With over $112,000 in awards and prizes given out, a delicious meal of brisket served, and the chance to see Rail dressed as Mrs. Claus, the 2017 Christmas lunch was once again a big hit. It was also the perfect way to ring in the Christmas shutdown week on Dec. 23.
Prime Country BBQ & Catering served up a filling meal of brisket, cheesy potatoes, scalloped corn, roll, cheesecake, and drink.
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Cousin Eddie from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (aka Eric Leonard) delivers a gift to Linda Russell.[/caption]
In addition to tasty food, every good Christmas party needs a reindeer, Christmas tree, and Santa. So, the games helped find Co-Liners’ favorites.
Santa’s Supporters (Roger Van Hal, Brad Musgrove, Chris Tice, and Brad Braafart) won the Christmas Tree Challenge and received cash in the shape of a Christmas tree while the losers ended up with tree bark.
The Shockers (Brenda Schoonover, Porter Burtlow, Anson Walker, and Mike Helleur) won the Reindeer Challenge and received “Reinbeer” and a Casey’s gift card. The losers, on the other hand, went home with reindeer “poop.”
Team Chip-N-Drills (Luke Weishaar, Matt Facile, Doug McClelland, and Jeff De Jong) won the Santa Dress-Up Contest and received cash out of Eric Brand’s wallet.
And it just wouldn’t be a complete Co-Line Christmas party without at least one pie-in-the-face. Zach McClellan had asked Faye a couple days before the Christmas lunch what it would take to get the pies-in-the-face back at the Christmas party. He had lots of ideas, but Faye had promised no pies to the people who had signed up for the games. “At the last moment, I decided if Zach asked for one, he would get one!” Faye shared. Zach was a good sport, but now Faye is worried about his revenge!
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Zach McClellan asked about the pie-in-the-face contest, which has been done in the past, and since he was the only one who asked, Faye Brand gave him a pie in his face. Zach said it was as much fun as he thought it would be![/caption]
Also at the lunch, years-of-service bonuses were awarded, and the floating holiday of Monday, July 3, was announced. Linda Russell explained that the Wellness program will be continued despite coming up short of 50 percent participation in 2016. In 2017, an alternate wellness challenge will be offered each quarter that can be used in place of a monthly challenge.
Bill Wilkerson closed the party with a Christmas blessing.
Door Prize Winners:
Doug Nikkel, $50 Casey’s gift card
Tyler Smith, $75 movie passes
Jamie Tyrrel, $100 Bass-Pro gift card
Roger Bruxvoort, four hours of vacation
Rod Van Donselaar, four hours of vacation
Luke Weishaar, $50 Hy-Vee gift card
Mark Van Wyk, Co-Line flower planter
Tayler Vander Molen, $50 Victoria’s Secret gift card
Lanai Van Hal, $50 Applebee’s gift card
Brian Van Wyk, $50 Co-Line Logo Shop gift certificate
Gary Smith, $85 Ulrich’s Meat Market gift certificate
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5 YEARS: Eric Brand and Rail Brand are pictured with Elliot Mapes, Bob Snyder, and Chad Thompson; not pictured: LeAnn Hjelmeland.[/caption]
Josh Mitchell, $100 Amazon gift card
Chris Meyer, $50 Theisen’s gift card
Alex Pierce, $50 Casey’s gift card
Bob Snyder, Christmas cookies
Jeff Smith, $75 movie passes
Porter Burtlow, $50 Co-Line Logo Shop gift certificate
Nick Burch, $50 Applebee’s gift card
Dan Schroeder, Blue Tooth speaker and selfie stick
Kevin Terlouw, $75 Smokin’ J’s BBQ gift certificate
Jeff De Jong, $50 Target gift card
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10 YEARS: Receiving $1,500 to put toward the trip of their choice are, front row: Nicole Fetzer-Bryan, Jeff Kling, Tom Orr, Marty Cross; back: Eric Brand, Jessica Maston, Ken Daugherty, Dave Westbrook, Matt Facile, and Rail Brand; not pictured: Andy South, Brian White, and Justin Van Maaren.[/caption]
By the Numbers:
$90,350 Years of Service Bonus
$16,500 in 10-year Trips
$3,000 in Shopping Sprees
$1,500 in Door Prizes
$1,140 in Coats
= more than $112,500 paid out
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15 YEARS: Doug Nikkel and Kendra Hay are pictured with Eric Brand and Rail Brand.[/caption]
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20 YEARS: Eric Leonard is pictured receiving his $1,500 shopping spree from Eric Brand and Rail Brand. Not pictured: Marylou Van Wyk.[/caption]
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With 246 applications received in 2016 and 128 face-to-face interviews held, the result was 19 new full-time employees and one seasonal associate. New employees are, from left, front row: Jason Teft, Josiah James; middle: Baker Zegers, Mike Helleur, Mike Moore, Darren Ohmstede, Ian Beckjordan; back: Brady Vande Voort, Jeremiah Bechtel, Eric Brand, Todd Price, Nick Burch, Brad Rozendaal, Joel Struik, Ben Arkema, Alex Pierce, Joey Rozendaal, Sam Collins, Wayne Munsterman, Dale Brand; not pictured: Jake Brammer.[/caption]