November 30, 2007

GUEST ENTRY: LOCAL AWARD-WINNERS HOLD FREE MARKETING SEMINAR


Maia, Adam & Bellaluna of Clean Freaks Carpet Care

Local award-winning entrepreneurs and marketers Adam and Maia Dealan-de host a FREE MARKETING SEMINAR, Wednesday, December 5th at the Prairie Hotel.

“We recently had the opportunity to participate in a live (via satellite) question and answer session with billionaire president of Virgin Airlines, Sir Richard Branson. With over 700 business owners in attendance Sir Richard didnt end up addressing the question we submitted, but he did share inspiring and thought provoking stories and insights about wealth, service and that moment of opportunity.

Sir Richard got our minds whirring with his story about the birth of Virgin Airlines. Before he had the audacity to take on behemoth British Airways he was simply a record executive who got stuck in Costa Rica when a small local airline dropped the ball, stranding Sir Richard and hundreds of others in a small island airport. Thinking outside the box in that brief moment of opportunity, Sir Richard did the math and realized that if he chartered a plane and filled the seats at $39 a pop he and his wife could fly off the island for free, and even make a small profit. He wrote the price on a piece of cardboard, walked around the airport holding it high and soon filled a charter plane.

After that success he called Boeing to find out what the cost would be to rent a used plane once they realized he wasnt a crank call (!) they worked out a one-year trial lease program and Virgin Airlines was born. Sir Richards billions, his charity Virgin United!, his visionary space tourism program Virgin Galactic and wildly fun and free lifestyle evolved from this seized opportunity and we thought

Wow! We Want That

Our session with Sir Richard was part of a long quest to get serious about studying marketing and money-making. Weve owned and operated three businesses in the Yelm area over the past nine years. Weve put in a lot of hours and followed a lot of the wisdom in our various industries, but still we wanted

More Wealth And Freedom!

We started picking the brains of the most successful people we could get in touch with and put into practice wealth strategies learned from live seminars and one-on-one discussions with multi-millionaire and bestselling author of Body-For-LIFE, Bill Phillips, marketing guru Joe Polish, 22 year-old millionaire-entrepreneur Cameron Johnson (who made his first million while still in High School!), and lifestyle wizard and bestselling author of The 4-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss, among many many others. We have flown all over the country and invested tens of thousands of dollars to find out what really works.

In 2007 it all came together for us in our current business as

We Doubled Our Profits!

And had record sales every month of the year, all while taking an extra day off every week (and several vacations!). In November we were chosen one of 10 Finalists for a National Spokesperson position and a 2007 Chevy Corvette in our industrys Better Your Best Contest in front of over 700 business owners (profiled in The Olympian 11/28/07).

Before we found out how to run a profitable, fun business we often felt

Burnt Out Maxed Out And Ready To Snap!

We worked long hours and did great work, but never seemed to make the money or have the freedom that we wanted. Weve had employees, and weve done the work ourselves. Weve tried brick and mortar businesses, service businesses and multi-level marketing, but no matter what we tried we often felt stressed as we worked late into the night, sometimes seven days a week!

(Maybe you can relate.)

Several of our friends and local business owners have been in the same position and weve been unofficially coaching, brainstorming and sharing what weve learned with like-minded people wanting a change. Finally, we decided to go big and offer some of what weve learned and the strategies that have worked for us at a

FREE Marketing Seminar!

If you have any questions or to pre-register, please give us a call toll free 1-800-894-4840 or visit www.lifewealthtraining.com. Please come (and bring a friend!) on Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00 PM at the Prairie Hotel Conference Room. The cost is FREE, and we hope that investing an evening with us will help you move on the path to transforming your own dreams into reality!”

Maia and Adam Dealan-de,
Founders of LifeWealth Marketing And Business Training

CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO CLEAN FREAKS CARPET CARE AS OUTLINED BY THE OLYMPIAN
“The Dealan-des this month were honored in a competition with 75 other carpet-cleaning companies nationwide that compared marketing plans and customer-relations strategies. The Dealan-des’ presentation was judged among the 10 best in a contest run by a Tempe, Ariz.-based marketing firm that counsels carpet-cleaning businesses. The consultant, Joe Polish, began his career as a carpet cleaner,” quoting The Olympian in this November 28th story.

WON’T YOU TELL CLEAN FREAKS CARPET CARE YOU HEARD ABOUT THEIR AWARD-WINNING SERVICE ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG?


November 29, 2007

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: BAR CINCO HAPPENINGS


Thursday, November 29
Tom Keeslar & Robert Stanley (original Bloomline band member)
are back with “unplugged” versions of their original ska/ rock-styled songs. 8pm

Saturday, December 1
Live People ~ Rock. 9pm

Saturday, December 8
Paul Rodriguez performs heartfelt Americana acoustic rock & blues. 9pm

RediCab is available to take you home in style after an evening at Bar Cinco. Serving Thurston, Pierce, King and Lewis Counties.
360 400-TAXI (8294).

Notable Notes
Overflow parking available at the dental arts building next door
Tuesday thru Friday – Happy Hour from opening till 6pm – $1 discount on all Bar Cinco Specialty Drinks and 50 discount on all beers
Tuesdays – 25% off on all bottles of wine. Try a special wine at a discount
Free Internet Access
Gift Certificates Available

BAR CINCO
704 Yelm Ave. W Yelm, WA 360-400-9000

PLEASE TELL THE BAR CINCO STAFF YOU READ ABOUT THEM IN THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


November 28, 2007

GUEST ENTRY: THOMAS MANI ON “HOW TO START BEEKEEPING”


Honeybees are mysteriously disappearing around the globe. What can you do as an individual, to contribute to the return of the honeybees?
The most obvious answer is: get started with beekeeping. Create a home for one or more colonies of honeybees and care for them.
How is this done?
A class on How to get started with beekeeping will provide you with answers to the questions you have. You will be able to see and touch all the materials you need, and you will learn which locations are best suited to have bees. After attending the class you will know from where to order a package of live bees to get started next spring and where you can get more education.
A small honey tasting contest lets you sharpen your senses for your own future honey flow.
The class is given by Thomas Mani on Saturday December 1st, 2007
11am to 1pm
at Gordons Grange in Yelm (white building beside Gordons Gift Shop)
Cost: $10
Please sign up for the class by email at tmani@fairpoint.net

PLEASE TELL MR. MANI YOU READ ABOUT HIS CLASS IN THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG.


November 27, 2007

2008 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT – YELM RECEIVES ROAD GRANT – MAYOR CALLS PUBLIC WHO COMMENT ON TRAFFIC “ANTI-GROWTH”


YELM 2008 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT
“A Public Hearing will be held for the 2008 Budget at the November 27, 2007 Council Meeting tonight. The Public Hearing is expected to be continued to the December 11, 2007 Council Meeting,” quoting the City of Yelm website.

[Ed. Note: Does anyone care? Will anyone attend besides city staffers, the NVN, the Yelm Community Blog & a few others?]

YELM GETS MONEY FOR ROAD PROJECT
“Three local cities (Lacey, Tenino & Yelm) received funding for road projects from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board…

A grant for $550,000 was given to Yelm to widen the road and build sidewalks on Coates Avenue N.W. This project provides an extension of a downtown bypass route, removing local traffic from the state highway. The grant brings the total board investment in the Stevens Drive corridor to more than $2 million,” quoting The Olympian.

YELM MAYOR CALLS PEOPLE WHO COMMENT ON TRAFFIC ISSUES HERE “ANTI-GROWTH;”
COUNTY OFFICIALS CALL YELM’S UNBRIDLED GROWTH “IRRESPONSIBLE”



Mayor Ron Harding Photo from City of Yelm website

Yelm Mayor Ron Harding said in his monthly column in the Nisqually Valley News on November 23, 2007
titled “Stopping Growth is No Solution”
“Anti-growth critics are quick to use traffic issues, water and the environment as means to try to prevent growth within our city.
Setting limits to city improvements is not the answer to managing growth effectively and protecting resources. Preventing growth doesn’t eliminate the effects of growth around us.
Stopping growth means foregoing improvements to our community. More importantly, it would halt the rapid improvements taking place for our transportation system.”

[Ed. Note: I have never heard one person say to the city they are anti-growth. There have been many people, myself included, that told the city more modest, controlled growth is the better option, to protect our environment and resources. Further, many have said to take the course of unlimited growth as this Mayor and City Council have done is “irresponsible.” That was not my word, rather the word used by the Thurston County Planning Commission about the City of Yelm approving so much development without providing proper highway infrastructure first to support such explosive vehicular traffic. The Thurston County Planning Commission’s comments were shrugged aside by the City’s Staff Report saying they did not understand the issues here. Hogwash! This is not some uneducated group of people, rather a Planning Commission that deals with issues in the much larger cities of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater. Their questions and comments reflected a group of engaged and informed people that had more of a grasp of what is going on in Yelm than does some of this city’s officials.]


November 26, 2007

FULFILL YOUR DESIRES WITH DANCE & MUSIC THIS FRIDAY



Photo of Jacqui Davis from Dance N Create website

Have a DESIRE you want to FULFILL ?

Come to Dance N Create

Friday, November 30th, 2007
Wild Grace Arts Center
507 Cherry Street, Olympia
(between 5th and Legion)

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to bring YOUR desires into YOUR life with dance and music

Come Boogie Down – Party – Create a New Reality

$25.00 per person cash and checks only

Jacqui Davis
www.dancencreate.com
for more info visit website

bring a change of clothing


November 25, 2007

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November

“By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly adopted Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (A/RES/48/104),” quoting the UN.


November 24, 2007

GRAHAM PREPARES FOR MAJOR EMERGENCIES; WHY IS YELM’S PLAN NOT PUBLIC?


Graham Fire and Rescue prepares for major emergencies

Reprinted with permission of the Eatonville Dispatch
by reporter Bruce Smith

While radio stations remind us daily to Prepare Three Ways for Three Days, Fire Chief Reggie Romines and Assistant Chief Gray Franz announced this week that Graham Fire and Rescue has joined forces with dozens of other agencies throughout Pierce County to prepare for major winter storms, and also for what some officials are calling, Our Katrina.

The Our Katrina scenario is described by Sheri Badger, Vulnerable Populations Coordinator for the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, as a huge, regional event where calling 911 will not bring any immediate assistance. Such local disasters could be massive earthquakes, large volcanic eruptions, terrorist attacks or even storms more powerful than last Decembers deluge that dumped over seventeen inches of rain within 24-hours in South Pierce County.

We have four or five, fire and medical units on duty at any one time, says Romines. At the same time, we have 70,000 people to protect, including twelve schools. In a major disaster, what we are able to do will not be enough.

Romines and Franz describe their planning as beginning with that fact.

Our first job will be to survive the event, then evaluate our local conditions and provide assistance where we can. In the kind of major disaster we are talking about, it will take an army of responders – the military, the Red Cross, FEMA and others – to help us get back on our feet. So, one of our primary jobs will be to communicate exactly what we need and where we need it.

Each Graham fire station has enough food, water, and supplies to sustain its fire-fighters for at least a week. Not enough to feed all of Graham, certainly, said Romines, but enough to keep us going. Then, in turn well be able to receive the shipment of food and medical equipment stockpiled at Fort Lewis and McChord.

Each fire house also has reserves of diesel fuel and generators to provide lights, power medical equipment, maintain communications and provide enough heat so that each of stations can become a focal point of recovery.

We also have upwards of 50 Seattle and Tacoma fire-fighters who live in the area, so they will be joining our ranks after they recover at home.

Likewise, Grahams off-duty fire-fighters will respond in-place and coordinate neighborhood emergency efforts. They also have contact lists of nearby families of fellow fire-fighters on duty, so that they can check on the loved ones of their comrades.

After the initial hours, Grahams fire-fighters will shift into more supervisory roles – directing the outside responders and volunteers, and organizing rescue efforts reaching more deeply into the community. Paramedics will establish medical facilities in the fire stations, triaging those they can in-house and arranging transport out of the area, possibly by helicopter, for those who need advanced care. However, large-scale feeding and medical treatment will probably take place in churches, schools or other community sites that will be managed by the Red Cross and other agencies.

As the response unfolds, the fire department will maintain its primary role as first responders in the community. Each fire engine, with its own built-in electrical generator and loaded with supplemental medical supplies, food, water, and rescue gear like chain saws, pulleys and ropes, can function as a rolling rescue and first aid station. In addition, each engine is a localized communication center.

We use the same kind of line-of-sight radios that the Sheriffs Department and other country agencies use, said Romines. The inability of rescuers to communicate effectively was a significant impediment in both Katrina and in New York during 9-11. We even have a ham radio at our Gem Heights station and a list of volunteers ready to come in and maintain contact with the outside world, Romines said.

To assist these efforts, Emergency Managements Badger recommends that everyone be ready to survive in place for a week by building kits of food, water, medication and warm clothing, and stockpiling a cache at each place of our life: home, work, and even in the car in case were in traffic when the big one hits.


YELM EMERGENCY PLAN IS UNDER WRAPS FOR “SECURITY”

Last Spring while working on another story, this writer called the Yelm Police Dept. and requested a copy of the Yelm Emergency Plan. I was told that the Yelm Emergency Plan is classified as a security item and is only to be released on an “as needed” basis.
I asked how would the public know what to do in a sudden emergency & was told instructions would be disseminated then.

That is a very interesting response. How can the public know where to turn and what to do in a crisis, and in particular, if communication media are not available? We have all seen power lines, cellphone towers and telephone lines knocked out for days here from wind storms.
Knowledge and preparation of the public in advance is paramount, as Graham attests.

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, there was no public disseminated plan there either.
People gathered at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, which was not a gathering point in their emergency plan because of key vulnerabilities. Since the public did not have the information that the Superdome was unfit as an emergency shelter, the Superdome site became a crisis of its own, as we all now know.

Will our community continue to remain in the dark as to the Emergency Plan?

The Yelm Community Blog invites the Yelm Police to share any emergency plan information with Blog readers.


November 23, 2007

“THURSTON COUNTY WASTE FREE HOLIDAYS”

“I am sending this e-mail out in hopes that you will assist us in spreading the word about a really great program that supports local businesses and organizations as well as our environment. The Waste Free Holidays program is a regional partnership between Thurston, King, and Kitsap counties, and the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. Businesses and organizations from those areas provide discounts of 15-50% on an experience or service gift. The program runs from November 15 – December 31, 2007 and all participants’ information is posted on www.wastefreeholidays.com.

This program encourages people to purchase “experiences instead of stuff” to reduce the amount of garbage (specifically packaging waste) produced over the holidays. These discounted gifts include gift certificates to restaurants, performing arts tickets, massages, salon services, gym memberships, farm shares, car washes and much more. We currently have 65 businesses and organizations participating in Thurston County alone. Residents can also take advantage of discounts offered in other counties participating in the program.

So visit www.wastefreeholidays.com and get some great ideas for your holiday shopping list this year.
This is a message from Terri Thomas, the administrator of Thurston County Reusable Materials Exchange. “


November 22, 2007

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!



Photo courtesy Victoria Harper Parsonson,
taken Nov. 6th, on Bald Hills Rd., 5 miles from Yelm

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the USA & around the World who read this blog!
We ALL have much for which to be thankful, wherever you reside.

I sincerely thank all of you for your interest in the stories printed here.
The numbers of “daily visitors” indicate the readership of this blog doubled this year.
Plus, this Blog garnered mention on a worldwide blog and on many other sites.
Why even our local elected officials have mentioned the Yelm Community Blog in Council meetings, our legislators in Olympia have acknowledged the Blog and various Puget Sound newsprint media have contacted me about several stories here, as well as the NVN indicating they read these pages, too!
Whatever our differences of opinion on issues, all of us are neighbors in the Yelm Community and these differences are what make our community great, creating a divergence of ideas, growth and understanding.
For that, I am grateful. And all by word of mouth with no advertising.

This is a fascinating look at the History of the American Thanksgiving from the History Channel.

May you & your family be blessed with health, joy & laughter this holiday season!


November 21, 2007

RAINIER FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER RAISING MONEY FOR CHILDREN


Joy Adams is a volunteer for the Rainier Food Bank sponsored by the Rainier Historical Society. Joy is heading the committee for collecting money for the 100 children whose parent(s) are helped by the Rainier Food Bank.

Joy is asking for your financial contributions and her goal is $1500. With the price of toys and gifts higher this year, she is earmarking $15 per child. Your generous contribution is greatly appreciated.

Joy will be glad to pick up your contributions.
Call her at (360) 446-2076.

PLEASE TELL JOY YOU READ ABOUT HER EFFORTS ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG.

And:
“[RAINIER’S] LEASE FOR CITY FOOD BANK IN DISPUTE”
“The Rainier School District and the community’s food bank thought everyone came out ahead when the district started leasing one of its old buildings to the food bank for a $1 year.
But the state auditor says that the district isn’t charging enough in rent.

‘So what (they are) doing is asking us to charge that out of money they use for food to give to the people who need it in the community?’ Superintendent Dennis Friedrich asked last week….

The sole finding against Rainier during the district’s 2004-06 audit was that the district “is not being sufficiently paid for the land” by the RABC,” quoting The Olympian.


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