Lewisburg's postmaster leaving after 21 years

Friday, January 11, 2008

March 15, 1986.

Has it really been that long? My goodness, time sure flies. The above date may not mean anything to most of you, but to me March 15, 1986, was the beginning of a new chapter in my life. It was my first day at the Lewisburg Post Office.

My first day at the Lewisburg Post Office was a cold, sunny day, and on that day I was trained to carry mail on a city route. The first day I watched the regular carrier; the second day I carried the mail while the regular carrier watched me; and the third day, I went solo. My postmaster and supervisor wasted no time getting me used to the postal way of life.

Why am I telling you all about my first day? Well, it is because my last day at the Lewisburg Post Office will be today, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. I got promoted to Postmaster in the town of Burns, which is in Dickson County. I report to Burns on Monday. So what events stand out in my mind in the 21-year history of me being at Lewisburg? Let me share a few memories with you.

Elvis Stamp Day. That was the day I dressed up like Elvis to sell the most popular stamp in U.S. Postal Service history.

I borrowed the white Elvis jumpsuit from one of our customers, complete with red scarf and the "TCB" (Takin' Care of Business) necklace.

What made that day so much fun is that with every Elvis stamp I sold, I got to say "Thank you! Thank you very much!"

Postcards. While I was the main window clerk, I thought it would be fun to see where all our customers went on vacation. I put up a map and marked it with pins from wherever the postcards came from. It is still up at Casey's window. Some of you even told your friends to send me a postcard and they did. I got cards from all over the world.

Seeing my customers wherever I go. As I have gotten to know so many of you through the Post Office, I am amazed at how many of you I run into outside of Lewisburg. I once saw one of my customers in McDonald's in Gulf Shores, Ala. When my wife asked me who that was, my answer was always the same ... that's one of my Lewisburg friends.

Food Drive. Every May, this was an event I looked forward to. The folks at the Good Samaritan are the best and seeing that food come in and knowing that with your help, we were making a difference in someone's life was always rewarding.

Working with the best people in the world. What a joy it has been for me to work with the greatest people in the world. When you work for the Post Office, you become a part of a unique group of people who become your extended family. To my family at the Lewisburg Post Office, you will always be an important part of my life and I thank each one of you for being there for me and each other. Never loose that. You are the best!

I have spent half of my life with you in Lewisburg. I could not have asked for anything better. Thank you for being such an important part of my life.

Serving you for 21 years is just another example of how the Lewisburg Post Office is working for you.

Robert Wakefield will end his 21-year career at the Lewisburg Post Office on Jan. 11.