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Hy-Vee employees receive honors for service for 2011

WORTHINGTON -- Employees from the Worthington Hy-Vee store are among nearly 2,500 Hy-Vee employees honored for achieving new service milestones in 2011.

Hy-Vee's Service Awards program, now in its 47th year, recognizes employees for continuous service to the company. At a series of eight banquets hosted in October throughout Hy-Vee's eight-state operating territory, the company pays tribute to employees reaching service milestones ranging from five to 45 years.

In addition, this year Hy-Vee will honor nearly 2,000 employees with more than 20 years of continuous service to the company, as well as nine employees who were recently induced into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame as recipients of the 2010 Legendary Customer Service Award.

Employees celebrating service anniversaries receive customized gifts that increase in value as the years of service increase. In addition, their photos are published in a special souvenir book distributed throughout the company.

Recipients also receive personal congratulations from Hy-Vee Chairman and CEO Ric Jurgens, who poses for a commemorative photo with each Service Award recipient.

The two Service Award recipients from Worthington were honored at an Oct. 10 banquet in Sioux Falls, S.D. Those reaching service milestones this year were Barb Calhoon (20 years) and John Weber (five years).