MILTON-FREEWATER -- In honor of Administrative Professionals Day 150 business professionals gathered in Milton-Freewater for a luncheon Wednesday, "to say thanks to all the people who truly do all the work," in the words of Mike Watkins, Chamber of Commerce president. Jennifer Jorgenson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
As guests arrived to the community center they were greeted by live piano music by Miss Rhonda, and spring-colored corsages at each place setting, donated by Nature Garden Florist. Each guest also received an apple, donated by Earl Brown & Sons, and a notebook portfolio and pen donated by Oregon First Community Credit Union.
Emcee for the meal was Sam Tucker. "We are here to honor those underpaid, overworked assistants," he said.
The 13th annual luncheon was country-themed with barbecue chicken and riblets, baked beans, and an assortment of salad and fresh fruit, all catered by Rhonda's Catering Service.
Entertainment for the event was along the country theme as well with a cowboy poet, Dick Johnson, and an Alaska fiddler, Den Waldman.
Susan Dohrmann, coordinator of the committee responsible for the luncheon, said "I think it's just giving back to the community."
Dohrmann and eight members work on the committee to put together the luncheon each year on Administrative Professionals Day. The committee puts a strong emphasis on the community and its members, she said.
In addition to the meal and some free gifts for everyone, Dohrmann's committee rounded up 46 prizes from various businesses in the area to give away as door prizes to guests at the luncheon. Prizes ranged from homemade pies to gift certificates and merchandise.
Watkins said he is glad for the opportunity to thank the people who help keep businesses running. He also thanked businesses for their participation with donations of time, products and money for the event.