The Squiggly Newsletter Issue No. VI - June 26, 2008
Wal-Mart Store #1004 - Established 1987
Written by : Support Manager Gabor
From Ray’s Ray’s Desk….. Hello AssociatesAlmost one year ago we started our remodel. Where has the time gone? Our store had taken on some major transformations over the past year, but our associate base is what continues to be the foundation of our success. Without your hard work, loyalty and your commitment to winning- we would be just another Wal-Mart.
Because of you we are Store #1004! Things are changing quickly. It seems like Summer just started and we are already setting Back to School. We have some exciting new lines of merchandise coming in- like Martha Stewart Crafts. Back to School will be set in the front aisles this year near the Crafts and Celebration Center. A lot of modulars are transitioning to the Fall and Winter sets. Plan them out and follow the company timelines. Also be safe and courteous for our customers. We are changing sets early but it is really important to still maintain our basic assortment of Summer Goods. Again- Thank you for what you do. You all are great! -Ray Korsch, Store Manager
Glenn started his career at the SR 64 Wal-Mart as a Receiving Associate. He was quickly promoted to a 3rd Shift Support Manager. Glenn then entered the Manager Training Program where he eventually ended up at our store as an Assistant Manager. One of Glenn’s very first jobs was building houses with his uncle’s construction business. He also currently works at the West Coast Center in Sarasota where he directs and produces videos. Glenn’s been married for 26 years, and has three daughters. Glenn feels that in order for anyone to be successful, you must work hard to achieve your goals.
It’s Hurricane Season! Are you ready? Most of us native Floridians didn’t use to take Hurricane Season that seriously. We had a “wait and see” attitude. The last major hurricane to hit Bradenton dead-on was way back in 1923, and our area has been immune to hurricanes since thenwith only a few scares here and there. That all changed with Hurricane Charley. We all remember the 2004 & 2005 Hurricane Seasons for being the most active seasons in the history of our state. We had quite a few scary moments. It’s been quiet for the last few years- but that doesn’t mean we have to go back to our “wait and see” attitude. Please stock up on your hurricane supplies now- water, batteries, canned goods, pet food, first aid kits, etc. Update your contact information with the Personnel Office. Have an action plan ready for your family. We all know it gets crazy every time a hurricane comes near us- so please get prepared early. Wal-Mart has everything you need for your family’s Hurricane Preparedness.
FUN FACTS: The smallest country in the world in terms of population is Pitcairn Island, with only 48 inhabitants. The island is best known for being the home of the descendants of the ‘Bounty’ mutineers of 1789. The story of the mutiny has been told many times- most recently in the Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins movie, “The Bounty”.
Anniversaries 06/17/2008 - 06/30/2008
Joy started at our store a little over six years ago as a cashier. She now works overnights in TLE. Between being a stay at home mom, she’s worked mostly in retail all her life, with her first job being a cashier at a gift shop. Joy’s husband was in the Military, so her family moved around a lot. They’ve lived in numerous states, but Hawaii was one of Joy’s favorite places to live. Joy has three sons, and ten grandchildren. In her spare time Joy enjoys playing music on her keyboard. She admits she can’t read sheet music that well, but can learn most songs by ear. She also collects Breyer Horses, most of which she buys off of eBay.
Recently Wal-Mart challenged all of our stores and distribution centers to raise $10 million in eight weeks for CMN. Several of our distribution centers did a great job raising over $34,000 each! One store in North Carolina raised $36,592! Just looking at stores alone, and not counting the distribution centers- only 15 stores were able to raise over $17,000 each in those eight weeksand we were one of them! That is a great accomplishment! Out of the thousands of Wal-Mart Stores in America- we ended up in 15th Placewhich is GREAT!
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18 Years - Donald A. 17 Years - Victor L. 13 Years - Eugenia G. 12 Years - Michelle Mur. 11 Years - Michelle Mat. 10 Years - Vera K. 9 Years - Assistant Manager Bob 3 Years - Keith T. 3 Years - Billy W. 3 Years - Edward W. 1 Year - Cindy T. 1 Year - Ronald K. 1 Year - David M.
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We want to thank each and every one of you for helping us achieve this great goal! Thanks to all the cashiers for following the “5 Step Checkout Process”. Thanks to all the managers for doing crazy stunts to raise money. Thanks for everyone involved with our cookouts. Thanks to all our associates and customers that give a dollar every time they checkout. It’s not just a few associates that help- it’s every one of you. We all play an important part in helping the kids in St. Petersburg with their medical needs.
Lying on his deathbed, the rich miserly old man calls to his longsuffering wife, “I want to take all my money with me when I die,” he tells her. “So promise me you’ll put it in my casket.”
Ray wants to see our store collect $100,000 by the end of the year. This is an achievable goal! If we raise just $11,000 a month for the rest of the yearwe can meet this goal! Please continue doing a great job!
Her friend looks at her in horror. “Surely,” she says, “you didn’t put the money in there?”
Month to Date: $5,745.96 Year to Date: $31,604.05 as of 06/24/2008
After the man dies, his widow attends the memorial service with her best friend. Just before the undertaker closes the coffin, she places a small metal box inside it.
“I promised him I would,” the window answers. “So I got all the money together, deposited every penny into my account, and wrote him a check. If he can cash it, he can have it.”
Independence Day Happy 232nd Birthday America!!! On August 2, most of the 56 Delegates met in Philadelphia to sign this new copy- including John Hancock and Charles Thomson--again.
Declaration of Independence History 101
We’ve all seen the famous painting above by John Trumbull showing the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The only problem with this painting is that this scene never took place. In fact- the original Declaration of Independence handwritten by Thomas Jefferson doesn’t even exist anymore. On July 4th, 1776 the President of Congress John Hancock and the Secretary Charles Thomson signed the original handwritten Declaration. It was then sent to a printer named John Dunlap to make 500 copies of it so it could be distributed throughout all the Colonies. Copies were also sent to the all the Delegates to read before they traveled to Philadelphia to sign it. John Hancock later realized that he never received the original handwritten Declaration back from printer John Dunlap- it was lost! On July 19th, Charles Thomson had his assistant draft a permanent “official” handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence since the original was lost.
The famous “signing” occurred on August 2nd, not July 4th. We celebrate our Independence Day on July 4th because that was the date Congress passed the Declaration of Independence into “law” with John Hancock’s signature,
***************************** A few FUN FACTS: The images of the Declaration of Independence we see today in books, posters, etc with bright signatures and text is actually a copy of an engraving made by printer William J. Stone in 1823. The original Declaration has faded badly and can barely be read anymore, largely due to poor preservation techniques during the 19th century. The original Declaration of Independence is on permanent display at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Out of the 500 Dunlap printings of the Declaration of Independence, only 25 still exist today. Recently a flea market shopper bought a painting for $4. While inspecting a tear in the lining behind the painting, the owner discovered a folded Dunlap printing. That copy later sold for $8.14 million!!! John Hancock was the President of the Congress and was the first acting “President” of our government. George Washington became our nation’s first elected President in 1789- thirteen years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
WalWal-Mart turns 46!! Sam Walton opened the first Wal-Mart Discount City Store in Rogers, Arkansas on July 2, 1962 with 25 employees. That first location (Store #01) has moved three times over the years- and is now a Supercenter. The building that housed the very first Wal-Mart still stands and is now an antique store. From that first Wal-Mart, our company has grown to 7,357 Wal-Mart Stores and Sam’s Club locations that employ over 2 million associates in 14 countries. We serve more than 179 million customers a week! ********************************
WalWal-Mart Stocks For the dates of: 06/12/08 to 06/24/08 High: $59.31 (06/12/08) Low: $56.26 (06/20/08) Current: $57.32 (06/24/08) ********************************
Notes from Personnel Personnel is doing an audit and we need all associates with the last names A - M to please stop by the office while on the clock to fill out some paperwork. Last names N - Z will be announced later on.
FUN FACTS: Botanically, a tomato is a fruit, more precisely, a berry. In 1887, U.S. tariff laws imposed a duty on vegetables but not on fruits caused the tomato’s status to become a matter of legal importance. The U.S. Supreme Court declared that the tomato is a vegetable in 1893. New Jersey’s state vegetable is the tomato. Ohio’s state fruit is the tomato. In Arkansas, it’s their state fruit & vegetable. Confusing! Our CORT Audit was last Tuesday. We scored 95.57% - the highest score in the district!! Thank you!!!
Bradenton Fire Department and WalWal-Mart Promote National Safety Month
What’s the deal with tomatoes? It is important to know what’s going on with the tomato recall in order to better serve our customers incase they have questions. Here are the facts: The FDA has issued a warning to consumers nationwide that an outbreak of Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella, has been linked to the consumption of some raw red plum, red Roma, round red tomatoes, and products containing these raw tomatoes. Types of tomatoes not linked to any illnesses include cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and tomatoes with the vine still attached- these are all safe to eat. Please let our customers know that food safety is a top priority at WalMart. We will continue to work with the FDA, CDC and our tomato suppliers to ensure that their public health concerns are addressed, and that affected products are identified and removed from our stores.
As part of National Safety Monthour Wal-Mart and the Bradenton Fire Department held a special “Safety Day” on June 14th. We had a fire truck parked outside with a few members of our fire department talk to customers and associates about safety issues. Also on hand was the Explorer Club #1004. They provided free finger printing kits for kids. On June 27th we will be issuing a grant check to them- more on that in the next issue. -Marilyn H, Safety Coordinator *****************************
WalWal-Mart sales Increase! You many have noticed our stock prices keep going up. According to the U.S. Commerce Department- the government "stimulus checks" have a lot to do with it. The stimulus checks have been hitting mailboxes in recent weeks, and it appears that consumers are actually using them to stimulate spending. Wal-Mart has been one of the biggest beneficiariesour company’s sales have risen 1.2%, the biggest increase since a 2.1% increase in March 2007. Source: MSNBC.com
Award Recommendation Program
As part of our efforts to reduce shrink at our store, we would like to present the “Award Recommendation Program”. This new program will reinforce the current programs already in place which include aggressive customer service and notifying Management and/or Asset Protection of any suspicious activities occurring. This new program will award hourly associates $25.00 if they call management and/or Asset Protection on a customer that demonstrates unusual behavior and that call results in the recovery and/or apprehension of Wal-Mart merchandise. Understand that no associate must make accusation to the customer. We will be discussing this more in detail in the follow days. -Tracey D, Store #1004 APC ***************************** Comings & Goings
Support Manager Amy is going into the Management Training Program, and once completed, she will become an Assistant Manager at the Palmetto Wal-Mart! Congratulations! Assistant Manager Richard is going to Day Shift, while Assistant Manager Jane is going Overnights.