Posted on December 31, 2016
Dear family and friends, With a rhyming dictionary and a steady flow of caffeine, It is time to review and say goodbye to 2016! In January, amid loved ones, and with zero aplomb, We celebrated the life and passing of my bonus mom. After looking for months for a dog—we’re quite…
Posted on December 31, 2015
Dear Family and Friends, As the year 2015 winds down to an end, It’s time we share our year with those on which we depend. January began with a trainer who helped advise, It took lots of work and strength but I went down a dress size! Despite this, I continued the…
Posted on February 10, 2015
Apologies if this is too long. I tend to be thorough. But here’s the bottom line: Jimmy Walker picks on families for their playground equipment, using intimidation, yelling and other bullying tactics to demand they comply with his wishes (that may or may not be backed up by HOA rules). Our neighborhood needs a change. Vote for Jim Hermann and Mike Paine. (Note: Herman Cain has nothing to do with this campaign, and I do not condone his actions, his politics, or his extra-marital affairs, but his name is helpful to remember who to vote for.) Continue Reading
Posted on January 2, 2015
Dear friends and family, As is the tradition—now ten years’ time— It’s time to review our year in a clever little rhyme. The year was full of trips, visits, and too many school breaks, And—this is no exaggeration—at least a thousand cupcakes. I started a local movie night, the first cupcakes looked…
Posted on January 3, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
Again this poem is late,
Hard to find time and still make the kids’ Christmas great.
As some suggest, thirteen can be unlucky.
Our ’13—compared with other years—was kinda yucky.
We had times ranging from difficult to sweet.
But to be honest, I’m glad the year is complete.
Our year began with new roommates: Chad, Kally, Clarice.
Chad is Dan’s brother; Clarice: Chad’s wife; Kally: our niece. Continue Reading
Posted on September 1, 2013
I have worked with Job’s Daughters International in a creative role since 2003. In 2011 I was invited to join the Long Range Planning Committee to help the organization as a whole determine what its long range goals were, and to achieve them. One of the Long Range Planning (LRP) committee’s tasks was to revamp our branding, and appeal to a new generation of girls. An additional goal was to assist the Board of Trustees with determining an appropriate revenue stream for the organization via fundraising. As the organization is often compared to Girl Scouts, it was our mission to “find our cookie,” so to speak.
To promote Job’s Daughters International’s new brand among our target audience (10-20 year old girls) while simultaneously raising funds for JDI.
StikPockets are vinyl stickers that attach to the back of any smartphone or case, turning your phone into a wallet. They can be customized with a logo and sold or handed out for promotional purposes.
I found the product via social media in June 2013, and worked directly with the owner/inventor Brian Owen to get all necessary information. I also negotiated a price point that would be mutually beneficial so that we could raise much-needed funds, and Mr. Owen could get important client feedback for the fundraising branch of his business.
I designed four Stik Pocket designs (two for the initial launch, two for a follow-up fundraiser).
I did market research and data analysis to determine the appropriate number of Stik Pockets to order, how many of each (black and white), and multiple price points (two retail, two wholesale) to ensure healthy profit margins for the organization.
I wrote a proposal outlining all details of the promotion, costs, and projected profits. (Submitted June 24, 2013.)
I secured a booth so that the Long Range Planning Committee could sell Stik Pockets at the organization’s annual conference (“Supreme Session”) in Oakland, California.
I wrote a press release and sent it out prior to Supreme Session to get people excited, and come prepared to buy our product (or buy a bundle and bring it back to sell locally).
I created fundraiser bundles, including a pricing chart, incentive ideas, feedback request, and a tracking form.
The Long Range Planning Committee came to JDI’s Supreme Session (i.e., annual conference, July 22-27, 2013) with 1,000 Stik Pockets. In two and a half days of sales (about 16 hours total), we sold out of all 1,000 Stik Pockets. Our final gross profit margin: 88%. The fundraiser raised nearly twice as many funds as the next two top-grossing fundraisers combined.
Posted on January 1, 2013
Dear loved ones,
Once again, my annual poem is a little bit tardy.
Meanwhile, I hope you were busy with your New Year’s Eve party.
Our last poem wrapped with news we were expecting a baby.
So our adventures were limited. Shorter poem? Maybe.
January was bachelor(/ette) month for our local friends.
Dan went to Key West (again!), which he clearly recommends.
I went to Miami and the Bahamas for a short cruise.
I had lots of fun on the trip, but without all the booze. Continue Reading
Posted on January 16, 2012
Dear friends and family,
2011 went by too fast. Apologies for being so late.
We hope your year and holidays were similarly great.
Unlike in the past, I’ll try to keep this year’s poem short.
Aside from our big move, there isn’t a whole lot to report.
Our year began in Virginia, similar to years prior,
Celebrating the coming year and all that might transpire. Continue Reading
Posted on December 23, 2010
Dear friends and family,
As I sit down to write the (sixth!) annual poem again,
I’m proud that I’m writing it while it is still 2010.
We were in Wyoming with extended family for New Year’s—
I hope as I go through the months, I don’t bore you to tears.
February was filled with plenty of snow, cabin fever, and ice.
Amazingly, the region was hit with a blizzard not once, but TWICE! Continue Reading