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  • ManateE-zine August 2012For Employees, By Employees

    In This Issue:

    How To: Elevator Speeches

    Cover StoryAnimal Services Goes to D.C.

    Other HeadlinesKevin Rogers, Employee of the Month!Sept. 15- Qualifying Events Paperwork is due!

    Final Word: The Keystones To Quality Customer Service

  • 2Animal Services Goes to D.C. for No Kill Conference By Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf

    Washington, D.C., our nations capital, was the backdrop for an intense, exciting and informa-tive conference. Washington, D.C. is full of history and provided a perfect setting to make history with the No Kill Conference.

    Eight of us from Manatee County, including those from animal welfare organizations, em-barked on our journey to gain more knowledge about no kill directly from those involved. The conference was held Aug. 11 - 12. A weekend full of informative seminars left all of us with a multitude of information and ideas, compelling us to look deeper and expand our horizons.

    The conference was held at the George Washington University of Law campus and provided plenty of room for the more than 800 attendees. The campus was just blocks from the White House and walking distance to many other historic sites. The No Kill Conference was a joint project of the No Kill Advocacy Center and the Animal Law Program at the George Washington University School of Law. The No Kill Advocacy Center is the nations premier organization to end the systematic killing of animals in our nations shelters. The animal law program at George Washington University School of Law is building bridges between law students, law-yers, humane organizations and government to better the plight of animals.

    Back home after the conference, those of us from Manatee County met with a list of the main priorities for projects, plans and ideas we gathered from the conference. A master list is being drafted and we will meet again to discuss the overall priorities and how we put these programs to use here in Manatee County.

    Here are just a few of the ideas and programs we talked about: Getting corporate sponsors and local businesses involved is important. From sponsoring an entire cat room to give-a-ways and discount coupons for adopters and visitors, we are open to anything offered.

    Signing up and using volunteers to assist with off-site, pop-up adoption sites by taking a few dogs to various locations for adoption. We talked about having a pet of the week; one dog and one cat, to showcase their special qualities. Another program of special importance will include making every pet adoption a celebration for those adopting because those adopting dogs and cats are special people themselves.

    Does anyone know a pet-loving celebrity? We need their help to en-dorse our no kill plan and to help get our pets into forever homes.

    How about any local businesses that may be interested in an office cat? Cats Around Town is a program where local

  • 3The Library NookMana-Con: Comics Convention for TeensBy Ericka Dow, Neighborhood ServicesOn Saturday, Oct. 6, the Central Library will be holding its 3rd Annual Mana-Con: Comics Convention, an event sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library. Weve got some really fun stuff planned for this yeardont miss this chance for teens and

    kids to make art, play games, win prizes, show up in cos-tume, and have a blast!

    The event will feature local comic shops and artists with items for sale, student art-work on display, games, costumed characters, gam-

    For more informa-tion on Manatee Countys librar-

    ies visit them on the web or like

    them on Facebook!

    Questions about Mana-Con?

    Contact Ericka Dow.

    businesses could have one or two of our cats available for adoption in their office. This benefits the cat, our adoption program and shows the business support of helping home-less cats find a new home. Interested? Please call Animal Services at (941) 742-5933.

    Volunteers and fosters are very important to us. They are also important in becoming a no kill community. We have a list of needs and can place you with a group who share the same interests. If you want to be a team leader, please let us know what your interest is and sign up today.

    We could also use volunteers to speak about no kill programs and be an advocate for adopting or fostering a pet. You could speak at churches, civic organizations, social groups or more, talking about the advantages of adopt-ing and how their group could be part of the no kill community efforts. Even seniors serving seniors is an opportunity to promote senior dogs and cats in our shelter for adop-tion or fostering by seniors.

    Social media opportunities are plentiful. If you have experience with social media and love the idea of promoting our dogs and cats in the social media network, we need you! Or, how about being a greeter at the door or an adoption counselor in our Palmetto shelter or downtown adoption center? The volunteer opportunities are endless. The chances for you to become part of the no kill plan are endless. Help us help the homeless pets in our commu-nity. Help us become a No Kill Community.

    ing, a martial arts demonstration, crafts and more. Teens are encouraged to get cre-ative at the Doodle Booth, origami station, or duct tape station. They will also learn about the history of comics and get a look at the librarys large graphic novel and manga collection, which will be on display and available for check-out. Facepainting will be available, first come, first serve, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The first 100 teen and child attendees will receive awesome goodie bags filled with candy, glow bracelets, bookmarks and other goodies. All kids and teens will receive a free comic and/or poster while supplies last.

    New this year this is the Cosplay Runway!! Teens are eligible to enter this costume contest and win prizes and bragging rights! Also new this year (were really thrilled about this!) is the first ever Star Wars Reads Day, sponsored by Lucasfilms. The younger ones can play games like LEGO Star Wars on the Wii and win prizes, and get a Star Wars button in the childrens program room all day during Mana-Con. There might even be a couple of Storm-troopers hanging around!

    Tiffany Ciper (aka Hihoshi), anime artist and graphic designer, will lead Anime Art workshops at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. There are 25 seats available for this free work-shop and registration is required; ages 12- 18 are eligible. Childrens librarian Chris Culp will conduct a workshop on Sumi Ink Painting at 2:30 p.m. There are 25 seats available for this free workshop and registration is required; ages 8- 18 are eligible. All art supplies will be provided for all workshops, and a special prize given away at each workshop.

    And, prizes will be given away every hour! Theres plenty of cool stuff to win, includ-ing art supplies, art, toys, full-color graphic novels, and more. You can even win one of the big Mana-Con event posters! We wel-come patrons of all ages to enjoy Mana-Con, but prizes will be reserved for ages 12 to 18 only.

    Vendors and artists include: Hihoshi, Selan Pike, The Comic Shack, Anime Fix, Doku Productions, Pixielosis, Southeast VPA, Harlow Hunter, DOJO Martial Arts, Sugar Rush and more.

  • 4Calendar of EventsSeptember 2012To view Parks & Recreation programs and activities, click here.

    To view Natural Resources events and activities, click here.

    To view Agriculture & Resource Conserva-tion events and activities, click here.

    Employee Health BenefitsQualifying Events Paperwork Deadline September 15th These guidelines are not intended for New Enrollees with a Benefits Effective Date of 4/1/11 and after

    All Qualifying Events for Plan Year 2013 were to be completed by Aug. 15.

    The Online QE Form and paperwork is due no later than Sept. 15. Everyone, regardless of age or desired Plan Level, MUST complete the online QE Form. The employee logs in for dependents, see instructions below.

    Online QE Form - Login Instructions:1. Go to 2. Select Enrollment/QE Form found in the black BenefitLogin Box

    Company ID: MCG2012User ID: FirstName.LastName (employee logs in for dependents)Password: Same password you created for November Open Enrollment. If you dont remember your password >Select I forgot my password

    Submit the printed QE Form Confirmation Page along with any applicable Wellness Exam Forms to EHB by September 15, 2012.

    Manatee County Government Employee Health Benefits 5213 4th Ave Cir E, Bradenton, FL 34208.

    Toastmasters TidbitThe Elevator SpeechBy Christine Clapp Take advantage of this essential tool for marketing yourself.

    Perhaps youve heard that you should have a minute long elevator speech ready in case you ever hop on an elevator and seren-dipitously need to introduce yourself. Maybe youre traveling up 30 floors with the CEO of a company for which youve always wanted to work, or with the key investor youve been pursuing for your new business venture. Have you considered how youd introduce yourself if you ever have such a once-in-a-lifetime meeting? Or do you assume youll never encounter that sort of situation, so you have no need for an elevator speech?

  • 5Theres really no predicting whether youll ever pitch yourself in an elevator, but you will undoubtedly need to introduce your-self at networking events, conferences, social functions and job interviews. When asked Tell me about yourself, or What do you do? its best to introduce yourself strategically. If you dont, youre missing a chance to grow professionally and person-ally.

    Just because youre introducing yourself in a conversational or small-group setting doesnt mean you should wing it. In fact, you should prepare and rehears