I had lunch this afternoon with the previous administrator of Worden Thane. Carol Williams was also my friend and mentor prior to me taking over her role as administrator when she transitioned into retirement. I’m jealous of her experiences in retirement, especially when my work and life seems overwhelming or unbearable.
Each time I meet with Carol, I get back to the office feeling grateful to be the legal administrator of such a wonderful firm. I never realize how lucky I am until I find myself rehashing funny stories with Carol about our employees and attorneys at the firm, or bringing her up to speed on all the new faces of Worden Thane since her retirement. Whatever we talk about, it always comes back to this great mix of personalities that continues to build on the legacy that Donovan Worden and Jeremy Thane created so many years ago. Whether it be in the ways we help one another during our workday, know how to care for one another in times of personal crisis, celebrate in moments of happiness, or support each other in our endeavors in the community, Worden Thane has always put their people, and the people of the Missoula community, first.
Today, Carol and I talked for a few moments about Jeremy Thane’s wife, Ginny, who recently passed away. Jerry and Ginny Thane, as many people know, were great leaders and philanthropists in the Missoula community. After Jerry’s passing a few years ago, Ginny continued to live life to its fullest and found ways to help the community. They will both be missed, but their efforts will live on through the efforts of many in our law firm today.
One of the standards that members of Worden Thane P.C. continue to uphold, is to be present in the community through service. This can be seen through every member of our Worden Thane team, in one form or another, by serving over thirty organizations within the community each year. Worden Thane employees serve the Missoula Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, and various organizations which provide legal services to community members, like CASA and MLSA. Attorneys also provide legal service to nonprofits like Tough Enough to Wear Pink, and help organizations like Blackstone Launchpad and Accelerate Montana. Worden Thane encourages employees who are passionate about service work, to help organizations unrelated to the legal industry, but necessary for the positive growth of Missoula. Employees currently holding board positions for the YWCA, Child Care Resources, Fourth D Club, and Run Wild Missoula in addition to their legal service volunteer work. The important point that is stressed by the firm is to get involved where there is a need.
In-house, Worden Thane tries to contribute in various ways throughout the year by means of sponsorships and donations to nonprofits and special events. Employees enjoy participating in holiday giving for the children at Watson Children’s Shelter, sponsoring the Garden City Ballet, Missoula Youth Hockey, Five Valleys Land Trust, and participating in local events like the annual DIVA Day 5k Run, which raised funds this year for the YWCA.
Most importantly, Worden Thane employees are able to give back to what they consider important to them in their personal lives. Whether it is sitting on the board for Spirit at Play Early Childhood Development, the Irish Dance Association, Friends of Irish Studies in the West, Rattlesnake Elementary PTA, coaching their son’s baseball or football team, organizing a community event, or volunteering at a daughter’s school over the lunch hour, employees find satisfaction in doing community service work that is meaningful, with support from the firm.
Reflecting on today’s lunch meeting with Carol, I am reminded that not only am I fortunate to have found a wonderful group of people to work with, but I am helping to carry on the legacy of Worden Thane in this community. Along with other members of my firm, our work family continues to put efforts where they matter— back into the community that is responsible for the positive, successful growth of our children, the care of our parents as they age and begin to need outside services, and the community members around us who are always impacted best through the service of others.
Thank you, Carol, for meeting me for lunch and thank you to our many amazing partners!
- Watson Children’s Shelter – Board
- YWCA – Legal Counsel
- Kiwanis – Member
- Rotary Member
- Chamber of Commerce – Ambassadors
- Chamber of Commerce – Red Coats Chair
- Chamber of Commerce – Board
- United Way – Board
- Fourth D Club – Board
- Rattlesnake Elementary – Volunteer
- Run Wild Missoula – Board
- Self Help Law Center
- Montana Legal Services Association – Family Law Advice Calls
- Montana Legal Services Association – Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
- Blackstone Launchpad Missoula
- Blackstone Launchpad Bozeman
- Blackfoot B2M Accelerator Program
- Accelerate Montana
- Montana World Trade Center
- Child Care Resources – Board
- Equal Access to Justice
- Friends of Irish Studies in the West – Volunteer
- Garden City Ballet – Sponsor
- Five Valleys Land Trust – Mount Dean Stone Project Committee
- Missoula Area Youth Hockey – Glacier Ice Rink Sponsor
- Tough Enough to Wear Pink – Legal Counsel
- Spirit at Play Early Childhood Program – Board
- Empower MT – Volunteer
- Irish Dance Association – Board
- CASA – Board
- Ancient Order of Hibernians
- Community Dispute Resolution Center – Mediator
- Upward Bound – Scholarship Committee Member
- Zootown Arts Community Center – Sponsor