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Chaz and Jacklyn,
Good afternoon to you both; I trust y’all had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a great weekend.
From your last e-mail I have a couple of comments followed by another “Next Chapter”. Here it goes:
First, thank you so much for your kind words. If the truth be known I just look at myself as being a regular guy that’s had a great career, filled with copious meaningful experiences that have shaped my thoughts and actions. This chapter that started with Jason and continued with Grace Alley’s generosity, may turn out to be one of the best experiences of my life.
RE: Integrity – yes that is a sincere goal. Integrity is one of the character qualities that we try to pass on to younger folks when given the opportunity. I have a saying for the business world within my sphere of influence and it is “Hire for character, train for skills, and fire for behavior.” Other time proven character qualities I look for in a team member include truthfulness, sincerity, forgiveness, alertness, hospitality, generosity, joyfulness, endurance, diligence, thoroughness, and dependability. It also helps if someone is able to demonstrate patience, wisdom, discernment, and enthusiasm. Many of these character qualities, in my opinion, are limited in today’s workplace.
RE: The stories – I’m so pleased that y’all are enjoying them. What should they called? Here is a video that says a lot without saying a word; well done.
After viewing it what would you think about something like “Adventures in saying Thank You”? After all, it’s not about me; it’s them, the true heroes.
RE: Response to Customer Service e-mail – What is most amazing? I never respond to these types of e-mails!!! Thank you Lord!!!
RE: Phone call with Mark – I will start trying to get ahold of him today and pass on your contact information. He should be calling in the next couple of days. One note of clarification – it is my understanding that the hero’s they help with hunting and fishing trips is primarily in the summer/fall timeframe. Weather in the mountains of Idaho is more conducive to outdoor activities during those months.
RE: Final idea – I have attached it as a Word document as this e-mail is getting somewhat lengthy.
Thanks again for everything you two; have a great weekend.
P.S. – As I mentioned earlier, I need to be responsible for several days next week; on assignment with a client. What does this mean? Typically 12 hour days Monday through Wednesday, flying home on the red eye on Wednesday. Please, please, please don’t be offended if I’m tardy in any e-mail responses.
David – With Shane, Mom and Dad standing up front with you, please hold the folded flag in your hand and read the following:
This morning we are recognizing Shane and his family; this congregation’s newest member of our nation’s armed forces. Tradition says that families of our nation’s military fly the American flag with pride. To continue this tradition we want to present the Spitz Family with a flag.
As part of this presentation want to share the significance of each of the folds in our flag. They include:
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
David – Please unfold the flag and present it to the Spitz Family; then ask everyone in attendance to stand, salute or place their hand over their heart, and ask Shane to lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”