- by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker
The purpose of the SKIL annual customer appreciation picnics is to give SKIL customers and employees an opportunity to meet and greet one another, as well as to meet people within the community. The next 2020 customer appreciation picnic will be held in Chanute on Friday, August 7th. Due to Covid-19, this year's event—like all of the SKIL summer events this year—will be done via drive-thru.
“We wanted to continue the tradition of the picnics so we can show our customers and employees that we appreciate them, but we wanted to do it in a way that would ensure no one would get sick as a result,” said Sharon Traylor, Chanute SKIL Independent Living Coordinator. “A lot of people really enjoy the picnic and look forward to it, but we wanted to do it safely.”
As always, the event will be free to the public. There will also be free food. According to Traylor, Chanute SKIL employees will be serving hot dogs, chips, and a drink. There will also be literature to let people know about various programs available to them.
“We would all rather be doing this the traditional way, but that just wasn't possible this year,” explained Traylor. “But we are hoping things get back to normal before next year's picnic.”
The picnic will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church Family Life Center at 1202 W. Main Street from 5:30 to seven. Everyone is invited.