JDS celebrates Quarter Century Club members

Jun 01, 2015

All dressed up and ready to go, where’s everyone headed?

It was a special milestone for some, and for others, a chance to catch up with some old colleagues. Every year, including this year, JDSmith has hosted a dinner for the Quarter Century Club to celebrate current and past employees, who has worked with JDSmith for 25 years or more. 

Celebrations were held at the Toronto Cricket Club on May 29th, 2015, and the room was quickly filled with laughter and festivities as the night began. On the day of the event, 66 of JDSmith members attended, which made it the biggest turn-out to date, with new and familiar faces all around.

“It was great to see old friends and catch up” said John Spagnuolo.

At the Quarter Century Club celebrations, Brian and Scott Smith took the stage to acknowledge and celebrate newly inducted members to the club for their outstanding achievement and dedication to the company. Celebrations were a must, because without the contributions and active participation from each employee, JDSmith would not have been able to continuously provide quality results to our customers over the last 96 years.

But, members do not just get a pat on the back for all their years of hard-work. JDSmith has a yearly tradition, where newly inducted members also received a watch as a gift, engraved with the phrase “thank you for twenty-five years,” to signify their commitment to the JDSmith family. 

The first ever held Quarter Century Club celebrations occurred on October, 24, 1997. The Quarter Century Club was created by Scott Smith and at the very first dinner, there were only 11 members who attended the occasion. Since then, the Quarter Century Club celebrations have ran for 18 years and JDSmith has no plans on stopping that tradition.

Members that were recognized for reaching their 25th year, as of 2015, were: Danni Ianni, David Barrett, Miguel Hernandez, Charles Ryan, John Spaguolo and Mark Masters. Also, a little late to the party, but nonetheless a well-deserved colleague, James Donnelly worked at JDSmith for 41 years before his retirement.

“Once you’re in the club, you’re in for life” – Brian Smith

Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to seeing everyone at the next Quarter Century Club dinner!