January 22, 2010 –
MAYETTA: The quarterly all employee meeting was held this morning at the Bingo Hall and featured Ed Bloodsworth a meteorologist for KTKA 49 TV in Topeka who spoke on weather preparedness. In addition, there were other presentations and announcements as seen below.
Above, left to right, are employees Frank Shopteese, Virgil “Wamp” Shopteese, Benny Potts, Sam Mitchell, Tina Levier and Brandi Davis with Ed Bloodsworth, KTKA 49 TV meteorologist. They are standing in front of the station’s storm tracker vehicle that Ed showed to employees after the meeting.
Brenda Pahmahmie checks out the inside of the vehicle that has state-of-the-art weather tracking devices that are used to follow storms and other weather patterns in the northeast Kansas region.
A big crowd attended the meeting today. Over 200 employees work for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
A public recognition was given by Tribal Council member Junior Wahweotten, right, to Tim Ramirez, who directs the Road and Bridge Department. The document was a statement from the management of the Prairie Band Casino & Resort who wished to thank the Road & Bridge, Maintenance and Transit programs for all their assistance during the last two big snow storms that recently occurred.
Ben Joslin, left, and Carl Matousek, right, were honored as employees of the quarter at the meeting. Ben is the Information Technology Director and Carl is the Director of Construction Maintenance for the PBPN. Normally only one employee is chosen each quarter but Carl and Ben were recognized for their significant work in getting the new Judicial Center built and wired. Employees are nominated by other employees and selected by an Employee of the Month committee.
Jennifer Hale of the Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) gave a presentation on stalking at the meeting. The Family Violence Prevention Program is housed in the Social Services Department. The Tribal Victims Assistance Program is also working in conjunction with FVPP to educate the public about stalking myths and realities. That program is located in the Tribal Police Department.