Valdosta Daily Times

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April 18, 2014

Officials serve lunch to city employees

VALDOSTA — The City of Valdosta hosted its annual employee appreciation luncheon Thursday at John W. Saunders Memorial Park.

Playing a part in Georgia’s Cities Week, department heads and Valdosta City Council members served hamburgers and hot dogs to city employees.

“This gives us a chance to say thank you to the employees,” said Sementha Mathews, Valdosta’s public information officer. “We do this event every year, which is a part of Georgia’s Cities Week.”

Mathews explained how Valdosta participates in Georgia’s Cities Week to not only show its employees that city officials appreciate them, but to remind citizens that the city has employees who care about Valdostans.

“This week gives the city a chance to show residents that someone is always on the other side of the tap ensuring their water is safe to drink,” Mathews said.

The luncheon was a major hit with city employees who played basketball and ladder golf. A lucky few won door prizes including gift cards, T-shirts, wall clocks, and gift bags, but everyone left with a full stomach.

Former Police Chief Frank Simons entertained the crowd by playing lead guitar and singing in the band.

Mayor John Gayle drew names out of hats to give away the door prizes; these prizes were donated by the community.

“I appreciate all of the hard work you do and all of the sacrifices you make,” Gayle said concluding the drawing.

“Now, I encourage you all to hang around and have fun.”

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