By MINDY MCKENZIE
Daily Globe Staff Reporter
SHELBY - Community members, faculty, friends, and family bid an emotional farewell to Pioneer Career and Technology Center's Superintendent Glenna Cannon during her retirement open house on Tuesday afternoon.Cannon has spent the last 28 years of her career at Pioneer and over the last nine years she has served as the first female superintendent. Cannon has 35 years total in the State Teacher Retirement System. Pioneer's Director of Operations Greg Nickoli welcomed guests and some of Cannon's family members to the celebrations as special presentations were made to Cannon. Nickoli read special commendations from the Governor of the state of Ohio John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, along with Larry Obhof, Dave Burke, and the Honorable Keith Faber from the Ohio Senate. In addition, Mayor Marilyn John read a proclamation from the city of Shelby for Glenna Cannon Day on December 16, 2014. "I just want to say what a pleasure it has been serving with you over the past five years. Glenna (Cannon) has represented Shelby and Pioneer very well. I have always been very proud to have you as our superintendent and your presence will be missed," John shared. Also, Pioneer Director of Business Affairs Jim Grubbs made a Presentation of Key to the facility. "As many of you know, Glenna Cannon had a great deal to do with this beautiful facility that we have. She had a vision to do a couple different things with this facility and we got it accomplished. We spent many days and nights with architects, engineers, and construction workers to get through the renovation to come out with the facility we have today. Without Glenna's vision that would not have been possible," Grubbs stated. Grubbs explained once the renovation was completed, a box was dropped off which explained keys could not be made anywhere for the facility. "We had to make the keys ourselves and they gave me a key making machine. So, I thought it would only be fitting that we present Glenna Cannon with the key to our facility," Grubbs said. Grubbs also presented Cannon with a Pioneer PRIDE Book. Moving forward, Nickoli made a presentation of a Memory Book and also presented Cannon with a Pioneer picture. "The memory book was created and bound by our students here at Pioneer. We know how special the students are to her, so we felt it only appropriate that they do the work to create this document," Nickoli explained. Becki Kimmel, Cannon's secretary, made a presentation of a quilt. "This was actually the idea of one of my co workers and I used the people here at Pioneer to help collect some t shirts. My mother made Glenna and Don (Plotts), Cannon's husband, a t shirt quilt of Pioneer shirts," Kimmel shared. Pioneer Board President Howard Koons also presented a Resolution of Commendation and a plaque which will be placed in the administration office for the Dedication of Glenna R. Cannon Administrative Center. Cannon expressed her gratitude and appreciation to all guests in attendance. "There is so much to say. I have been the most blessed person in this world. I have a wonderful family and wonderful parents that guided me along and always supported me. It has been a blessing to have the family I have," Cannon shared. "My Pioneer family has been wonderful and one of the most amazing things about Pioneer is our staff. They have been so supportive of me and I could not have done anything if it wasn't for this staff. We have made many changes, we have had many accomplishments, and we have increased enrollment. This has been a wonderful adventure and I will miss each and everyone of you." Cannon shared what she plans on doing with some of her spare time she will have once she completes her final day at Pioneer on Tuesday, December 23. "We will be traveling to Arizona for Christmas and then we will go to San Francisco for a couple of days and then we are traveling up to Napa Valley. After that, we will return home and then at the end of January we are leaving for Florida. We are just going to travel and enjoy our time. I am very excited for this new adventure."