Are you ready to meet the next contestant in our get-to-know-us series? Her name is Toni Thompson. Toni started working for Scholastica in October of 1990. She’s been here for over 20 years now. She exclaims, “oh, how the time has gone by!”
As with the others, I asked Toni to answer a set of questions. In response to how she found out about the job and why she accepted, she replied, “A mutual friend told me that there may be an opening here, so I applied. I thought that having the summers off would fit right into my schedule, since I had children. I started after I dropped my youngest daughter off for school and then got home when the school bus dropped her off. It was perfect. As my kids grew, so did my hours. I quickly went to full-time”.
When she began, her job was to answer the phones. Soon she became the “Girl Friday”, doing what needed to be done such as making copies, typing, filing, and assisting anyone that needed help. Then she moved up into the accounting department when a position became available. Toni is very good with numbers. And soon, she was added to the sales team. Toni says, “Starting about mid-February, it really gets unbelievably busy! Then, about the beginning of June, it is like someone put a window blind up and it all goes back to a nice flow of work. If we could only find a way to spread out the travel dates throughout the year and not have them all go in March, April, and May!”
Many things have changed since Toni began. “The computer upgrades were the biggest plus. When I think of the way we used to do things when I first started, I wonder how it all got done!” she comments.
Toni says the summer schedule of working two days a week after school is out is her favorite thing about working here. “That really helps you revive yourself for the next season!” she concludes. Well, get ready Toni. The busy season is soon upon us!
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Have you ever experienced a day that was both sad and yet happy? That’s what we are going through here today. One of our own is moving on to a new job. Today is Lori’s last day. While we are very happy and excited for her new opportunity, we are quite sad that she is leaving us.
Lori began working here in 2006 as a part-time tour planner. When the full-time tour planner manager position became available a year later, Lori’s hard work was rewarded when she was promoted. She has done exceptional work over the years. Planning an itinerary is not as easy as you think, especially in DC when you never know what kind of confirmations you will get!
We will miss you greatly, Lori! Best wishes to you from your Scholastica family!
So today’s employee profile focuses on MaryLynn Glamp. MaryLynn began working for Scholastica back in 1987. She’s one of the few remaining that remembers what it was like to work in Mutual – back when working in the “big city” seemed like a dream. Being that her son had started school, she was looking for a part-time job and saw the ad in the newspaper.
When MaryLynn began, she answered phones and typed itineraries. Seems like that’s where all new hires started, doesn’t it? Nowadays, she’s a travel consultant. I asked her to name the biggest change over the years. Her answer was, of course, the addition of computers. Makes all us old-timers scratch our heads to think about how we used to do things.
I asked MaryLynn to name her favorite thing about working here. She answered, “the customers, each being unique!” I can attest that MaryLynn works quite well with each of her customers. She’s a true travel consultant!
Hello readers, thanks for tuning in to today’s entry in the get-to-know-us series. It’s going to be a lengthy one so grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax. All set? Drum roll please…introducing Mary Keto!
Mary began her career back in October of 1985. Her cousin Marge, who was also working here at the time, informed her that John was looking for some part-time help. Marge knew about Mary’s knowledge of Washington, DC because both of their sisters lived there then. (Clue: this comes in handy later!) The work schedule was perfect for Mary because it allowed her to have holidays and summers off, which is also her favorite thing about working here. It helped that the office was in close proximity to her home and her kids’ school. She adds, “We were in a little house in Mutual, in a residential area. The neighbors had no idea what we were doing in that little house. What kind of travel agency was in Mutual? What a hoot!” Back then, Mary answered the phone. After John and Alan wrote the itineraries, she called them in to the coach companies and when the prices were back, she helped type them. She says, “Everything has changed now. Then we had no computers, no fax machines, no internet, no email.” You do remember that I said we did things old-school, right? Mary’s duties have increased since then but read on for one she didn’t expect.
Remember the clue that would come in handy later? Time to learn why. There are certain dates during peak travel months that make finding a tour leader a difficult task. One such time occurred in January of 1987. An adult group from Connellsville wanted to go to DC in April to see the cherry blossoms. John said, “You know the city, why don’t you take them?” and voila, a tour leader was born! When the time came, the group got to see the cherry blossoms all right, but also five inches of snow! They still had a blast and so began Mary’s love of tour leading. Adding to her enjoyment are the wonderful teachers and students she has worked with over the years. She goes on to say, “When I have a child that has never been out of their little town tell me they want to go to college in DC or NYC, I know that I have opened up the world to them.” I asked her to name her favorite destination, but Mary enjoys tour leading to all cities. Then I asked the hardest question yet; what are your best and worst tour experiences? BEST: “…when I can write no accidents or sickness on my report. Keeping everyone safe and getting them back home safely makes me very happy.” WORST: “…of course, bus breakdowns. Once, returning home from Virginia with five buses, one kept breaking down. By the third time, the kids were fainting because of the heat in the back of the bus. The same Virginia policeman stopped all three times! He was quite angry so I told him to just stay with us until we got out of Virginia.” Plucky gal, our Mary.
I hope you enjoyed reading all about Mary. Keep checking in, as there are more contestants to come!
Welcome to Scholastica Travel’s blog. Allow me to introduce you to the company. We have been in the travel industry for over 30 years. John Weir began this business in a humble office building (not really an office, more of a house in a little village!) with only one employee. They worked very hard to expand the business and in 1982, John hired an 18 year old kid right out of high school. That would be me. Back in the “old” days, we didn’t have computers and fax machines. Everything had to be done old-school (typewriters and snail mail!). Can you imagine? How things have changed!
To further introduce you to us, I decided to ask questions of my fellow employees which will be featured here. For today’s focus, I went straight to the top to profile our President, Ann Prinkey.
Ann began working here in 1983. She was referred by her sister who had started the previous year. When asked what made her decide to accept the job, she says, “My sister was willing to pick me up from school to work in the afternoon!! 🙂 The job sounded very interesting, and I was able to use the skills that I was learning in the business department.” Ann’s job responsibilities included typing itineraries, counting vouchers, and helping with any jobs needing done. She was trained as a reservationist, then as a sales person, then as Vice President, which led to her current position as President. She is very grateful to our boss who had confidence in her ability to handle the position. Ann credits her great team for helping make that job easier. She enjoys the nice work environment. Ann goes on to say, “As per our mission statement, I enjoy helping create lasting memories and being a positive benefit to those I serve!” Words to live by in our business.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ann. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out who’s next!