MarJo Rivinius, clad in red and black, glanced quietly out the window through her silver-rimmed glasses.
A driving presence at the Lodi Association of Realtors since 1974, Rivinius, 72, said she remembers when she used to ride her bike along the side of the vineyards that were adjacent to the office before they were cleared away to make room for Ham Lane.
Currently serving as the association executive for the organization, Rivinius shook her head and shrugged her shoulders when asked what she plans to do when she retires, which takes effect at the end of 2011.
“It will be hard trying to not be so organized,” she said. “I guess I will have time to do picture albums and clean my house and read. I love to read.”
Rivinius said she began working with the association part-time because it was the most ideal job for her while her two daughters were still in school.
She said as her daughters grew up, the organization grew, too, eventually leading her to obtain a full-time position with the association.
A 50-year Lodi resident, Rivinius has seen the city expand in a way most others have not, and yet she said it still feels like a small town, though she said that was not necessarily a bad thing.
Association president Kerry Suess said Rivinius has been someone who all past presidents have asked to remain with the organization through the end of their term, not only because she could provide them with expert opinions on Lodi real estate, but also because she knew just about everything regarding Lodi.
“She has been a mother and a friend to all of us,” he said. “Even when one of us was confident in something we were going to do, we always got her opinion anyways. It has been awfully nice having her around.”
Rivinius said that of all the things she will miss about her job, what she misses most will be the people.
Admitting that she is a somewhat quiet person, Rivinius said interacting with the association’s members and getting to know them not only on a professional level, but also on a personal level, has been something for which she was truly grateful.
“Even though the (economy) has been tough on our members, they have remained positive,” she said. “It is that caliber of people that I will miss working with.”
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