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Betty Bales named Administrative Professional of the Year

McDuffie County's administrative professionals were treated to a day of their own recently. And one was chosen as Administrative Professional of the Year.

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Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert hands Betty Bales her prizes.
Kristopher Wells
On April 21, the Chamber of Commerce held Administrative Professionals' Day to honor the support staff of the area's businesses. There was a fashion show, Let's Make a Deal and other entertainment to go along with the meal, but Betty Bales was the star of the show.

Mrs. Bales, the office manager at the McDuffie County Health Department was given the honor of being named Administrative Professional of the Year. It was recognition that her boss, Virginia Bradshaw, was elated about.

"She is such a deserving person for any award, to tell you the truth because she's really an outstanding person as well as an outstanding worker," Mrs. Bradshaw said.

Mrs. Bales has worked at the Health Department for nearly 32 years. Now as office manager, she serves as Mrs. Bradshaw's administrative assistant, supervises six other support workers, serves as administrative support for the board of health, operates the computer system and is in charge of building maintenance.

On top of wearing many other hats herself, Mrs. Bales has to be familiar with the jobs of everyone on the administrative support staff.

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Dawn Swan and Mike Carrington work the crowd in Let's Make a Deal.
Kristopher Wells
"When you supervise, you have to know something (about them all) -- although I'm not an authority on any of them. I just have to know enough to be able to help them when I can," she said. "Office manager just covers a wide range. When you're office manager, it's everything that comes up."

Staying busy at work doesn't bother Mrs. Bales. She said she enjoys being able to lend a hand whenever she can.

"When I think about the day, I think about what good I can do for that day because I think that's the most important thing," she said. "That's a lasting thing, the good that you do. The other things, they're going to go away."

Even given the recognition that goes with the award, Mrs. Bales remains humble, not wanting to take credit for herself and thanking God for her ability to help others through her job.

"I feel like there are so many people who deserve (the award)," she said. "I just felt very honored."


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Renee Wright pours chocolate sauce into Steve (Banana Split) Chalker's mouth.
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Epp Wilson waits tables.
Kristopher Wells



Web posted on Thursday, April 29, 2004


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