That’s not what we use them for

At Newlife, we can assure our clients that we take every contract seriously, and endeavour to complete every contract to an impeccable standard. But, on a more jovial note, we thought we’d share an article we recently discovered, about a team of people who take a more light-hearted approach to cleaning-especially their equipment.

This particular venue, the Music Road Convention Center, located on Pigeon Forge in Tennessee

PIGEON FORGE — As rolls of toilet paper flew through the air and a steady stream of water projected from squirt bottles, cheers filled the Music Road Convention Center as part of the annual Housekeeper Tournament of Champions on Thursday afternoon. As teams used modified foam mops to putt golf balls into dustpans, rolled softballs towards spray-bottle bowling pins, shot taped-up rolls of toilet paper into toilet seat basketball hoops and dressed dummies in housekeeping uniforms, event chair Ben Humphries explained how the tournament got started.

The event, started over 20 years ago, was designed to bring together housekeeping staffs from across the county to compete in unique events using everyday housekeeping items, with teams of four competitors plus a coach from area hotels, motels and cabin rental companies going against each other. “It’s a fun event to recognize the importance of housekeepers in our association,” Humphries said. “It’s important to recognize the role housekeepers and room attendants have in the hotel industry.” The competition started out as part of a statewide lodging association program, which held contests across Tennessee, culminating in a large championship. That group dropped the program eight or nine years ago, so the Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association decided to keep the local one going. This year 12 teams participated, competing for prizes, medals, plaques, trophies and — most importantly — bragging rights.
“They really look forward to it every year,” Humphries said. “It’s a chance for them to get together outside of the hotel. “Our housekeepers work really hard. It’s been a difficult summer and season, and this gives them a chance to blow off steam before the fall push. That’s what it’s all about. “You never know who will be on the ball that day. Someone can come in and really blow everyone out of the water.” The competition’s main event, a fiercely competitive bed making contest, brings in outside judges — though most of the time and score-keepers are local attraction officials who volunteer their time.

Laurie Taylor has volunteered for the last several years, making sure the 70 to 80 participants — who receive rules ahead of time — play fair and have a good time. “I have fun watching all the competitions,” she said. “I like seeing how much fun they’re all having.” Though it’s a tournament, there’s still the opportunity for teams to interact with one another. “It’s a chance to interact with the housekeeping staff,” she said. “They get to get away from work for a while. “It’s a competition between teams, but there’s lots of team support. They cheer each other on.”

Chrystal Artica, executive housekeeper at The Inn at Christmas Place, has participated in the tournament with her team for the last four years. She enjoys having fun with her coworkers, especially during the bed making competition. “The bed make-off is the most fun,” she said. “It’s the biggest event, because you can get the most points. It can make you or break you.” Artica also likes catching up with tournament participants from years past. “It’s good for everyone to get together and meet people they work with in the community,” she said. “It’s a good event for employees to get together and have fun.”

Kay Boykin, assistant head housekeeper at Music Road Hotel, has been involved in the tournament for the last eight years. She loves running into old friends and making new ones. “I love to participate,” she said. “You get to see people come back year after year. You meet new people. It’s like a big family.”

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