Thursday, April 30, 2009
Rayford named Staff Person of Year
By SUE WATSON
Burma Rayford, pharmacy technician for Byhalia Drugs LLC, was picked to receive the 2009 Staff Person of the Year Award by the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce.
She was presented with the honor at the quarterly luncheon meeting hosted last week in Byhalia at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Great Oaks.
Rayford was praised for her ability to operate the pharmacy’s computer system and for her knowledge of the business as well as her ability to transition from one owner to the next.
She was also cited for her rapport with new and existing customers and for going the extra mile. Other qualities that contributed to her nomination for the award included organizational skills, reliability, flexibility and “ability to get even the grouchiest customer to smile or chuckle.”
Previous honorees for this award include Theresa O’Hearn (Byhalia United Methodist), Waurene Going (First Baptist Church), Lyn Coleman (Northcentral Electric Power Association), Kay Brownlee (Marshall County Board of Supervisors) and Mary Giglio (Merchants & Farmers Bank).
The quarterly luncheon was hosted and sponsored by Trinity Mission where members were welcomed by Mary Peebles, the administrator of Trinity Mission Health & Rehab of Great Oaks, located at 111 Chase Street, Byhalia. Peebles is the most recently appointed director of the Byhalia Chamber of Commerce.
On hand to help welcome guests were Rhonda Reeves, director of nursing, and Karen Welsh, speech therapist with Dove Health & Rehab in Collierville, Tenn.
Welsh provided an overview of speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy, sprinkled with an ample serving of humor.
Executive director of the chamber Sarah Sawyer introduced her board of directors and officers and Pam Thomas, the chamber’s first vice-president, employed with WESCO distribution. She recognized other staff including Jan Sisk, Sammy Shackleford (bookkeeping), Doris Lee (sales representative for 10 years), and Vicki Smithey (website and database management and newsletter).
Sawyer announced the Brick Program, which is a way to leave one’s name and legacy in stone at the chamber as well as a way to help the chamber raise operating funds.
She also praised the chamber sponsors whom she called the chamber’s “saving grace.”
The sponsors contribute yearly to help underwrite the operating costs of the chamber and to help reduce the requirement for continual fund-raising by the chamber. In exchange, the sponsors receive advertising and marketing perks and benefits throughout the year through different programs, events and projects.
Upcoming events in Byhalia include a candidate forum for the Town of Byhalia set for Thrusday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Northcentral Electric Power Association’s community building.
The summer Clydesdale Festival, which raised money for the Clydesdale Christmas Store, is scheduled for June 18-20.
The annual Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce poker run which benefits the chamber and St. Jude, is to run concurrently with the Clydesdale Festival this year. Tickets are $25 for singles and $30 for doubles.
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