2009 State Employee Recognition Day
May 6, 2009

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State Activities


The 2009 theme is "Recognizing State Employees: The MVP's of Alabama." Several different events are scheduled for this year's State Employee Recognition Week.

May 7, the Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Team will host Employee Recognition Night.

May 8, the State Personnel Department will host out Second Annual Employee Recognition Day for all State Employees to attend. At that time, the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial employee of the year will be named.

Employee Recognition Night Flyer

Employee Recognition Night Eblast (a pdf version)

Individual Departments have also been encouraged to participate in recognition week events. The Department of Education, for example, will be hosting a different event each day.

Alabama State Department of Education Proclamation

Alabama State Department of Education Executive Council Memo

Save the Date Eblast (a pdf version)


Delaware will also engage in recognition events for State Employees such as a night at a baseball game and an awards ceremony reception.

State Employee Night Flyer

Delaware Award Reception Invitation


Louisiana has events placed for each day throughout the week from the Employee Appreciation & Awards Recognition Ceremony to Brownie Bravo Day!

Louisiana List of Events


Governor Jennifer M. Granholm supports state employee recognition and places it as a high priority for her agenda each year. This year, the agenda calls for expressing appreciation in various ways throughout the entire year. State wide, employees may take advantage of reduced ticket prices for special recognition day games by three of the state's minor league baseball teams, a free weekend at state parks, special ticket prices at multiple concert venues, and store and shopping center discounts. The Governor is making special efforts this year to communicate with employees through e-mails messages, web casts and meetings because of the extraordinary budget issues facing Michigan.

State department directors are also hosting special events for their employees. The executives will serve breakfast, scoop ice cream or provide hot dog lunches to employees in numerous departments. The Department of Corrections co-sponsors a Corrections Office of the Year banquet with the union representing officers. Department directors send e-mail messages to employees emphasizing the noble work of public service and thanking employees for their daily efforts and great work, and offering special recognition for years of service or significant contributions.

Michigan dedicates a web page to State Employees.


This year Missouri will step out of the "norm" and celebrate SERW during the week of May 25-29 and will conclude this special week with SERD on Friday, May 29. During SERW state agencies are encouraged to host "in house" activities that could include items such as trivia contests, brown bag lunches, snack days, dress down days, etc. Also on Wednesday, May 27 the Missouri State Employee Awards of Distinction will be presented to winning employees by Governor Nixon in a special award ceremony in the Governor's Office.

On Friday, May 29 the Division of Personnel in conjunction with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce will host SERD on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol. Employees will enjoy free food, refreshments, and music. Additionally, state agencies and local businesses will set up displays and provide information on their products and services. Many will offer employees the opportunity to register to win prizes. This year Aflac will be bringing Missouri Car Legend, Carl Edwards, race car to the event!

Missouri State Employee Recognition Activities


Nebraska celebrates their recognition week during October. This celebration includes state-wide service award ceremonies, Governor's Employee and Manager of the Year Awards conducted in the Capitol Rotunda.

North Dakota

North Dakota celebrates their recognition week this year on September 14-18.

North Dakota State Employee Recognition Activities Flyer


State of Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management Memorandum


In Pennsylvania, Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed today, May 6, 2009, as State Employee Recognition Day in the commonwealth. View the Governor expressing his appreciation to all commonwealth employees and read the Governor's letter, proclamation, and accompany press release on the Employee Recognition website.

To recognize the invaluable contributions of state employees, on May 4 Governor Rendell announced the recipients of the Governor's Awards for Excellence and praised all state employees for their dedication to public service. Information about this event may be found on the Governor's Awards for Excellence website.


Utah is honoring State employees the first week of June 2009. Governor Huntsman is signing a declaration to honor state employees the first week of June, 2009 for their dedication and commitment to the citizens of Utah.

Governor Huntsman is also inviting all of his cabinet members to join him the afternoon of June 2nd while he works alongside a front line employee for one hour. On June 4th, the Governor's Awards for Excellence will be given to 24 state employees for their commitment to excellence.

2009 Press Releases

NASPE State Employee Recognition Day

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Announces Governor's Awards for Excellence Winners

Public Service Announcements

Pennsylvania: Governor Edward G. Rendell expresses appreciation to all State Employee through video on the Employee Recognition website.

Governor's Proclamations

Alabama: Governor Bob Riley

Florida: Governor Charlie Crist

Pennsylvania: Governor Edward G. Rendell Letter and Proclamation