The Mid-South District staff gathered to celebrate 28 years of faithful service by Stephanie Weiser. Food, fellowship and many laughs were enjoyed by District staff, current and retired, along with Stephanie’s family.
The theme of the dinner was quarters. President Paavola and Stephanie had a running joke that every time something went wrong at the District office it must have been Stephanie’s fault and he would charge a quarter on her “tab.” Everyone in attendance had many stories to share of Stephanie’s time at the District especially the many strange, funny or puzzling events at different locations of the District office over the years. However, as the stories were told, each speaker had to pay Stephanie a quarter, needless to say she had collected quite a stash by the end of the evening. She was even awarded a lady bug piggy bank for her collection.
The Support Staff compiled a list of volunteer responsibilities for Stephanie, in her retirement. The list was quite exhaustive and included volunteering at the District office 7 days a week, 24 hours a day as well as driving the Care-Van when necessary. Rev. Al Boysen recited a poem he wrote in her honor, which was enjoyed by all. Needless to say,
Stephanie was a good sport and took it all in stride.
During Stephanie’s tenure at the Mid-South District she was the Administrative Assistant for Education and worked for several Education Executives; Rev. Andrew Brondos, Mr. James Sorgatz, Mr. Charles Winterstein and Rev. David Hormann. Stephanie has been a tremendous asset to educators in the District and worked tirelessly over the years to help make the teachers, principals, early childhood and professional workers conferences successful.
Many had the pleasure of calling the office and talking with Stephanie. She had a habit of asking how the caller was doing and really wanted to know the answer. Stephanie has a tremendous gift for compassion and concern, and after talking with her, everyone was assured they would remain in her thoughts and prayers. She has truly been a blessing, not only to us at the District office, but to anyone who has had the opportunity to know her.
We wish Stephanie many blessings in her retirement as she prepares to spend time with her husband, Les and family. Well done, good and faithful servant…