School district, Tabor share Chamber award for stadium

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year award was presented to USD 410 and Tabor College during the annual dinner Monday night.

Accepting the award was Mark Rooker, USD 410 board member, and Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College.

The three Member of the Year nominees included The Lumberyard Inc. for its expansion project, First Mennonite Church for its community events, such as the annual pumpkin patch, and the two educational institutions for their collaborative effort in bringing a new stadium to the city.

Other highlights included the introduction of new Chamber board president Brenda McGinness and board members Lea Isaac, Katherine Defilippis and Kelly Schlehuber.

The Chamber also recognized outgoing president Nicole Suderman, who will continue as treasurer, and retiring board members, Randy Smith, David Epp, Lola Unruh and Lily Arthur.

One of the goals for this year, McGinness said, will be in how to communicate with all Chamber members.

?We want to be more visible (to our members) and we would appreciate any suggestions,? McGinness said to the more than 100 people in attendance.

Other ideas for this year will be to hold monthly luncheons and offer a wide variety of programs.

?We are here to help you and help you promote your business,? McGinness said.

This year?s speaker was Tim Smith of Allentown, Pa., who talked about measuring and managing performance in the workplace and rules in the day-to-day business operations vs. rules in recreational activities, sports and other hobbies.

?We as Americans will spend more of our time and personal expenses on our avocations rather than our vocations,? Smith said.

To substantiate his point, Smith spoke about the 360 days of the year when avid hunters in Pennsylvania will save up all their energy and motivation for the three days of hunting season in late November.

For those few days, he said, these hunters will drive up in the middle of nowhere, carry 70 pounds of equipment, walk 2.5 miles of rough terrain to get to their cabin, sit around shining their rifles only to get up at 4 a.m., then go out in the woods with 100,000 other people with live ammunition and sit under a tree hopefully waiting for a 300-pound deer they can shoot.

Once they have the deer, he said, the hunters will then trudge back out the 2.5 miles to their vehicle, haul the animal home, get the venison off and mount its head on the wall in their wife?s bedroom.

After the hunting is over, he jokingly said that these same motivated people will return to work with solemn looks as if all their enthusiasm was used up until the next hunting season.

?Score keeping is more superior in avocations than vocations,? he said.

Imagine a football game, he said, where the kicker might get four points for a field goal rather than three because the kick was more than 40 feet away.

Or if the referee said the pass was too easy for a particular touchdown and only four points rather than six points were put on the scoreboard, he said.

The point, Smith said, is this would not happen in football, but sometimes in business, the rules are getting changed without everyone knowing about those changes.

One example he used was being at a store with a ?cash only, eight items or less? line and the cashier lets someone with 25 items and a check card go through while Smith said he waits behind them.

Then the next time when Smith has nine items and cash, he is told to go to another cashier because he has one too many items.

?Do you know the policy and procedures of your company?? he asked.

Using another example, he talked about a business needing to cut costs and in order to do that allow no more refunds on returned merchandise.

?As an employee, you follow the letter of the law and let a customer know there are no refunds, but when that same customer comes to another employee, they get a full refund.?

Smith also talked about how Joel (Klaassen), publisher of the Free Press, is using money from his business to host a free seminar to help other area businesses.

?When was the last time you took personal dollars and went to a seminar or bought a tape that would benefit your job?? he said

?We will spend $100 for a massage or highlights on our hair, but then when it comes to my job, I am putting that on the backburner.

?Personally, I think we have forgot to work and forgot what?s important,? he said.

He also challenged people to write their job description and then have their boss write that same job description and see if they match.

?As a staff member are we winning or losing in our workplace,? he said.

He left the audience with one final thought: ?If you can?t measure, you can?t manage.?

Smith offer a roundtable discussion Wednesday at Tabor College. He will also be speaking at the second annual Biz Expo from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus in North Newton.

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