New Post­mas­ter Reyes Takes Oath Of Of­fice

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIR­GINIA STILL [email protected]­dale­leader.com

There is a new Post­mas­ter in town, her name is Stella Reyes and she is hon­ored to take on the po­si­tion at the River­bank Post Of­fice. In the Post­mas­ter of River­bank In­stal­la­tion cer­e­mony held on Fri­day, June 1 Reyes was ad­min­is­tered the Oath of Of­fice by Man­ager Post

Of­fice Op­er­a­tions (MPOO) Sal Car­di­nal with friends, fam­ily and co-work­ers in at­ten­dance.

The weather was warm but there was nice breeze as guests ar­rived at the cer­e­mony. There were city of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Mayor Richard O’Brien and Vice Mayor Dar­lene Bar­ber Martinez on hand as well as River­bank Cham­ber of Com­merce Di­rec­tors, Pete Douma and Bill Robin­son.

The Post­mas­ter for Sal­ida, An­gel­ica Gal­lardo, was the mas­ter of cer­e­monies who in­tro­duced Boy Scouts of Amer­ica River­bank Troop #1100 that pre­sented the col­ors, led the crowd in the Pledge of Al­le­giance, and the Na­tional An­them.

Harry Cen­teno, Post­mas­ter in Stock­ton, gave the in­vo­ca­tion. There were flow­ers, bal­loons and dec­o­rated ta­bles as well as food, bev­er­ages, and dessert for guests to en­joy.

Paulette Rober­son and Mary Banda with the River­bank Mu­seum and the River­bank His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety shared some his­tory re­gard­ing the Post Of­fice and for­mer River­bank Post­mas­ters. Rober­son ex­plained that the cur­rent lo­ca­tion of the Post Of­fice was ded­i­cated and opened in 1985 which was larger and had 300 post of­fice boxes added. She com- mented that she was the Post Of­fice’s “num­ber one cus­tomer” in both Escalon and River­bank by send­ing hand­writ­ten let­ters and cards for any oc­ca­sion.

Car­di­nal stated that he had the priv­i­lege of pro­mot­ing Reyes and af­ter know­ing her and work­ing with her for sev­eral years, knew that she would be a per­fect fit as the Post­mas­ter.

He ad­min­is­tered the Oath of Of­fice and pre­sented her with a framed of­fi­cial let­ter for her of­fice. Af­ter­wards Reyes thanked all her men­tors, her hus­band of 37 years, chil­dren and the car­ri­ers.

“I would not be able to do any­thing with­out the car­ri­ers,” stated Reyes. “With that be­ing said, they eat first.”

Sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing her two sis­ters and brother gave a heart­felt speech and hugs. Oth­ers also stepped up to share some stories, show their sup­port and best wishes as Reyes takes on her new as­sign­ment.

“I love my job,” ex­pressed Reyes. “I love the peo­ple I work with. The River­bank Post Of­fice and their em­ploy­ees are the best em­ploy­ees I have ever worked with. I have worked in sev­eral post of­fices. Every­body here is amazing.”

Reyes had not thought about be­ing a su­per­vi­sor or a post­mas­ter in the 34 years that she has worked for the Post Of­fice. The path to be­com­ing a Post­mas­ter be­gan with her ac­cept­ing a su­per­vi­sor’s po­si­tion. The day it was of­fered to her she had been at­tacked by a dog while car­ry­ing the mail, so the move was not a very hard de­ci­sion for her to make.

In late 2015, she trans­ferred to the River­bank Post Of­fice and af­ter a few months, she be­came the Of­fi­cer in Charge in 2016. A cou­ple of years later when she had the op­por­tu­nity to be the Post­mas­ter, she bid on it and was awarded the po­si­tion. She has come a long way from car­ry­ing mail. Now she is in charge of 20 em­ploy­ees with three ru­ral routes and six city routes.

“It was a long road, 34 years was a long road but it was worth it,” added Reyes. “I am blessed. I put God first, my fam­ily and my job in that or­der.”

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

Stella Reyes, at right, was sworn into of­fice to be­come the Post­mas­ter for the River­bank Post Of­fice at a cer­e­mony held on Fri­day, June 1.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the city’s His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and the River­bank Mu­seum, Mary Banda and Paulette Rober­son, pro­vided the au­di­ence with a lit­tle his­tory of the River­bank Post Of­fice and the for­mer Post­mas­ters at the cer­e­mony.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

New River­bank Post­mas­ter Stella Reyes re­ceived a very heart­felt speech from her fam­ily as well as ap­plause and a big hug at the cel­e­bra­tion on Fri­day.

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