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Minneapolis Urban League employee retires after 22 years

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Claude Thadys, 84, retires after twenty-two years of service to the Minneapolis Urban League. Claude began his career at the Minneapolis Urban League in 1985 as a security guard, responsible for making sure that the building was locked and secured each night and open and ready for business each day. Claude Thadys pictured with daughter Alicia

Claude Thadys, 84, retires after twenty-two years of service to the Minneapolis Urban League. Claude began his career at the Minneapolis Urban League in 1985 as a security guard, responsible for making sure that the building was locked and secured each night and open and ready for business each day.

"Claude has been a true asset to our organization over the years," says Clarence Hightower, president/CEO of the Minneapolis Urban League. "He'll be missed by every member of our staff because he was reliable."

Thadys says that during his years at the Urban League he held a variety of jobs, which included making coffee each morning and running errands, to doing building and office maintenance.

"If there was something that needed to get done, I did it," Thadys proclaimed.

Whenever Urban League staff members would ask Thadys how he was doing, he would respond with one of his witty comments that have become known as "Claude-isms." He would respond by saying: "I'm kickin' but not high" or "I'm not good enough to brag, but I'm not bad enough to complain."

On November 16, the Minneapolis Urban League staff held a retirement party for Thadys to thank him for his twenty-two years of service and to wish him well. The retirement party was held at the Minneapolis Urban League's Glover-Sudduth Center at 2100 Plymouth Avenue North. Thadys's two daughters, Alicia and Vanessa, as well as his son Marcus, attended his retirement party.

 

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