PIEDMONT -- Susi Cherry and Morgan Watkins from Guide Dogs for the Blind will share their stories at the Piedmont Asian American Club annual dinner on Jan. 11.

The event will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Legendary Palace, 708 Franklin St., Oakland. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. RSVP to Mary Geong at 510-654-4417 and sent a check payable to "PAAC" at 1415 Grand Ave., Piedmont, CA 94610 by Jan. 9.

Cherry, a native Californian and retired interior designer, has co-authored a book about her experience as a puppy raising and breeder keeper. She has volunteered for Guide Dogs for the Blind for more than 20 years, where she raised five puppies.

She currently volunteers as a docent on the Guide Dog campus in San Rafael, giving tours to the public. She is past chair of the Guide Dogs for the Blind's Legacy Society and participates in the organization's speakers bureau. Susi is also a member of the Development Committee which reports to the board of directors of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Susi is a breeder custodian for "Globie," a beautiful black Labrador retriever, who gave birth to 22 puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Globie accompanies Cherry on speaking engagements.


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G. Morgan Watkins worked for 30 years at the University of Texas at Austin, becoming the director of user services, one of the largest centralized computing support operations in the country. After enjoying a short retirement, he served for 18 months as the acting president and CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind while they conducted a national search. Morgan continues to serve on the national board of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Although blind, Watkins is an accomplished speaker, writer and textbook author. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas, where he is working on another writing project.

-- Mary Geong