GREENSBURG – Administrative professionals from many Greensburg businesses gathered at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home Wednesday for a luncheon supported by the Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce.
In celebration of Administrative Professionals Day, a catered lunch was served and a guest speaker addressed those assembled with an uplifting message. This is the second year for Gilliland-Howe to host this event in conjunction with the Chamber.
Leslie Asche-Thackery, of Gilliland-Howe, introduced Chamber executive director Jeff Emsweller, who welcomed all the guests and invited everyone to register for the Chamber’s upcoming Little Black Dress Women in Business Conference.
“We thank everyone that let their staff away from work for an extended lunch hour and we are appreciative for the many businesses that allowed their administrators out to attend,” Asche-Thackery said.
While honoring administrators for all they do, a rousing hand of applause was given for Dorothy Mahan, who will be retiring this year from Frist Christian Church after 27 years. Asche-Thackery said it has become a tradition to honor anyone retiring at the annual luncheon.
After lunch, Emsweller introduced Brian Sheehan, of the Rushville City Council. Sheehan, who is a self-proclaimed ambassador to Rushville, is active in his local community in many ways- from coaching his son’s baseball team to being a co-founder of Rushville’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Sheehan is known as “Bri the Smile Guy” because of his passion for being happy and doing all he can to share that happiness with others. He said his goal is to share happiness with the world. In his recent campaign for public office, Sheehan used signs bearing “smiley faces” to illustrate his desire for a happier Rush County.
His speech revolved around various ways people can make changes in their lives to become happier. Sheehan asked attendees if anyone had “that one friend who was always smiling.” Many hands were raised and several smiles cropped up around the room. Sheehan praised those with ever-present smiles highly.