Ternes girls gone wild! Don with plant manager, Ron Sauer
The actual date is May 1st but with the unexpected way that things have of playing out, Friday was Don’s last day of pencil pushing.
Originally Don thought he’d still be going to the daily grind until March 22, then use his remaining vacation days until THE MAGICAL DATE. Unfortunately, his chronic knee problem reared its ugly head again. This time it’s a total knee replacement he’s needing. Surgery is Monday morning. 8 weeks of rehab will follow & that’ll take us right into Don’s vacation time.
Kristi, she’s near & dear to Don’s heart Tim, the artist who designed our logo
Lisa, she was kind enough to take the photos for today’s blog
So, Don’s coworkers decided yesterday was best to host a retirement luncheon in his honor. And what a spread they put on!
Meat & cheese trays, fried chicken, & every side & salad you could think of, not to mention all of the delectable deserts & the retirement cake.
The camaraderie was wonderful. A few had worked with Don the entire 39 yrs. 4 mos. he’d been employed with Allison Transmission. Several had become more than coworkers over the years. Don was humbled by all the good wishes, hugs, & handshakes.
Tom, Joe & Mike— The “Michigan Crew”, only a few are left
Much to everyone’s amusement, Teresa Lohmon, who organized the gathering, dug up Don’s original time card photo back from when he was fresh out of high school & still wet behind the ears. It gave us all a good laugh.
Don with Teresa
He was presented with an Allison jacket & a watch engraved with the Allison logo.
After much reminiscing of old times & people past, Don called it a career at the PDC.
Don & I
a new job awaits him as….
the driver of my fiver.
Here’s looking at you kid……………………………………………