At the Collinsville Progress meeting yesterday the board presented the Business Associate of the Month award to Charlene Welch, a longtime employee of the local Schnucks. For many years Progress held its meetings in the Schnucks Station Restaurant where Charlene began her tenure and was often our server. When the store was remodeled and the restaurant eliminated, she became a checker and now works behind the front desk while filling in at check out lines when needed.
Charlene has always been one of the most cheerful and friendly of the Schnucks employess, efficient and caring to customers. This award is well deserved. To say she was shocked and bewildered when she was brought in to the meeting is an understatement.
She had no idea what was going on as Progress corresponding secretary read the award.
Then laughed in surprise.
In case you didn't realize this, Schnucks has a meeting room right next to the front desk, filled with tables that the store staff uses for meetings but is also available for other groups. It was nice to be back where we spent so many last Thursdays of the month.