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January 02. 2014 4:17PM

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PANDORA — The folks at Hilty Home made some money magic in 2013, starting with a $742 memorial gift and ending with $53,400 for new ceiling lifts.

Nearly a year ago, Fran Reese approached Hilty Home Executive Director Joy Reichenbach about naming the facility the recipient of memorial gifts for her husband, Richard Reese. She hoped the $742 could be put toward a ceiling lift, which would have made Richard’s stay at the home more comfortable.

Reichenbach worked with Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio to develop the “Give our Residents a Lift” campaign to raise $6,600 to cover the costs of the equipment and installation of a lift. Local businesses were invited to support the project and resulted in 14 local businesses, several individuals and other memorial gifts surpassing the goal with a contribution of $7,200.

Then, in September a $6,600 gift in honor of Charles Kinsinger was received for the purchase of an additional lift. Reichenbach talked with a representative from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation to inquire about a safety grant for additional lifts.

The bureau awarded a matching grant that provided $3 for every $1 raised. In the end, through the generosity of many, a total of $53,400 became available. Eight lifts will be installed in various rooms at Hilty Home after the first of the year.

The lifts will provide a safer and gentler way for elders with physical limitations to get into and out of bed and chairs. The lifts will also reduce muscle strains and injuries of employees responsible for transferring and lifting elders.

Leadership series resumes

LIMA — The Husky Lima Refinery/West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium’s Supervisor Leadership series will resume this month.

People may attend either session, offered on the third or fourth Thursday of the month. Sessions are held 8 a.m. to noon at Rhodes State College. Discounts are available to WCOMC members and for early registrations. Below are the remaining topics of the 2013-14 series:

January: Managing in the Middle of the Muddle

February: Project Management: Task and People Issues

March: Creating the Empowered (and Empowering) Workplace

April: Negotiation Skills: Getting to “Yes” (Working Around “No”)

May: Managing the Unknowable: Thinking in the “Future Tense”

For information, cost and registration call Solutions etc. at Rhodes State College at 419-995-8406.

Niswonger offers workplace diversity seminar

VAN WERT — At 1:30 p.m. March 19, Wal-Mart welcomes acclaimed diversity speaker Courtnee Carrigan to the Niswonger stage. Carrigan will present a diversity in the workplace seminar geared toward businesses and organizations.

The information shared will help organizations develop a positive work culture that supports inclusion and ways to open the door to honest, productive conversations about bias and preferences rooted in race and culture. The YWCA has developed this highly interactive series of award-winning seminars to improve workforce performance and foster teamwork across a diverse group of employees. This is an ideal seminar for office staffs and manufacturing teams.

Tickets are on sale now for $5. Discounts apply for groups of 10 or more. Contact the box office at 419-238-NPAC or order tickets at The Speaker/Lecture Series is underwritten in part by grants from The Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, Wal-Mart and Midwest Electric, Inc.

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