Doreen is typically the first and front-line person to make personal contact with you, whether it is by phone or by email. Her life at Rare Newspapers is never boring as it is comprised of all types of duties… a true “Girl-Friday” (woman-Friday???). First and foremost, she is the office manager. She also takes and processes customer orders. She answers messages that are received through both the regular email and the eBay message board. Another aspect her job is the writing of item descriptions and photographing issues for the website, as time prevails.
Playing “sleuth” is another role that she undertakes.
“One of my greatest pleasures is in finding hidden family treasures for our clients which have been buried within our archives for decades… just waiting to be found. When time permits, I put on my detective’s hat and head to the stacks. It’s also a disappointment when the need content cannot be located. I hate to disappoint.” Doreen
The most difficult task asked of her is when someone wants her to “select something for them”, i.e, a recommendation. The rare newspaper hobby is so varied, and is grounded so deeply within a person’s personal interests, making such selections is almost impossible.
As for the more personal side of Doreen… She is a wife, a mother of two, a grandmother of three, and a person who simply enjoys life to the fullest. She belongs to a small group of women who love to sing at various church events, and takes great pleasure in reaching out to the local community.
One of the greatest drawbacks of having Doreen on staff is her incredible ability to bake some of the most scrumptious cakes, pies, etc., and has a propensity for “celebrating” every possible staff birthday, holiday, anniversary, and more. We’ve all had to double our exercising efforts to burn off the calories, and if you’ve kept an eye on our annual staff photos, you can see some of us have had only minor success.
Doreen is a treat to have as part of the Rare Newspapers’ Team! She is truly my right arm… and perhaps a little of my left.