I love this time of year.  Not only because in the summer there are fewer buses on the road as I travel to work, but because it is the time of year when we celebrate!

The first Thursday of June has (at least for the last eight years) seen Children’s Friend celebrate our successes at our Annual Meeting.  We see work friends, community supporters, and board members, we see less frequently than we might during the year.  We enjoy each other’s company, eat, laugh, cry, and celebrate.

One of the best parts of the celebration for me is to see the Years of Service awards handed out.  Longevity in an employee is, for the most part, something that doesn’t happen as often as it used to.  But Children’s Friend has existed for 184 years creating some opportunity for employees to dedicate more than just a few years of their career to the work and mission.

While there was recognition for service of five, ten, fifteen, and twenty years; what struck me as most exciting was the two staff members acknowledged for 25 years of service.  Yes, that’s twenty-five years!  Between them they have 50 years of history and institutional knowledge about the many changes the agency has seen. They’ve had a front row seat to the tremendous growth of the organization.  And, more importantly, their commitment makes them valued and unique part of Children’s Friend continued commitment to the most vulnerable children in Rhode Island by.

Thank you, Susan and Joe!

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