THE NEW LEAF CEREMONY
The Guest of Honor Tara and the Celebrant walks down the aisle and stands in the front, facing the Guests.
Welcome colleagues, cohorts, friends and family to the “New Leaf” ceremony for Tara Willis as she leaves her present position and steps into her future of growth and promise. Please be seated and turn off your cell phones and beepers, as we now begin the ceremony. Thank you.
afternoon and a warm welcome to all! It
means everything to
spring we were bought out by a Telos Communications and both companies merged.
In merging, a downsizing had to take place. Many of us have felt the repercussions
of this in many ways for those who are leaving like Tara and those who are
staying on and hoping the company will make this transition a positive one.
This is hard to talk about but it is a reality. So, we honor Tara and those
special people who we worked with over the years through the wonderful and
challenging times. Working together is an intimate and special relationship we
all share and we hold it close to our hearts. So, we celebrate
Prayer for Friends (Poet Michael Leunig)
We give thanks for our friends.
Our dear friends
We work with each other.
We strive and learn together
No matter the weather.
We share this thick earth, this tender life, this precious time.
Such richness. Such adundance.
Together we are blown about.
Together we are moved along.
All this delight.
All this angst.
All this communion of life.
We hold it together.
Steve Dumont, Blues Tune, Keyboards and Vocals:
You always make the most of me
What toothpaste jingle should I decree
Is the one to make it and set me free
Long hours, bad food and all the rest
You have stood by us all
You have grooved till the night falls
We’ve heed the call
And done it all
A tune from the very start
Come back and hang with us
We promise cosmopolitan martinis, back rubs and no fuss.
And now Laura Klien, Creative Director of our department would like to say a few words.
you and I have worked together for over 6 years and during this time we forged
a wonderful friendship and working relationship. We’ve shared the joys of
winning several prominent accounts and we celebrated our children’s birthdays.
leaf shaped cards were passed out in the beginning of the ceremony and we ask
all at the end of the ceremony to please write wishes/hopes and dreams for Tara
on the leaves and put them into this amazing wish box that that we created just
for this occasion for Tara. We decorated the wish box with mementos from our
Ling, a great fan of yours, has this to express…Ling come on up…
Ms. Willis, one can try to give expression to the concept of working in a truly harmonious environment for a fantastic person like you who has been such a great influence on all of us, but perhaps it is a matter best left to the poets. In the words of Rainer Maria Rilke:
“Once the realization is accepted
that even between the closest people
infinite distances exist,
a marvelous living side-by-side
can grow up for them,
if they succeed in loving
the expanse between them,
which gives them the possibility
of always seeing each other as whole
and before an immense sky.”
have been a mentor to many here today. Claire, Jane, Fredrick, Colleen, Sarah,
George, Joe, Ling and Ahmed have learned so much from you that will resonate
through out their lives. You have taught them the appreciation and respect for
artists and their art, to work hard and enjoy the process of learning and
sharing. They are gifting you this bamboo plant for you to bring home and
remember them by as they will always remember you. The Bamboo signifies in
Chinese culture good luck and prosperity. As the Bamboo grows with its twists
and turns it finds harmony with the world and then it sprouts new shoots and
leaves along the way. You have helped them to sprout, you have given of
yourself wholeheartedly, and that is something so very special. May we learn
from your giving and give as you have given,
Yes, I have.
Have you valued the challenges, failures and triumphs?
Yes, I have.
Do you recognize that you have given the very best you have and are proud of your accomplishments?
Yes, I do.
Are you ready to face the future and all the golden opportunities that are in store for you?
Yes, I am.
Do you feel the love and support we all have for you and accept our gift of thanks?
Yes, I sure do.
Your husband Jerome would like to read this poem by the Australian poet Michael Leunig…
The path to your door
Is the path within
Is made by friends
Is lined by flowers
Is lined by thorns
Is stained with wine.
Is lit by the lamp of dreams.
Is washed with joy.
Is swept by grief,
Is blessed by the lonely traffic of art:
Is known by heart,
Is known by prayer,
Is lost and found.
Is always strange.
The path to your door.
that wonderful note of love we end this ceremony that expressed words and
feeling of sincere appreciation and demonstrated gratitude and thoughtfulness
On behalf of TCBA we honor you with this certificate of appreciation, your esteemed tenure with the company, your exemplary performance and to the wonderful person you have been to us all – We thank you. (The certificate is given to Tara framed).
now everyone is invited for Sushi, Sake & the Blues (
Cole Porter, I get a kick out of you.
~ Here Ends the Ceremony & Here Begins a Wonderful Life ~