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Hy-Vee honors employees; Hughes volunteer center director

Oct 22, 2012

Hy-Vee honors employees for service


Employees from the Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store are among more than 2,300 Hy-Vee employees honored for achieving new service milestones in 2012.

Hy-Vee’s Service Awards program, now in its 48th year, recognizes employees for continuous service to the company. At a series of eight banquets held in October throughout Hy-Vee’s eight-state operating territory this year, the company will pay tribute to employees reaching service milestones ranging from five to 45 years.

The eight Service Award recipients from Fairfield were honored at a banquet Oct. 16 in Coralville. Those reaching service milestones this year were:

Five years: Pam Connelly and Keevin Koch;

Fifteen years: Casey Barnett, Todd Martin, and Tom Wetrich;

Twenty years: Mike Chedister;

Twenty-Five years: Angela Dunbar;

Forty years: Steve Porter.

In addition, this year, Hy-Vee honors more than 2,000 employees with 20 years or more of continuous service to the company, as well as nine employees who were recently inducted into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame as recipients of the 2012 Legendary Customer Service Award.

Employees celebrating service anniversaries receive customized gifts that increase in value as the years of service increase. In addition, their photos are published in a special souvenir book distributed throughout the company.

Recipients also receive personal congratulations from Hy-Vee Chairman and CEO Randy Edeker, who poses for a commemorative photo with each Service Award recipient.


Hughes volunteer center director


Elaine Hughes of Fairfield is the new executive director of the Fairfield Volunteer Center.

Hughes assumed her new position in late September and brings broad experience in the nonprofit and public sectors to her work with the Fairfield Volunteer Center, including leadership of both statewide and national nonprofits and decades of community service in both professional and volunteer capacities.

“I am inspired by the work of the Fairfield Volunteer Center in building strong civic engagement,” Hughes said. “I’m looking forward to working with the board of directors and our many terrific volunteers, collaborating with local businesses, schools, churches, service organizations, and individuals to advance our mutual goal of strengthening Fairfield as a caring community.“

“Being an active volunteer myself, I understand the needs of community members to be well-matched to roles where they can best contribute their unique talents and skills,” she continued. “Together, we will continue to expand our outreach and support Fairfield’s health, wellness, safety, and social services and provide opportunities to strengthen community connectedness.”

“Our entire board is very excited to have Elaine serving as our new director,” said Michael Halley, Fairfield Volunteer Center board president. “Her intelligence, compassion, and past experience in social work make her an ideal director, and we have every confidence that she’ll broaden the volunteer center’s scope to include even more of our wonderful community. Elaine’s a real gem, and we encourage everyone to welcome her and work with her to find ways the FVC can help your organization.”

The former executive director, Molly Reiff, left the volunteer center in early September to accept a position in the sustainability department at Maharishi University of Management.

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