In the late 1990s I went to work for Willamette Industries in Ruston, Louisiana. This followed several years of working in the Pecanland Mall Manangement office and a short stint working as an office manager for a therapy company in Monroe.
I submitted my resume after seeing a job posting in a local newspaper for a secretarial position with the company. Several weeks later I received a call from a lady named Dawn inviting me to interview for the position.
After going through a battery of tests and facing an interview board like none I had ever encountered, I was offered the position. My new job was actually as a roving secretary; filling in for other secretaries throughout the office.
Dawn (the same lady who called me about interviewing) gave me my first lesson upon joining the company....the correct pronunciation of the company name. It was not pronounced 'Willa Mette'.
The correct pronunciation was 'Will Am It'....as in 'Willamette, Damn It!
In my five years with Willamette Industries I moved from roving secretary to Human Resources secretary to Safety secretary and finally to Transportation Coordinator. What a five year ride!
|LtoR: Dawn, Pat. Lena, Deb and Debbie - Christmas Parade, 1990s|
Dawn and I would become great friends through my years of working for Willamette and continue on through working for Weyerhaeuser who purchased Willamette back in 2002.
Christmas Parade photograph is courtesy of Dawn.