Indian River Colony Club Names Karen Craft 2020 Employee of the Year

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universally admired by her coworkers

Karen Craft has been named the 2020 Employee of the Year for Indian River Colony Club, the Viera age 55-plus golf community for military veterans.

“Karen’s dedication to serving the membership and her great positive attitude led us to select her as the Employee of the Year.”

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Karen Craft has been named the 2020 Employee of the Year for Indian River Colony Club, the Viera the age 55-plus golf community for military veterans.

Nominated by Club Manager Thomas Shonkwiler, Craft was recognized on December 1 during the community’s annual membership meeting and presented with a $250 monetary award.

The nominating statement for the 7-year employee read, in part, “Karen’s dedication to exceptional service for the membership community is evident in all she does. Prior to the pandemic, Karen was continuously requested by members for her gracious ‘service with a smile’ in the dining rooms.

“When the At Ease Club restaurant retooled to takeout-only during the covid-19 crisis, Karen spent many days out front of the clubhouse, working the long lines with hundreds of food orders that were staged for car and golf cart pickup. She often did this in excessive heat, humidity, and rain. Karen never once complained and always maintained a cheerful attitude toward members and colleagues.”

Shonkwiler manages all of the kitchens, wait and bar staff at IRCC and is Craft’s supervisor.

“Karen’s dedication to serving the membership and her great positive attitude led us to select her as the Employee of the Year,” said Shonkwiler.

“It speaks volumes that she is universally admired by her coworkers.”

Karen Craft works in the At Ease Club at Indian River Colony Club. Craft has been named the 2020 Employee of the Year by the 55+ Viera golf community for military veterans.  (IRC image)

All 94 full-time employees of Indian River Colony Club are eligible for the annual award. Department managers each nominate an exceptional member of their team and then cast votes for the most exemplary employee.

The Employee of the Year award is sponsored by the not-for-profit Indian River Colony Club Foundation.

Viera’s very first neighborhood, Indian River Colony Club is known as “The Place Patriots Call Home.” A haven for military retirees, the par-72 private golf course community has a patriotic culture and country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over.

For more information about the Indian River Colony Club, call 321-255-6000, visit their website at ColonyClub.com

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