To continue with our wonderful 40th Anniversary Celebration…
As I said last week, Cathy sent in the Clown! Sparky was fantastic. Of course he made me a purple cat. He also made wonderful balloon animals and hats for our staff. Here are Kim’s and Diane’s, but my favorite was this one ~ Laura had to duck to get through doorways! (I’ll have more balloon photos in my July newsletter online.
The kids loved Sparky, too. They could look at lots of pictures and choose what they wanted him to make. Maria chose a hobby horse, because Grandpa McCoy carved her a real one! Such talent! (Grandpa and Sparky!)
Some of our oldest sales reps came, too. Well, not oldest, but ones who have called on us for years and years. Jim Mc Donald, from Checker Distributors is in the center, with our rep and friend, Carolyn, and Dick. I could swear Jim was just a teenager when he started coming to us at the “old store.” (We still call the one we were in for 20 years the “old store,” even though we’ve been in our “new store” 20 years too, now.)
Pete Holmes has been with us forever, from various companies. And we’re so glad! When we met him, he even had hair! Now he’s got that handsome bald head!
Brewer rep, Linda White, came from a distance to be here. We first met her as a fellow sewing machine dealer (and I’ll always remember her giving me meds at a banquet in Switzerland, since I was sick and we were traveling the next day.
Nancy Roelfsema a great rep from Notions Marketing even helped cut fabric for us and I couldn’t believe we didn’t get a photo of her, but here’s a nice one. We do appreciate all your help!
Our guest from farthest away? Tammy Stephens, on the right, is from Melbourne, Australia! She found something here that her mother-in-law couldn’t find at home. Her friend, Rose Jemcor was originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, but lives here in South Bend now. Welcome!
We were honored to have some dignitaries with us, too. Jeff Rea is currently the President & CEO of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, but was an admired mayor of our sister city Mishawaka before that.
Deputy Mayor Mark Neal, is serving as South Bend’s Deputy Mayor while Mayor Pete Buttigieg is on active military duty in Afghanistan with the United States Navy Reserve. He gave us a congratulatory letter from the Office of the Mayor.
We received recognition with a letter from our United States Senator Joe Donnelly.
We were declared “Distinguished Hoosier” with a certificate from the Governor, Michael Pence.
There was another honor that means so much to cat lovers like us. Carol Ecker, Director of the Humane Society and Alexis Fredricks, Adoption Specialist who helped us choose our current cat family told us that there will be a bench in the garden in front of the building that will have our names etched in it! Carol’s been a friend since “the old building,” when she had time to do needlepoint.
It was a wonderful weekend, one we’ll certainly remember forever. Thanks to everyone who came to our celebration and had anything to do with it, like our great staff.
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