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This waitress served up with a Gold Star

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2012

Bonnie Morris, right, of The Mendota Reporter presents the Gold Star Award to Charlotte Delhotal at the annual Chamber dinner on Nov. 9. (Reporter photo by Jennifer Sommer)

MENDOTA - This year's Tom Merwin Gold Star Employee award was announced at the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner on Nov. 9. Nominated by the general public, this award is given to someone in Mendota who is considered an outstanding employee.

With four nomination letters submitted on her behalf, Charlotte Delhotal, a waitress at Parkway Restaurant in Mendota, was unaware that this year's award was being presented to her. "I was completely surprised," she recalled.

Her family persuaded her to attend the dinner under the guise that her son, Dick, was going to receive the award. They told her not to say anything to him, and that she had to go to the dinner because, well, she is his mother! They even told her what they supposedly wrote in the nomination letter. "Never trust your kids," she joked.

She was seated at a table near the front of the room with her family. Her back was facing the podium. "I had to turn to listen, so I couldn't see all the snickering behind me!"

She kept waiting for Alison Wasmer, Chamber of Commerce executive director, who was speaking, to say something about her son. Then Wasmer started talking about a woman with six children, 23 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and two great great-grandchildren. Delhotal realized that the award was not for her son, but for her!

"It was very much a surprise! I appreciate it. I really do. It's an honor," she said.

After that, the rest of the presentation became a blur to Delhotal. What she may not recall is that her nominators described her as loving, caring, friendly, and always attentive to her customers' needs. She always has a smile on her face and a laugh to share.

She is considered the most dependable employee you will ever find. She is always willing to work for a co-worker if they are unable, even if it is her day off. "As long as I get out of there in time to go play Bingo," she noted.

At 82 years old, working four days a week, that alone deserves a gold star, stated Wasmer.

For the complete article see the 11-14-2012 issue.

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