On Thursday evening, September 17, McLeod Health hosted the second of three award banquets for McLeod Health honoring our people for their service to others. McLeod Dillon will host their service recognition event on October 28. Each year, we pause to recognize and celebrate the anniversary of people who have continuously served at McLeod for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years. In some years, we have honored team members with the distinction of serving McLeod for 45 and 50 years, an extraordinary and long term dedication to their vocation of helping others.
Last night, (the first banquet held on September 3), also provided an enjoyable evening for honorees and guests at the new Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SiMT) on the campus of Florence Darlington Technical College. Six of our staff were honored for their 35 years and during the previous banquet, one of our McLeod family members was recognized for 40 years of service.
During the festivities, people were greeted by their Vice Presidents and Directors as they arrived. After a few opening remarks, Marie Segars asked for a blessing delivered by Bob Hinshelwood. Departments sat together as teams and colleagues throughout the hall and a fine meal was served by the staff of Bizzell’s of Hartsville. We were treated to coffee and a dessert of apple pie with ice cream, Jean Broughton called the names of those being honored for their service. Marie Segars ended the celebration with closing remarks before final good-byes and the treat of providing those with the longest terms of service at each table being presented with the centerpieces.
Many lingered in the banquet hall and foyer to snap pictures and talk about old times and memories of people we worked with at McLeod. A few people mentioned our move to ‘555′ East Cheves in 1979. The names of Mr. Charles Frenzel, Mr. Bruce Barragan, Mrs. Louise King, Dr. Sylvia Lufkin and others who we served with over the years were highlighted as people recounted important moments in their professional lives.
Serving others is a noble calling when we do it well and it is worthy of our life’s effort.