On January 13, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community presented its annual Employee Service Awards Luncheon. Every year the Human Resources Department Recognition Committee hosts the luncheon to recognize employees who have worked with the SRPMIC tribal government for five years and longer.
The afternoon started with a welcome from Community Manager Bryan Meyers, who served as master of ceremonies.
SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr. thanked the employees and recognized them for their efforts.
“Everyone here has a hand in what takes place within our Community, and I want to thank them for their help,” said Ray. “Many of you have spent many years here, made many accomplishments day by day, [made] efforts and sacrifices over many years, and I want to thank you for your service to the Community.”
The theme for the luncheon was a fiesta. A Mexican-food menu was catered by Community member Ernesto Lopez, and entertainment was provided by the all-female group Mariachi Pasion. Prize drawings also took place during the luncheon.
A total of 195 employees were recognized for their terms of service, beginning with five years. The supervisors of those staff members who have served 20 years or longer provided an introduction for each staff member, noting their service to the Community. Eight employees were recognized for 20 years of service, seven were recognized for 25 years of service, and one, Kevin Makil of the Salt River Fire Department, was recognized for 30 years of service. Two people received awards for 35 years of service: Elaine Cabrera, who worked for the Department of Transportation, and Rosanna Andrews, who works with the Education Department. Gilland Fulwilder, with the Department of Transportation, received recognition for working for the Community for 40 years.
Each employee received gifts and a commemorative plaque.