Romance in the aisles
THE SUMMER OF 1992 Kate Bilinski
returned home from her sophomore
year at college and told her mom,
Suzanne Bilinski, she”d“lookaround”for
work. After two weeks with not
even an interview scheduled,
Suzanne called up the Sterling,
Virginia, Costco (then Price
Club) and set up an interview for
her daughter. Kate was hired on
the spot, but cried all the way
home thinking that she wouldn’t
enjoy the work.
About a week into the job Jim
Wozniak, who was working in tires,
asked her out. Feeling a little unsure
about the date, Kate asked someone
else to tag along.
Although the job only lasted the summer, Kate”s mom says, “Four yea rs
later the “guy from tires” asked her to marry him and they have now been
married for 12 years and have two wonderful children, Caroline, 8, and Ryan, 4.”
counselors,” says Debbie Lamb. “We’re just sharing
our story of how we’re pulling off what we think is a
relatively good marriage.”
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Checking out in two ways
Kate and Jim Wozniak—no longer
employees but still happy Costco members—live in Ashburn, Virginia, and continue to make weekly visits to the
warehouse where they met.
—Stephanie E. Ponder
IF YOU HAVE a note, photo or
story to share (it should be about
Costco or Costco members in some
way), you can send it to “The
Member Connection,” The Costco
Connection, P.O. Box 34088,
Seattle, WA 98124-1088, or e-mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org with
“The Member Connection” in the
subject line. Submissions cannot
be acknowledged or returned.
MY NAME IS Lois Seay. I met my husband,
Patrick, at the Norfolk, Virginia, Costco during
a lunch hour in September 1999.
He was walking toward me from the
Bakery Department. I noticed him right away.
I swear there was a light about him. We made
eye contact, smiled at each
other and turned for another
look as we passed. We passed
again on the other side of the
store, and he was behind me
in the checkout line. He said,
“I promise I’m not stalking
you.” In his case, I didn’t
mind a bit. I liked it.
A brief conversation
about office supplies led to where we worked.
I was the human resources manager at my
company, and he had been an employee there
about 10 years earlier. I gave him my business
card and, after checking out my purchases, I
went right back to my office to check him out.
I pulled his old personnel folder. He had been
a good guy back then.
Two days later, he called and invited me
to meet him after work for coffee or drinks.
Not knowing his marital status, I asked if he
would be bringing his wife and children. He
assured me that would not be the case. We
met, and I was so glad to find out that he was
still a good guy. Two and a
half years later, he proposed
marriage on Valentine’s
Day, and on June 8, 2002,
we were married.
Since that first meeting
at Costco, we shop together
and never fail to smile at
each other when we near the
Bakery Department. We live
very close to Costco and shop there two to
three times a week. From milk to gas to chicken
salad and generators, Costco offers us top
quality at great prices. So thank you, Costco,
for the great products and the wonderful husband I found in your Bakery Department.