Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jean Safrit
On Thursday, February 5th, the B&O Railroad Museum hosted a retirement luncheon in honor of Ms. Jean Safrit for her 21 years of dedicated service as executive secretary and office manager of the museum. Over 40 staff and volunteers turned out for Jean's special day.
Courtney Wilson inducts Ms. Safrit in Society of the Iron Horse                  

Courtney Wilson, Executive Director, first presented Jean with two gift cards from the staff along with a commemorative signed and framed photo of the B&O Roundhouse. However Jean had mentioned on several occasions that she desired to possess the very snowy image of the Roundhouse that was taken around 4:00 p.m. on February 16, 2003 just a few hours before the Roundhouse roof collapse. Jean got her wish and was presented with this second framed photo in remembrance of that eerie afternoon and how its outcome affected all of our lives and the Museum's future. Next Mr. Wilson inducted Jean into the museum's prestigious lifetime membership program, the Society of the Iron Horse, an honor never before presented to an employee.
Steve Madewell awards Jean with a token of the staff's appreciation

The ceremony concluded when Steve Madewell, Director of Education, presented Jean with his creation "The Wine Line" that represented all of the phone calls that Jean has handled on behalf of the Museum over the past 21 years.
Thank You Jean!
 Jean, you will be missed so much by all of us, however we are all relieved knowing that you will be back to answer the phone during this year's Day Out With Thomas. Thank goodness!
Happy Retirement Jean! You deserve it!

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