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And other responsibilities as deemed necessary. By the time you read this it will officially be 2013 and the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation staff and board will be working on meeting the objectives that were set forth at our annual meeting in August. And just what were those you may ask? The first goal our board of directors felt was critical was the enhancement of Business Retention and Attraction support efforts. We know that 80% of all new jobs come from our existing companies, which in terms of how we do our work, means we need to help create an environment that is conducive to their success. While don’t have enough space to share all the details of how we are going to do this, we can share that it requires doing more with less, deeper analysis of what existing resources, determining where the gaps in support are and finding new creative methods to assist those businesses that are growing or expanding. One of the highest-ranking tasks in this area is workforce development and population attraction. Next on our top five list of things to accomplish is to improve our interaction with our prime economic development partners. We know there are areas we can improve upon in those areas and already are using software tools to increase the information we have on our local businesses, which will allow us to enhance how we support each others efforts. For us, economic development is a team effort and the team is only as good as we collectively decide to make it. The better the team, the more success we will experience. Smack dab in the middle of all this is the need to attract more retail to Shawnee. Every year we leak more and more sales tax collection opportunities because we don’t have
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Crockpot Beef Stew Welcome to 2013! It is time to put all those healthy resolutions into action. A great way to get started is by making healthy food that actually tastes good. Having a filling dinner with lean protein and veggies will help you feel like you are not on a diet but living a healthier lifestyle. The best part is there is little effort in the preparation. 1 pound beef stew cubes, all visible fat removed 5 carrots, sliced 4 red potatoes, cut into large cubes 1 small package mushrooms, sliced 1 package dry onion soup mix 2 cans 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup 1-8 oz. can tomato sauce 1-10 oz. package frozen green peas Directions: Place all ingredients accept the mushrooms in a crockpot. Cook on low for 7-10 hours or high for 5-6 hours. Add the mushrooms in during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Makes 6 servings: Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 331 - Total Fat: 9g - Cholesterol: 71mg - Sodium: 860mg Carbohydrates: 33g - Dietary Fiber: 6g - Protein: 29g Nutrition Tip: When setting new goals for the New Year, keep them SMART. Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound. Write down your goals once you make them SMART. Decide how you are going to reach them. Share your goals with someone that can help keep you accountable. We are more likely to succeed achieving our goals when we have support. Life is much more fun when we do it with people along the way. Be sure to be forgiving of yourself if and when you mess up. Here’s to a fabulous 2013!
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Think you’re tired at the end of the day? Try walking a mile in the shoes of 70 year old employees and business owners. While the sight of a working senior citizen may evoke compassion or concern in the younger work force, a few local seniors say they wouldn’t have it any other way. Paula and Chuck Barber, owners of St. Benedict Street Market and Café, can’t imagine permanent retirement. “What would you do,” wondered Paula at the idea. “Watch TV all day?” Chuck agreed, “People every day say, ‘you work too hard Chuck,’ but I say, ‘what would I do?’ And that’s the truth. What would we do? We don’t need this to live but we love it.” After they initially retired in 1995 in Denver, Colorado, they lived their dream of sailing around the world for over two years. They returned to Shawnee when Paula’s father fell ill. They started the business and ten years later, the Barbers are still working in their early 70’s. Hard work has always been a way of life and a heritage. “Chuck’s father was a plumber and worked all his life, my dad was in the oil business as a tool pusher.” Allan King, a 70 year old Walmart employee, isn’t bitter about working in his late years. When he retired from Kam-Ray, an Oklahoma City company that manufactures parts for the well industry, he thought he would work at home on his own lathe where he still makes lamps and does metal work. “The economy went the wrong direction when I retired and I needed to supplement my income. I filled out an application and 24 hours later, they called me in. I thought I would have a hard time, but I enjoy it.” The fast-moving sales associate helps customers find products and enjoys working with customers. Despite an early bad experience when he was assaulted, he didn’t quit. “He was probably fifty years old. He had an attitude and got mad at me when I didn’t have an answer. I’d just started out there. He told me he was going to get a manager and he’d have my job. I told him I didn’t really care and he body-blocked me into the racks. It cut my arm,” he said with a laugh. In spite of a heart attack last April, he returned to work two weeks later because he believed it was good for his
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“All the kids that come enjoy it. They’re always asking me if it’s time for tutoring. The excitement on their faces when it’s a tutoring day is wonderful and shows me how much of a success it is. We just need more volunteers.”
“There’s lots of tutors out there that charge and a lot of parents can’t afford that. So I wanted to do something that was a service to those kids and their parents. I talked to Kylie Teape, Pastor Trey’s wife, about it and she said it was something he’d always wanted to do too. She told me to get it organized and come up with a plan.”
Every other Tuesday from 3:15 to 5:30, students gather for a snack and a short video. After they unwind, they form into two groups: one group does team building games while the other group begins their tutoring session. Then the groups switch so both groups experience tutoring and team building games. The ratio of student to volunteers is 2 to 1. “I don’t think we could ever exceed 2 on 1 because there are a lot of our kids who have to have one-on-one. I can’t give that tutor another child. We have about 1520 regular volunteers that come consistently. The greater the program grows, the more volunteers we’re going to need.” All volunteers are required to pass a background check. Among their volunteers are two retired teachers, a reading specialist, five Shawnee Public School system teachers from Will Rogers, Wilson Early Learning Center and Grove. Not all the volunteers are teachers. “There are people with all different kinds of occupations. We have OBU students and a police officer that volunteers. He’s married to a fourth grade teacher at Grove,” she said. “He’s great at creating relationships with those boys.” While not all the students who seek Frontline’s program need academic help, they are all
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learning values like respect, good sportsmanship, and honesty to name a few. “When I talked to my volunteers I told them, ‘You have to create relationships with these kids. They’re not going to want to learn from you until they get to know you and see that you care.’ Some kids might not learn anything academically but they might build relationships with people when they don’t have good relationships outside the school. They don’t have anyone they look up to or anyone who can set a good example to them. I see that a lot,” said Anderson. Plans for the program to grow depend on volunteer participation. They hope to offer the program to all schools in the Shawnee district but with that will come the need for a larger facility. For now the most important thing to Anderson and her team at Frontline is that they serve these children and their families. “All the kids that come enjoy it. They’re always asking me if it’s time for tutoring. The excitement on their faces when it’s a tutoring day is wonderful and shows me how much of a success it is. We just need more volunteers.” For more information contact Frontline Church at 405-273-7779 or email canderson@ frontlinechurch.tv
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