The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community held its annual Service Award Recognition Luncheon at the Community Building on January 12. Employees who have worked for the Community for a period of five, 10, 20 or 30 years were recognized for their years of service. Community Manager Bryan Meyers, who served as master of ceremonies, welcomed all the employees to the luncheon.
“I would like to thank all of you for investing your time, making sacrifices and even getting on that emotional roller-coaster at times,” said Meyers. He continued by noting that over the years many friendships have been made among the Community’s employees, and he thanked them for making the Community a place to be proud to work in.
“I would like to thank all of you on behalf of the Tribal Council,” said Meyers.
SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier also thanked everyone for their commitment during the difficult economic times when the government went through the voluntary separation package, leaving departments shorthanded and forcing the remaining staff to take on extra duties.
“I thank all of you for stepping up and taking on the many tasks you had to take on,” said Harvier.
SRPMIC President Diane Enos also attended the luncheon. She recognized everyone for the high level of customer service they provide.
“That personal touch that you give to our customers means so much and really goes a long way for our Community. I want to acknowledge all of you out there,” said Eros.
After the opening messages, the awards presentation took place, with President Enos, Vice-President Harvier and Council Member Deanna Scabby presenting the employees with their awards. Employees who have been with the Community for five years were recognized first, followed by those logging 10 years and 15 years.
Meyers then asked the employees who have been with the Community for 20 and 30 years to come up to the podium with their supervisors and directors. When each employee was introduced, his or her direct supervisor and/or department director spoke about what that employee has brought to their department. Many of the stories were appreciations and dedications to the employees. Each employee received a certificate, and employees with the highest number of years received glass plaques as well as a gift of their choice.
The luncheon also included a raffle and a slideshow featuring all the employees along with a quote from each about why they enjoy their job.