Profile of Martha Pirkle
Born: LaGrange, Georgia
Education: Master’s degree in management supervision from Central Michigan University
Employment: Pirkle has worked for LaGrange College since 1993. In 1997, she accepted a position as director of alumni and community relations. She helped develop the alumni’s most recent group travel program for its first trip to coastal Georgia in 2010.
Hobbies: Pirkle and her husband enjoy hiking, reading and traveling together. The two consider themselves “foodies,” which goes hand in hand with traveling. She always tries to discover quality places to eat while on the road.
Founded in 1831, LaGrange College is a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Church. The college’s alumni association has about 8,000 members.
• Detail, detail, detail: Make sure you have every detail planned before you go.
• Find a travel company you are very comfortable working with and that understands the mission of your program.
• Help your travelers experience things that are out of their normal routine. Encourage them to try new things.