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Above & Beyond: Samantha VanDyke

Samantha VanDyke is an Administrative Assistant at Egypt Valley.

Tell us about your Egypt Valley experience.
My experience at Egypt Valley has been filled with gratitude and reward, fun and growth. I joined the food and beverage team in 2008, then moved into the office as the administrative assistant before moving into the accounts payable role.

I enjoy helping others and being part of an incredible team that is focused on making our members and guests days brighter. I love meeting new people, but have enjoyed building ongoing relationships with our members even more. It still amazes me to see many kids, who I remember as newborns and toddlers, growing into teenagers. However, I guess I could say we have grown together—since I embarked on this journey as an eager 21-year-old and evolved into a cautious, mom of two. This experience has been both challenging and inspiring, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I look forward to many more years to come.

What motivates you to work so hard?
My biggest motivation is my family. They are my source of inspiration and my strongest supporters. Success also motivates me. Knowing that hard work and perseverance will help me achieve greater professional success is what keeps me going. I feel that aligning Egypt Valley’s vision and values with my own is one way to achieve that. When I know that my efforts are following the correct path, it encourages me to push more. For me, success is important both at a personal, as well as at an organizational level. Motivation is seeing the club grow, which ultimately leads to personal achievement and success.

What makes you laugh the most?
If I had to choose one thing that makes me laugh the most, it would be kids. After all, young children are wonderfully candid creatures, aren’t they?

What would you sing at karaoke night?
A popular upbeat song, like “Sweet Caroline”—something the crowd couldn’t help but sing along with, in hopes that it would help disguise my awful singing voice.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
My marriage and children are my proudest (personal) accomplishments. Although my husband and I don’t always agree with each other, we still love one another. Of the thousands of stressful situations, we’ve found ourselves in, we have survived and continue to prioritize raising kind, strong and respectful children.

What is one thing most members or staff don’t know about you?
I am EXTREMELY afraid of heights. I close my eyes when going over the Mackinac Bridge, feel the need to crawl on all fours when climbing to the top of lighthouses and tremble immensely on ladders. However, since I enjoy a thrill and love testing myself, sky diving is on my bucket list.

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