Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bring out the best in kids." Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.Approximately 20 members of the club met in the Chippewa River Room in the First Avenue facility with coffee and pastry to start their day. A prayer began the meeting followed by members reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and birthday wishes sung to observe several members births. Some business matters were attended to and then off for a tour of Spectrum’s First Avenue’s facility lead by Dean White, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Dennis Barka, Vice President of Process Control. Scott Dorn, Executive Vice President of Sales/Marketing then presented a slideshow overview of Spectrum before the group recited from the Optimist Creed and the meeting was adjourned.
The Chippewa Falls Optimist has been serving the community since it was charted in July of 1969. Chris Cunningham, Chippewa Falls Club President said that on a yearly basis, the club holds quite a few projects and programs to help the community’s youth. Among the list are the Childhood Cancer Campaign, essay contests, dictionary donations and scholarship, as well as a variety of community events.When asked how many members make up the Chippewa Falls Club Cunningham said there were about 32, but she paused and optimistically said, “We’re always looking for more members.”
Monday, March 28, 2011
This is a common refrain heard from hoop enthusiasts during the regionals of this year's NCAA basketball tournament. It is also a very common refrain Spectrum Industries hears from our new customers. Some high-profiled competitors have slick marketing campaigns and very slick sales representatives that make big promises on products that just can’t deliver. Many of our customers have turned to Spectrum when the big guys’ products fall apart or when their customer service is simply no help at all.
Spectrum products are built to last using quality materials and quality, ISO 9001:2008-based manufacturing methods. Our lecterns and carts are not trendy ideas whipped together and hastily distributed just so that we can be first to the market square. We listen to what our customers really need and make sure that all their specifications are met – before and after a sale is made! That way our product sells itself and we don’t have to rely on glitzy schemes to drive sales.
Many famous sports announcers have a tendency to play it safe when it comes to their Final Four picks. In such decision-making, one program’s perceived prowess generally trumps another program’s cohesion and character. Our customers know that cohesion goes a lot farther than empty promises!
Busted Bracket image courtesy of senatorsforum
Teamwork image courtesy of thegoldguys
Friday, March 25, 2011
From the “Front Page” of the WikiWikiWeb:
The idea of a “Wiki” may seem odd at first, but dive in and explore its links! The “Wiki” is a composition system; it’s a discussion medium; it’s a repository; it’s a mail system; it’s a tool for collaboration. Really, we just don’t know quite what it is, but it’s a fun way of communication asynchronously across the network.”
Friday, March 11, 2011
Either way, make sure to remember to spring forward, turn those clocks ahead one hour, and try not to feel too bad about the hour that Father Time has taken from us - he'll give it back to us eventually!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
On March 14, 1995 an historic space flight took place bringing many firsts with records broken and a new cooperation between two global giants.
The flight of the Russian Soyuz TM-21 spacecraft and Russian Mir EO-18 mission marked American astronaut Dr. Norman Thagard with a lot honors. Thagard became the first American to train on Russian soil, enter space aboard a non-American craft, and the first American occupant of the Mir. Serving as the cosmonaut researcher, He helped conduct 28 experiments in the course of the 115-day flight. At the missions completion, Dr. Thagard was the U.S. record-holder for longest space flight and, with 140 days in space overall, was the most experienced U.S. astronaut ever.
The flight, although several years after the demise of the Soviet Union, still had some disbelief of the union that the two countries now were joined. Thagard trained and worked side-by-side with his cosmonaut travel mates and despite years of conflict between the U.S. and former government of Soviet Union, the Russian cosmonauts welcomed Thagard with hugs. Thagard greeted the Mir commander, Aleksandr Viktorenko, in Russian, "I'm glad to be on the station and to see my friends."
Between March 1995 and May 1998, NASA and Russian scientists conducted experiments designed to answer vital questions about how humans, animals and plants function in space, how our solar system originated and developed, how we can build better technology in space and how we can build future space stations. Thagard's work was the beginning of that union.
He spent a year in Russia preparing for the three-month mission on the Mir space station working with his Russian counterparts to do experiments and joined forces to create solutions for both countries.
At Spectrum Industries, we form partnerships every day with new customers. It's not just about us – we want the result of our partnerships to add value for our customers and their end-users for many years to come.
When customers look for solutions to their laptop management, presentation or desk and table problems, they can look to Spectrum Industries. Whether it is for the educational, healthcare or in an office setting, Spectrum is proud of our partnerships with customers and working together to create innovative solutions that are out of this world.
Monday, March 7, 2011
In 1943, the road was developed into a standard highway, but use was restricted because of wartime travel restrictions that lasted until 1948 and was not fully paved until 1960. Driving the Alaska Highway today gives the modern adventurers plenty of moments for photographing wildlife and the scenic countryside and has made it much easier to make the connection with Alaska.
Today, connecting people across vast expanses has become much easier with technological advancements in the office and classrooms. Now connecting over thousands of miles is as easy as picking up a phone or connecting with a computer. The Spectrum Industries Inc. line of American made furniture includes distance learning systems and mobile video conferencing furniture that can make the distances seem even closer. But when you get a chance to get away from the office or coursework, traveling the Alcan Highway could be that break you always needed.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The great Lone Star State has come a long way since the days of unavailable public education. There are now over 1,000 school districts in Texas. To encourage diversity throughout their public university system, Texas House Bill 588 ensures admission to Texas-funded universities for the top 10% graduating high school students. With 6 state university systems and 4 independent public universities, the choices are many for those top 10% students. An impressive array of private universities and community colleges only adds to a wealth of higher education opportunities.
Spectrum Industries Inc. has long enjoyed a close relationship with the state of Texas. Our furniture has graced many a Texan classroom, helping integrate technology throughout many K-12 and higher education platforms. It is easy to see Texas’ commitment to keeping students linked with the digital world, and Spectrum is proud to be a partner in the continuing legacy of Texas education.