As many people know, the group of individuals you work with day in day out naturally become family. The “Thatcher’s Tubes Family” recently came together for their very first reunion 20 years after parting ways from a manufacturing company where they all met.
The moderator, Brian Balzer, very eloquently said “It was a job the many of us never wanted to end. We stayed through good times and bad. We stayed as new technology blended with old technology.” Speaking of the 24-year stint from 1975-1999 that Thatcher’s Tubes provided tubing for brands like Clinique, Avon, Neutrogena, DAP and more. Brian went on to share “We had disagreements, arguments, shouting matches. But we were friends. We were family.”
Joined in celebration of a past that will bond them forever, the “Thatcher’s People” met at American Legion for a buffet, with a prayer led by Rick Jester. A memorial table of the 48 Thatcher People who have passed on to their final reward allowed all to reflect on their time together. Dinner, stories and memories were shared by all in attendance:
Moderator and facilitator: Brian Balzer. Facilitators and greeters: Linda Phillips, Loretta Webb, Debbie Knaub, Nancy Walters and Beverly Moore. Furthest commute: Debbie Jewell. Prayer leader: Rick Jester. All that attended: Sharon Anthony, Pat Brown, Debbie Davis, Randy Dawes, Debbie Gragg, Liz Groves, Shawn Groves, Bob King, Billy Jo Leslie, Carol Merritt, Nancy Mustard, Dee Palmer, Debbie Reed, Paula Reid, Dick Shipley, Terry Shipley, Penne Wheaton, Bob Wilson, Melinda Wilson, Sally Wisecup, Ruby Johnson, as well as spouses and guests.
Reunions to commence every two years.