National Professional Secretaries Week and National Secretary’s Day was created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam. Klemfuss recognized the importance and value of the secretarial position, to a company or business. His goal in creating this day, was to encourage more women to become secretaries. (Nowadays, that would be both women and men). Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss, promoted the values and importance of the job that secretaries do. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of secretaries.
The name of this special day has changed and evolved over the past few decades. Yet, the importance of recognizing these vital individuals has continued to grow. The two new terms in use today are: “Administrative Professionals” and “Executive Administrators (or Admins)”. The two names sometimes mean different roles and responsibilities in different companies and organizations. Both are broader terms, that encompass more positions than the original “Secretary” role.
The name change recognizes and acknowledges that the role has changed significantly since 1952, and for the better at that. In Harry Klemfuss’ day, these positions were the realm of women. Today, you can find males in these positions.
Bedford Church of the Nazarene has been blessed with wonderful Administrative professionals through the ages. Let’s get to know one of our two current ones.
Favorite Food: I don’t necessarily have a favorite food. Is Cotton Candy a food?
Favorite Restaurant: Montgomery Inn Boathouse in Cinti, Ohio
Favorite Hobby: I like to do counted cross-stitch
Favorite Bible Verse; Matthew 6:25-26 & Psalm 105:4
One Place in the world I would like to visit: Australia
If I could have coffee with one person who is dead?: I don’t drink coffee 🙂 But I would like to take my dad to have coffee.
One person alive I would like to have dinner with: My husband 🙂
Most Influential person of my childhood: Of course everyone would probably say their mother but growing up in the church there were two people who influenced me a lot. Besides my mom, when I was a child it was Wilma Gallup. She was our children’s church leader. She had 5 boys and twins girls but always seemed to care about me. (Even after I had kids of my own.) The other one would be Wilma Walker. She was our young married Sunday school teacher. If Mike and I had not been in her Sunday school class we probably wouldn’t be in the ministry today.
Who is the Most Valuable Life Lesson you ever learned?: The most valuable lesson I have learned is to be content no matter where I am or what I am going through because God is in control and He is Enough. And I have also learned (and I have this hanging up in our home) “There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
Tomorrow we get to learn more about our other great administrative professional.
More importantly please give a them a big Thank You and some extra love when you see them next for all they do to keep our church running smoothly.