I understand that everyone was quite concerned with the absence of Marwa Almusawi, Claire Gorenstein and Zack Smith last Wednesday, May 6th, but I am proud to reveal that we were participating in the Recognition Event for public service! Over forty booths from the local community were on display. State employees represented a wide array of institutions, ranging from the Washington National Guard to the Boys and Girls Club to our very own Green River College!
Public Service Recognition Week has been celebrated the first week of May since 1985, and was established to thank and honor all who serve the nation as government employees. This year, Governor Jay Inslee joined the celebration at the East Plaza Campus in Olympia. After his speech recognizing the volunteers and all public servants of Washington State, the Governor graciously made his way around the booths, shaking hands and showing his appreciation. Naturally, this was the perfect moment to suddenly and cheerfully step between the governor and his bodyguard to steal a photo!
All in all, the event was a smashing success. In a Woodstock-like haze of hot dogs, key chains, and pens, state employees swapped swag and introductions. The Governor’s Office and forty-four other institutions know the Green River name, and we look forward to participating again next year!