It was an occasion to say "thank you."
The annual observance of Administrative Professionals Day held by the Steubenville Kiwanis Club last Tuesday has become one in memory of the late Bill Croskey, who had been the longtime organizer of this event that salutes the work of administrative professionals.
Club member Duke Rakich came away with bragging rights at this one as the chief executive officer of Genesis Steel brought not just one or two administrative professionals who make his professional life run a lot more smoothly, but he brought a grand total of nine.
DUKE’S “ANGELS” — Duke Rakich, chief executive officer of Genesis Steel Corp. in Steubenville, took the cake Tuesday at the Steubenville Kiwanis Club meeting where Administrative Professionals Day was celebrated. Rakich boasted nine guests, all of whom have worked with him through the years, including at Trans Buckeye/Structomatic, Mars Steel and Genesis. With Rakich, back center, are, front, from left, Beth Graham, Mary Babaryk, Martariesa Fiala and Jodie Buchmelter; and back, Sara Welch, Melissa DeFrances, Rakich, Connie Wood, Kendra Westlake and Nicole Rembish. The celebration of Administrative Professionals Day is a longstanding tradition of the Kiwanis Club that was initiated by the late Bill Croskey.
-- Janice Kiaski
They represented staff past and present from Genesis Steel to Mars Steel to back in the 1970s at Trans Buckeye/Structomatic.
Rakich's guests included Beth Graham, Mary Babaryk, Martariesa Fiala. Jodie Buchmelter, Sara Welch, Melissa DeFrances, Rakich, Connie Wood, Kendra Westlake and Nicole Rembish.
The celebration of Administrative Professionals Day, which recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals, included lunch at the YWCA in Steubenville, where the Kiwanis hold their weekly luncheon meetings every Tuesday at noon. Corsages were presented to the guests, pinned on them courtesy of club member Phyllis Riccadonna, a past lieutenant governor.
Another guest at the luncheon was Barb Smith, current lieutant governor of Kiwanis.
Other Kiwanians brought guests as well - Tom Timmons' was Valerie Cooley; Club President Cas Adulewicz brought Ronda Mattern (the only Ronda I know who doesn't spell her name Rhonda); and Maj. Earline Mae was on hand with Salvation Army personnel, including Lorraine Linton and Beverly Livingston.
The Kiwanians will be taking a field trip for their noon luncheon meeting this Tuesday, going on a tour of the Jefferson County Christian School in its new Wintersville location.