This month we celebrate and honor the retirement of Susan Rothman, longtime King William resident and King William Fair Coordinator. Susan came to the Fair in September 2009 bringing 20 years' experience working in the for-profit and non-profit sector. Her prior experience in fundraising, interfacing with donors, plus managing staff and volunteers prepared her for similar duties at the Fair. She was originally brought in to focus on increasing sponsorships, and since then she has increased sponsor donations by 250%, not including the many in-kind donations she has facilitated.

Equally important, Susan’s creativity and organizational skills have allowed the Fair to improve its overall operations through the streamlining of department manuals, creation of timelines and developing better systems in the areas of Food, Art & Craft, Transportation, Volunteers and Communications.

Her skills were invaluable on Fair day when she served as “dispatcher” on the walkie-talkie radio system. All who saw her were amazed at her ability to listen on all channels to over 100 users while managing problematic issues and guiding distressed callers to solutions, while gently nurturing everyone through the day.

Susan is leaving the Fair staff, but will still be seen around the neighborhood. She is taking this time to play golf again, renew her painting skills and spend more time with her grandchildren in Austin. We will miss her integrity, kindness, generosity and the strong work ethic that has guided us through the past five Fairs.

- Zet Baer