The Reinhardt family celebrated the service of a woman who has given her all to the institution for four decades. Clara Chambers was honored with a 40th anniversary party March 14 at the Bannister Glasshouse.
Chambers was a housekeeper on campus until a medical issue slowed her down in November. She has been recovering since.
Chambers’ first connection to Reinhardt was in her adolescent days when she attended Reinhardt Academy for elementary and high school. She said she always knew she wanted to work here.
The dedicated employee joined Reinhardt College in 1976 as a housekeeper – she worked alongside her husband, the late Wheeler Chambers, for 30 years, which is something she is proud of. They had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2005.
People flowed through the Bannister Glasshouse during the party held March 14 to honor the woman who calls Reinhardt her home away from home.
“Clara is the most conscientious worker that I have ever met,” said Missy Dayoub, director of Physical Plant, who oversees maintenance, housekeeping, grounds and horticulture. “Everybody knows Miss Clara. We had faculty, staff, students, her former co-workers and family in attendance.”
Dayoub said about 100 people attended the 40th anniversary party.
She’s always full of energy with an infectious smile and follows the advice her father gave her: “My daddy always told me if I was going to do something, to do it the best that I could.”
She told the college in 2010 her favorite quote was “We got to get-r-done,” showing her commitment to finishing projects and staying on top of her work.
“Even at her age, she runs circles around the rest of us,” Dayoub said. “She has impressed numerous presidents over the years.”
And like the Reinhardt culture is known to be, Chambers agrees that it’s all about the students, as her favorite advice to give faculty and staff is to “take time for the students.”