My backstage experience..

My backstage experience..

My backstage experience..

As Katie mentioned in the last post, our semi-annual company meeting was a success!
By the way, I want to put this disclaimer out there: I was asked to write a blog post on my experience at the Semi-Annual meeting, so I did not volunteer to write this post.

So here it goes: I’m sitting backstage feeling a little anxious for the big event. It’s Profit Sharing! It happens twice a year and Katie and I have worked hard getting presentations, videos, and everything else organized for the meeting.

As I watch Katie finalize a few things on the final presentation, my adrenaline starts going. The backstage “men in black”, as I call them, give us the queue. Time to begin! The opening video rolls, then Richard (our President) runs out and begins his presentation. He then announces the founder’s wife, Kathy, will present the Humanitarian of the Year award. She begins speaking and soon leads into something that sounds all too familiar! “a service mission to Mali, Africa…”. Wait a sec., I think they are talking about me…is what I think to myself. I look up at Katie and realize she is trying not to giggle at my reaction. I give her the evil-eye that says, “I can’t believe this!”. Then Richard walks up behind me and says, “Umm.. you may want to stand up because you’re going to have to walk out there.” I slowly stand up as I hear my name announced. I walk out on stage to greet Kathy. What a surprise and an honor! As Kathy mentioned in her announcement, the humanitarian award is given to an employee who has demonstrated compassion and charitable service and is given twice a year through a nomination process.

africa.JPGI was able to go on a humanitarian trip to Mali, Africa with a group of about 20 individuals (including 6 dentists) that lasted about a week and a half, leaving the day after Christmas. We completed some dental work, including extracting teeth as well as finished and dedicated an elementary school in memory of my youngest brother, Ben, who was born with Down Syndrome and passed away just before his fifth birthday in 2002 from RSV (child pneumonia). It was incredible to see what the Malian people live without, including toothbrushes, and how they make-do with the things they DO have, chewing on a small tree branch that frays to make bristles and cleans their teeth like a toothbrush. The most difficult part for me was seeing those in pain (i.e. abscessed teeth, aching cavities, etc.) and it was great to be able to help them in any way we could. Due to the language barrier, one woman couldn’t express her gratitude through words so she could not stop smiling and hugging us for the pain relief we provided. I had such an amazing opportunity meeting the people, learning about their culture, as well as eating their food. It was an eye-opening opportunity to witness how some individuals live. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the people of Mali and hope to return again one day.

africa 2.bmpI feel very honored and humbled to be selected for this award amongst all Lifetime's great employees. I am so grateful to work for such a great company that has supported me every step of the way in planning this trip to Africa . Thank you Lifetime!

Tonnie

Tonnie

Name: Tonnie

Position at Lifetime Products: PR/Communications Coordinator—it consists of planning fun events, talking and meeting with great people, brainstorming and executing creative ideas, etc. etc. How can I not love this job?!

How long at Lifetime Products: Since January 2010

My favorite Lifetime Products: Daylite Kayak, Ace Flyer Teeter Totter, Contoured Stacking Chair, Double Shot, Composter, 30” Personal Table, last but certainly not least the Wiggle Car

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