Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility announces five new board members

first_imgVermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announces the appointment of five new board members. ‘The staff and current board of VBSR are pleased to welcome five talented and capable people to serve on the VBSR Board of Directors. These new leaders will help VBSR continue to be a vital and positive force for socially responsible business policy and practice in Vermont’, said Andrea Cohen, Executive Director of VBSR.  Brian Dunkiel, of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel and Hand, and current VBSR Board Chair said,  ‘VBSR has just adopted an updated strategic plan and these new board members will play a critical role in ensuring that the goals are achieved.  The 2012 Board is diverse in size, sector, and geographic region. VBSR’s smart business strategies have never been stronger or more relevant to strengthening Vermont’s economy and communities’ The five new board members include: David Blittersdorf, David Epstein, Stephen Morris, Avram Patt and Markey Read.David Blittersdorf is the founder of AllEarth Renewables, a company dedicated to the development, manufacture and deployment of residential-scale, grid-tied renewable energy systems. He currently lives in Charlotte in a home completely powered by renewable energy sources.David Epstein is a partner in TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design, a long-time VBSR member He also currently serves on the board of the Vermont Foodbank and as a member of the Shelburne Historic Preservation and Design Advisory Committee.Stephen Morris, the co-founder of The Public Press, a book-publishing business that provides options for writers whose works are too specialized for traditional publishers. He is also the editor and publisher of Green Living and the author of six books. Avram Patt is the General Manager and CEO of Washington Electric Co-op, a consumer-owned rural electric utility that has been an early leader in promoting energy efficiency and developing local and renewable power supply sources. He also represents an 11-state region in the resolutions process of the National Rural Electric Cooperative association.Markey Read has worked for the past twenty years providing leadership development, team building, and professional employee development services to employers and individuals throughout Vermont with the company she founded, Career Networks. Markey is also the chapter coordinator for WBON in Williston, and is a member of the American Society of Training and Development.last_img read more

Poachers in the Park: Ginseng Poaching Increases in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

first_imgOfficials in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are seeing an uptick in the illegal harvesting of one of Appalachia’s most storied plants—the ginseng root.The harvest and sale of Appalachian ginseng goes back at least as far as the early 1700s when French explorers noticed the use of ginseng in traditional Native American medicine. It didn’t take long for the them to realize that the American variety of ginseng was similar to the Asian variety, long prized by the Chinese for its medicinal uses. Once the connection was established, the root was exported to Asia, and the French traders enjoyed a handsome profit for their efforts.So began a long history of people in Appalachian hunting and harvesting ginseng for sale and export to Chinese markets, one that stretches from Daniel Boone all the way to the present day. In China, demand for the herbal cure-all has not waned, and Chinese buyers are particularly interested in the wild variety found on the hillsides of east Tennessee’s Appalachian region.According to Smoky Mountains National Park Chief Ranger Steve Kloster, featured in the above news segment from WBIR in eastern Tennessee, the root can fetch anywhere from $300 to $900 per pound.As a result of these high prices and myriad other factors that include everything from the glorification of Appalachian ginseng poaching on reality television to the nation’s ongoing opioid epidemic, Kloster and his colleagues have seen a substantial spike in the illegal poaching of ginseng within the boundaries of the national park.“When we arrest them,” Kloster says, referring to ginseng poachers apprehended in the park by National Park Service rangers, “we are also seeing a significant amount of drugs on their person. In the late ’80s, I saw very little of that.”Unlike responsible ginseng hunters who work within established seasons and take care to replant the ripe red berries found on ginseng stems, poachers usually harvest with little to no regard for future growth of wild ginseng in a particular area.Earlier this year, a Blount County teenager was separated from his step father while the pair hunted ginseng in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He survived 11 days alone in the woods before he flagged down a boat at the bottom of Abrams Creek.last_img read more

Do these three things if your last strategic planning session was a bust

first_imgDone correctly, your next strategic planning session should leave your board and leadership team on a major high. Goals will have been set, obstacles discussed, and plans for overcoming those obstacles put in place. Action items will be listed, each item with an accountable owner and due date. With all those details in order, everyone should be excited about the next 12 months.When you return, the entire credit union team, from the C Suite to the teller line, should know the goals and be filled with motivation and optimism. Unfortunately, that’s where many strategic plans stop. Fires come up, distractions happen, and daily tasks become more of a priority than strategy. That’s why the days and weeks following a strategic planning session are critical for keeping forward momentum.Here are three ways we can help you maintain that progress and excitement, keep your strategic plan at the top of everyone’s minds, and ensure action items are being accomplished to achieve your goals:Define OwnersDuring a strategic planning event with YMC, we will outline action items, owners, and due dates. While we think it’s best for the entire leadership team to attend the planning session, we understand that sometimes specific owners or key team members who will execute specific action items can’t be present at the event. In those instances, it’s essential to gather all of the key leaders and stakeholders immediately after the planning session and review the goals and action items with them. This allows you to get their buy-in and helps them understand their role in ensuring your credit union’s success. This meeting should result in one shared vision among the entire team and create an environment where everyone understands what is expected. After that meeting has taken place, keep your strategic planning papers in a highly visible place where they can provide a daily reminder of the vision and serve as an accountability reminder for the owners of the action items.Prioritize Transparency and VisibilityBe transparent about progress, regardless the status of each initiative. If you post your vision and action items where they can be seen on a daily basis, you’ll have no problem measuring progress. The strategic plan should be discussed in every leadership meeting and every board meeting. When action items are accomplished, celebrate the wins. If action items aren’t completed on time, dig deeper to determine what kept that initiative from being successfully achieved. You might find that there is additional work that needs to be done, and you have to hit pause on an action item. Then again, you might find a leader who is task saturated, which means you need to address job descriptions. In other cases, you may be able to identify a weak link on your team, one that requires immediate attention to prevent them from hindering progress for the entire organization.Focused MeetingsWhen gathering with your board or leadership team, you may find it necessary to adjust the focus of your meetings. These meetings must go beyond simple transparency and visibility. Productive weekly leadership meetings should have just four items on the agenda: Ten-minute review of initiative scorecards (week-over-week progress toward specific and measurable milestones)Three-minute reports from each participant updating the status of each department’s commitmentsList of commitments to be accomplished before the next meetingIdentification of critical issues that must be discussed or resolved to maintain forward progress. (Not all of these discussions need to take place within the meeting. Your VP of Marketing and CFO can commit to a “sidebar meeting” during the week to address outstanding questions.) Let any other topic—even an important one—take time and attention away from your priorities, and your strategic plan will drift further and further down your timeline.Remember, the difference between a “very good” planning session and a “great” planning session is that the former inspires the team to pursue significant outcomes, while the latter actually leads the team to achieve those goals. Going from “very good” to “great” will depend on several factors, including the strength of the people in your organization. But even with outstanding people on your team, well-structured planning sessions and consistent post-planning follow-up are critical. These sessions can be converted into action, and the follow-up process enables your organization to maintain your plan’s momentum.Don’t become legalistic about the process, but don’t let it slide either. If you’re going to spend resources (time and money) on your strategic planning event, make sure it does more than just create a document that sits on your shelf and collects dust for the next year. You owe it to the founding members of your credit union to ensure success. And more than that, you owe it to the members who depend on your credit union today and those who will in the future to be the very best you can be. Creating that kind of credit union starts with strategic, member-focused planning.center_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. 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Seoul city seeks murder charges against sect founder over virus

first_imgSeoul’s city government has asked prosecutors to press charges, including murder, against the founder of a secretive religious sect for failing to cooperate in containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.South Korea has seen a surge in the number of infections — adding more than 4,000 cases in less than two weeks — with around 60 percent of the national total linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.As officials try to track down and test more than 266,000 people associated with Shincheonji, the entity has been accused of submitting false lists of its members to authorities. The Seoul City government said it had filed a legal complaint to prosecutors against 12 leaders of the sect — including its founder, Lee Man-hee — accusing them of homicide, causing harm and violating the Infectious Disease and Control Act.”They did not take any action to encourage its members to actively cooperate with the health authorities to prevent further spread of the COVID-19,” the city authorities said in a statement.Seoul mayor Park Won-soon added on his Facebook page: “If they had actively taken early measures, we could have prevented the explosive rise of COVID-19 cases in Daegu and North Gyeongbuk province and the deaths of several people.”Under South Korean law prosecutors can make their own decision on whether to act on complaints filed to them, and Yonhap news agency reported that the Seoul City request had been assigned for investigation. Shincheonji declined to comment, saying: “The most important thing for us now is disinfecting and our highest priority is to end the COVID-19 outbreak soon.”The outbreak among Shincheonji members began with a 61-year-old woman, who developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four church services in Daegu — the country’s fourth-largest city and epicentre of its outbreak — before being diagnosed.The organisation has apologised on behalf of its members who have not answered survey calls but has insisted that it has been fully cooperating with the government to contain the virus.Shincheonji, founded in 1984, proclaims Lee has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement. But with more church members than available places in heaven, they are said to have to compete for slots and pursue converts.Topics :last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends class message to Arsenal teammates after winning Premier League Golden Boot

first_img Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends class message to Arsenal teammates after winning Premier League Golden Boot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished the season as the Premier League’s joint top goal scorer (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang paid tribute to his Arsenal teammates after two goals on the final day of the season saw him share the Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.The Gabon international’s brace helped Unai Emery’s side record a 3-1 win at Turf Moore that saw them miss out on a top four place by a solitary point.Aubameyang, who scored a hat-trick in Thursday’s victory over Valencia, now has 30 goals for the campaign in all competitions ahead of the Europa League final against Chelsea in just over a fortnight’s time.AdvertisementAdvertisementOn his teammates knowing he was in contention for the Golden Boot, he said: ‘Yeah, they knew it. Me? I said nothing to the guys because I didn’t want them to only focus on me.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m a team player and if I wasn’t scoring, it wouldn’t have mattered. But I scored and I’m really happy for that. I have to be thankful to the team.‘Yeah, of course [I’m happy to score 30 goals]. It was a tough season but I had the chance to score goals, because the team played a great season.‘Of course the last months were not the best in the Premier League, but the whole season, we put in a great effort.’😍 Introducing our 2018/19 Premier League Golden Boot winner…🏆 @Aubameyang7— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 12, 2019 Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 May 2019 6:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5kShares Advertisement Aubameyang missed a late chance to complete a second hat-trick in three days and win the Golden Boot outright but preferred to concentrate on the contribution of Eddie Nketiah who scored his first ever Premier League goal with the last kick of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign.He added: Yeah, it was near – but sometimes that can happen.‘I have to be focused on those kinds of chances, but I’m happy that we won and that I’m sharing the [Golden Boot] trophy with two other guys that I like.‘Yeah, of course [I am delighted for Eddie]. That’s good for the club, when you have young players coming into the first team and scoring. Eddie always works hard for the team, so I’m happy for him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Batesville Council Member, Parks Employee Stepping Down

first_imgA city council member and parks department employee announced Monday they will be leaving their respective positions.Bob Narwold has represented District 3 in Batesville City Council for ten years. During Monday’s monthly city council meeting, he officially announced he will step down because he will soon be employed by city.Narwold will join the Batesville Buildings Department as a code enforcement inspector beginning Monday, March 17.A special election will be held through the Ripley County Republican Chair in the coming weeks for a replacement.Although the announcement was not made during the meeting, Park Commissioner Mike Baumer submitted his resignation to the city. According to his Facebook page, he has accepted a position with South Dearborn School Corporation as a maintenance supervisor.Other news from Monday’s City Council Meeting:Improvements will be made soon to the dog park at Liberty Park. City Council approved a motion to grant $2,500 to help the park with drainage issues and startup costs.The Batesville Fire Department also received a grant to continue training efforts. Council granted $2,200 to fund a trip for six firefighters to attend FDIC in Indianapolis from Apr. 7-12. The event is the largest firefighter’s conference in the world.Both grants come from the Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funds.last_img read more

GambleAware provides guidance for evaluating responsible gambling

first_imgShare StumbleUpon GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Related Articles Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 GambleAware, the UK charity committed to minimising gambling related harm, has published a set of resources to help the industry evaluate its responsible gambling initiatives.These published resources have been aimed at executives who want to better understand the shaping of harm minimisation and managers who are running trials or pilot campaigns to counter the problem, as well as corporate social responsibility teams and treatment services who need to use evaluation to improve and demonstrate the effectiveness of their support.The resources, which include a practical guide for using evaluation, are designed for anyone setting up or trying to improve a responsible gambling or harm-minimisation action. It includes frequently asked questions that align with the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board’s Evaluation Protocol.Clare Wyllie, GambleAware Director of Research and Evaluation, said: “One of the five top priorities of the National Responsible Gambling Strategy is ‘to build a culture where new initiatives are routinely evaluated and findings put into practice’. We hope that these resources help the gambling industry to understand what works to minimise harm, so it can invest in actions that make a difference.”The charity, which raised a record-breaking £8 million for the 12 months ending 31 March, was backed in January by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) to reach its target of £10 million each year in voluntary contributions from the gambling industry operating in Great Britain. Submit Sharelast_img read more

Watch: Lionel Messi sinks in a remarkable freekick to seal 4-0 win against Sevilla

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter (@ChampionsLeague)Advertisement qNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3o9eWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3xuyz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ju02Would you ever consider trying this?😱284hu8Can your students do this? 🌚418mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Lionel Messi’s goal scoring tally for the 2019 La Liga season opens up with a bang, as the FC Barcelona talisman nets in an incredible swerving free kick outside the box as his team devastated Sevilla by 4 goals in their latest La Liga face off at home.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter (@ChampionsLeague)The stands of Camp Nou burst in amusement as the 32 year old Argentine scored the final goal of the match in the 78th minute. Watch below as one spectator recorded the glorious moment, courtesy to Twitter fan account @BarcaUniversal.📽 — Messi’s goal against Sevilla from the stands. — Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 6, 2019Advertisement The supporters went on cheering as Messi took position with the set piece solo, just outside the Sevilla penalty box. With his brilliant left foot, the Blaugrana attacker’s calculated chip went above the Pij@s’ wall, and dipped in just right, past Tomáš Vaclík into the net.A star studded Barça side proved to be dominant over former Real Madrid coach Lopetegui’s new club. The hosts took the lead in the 27th minute, thanks to Luis Suárez, and within the next eight minutes they were up ahead by 3 goals, as Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembélé both found their names up on the score sheet in the 32nd and 35th minute.Barcelona are now 2nd in the league table with 16 points, and will be facing SD Eibar on 19th October at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium. Advertisementlast_img read more