Lynnpro - November 2019

Life

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Cheri and I have been talking about the things we’re thankful for. Among the many blessings we named, two came out on top: our family and our health. Of course, we love our kids and grandkids, and our lives wouldn’t be the same without them. That’s actually part of what makes being in good health so important — it means we’ll be around to spend time with them for years to come. Cheri and I take our health seriously, particularly after her bout with breast cancer. Cheri loves to work out, and she’s always improving our diet so we can have more energy and lower body fat. As for me, I’ve hired a coach to help me slim down a bit — I’ve got a few outfits I’d love to squeeze into again. Our family interest in fitness has even helped me face my fears. This summer, Cheri and I spent time whitewater rafting, kayaking, playing paintball (a first for me), and power climbing. That last activity was a challenge, as I really don’t like heights. I’m good to go hiking in places like Zion National Park, but I can’t get close to the edge of a cliff. I freeze up. Knowing that, I suggested we try power climbing so I could overcome my fear. And I did it! I climbed to the highest part of the wall. (It probably helped that there was a guy below belaying me who wouldn’t let me fall.) After that, I did a couple of smaller climbs while Cheri scaled the advanced options. I’ve found that when it comes to meeting goals and facing fears, sometimes you need a little nudge. My tactic is to sign up for something I wouldn’t usually do. That’s because every time I make plans, I completely hate myself and don’t want to go. Even if it’s something fun, like a concert or a dinner with my kids, I drag my feet

FEELINGTHANKFUL I’LL NEVER TAKE MY FAMILY OR MY HEALTH FOR GRANTED

and make excuses about how far the drive is and how late we’ll get home. Signing up takes all those woes away because the decision is already made: I’ve committed, and there’s no going back. That’s why Cheri and I plan our vacations 18 months in advance, and why I signed the two of us up for two years of Tony Robbins workshops the second I realized Cheri liked them. Now that we’ve put the money down, I know we won’t quit! This summer, we made a big commitment: At 51 and 52 years old, Cheri and I signed up for our first Spartan Race. I don’t like running, but I thought it was time I overcame that discomfort. We immediately went out and bought some equipment for our evening training sessions, like a pancake sandbag. Even if I place dead last, I’m still excited about the training. As they say, I’ll be lapping everyone who’s still sitting on the couch. I look at fitness just like business: It’s best to just

put your head down and go for it because, even if you don’t reach the end you hoped for, you might get to an end that’s even better. Getting started puts you on the path. I honestly believe if you’re not out doing things, life will start passing you by, and I’m thankful to be healthy enough to tackle challenges head-on. I know a lot of people who are younger than me or make more money than I do but whose health is starting to fail. While they look stressed and older than they really are, Cheri tells me I get better-looking every year (it could be a lie, but I’ll take it). Tomorrow, I tell myself, Cheri and I are going to get off of work and do what we want to do. We’re going to face our challenges, enjoy our family and our health, and above all, live life while it lasts. I hope you consider doing the same this Thanksgiving!

“I honestly believe if you’re not out doing things, life will start passing you by, and I’m thankful to be healthy enough to tackle challenges head-on.”

–Jeff Saxby

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THE SPORT THATUNITEDA COUNTRY

The 1995 Rugby World Cup

elected in 1994, was set on championing a “rainbow nation” in this new postapartheid era.

Rugby started in England in the late 1800s, and colonizers took it to South Africa, where South Africans of every color embraced the game. It was controversial because of its connection to the architects of apartheid, but Mandela saw rugby’s potential as a symbol of hope and unity for a country that desperately needed it. Springboks captain Francois Pienaar (played by Matt Damon in “Invictus,” the film adaptation of this event) thought the president’s support of the team was a brilliant act. “During those six weeks, what happened in this country was incredible,” Pienaar said. Just before the final game that would decide the 1995 World Cup winners, Mandela sported a Springboks jersey and stood behind the team. Through a hard-fought match, South Africa came out on top, and, after receiving the trophy from President Mandela, Pienaar explained the atmosphere of the event: “When the final whistle blew, this country changed forever.” If the 1995 World Cup was any indication, the camaraderie inherent to rugby can transcend all kinds of barriers. Meet a fellow rugby player or fan in any part of the world, and you’ll likely forge an instant kinship. In 2021, you can look forward to cheering on the women’s teams during the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

MILLCREEK BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: Plenty of professionals out there are rightly called heroes: soldiers, police officers, and firefighters chief among them. But those brave people putting their lives on the line aren’t the only ones who deserve applause. We’d argue that the employees at Millcreek Behavioral Health are doing lifesaving work, too, and we’re happy to help them look their best while they do it. Since 1988, the Arkansas-based Millcreek Behavioral Health facility has provided shelter, education, and treatment to kids struggling with behavioral health problems and developmental disorders. Its patients range in age from 6–18, and come from all over the U.S. for treatment and lodging, including states as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. In early November, the 2019 Rugby World Cup will wrap up in Japan. The international competition brings out world-class athletes and entertainment. While matches are certainly intense, respect for the competition and for referees is a core tenet of rugby culture. After going head-to-head with an opponent, you’ll still shake hands, and maybe have a beer together, at the end of a match. This principle was on full display nearly 25 years ago at the 1995 Rugby World Cup final in South Africa. The South African Springboks were up against the New Zealand All Blacks, and a number of factors made this an exceptional match. Just a few years earlier in 1991, apartheid legislation had been repealed in South Africa. The policy had left a deep cut, and the country still had a long journey toward healing and reparation. Nelson Mandela, who had been

Since finding our company through a Google search, Millcreek has used us to print logoed koozies and pens in addition to T-shirts. Just this September, Pam put in an order for 800 polo shirts for the entire Millcreek staff.

“I get quotes from other people all around, and Lynnpro always seems to beat everyone else’s quotes,” Pam says. “The quality is always good, and they get stuff to us in a timely manner.”

“We have 216 patients at the moment, and we’re the largest employer in our county,” says Millcreek Administrator Pam Burford.

Pam has worked closely with Elizabeth Holland, one of our sales representatives, and says she’s loved her experience.

For more than six years, Millcreek has worked with Lynnpro to outfit its staff in logoed T-shirts and polos and supplement its fundraisers and employee appreciation programs with branded merchandise. “We normally do T-shirts and sell them to staff, and the money raised goes to a Christmas fund for our children here. We use it to buy Christmas presents so all the kids have Christmas,” Pam says.

“Elizabeth Holland is the best!” Pam says. “I can shoot her an email for a quote, and within just a few minutes she’s already working on it and sending me a proof.”

We’re proud to count Pam and Millcreek among our clients and hope to outfit the hardworking heroes on their staff for years to come!

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: MEET KELSEY CALSYN!

Kelsey started working in our sales department just over a year ago, but she soon realized her true calling was on the printing room floor. With her background in customer service, the position in sales made sense, but sometimes logic and passion don’t line up! Kelsey worked as a hairdresser on the side at the time, so when a job doing embroidery opened up at Lynnpro, she thought, “Why not?” and made the switch. “I gave it a try, and it worked out,” she says. “It’s nice being able to physically make things. It’s really fun. I just never thought this would be something I would end up doing; I never considered it, and I love it!” Today, Kelsey runs our embroidery and sublimation departments, and every stitch that leaves our facility passes under her careful eye. Aside from the satisfaction of making something

brand new, Kelsey says her favorite part of her job is seeing her coworkers every day.

“We are a giant family,” she says. “Everybody looks out for everybody; everybody tries to help as much as they can, whenever they can.” When she isn’t busy stitching and supervising, Kelsey and her husband Mark spend their time shuttling their two boys (9-year-old Brayden and 7-year-old Bentley) to practices for their various sports. Kelsey’s also the mom to two cats and a Shiba Inu pup named Hiro, who runs with her or curls up beside her while she reads a book. In her time on our team, Kelsey has brought our work to an even higher standard, and we’re beyond grateful to have her on board. Kelsey, thank you for all you do!

The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich

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Thanksgiving may be held on Thursday, but the food often lasts at least through the weekend. To make the best use of the excess, grill up some killer turkey sandwiches.

• 2 slices sourdough bread • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard • 2 slices Swiss cheese INGREDIENTS

• 1/3 cup leftover dressing or stuffing • 2 tbsp leftover gravy • 1 tbsp butter, room temperature

• 1/3 cup shredded leftover turkey • 3 tbsp leftover cranberry sauce

Note: Don’t worry if you don’t have all the leftovers required.

1. Coat inside of each bread slice with mustard and a slice of cheese. Place turkey and cranberry sauce on one slice and dressing and gravy on the other. 2. Combine sandwich and spread butter on both sides. 3. In a panini maker or large skillet, grill until crispy and golden brown. 4. Slice and serve. DIRECTIONS

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Feeling Thankful

The 1995 Rugby World Cup

Helping Heroes Look Their Best

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Kelsey Calsyn!

The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich

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The Gift of Giving

November is usually all about Thanksgiving, but it isn’t the only holiday that encourages generosity. Giving Tuesday is a phenomenal celebration in which millions of people from across the globe are inspired to spend 24 hours giving back to the communities they love.

spread generosity on a global scale using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. The website states that “... technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral; that people fundamentally want to give and talk about giving.” Through massive social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the individuals and companies participating in Giving Tuesday can spread their missions and messages all over the world, encouraging others to do the same. Now is the perfect opportunity to support your community and the causes you believe in. The best part of this holiday is that “giving” doesn’t just refer to donating money. People can give back by volunteering their time to help a nonprofit business, donating goods and food, or just buying a stranger some lunch. Even the smallest actions can have the biggest impact. If you’re interested in participating in Giving Tuesday, get together with your friends, family, sports team members, or neighbors to brainstorm on how you can give back. To learn more about how you can participate, visit GivingTuesday.org . HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE

ORIGIN AND GOAL

Giving Tuesday is celebrated every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and this year, the holiday lands on Dec. 3! It was established in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and New York’s 92nd Street Y as a response to consumer-driven holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The purpose of the holiday was to spread the spirit of giving, not only for the people in our nation but individuals across the world. The goal is “to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.”

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Through the use of social media and technology, the organization hopes to encourage and

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