WOW!! Another great Awards Banquet at Southwest Airlines. I had the opportunity to attend the Annual Awards Banquet this year as it was also my ten-year anniversary with the GREATEST Company in the WORLD. Before the banquet started, we all had the opportunity to walk down memory lane and check out the many variations of the uniforms that our Customer contact Employees wore. Then it was time to eat!
The night started out with some words of encouragement from our very own Colleen Barrett followed by a fabulous dinner of steak and crab cakes smothered in a creamy, shrimp sauce. Then I made myself sick on dessert which was a chocolate and white mousse cake with whipped cream and raspberries! Can you say "YUM!"?
Herb, Gary, and Colleen then presented awards to the President's Award winners from each department followed by Herb presenting this years Founder's Award. The Founder's Award was presented to the remaining 17 original Employees at Southwest Airlines. I personally would like to thank them ALL for fighting the good fight those many years ago so that the almost 32,000 Employees now have a place to work, a place to play, and a place that we can hopefully retire from! Once the awards portion ended we were treated to some entertainment which was hilarious as it took us back in time like a time capsule celebrating the music and the triumphs of the last 10, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years here at Southwest Airlines. Then it was time to PARTY! We had a great band, and we all hit the dance floor. I asked how many people were there and I think it was close to 2700 people in attendance.
Thanks to Colleen and the Culture Chicks (Sunny, Lori, Mary Ann, Lacey, and Marilyn), as well as to all of the Volunteers that made this party a TOTAL BLAST!
I look forward to many years to come! Cheers!