Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Administrative Assistant Linda Dennis retired Nov. 27 following almost 27 years of service with four executive directors.
“What I’m going to miss most is the people,” said Dennis, eyes filling with tears. “The Federation is like family. It becomes part of you. I’ve never got up in the morning hating to go to work.”
Dennis joined the Federation staff in 1987 as assistant to Executive Director John Dorrill. She credits Dorrill for trusting her with additional responsibilities that built self-confidence. Dennis later worked for Doug Rigney, Mike Kilgore and, most recently, Paul Pinyan.
“Linda’s professionalism, compassion and organizational skills are blessings to the entire staff,” Pinyan said. “We will all miss Linda’s friendliness and dedication, but we’re happy she will be able to spend more time with family and friends.”
A graduate of Bad Kreuznach American High School in Germany, Dennis moved frequently as a child due to her father’s long and distinguished service in the U.S. Army. She attended Worth Business College in Fayetteville, N.C.
“Some people think secretarial work is menial, but I can honestly say it’s what I always wanted to do,” Dennis said. “I’m thankful for the things I’ve been able to do and the people I’ve met through the Farmers Federation.”
Before coming to Alfa, Dennis served as secretary to the administrator at Autauga Medical Center (now Prattville Baptist Hospital) for four years, educational secretary at First Baptist Church of Prattville for eight years and pastor’s secretary at the church for five years.
During retirement, Dennis wants to spend time with her friends and family. For the first six months, she plans to enjoy her freedom but expects to get more involved in volunteer work at church and in the community.
Dennis’ daughter, Shannon, works in Elementary/Special Education Support with Homewood City Schools and lives in Birmingham.