Is It Summer Without the Sun? TRUCK Tribune
It’s hard to believe the year is already half over! I look back and wonder where all the time went. One thing that has been constant since January is the weather. I don’t know how it’s been in other places around the country, but there is one word I could use to describe Indiana these past six months: wet. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but it’s been hard to get things done with all of this rain. Everything is so waterlogged. As we put this newsletter together, I’m looking at the weather forecast and seeing even more rain —maybe a day here or there with some sun. And along with all this rain coming down on the Hare Truck Center, we’ve had our fair share of tears. It almost seems like the gloomy weather has been appropriate. Over the past few months, we’ve lost two members of the Truck Center family. As I shared in the May/June edition of the newsletter, we lost Jeff Gigure. He was a great man and a wonderful technician. In June, we lost Scott
McBroom, who was a member of our service team. Inside this issue, you’ll find memories of Scott shared by members of the team. In addition to Jeff and Scott, my family had a personal loss as well —my 93-year-old grandmother. We were very close. It’s been tough, but we’re working through it as a family. I thank everyone for their thoughts and support. Despite the losses and teary eyes, we want to acknowledge the positive. As tough as it’s been, everyone at the Truck Center continues to work as hard as ever. Business has been booming, and we’ve been seeing a lot of new and returning customers. I want to thank our team for their hard work and dedication, and our customers, who help make the Hare Truck Center what it is! As we put together this newsletter, we’re also getting ready for the Fourth of July. By the time you read this, the Fourth will have come and gone, but we’re hoping for a good one! We’re all ready for some much-needed sunshine, family
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to it. But these kinds of things are important. Even though life may get you down from time to time, you can’t forget the small successes. As for my family, well, the kids have been out of school and having a lot of fun. They’ve been off to camp and spending time with family, so they’ve been plenty busy. You can be sure we’ll be keeping them busy through the rest of the summer. With that, we hope you had a fun and safe Fourth! And here’s to a great second half of the year — with dry skies and dry eyes! -Todd Thurston Sales Manager
time, food off the grill, and fireworks. We really need a good celebration to help get us back on track. Speaking of celebrations, we try to hold a cookout every fewmonths or so with the folks at the Truck Center. It’s a cookout and pitch in. We haven’t really done that these past fewmonths. Life got ahead of us, and we haven’t caught back up
Congratulations to the commercial sales team; all three were Chevy Mark of Excellence Winners! Pictured left-right: Roger Hicks (4), Todd Thurston (5), Kevin Engerski (1)
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Take Advantage of the Summer
AND HOST A GREAT COMPANY PICNIC
Picnic Location Large public parks can easily accommodate big groups, but if you’re in a pinch, you can also use your company campus. If you have enough in your budget, you can rent a venue nearby that works with your theme. Make sure your location has enough seating for everyone and keep track of the weather reports for that day if you’re grilling outside. Picnic Food/Drink Let’s not forget the most important part of a good company picnic — the food! First, you need to consider what type of picnic will go best with your
Are you tired of watching perfect summer days pass your office by from the wrong side of the window? Instead of leaving work to enjoy the weather, bring your company outside! A company picnic is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the warm weather and foster team camaraderie through awards, team building exercises and, of course, good food. Putting on a slam-bang company picnic is no easy feat, but if you start with these three fundamentals, you’ll be well on your way to pulling off an event the whole company will remember for years to come.
Picnic Theme The first step to organizing a company picnic is to choose a theme your employees will be excited about. From a Hawaiian luau to a country western barbecue, the possibilities are endless. To generate more hype at the office, you can hand out fun invitations that go along with the theme, like lei necklaces or custom sunglasses. At the actual picnic, the theme should influence your setup, team building exercises, activities, and food and drink.
theme. Will this picnic be a potluck, or will the food be catered? Will alcohol be allowed at the picnic? If so, will the company provide it, or will it be BYOB? When in doubt, just choose the realistic option for your budget and remember to stick with your theme. Ultimately, the purpose of your company picnic is to give your employees opportunities to bond outside the office and celebrate one another through awards and team building. Follow the above tips and your company picnic will go off without a hitch!
This month, we want to take some time to share our memories of Scott McBroom, who passed away in June. He was a part of our service team and made a huge impact on all our lives. It’s going to be very different around the Hare Truck Center without him, but we have these memories to help us get by. “There is no measurement of how much Scott McBroom has impacted my life. I think it would be safe to say at my age that no one, ever again, will be the 25-year best friend, business partner, and the best man in my wedding. “We have laughed, cried, and everything in between over the years. We always had each other’s back. Scott liked to point out how many millionaires we made people over the years and chuckle. Scott and I would always nickname customers and coworkers as a way to quickly get the names to stick to people and be remembered. “I think the best name for Scott that we used was ‘Silver Fox,’because his hair turned gray before mine. Everyone teased him about that, so he wore hats a lot. He could quickly turn on the charm and the old ‘Silver Fox’was in action. “Scott, especially when he was younger, looked a lot like Dale Earnhardt, and he was his favorite driver — and Scott was ‘Mr. Chevy.’ I would often introduce him as Dale Earnhardt’s son from another marriage, and he would play right along and start signing autographs.
“Scott just had a way with people. When we first started working together, he said, ‘This is how we will split the customers on the service drive: You get the champagne customers, and I get the beer customers.’ I quickly found out what that meant. “You could not outwork Scott or outplay Scott, as he was one of a kind. Scott would do everything in his power to help anyone in need and often paid for his family’s, friends’, and even customers’repairs or groceries if they could not afford it. Scott’s loss will forever change my life, and I am starting a new chapter. Scott, keep Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gigure, and our other friends busy until I get there. Love you, brother!” –John Pence “Scott was there my first day after being hired at Hare Chevrolet. He was the one who trained me as a car porter and helped me for many years in the car industry. Eventually, I became a service advisor like him, and he continued to teach me many life lessons and give me a role model to look up to. I will always remember the four years we spent together here at the Hare Truck Center, and I can’t thank him enough for what he’s done for me. I’ll see you one day at the Woody’s in the sky.” –Johnathon Pence
“Scott was the master of Schwan trucks, parts, and getting ANYTHING needed for them.” –Jeff Todd
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“I clearly remember Scott telling me on a sunny morning that we would be having rib-eyes for lunch and service would be providing for all employees. I went back to service around noon that day; nothing was going on but normal work. I looked at Scott and asked him about lunch, he just smiled and said, ‘What lunch?’ snickered, and walked away.” –Rodger Hicks “There aren’t enough words to explain the impact Scott had on not only his work industry but also his friendliness outside of work. When I first started working at the Truck Center, he was nothing but welcoming and inviting to me. He was always looking to help and make sure you understood everything that was happening. “As we got used to each other, that’s when the fun BS playtime started. The ‘Throw an empty battery shell and make you freak out’ ordeal, or he would jokingly tell me things about the other guys to get me to go talk to them. I didn’t know him long, but he was always looking out for his coworkers and trying to make every situation fair in the workplace. There will always be an empty hole in the world and will never be filled because of his loss. He will forever be missed and never be forgotten. RIP Scott.” –David Ratts “While I only got to know Scott for about a year, he was one of the hardest- working men I have met, and doing it all while keeping such a positive attitude. Every time he would come in to give me paperwork, he would always turn the TV in the lobby to sports and joke about how he was just going to sit inside and watch the game until someone noticed, but he never would. Also, each morning, the first time he would see me that day, I always got a ‘Good morning, young lady!’
Scott was becoming such a great coworker and friend. It is the little things like this that will be missed the most in his absence.” –Jessy Brown
“I will remember Scott as someone who treated me very well! I’ve worked with him for the past three years. He always had a friendly ‘Good morning.’We never had a bad word between us! He didn’t take any bullcrap but would treat you with respect. He will be missed very much!” –CharlieWest “I’ve only known Scott for a few weeks since started at the Truck Center, but he helped me out a lot since starting. He was a hard worker and always helped out however he could! Scott will be missed by all.” –Logan Rader
The Juicy Lucy is a burger with cheese hiding in the patty, and it is a staple in Minnesota. We think it should be a Fourth of July favorite nationwide.
2 lbs. ground chuck beef, 20% lean
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 slices melting cheese (like American, Swiss, Muenster, or cheddar)
Your favorite burger accompaniments
16 small potato rolls, toasted
Divide beef into 16 evenly sized balls.
Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron skillet to medium-high.
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Rip cheese into roughly equal pieces, creating 16 equal portions. Using your index finger, create a small indentation in each ball. Fill indention with cheese and pinch meat around to seal. Then gently form balls into 3/4-inch-thick patties. Season patties.
Lightly coat skillet with oil and cook patties in batches. Brown one side undisturbed, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until desired doneness, about 3 minutes for medium. Serve on toasted potato rolls with your favorite accompaniments.
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Looking for the Sun!
Hosting a Company Picnic Memories of Scott McBroom
Juicy Lucy Sliders
Hiking With Your Kids
Hiking With Your Kids
WATCH THEIR WORLD EXPAND WITH EVERY STEP
Hiking has many benefits as a family activity, such as mental health improvement, strengthening your relationships, and experiencing new sights and discoveries together. It’s also great exercise, and you get plenty of quality time, fresh air, and sunshine. Here are three guidelines to help you and your kids have fun on your next hike. Encourage Their Curiosity One of the best ways to have your children learn about the world is letting them explore it. Being there for your children and encouraging them to ask questions about flowers, bugs, or animals you see on the trail will help them expand their vocabulary and learn how things work. When they learn they can explore independently and ask about the world around them, they’re gaining the confidence to teach themselves. Bring Along Some Tools of Discovery Getting your children to engage in nature while you’re out hiking can be as simple as bringing a magnifying glass along with you. Let your kids look at leaves, rocks, insects, or anything else you might come across on the
trail. You can also bring binoculars to help them look at a bird that might be perched a little too high up. Another option is a bug holder to let your kids catch smaller insects, such as grasshoppers or pill bugs, and give them a close-up look. Keep Safety in Mind While you’re out on the trail, it’s essential to make sure that both you and your family are safe. Wear breathable, noncotton material and sturdy shoes that don’t expose your toes. It’s important to dress according to the weather. For example, if the day is sunny, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and apply plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin. Bring your kids’ favorite snacks and water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. It’s crucial that you also bring a fully stocked first-aid kit in case someone is injured on the hike. Starting with one of your local hiking trails can be a rewarding way to spend the day with your kids. You can watch their excitement as they expand their world with new discoveries.
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