02-15-2016 Monday Memo

“You can’t be humble and proud of it.”
That pearl of wisdom was provided to us a few days ago from a marque at one of the area churches.  More often than not, we always seem to be able to derive some use from their public reflections and this particular thought hit the spot with us.
Shawnee is blessed to have a lot of people who are doing wonderful and great things, AND who are quick to deflect any praise for their efforts.  Those character traits are why we like so many individuals in the community who are focused on making our location a better place to live, work and play.   
And since they are salt of the earth, unassuming and humble people who won’t brag on themselves please allow us to do some of that for them. 
Our community has leaders who quietly and unassumingly are engaged at improving the quality of education for those engaged in education and that includes both the teachers and the students.  Having great educational institutions in our area is a selling point to anyone one who already lives here or is seeking a place to call home.
We have civic minded people who’s desire is to create a more beautiful community and who use not only their hands and backs, but their hearts as well to make the community look more presentable in a wide variety of ways.  Our community’s overall first impression can help us all feel more proud about the place we call home, plus help us gain the attention of those who are our first time visitors.
Behind the scenes we have bright-minded business leaders who are addressing the tough issues facing our area, without acknowledgement. Those savvy intellectuals use their patience, knowledge and believe that better days are still ahead of us to help plot a course for our region’s continued success.  With their unwavering guidance, we will continue to see growth and prosperity.
Our community has medical professionals and support staff that are literally at the bleeding edge of improving our health care services and the benefit to our lives that those efforts provide. Whether they are part of a larger organization or an independent provider, their efforts, compassion and focus on our health needs is an enduring benefit we all can enjoy.
Every day we have people working in our manufacturing facilities that are focused on turning out products that the world wants. Those hardworking individuals are diligently making quality products that help not only the companies turn a profit, but provides wealth generating employment, which improves the lives of those employees, their families and the entire community.  As they continue to advance their production capabilities and products, we will benefit from their efforts for decades to come.
Our region literally has an army of individuals who are working on the social issues that give us concern and the desire to help those less fortunate. There is never enough money, time, resources or volunteers to cure those ills, yet those kind souls put a smile on their face and undertake their roles in our area with an unpretentious attitude.  They know the days are long, the tasks ahead of them are hard, but they know their efforts are making a difference in our society. 
Countless numbers of owners and their employees open their stores and shops each day, ready to embrace the public with a smile, along with a helpful manner, which lets their customers know they are both welcomed and appreciated.  Oftentimes they are our first impression to those who are visiting our community and that is advertising we could never afford to pay for.  Welcoming strangers into our community is a strategy that pays dividends over and over.
We’re fairly certain that we could go on and on about those who daily go about their jobs of making our community and region a better place to be, but you get the point.  While they won’t brag on themselves and their efforts, we think there are many of us in the community who are more than happy to do that for them.  Kudos to all who make this a better place to be.
Educator’s Notes:
This past week a contingent of business professionals were invited to speak to a group of students at the Jim Thorpe Academy.   This brave band of volunteers shared stories of their own personal challenges in life and how they were able to overcome the barriers and obstacles that blocked their individual chances for success.
Some of the stories that were shared were testimonials of faith, endurance, support from a mentor or mentors, and in some cases a sheer will to change the situation that individual was facing.   Some of those who spoke to the students were still a work in progress, which admittedly still have a challenging journey before them.
What these business professionals found staring back at them was a group of students who were eager to learn more about what they could do to improve their chances for success. 
They also wanted to explore in greater depth the different career opportunity they could pursue and what resources were available locally, to help them reach their goals.   In a nutshell, they all wanted to learn more about what they could do to help themselves, which of course is what every one of the teachers and business professionals had hoped for.
So now what?  Now we refocus our efforts with these bright minded individuals and with the help of business professionals in the area, we begin to explore the careers these students have an interest in and what we can do to assist them in reaching those goals.
A long time ago in another community an economic developer coined this statement:  “Those communities that consistently develop a skilled workforce will be successful for decades to come.”
And when we help those who need more help than others reach their goals, we are certainly on the right track toward developing those skilled individuals.
“We Like Em A Lot”
While we are at it, were going to stick right here with the Jim Thorpe Academy.  This past week as the business professionals shared their information with the students and faculty of that institution, the presenters were also getting to see first hand the results of the instructors’ efforts.
Some of us have been engaged in workforce development for 30 years or more and NEVER before have we found a group of students as polite, focused and receptive to hearing what a group of strangers had to say.  We don’t believe that comes by luck, happenstance or coincidence.
The students we met with are facing challenges we aren’t aware of and in reality we don’t know their lives. But what we do know is that they are surrounded by classroom instructors and administrators that want them to succeed.  That was evident in the student’s mannerisms, genuine interest in the presenters and the interaction with the business professionals after the presentation was over.
There is no doubt that the character traits we witnessed are a direct effect of the relationships these students obtain from their instructors.   To enable these young students to be able to succeed in life, while facing a lot of challenges, they are being nurtured by educational professionals who are invested in their wellbeing, compassionate about their needs and in tune with the struggles they each face.
In other words, they have undertaken a tremendously difficult job and turned it into a labor of love for those in their care. And that is why we think they are people you should be aware of and without question, highly appreciative of as well.
The people we wish to recognize this week are the Staff at the Jim Thorpe Academy. If you know any of these outstanding individuals, give them a call, send them a note or an email, and tell them how much you appreciate all they do for Shawnee. And if you don’t know them, make yourself a note as those you have to meet.  Your life will be better for knowing them, and our community benefits from their dedication to our students.
A-1 Staffing & Recruiting Agency:  Visit http://www.a1staffingok.com/apply-now.php or contact Brandy Helm at brandy@a1staffingok.com or 405-788-0001
Black Hawk Casino:  Contact Cheryl McGregor at 405-275-4700 ext. 104
Chick Fil A in Shawnee: Apply online at http://www.work4cfashawnee.com/
City National Bank:  Visit https://www.cnb1901.com/ or contact 866-385-3444
City of Shawnee:  Visit http://www.shawneeok.org/jobs
Citizen Potawatomi Nation:  Visit http://www.firelakejobs.com/
Dickson Industries:  Visithttp://www.roadproonline.com
Enviro Systems:  Visit http://www.enviro-ok.com/careers/job-opportunities/ or email Personnel@enviro-ok.com
Express Employment Professionals:  Visit http://www.expresspros.com/ or contact David Kitts at 405-275-7575
Extreme Inflatables:  Visit http://extremeinflatables.com/EI/index.php.  To apply, contact us in person at 301 N. Oklahoma, Shawnee OK, call 405-878-0747or email apply@extremeinflatables.com
Freedom Personnel:  Contact Janet or Hyla at 405-275-9675
Gateway Pipeline LLC:  Visit http://www.gatewaypipeline.com and contact Kristin Paule at 405-275-0954
Gateway to Prevention & Recovery:  Submit resume to Amy Walton at awalton@gatewaytoprevention.org
GE Oil & Gas:  Visit http://www.ge.com/careers or contact Kimberly Topps at 405-395-0404
Georg Fischer:  Visit http://www.centralplastics.com, email Dani.Shields@georgfischer.com or call 405-878-3978
Global Production Solutions:  Visit http://www.globalproductionsolutions.com and contact Kristin Vinson at kvinson@gps-us.co
Indaco Metals:  Visit http://www.indacometals.com/ or contact Jordan McLaughlin at 405-273-9200
Jindal Films: Apply online at http://www.indeed.com/q-Jindal-Films-l-Shawnee,-OK-jobs.html or send resumes to careers@jindalfilms.com
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma:  Visit http://kickapootribeofoklahoma.com/ and contact Vasant Hanratagorn at 405-964-2075 ext. 107, 405-605-9390 or itoffice@kickapootribeofoklahoma.com
Mills Machine Company:  Send resume to Mills Machine Company at 201 N. Oklahoma Ave., Shawnee OK 74801 or email it to chuck@millsmachine.com
Oklahoma Baptist University:  Visit http://www.okbu.edu/businessaffairs/hr/jobs.html
Primrose Retirement Community:  Visit www.primrose-careers.com
Red Lobster:  Apply online at https://www.redlobster.com/employment/
Shawnee Milling Company:  Visithttp://www.shawneemilling.comand call Jane Lewis at 405-273-7003 ext. 314      
St. Gregory’s University:  Visit http://www.stgregorys.edu/about-us/employment Development Director and Systems Analyst – All interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and references to hr@stgregorys.edu.
TDK Ferrites:  (Staff Management representing TDK) Call Kristi Winchester at 405-395-0070
United Dynamics, Inc.:  Visit http://united-dynamics.com/ and contact Michelle Needham at 405-275-8041 ext. 280
Vyve Broadband:  Visit http://www.vyvebroadband.com/careers.html, call Angela at 914-234-8325, email employment@vyvebb.com and send resumes to career@vyvebb.com
Wolverine Tube:  Visit http://www.wlv.com/ and contact Express Employment Professionals  at 405-275-7575
Contact Oklahoma Baptist University and send them your job postings.  They can screen them and will be happy to share them on their website.  – Visit their job board at http://www.okbu.edu/campuslife/studentservices/submit_job.html 
February 15:  SEDF Office Closed for President’s Day
Additional Dates:  5/30/16 Memorial Day; 7/4/16 Independence Day; 9/5/16 Labor Day; 11/11/16 Veteran’s Day; 11/24-25/16 Thanksgiving; 12/24-25/16 Christmas
February 16:  Yoga & Meditation Series
6:30pm & 7:30pm at Shawnee Public Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee OK 74801
For more information call 405-275-6353
Additional Dates: 2/23
February 22:  Façade Grant Program Application Deadline
Matching grants up to $4000 may be awarded for façade improvements.
To apply contact Planning Department at 405-878-1616
February 24:  OBU 2nd Annual Business Career Fair
11am-1pm at OBU, 500 W. Macarthur, Shawnee OK 74804
Register at https://okbu-csm.symplicity.com/employers/index.php
March 9:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  4/13/16; 5/11/16; 6/16/16; 7/13/16; 8/10/16; 9/14/16; 10/12/16; 11/9/16; 12/14/16
April 1:  Community Renewal Shawnee
6pm at CPN Cultural Heritage Museum, 1899 Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee OK
RSVP by March 25 to Jan Tipton at 405-273-1035 or jantipton@att.net
April 14:  Cavalier Days at St. Gregory’s University
10am at Benedictine Hall, 1900 W. Macarthur St., Shawnee OK 74804
For more information or to RSVP call 844-BE-EXTRA, email admissions@stgregorys.edu or online at www.stgregorys.edu/cavalierday
Third Friday Each Month:  Downtown Block Party, presented by the Shawnee Art Guild
5-8pm in historic downtown Shawnee.  For more information, call 405-432-4131
Shawnee Senior Center Events:
Savvy Seniors: http://savvysenior.org/seniorresources.htm
English as a Second Language Class
6-8pm every Tuesday and Thursday, Pioneer Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee OK 74801.  Call Janie Davis at 405-273-3334 to register.
Yoga In The Park
6:30pm Every Tuesday at Sister City Park located at the intersection of Legacy and Airport Drive, Shawnee OK
Shawnee Little Theatre:
For show listings and more information, visit http://www.shawneelittletheatre.com or call 405-275-2805
C-Bar Horsemanship
We offer many opportunities to work with children and adults with special needs through our educational and therapeutic horsemanship classes.  Visit us at www.cbarhorsemanship.org or contact us at charla@cbarhorsemanship.org.
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