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As a new addition to our web page we are adding along with news and accomplishments of our members, news concerning our professions, and any other interesting information, a profile about some of our members. As President, I got elected to be first, so here goes.
Bonnie Hokinson Renda, was born and grew up on a farm near Clarion, IA. I attended a one room school through the sixth grade. What an awesome, carefree, and blessed childhood I had. I wish everyone could make that statement; our world would certainly be a happier place.
After graduation, I moved to the big city of Des Moines to attend Americana Academy of Beauty with two of my best friends. We lived in a house with 6 other students of
Americanathat was owned by Tonini’s Funeral Home. Mr. Tonini chauffeured us to and from school each day in the limos. It was an exciting time and educational in more ways than one. I won’t get into that.
My first job was with an incredible man and wife in their home salon, Press Spillers Salon, which is now where Richard Sheriff lives and has his salon. Small world!
After getting married, having a baby, Angela, moving around the country, I came back to Des Moines. I worked at JCPenney’s in downtown for 6 years and then helped open the new JCP salon at Valley West Mall as manager in 1977. Worked there for a challenging 10 ½ years before deciding it was time to move on.
After working for a friend in her salon, The Upper Cut, Ann and I opened “ABoutique on 5th” in Valley Junction, West Des Moines. We continued the salon and boutique until the flood of 1993 which put a halt to the boutique, We were burnt out by then doing both businesses, I loved the boutique and all it’s perks, jewelry, purses, clothes, and etc but my heart was still in my cosmetology profession.
I’ve been an independent contractor for 15 years and am now semi-retired. I love my salon, Studio 409 in West Des Moines and all the awesome stylists I work with. I can’t imagine not “doing hair” and not seeing all my clients (more like family). I listen to my friends complain about their jobs and once in a while I’ll say out loud “I love my job!” Otherwise, I just smile and know I’m a pretty lucky person.
I first joined NCA while working for JCP, which they encouraged. I enjoyed the meetings and was an officer in #6 for several years. After leaving JCP, I lost membership for awhile but rejoined some years later. I soon had held all the offices in our affiliate at one time or another and then became State President in 2009. This office has been the most incredible thing I have ever done. It has required me to do things I never thought I could possibly do. The friendships I have made across the state are priceless and hope to have forever. It is a lot of work but the rewards are many and I hope we can keep our association growing and become even better. Thank you all for giving me the encouragement to continue and be a better person. I love you all. God Bless!