1999 – Palm Desert, California
From Betty Mann’s earliest days as Executive Secretary and house organ editor, she was always involved with people in a most enthusiastic way. An Evanston, Illinois native, Betty spent most of her life in the Midwest, raising a family and active in community and church. Her ongoing involvement in volunteer work led to employment as a meeting planner and project coordinator for Convention and Conference Consultants. This activity of site inspection and coordination for business seminars and retreats brought her to California as a meeting coordinator for “The Great American Choral Festival”, where she met and later married Johnny Mann. She became the national events coordinator, planning and executing choral (singing) competitions in cities throughout America. In the Fall of 1987 and 1989, Johnny Mann and his singer/dancers performed on two bus tours of 10,000 miles each in cities all across the United States, involving Betty as tour manager. Her responsibilities included costume design, road mother to eighteen performers, sound and lighting assistance and coordinating the overall logistics of hotels and theatre contacts. During the years 1991-1994, Betty served as Medical Staff/Education Coordinator for Northridge Hospital Medical Center, arranging for speakers for physicians’ continuing medical education, planning and executing medical staff retreats/seminars and controlling accounting procedures for the medical staff finances. She is currently involved in volunteer and church work in the Palm Springs area community and Core Member/Publicity Chair for Christian Celebrity Luncheons. She has chaired the 1999 Northwood University Debutante Ball and Scholarship Showcase Gala and has served as the Northwood University Palm Springs chapter President.