Sisters honor ‘parachute packers’ for years of service

February 7, 2017 by

SCROLL DOWN FOR A SLIDESHOW FROM THIS EVENING’S EVENT

Nine employees of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia were honored this evening (Tuesday, Feb. 7) at the 2017 Employee Appreciation Banquet at the Nazareth Motherhouse.

The annual event drew a crowd of nearly 150 employees, their guests and Sisters of St. Joseph. The theme of the evening was “Who Packs Your Parachute?” The theme comes from the story of Charles Plumb, a Vietnam-era Navy pilot who had to eject from his airplane and parachute behind enemy lines. Years later he had the opportunity to meet, and thank, the sailor who had packed his life-saving parachute that day. Today he uses the story in his talks to remind listeners to thank the people who do vital work between the scenes but who might not otherwise he recognized.

Each table was decorated with a miniature person landing with a parachute aloft, designed by Sister Ramona Medina and handcrafted by the women at Neighbor to Neighbor in downtown Concordia. The evening included a welcome by congregational president Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, slideshow with photos of all the employees, numerous door prizes and a meal catered by Marla’s Joy Teahouse in Concordia.

The employees honored, listed with their jobs and length of service, are:

PAULA TATUM
environmental services coordinator
35 years
CURTIS MANSFIELD
maintenance
30 years
DOUG HERMAN
treasurer/chief financial officer
25 years
PENNY ARNOLD
administrative services manager
15 years
LARRY METRO
food services manager/dietician
15 years
MARY BIEKER
charge nurse
5 years
JESICA COLLINS
dietary aide
5 years
FATHER JAMES HOOVER
chaplain
5 years
KEITH SELLS
maintenance
5 years

The Sisters of St. Joseph have about 70 employees in Concordia, working at the Nazareth Motherhouse, Manna House of Prayer and the CSJ Administrative Center at 215 Court St.

 
 

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2 Responses to “Sisters honor ‘parachute packers’ for years of service”

  1. Betsy Gasperich-Miller on February 8th, 2017 8:10 am

    How wonderful! Thanking those in our lives is so important and often overlooked!
    Thank you, dear Sisters of St. Joseph for being my parachute packers throughout my early years and continue to support me through your loving, prayerful energies sent my way! Always in my heart!

  2. Missy Ljungdahl on February 7th, 2017 11:21 pm

    What an AMAZING group of people! Thanks to all our employees and ALL who made this event happen. We were with you all in spirit.

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