Really, her job is enough. So when Joyce Strother received the Adminsitrative Professional of the Year Award at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet last Wednesday, she was overwhelmed.
"I was just expecting a really nice lunch and being with the other ladies and seeing folks I hadn't seen in awhile," Mrs. Strother said. "And it wound up to be a great day and quite an honor. ... But I don't need accolades or awards for what I do for these guys. These boys are my family ... and I know from our interaction that I'm appreciated, so the award was just icing on the cake."
Mrs. Strother has worked at Two State Construction Company since 1977. In his nomination letter, Two State President Jay Poston said "Ms. Joyce has been keeping the Poston family running smoothly since I was six years old.
"She is a perfectionist with everything she does at work. She never says no to anyone's request. She does whatever is required to get the job done. You could say that she is our mom at work, and we love her for it," he said.
Although she said the award was not necessary, Mrs. Strother is enjoying the prizes that accompanied it. She said the flat screen color television from Badcock Home Furnishings was "very timely," because she and her husband, Lester, were contemplating buying a new one for their kitchen.
This weekend, she plans to take advantage of the free use of a car from Stokes Hodges GM for a trip she is taking to the Metropolitan Kitchen and Cooking Show in Atlanta, where she has tickets to see Paula Deen's sons, Jamie and Bobby.
"That's another hobby of mine, I love to cook," Mrs. Strother said. "So I asked for a car with a big trunk in case I see a lot of stuff at the show I want to buy."
And she'll have another shopping trip in Thomson when she spends her $100 Chamber Cash Gift Certificate that was another one of her prizes from the Chamber of Commerce. Other prizes included flowers from Peacock Hill and a plaque from the Chamber.
Past recipients of the award were recognized during the banquet held at First United Methodist Church of Thomson and catered by Mike Carrington and Michael Marler. Approximately 200 administrative professionals attended the event and enjoyed a lunch served by men of the community who are the ladies' bosses, coworkers and members of McDuffie Leadership.
Keynote speaker was Jan Hodges Burch, who told the story of the journey of her life from growing up in the peach orchards of South Carolina to operating Stokes-Hodges Auto dealerships.
Sponsors of the dinner were Stokes Hodges GM, Anthony Auto Sales, Milsco Manufacturing Company, Activities Council of Thomson and McDuffie County Tourism.
"I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce, Cindy Johnston (chair of the board of directors) and Carolyn Gilbert (director) for the banquet," Mrs. Strother said. "I do want to thank all the ones that sponsored it, it was very overwhelming. It is something I will never forget."