An abundance of appreciation for the Colorado Secretary of State staff

SOS staff enjoying the perks of employee appreciation week. (SOS photo)

It’s hard work to run an office as seamless as the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Once a year, the Human Resources Department holds employee appreciation week to show thanks to staffers for all their efforts throughout the year.

Each day this week, activities were offered such as daily walks, trivia questions, food and more:

Monday: The week kicked off with “Statey” award ballots, where the staff nominates their colleagues for various awards, and try to solve puzzles about the office and employees.

Bagels and coffee were served for breakfast on Tuesday. (SOS photo)

Trivia question of the day — Who won the coveted “Sunshine Award” in last year’s Statey Awards? Carla Moore, in the Finance Department and she’s been beaming even brighter ever since.

Tuesday: Employees were treated to bagels, cream cheese, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for breakfast.

Trivia question of the day — Which month contains the most days that our office is closed (not including weekends)? November.

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The not-so secret lives of Secretary of State staffers

A year ago, Wyatt Ryder hiked more than 40 miles in the Grand Canyon. He recently joined the Secretary of State's office as an HR technician. He mentioned the hike and also his fluency in Russian when asked to provide three facts about himself.
A year ago, Wyatt Ryder hiked more than 40 miles in the Grand Canyon. He recently joined the Secretary of State’s office as an HR technician. He mentioned the hike and also his fluency in Russian when asked to provide facts about himself. (Ryder photo)

Carla Moore’s cousin wrote “Mustang Sally.” Jackie Cuin caught the bouquet at her husband’s first wedding. National Geographic in 2010 named Steve Bouey one of its “Adventurers of the Year.”

When the Colorado Secretary of State’s office asked staffers to provide three “fun or unique” facts about themselves, all sorts of factoids came out.

Joel Albin went as a French maid the last time he dressed up for Halloween. Chris Cash served as an official scorekeeper when Denver hosted the NCAA Final Four in 1990.  Kris Reynolds’ declared major in college was “Music Performance for the Violin.

And although Jessamyn Geesaman went through years of speech therapy, when she gets mad she still sounds a bit like Elmer Fudd.

The fun-facts exercise was all part of employee appreciation week at the Colorado SOS. The event included daily quizzes for prizes, a scavenger hunt and pastries and coffee.

“I’ve been privileged to work with a wonderful group of people these past two years,” said Secretary of State Wayne Williams. “My colleagues’ quirks and experiences outside government guide us as we develop common sense solutions to help Coloradans.”

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