My Life as a Long-term, Part-time/Full-time PMCPOA Employee
By Grace Wollemann, Confidential Executive Secretary/HR-On Site SpecialistAs a part-time employee for three years and a full-time employee of PMCPOA for 10+ years now, I can say with all honesty that I have seen a lot go on here and have had a lot of experiences in Pine Mountain Club!
I first dipped my toes into the PMC waters when we bought our property in 1993 as a place to escape to with our four kids. It was a great vacation place until I retired from the federal government in 1999, at which time we moved up here permanently.
My husband, Gary, and I have four kids together and our youngest had just turned 12 when we bought our home here. We didn’t actually move up here full time until the kids were grown and gone, because, I have to admit, I would have been afraid to put them in school here because I feared the bus ride during the winter. I did have a bad accident before the guardrails were installed, so am cautious.
Initially, I started taking fitness classes at the Clubhouse and then asked around about teaching kids’ dance classes. I owned the Cecile Rogers Dance Studio after Cecile Rogers retired, and I thought I’d bring some classes to PMC. At that time, I spent part of my time at the dance studio and the other part of my time in PMC. I loved owning the studio and teaching, so it was a good fit for me and it seemed like perfect timing for the Clubhouse to bring in the classes.
I worked at PMCPOA as a subcontractor teaching these dance classes prior to employment. I started teaching fitness classes in 2006, which included dance aerobics and yoga. Then, I applied for the Receptionist/Clerical Position working as an assistant to the Director of Administration, mostly on Board stuff and Human Resources, and was hired full time on Sept. 3, 2008. On Feb. 4, 2013, I was promoted to the Human Resources On-site Specialist, and I continued teaching fitness classes. On Aug. 14 of 2017, I was promoted to my current position of Confidential Executive Secretary/HR-On Site Specialist.
Over the years here, I have had so many experiences, some good and of course some challenging. My fondest memories are about the employees who I have worked with over the years. I miss a lot of them who have left, and sometimes I wish I could go back in time and revisit the moments we had together. I also greatly miss the times I tried to teach the children to dance, when I would tell them to go left and they would turn right. The kids I taught were hilarious. They are very articulate, and wow! You wouldn’t believe how much I learned about their families!
I’ve had quite a few challenges over the years too. The ones that affected me most and sometimes still do are the constant changes in scheduling, calendar changes for facility usage, changes in Board direction, never-ending hiring, job changes, employee changes and lack of assistance.
When you work here for 14 years, you see a lot of changes: I have worked under seven general managers and multiple supervisors. I worked under the recreation supervisor, and that changed approximately six times. After the Director of Administration I was reporting to left, I worked for two more supervisors.
And, as we all know, restaurants come and go up here, and our programs, such as horseback riding, fitness classes and theater groups, change often too. Changes happen almost every time new Board members come in, or the general manager changes, or the supervisor in charge of a function changes, or the liability insurance changes.
What I find really interesting though, is that yes, we see these changes, but we always come back to what was. PMC is one of the most wonderful places I have found in California, and I hope we don’t make too many changes. As they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”