The Sarasota Soil and Water Conservation District is a county-wide elected arm of the Dept. of Agriculture to help farmers and ranchers keep soil productive and water clean since 1947. Now we also work in collaboration with schools, HOAs, non-profits and affiliated agencies. Citizen legislators, we serve without pay.
Audie is Supervisor, Group 1 for Sarasota County and Deputy V.P., Area 3-C (Sarasota, Manatee River, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties) in the Assoc of Florida Conservation Districts (AFCD).
Speaking French and Japanese, Audie is also a board member of Alliance Francaise de Sarasota and programs the French films.
Loving Jackson Hole, she also volunteers at Teton Raptor Center.
Prior to living in Florida Audie served in the California State Assembly representing Oakland, Alameda and Piedmont, and as a director of the Fairview Fire Protection District. She has also been visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, U. Washington, U.C. Berkeley and Santa Cruz, International Christian University, Tokyo and Japan Film Academy, Kawasaki. Her teaching has included community college, substituting at all grade levels in two California public school districts, and high school classroom volunteering in Sarasota and Manatee counties. A specialist in Japanese cinema, she has written several books and translated Akira Kurosawa's Something Like an Autobiography.
I want to make good things happen for you and your community.. This website will pass on news about new legislation, new research, grants and achievements,
curriculum changes, opinions whether outrageous or wise, occasional fun and a few blessings
The photo above shows the kids in a Havana slum where Audie and fellow volunteers from First Baptist Church Sarasota taught, fed and played with them.. Our look behind the music, cigars and classic cars of tourist Cuba showed us the real condition of the Cuban people under communist dictatorship. On tight Religious Practices visas, we saw their hunger for food, freedom and for the Gospel we shared.
I've promised to take a group of Sarasota high school science students to tour the only surgical-grade water purification plant in the USA, in Altamonte Springs, FL, near Orlando. Normally it is accessible only to residents of Seminole County, but we have an invitation thanks to a City Commissioner. Cost will be about $500. Please help!
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