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How Big is Your God? Have you ever had a problem so big it kept you up all night? You toss and turn, trying to create a plausible solution and somehow delude yourself into thinking you have to solve every problem in your life to be in control. It’s all about you…you, you, you. When I say it like this, it sounds a bit ridiculous and overly dramatic, but after all, it’s 3 a.m. and I really can’t sleep tonight. I wish I could say that I’ve evolved from the “It’s all about me” syndrome. Alas, I still find myself occasionally drifting down that wayward path as I did tonight. After so many years of making this mental error in judgement, why do I so easily fall back into doubt? I doubt myself, and even worse, I doubt God. How can I question the one who is so faithful to see me through every trial and circumstance of my life? How big is my God? How foolish of me to put him in a box and assume that He’s just out there drifting around and completely unaware of me. Yes I’ve asked myself, “How could He do this to me? Looks like I better go in and fix things myself.” Can you sense the smile on my face as I admit this to you? God reassures me in so many ways that He has it all under control, but I also need to walk through the trials because they bring me closer to Him. I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s all about. So the next time you can’t sleep or you are overcome with worry, walking with the weight of the world on your shoulders, remember that God is BIG enough to take care of you. In closing, (because it really isn’t all about me, I am excited for you to turn the pages and read the rest of our magazine which features so many groovy stories and photos of the amazing people in our community) I want to share one of my favorite Bible verses which are my mental melatonin deep in the night. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 Have the best of days and I’ll see you around town.
From the heart, JaLynn S. West
Kickin’ the Bucket List by Christina Thomas “Can we retire the phrase ‘bucket list’? Or do we enjoy associating the thought of our eventual death with fun activities in the Bahamas?” And with that, an anonymous Facebook commenter said what I had been thinking for quite some time. I have disliked the phrase “bucket list” for years. I refuse to use it. We need to re-assess “the list” and how it is framed. Let’s start with how the term “bucket list” came about. I first heard of it as a 2007 film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Dictionary.com’s earliest reference to it is 2005, so the film made the term widely acceptable. It comes from the phrase “kick the bucket,” literally meaning things you will do before you die. I love a good list - travel destinations, groceries, to-do, you name it - but I also love a good adventure, and I’m planning to live a long life. All of these things reconcile themselves into a list of things that I want to do, but I like to frame it as “things I want to do,” not “things to do before I kick the bucket.” The difference is subtle, but real. And what do I call this list? I simply call it “the list.” I might say, “I haven’t been there, yet, but it’s on my list.” And people still understand. Here is my proposition: make a list of everything you want to do. Ever. Be honest with yourself about what those things are. I hear a lot of people announce big dreams, like they want to spend a month backpacking around Eastern Europe, and that puts the pressure on the rest of us to have giant adventures waiting in the wings, but we don’t have to do that to ourselves. If you want to spend a month backpacking around Eastern Europe, put that on your list. But maybe your dreams are closer to home - maybe you want to become a yoga instructor or adopt a puppy. All of those are valid, so put them on your list! Now, decide which things on your list you can do by a deadline, say, the end of the summer. Maybe you can’t make that big trip to Croatia by the end of August, but you can spend a night under the stars or start volunteering at the animal shelter or try out that new restaurant in town that you’ve been eyeing for the past six months. We don’t need to wait until the kids are out of the house or we retire or pay off the student loans before we can start living. Life is here and now, so start having small adventures while you’re waiting for those things to happen, then you can make your big, adventurous dreams a reality. The best way to start writing your list is by writing down all of the things that you’ve been wanting to do and haven’t done, yet. This is your list, and it doesn’t matter what anything else thinks of it. It doesn’t need a certain number of things (unless you want it to), and they don’t have to be expensive or cheap (unless you want them to be). It could be simple things. If you’re looking for more ideas, you can Google “bucket list” (I know, I know, but you’ll get some ideas), “40 by 40,” or “30 by 30.” But remember - just because it’s someone else’s dream doesn’t mean that it has to be yours! I’ll end this post with a few suggestions - things that are on my list (some I’ve completed, and some I haven’t): - Go horseback riding - Visit Alcatraz - Spend Christmas time in Paris - Learn to speak German - Earn a black belt in tae kwon do. - Try every dessert at Bonnie Ruth’s - Visit the D-Day beaches - Attend an oral argument at the Supreme Court - Try Voodoo Donuts - Go to the very top of the Eiffel Tower
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Woman of the Month I’m excited to introduce this new feature in OCM. We love recognizing the women in our community. The rule(s) are pretty simple: she MUST live in Denton County. In order to nominate someone, please do the following: 1. Send an email to email@example.com with the subject line: Woman of the Month Nomination. 2. Your email should explain why you believe she deserves this award (no more than 300 words). 3. Please include photos of her.
Diana Risell is OCM’s First Woman of the Month! submission by Art Locke
Life can be a never-ending series of challenges when juggling family, children, work and health. Even the most positive of us can get worn down and thrown off-course when things don’t go our way. Where can one find inspiration when our own spirits are flagging? I find mine in my wife, Diana Risell. When she decides to do something, her focus, passion and energy are nearly limitless. She systematically takes on challenges large and small, working the details, building relationships, and navigating roadblocks until she creates an outcome that exceeds expectations. She’s a gifted leader, speaker and motivator, skills she uses as a health & nutrition coach and as a contributor and leader of several civic and non-profit organizations. She is someone who, quite simply, cannot let a problem go unresolved, and so she constantly steps up when others won’t or can’t. Her ability to include others and make them feel valued is unparalleled, enabling her to excel at helping others realize their full potential. She is a fantastic mother and wife. Our two teenage daughters are growing up to be independent, driven young women who expect a lot out of themselves, just like their mom. I marvel at her ability to teach them coping and decisionmaking skills and to role-model the attributes of a woman in full: someone who is highly educated, self-disciplined, inclusive, trustworthy, giving, compassionate, decisive and loving. Every day, I learn from her how to enrich my own life and those of the people in my circle. Diana is one of those people who truly makes everyone around them better. For everything she does, and for the impact she has on others, I’d like to nominate her for Woman of the Month. Photo courtesy Kevin James McCrea and FM School of Rock where her daughter performs with American Idol runner up, Dalton Rappatoni.
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In the midst of so many “local” publications, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide where to invest your hard-earned advertising dollars. We all promise to increase the brand awareness, visibility and growth of your business. We assure you that print is a valid form of advertising. Here are some other nuggets of wisdom when it comes to marketing a successful business in the 21st century. Your experiences help create your brand because they drive you. They’re
integral to your passions.
Here are some ways you can promote your brand. 1. Get out there and meet people. Get involved and find groups you identify with; be a giver. Find a cause you believe in. 2. Get Social: Facebook (personal and business), LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, Meet Up (to name a few) 3. Website, newsletters, blogging 4. Advertise: Print (business cards, marketing material, newspapers, magazines, billboards), television, radio, internet, promotional products.
Closing thoughts – The 3 Be’s: 1. Be genuine
2. Be passionate
3. Be tenacious
Over time, your brand will evolve. It’s a natural process and necessary for your survival. Notice trends in the marketplace and consider adapting some of your services to keep a competitive edge. Study people and businesses you admire and learn from them. Remember, when it comes to your brand, the ball is in your court. For more in depth conversations about your brand, feel free to contact me. JaLynn West Owner/Publisher Our Community Magazine firstname.lastname@example.org www.ourcommunitymagazine.com jalynnwest.com 214.497.6579
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In This Issue Recipes 01 | Avocado Pasta Salad 05 | Red white and blue sangria 06 | Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad 09 | Easy Summer Dessert Tacos Articles 01 | How Big is Your God? 02 | Kickin the Bucket List 03 | Marketing Tips from OCM 05 | It's Not Calgon Calling... 06 | Michael's Story 07 | 7 on 7 11 | A Lifeboat with Limited Capacity 12 | The #7 is Lucky - 12 13 | Successful Business Networking 14 | Live Young. Live Univera. 15 | Want to Tune up Your Immune System? 16 | Is Mom Okay? 17 | North Texas Recovery Foundation 20 | TNT Receives Prestigious Certification 22 | Journey to Dream 23 | Fun in the Sun? 23 | A View Through Their Eyes 26 | Adoption Takes Everyone
Features 03 | Woman of the Month 07 | Where’s Mr. Bill Rules 20 | Where’s Mr. Bill Winner 25 | LEADS Power Networking 28 | Calendar of Events 29 | Back to School Fashions 30 | Why advertise in OCM Photos 03 | Excite Cheery & Gymnastics 06 | Bobbie Mitchell & Precinct 5 08 | Best Little Brew Fest\Cloud 9 Charities 08 | FM School of Rock 16 | Women of FM Awards Scholarships 16 | The United Family's 100 Days of Giving 18 | YFC Super Hero Soiree 19 | 5 Star Ford Scholarship Winners 21 | PBN Grand Opening Celebration 21 | CISNT Masquerade Gala 22 | Munchkin Olympics 24 | Women Business League Be sure to visit our website for exclusive content at:
Red, White & Blue Sangria Recipe 1. 1 bottle dry white wine 2. 2 cups (1 pint) fresh blueberries. 3. 1 cup fresh raspberries. 4. 1 cup apple juice (or white grape juice) 5. 1 pound fresh sliced strawberries 6. 1 bottle champagne 7. 3-4 Granny Smith apples 8. Ice
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by Jamie Augenstein White We know the importance of eating a healthy diet, exercising, managing stress and getting plenty of sleep. Our bodies know how to destroy thousands of invading micro-organisms, heal broken bones with precision, or destroy cancerous cells before they replicate uncontrollably. However, sometimes these good habits are difficult to accomplish. One of the simplest and most health-promoting habits we can adopt is drinking Alkaline Antioxidant Water. Most water is acidic and doesn’t hydrate well. Bottled and filtered water, soda and sports drinks have zero antioxidants. The KIND of water we drink may be more important than the AMOUNT of water we drink. Since our bodies are approximately 70% water, it makes sense that we should use the healthiest and mineral enriched water we can find. When mineral rich waters are ionized they show an increased amount of electrons available to act as antioxidants. Alkaline Antioxidant Water has proven to be effective in improving almost all aspects of health, wellness and performance. You might ask, “How can I learn more about the benefits of Alkaline Antioxidant Water?” Check out www.planetsbestwater.com and learn about Enagic and Kangen water. For over four decades, Japan-based Enagic International has been the worldwide leading manufacturer of water ionizers. Their Kangen Water producing machines are used in hundreds of thousands of homes worldwide to transform tap water into pure & healthy ionized, alkaline drinking water that’s loaded with antioxidants and healthy hydrogen. In fact, Enagic machines are currently being used in Japan’s hospitals. They have quite a few different Ionizer models which by means of electrolysis, transform tap water into ionized water. There are several different Kangen Waters that these ionizers can produce. Kangen Waters are designed for different uses such as drinking, cooking, cleaning and disinfecting. Simply tell the ionizer device which water you want at any time by touching. Kangen water been awarded many awards among the Gold Seal for Water Ionizing. For further information, contact Travis Brugman at: email@example.com or 406.217.5755.
Michael was 12 the second time he went into foster care. The first time, he was removed from his drug addicted mother’s care as a young child. At age 5 he was adopted. Fast forward 7 years later, a report was received by CPS alleging physical abuse of Michael by his adoptive parent after he was seen running around the neighborhood in his pajamas with leg restraints around his ankles. During the investigation, his adoptive parents dropped him off in the CPS parking lot with a note: I am turning Michael over to your custody.” For the next two years, Michael was in 3 foster homes, 2 emergency shelters, and a psychiatric hospital. He had lost the ability to trust, never felt safe, and developed serious behavioral problems. He was finally placed in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). Then, a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer named Troy was appointed to Michael’s case! A CASA is a trained volunteer appointed by the judge to make recommendations about the Best Interest of children in foster care. While Michael did not trust Troy, nor want to communicate with him initially, Troy was NOT discouraged. He took time to get to know Michael, learned about Michael’s past and read his CPS history. He visited the RTC, and talked with staff on multiple occasions. He attended psychiatric appointments, treatment team meetings, reviewed counseling note, and examined school records. There was nothing about Michael that his CASA did not know! Troy provided the judge with the information he had gathered, and the judge agreed with Troy’s recommendation about a new placement that would better meet Michael’s needs. Today, 4 years later, Michael has recognized that Troy is someone who cares, someone who listens, someone who is there and has been there, through things that are good and things that are not so good. He calls Troy, asks for advice, and shares his successes. For the first time, Michael is learning to trust. For more information on Speaking Up for a Child, visit www.casadenton.org or call 940-243-2272. Dates/times of monthly Info Sessions to learn more can be found on our website. Every child has a chance—it’s you.
IN COURT. EVERY CHILD HAS A CHANCE —IT’S YOU. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, you can keep abused and neglected children safe while they reach a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers speak up for a child in court. You are not a foster parent, you are a voice making a difference at a critical point in a child’s life. Visit BecomeACASAorg to learn about becoming a volunteer and find a CASA program near you.
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Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad • 6 cups salad (any spring green mix will do) • 1 red apple (cored and chopped to 1” pieces) • 1 green apple (cored and chopped to 1” pieces) • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese • 1/3 cup dried cranberries Dressing • 1 cup apple juice • 4 tablespoons apple cider or white vinegar • 2 tablespoons honey • Salt and Black Pepper to taste • ¼ cup oil
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1. Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, feta, and cranberries together in a large bowl. 2. Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss with salad immediately before serving. Enjoy!
7withon 7 Martin Mussey Welcome once again to 7 on 7! Local Business Coach, Martin Mussey, has interviewed yet another great business leader in our community. All for the purpose of getting to know them and learn about their success, lessons learned and what it means to be a part of ‘our community’. Meet Edwena Potter, Independent Agent with Keller Williams Realty, involved member of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and advocate for seniors: 1. Can you tell us about your business and what makes it unique? As an independent agent of KW since 2005 I am focused on my customers and building a bigger team into 2017, to add to my great team of support. As Gary Keller (founder of Keller Williams) says, “No man succeeds alone”. My unique perspective on real estate comes from serving my passions as a Certified Senior Housing Professional. Back in 1997 I did an assessment at church about my spiritual gifts and mine was “helping people”. I’ve always had a passion to help kids and seniors. As a Children’s Ministry Leader for 5 years, I was helping kids but through the “seasons of life” and discovering who I was and wanted to be, I realized that real estate was the vehicle to help seniors. Having seen my mother in law grow a 10 year business in non-medical senior care, I learned a lot. Going through my own mother’s cancer battle in 2006 also played into my learnings in life and how it fueled my passion and business. 2. What drew you to Keller Williams and how do they help you fulfill your vision? Keller Williams was my second broker after I had started with a small independent brokerage. What drew me to KW was the education that they provided. They really teach you how to build a business in addition to real estate. The education at KW taught me how to set and accomplish goals; both personal and professional. I learned about keeping the goals in front of you and having a vision. Many of the agents at KW have “dream boards” to keep those dreams and goals in front of us. 3. What do you consider your greatest achievement in business? 2015 was my best year in the real estate business. This pushes me to stretch my goals because when I meet those goals I get a great deal of personal satisfaction. When I think about my own mindset I ask myself, “Am I making a difference? What kind of legacy do I want to leave through my kids, grand kids, and in my community?” Real Estate gives me the freedom to focus on aspects of my life that help me with that legacy. 4. There are always challenges in business, what is the best lesson learned in business? Yes, there are challenges but an acronym I keep in mind is FOCUS – Follow One Course Until Successful. This is about “The One Thing” (a great book also by Gary Keller) that helps you focus on that one thing that is most important in that moment, or the most important goal. This helps keep the “squirrel “ under control. It takes lots of hard work to lead up to that one snapshot in time where it may appear to others that you became an overnight success. It is possible through FOCUS and understanding that one thing. 5. What is the best advice you ever got? In business the best advice has been to know and track your numbers. Knowing what your business plan is and working it is important. When you set a goal of what you want to achieve you can then back into the numbers needed to meet that goal. On a personal level the best advice has always been to follow the “Golden Rule” of treating others how you want to be treated. 6. Do you have a mentor or somewhere you look for inspiration in business? Yes! Within Keller Williams I look to Gary Keller and the opportunities afforded me there; from Mastery Coaching to BOLD (Business Objectives Life by Design) training. My Team Leader, Anne Lakusta, has been a mentor. Watching her grow in her role as Team Leader at Keller Williams and grow the size of the office has been an inspiration. I also look to the creator of the Senior Real Estate Institute, Nikki Buckelew, as a mentor in that aspect of my business as well. 7. What do you like best about being part of the local business community? Knowing that you are not alone. I love having people to interact with that impact all areas of my life, from personal interests to business. There will always be people who have gone before you and blazed the trail and we can learn a lot from them as role models.
- Where’s Mr. Bill?
Find Mr. Bill somewhere in this issue of OUR COMMUNITY MAGAZINE. He may be obvious and he may not be…. Don’t over think it – but be conscious as he may be anywhere in the issue. Mr. Bill may be in a photograph at someone’s business, he may be in an article, he may be on the road traveling around our community, he may be in a local restaurant have a cool beverage. When you think you find Mr. Bill’s picture, you have to E-MAIL “Mr. Bill” with the PAGE NUMBER, and description of where you think he is. This will time stamp each entry email and the first one to correctly identify the location of Mr. Bill will win a $100.00 shopping spree at TNT PROMOTION. You may use this for part of, or your entire purchase. However the certificate has no monetary value. Only good for TNT Promotions purchases only. Only one winner will be declared. Winner may not transfer this to any other person and must be used by winner or winner’s employer. OUR COMMUNITY MAGAZINE will send out and email and a FACE BOOK post when the winner is announced. TNT PROMOTIONS will also post the winner on FACE BOOK. So stay tuned for more clues as to “where’s Mr. Bill”. Email findings to: Bill@TNTpromos.biz
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Dalton Rappatoni is center stage at FM School of Rock
Our Talent: At OCM, we are very lucky to have a talented group of individuals who dedicate their time and their talent to making sure that our publication is the best that it can be. Please help us thank them by visiting their businesses and letting them know that you saw them in our publication the next time you’re out and about.
“Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Mattie J.T. Stepanek Our Designer, Nary Vang, is the owner of NV Designs. She joined the Our Community Magazine team in 2014 as our graphic artist. She shares her talents with the OCM team by collaborating with clients about ad conception and design, producing the publication’s graphic works, and handling the publications’ layout.
Jamie Augenstein White has lived in Flower Mound for 25 years and is the Event Specialist for Seven Loaves Catering & Events and 9 Social. She has been actively involved in the business community for over 8 years and is currently the President of the Women of Flower Mound.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 214.998.3911 Christina Thomas is the owner of Storyteller Adventures, a local travel company. She believes the adage that “Travel will leave you speechless then turn you into a storyteller.” She enjoys helping people from all walks and in all seasons of life to make their travel dreams come true.
Bob Weir began a writing career about 15 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He went on to write and publish a total of seven novels. His books are available on Amazon.com and other online booksellers. He’s also a former newspaper editor and a syndicated columnist under the title, “Weir Only Human.” Read his blog online at: www.weirtalkingaboutit.blogspot.com
Easy Summer Dessert Tacos • 1 Fruit, fresh • 2 Eggs + 1 egg yolk • 1 Caramel sauce or chocolate sauce • 1 1/2 cups Flour • 1/4 cup Sugar • 1/2 tsp Vanilla • 1 Whipped cream • 2 tsp Vegetable oil • 2 tbsp Butter • 1 cup Half & half • 1 Vanilla ice cream • 2/3 cup Water More details from Creme De La Crumb
Martin Mussey is a radio personality and an ActionMAN himself. Martin’s passion and purpose is to help business owners have a better life for themselves and those close to them. Coach Martin does this by teaching the skills and strategies for a harmonious life and a profitable business through what he calls, The Art of Business.
John Steele is the president of Alternative Living Choices, which assists senior citizens find clean, safe, and affordable housing in the greater Dallas area. John interviews the client and their families to determine their needs and then helps them decide on the most appropriate living environments.
Shelly Dodge is the President and owner of Visionary Financial Group. She and her family have lived and been active in the Flower Mound area for almost 20 years. Her passions are helping and working with children, as well as, assisting people with their financial needs.
Melissa Johnson is a Graphic Designer and Photographer. She is not only a native Texan, but she has lived in the Lewisville/Flower Mound area her whole life. She is the proud wife of an Army Veteran. Together, they have 3 children. Melissa loves being a part of the local business community and enjoys capturing special moments with her camera.
Marsha Thomas is the President and Owner of TNT Promotions, LLC. Marsha has over 25 years of experience working in goal-oriented environments, developing and managing programs in the Human Resources sector. She has managed both client and employee facing initiatives and has a strong focus on brand awareness.
Eren Turner is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Executive Director of Youth and Family Counseling in Lewisville, a non-profit mental health agency serving Denton County.
Lori Fickling is a writer, political junkie and a social media specialist. She also owns iTrendz Communications, a social media marketing company.
Sandy Luedke is the Owner and Founder of both Ideal Real Estate Group and Professional Business Networking (PBN). With 30 years of experience as a successful realtor, Sandy loves to share her knowledge with new and struggling real estate agents.
Jeff Klein teaches Business Networking inside companies, to sales teams, at meetings, and at National and International Conferences. As the Founder of Speaker Co-op, Jeff also teaches the Art of Speaking to Market Your Business. Speaker Coop holds Lunch & Learns monthly in DFW & Houston. Jeff@SpeakerCoop.com
Dennis Song RPh, CHC is the only integrative pharmacist practitioner in the southern Denton County area. He has served his community for over 30 years and was named, â€œInnovative Pharmacist,â€? by the Texas Pharmacy Association in 2003.
Mike Fickling is a retired firefighter/ paramedic and a long-time writer, editor, and publisher. He and his wife, Lori, are the owners of Keepsake Biographers, specializing in preserving family histories and writing custom biographies.
Cristina Rodriguez is the Vice President of Program Development with the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce. Cristina has ten years of experience in the nonprofit industry and excels in fundraising, event planning, marketing, and relationship building. She has a passion for creating inspiring and lasting experiences for the individuals and businesses she serves through the programs and events she executes.
America – A Lifeboat with Limited Capacity by Bob Weir
As another Independence Day is celebrated, I can’t help wondering how we arrived at a time in our history when the international beacon of freedom has been relegated to a position of scorn and hatred in many parts of the world. The Founding Fathers put together an ingenuous system of government designed to guarantee freedom in this new world, an ocean away from the tyranny of a monarchical regime. July 4, 2016 represents 240 years since they took a stand against King George III and fought a bloody war to end the servitude they had been born into. None of us can truly imagine the suffering they endured to carve out a sanctuary for themselves and their families and defend it against the British Empire, the dominant military force of its time. For them, it was do or die, inasmuch as such treasonable action was punishable by death. Yet, having experienced the misery of life without freedom, they were willing to make that sacrifice. With the Virginia House of Burgess undecided on whether to organize for military action against the encroaching British military force, Patrick Henry argued in favor of mobilization and ended his speech with words that have since become immortalized: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” Those words have echoed through the canyons of time, reminding generation after generation of the hardships endured to build a new nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. Nevertheless, it seems that millions of Americans have become filled with the fetid odor of cynicism, cavalierly dismissing the courageous struggle that built the foundation for the prosperity they now take for granted. Academics, schooled in theoretical concepts, engage in selfindulgent debate, seeking to find moral equivalence between past and present. As a Socratic exercise it may have merit, but, as a blueprint for the preservation of freedom and the destiny of a nation it has no relevance. This experiment in democracy wasn’t charted by perfect people; they were a motley combination of practitioners in many fields of endeavor, but, the common thread among them was an indomitable spirit and the passionate thirst for freedom. That thirst, quenched for hundreds of millions during the last couple of centuries, is being challenged in retrospect, by the ungrateful heirs of those patriots. Some burn our flag, the symbol of liberty, while conveniently refusing to acknowledge that the freedom to do so is part of their ancestral heritage. Others find fault with the former slaveholders among those early founding members, referring to them as a bunch of old, bigoted white men. Such rhetoric is merely a sophomoric attempt to juxtapose the cultural norms of vastly different eras. With food on your table and clothes on your back it’s easy to have an intellectual debate on the methods used to forge a civilization out of a savage wilderness. Thanks to those early crafters of this republic, the many statesmen who followed them and the millions of decent, hardworking citizens who contributed to the effort, we are still the most coveted piece of real estate on the planet. We don’t build walls to keep people in, but, if we are to continue enjoying the bountiful lifestyle we’ve earned, we may be forced to build walls to keep them out. In pragmatic terms, the United States is a lifeboat with a limited capacity to rescue the multitudes from a raging sea. The more humanity we take on board, the more water will fill our boat, weighing it down precipitously toward an ultimate capsize. We can reach out in heartfelt sympathy to the floundering masses, but, at some point we must recognize that one more passenger may take us all down to a watery grave. The average person dares not contemplate making a decision of such magnitude. Nevertheless, in the interest of rational thought, someone must! Few people are old enough to remember the mood of the country during World War 2, but America’s sentiments can be readily understood by viewing the movies made during the war against the Axis powers in Europe. Even during the 50’s, a decade after the troops were back home, the films continued to portray the greatness of our country and its fight for freedom around the world. It was a time of John Wayne, James Stewart, and Betty Grable; major stars whose patriotism was self-evident in the roles they played and the additional time they spent supporting the troops. It was a time when families prayed together and proudly displayed flags in front of their homes to show their love of country and their support of the men in uniform. Legendary comedian, Bob Hope was entertaining the troops at military bases around the world, accompanied by other major Hollywood celebrities. It was a time in our history when we knew the good guys from the bad guys. It was the time of heroes. However, since the turbulent 60’s with its anti-American rhetoric and its drug induced revolution against propriety, we have witnessed an erosion of values that has sought to turn religion into a prohibited practice and patriotism into a foolish philosophy only engaged in by fascists. Nonetheless, history proves that the United States of America has always found its heroes in times of need. If past is indeed prologue, it will find its heroes again.
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The #7 is “Lucky”...When it’s 7 Steps to a Great Retirement! by Shelly Dodge
Financial security in your retirement years happens with planning, commitment and yes, money, over time. Putting money away for retirement is a habit we can all need to get comfortable with. Remember… Saving Matters! • In 2014, 30 percent of workers with access to a 401(k) plan did not participate. • The average American spends roughly 20 years in retirement. • Most Americans do not have any idea how much they will need to save for retirement. 1. Start saving… Keep saving… Stick to your goals Save, save, and save some more! It’s time to start getting serious about saving. Start small if you have to and try to increase the amount you save each month. Set goals, stick to it and watch it grow! Remember, it’s never too early or too late to start saving. 2. Know your retirement needs Retirement is expensive. Experts estimate you will need between 70% 90% of your preretirement income to maintain your standard of living once retired. The key to a secure retirement is to plan ahead. 3. Contribute to your employer’s retirement savings plan If your employer offers a retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k) plan, sign up and contribute all you can, something is better than nothing. Your taxes will be lower, your company may match your contribution up to a certain amount, and automatic deductions make it easy. It’s FREE MONEY! 4. Consider basic investment principles How you save can be as important as how much you save. Inflation and the type of investments you make play important roles in how much you’ll have at retirement. Put your savings in different types of investments where you are more likely to reduce risk and improve return. Your investment mix may change over time due to factors such as your age, goals, and financial circumstances. 5. Don’t touch your retirement savings When you withdraw your retirement savings prematurely, you’ll lose principal and interest and you may lose tax benefits as well. There may also be early withdrawal penalties. If you change jobs, contact a Financial Advisor to roll it into to an IRA and avoid those penalties. 6. Put money into an Individual Retirement Account You can put up to $5,500 a year into an IRA; at age 50 those contributions can be much higher to allow you to “catch up”. Any amount regularly saved for retirement is a good place to start. You can even set up your IRA so that an amount is automatically deducted from your checking or savings account and deposited directly in the IRA. That assures effortless regular deposits. 7. Find out about your Social Security benefits Full Social Security benefits begin between ages of 65 and 67 depending, on your age. You may start these benefits early at the age of 62, with a reduction in benefits or wait a few years for a higher monthly benefit. There are many retirement estimators you can look at found at www.ssa.gov. Call Shelly Dodge Today for more information on any of these topics or any others you may have regarding your plan for your financial future. Source: US Department of Labor | Securities and Investment advisory services are offered through NEXT Financial Group Inc. | Member FINRA/SIPC. | Visionary Financial Group is not an affiliate of NEXT Financial Group Inc.
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10 Tips for Successful Business Networking by Sandy Luedke Want to make your business networking more effective? Here are ten tips to keep in mind. Effective business networking is the linking together of individuals who, through trust and relationship building, become walking, talking advertisements for one another. Networkers know how to combine their feelings and their intellect so that they always create long-term relationships. Networkers always stay within their integrity and never give up. 1. Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic, building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others. The more you help others, it comes back to you. 2. Ask yourself what your goals are in participating in networking meetings so that you will pick groups that will help you get what you are looking for. Some meetings are based more on learning, making contacts, and/or volunteering rather than on strictly making business connections. 3. Visit as many groups as possible that spark your interest. Notice the tone and attitude of the group. Do the people sound supportive of one another? Does the leadership appear competent? Then pick a group that fits your needs. Don’t become members of many groups, become a member of one that you are really committed to. 4. Volunteer. This is a great way to stay visible and give back to the group that has helped you. 5. Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations. This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them. 6. Become known as a powerful resource for others. When you are known as a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc. This keeps you visible to them. Use the members of your group in business to be the resource for any of your customers or client’s needs. 7. Have a clear understanding of what you do and why, for whom, and what makes your doing it special or different from others doing the same thing. In order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you do that you can easily articulate to others. Have two or three 30 second spots memorized so you are clear and decisive when you see a need you can help with. 8. Be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others may help you. Too often people in conversations ask, “How may I help you?” and no immediate answer comes to mind. 9. Follow through quickly and efficiently on referrals you are given. When people give you referrals, your actions are a reflection on them. Respect and honor that and your referrals will grow. 10. Call those you meet who may benefit from what you do and vice versa. Express that you enjoyed meeting them, and ask if you could get together and share ideas. When you meet, find out from them how you can help them benefit before you share your business. Networking is about the success, confidence, and accomplishments achieved by working together and connecting people for mutually beneficial results. Professional Business Networking (PBN) is committed to advancing day-to-day business efficiency and productivity, attaining goals, and realizing a balanced life. Professional Business Networking (PBN) gives you the power to fulfill your professional and personal dreams. Come join Professional Business Networking and see if this is a group for you located at 2200 Morriss Rds., Suite 300, Flower Mound, TX 75028. PBnetworking.com
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Want to Tune Up Your Immune System? by Julie Williams
A healthy immune system determines how many days I’m performing at my peak, how many fewer days are missed from school or work, and just my over all well being. Have you been sluggish lately? Here are a few tips to boost your immune system. Okay, the first one isn’t stay home to cut down your risk of exposure. There are two distinct, but inter-connected immune sub-systems: the innate and the acquired. The adaptive immune system is that part with “memory”. It is involved ‘positively’ in immunization and ‘negatively’ in allergy and auto-immunity. Once the acquired immune system has learned to recognize an enemy, after an initial infection or vaccine, it remembers the enemy’s characteristics and generates the proper response. It is a powerful, highly specific, and sophisticated system but initially slow to respond. It is only able to respond quickly and efficiently if you have already encountered the threat previously. Your first line of defense is the innate immune system, which is more basic. It is faster to respond but less specific. The key cellular components are macrophages, neutrophils and Natural Killer (NK) cells. These natural defensive troops constantly patrol your body looking for anything that doesn’t belong there. If microphages and neutrophils spot bacterium they swallow it and try to digest it. If NK cells recognize a virally infected cell they will try and kill it to prevent further viral replication. They will do the same with cancer cells to prevent growth. There is a little known secret to boosting the effectiveness of your innate immune system. It is one of the missing nutrients in most of our diets. They are called beta-glucans, plant yeasts that occur in the normal process in a plant’s life. That process is fermentation. In the good old days you could grow your own or buy fruits and vegies at the store and they would have those brown or browning spots. That is unheard of today! That Disney fruit at the grocer makes the dishes you cook look so much better. Those brown spots contained the the 1:3,1:6 chain of beta glucans. This particular chain travels through the stomach into the small intestine where they are taken up by M cells in specialized regions called Peyer Patches. In the Peyer patches they are presented to the microphages whose receptors recognize them and bind them together.. They then convey them to various regions of the body such as the lymph nodes, thymus, and bone marrow. The microphages break down the beta glucans into smaller particles and release them over 24-36 hours. These active fragments bind themselves onto the surface of the neutrophils, the most abundant immune cells found in the body. They lock onto the CR3 receptors (Complement Recepter 3) and the neutrophil is now activated or primed and ready to react to pathogens. So there it is. A simple science lesson on the immune system. Most of us get vaccines and are dealing with the ‘memory’ part of the immune system. The innate part is really the most important because it is the difference between turning the pathogen into a ‘memory’ or the pathogen turning us into a memory! The Health Depot carries a line of supplements to assist you with boosting your immune system as well as many other health related items. Call Julie today at 817-944-6004 or visit us at:
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Is Mom Okay? By: John Steele
Jane wonders if her mom is safe living at home alone. This is the third time her mother has fallen this week. The first one was a slow fall when her mother’s walker got stuck on the door frame. Mom was able to pull herself back up. Mom didn’t tell Jane about this fall so she would not be concerned. Two days later, Mom fell again and hit her head on the chair. Mom was a little shaken this time. She lives by herself and needed her daughter to stop by with reassurance. Jane was concerned, but was assured by her mother that it was an isolated occurrence. “I’m fine, Jane – really”. A few days later, Mom fell and could not move to reach her cell phone to call. Jane stopped by later that day with some fresh baked goods and found her mother on the floor - responsive, but not able to move. Later, at the hospital, Jane stroked her mother’s hand, and very kindly said, “Mom, it’s time for you to be living in a safer place”. Jane called John Steele for help. John has been helping Dallas older adults and their families through late-life transitions for over fifteen years. As caregiver for his aging mother, he learned first-hand how older adults and children feel about these difficult decisions, and how best to serve them. He formed Alternative Living Choices two years ago so he could follow this passion. John assesses the current situation, including health needs, financial resources, and family preferences to find the appropriate living situation. John arranges appointments at retirement communities, and will accompany the families as they visit each one. Should other resources be needed, John will refer the families to the appropriate places. John Steele’s services are at no charge to the families. Jane is grateful to John Steele and Alternative Living Choices for helping her guide Mom to the next phase of her life. Contact John Steele for a free consultation at: 214.402.3552 | www.alternativelivingchoices.org | email@example.com
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The United Family’s 100 Days of Giving Women of Flower Mound Awards Scholarships Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship recipients. The Women of Flower Mound’s efforts raised $12,000 in scholarships which were awarded to Nhi Luong and Autumn Tompkins from Marcus HS and Caitlyn Aaron from Flower Mound HS. Women of Flower Mound welcomes all women in the surrounding area. For further information check: womenofflowermound.org
Mimi Bishop, development director for Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County and Dan Leal, director of Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County accepted a $1,000 donation from Shannon Nix, Market Street store director, on behalf of The United Family. The United Family kicked off the ‘100 Days of Giving’ campaign on May 31, presenting $1,000 to a different local non-profit for 100 consecutive days in celebration of the 100th anniversary of United Supermarkets. Donations will continue daily throughout West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth and Eastern New Mexico, with the final donation on Sept. 7.
North Texas Recovery Foundation
by Delaine Faris, MA, LCDC, Executive Director
Each and every one of us has been affected by addiction. Either personally, within our immediate family, or our circle of friends, neighbors and coworkers. Every person breathing has an Uncle Harry that gets drunk and misbehaves at family functions, by any other name. No one really knows how many Americans are addicted. Estimates range from 10-25%. And only about three million received treatment in the past year. And, exactly half of the persons wanting treatment could financially afford it. Unfortunately, there are only four state funded treatment centers for the whole DFW metroplex. So the problem becomes if someone has really good insurance, treatment centers will fight for and court that someone. If a person doesn’t have insurance, or it isn’t good enough, then he or she can wait up to two months for one of the state funded facilities. Or go to outpatient counseling. The North Texas Recovery Foundation was born out of the need to bridge that financial gap. There is excellent recover treatment available; some need a hand up to be able to get to it. The Foundation financially supports treatment providers to offer lower cost services to those who cannot afford it. In the past two years, the North Texas Recovery Foundation has helped upwards of 50-100 people obtain the services they needed, in detox, outpatient and sober living facilities. How you can help: The North Texas Recovery Foundation gratefully accepts donations online and in person; cash, check or charge. We always need volunteers, as well, especially around event time. The Foundation has two events coming up this year. The first is our Casino Night on August 13. We covet your sponsorship and attendance. Te particulars can be found on our website at www. ntrecovery.org. We are also getting ready for our 3rd Annual Race To Recovery. It is our annual 5K race, only this year we moved to the fall, on October 29. And, because it’s on Halloween weekend, we’ve added a 1m fun run with a costume contest. Again there are sponsorship opportunities available and this event requires an army of volunteers - and runners. Addiction is a life changing, sometimes life ending disease not only for those afflicted, but also for their families and friends. You can help us end it.
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The Cottonwood Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) honored 12 high school seniors on May 15th. The Class of 2016 is made up of young women who are leaders on their school campuses, maintain high academic standards and are involved in many extracurricular activities. They represent Flower Mound HS, Argyle HS, Liberty Christian School, MacArthur HS, and Wakeland HS. They have committed themselves to serve others in their communities and grow through hands on experience in philanthropy, culture, and leadership opportunities. These seniors served more than 660 hours with Christian Community Action, Journey to Dream / Kyle’s Place, Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, Operation Kindness, Rosewood Senior Living and Memory Care, Snowball Express, Special Olympics of Coppell, The Gatehouse, Town of Flower Mound, and Young Lives. Don McDaniel served as Master of Ceremonies for the presentation and introduced each senior along with her father. A voice over from each Senior thanking her mom for the impact they had made on their lives added to the special presentation. National Charity League’s mission is to foster mother/ daughter relationships within a philanthropic environment committed to 3 pillars: community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences rising seventh graders through twelfth grade. For more information about National Charity League Cottonwood Chapter, visit our website at https://cottonwood.nationalcharityleague.org/ or contact Kathy Uminski, V.P. Membership (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lori Polyak Assistant V.P. Membership at (email@example.com).
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5 Star Ford Scholarship Winners and Check Presentation It was a full house as 5 Star Ford recognized the achievements of their Lewisville High School scholarship recipients, Kirin Abel and Anthony Carreon. This year Ford Motor Company, along with the North Texas Ford Dealers have given out 214 scholarships to students in the North Texas Area to help students.
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Good News Travels Fast TNT Receives Prestigious WBENC Certifcation by Lori Fickling
We are proud to announce that TNT Promotions is now officially certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a WOMAN OWNED BUSINESS! The WBENC was founded in 1997 and is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned by women in the United States, and is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. The WBENC certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman, or women. To achieve this prestigious certification, women owned businesses must submit extensive formal documentation and complete a site visit process. TNT Promotions was started by Marsha and Bill Thomas and has grown to be a multi-national company, while maintaining its focus on the local communities it serves. As a certified woman owned business, TNT is poised to expand its reach to serve an even broader range of companies and individuals more effectively. Marsha’s 20+ years of experience in goal-oriented environments give her the knowledge needed to serve her clients’ needs. She has a distinguished track record in sales and operational management, and has a recognized talent for building and managing top performing sales and operational teams. Marsha Thomas is proud to be a part of the growing number of female business owners who are inspiring other women to start and grow their own businesses, and to be an example of how the benefits far outweigh the risks. At TNT Promotions, customer service is always the number one goal. That means you can order with ease, get shipments on or before the estimated delivery date, and expect top-quality products every time you order. Take advantage of Marsha’s experience and enthusiastic “can-do” attitude to ensure your project’s success!
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The statistic is eye-opening: One
in 30 children in the United States is homeless, a historic high¹. That’s one homeless child for every average-size high school classroom. As a result of their homelessness, unaccompanied youth face devastating circumstances and barriers in life, inhibiting their becoming independent, successful, and contributing members of their families and communities². North Texas is certainly not immune to the issue of teen homelessness; just ask Kim Hinkle, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Journey to Dream, a Lewisvillebased non-profit dedicated to proactively supporting teenagers facing adversity. This Fall, Journey to Dream will open Kyle’s Place – the only youth emergency shelter in Denton County providing services specifically to unaccompanied youth. Journey to Dream supports teenagers, a particularly vulnerable age group, to overcome adversity and live purposeful lives, thus impacting the community at large. In fact, since its start in 2004, Journey to Dream has reached tens of thousands of teenagers in North Texas with an important message of hope and overcoming. Data shows that the potential cost and consequences to a community of not assisting homeless youth far outweigh those that come with a homeless shelter and program, something Kim and the Journey to Dream leadership team understand well. Kyle’s Place will exist as a safe haven for homeless teens to feel embraced and empowered. The community is invited to attend the upcoming “DREAM BIG GALA” on Saturday, October 1, 2016. For details and to learn more about Journey to Dream visit www.journeytodream.com. There are many opportunities to support Kyle’s Place and this important cause. For more information call (469)470-2382.
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Did you know that the number of hot days—and warm nights— is increasing? In the U.S., record high temperatures now outnumber record lows at least two to one.1 What can you do to protect yourself in a heat wave—or simply in the hot summer sun? Know signs of trouble. Heat cramps are an early sign that your body is suffering from the heat—they’re more likely with heavy exercise or work. Along with muscle cramps, you may sweat heavily and feel very thirsty or fatigued.2 Heat exhaustion can happen when you lose lots of fluids from heavy sweating.3 These are a few other signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion: • Headache • Dizziness or feeling weak or confused • Nausea or vomiting • Fast heartbeat • Cool, moist skin • Dark-colored urine, a sign of dehydration.2,4
If not treated, heat exhaustion can develop into heatstroke, which can be deadly because the body loses the ability to cool itself. Call 9-1-1 if someone shows signs of shock, becomes very confused, has a seizure, has a fever over 102 degrees F, breathes rapidly or has a rapid pulse, or loses consciousness. 2,3 Nip problems in the bud. If you have symptoms of heat exhaustion, get out of the heat as quickly as you can. Rest in a cool, shady place with your feet raised. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol or caffeine. Apply cool compresses or take a cool shower or bath. Contact a doctor if you don’t feel better within 30 minutes.4 Beat the heat. In a heat wave, take these steps:
• Avoid taxing activities if you can. • Stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.5 • If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a library, mall, or other public place to cool down for a few hours. • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Avoid dark colors, which trap the heat. • Use a hat or umbrella outdoors. • Allow your car to cool off before you get in. • Drink water and eat small meals often. Drink less alcohol and fewer caffeinated drinks. • Don’t take salt tablets unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.2,3,4
Protect those at increased risk. Help protect those who are most vulnerable in the heat. That includes children, older adults, and people who are obese, ill, exercising vigorously, or not used to the heat or high humidity.2 For example, make sure young ones drink plenty of water. And you might check in on your elderly neighbor once in a while. It’s important to know that certain medicines can also increase your risk of heatstroke. This includes allergy, blood pressure, and seizure drugs as well as medicines used for mental health conditions. Let’s talk this over to make sure you stay safe and know the signs of problems. And, if you have a chronic condition, it’s a great idea to ask your doctor about other ways to lower your risk of heatstroke.4 Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition. Sources: 1. Climate Communication: Heat Waves. Available at: https://www.climatecommunication.org/new/features/extreme-weather/heat-waves/ Accessed 5-23-16. 2. MedlinePlus: Heat emergencies. Available at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000056.htm Accessed 5-23-16. 3. Healthy Roads Media: Heat Waves. Available at: https://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov/documents/EngHeatWaves.pdf Accessed 5-23-16. 4. Familydoctor.org: Heat exhaustion and Heatstroke. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/staying-healthy/first-aid/heat-exhaustion-an-heatstroke.printerview.all.html Accessed 5-23-16. 5. FDA: Sun Protection. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/Tanning/ucm116445.htm Accessed 5-23-16.
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A View through Their Eyes by Ray Hernandez, IOM
A few weeks ago I was visiting with a nationally known consultant by the name of Jay Handler. Jay is a sought-after speaker, trainer, consultant; his diverse client list includes small business, corporate brands, associations, chambers of commerce and non-profits. He happened to be in town working with a client in the Frisco area and he asked me to lunch. During our lunch we discussed the challenges that business owners face to remain relevant. We discussed the perspective that businesses would do better by looking at what is important from their client’s point of view. I told him that I agreed but that I thought another perspective was also very important. He commented about our conversation in one of his weekly online blogs. The following is an exerpt taken from his blog post called, “Take Your Organization Back.”
“It can be difficult, sometimes, to think of yourself differently. I tend to see myself the way others see me, and as I portray myself: as the ‘expert’. But today, as I sit in the office putting together proposals, I’m reminded of a conversation I had with my friend Ray Hernandez, President/CEO of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce in Lewisville, Texas. “In all of those roles I mentioned above, I tend to say many of the same things nearly every day. In fact, one of those things you’ve probably heard me talk about ad nauseam is the one question I think we should all memorize and ask every chance we get: What keeps you up at night? But Ray brought me back to thinking like a student again; to thinking about things much differently. You see, what Ray told me made me see things not through my own eyes or the eyes of my clients, but through the eyes of YOUR clients…your members (employees). Let me try and explain… “I asked about the questions Ray uses when speaking with members in regards to Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) efforts. I expected a good answer, but I DIDN’T expect to learn something new. Ray said, ‘I like to ask ‘What keeps your EMPLOYEES up at night?’. “I was speechless (I know…tough to believe…but I WAS!). How could I have missed this sensational follow-up question? How had nobody ever mentioned that to me before? It’s BRILLIANT! Ray explained that he often has to dig a bit deeper as most business-owners REALLY aren’t prepared to hear THAT asked of them. He said that he wonders out loud if the businesses employees may be wondering if they will still have a job next year, if they’ll get a raise, a bonus or a promotion. They may be thinking about a whole HOST of things, but until we bring it up to the business-owner, they’ve never really considered it that way before. But isn’t that the deal? Whether we are trying to retain business to our community, keep our members engaged, communicate our value proposition…isn’t one of the most important things we can ask a business-owner is to think like her employees for just a few moments? Think about the sorts of challenges we could uncover, the types of issues we can help solve for our members, if only we can get THEM to stop thinking like the expert all the time! “I challenge you today to do what I challenged MYSELF to do this weekend thank to Ray…take your organization BACK. I want you to try to think not like you, and not like who you’re talking to, but try to think like the person the person you’re TALKING TO needs to talk to.” Jay’s article was a great reminder of my own words and actions. Every week I challenge my team at your Four Star Accredited Lewisville Area Chamber to use their time wisely in service to our members. We must continue to see the world through the eyes of the clients we serve and their employees.
Adoption Takes Everyone by Jamie Augenstein White
I have written many articles for Our Community Magazine, however few have emotionally touched me as much as this particular article! Joni Ryder, her husband Chad and her brother Jordan Miller were enjoying a social evening out with some friends several years ago. This particular couple had recently adopted a child and expressed the trials, tribulations and financial burdens that were involved in the adoption process. Both Joni and Chad had spent time overseas with special needs orphanages and those children remained very dear to their hearts. The conversation that ensued that evening, along with their dedication initiated the birth of 35 K Campaign. What is the reasoning behind the name 35 K Campaign? The major hindrance for families in the adoption process is fully funding the adoption. With agency fees, legal fees, government fees, and travel expenses the total cost of an adoption is approximately $35,000. What a true blessing 35K Campaign has been to four fortunate families. Although Joni and Chad reside in Kansas and Jordan lives locally, they have helped families across the United States. They have sponsored couples in Hawaii, Arizona and Kansas and the current sponsored family resides in Florida. 35 K Campaign is a 501 (C)3 and relies on generous donations. The agency sponsors one family at a time due to the time commitment of raising $35,000. Many donations are generously given from friends and families of the potential adoptive parents. Donations are also received from individuals with philanthropic hearts and many gifts received are anonymous. Some individuals commit to $1, $5, or $10 monthly while others give a generous one-time donation. Operation costs are funded by a board of private donors and all donations are entirely given to the sponsored families. Individuals who choose to adopt children and raise them as their own are perfect examples of selflessness and love. If you would like to be considered for a sponsorship, or wish to be a donor please check out their website; www.35KCAMPAIGN.org
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OCM Summer 2016 Calendar of Events July 04 Independence Day - Happy Birthday America! 13 Fundraiser for Communities in Schools 18 FM Movie Madness 20 Senior Service Alliance happy hour 20 HV Community CPR class 21 Lewisville Chamber Night Out 26 Unity in Community joint chamber luncheon 27 Argyle Women’s Convention 29 Women’s Business League
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August 03 Lewisville Chamber Ambassador outing 04 FM Chamber After 5 mixer 08 Visual Arts League monthly meeting 11 Lewisville Chamber Women’s Division tea 11 Fundraiser for Keep Lewisville Beautiful 13 North Texas Recovery Foundation Casino Night 15 FM Movie Madness 16 Women of Flower Mound August Social FM Chamber luncheon 17 Lewisville Chamber Senior Service Alliance meeting 17 HV Community CPR class 18 Lewisville Chamber Night Out 19 FM Back to school bash 20 FM Chamber luncheons 22 Lewisville and Denton ISD first day of school 23 Lewisville Chamber luncheon 26 Women’s Business League 26 Special Olympics of North TX ribbon cutting September 05 Labor Day 07 Lewisville Chamber Ambassador meeting 08 FM Chamber After 5 mixer 09 Health Fair at FM YMCA 11 Grandparent’s Day 12 Visual Arts League monthly meeting 13 Women of FM monthly meeting 15 Lewisville Chamber Night Out 21 Health Fair at YMCA Lewisville Chamber Senior Service Alliance 23 First day of autumn 23-24 Western Days Old Town Lewisville 26 Lewisville Chamber Golf Classic 27 Lewisville Chamber luncheon 29-31 HV Balloon Festival 30 Women’s Business League Sept. 30 – Oct. 23 State Fair of Texas Ongoing Every Wednesday Professional Business Networking 11:30 1:00 Every Friday Lewisville Chamber Power Leads 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday FM Chamber Leads 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Every Saturday Witherspoon Distillery tours Acoustic Jam every Friday at MCL Grand
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