The Missourian’s own Inez Rohrer, 92, who works in the inserting section in the newspaper’s circulation department, has been named the regional winner for the Franklin-Jefferson County area in the Missouri Outstanding Older Worker of the Year contest.

Members of the Older Worker of the Year committee came to The Missourian’s Bluff Road location Friday morning, Sept. 30, to recognize Rohrer. They presented her with a certificate, banner, flowers and a cake.

Many of Rohrer’s co-workers were part of the celebration, including Bill Miller Sr., publisher/editor, who presented Rohrer with a gift from the company.

“(Inez) stands as an example to all of us with her work ethic,” Miller said. “She’s a great lady.”

Rohrer and other regional winners from across the state will attend a two-day awards ceremony in Jefferson City in November where the state winner will be announced. The state winner will then represent Missouri in the national Outstanding Older Worker of the Year contest.

The Missouri Outstanding Older Worker of the Year contest seeks to honor a Missouri resident who is 60 or older, employed at least 20 hours a week, and displays dependability and new skills on the job.

“Older workers play a vital role in our economy,” said Margaret Donnelly, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, one of the contest sponsors. “They’re highly valued for qualities such as judgment, commitment to quality, attendance and punctuality. Companies who recruit mature workers can attract top talent in a changing work force.”

Rohrer, who has worked at The Missourian since 1994, works between 25 and 30 hours a week over five days a week and, on a few occasions, on Saturdays.

“She knows her job very well,” Dena Toth, distribution manager, wrote on the form nominating Rohrer for the award. “If someone new is hired, she sometimes likes to take them under her wing and show them how it is done.

“She has the best work ethic of anyone I know . . . I use her as an example by saying every once in a while when someone needs to hear it, that ‘If Inez, who is 92, can do it, then you can do it!’ ”

The annual Older Worker of the Year program, now in its 21st year, is sponsored by the Missouri Senior Employment Coordinating Committee, consisting of the AARP Foundation; Experience Works; Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph; MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries; Missouri Department of Economic Development/Division of Workforce Development; and the Department of Health and Senior Services/Division of Senior and Disability Services.