My last day of work at LEADERS on May 30th couldn't have been any nicer. The staff held a potluck luncheon for me, complete with decorations and many balloons in purple and lime green - so pretty! I was given a HUGE plant for the new house and several staff contributed to a sizable VISA gift card. The day was filled with hugs, happy memories, and a few tears.

It took the entire day to empty out my office. One collects a lot of stuff in 19 years! Shortly before 5 pm I polished the furniture, swept the floor, burned a little sage, and closed the door for the last time. My boss released the balloons outside... free... like me! After so many ups and downs there thru the years, I left with positive feelings and a sense of of completion, ready to move forward into the next chapter of my life.

Following is an email I received from the President of the Board of Directors. He served on the Board the entire time I was at LEADERS and his kind words meant a great deal to me.

"Wendy – I am sorry I will miss the going-away party for you this week. We are leaving for Houston this afternoon to see grandson play in a baseball tournament this weekend.

I truly admire and respect the work you have done for Leaders. You will be missed greatly by those who appreciate a really fine job by a dedicated and loyal employee. As far as I am concerned, you have always gone above and beyond the call of duty. Your work is professional, always, and never needs to be checked for accuracy. If it is given to Wendy, then it can be taken to the bank and put to bed. Employees of your caliber are from the “old school” and are not replaceable, as far as I am concerned. Please do not hesitate to use me as a reference any time you need one for anything. I will give you the highest recommendation I can offer.

I will miss you as a loyal employee and also as a friend that I can call upon. I wish you the best of luck in your new life in Odessa. You deserve only happiness and the best life has to offer. God bless you in all that you do. You are very special! "

Very sincerely, Gary M Beal, CIC


  1. Wendy? And here I thought I knew who you were! Congratulations Josie; not many folks get a wonderful sendoff like you did. :~D

  2. Oh hell, I'm still crying from the last post...

    This too, was beautiful and so well deserved.


  3. Wow you must have been so touched when you read that email. It certainly brought a tear to my eye. It's always nice to know you were appreciated even if you didn't always feel as if you were at the time.

    I'm glad you got the send off you so obviously richly deserved and walked away feeling great.


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