Category Archives: Recognition

Walking for Those Who Can’t

Scott, the GEICO Gecko, and me

2010 Arthritis Walk Chair: Marie Smith

This morning the San Diego Area Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation hosted its annual Arthritis Walk.  And boy did they do one heck of a job; they didn’t miss a detail.  I must commend my friends Andrea Muir, Sandra Hayhurst, Tina Lorimer, Marie Smith and the rest of the amazing volunteers for another job well done.

This event is so much more than a walk to benefit those with arthritis, it is a chance to connect with good people in the community, it’s a carnival for the kids, it is a recognition of local commerce and medical science.  And really … it is just plain fun.

Thousands of people come out to the event and many great local companies are represented, including Wal-Mart, GEICO, Amylin, Leash Your Fitness and more.  The fund-raising goal this year is $250,000 and they were already half way there before the event even started today.

The Women Responsible for Making the Walk Happen: LaDonna Harvey and Andrea Muir

I am confident they can reach their goal.

Highlights of the event for me, included my husband, Scott, dressing as the GEICO Gecko on behalf of his GEICO team at work, the mariachi band along the walk route, the drum team at mile one, the great display of community and volunteerism and seeing people have fun in the name of a good cause.  Mostly, what inspired was walking the course and seeing people nearly crippled with arthritis still plugging away with determination to get the walk done.

A big thanks to the Arthritis Foundation and to all of you who donated to the cause through my personal page.


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Hacksaw: On Memorial Day weekend, remembering those who served

Happy Memorial Day and a big thanks to those who have served our country.   This is a nice article about remembering those heroes today.

Hacksaw: On Memorial Day weekend, remembering those who served.

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I’m Walking for Arthritis

I guess since this is my blog, it is OK for me to let you know what I’m up to and how you can donate to a cause, right?

Well … here it goes:

As many of you know, I have had a long-standing relationship with the San Diego Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.  No, I do not have arthritis, nor does any member of my immediate family.  However, through my volunteer efforts, I have come to learn a lot about the disease and met many amazing people who live with the disease – some more easily than others.

Did you know that arthritis is THE LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY in America?  Did you know that arthritis affects more than 3500 children in San Diego and Imperial Counties alone?

What I have come to learn is that arthritis takes on more than 100 different forms, including lupus, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. It touches us all in some way … at all ages. It is not an inevitable disease, nor is it one that only impacts the elderly.

These people have touched my heart in many ways so this year I have decided to join a team for the Arthritis Walk on June 5 to help give back.   Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause.  Even if it is $1 … anything helps!

To make a donation, please visit my personal page.  I have a goal of $1,000.

All of my donors will be recognized right here on my blog!  So far I can thank:

  • Debbie Ketaily
  • Rylan Bowers
  • JP Garcia
  • Robyn Simon
  • Bonnie Nicholls
  • Gary and Patrick Robert (my dogs)

If you would like to see just how your donation will impact the people in our community, watch this video from NBC San Diego about the Juvenile Arthritis Camp, held each July in Julian, hosted by the San Diego Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

I sincerely appreciate your support.

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Don’t Hide That Aztec Pride

SDSU alum Mayor Jerry Sanders today announced that he is declaring Thursday, March 18, “Red & Black Day” in San Diego to honor the San Diego State University Aztecs’ first-round NCAA tournament games.

SDSU’s women’s and men’s basketball teams both won their respective Mountain West Conference tournament championships in Las Vegas last weekend, gaining each a slot in the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament.

The men’s first game will be on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. vs. the University of Tennessee Volunteers in Providence, RI. The women will match up against the University of Texas Longhorns on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Mayor Sanders is encouraging San Diegans to root on the team by wearing red and black, SDSU Aztec colors, on Thursday.

“With about 100,000 SDSU alumni in San Diego, seeing our teams in the national tournament is a huge source of local pride,” Sanders said. “We want the teams to know that all of San Diego is rooting them on to victory.”

News | SDSU | Mayor Declares ‘Red and Black Day’.

Source: SDSU News Center

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An Ode to a Dog Named Patrick

I have a dog that is short and long, born on St. Patrick’s Day.

He likes to hunt, eat lots of food and nap his life away.

This little guy of German descent was born four years ago,

On the biggest Irish holiday – that we American’s love so.

Upon meeting,  friends laugh at a human’s name for a K-9.

But after a big, wet kiss, they see his charm and understand just fine.

So here’s to you, young Patty Laddy, my little birthday son.

Wishing you Irish luck, lots of love and a birthday full of fun.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!


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Help the Dubois & King Families

Whether a San Diegan or not, we have all been touched by the recent tragedies that hit the King and Dubois families.  The way these young women’s lives were taken is unspeakable and something no family should ever have to face.

(AP Photo/Courtesy of Dubois and King families)

Amber Dubois (left) and Chelsea King (right)

Out of something horrible always comes something good.  We hope in time that laws for sex offenders will be tightened so this will never happen again. 

In the meantime,  Jay La Suer and his team are giving us the opportunity to help these families like so many of us have wanted to do.

On Tuesday, March 23 a drive-thru fund raiser will be held to benefit the Dubois and King Families. 

Even if you do not live in town, you can still participate. Here are the details from the Facebook invite:

EVENT:   Drive Thru Fund Raiser for Chelsea King & Amber Dubois Families
WHEN:    Tuesday, 23 March, 2010
TIME:      4-7 p.m.
WHERE:   Scottish Rite Center Parking Lot
               1895 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, California 92108
WHAT:     To raise $$$ for and show our community’s support for the families of Chelsea King & Amber Dubois.

Come on down and show your support for the families of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois! Drop a donation into the bucket, Sign the cards, meet Rick Amato & Jay La Suer, and enjoy a bite to eat from some of San Diego’s hottest restaurants! Let’s show our love and MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!

Can’t make it by? You may send your donations and well wishes to Rick & Jay. Make your checks payable to “Dubois” and/or “King” and send to:

“Sheriff Jay”
P O Box 2115
La Mesa, Ca 91943

We will forward all cards/donations directly to the Dubois & King Families.

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Low-Cost Recognition; Big Impact

Some of the coolest and most dedicated people I’ve ever met are usually drenched in sweat … or at least they are when I see them.  One of my alter-egos is an aerobics instructor for 24 Hour Fitness.  I am blessed because aerobics is a hobby of mine that I’ve figured out how to get paid for.  

Bendable Smile Men - 24 for $10 at Party City


The people that take my classes put many of us to shame.  They are dedicated to their passion, committed to health and regularly push themselves to their limits.  I’ve been teaching many of them for close to five years.  Just recently I’ve started giving away little prizes to first-time attendees, the person who worked the hardest, or those who dress up for holidays, etc.  It is not something I do every week, but it adds a little excitement to class and encourages people to put forth extra effort.  

I ran out of awards at my last class, so this morning I set out to get more.  I typically hit Party City because they have a big variety and pretty good prices.  This morning I picked out some  plastic “you are a star” medals and some bendable smile face men.  Yes, I’m serious.  It is kid’s stuff, but these very mature adults get a kick out of it. 

I got to thinking that this little gesture of thanks and recognition could go a long way in any one’s life.  People don’t require Swiss time pieces as tokens of appreciations, they just like to know you notice them for what they’re doing.  My tokens of appreciation come in 24 packs for $12 or $10, respectively – that equates to about  a 50-cent thank you.  Not bad. 

You're a Star Medals - 24 for $12 at Party City


A few ideas of low-cost recognition: 

  • candy bar
  • flowers from your yard
  • stickers
  • note card
  • a feature on your blog

Get creative.  Recognize a friend, an employee or even someone you barely know.  It goes a long way.

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