For more than 30 years, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has made it a tradition to stage a weeklong celebration to honor its hard-working and talented administrative-support professionals. On Friday, April 24, a special luncheon was held at the Salt River Community Building, where Dorine Andrews was named Administrative Professional of the Year.
Here within the Community, this celebration is something that many tribal employees look forward to. The entire week is set aside to recognize the hard work, skills, loyalty, dedication and efficiency of administrative professionals, upon whom so many Community organizations and functions depend.
The weeklong celebration included a trip to the UltraStar Cinemas (to enjoy the film The Longest Ride), lunch catered by Los Olivos Mexican Restaurant, gratitude given by SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr. and the Tribal Council, and plenty of games and prizes.
On the final day of the celebration, tribal employees gathered at the Salt River Community Building for the awards luncheon. This year’s theme was Mardi Gras. The room was decorated with colorful décor that made attendees feel like they were on Bourbon Street in the midst of New Orleans. Lunch was served and each administrative professional left with a bag full of goodies.
Administrative Professional of the Year
Every year a particular individual is chosen as the Community’s Administrative Professional of the Year. The tribal departments all nominate individuals for consideration, looking for employees who are hard-working, dedicated and enthusiastic. This year, eight nominees were evaluated by the panel of judges: Dorine Andrews, office manager, Administration; Renata Riena, senior clerk, Health and Human Services; Ilene Lewis, executive secretary, Health and Human Services; Lynelle Manual, secretary, Tribal Court; Stella Romero, executive secretary, Community Regulatory Agency; Corrina Burke, executive secretary, Salt River Fire Department; Brenda Hardy, secretary, Health and Human Services; and Susan Fassett, Education Board secretary, Education Department.
The 2015 SRPMIC Administrative Professional of the Year is Community member Dorine Andrews, Administration Office Manager. Andrews received a gift card worth $1,200, spa essentials, restaurant and movie gift cards, a vase, and a beautiful plaque on behalf of the Administrative Professionals Week Committee, SRPMIC Tribal Council and the Community.
She was nominated by Administrative Officer Glen Law. “Dorine is one of the most conscientious people here who goes above and beyond without seeking attention or glory on a consistent basis. She has a very strong sense of caring,” said Law. Andrews assists with various Community programs and also oversees administrative staff. Law was content that Andrews goes above and beyond for her Community. “I’m glad that someone like Dorine is here to help take care of the Community members. She has passion, and that’s something that can’t be taught.”
Andrews started with the Community in 1977 as a microfilm technician. She laughed as she took a trip down memory lane, remembering the old, outdated machines she used to use and also mentioned that she was self-taught. She said that she looked at working for her Community as a blessing; it wasn’t just a job to her. She enjoyed working with staff and helping others in any way that she could. Little did she know that she would be here for over 35 years.
“I like what I do and the people I work with; that’s what makes it easy,” said Andrews. “I want to provide excellent service to the Community, especially to the seniors.” Andrews also mentioned that one memorable moment was when the Community was campaigning for gaming and won [Proposition 202]. “This was an opportunity where the Community could expand,” said Andrews.
“I was surprised when I heard the news. Glen called me and said, ‘I want to be the first to congratulate you on winning Administrative Professional of the Year,’” said Andrews. Andrews was not present at the awards ceremony, as she was taking part in a cultural ceremony, and she was caught off guard when she heard the news. “We celebrated my winning at the river, with good friends,” she laughed.
Aside from her new title, Andrews is also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She refers to herself as “plain Jane and humble,” but content that “life is good.” This is not Andrews’ first time winning the award; she also won Employee of the Year in 2010. “I am proud,” added Andrews.
The content of Law’s nomination letter follows:
Dorine Andrews has an expert level of knowledge in all administrative areas and is always prepared to assist customers to help ensure their issues and questions are resolved promptly, courteously and professionally.
She is leading and mentoring Administration staff through her team’s stated 2015 goal of “Get It Together–To Be Better!” This concentrated effort focuses on service excellence, time management, organizational skills and team building to go above and beyond generally accepted standards of service. This is helping to build cohesiveness within her group, actively promote cross-training with regard to duties and in enhancing esprit-de-corps.
Dorine is one of the “faces of the Community” through her service at the Administration Secretary desk and helps Community members and visitors form their first opinion of the SRPMIC. She also recently completed multiple terms as an appointed member of the Miss Salt River Committee.
The Community is fortunate to have her here!