Friday, July 10, 2009

An event you don't want to miss

I'm brainstorming ways we can get people to United Way's Kick off this year. Kick off is the BIG event for United Way every year.

It's the event where we make an effort to get everyone together...our Board members, Partner Programs, CEO's, the wonderful people who coordinate their company's campaign (we call them ECC's), the volunteers to go into the community with five packets to ask businesses to contribute to the campaign (we call them Community Campaign Volunteers) and all our other friends that give, advocate and volunteer for the common good.

This year it's even BIGGER because we're also combining the Kick off with the Training for all these wonderful people who help us raise money (because, we couldn't do it without them!).

And more so, it's about 100x BIGGER because we have a fantastic guest speaker Paul Wesselmann. Some of you may be familiar with Paul because he's The Ripples Guy. Paul is a corporate trainer and motivational speaker and creator of The Ripples Project. The Ripples Project includes a weekly e-mail with a quote, point to ponder and a reflection from Paul to how we can take this information and put it to practice (fondly referred to as Pebble, Stone and Boulder).

We saw Paul speak at our annual United Way conference ... and we LOVED him. So much he was all we could talk about for the rest of the conference, the ride home and the next staff meeting. HOW COULD WE GET PAUL TO MARSHFIELD?

Well, our passion for Paul's message of positive ripples paid off ... because he's coming. And we're so excited. But, we want as many people who need positive ripples ... or want to learn how they can make the world a better place with small actions (sound familiar, like LIVE UNITED?).

Earlier I said how can we get people to Kick off. Because I can communicate until I'm blue in the face (and that shade would be of course, United Way blue) ... newspaper, radio, web site, blogs, e-newsletters, posters, and on and on and on ... it's just like you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. You can tell people but you can't make them come.

I want to show you how awesome Paul is ... watch Paul's 5 Actions When Stressed! on You Tube. This is one of the things Paul did at our conference. Now, I'm not into audience participation activities, but by the end, I was totally into it.

Also, here's Paul's Channel on You Tube.

The best part of all of these clips? If you come to Kick off ... you'll see even more new information because creating ripples isn't covered on You Tube.

I dare you to watch 5 actions and not laugh. I watched it again just now ... and remembered how great Paul is and I cannot wait for August 6!

You can also check Paul out on his web sites: Paul's site, The Ripples Project, Paul's Facebook, Paul's Twitter.

And after all of that, RSVP to reserve your spot at our Kick off. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited. And Paul is so awesome, we hope to pack the house.

Want more information about Kick off? Click here. Hope to see you there!

Help us spread the word! Let your friends know you're attending on Facebook: United Way Kick off

Thursday, August 6, 2009
Kick off: 7:30 to 9 a.m. - Training: 9-10 a.m.

$5 suggested donation

Holiday Inn & Conference Center -750 S. Central Avenue, Marshfield

Please RSVP by July 29.

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