Section 2, part 2
(1) Mary C. in NC: I suppose if it had a puppy it would be called a melon collie baby.
(2) Eileen Z. in PA: Good one, Blaine. enjoyed it all . . . especially the comments on the Smart Phone(s)….we’re due to upgrade and we know that we have to bite the bullet and join the rest of the world……aaaaaggghhh! In our circle (which is quite big) we are the LAST to get them….. but, then, when I married Don, he still had two rotary dial phones and no touch tone service–at least I had that. When I called Bell (yes, Bell) Telephone on the kitchen phone here (attached with a long spiral cord)…… and, yes, I talked to a real person…..and she told me that we were the last family in Richboro, Bucks Co. to switch to touch tone….and to switch our phones…..btw, we still have the two phones that were here (yep, the man throws nothing away….)
(3) Marty D. in PA: Just a thought–Back in the ‘hood where I grew up in NY, if someone hugged you they were also either lifting your wallet or knifing you in the back! ;-)
PS–Have a good Passover! Until he moved back to Egypt, a fellow I used to work with would call me each Passover to complain that his house was infested by locusts, and that his first-born son was feeling ill!
(4) Rodney R. in NJ: R
It’s in my blood now….
(5) Sandy B. in PA: Really great issue! Enjoyed it and all cute jokes and animal pix.
(6) Elizabeth P. in NC: I agree about 5 pts diner. I ate there w my contractors almost every day when I had just moved to Asheville and was renovating my house. I loved being able to walk there and the hearty lunches were just what we needed. Well, I didn’t really need it, but they did. I still eat breakfast there once a month or so.
The Last Letter from a Dying Veteran
C. TEN BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF NONPROFIT BOARDS, 2nd Edition (Board Source) by Richard T. Ingram is a valuable resource for anybody who has been on a board, is on one now or is planning to become a board member in the future.
The author, president emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, presents many valuable tips on what service is all about. Among them:
* Once a board has hired a new chief executive, it needs to do the right things to keep that person. Those right things include consistent and predictable support from the board, coupled with fair and appropriate annual performance assessments that tie to compensation adjustments.
* Periodically ask board members to share what they typically say about the organization in their “elevator speech” (in less than a minute). Board members can learn from one another how to improve and freshen up their speeches.
I also liked the numerous pitfalls to avoid, including this one:
* Boards that assume that the chief executive (or professional development staff) has the sole responsibility for fundraising are not fulfilling their own responsibility to substantially support and actively participate in efforts to attract gift and grants.
My only disappointment in the book has to do with the fact that I would have wanted to see more real-life examples involving actual nonprofit boards–mentioned by name.
D. Heard TWEAK IT: MAKE WHAT MATTERS YOU HAPPEN EVERY DAY (Hachette Audio), written by Cali Williams Yost and narrated by Sarah Zimmerman.
The premise is an interesting one; i.e., we can make small, consistent, everyday changes–tweaks–that, cumulatively, will optimize job performance and well-being.
Though I found parts of the book somewhat repetitious, I did pick up some valuable ideas such as the following:
* Create a list of things to do on your treadmill. Call it “work walk.” For example, watch videos you need to watch for work.
* Take a text free Sunday: no texts no email, no Facebook, no Internet. No email, either.
* Whenever I have a client lunch, I leave my phone in my office so I can fully concentrate on the client.
* Create a Google alert for each of your children.
* Say “get to” rather than “have to.” It totally changes your perspective. For example, “I get to take my child to soccer practice” rather than “I have to.”
I’m appreciative of the fact that some of the material referred to on the CDs was also included in an accompanying PDF file.
* July 19 – 21 Weekend
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Jung-Ho Pak, Conductor
* August 2 – 3 Weekend
“Give Me Love” – The Music of George Harrison
A Star-Studded Weekend to benefit
Manna Food Bank and Homeward Bound
(5) THE ODD COUPLE, starring Scott Treadway and Charlie Flynn-Mciver, runs from now until Feb. 21 at Flat Rock Playhouse. For more information, please click:http://www.flatrockplayhouse.org/project/the-odd-couple/
Note: I just saw a performance and can tell you it’s funny–make that very funny. More information in next week’s issue.
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