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Admin professionals to celebrate with luncheon

Administrative Professionals Week began in 1952 as an effort to honor administrative staff for their efforts and to attract more people to office and administrative careers. Today, it is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays.

National Secretaries Week was created with two objectives in mind: to recognize "the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend," and to call attention "through favorable publicity, to the tremendous potential of the secretarial career."

In 1955, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff today.

Over the years, observances of Administrative Professionals Week have become more focused on professional development. Today, chapters of IAAP hold hundreds of seminars and workshops in their local communities during the week.

Other events include luncheons, corporate recognition activities, and individual observances between managers and office staff, similar to the event scheduled in Detroit Lakes on April 18.

The Administrative Professionals Week luncheon is April 18 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Minnesota State Community & Technical College Room C101. The Detroit Lakes Chapter IAAP is sponsoring the luncheon.

Speaker at the luncheon will be Dee Goerge, who has been a writer for 25 years, including 10 years as reporter, then editor at the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and as editor of LakesAlive magazine for five years.

Now, she travels throughout northern and central Minnesota freelancing for regional and national publications, specializing in women's topics and agriculture. Some of the magazines she's written for are Successful Farming, Farm Show, Living the Country Life, Out Here, Prairie Business, Lake Country Journal, Her Voice and Among Women.

She also writes newsletter articles and does public relations work for businesses and organizations.

Goerge grew up on a farm in Fowler, Mich., and graduated from Ferris State College with a bachelor's degree in human services. Marriage and moving led her down the writing path. She enjoys speaking at events to share what she has learned from being a writer. For the IAAP luncheon, Dee will talk about her own experiences as well as the successful people she 's written about.

For more information, contact Peggy Dunham at 218-847-0851 or

Cost for the luncheon is $14 per person, and registration deadline is April 11.