The Mason Community Foundation Board of Directors recently hosted an appreciation luncheon for the employees and volunteers of our Community Thrift Store. Participants met in the party room of Willow Creek Café, and enjoyed a lunch of roast beef with all the trimmings. A carrot cake prepared by Mary Sholibo provided a sweet end to the feast. The cake was presented in special appreciation of outgoing manager, Judy Koch. The Board also presented her with a gift certificate to the Green House.
Judy has capably served as manager for several years, first when it was known as the "Hospice Thrift Store", and then when it became the Community Thrift Store. She was instrumental in the transition to the current operation and organization of the Thrift Store. She has stepped aside in order to enjoy a new season of her life. Aimee Jaquez has been promoted to the manager position. Audrey Morquecho was recently hired to assist Aimee in the operation of the store. We have two regular Saturday employees, Maria Martinez, and Darinda Chew, with Amanda Orozpe working as needed. They all work hard to keep the store running smoothly, and looking so good.
We have several regular volunteers who tend to a variety of tasks needed to keep specific areas organized. They include Helen Hahn, Marion Leifeste, Jutta Dreyer, Mona Hyde, Martha Vacek, Maribelle Hoerster, Amanda Orozpe, and Earl Koch. To honor these dedicated individuals, Judy read aloud a personalized poem she composed for the occasion. Each poem perfectly represented the volunteer for whom it was composed.
While we set aside some time to honor all the workers, we appreciate them all during the year. All their efforts are noticed and favorably commented on by local shoppers and out-of-towners. If you have some time to volunteer for a good cause, please contact Aimee at 347-6551.