“Flexibility in a time of great change is a vital quality of leadership. -Brian Tracy
If you asked for change, you have it! FLEXIBILITY in that change, is what we are all needing to implement! For some of you, I'm sure it's been daily.
Who knew, a month ago that our business, personal lives and world would be so radically different? For some of us the change was traumatic, no time to process, create a back up plan or even the next step! For others, every day there is a new adjustment.
As leaders, we are doing our best to project confidence in a very uncertain world. Inside, we are all scrambling for a new normal, to find that rhythm that keeps us in beat.
And guess, what? Tuesday is still coming. You know, that proverbial day, that we are determined to be productive. I don't know about you, but right now each day seems to run into each other. Our need for productivity hasn't decreased, in fact for many, it's increased. So how are you being flexible?
I want to encourage you as you juggle the desire to keep your company thriving, your employees healthy and your own mental status strong, to allow yourself to feel the moment. Breathe. Inhale (count to four) Exhale (count to four). Take the time to write out all you have to do and begin to prioritize it. Delegate if needed. Allow your self to feel the good, bad and ugly. Be intentional to see the good. Who is being creative, supportive or thinking outside the box? Acknowledge the bad. It's ok to get angry, feel the pain and even the fear, just don't wallow in it. Don't let it could your judgements. No wonder you feel that way, you've never lived through a pandemic before! At the end of the day, make sure you have room for what you love the most. Be flexible, it's your best quality and it sure looks good on you now!
Looking for ways to motivate yourself or employees? I am offering a free workshop: I've Decided to be MORE PRODUCTIVE on April 21st from 4:30PM-6PM through I've Decided Community (Kim Martin). If you are interested in joining us, hop on our zoom call!
LOOKING FOR ONLINE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?
In an effort to remain healthy and comply with businesses, we are able to offer our coaching, programs and all meetings via Zoom. Here is what is coming up, CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE FOR MORE:
ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING (AIE) Beginning End of April-This 5 week program is the perfect fit for what we are facing today. We don't need to know all the answers, we just have to have the right attitude and we can take on anything! This bring your focus to a new level! Call for more info!
Effective Personal Leadership for WOMEN (EPL) Beginning in May The EPL is designed to help you release your leadership potential by understanding your self; discovering your purpose; planning your path and igniting your passion. Seating is limited, please call/connect for more information.
Effective Personal Productivity (EPP) Beginning in May This is a program perfect for anyone in leadership looking to: communicate more effectively, deal with interruptions, control priorities to increase productivity, become a team player, set goals and achieve results.
One on One Coaching: Schedule a 30-minute discovery session (no charge) with me to explore your dreams, desires, and what’s getting in the way. If you are ready to shift from where you are to where you know you can be, connect with me!
Profile Assessments: Did you know we offer 2 different types of assessments?
The Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Assessment provides quantitative results on how individuals are ‘showing up’ in their lives. Putting you in back in control.
Profile Evaluation System® (PES) assesses individuals on a number of psychological traits that are important for job performance. Results allow companies and individuals to maximize the fit between their employment demands and the abilities, aptitudes and personalities of employees or potential employees.
Tuesday is Coming Mastermind Group
This is a mastermind group formed in the knowledge that difficult times do not only change us but reveals our true potential and the opportunities for growth. This will be a weekly 1-hour session where we can get together and lean into the change and learn from one another. We want to provide a platform for solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, small business owners to CEO’s to come together in a think tank environment for business planning, recovery planning and overall ingenuity. The purpose is to eliminate isolation, generate support and the opportunity to inspire and achieve intentional goals through shared expertise during these times of uncertainty. We are here to collectively support and witness you master your goals! Choose which time works best for you and log into Zoom: 9AM on Mondays: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5Moc-CuqzMpDnqMxWakaD_9gFaU97PYTw or 2PM on Mondays: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpUtcOqpqDsrTDWL9IXZJuvCTZ6BlX1V8w
My-Tyme planner: NEW REORDER INSTRUCTIONS!
If you need to order a refill or extra forms for your My-Tyme, LMI-USA has updated their ordering process.
Even if you previously had an account, you will be required to set up a new one. Please follow these instructions to set up an online account:
On a regular business day, please email email@example.com and request an account to order My-Tyme refills.
Within 24 hours, you will receive an email invite to set up your account.
Use the link in the email to create a password for your account.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides more than $376 billion in relief support for American small businesses facing unprecedented economic disruption due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It creates a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as well as grants and other benefits that help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Paycheck Protection Program – $350 billion in funding for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that will provide small businesses and other entities with zero-fee loans of up to $10 million, with up to 8 weeks of average payroll and other costs forgiven if the business retains its employees and their salary levels. Who is eligible? Small and Medium sized businesses up to 500 employees, non-profits, independent contractors and the self-employed. This includes churches but only to cover payroll costs of an associated business, like a thrift store. Emergency Economic Injury Grants – $10 billion in funding for a provision to provide an advance of $10,000 to small businesses and nonprofits that apply for an SBA economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) within three days of applying for the loan. Grants can be used to cover immediate payroll, mortgage, rent, and other operating expenses while they wait for additional relief to be processed. Who is eligible? Independent contractors, the self-employed, private non-profits, and small businesses and medium sized businesses with up to 500 employees, including startups, cooperatives, and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Debt Relief for Existing and New SBA Borrowers – $17 billion in funding to provide immediate relief to small businesses with standard SBA 7(a), 504, or microloans, among other relief for small business borrowers. Who is covered? Current and new 7(a) and 504 borrowers, under current SBA eligibility requirements. Those include small businesses, sole proprietors, cooperatives, and ESOPs. Resources for Business Counseling Services – $275 million in grants to Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), as well as the Minority Business Development Agency’s Business Centers (MBDCs), to provide mentorship, guidance and expertise to small businesses. Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program – $50 million to enable non-profit MEP centers across the country to assist small and medium-sized manufacturers hit by coronavirus and the economic downturn.
Congresswoman Bustos is hosting a webinar for small businesses in her district to discuss support available to them through the federal government during this time. Details are below. We ask that you share the registration info with your small businesses. There are limited call-in lines available so only one registration per organization will be accepted and we will be prioritizing those registrations from her district.
In light of the public health recommendations currently in place, the Illinois Central College spring commencement will transition to an online virtual ceremony. The format may be different, but the excitement to celebrate ICC students has never been more inspired. The virtual ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, as previously planned.
Graduates’ names will be announced and live remarks will be made by Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, ICC President. ICC welcomes Kim Blickenstaff, local community developer and ICC alumnus, as this year’s keynote speaker.
Students will receive additional information regarding the virtual ceremony via email. Students and their families will be able to view the ceremony in the safety of their homes and celebrate their graduate. A recording of the ceremony will be available at a later date.
“Illinois Central College realizes how important it is to recognize this major accomplishment of our students' success,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “In addition to many of our students being first generation graduates, all of these students were challenged by a pandemic, many lost their jobs and struggled with the transition to virtual learning. And still, they achieved. They are resilient, they are tenacious and they need to be celebrated. At ICC, we feel it's vital to show our students we are proud of their accomplishments and commitment to succeed.”
Illinois Central College 2020 graduates will also have the option to participate in next year’s traditional commencement alongside the class of 2021.
Pekin Park District update on COVID-19 as it relates to park and recreational programs, facilities and amenities
To help carry out the various guidelines, recommendations and orders from both the Federal and State Governments in response to COVID-19 and further protect public health and safety, the Pekin Park District is taking the following precautions through April 30 and potentially beyond this date.
Offices and facilities will remain closed to the public. Facilities that still have staff working to fulfill essential business operations include the Robert N. Blackwell Administration Building, the Parks Department, Pekin Sports Complex, and Lick Creek and Parkview Golf Course Maintenance. For cleaning and renovations, some staff are also working at Parkside Fitness, the golf courses, and the Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association Recreation Center.
Parks currently remain open to provide residents with local opportunities to get outdoors; however, effective social distancing (of at least 6 feet between yourself and another person) and groups of less than 10 is required so that unsafe conditions do not develop and park properties can remain open. It is also recommended to carry hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes containing at least 60% alcohol as an added safety measure. If you are not feeling well and show signs of the flu or COVID-19, stay home and isolated.
While everyone is still able to get outdoors, we are doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff at the Park District. No matter how people are choosing to get outdoors, it is critical that everyone follows the social distancing and group guidelines. This is your responsibility. Our Park Police will ask you to disperse if they see social distancing is not being followed. If social distancing becomes an issue and park users are not following it, we will be forced to close public access to all park amenities and facilities that are currently available, and the Park District does not want to do that but will if necessary. From what we have observed to date, people that are visiting the parks for the most part seem to be following the social distancing and group guidelines, and we applaud you for that and ask that you continue to do so.
Current closures and reduction in services of outdoor park amenities and facilities include:
Park amenities that have been closed due to Executive Order 2020-10 in order to minimize the chance of people gathering in groups and/or maximize the environment for effective social distancing currently just includes the playgrounds. Other amenities/facilities that could close include, but are not limited to, volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis and pickle ball courts, fishing piers, the dog park, shelters, and the disc golf course.
Pekin Bike Trail, Pekin Sports Complex Path, and Lagoon Path: The trails and paths are open but social distancing needs to be followed.
To date the only restroom that is currently open to the public is the one off Coal Car Drive at the Parks Department Maintenance Shop. We do our best to keep it clean and sanitized, and ask that you do the same. All other restroom buildings are being prepped as usual this time of year, but will not be open until the threat of COVID-19 diminishes. People are encouraged to plan accordingly to avoid needing a restroom during a visit to one of our parks that typically has available restrooms. Drinking Fountains:Drinking fountains are being prepped as usual this time of year, but will not be open until the threat of COVID-19 diminishes. If visiting one of our parks, bring your own water bottle.
Concessions, Boats on the Lagoon and Mini Golf:All concessions, the boats and mini-golf will not open as normally scheduled in
Miller Center Transportation Service:The transportation service for seniors will not be in operation through the month
Programs and Special Events:
All programs and special events through the month of April have been or will be canceled.
For programs that were to start in April we are looking to start them at a later date if possible. For programs that start in May they will either start on time or be pushed back to start at a later date. More information will be forthcoming. We are planning our summer programs as if they will be occurring, but as we are all well aware, this could change by the end of April.
DragonLand Water Park:
DragonLand’s new mechanical system is under construction and the water slides will be recoated and painted. Our goal and plan is to be open in May, but again, this could change by the end of April.
Rentals and Special Use Permits:
All rentals and Special Use Permits through the month of April have been or will be canceled. We will work with you to either schedule another date or issue a refund.
Refunds, Credits, Etc.Bear with us and please be patient as we work through issuing refunds or credits for canceled programs, rentals, memberships, etc. Our goal is to get it correct and to do it as timely as possible which we will.
Follow our Facebook page and www.pekinparkdistrict.org for the latest information on COVID-19 as it relates to park and recreation programs, facilities and amenities, and updates to the information presented above.
Social distancing practices are a top priority for any time spent outside an individual’s home or place of residence. They include:
Go out only if you’re feeling healthy. Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and another person. There should be no groups of 10 or more together. Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If those aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes containing at least 60% alcohol. Do not touch your face.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, www.illinois.gov,& https://www2.illinois.gov/agencies/IDPH Thank you and Please be Safe and Responsible.
With warmer weather fast approaching April is associated with the beginning of spring and new beginnings. This month we are all in an unprecedented situation and one that requires us to work together to keep the focus on our mission ? treating people with substance use disorder.
April is also designated as Alcohol Awareness Month. Unlike many other substances, alcohol has less of a taboo around it, and has become a staple in many social situations. Alcohol?s prevalence is not questioned today as our society glamorizes alcohol through media, pop-culture, company happy hours, etc. The acceptance of this substance can mask who has an alcohol use disorder (AUD).
During our new reality, many are turning to ?virtual happy hours? and alcohol can be an easy escape for those abiding to ?stay-at-home? order. This is concerning and something we should be keenly aware of as we spend time with our loved ones and support each other.
The effects of alcohol and the development of AUD are not regarded as being as harmful as other substances. In fact, at Gateway Foundation, we see over 30,000 people annually suffering from various substance use disorders each year. What is the most common disorder we see you may ask? You guessed it?Alcohol Use Disorder.
The Statistics Related to AUD Are Shocking and Should Not Be Ignored
Social Distancing Does Not Mean Social Isolation
One of our biggest worries at Gateway Foundation is the potential negative impact of social distancing to those who struggle with substance use disorders. Addiction is a disease of isolation and with people spending more time at home, alcohol can be an easy escape for many. I have said it before in previous emails, but I feel it is necessary to scream it to the world?social distancing does not mean social isolation.
We Are a Resource For You and Your Clients Needing Help
As we partner together, please know that we are able to complete assessments and screenings over the phone and virtually, as well as provide treatment ? both in our residential locations and through our virtual outpatient programs. Our specialty program for AUD at Aurora is currently accepting clients if there are individuals who would benefit from its specialty focus.
This year?s alcohol awareness month is more important than ever to recognize. Let us join together this month to bring our services into people?s homes, such as our online self-assessment which can help you and your loved ones take charge of your life and future. We encourage you to share our resources with someone you know that may need the education and awareness. Gateway Foundation is here for you now and going forward. Let?s unite now so we can be stronger in the future.
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Caterpillar is Offering 2:1 Gift Matching Through May 1, 2020
Thanks to many years of generous support from Caterpillar and Caterpillar employees, WTVP has inspired, entertained and educated generations of viewers. In recent weeks, WTVP has taken extraordinary steps to keep Central Illinois informed during the national COVID-19 emergency. Your additional gift or membership renewal now means twice the funding for the quality programming you value.
Visit wtvp.org for instructions on how to make your 2:1 matching gift donation. Or call 309-677-4747
Somewhere South - Porridge for the Soul Friday, April 3, 8 PM
Vivian heads to Charleston to cook a special dinner honoring the late pioneering African American chef, Edna Lewis. At the event, she serves grits, the simple Southern staple among the many foods Lewis famously exalted.
Learn how a grain as humble as rice gave the port city a distinction within the sordid history of slavery. Over plates of shark and grits, Vivian and Dennis discuss how Geechee and Gullah foodways and culture have shaped the menus of Charleston’s black-owned restaurants and soul food.
World on Fire on Masterpiece Sundays, April 5 - May 17, 8 PM
World on Fire is an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives. Set in Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States, the events of the seven-hour series take place during the first year of the war. The Wall Street Journal says of World on Fire, "It’s hard to recall any dramatic work that captured the terror of this invasion with such immediacy."
Ken Burns Presents The Gene Tuesdays, April 7 & 14, 7 PM
The Gene: An Intimate History brings the story of today’s revolution in medical science to life through present-day tales of patients and doctors at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments. Interwoven is a compelling history of the discoveries that made this possible and the ethical challenges raised by the ability to edit DNA with precision.
PBS Kids Writers Contest Deadline Extended to May 4, 2020
Kids home from school? Here’s a fun, creative way to keep them engaged while sharpening their writing, storytelling and artistic skills. The contest is open to all kids in kindergarten through 3rd grades in the WTVP coverage area.
Social Distance and Escape with WTVP Passport! WTVP has everything your heart desires to entertain and enlighten you during your social distancing.
New to WTVP Passport this week :
The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words In the year that marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Holocaust, this powerful documentary reveals a little-known story of 300 young orphaned Jewish refugees who began new lives in England’s Lake District in the summer of 1945.
Call the Midwife | Season 9 Episode 2 Fred and Sister Monica Joan catch a woman stealing the team’s milk. When they learn she’s pregnant, they bring her into the care of the maternity home. Romance blooms between Miss Higgins and Sergeant Woolf.
Weekly Coronavirus Updates At Issue with H Wayne Wilson Thursdays, 8 - 9 PM
Every Thursday for the foreseeable future, WTVP’s At Issue will adopt a one-hour format to host public health officials, medical professionals, educators, government representatives, and others as they tackle a wide range of coronavirus issues. Guests will answer viewer questions on the air.
Math is Much More Than Worksheets and Word Problems! We use math every day to understand our world. Bring math alive for your child with fun games and shows that explore numbers and counting. Watch Peg + Cat make a great escape using math, walk the number line, play with giant dice and more with today's activities. Watch The Three Bears Problem / The Giant Problem, Peg and Catbring the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff together to form a super group: The Electric Eleven, and practice adding one.
Ask your child:
How do Peg and Cat help Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff?
WTVP’s auction has an exciting new WTVP Virtual Auction format for April and this summer we plan to hold a televised version. The April re-imagined WTVP Virtual Auction event will be online April 20 – 26, with on-air updates and showcasing of special items from 7 – 10 p.m. all seven days. We Online bidders will find treasures galore to Click! Bid! Buy! From big-ticket items, to art and everything you need for home, office, and life in between, the WTVP Virtual Auction has something for you. There’s still plenty of time to get involved! Donations are always welcome! Call the WTVP Development Department at 309-495-0547 to make arrangements.
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Dozens of leaders in Central Illinois stepped up to share their thoughts about how to cope with COVID-19. Take a moment to watch these important videos that will give you great tips for living in a coronovirus world.