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City Clerk for the Day Brings Experience to Local 5th Grader

Gertie Fuhriman performed many tasks as Crouch City Clerk of the Day. Photo by Janet Juroch

A Garden Valley young lady was able to be City Clerk of the Day after her family won this live auction bid at the Historical Museum’s Ol’ Fashion Hoe Down Fundraiser. Gertie Fuhriman, daughter of  Josh Fuhriman and Cindy Encinas-Fuhriman, jumped at the chance to do that job for a day during the school Thanksgiving Break.

Gertie is in 5th grade and already has her sights on some jobs she was interested in such as an artist or a doctor.  But then she was Clerk for the Day and all that changed. Vickie Chandler, Crouch City Clerk put Gertie to work…there was no sloughing off. Gertie managed to be “the best helper” according to Chandler. The job of helping pull files for an audit can be tedious alone. Chandler claims Gertie was extremely helpful.

Crouch City Clerk of the Day, Gertie Fuhriman, helps by pulling files for City Clerk Vickie Chandler. Photo by Janet Juroch

Crouch City Clerk of the Day, Gertie Fuhriman, helps by pulling files for City Clerk Vickie Chandler. Photo by Janet Juroch

Gertie says she was “so excited” when she learned of the day she could help as a Clerk. She was answering phones and signing for packages and creating signs for holiday hours. Gertie explained that she never realized how “fun” a clerk job could be and now she wants to learn to be a City Clerk. She said, “I love being in the office doing this work”.  The job of pulling files was her favorite according to Gertie.

If this came up in an auction again, Gertie said she would want to do it again. But if another person won it, she would tell them, “You are going to have so much fun. It would be awesome.”

Chandler was grateful for the help and said Gertie worked very hard all day. Of course there was time to have lunch and get nails painted since Chandler felt that pretty nails are part of the job, too. Chandler created a nameplate for Gertie and some other shadow box reminders of her big day. Gertie says, “Being a City Clerk for the Day is a really good experience, especially since so much of the work is like what you have to do all of your life.”

Written  and Interviewed by Janet Juroch – BCC Staff