while playing kick ball with a rock. Better than the gym! We worked out a lot of Program issues at top speed and breathless (me, not you). We had even more memorable times, both fulfilling and agonizing, collaborating on Tutor Talk, especially the relief of getting a finished newsletter in the mail! And then there were the tutor trainings and tutor/student matching, and the moving and reorganizing (how could anyone forget that), all of it very satisfying and worthy work. Your style and personality have made the Literacy Program what it is, a strong and lively organization. I wish you the very best in the years to come and hope that I'll get to see more of you now!Thanks,Pat-1198245-914400<br />-1130300-815975<br />-741680444500-7626355377815Madeleine, If I had to describe you in a short phrase, it would be something like...possesses incredible tirelessness!  Since 2006 I have seen how you treat each student, tutor and co-worker with such dignity and respect.  You are always on for everyone's greater good.  Truly these attributes never cease to amaze me.  You will be terribly missed.   Mahalo nui loa, (thank you so very much)Rosemarie ChunMadeleine,When I think of the ESL program at Clark, I think of you . . .your friendly face was one of the first I saw when I began exploring ESL as a possible second career years ago.  Your kindness continued as I completed the tutor training and got plugged into the classroom.  You always had time for my questions, which were numerous, and were always ready for a chat.  You have continued to be helpful now that I am on staff: showing me the ropes when others were not available, offering resources and advice, and even opening my door for me each Tuesday and Thursday evening so I could get into my classroom. (I’ll get that key yet!)Whatever you go on to do, I hope you receive as much joy as you have given others over the years at Clark.  And I know that wherever you settle down, you will make it a brighter, friendlier place that oozes with warmth and encouragement. I will miss you! Best wishes in your future endeavors.  And enjoy the windows and sunshine in your new place!Love,Lisa MitchellMEMORIES-7620002781300<br />Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.-Hans Christian AndersenOnce in awhile when we had worked long hours and the conditions were just right (meaning new snow), I used to try to convince Madeleine she and I needed to have some uninterrupted " planning" time to talk about the VLP program and do some long range brainstorming.  This type of meeting needed to be done away from TPC so we wouldn't be interrupted.  Riding in the car on the way to Mt. St. Helens or Mt. Hood was a great place to get this done.  So, we both would come prepared with our cross country skis and change of clothes, and at noon (or as soon as we could get away) we would duck out the back door and head for the snow.  Unfortunately, I had a hard time convincing Madeleine we needed to do this more often, so it only happened a couple of times over the years.  I have tried my best to have another planning meeting this year, even though I was no longer employed, but alas, I was unable to convince her of the value of this.  In the future, I hope we can still take some day long ski trips, but we will both miss the productive " planning time" in the car on the way to the snow. Mark McLeanMadeleine, YOU shine a light even brighter than the one in your office!   You will be missed.  Thank you for all of your many contributions to the Literacy Program and to the students at Town Plaza.  All the best to you on your " Next Step" .Sharon FujiokaTPC is greener because of Madeleine; not only has she planted seeds of growth in so many students, she has also spread green throughout TPC.  She is a role model for all of us because she uses alternative transportation, recycles, composts our food scraps, and contributes her time to so many organizations that serve the community.  Madeleine truly represents Clark College’s commitment to sustainable practices.  She brings consciousness and conscientiousness to our workplace.  Jane PatrickSeveral years ago, after one of the Tutor/Student dinners, I was helping to clean up the area and put things away after the festivities. What food and other things left over were being given away to the volunteers who stayed to help clean up. There were several bouquets that had decorated the tables and were now headed for the recycle bin unless each one of us took one home. I resisted until Madeleine absolutely insisted that I “take one home for Kathleen”. I packed it into my car.After cleanup, on Madeleine’s suggestion, we all went to McMenamin’s for a beer… on Madeleine. The group slowly, throughout the remainder of the evening, thinned out until it was only Madeleine and myself ‘putting the world to right’ with the help of a few pints. Suddenly the waiter came to the table and said, “You folks have to go. It’s closing time”. It was now 1:30 and I hadn’t called home to give an excuse for not getting home at a reasonable hour. “I’m in deep trouble,” I said to myself as I stumbled up the stairs… “You could have called!” Silence…silence.Fortunately, even with the blizzard I was in at that time of the evening, I had enough sense to bring the bouquet of flowers from the car and placed them on the counter in the kitchen. The next morning, Kathleen got to the kitchen before me, but I was enough in earshot to hear her say “Ohhhh, how lovely”. All was forgiven thanks to Madeleine.John Allen-1123950-895350<br />28765504692015<br />
    • If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.Henry David Thoreau-254000-25400-2660652310765Lunatic Biker Braves Winter StormA well-bundled woman was sighted pedaling her bicycle through a Vancouver blizzard one winter evening. Despite the several inches of snow, poor visibility, and near-freezing temperatures that kept many residents indoors, afraid to drive, walk, or even open their front doors, this woman had apparently ridden her bike to a holiday gathering. “It’s not that bad!” she was heard to cheerfully assert. A three-year-old recognized her through the window of his family’s car as she chugged along, a headlight illuminating her zigzag path through the snow. “Mama, that’s Madeleine RIDING HER BIKE IN THE SNOW!” he shouted. Indeed.Catherine JohnstonMadeleine,You are best boss I've ever had. When I first began at TPC, it was my first 'grown-up' job, and I was really nervous. But you have a way of making everyone that walks through our doors feel like they've found a place that they belong, and it was no different with me. It wasn't long before we were having CCR singalongs while sorting the library books. You’re blessed with a rapier wit that can brighten up even the most stressful of situations, and I still haven't got tired of tossing corny wordplay around with you.However, as great of a boss as you are, you’re an even better person. In the short time I've worked with you, you have proved to be the one of the most giving and passionate person I've ever met. You have true drive to better the world and will do anything in your power to help even a complete stranger. I have constantly been inspired by your intelligence, humor, and dedication.The library will be so much quieter without you! It will be extremely difficult to replace someone that brings so much life and vitality into an otherwise drab windowless building. I'll miss you greatly, and hope to stay in touch even beyond our short workplace acquaintance.With affection,NoraThe Literacy Lab Gang-33464546539151559560-28575-1186815-914400
    -1181100-914400<br />37134805916930" One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast... a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards." -Edward Abbey<br />