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What a drag: Event honors Brown as Administrative Professional of the Year


Rhonda Brown, who works for the City of Thomson, holds her roses after being named the county's Administrative Professional of the Year.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
With a runway full of fashion models and even an appearance by Elvis, Rhonda Brown was still the main attraction at the 17th annual Administrative Professional's Day Luncheon last Wednesday.

Ms. Brown was named Administrative Professional of the Year after being nominated for the honor by her boss, Bob Flanders, Thomson City Administrator.

"It's a great honor. I have a great boss," she said after the luncheon which drew more than 200 participants.

Ms. Brown said she was completely surprised by the award, and had been thinking to herself, "That person started the same time I did," when emcee Steve Chalker finished with the winner's biography and announced her name.

In his letter of nomination, Mr. Flanders cited several characteristics that make Ms. Brown an exceptional employee and person.


Chamber of Commerce President Steve "Anna Nicole" Chalker grabs Thomson City Councilman Ken Usry after Mr. Usry hit him with a pie.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
"She has the ability to put up with my shenanigans and impatience," he wrote. In addition, she is a skilled "people person" who is efficient. She has a vast knowledge of several positions within the organization, and her communication skills are excellent.

"She is sensitive to the needs of others," Mr. Flanders wrote, noting that she checks up on colleagues who are ill, and organizes social gatherings.

She probably couldn't imagine as a Thomson High School student the varied duties she would one day perform, Mr. Flanders wrote.

Following Ms. Brown's recognition as Administrative Professional of the Year, the audience seemed thrilled that Elvis is indeed alive and well, and living in Thomson.

Elvis, wearing his signature white polyester suit with sequins, beads and bright scarves, enthralled the audience with several selections from his vast repertoire including "Suspicious Minds," "I'm All Shook Up," "Love Me Tender," and "Can't Help Falling in Love" which wrapped up his performance and earned a standing ovation.


From left, Tommy "Tiffany" Phelps, Mike "Harriet" Carrington, Jason "Jasmine" Smith, Dr. Jim "Esther" Ramsey and Jimmy "Penelope" Poston wait to hand out door prizes at the end of the Administrative Professional's Day Luncheon at Belle Meade Country Club last week. The men served as comic relief during the fashion show.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
Elvis, who admitted he has sometimes been disguised as local former school superintendent Ed Grisham, showed a serious side when he sang "In the Ghetto" and voiced a concern for children born in bleak circumstances.

Following the Elvis performance, The McDuffie Mirror's Angela Blair previewed new spring fashions with local residents modeling a range of trendy clothing provided by McFabulous. To add to the festive atmosphere, several male community leaders made a surprise appearance at the show decked out in female attire.

In the tradition of the luncheon, local officials and community leaders served as the wait staff, showing appreciation for the efforts of administrative assistants who contribute to the success of day to day operations.

Web posted on Thursday, May 5, 2005


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