My Final Steps – March


My Final Step!

So close I can almost touch it!

With retirement just 20 working days away, things are starting to heat up for me at work.

I am working madly to transition my thirty three years of knowledge into a working documents. I know that no one is irreplaceable and that they will get along just fine without me. I still worry that I will run out of time before everything on my transition list is marked off.

I plan to kick off my retirement with a week long trip to Florida then on to Arizona for 10 more day of hiking and enjoying time in the sun with my husband Scott.

March 3rd

I give my notice in writing to my boss today!

Read below:

After great thought and with a lot of mixed emotions, I have decided it is time for me to retire my position as work flow - coordinator at CGDMS. 

My last day will be March 30 2012 

My years at CGDMS have been some of the best of my working life.

I have had many positive experiences here, both professional and personal, that I  will always remembered fondly. 

I would like everyone at this wonderful company to know how pleased I am to have had the opportunity to serve everyone for the past 10 years. Thanks to all of you again. It has been a privilege to work and serve you.

Sincerely, Margaret Curry.

The president of the company announced my retirement  to the company today  Read below:

From: Braddock, Tommie, S (CGDMS)

Subject: Retirement Announcement - Margaret Curry

To All CGDMS Employees,

After 33+ years of service, Margaret Curry has announced that she will be retiring on March 30, 2012. Margaret began her career with Taylor Corporation back on June 14, 1978 as a printer working for Carlson Craft, located in Mankato, MN. Through her hard work and spirit of cooperation, Margaret was then promoted to Group Leader. As the Group Leader, Margaret would coordinate the work flow of approximately 100 team members, ensuring accuracy and on time delivery.

In 1998, Margaret moved to Holland with her husband Scott, to start a new business for Taylor Corporation called PII BV. Margaret took on the role of Production Manager and managed a staff of about 30 employees.

Then in 2000, both Margaret and Scott were asked to move back to the United States and help with a newly acquired business located in Colorado. Margaret’s role with Current was Office Supervisor.

Given an opportunity to return to Minnesota in 2002, Margaret was offered a position with CGDMS as the Work Flow Coordinator. Margaret welcomed the opportunity and we have enjoyed working with her the past few years. We will miss her dearly and wish her a very happy retirement. Margaret will be moving back to the Mankato area and is looking forward to life’s next adventure.

Please join me in congratulating Margaret and wishing her the best in her new endeavors.

Tommie Braddock | President

Corporate Graphics Direct Marketing Solutions

Then came a surprising e-mail from the man that owns all of the corporation that I have worked for for 33 years   Read below: 


Tommie dropped me a note indicating that you would be retiring on March 30th. First of all, congratulations to you and I hope that retirement provides you with all of the opportunities you deserve.

I have been so fortunate over the years to work with such great people like you. You have provided leadership and a standard for other employees to watch and try to match. Your ability to take on so many different positions over the years has hopefully provided a career that has been educational and very interesting.

I wish you and your loved ones the very best.

Glen Taylor

This e-mail is from my boss.

From: Paap, Frances, M (CGDMS)

Subject: Never Say Good-Bye

Hi Margaret,

I was holding out writing you a note hoping your retirement date would not come, but as I look at the calendar I see the date is fast approaching. I can still remember the day you came into LTS to talk with me about working with our company. I look back on that day as one of the best days of my life as I got to meet you and start a long time relationship.

I have really enjoyed working with you and seeing that big smile on your face. You have dedicated so much to Corporate Graphics and to Taylor Corporation we are so lucky. You have given so much of yourself and your time. Thank you so much for being you, and giving all you’ve got.

I have learned many things from you during our time together. The most important thing I learned was how you give of yourself and don’t expect anything back in return. You have been serving the company for years instead of expecting the company or its employees to serve you.

I will miss you each and every day,

Love Frances

I Thanked My Co-Workers!

Dear All,

I am writing to thank you all for your support, friendship, good wishes and generous gifts, since I announced my retirement. I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, but my heart has no bottom for you.

I would also like to thank Margie, and her social committee for organizing such a brilliant going away party for me. It felt more like a reunion than a going away party. Seeing so many of you come out to wish me well, will be a memory that I will treasure forever.

I look forward to seeing you all again sometime in the future.

Kinds regards,



My last  paycheck from CGDMS.


 March 30th 2012 at 4pm, I punched out for the last time at CGDMS!


A few picture from my retirement Party! 

March 31th

After 50 + years of living at work, today I begin working at living!