When you enter the Herscher Pilot office, normally the first person you see is Sally Schneider. She knows almost everyone and almost everything related to Herscher. If she doesn’t know, she knows how to find out.
Sally has worked for the Pilot for over twenty years beginning in September of 1991 to August of 1998, when her family first moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. She returned to Herscher so her daughter Megan could finish high school in Herscher in September of 1999 until May of 2001. And, most recently, she has been an office manager from 2009 until the end of 2019.
The late Robert Mau had this to say about Sally as she was leaving in 2001. “And once again, I find myself saluting another champion, but first, some background. A long-standing policy at the Herscher Pilot office is that neither I make a mistake nor you make a mistake.
Whenever a mistake is made in this office, we make the mistake.
Over the past 10 years, we would have made a lot more mistakes had it not been for Sally Schneider. Over the years, Sally had been the Pilot’s receptionist, proofreader, information- finder-outer, typesetter, and overall person in charge of making sure things get done right. In the process, she has prevented a lot of mistakes we otherwise would have made.
Sally now rejoins her husband, Ray, faraway in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. We wish them both the best.”
While in Dubai, Sally and her family had the opportunity to visit a variety of European countries, as well as Kenya, South Africa, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
When she returned to the Pilot in 2009, the technique of creating the newspaper had changed from the older newspaper layout format to a completely computerized layout. She was hesitant about the process, but states, “Rob was easy to learn from.”
She shares that she has enjoyed meeting the people who come through the door throughout the years.
She continues, “I have enjoyed working here. I never once didn’t want to go to work.” When asked about the best part of the job she responded, “Conversations with Rob about life situations.”
Sally was ready and willing to take over the reins when I took a bucket list trip to Peru, and for Rob during other small and large absences from the Pilot, including when the Mau children were adopted from Guatemala and travel was required.
Following the death of Robert Mau in April of 2016, Sally very patiently taught me everything she knew about the business, all the while putting in extra hours to keep it running until I had a handle on things.
Because of her devotion, not a single issued was missed during that transition time. She was the glue that held it all together.
This newspaper owes her a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.
We have been blessed to have her as such an integral part of the Herscher Pilot family and wish her well in her future endeavors which include traveling (a few trips are already planned), and spending time with her grandchildren as well as spending more time with her church and missions.
She has even agreed to come back for a short time when I want to take a vacation!
She has patiently trained each person who has joined the Pilot staff in the last few years and now passes the torch to Michaela Day who previously worked for the Pilot as a high school student.