Friday, November 30, 2018

Feed My Starving Children

Shelly Grohovsky: Bookkeeper

This week, our team volunteered at Feed My Starving Children.  Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that works to provide nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children around the world.  FMSC offers its volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience.  As a team, we hand-packed rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags, which we sealed and boxed so they could be shipped out to the neediest children around the world.  Five people in our group volunteered to be runners, which involved keeping each station’s ingredients stocked for packing.  The remainder of us were packers, which involved the actual packing of the food.  Of course, with our competitive nature, we decide to break off into two teams and compete to see who could pack the most boxes of food.  It was a tight running!  Team 1 packed 16 boxes and team 2 packed 15 boxes.  As a whole, with the other groups that volunteered that day, we managed to pack nearly 200 boxes of food in our two-hour packing shift, feeding 107 children for an entire year!  It is truly the most amazing and rewarding feeling to know how much of an impact we made in children’s’ lives in just two hours of our time!  If you’re looking for a great way to give back, I would highly recommend volunteering for FMSC, where you can experience first-hand what it’s like to make a substantial difference in others’ lives!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Maghan Aschoff: Facility Services Manager

I’m originally from Michigan and we haven’t been back there for a couple years, so we decided to travel back for the holiday.

Since both my husband and myself have family in Michigan, we split up our time between several houses. It makes for a busy holiday week with lots of family, food and fun!

Our first Thanksgiving was spent with my in-laws on Monday. It was a quiet evening with lots of food and many, many hours of playing Guitar Hero and Dominos. My kids certainly enjoy being here because they were the only kids in the house, which meant they got some extra special attention from their grandparents.

On Wednesday, we headed over to my mom's house. Both my brothers and their families live in Michigan, so we had all 20 of us for dinner. Thanksgiving day was spent with my mom, both of my brothers, theirs kids and spouses. I also got to meet the newest members of our family, my 11 month  great niece, Ruby (yikes that makes me sound super old!). The day was filled with lots of family. It was loud, chaotic and fun! 

We spent the next two days visiting with my family. My one brother has 6 kids and a house filled with pinball machines, bubble hockey, laser tag, wii, legos, and lots of other games to keep the kiddos busy! 

We had a great visit, however, we were all happy to be home. We spent Sunday decorating the house and getting our tree up. We’re all ready for Christmas!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Welcome, Allison Belisle!

Brian Mansfield: Controller

It is my pleasure to introduce and welcome to our team, Allison Belisle!  Allison joined our team a few weeks ago in the role of Contractor Coordinator.  In this role, Allison will help us find quality service providers to work with to ensure we continue to meet our client’s expectations.

Allison comes to us with a diverse background of support roles that include working with vendors and compliance management.  In her time with us, she has been eager to learn her role and help the team out in any way she can.  Allison has been a positive influence with us and I look forward to seeing what she accomplishes.

Welcome to the team, Allison!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Leadership Meeting

Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive

Every year, the executive leadership team meets every 3-4 months to work through any strategic initiatives or non-urgent items, to ensure that all our teams are working toward the same goals.  Normally we would do these meetings in Minnesota or Kansas.  However, we decided to take the meeting somewhere with a little better view this time and headed out to Eagle, Colorado, and brought our spouses along.

My in-laws happen to have a beautiful house that could fit all of us comfortably and were nice enough to let us invade their space for the trip. 

For those of us on the leadership team, most of the time was spent in meetings and doing planning, however, we were able to get out and enjoy the outdoors enough to make the trip worth it.  All the spouses (accept mine, whom stayed home with sick kiddos) were able to get out and enjoy a day at a spa and some local shopping while we worked.  The group took a couple of hikes on the trails together and some of us got out for a couple of outdoor workouts to get the most out of the time we had.

We also enjoyed plenty of good food eating at a number of good restaurants and my favorite brewery, which happens to be located in Eagle.

Looking forward to another possible offsite meeting next year!