LaVerne Jolly, left, and Carolyn Powers prepare drinks for last year’s Administrative Professional Luncheon at Golden Leaf Commons.

Look behind the scenes of most any business and you will quickly see that the backbone of the operation is not the boss or the man or woman with the fancy title.

The business functions because of the person taking phone calls, working with customers and on the fly taking care of the countless unpredictable issues popping up in the workplace on a day to day basis. The administrative professional is truly the backbone of the office.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, the doors open at the Golden leaf Commons for the annual Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon. EGCC Executive Director Nancy Rose said patrons will be treated to what she describes as an afternoon of fun, food and friends. There will be plenty of vendors on hand selling their products and connecting with other business professionals from the community. The actual event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“We’re going to have great entertainment,” Rose said. “The band Uncorked will be playing. It’s a fun Jimmy Buffet type atmosphere. Last year some people tried to dance, but we had the tables close together and there wasn’t a lot of room. This year we are moving the tables a little further apart.”

Patrons will be treated to lunch, champaign punch and raffles with a chance to leave the Golden Leaf Commons with a prize.

Administrative Professional Day has a history dating back to 1952 when President of the National Secretaries Association Mary Barrett triggered National Secretary’s Day on June 1. In 1955 the last full week in April was designated National Secretaries Week, before undergoing the name change to Administrative Professionals Week.

Today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. They are known as the pulse of the office and in Emporia-Greensville they will be featured for their role as gatekeepers of the workplace.

For tickets to the EGCC Administrative Professional Luncheon, call the Chamber office at (434) 634-9441.