Thursday, March 27, 2014

TeamMates Day at Runza on April 8th

"TeamMates Day" at both York Runza locations is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8th. They will generously donate 10% of all sales that will come back to our York TeamMates scholarship program.

Lorraine Grenfell is putting together a gift card order that she will process on April 8th so our TeamMates program can get 10% of the sales. She will take the information, collect the money in advance, purchase the gift cards on April 8th so the TeamMates program benefits from the sales, and then deliver them to those who buy them. If you think you’re going to use Runza gift cards for graduation gifts, birthday presents, anniversary dinners, etc. please consider contacting Lorraine Grenfell and ordering some that can be processed on April 8th.

Both York Runza sites will be open from 10:30 AM through 9:30 PM with extra staff on hand to get you in and out in a hurry.

Last year our check from Runza was $756.56 and we hope to exceed that figure this year.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Don't Be Too Quick to Judge Others....

In 2004, my maternal grandfather, Pappy, passed away in Wildwood, Florida. I flew down there for a week from my home in Franklin, Nebraska to help my family, and especially my grandmother, Mammy, with funeral preparations, grieving, etc. One of my duties that sad week included some yard work so it looked presentable for the numerous folks that would come visit us to pass along their condolences. I still remember vividly mowing, weed eating, edging, picking up limbs, etc. for multiple hours. It gave me time to reflect on Pappy and how he would be missed by so many.

Those hours spent doing yard work also allowed me to see what Mammy's neighbors were doing (and not doing) and I was enraged! For almost the entire time I spent working in Mammy's yard, her neighbors were doing the same; kind of. Actually, a woman in her 70's was mowing, weed eating, raking, etc. while her husband sat in a stinking lawn chair, drinking lemonade, and just watching her work her tail off. I couldn't believe my eyes. What kind of man would just sit there and watch his wife do all of this physical labor? I couldn't understand it.

I quickly finished up Mammy's yard and went inside real quick to get a drink so I could walk over to this lady that I felt sorry for and offer to finish up her yard work. Right before I went back outside to offer my assistance to this poor wife of a deadbeat, I told Mammy I couldn't believe what a lazy bum was living next door, that he just watched his wife work her tail off, etc.

Mammy very gracefully said, "Mike - don't be too quick to judge others. Mr. Sabol next door had heart surgery two weeks ago and is unable to do any physical labor for a while. He is the kindest and most giving man on the block. He treats his wife like a princess. Before his surgery, he helped Pappy and I with numerous projects around the house, mowed our yard, raked our leaves, etc. He is a true blessing. I hope you realize the damage in judging people too quickly."

Boy, was I embarrassed.

I think back to that story from time to time when I feel the urge to criticize someone. We never really know what others are going through and I hope we can all be a little more patient before casting stones at others.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Class of 2027 - WOW!!

I was lucky enough to take part in Kindergarten Round Up at YES on March 12th. What an awesome day! Many parents are preparing to send their first born child to school in the fall. Others are "old hat" at this but you can tell it is still a giant step. The soon-to-be kindergarten students we interacted with are the Class of 2027. Think about that for a minute. This Class of 2027 will begin to retire around 2070. How different will the world be then?

This really hits home to me as far as the impact that TODAY'S teachers have on TOMORROW'S leaders. No current YPS staff member will still be working for YPS in 2070 but the work they do with the Class of 2027, and all other classes, will be the legacy that lingers on. You think our jobs are important? You better believe it. Our passion, our strength, our tenacity get to help shape the future. Even those that will retire in 2070!

Wow! Pretty awesome!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

YHS Speech Cruises to Conference Championship

Congratulations to the YHS Speech Team for the conference championship they earned on February 28th in Crete. Next up is the District Speech Meet in Central City on March 17th. In the meantime, please consider coming out to YHS on March 11th at 6:00 PM for the "Speech Share Night." This will be a great opportunity to see our many talented and dedicated speech team members in action.

Individuals placing at the Conference Meet include the following:

Humorous Prose--David Fillman 3rd; BreeAnna Gibbs 4th
Serious Prose--Julianna Blackmon 1st ; BreeAnna Gibbs 2nd
Persuasive Speaking--Sam Redfern 1st; Mary Heng 2nd
Duet Acting--Jonathan Postier/Julianna Blackmon 1st ; Paul Lindsey/Landon Norquest 2nd
Oral Interpretation of Drama--Landon Norquest, Paul Lindsey, Lauren Boyer, Jonathan Postier, David Fillman - 3rd
Oral Interpretations of Drama--Cori Bolte, Zach Kisby, Payton Demers-Sahling, Ashley Reynolds 4th
Entertainment Speaking--Sarah Bailey 6th
Extemporaneous Speaking--Rebekah Turnbull 5th