School Supply Assistance by AIB College of Business – August, 2011


OK – so it was a really long time ago (35+ years) that I went to school at the AIB College of Business for my accounting degree. Throughout the years, I’ve maintained contact with various members of the faculty, attending retirement parties and other activities. Last spring, I was visiting with Reonna Snyder, Alumni Director, about Friends of Cozumel and the types of activities we support. When I mentioned the school supply project, Reonna was quick to introduce me to Rita McClain, sponsor of a student organization – FTP (Future Travel Professionals).

The mission of FTP is to develop a better understanding of the travel and hospitality industry through networking, guest speakers, and having fun; while together becoming more involved in the organization and our community, gaining experience, responsibility, and leadership skills that will spark enthusiasm for our future careers and lives.

Rita was excited to offer her student group as participants to help gather school supplies this fall (we’re buying now for the 2012 school year). As the fall quarter had not yet begun and the number of available students was limited. Those that could, headed to Target with Rita and Reonna after receiving their “shopping list” from me. “We never knew doing something like this could be so much fun and feel so rewarding”, one of the students said. I was more than pleased to stop at Reonna’s office last week to pick up over 150 items that they had purchased for us.

It is a distinct possibilty that this group of Future Travel Professionals may schedule a visit to Cozumel at some point in the future as they experience popular destination spots. If they do, it is our hope that we can put them to work! – Larry



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LEFT PHOTO: Reonna Snyder (Alumni Director), Sara Bush, Austin Benge, and Alec Rushford
MIDDLE PHOTO: Headed to check out!
RIGHT PHOTO: Rita McClain (Sponsor), Austin Benge, Sarah Bush, and Alec Rushford

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