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Embracing Our Differences & the Coronavirus

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in BLOG

In these times especially, the opportunity to see something truly original, consciously inclusive, and obviously impactful is tremendously up-lifting. Embracing our Differences is an organization founded by two modest and humble Sarasota philantrophists, Dennis and Grace McGillicuddy. Pictured above is one of the fifty 16 feet wide by 12.5 feet high billboards I saw in Sarasota, Florida’s beautiful Bayfront Park in late March before driving to Md. Remarkably, since 2004 nearly 3 million have toured this annual event including 218,000 last year. For the 2020 exhibit there were 16,000 submissions, from 127 countries, 389 schools, and all fifty states. I don’t know but I imagine this result might have started years ago as a husband/wife conversation coffee cups in hand between two good hearted and capable people at a kitchen table.*. Just now, as I am writing this, I...

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Gallup StrengthFinders

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in BLOG

Have you ever had that out of the blue experience where spontaneously you start thinking about something complex and suddenly a light bulb goes off. For whatever reason, you see the same thing but in a different way and you begin making connections you had never done before. Personally, I have a better grasp of this today having recently spent some time revisiting Gallup’s StrengthsFinders work in more depth. Gallup’s decades of research about a persons’ innate talents has resulted in a useful personal assessment tool that identifies 34 distinct themes/ talents The odds of someone else sharing your top five themes in the identical order according to Gallup is one in 288,000. For each theme Gallup provides a vivid description as well as related “Ideas for Action”. In 2004 they branded their core assessment instrument already used by...

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Which Way for the Soul of America? – November 2018

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in BLOG

November 3, 2018…….and 72 hours before a midterm election that is likely to be remembered months, years, and perhaps decades ahead. Most pundits are saying that the Democrats are likely to regain control of the House. I don’t know about this. I only know that more than any time in my adult life I’ve paid attention daily to the utterances and actions of our President. Trump would dismiss me as a consumer of “fake news” too “elite” to appreciate the great things he has accomplished in just two years in office: the US economy is booming reflected in a 3.7% unemployment rate, real wages have started to rise for the first time in years, Mexico and Canada as trading partners are treating the US more fairly and he will see that China does too. In truth, Trump lies so...

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Mid Atlantic Club Management Association Celebrates 30 Years

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in BLOG

Mid Atlantic Club Management Association Celebrates 30 Years Mitch Wald and I co-founded MACMA in 1986. Delighted it’s still going strong. Below is their most recent...

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“Thank you Mr. Roger” – Stock picking projects with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota, Florida and Anne Arundel County, Maryland – May 2019

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in BLOG

In late October 2015 working with Unit Director Nate Brown of the Roy McBean Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota we put together a stock picking project for teen members which also included staff members. The kids did better than the staff as explained below. Nate has a good sense of humor which was reflected in the video included here. In December 2016, working with with the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anne Arundel County Maryland, Lisa Mondoro, we initiated an expanded and significantly improved stock picking program for Junior Staff and selected teen members.” reflecting the experience gained in Sarasota. I think anyone interested in working with Boys and Girls Club kids will find below the answers provided to these two questions of interest:  1. WHAT SCHOOL SUBJECT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST /...

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Badges for Baseball Sarasota

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in BLOG

Badges for Baseball is a core program of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, (CRSF). It began in 2009 and has served over 100,000 youth in twenty different states and twenty seven different communities. Created by the CRSF it partners with local law enforcement agencies and trains police volunteers to use Foundation programs like Quickball and Healthy Choices Healthy Children as a vehicle to positively influence their relationship with youth and visa-versa. The Sarasota Police Department began its program in the spring of 2014. Once a week six volunteer officers come to the Roy McBean Boys and Girls Club. What they do there will vary but a common theme is to engage the kids via new activities or simply discussion. An example of the former was a bocci ball program introduced by 25 year law enforcement veteran Sgt. Eric Bolden...

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