Looking Back On The Best Sit-Ins Throughout Bear Creek History

first_imgBear Creek has always been known for its incredible artist-at-large and special guest sit-ins during the various performances over the years, when the festival took place at Spirit of the Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL. With the decision to take a break last year, many long-time attendees of the festival were devastated to hear about the demise of what most consider to be truly the best small gathering of musicians and fans on the festival circuit.As producers of the festival announced its imminent return from September 30th – October 1st, but with a move to New Orleans, LA (get tickets here), the hopes of the Bear Creek faithful rose once again. The opportunity to relive the magic that the festival creates in one of the greatest musical cities is beyond exciting!“One of the things Judy and Lyle have tried to have this event incorporate is that ‘Late-Night Sit-In’ anticipation that comes along with Jazz Fest,” said festival organizer Andrew Burnett. “All of the artists-at-large are there for that reason, and it is also the reason for ‘Soulive & Friends.’”The lineup features sets from the Flaming Lips, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lettuce (2x), Soulive & Friends, Foundations of Funk, The Floozies, Lotus, the Nth Power, Dumstaphunk, Tony Hall’s New Orleans Tribute to James Brown, and a great Bernard Purdie & Friends set with a lineup that includes Pete Shad (The New Mastersounds), Brian J (Pimps of Joytime) and Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk). With a whole lot of filthy funk for your soul on tap, expect a major comeback for Bear Creek this year down in NOLA.There are also some great late night events to keep the party going after hours, in true New Orleans fashion. The first night will feature The Floozies with a full live band, including John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), Skerik, Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), and Jesus Coomes (Lettuce). Dubbed Funk Court, this show will do you justice for sure! Tickets are available here. Night two features an all-star tribute to the late great funk legend Bernie Worrell, with music from Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nick Daniels (Dumsptaphunk), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and TJ Norris. Tickets can be found here.In honor of the upcoming Bear Creek return, we wanted to take a look at some of truly memorable moments from ‘Bear Creek Sit-In History.’ Without further ado…Derek Trucks and Kofi Burbridge sitting in with Lettuce on “Move On Up”:Dumpstaphunk’s DumpstaJam ft. sit-ins from Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall, Khris Royal, Louis Cato, Ryan Zoidis, Benny Bloom, Freakbass, Rashawn Ross, Jonathan Lloyd and more (Yup, that’s what we were thinking too!):David Shaw sitting in with Galactic on Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Baby, I Got Your Money”:Medeski Martin & Wood w/ Johnny Vidacovich and more:Funky Meters w/ Pee-Wee Ellis “World Is A Little Bit Under The Weather”:Umphrey’s McGee’s special guest-laden set w/ Bernie Worrell, Ivan Neville, Jennifer Hartswick and more:[taped by Tim Wright]How about the Bear Creek Secret Tree House After Party Jam Session with Robert Walter on keys, Eddie Roberts on guitar, Adam Deitch on drums, Topaz on sax, Jonathan Lloyd on trombone, Louis Cato on percussion?! There are some that would call that straight ridiculousness:Many thanks to L4LM contributing writer Bee Getz for the history lesson on Bear Creek! Also, thanks to FunkIt Blog for the videos. Check out the full lineup below, and head here for tickets and more information.last_img read more

Crime-fighting platform wins President’s Challenge

first_imgThree Harvard College seniors will graduate from the University this spring with more than a college diploma; each will also carry the distinction of award-winning entrepreneur.Today President Drew Faust named Team Nucleik the grand prize winner of the Harvard University President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship, hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab). Faust developed the challenge last year to support students from across the University who were interested in developing entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s most important social problems. This year’s competitors tackled five topic areas: learning, energy and the environment, health, disaster preparation and relief, and the arts.Team Nucleik will receive $70,000 to support its emerging business based on the software management information system team members developed while at Harvard for law enforcement officers.“I spoke with the members of Team Nucleik earlier this month at the President’s Challenge Demo Day and was struck by their commitment to pursuing an idea and applying what they had learned in the classroom to improve the lives of others,” said Faust. “They’ve built a tool that will help law enforcement professionals better serve and protect communities across the country, and their inspiring work is something I will follow with great interest in the months and years ahead.”On a field trip to Springfield, Mass., as part of Professor Kevin Kit Parker’s spring 2012 ES 96 engineering design seminar, the Nucleik team — computer science concentrators Scott Crouch, Florian Mayr, and Matthew Polega — saw firsthand the impact of violent crime and the everyday struggles of law enforcement officers handicapped by decades-old information management systems.“Almost one and a half million gang members from 33,000 active gangs are responsible for 48 percent of the violent crime in the United States. We have a real problem with violent crime in the U.S., and technology can help solve it,” said Crouch. “There are many creative entrepreneurs — so many unbelievably talented people — out there, and they were all completely missing this issue.”The system Nucleik developed provides instantaneous access to accurate and organized data to help law enforcement officers tackle gang violence, murders, and violent crime. It has been employed by the Special Projects Team of the Massachusetts State Police in Springfield, helping slash the time spent on office paperwork by 90 percent. The fledgling company is also in talks to launch the platform in several other major metropolitan police departments.Three other student-led teams — Flume, PlenOptika and TerraTek — were recognized in the President’s Challenge for winning solutions to pervasive societal problems. Named runners-up in the competition, the teams tackled the complexity and potential behind understanding the human genome, the lack of affordable eye care in developing countries, and the challenges of registering for property rights and gaining access to public benefits in developing markets.For the second year, Faust called on students from across the University to envision novel solutions to global problems that lack comprehensive answers. One hundred and twenty-seven student-led teams entered the competition, leveraging classroom learning and resources from the i-lab and across the University, as well as skills across disciplines, to develop unique solutions to problems that, like the teams themselves, are interdisciplinary in nature.The three runners-up will each receive $10,000 to support the development of their ventures.Team Flume is building a comprehensive and up-to-date map of the human genome through a crowdsourced webtool. Members hope access to their map will give researchers and clinicians information that provides comprehensive understanding of human biology, helping experts better understand diseases and supporting their efforts to fight them.Team PlenOptika aims to distribute a device that can quickly test a person’s vision and provide the best off-the-shelf prescription. The project promises to bring adequate vision care to areas where professionals are in low supply. More than 1 billion people have poor vision because they don’t have the eyeglasses they need.Team TerraTek is developing a two-sided platform that allows individuals to more easily secure property rights so they can obtain credit and other social benefits, and that assists governments of developing countries to expand their property rights databases to expand their revenue and plan more effectively. The team is launching the TerraTek platform this summer in Medellín, Colombia.“The caliber of ideas that the judging committee considered this year was astounding, and it was very difficult for my fellow judges and me to choose from among the finalist teams — a wonderful problem to have in just the second year of the competition,” said Provost Alan M. Garber, co-chair of the judging committee.“The members of the teams that split this year’s prize brought fresh perspectives and diverse backgrounds to tackle challenges related to crisis management, the environment, health, and learning. The range of issues they are addressing through their projects is a testament to the creativity and skills of students across the University — and to the success that follows when they connect with one another to identify and pursue common goals.”Student teams took part in workshops and gained resources and mentoring to help build their skills. The 10 finalists named in March further developed their ideas with the expertise of handpicked mentors, tailored workshops, and $5,000 in seed money.“The student teams met this year’s President’s Challenge with true passion,” said Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab. “There is an extra spark around their ideas that comes from firsthand experience, whether it be from ride-alongs with the State Police or seeing the impact of inadequate access to vision care in communities around the world. It is this spark that has fueled these teams to pursue and grow their ventures.”Student learning throughout the challenge matched the scope of the ideas.“I love being involved in all aspects of a real product; the ability to create something and watch it unfold in front of you is just so unique to entrepreneurship and that’s why I love doing it,” said Crouch. “It’s not about the money or the product, it’s about putting something you built in the hands of other people and watching it affect their lives. I would never have been an entrepreneur without the i-lab, having a central place where we could meet people who were like-minded and find the things that we needed to get our startup up and running.”last_img read more

Create a sense of purpose for all, Zuckerberg urges

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYv8XGl-YU” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/BmYv8XGl-YU/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> He dropped out of College to chase a dream and returned 12 years later as leader of a company that has changed the world. His goal now, he says, is to make that world become a better place in which to live, work, laugh, love, and connect, and to encourage others to do the same.After receiving an honorary degree Thursday morning, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stood again in front of Memorial Church in Tercentenary Theatre during the afternoon and urged newly minted Harvard graduates to go out into life and make a difference, with purpose.“Today I want to talk about purpose,” he said. “But I’m not here to give you the standard Commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We try to do that instinctively. Instead, I’m here to tell you that finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.“Purpose is that feeling that you are part of something bigger than yourself, that you are needed, and that you have something better ahead. Purpose is what creates true happiness.”Mark Zuckerberg Commencement Address | Harvard Commencement 2017 Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg gave his address at Harvard’s 366th Commencement on May 25, 2017 at Tercentenary Theatre. That’s a critical goal in a time of everyday change, said Zuckerberg. Increasing automation means the loss of jobs that had helped a generation find its voice and frame its values. Similarly, community connections, which also helped connect and define prior generations of Americans, are slowly slipping away, often leaving people bereft of meaning and paths forward.“A lot of people are feeling disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void in their lives,” he said.Zuckerberg outlined three ways that Harvard graduates and others can help foster a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. First, he suggested big projects that get lots of people involved.In past generations, hundreds of thousands of people worked to put a man on the moon, and millions volunteered to help immunize children against polio. The world needs more thinkers and doers who can tackle similar, present-day challenges, said Zuckerberg.“It is time for our generation-defining great works. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet, and getting millions of people involved in manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and getting people involved by asking volunteers to track their health data and share their genomes? … How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and how about personalizing education so everyone can learn?”The second pillar of his plan involves helping people gain equal opportunities to succeed and find their purpose, through donations of money and time, because “when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we’re all better for it.”His third path to purpose, unsurprisingly, involves a concept he knows something about: building community.“We get that our greatest opportunities are now global. We can be the generation that ends poverty, that ends disease. We get that our greatest challenges need global responses too. No country can fight climate change alone or prevent pandemics. Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.”“Finding your purpose isn’t enough,” said Zuckerberg. “The challenge for our generation is to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFrom Kirkland House to Palo AltoSimilar to Bill Gates, another Harvard dropout turned tech billionaire, Zuckerberg, an entering member of the Class of 2006, left Cambridge in the fall of 2005 for Silicon Valley and never looked back. In Palo Alto, Calif., the young computer whiz transformed the company he had created with his roommates in his Kirkland House dorm room less than a year earlier into a revolutionary social media platform that has fundamentally reshaped how people connect with each other globally. Early in his talk, Zuckerberg poked fun at his Harvard track record.“I’m honored to be with here you today because, let’s face it, you accomplished something I never could. If I get through this speech today, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something here at Harvard.”Zuckerberg also reminisced about his time at Harvard and his best memory, meeting another undergraduate at a going-away party in his honor. He said his College friends (and his parents) were certain he was about to be thrown out of Harvard for his actions in founding the precursor to Facebook, facemash.com, a controversial website that let people rate the attractiveness of fellow undergrads.The situation drew the ire of administrators and classmates, but also brought him to that party to meet his future wife, Priscilla Chan ’07, “the most important person in my life.”“We have all started lifelong friendships here, and some of us even families. That’s why I’m so grateful to this place. Thanks, Harvard.”At Facebook, Zuckerberg became the youngest self-made billionaire in history at age 23, overseeing a company that today lets close to 2 billion users share everything from baby pictures and birthday wishes to favorite recipes and political views.In recent years, he has dedicated more attention, and his fortune, to philanthropy. With Chan, he created the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in 2015, backed by a promise to devote 99 percent of their earnings from Facebook stock shares to fund the organization’s mission of curing disease and promoting education.Zuckerberg’s address brought to a close Harvard’s 366th Commencement, culminating almost a week of festivities and celebrations to honor Class of 2017, as well as returning alumni celebrating milestone reunions.Among those returning for celebrations as part of the Harvard Alumni Association were members of the Class of 1947, who had been in the audience on the same spot when Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave the speech that laid the foundation for the Marshall Plan to help Europe following World War II.Poet T.S. Eliot and physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, a creator of the atom bomb, shared the stage with Marshall for their honorary degrees on that sunny June day 70 years ago. On Thursday, under a steady rain, actors Judi Dench and James Earl Jones, composer John Williams, physicist Walter E. Massey, and human rights activist and physician Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe were among the honorands seated near Zuckerberg during the Morning Exercises.“From a whiteboard in Kirkland House to One Hacker Way,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in reading Zuckerberg’s honorary degree citation, “he has forged a transformation through the power of connection and set his sights on how bold new ideas can serve the world.”Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan ’07, shed a tear as she listened in the audience. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“Actively and affirmatively” back free speech, Faust urgesDuring the Afternoon Program, officially the annual meeting of the Alumni Association, Faust also addressed the crowd. She urged her listeners to consider how to help “actively and affirmatively” enable and nurture free speech on college campuses nationally.Universities are special places where intellectual debate and discussion, evaluation of ideas based on facts and evidence, and rigorous questioning of and pushback against those ideas are essential to advancing knowledge, she said. Free speech enables universities to push for understanding and to uncover truths, something they must constantly strive to do, she added.“Universities must model a commitment to the notion that truth cannot simply be claimed, but must be established — established through reasoned argument, assessment, and even sometimes uncomfortable challenges that provide the foundation for truth. The legitimacy of universities’ claim to be sources and validators of fact depends on our willingness to actively and vigorously defend those facts.”Faust also touched on the issues of diversity and inclusion in her remarks. During her decade as Harvard’s 28th president, she has helped spearhead University efforts to promote inclusion and belonging. Still, she said, more needs to be done. Faust noted that while Harvard College is more diverse than ever, many students still struggle to feel like they are full members of the community.“We must support and empower the voices of all the members of our community and nurture the courage and humility that our commitment to unfettered debate demands from all of us. And that courage means not only resilience in the face of challenge or attack, but strength to speak out against injustices directed at others as well.“Ensuring freedom of speech is not just about allowing speech,” said Faust. “It is about actively creating a community where everyone can contribute and flourish, a community where argument is relished, not feared. Freedom of speech is not just freedom from censorship; it is freedom to actively join the debate as a full participant. It is about creating a context in which genuine debate can happen.”last_img read more

It’s Middle District Bar renewal time

first_img May 15, 2005 Regular News It’s Middle District Bar renewal time It’s Middle District Bar renewal time Notice is hereby given that on or about June 1 annual renewal forms and instructions will be provided by U.S. mail to all active members of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Bar.After June 1, annual renewal forms and instructions will also be made available on the court’s Web site at www.flmd.uscourts.gov and at the intake counter in each divisional office in the Middle District.In accordance with Rule 2.01 all existing members of the Middle District Bar are required to pay to the clerk an annual renewal fee of $10. Persons admitted during the first six months of any given year are not required to renew their membership or pay this fee until the following June. Members of the Middle District Bar must submit their annual renewal form and fee by June 30. Annual renewal forms and fees will not be accepted at the divisional intake offices.Those previously admitted to the Middle District Bar who failed to renew their membership for the period of July 1, 2004, through June 30, and who have not already been readmitted, are no longer considered to be in good standing with the court and must apply for new membership at a cost of $165, before they may practice before the court. More information may be found on the court’s Web site in the “Attorney Resources” section.last_img read more

Cuomo Defends Mandatory Ebola Quarantine, Blasts CDC

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending his and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “mandatory quarantine” order for health care workers returning home from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, telling reporters during a pro-tech-education tour at Mineola Middle School Monday that he doesn’t agree with the federal government’s response to the deadly virus and, if need be, the quarantine will be enforced by law.“I think politics be darned on this one,” he told reporters following a briefing about his proposed $2B Smart School Bond Act—which would expand tech education, including high-speed broadband connections, to classrooms across the state. “I happen to be a Democrat. The federal government happens to be run by a Democrat. I’m in disagreement with the CDC [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. I’m working with the Republican Chris Christie, who is my neighboring governor.“There’s no politics here,” he continued. “This is far too important for anyone to be playing any politics. It would be the height of irresponsibility. I take this very seriously.”The CDC does not recommend isolated quarantine unless individuals present symptoms of the virus—fever, headache, weakness, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or hemorrhaging—along with a relevant exposure history. The agency recommends fever and symptoms be monitored for 21 days after the last exposure to someone infected with Ebola—21 days being the duration in which symptoms manifest.Cuomo and Christie jointly announced those states’ additional screening protocols for John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty international airports Friday, ordering the mandatory quarantine and twice daily, 21-day monitoring of anyone returning home who had direct contact with those infected with the Ebola virus from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea—where the death toll for the current Ebola outbreak nears 5,000 from nearly 10,000 known cases.On Sunday, Cuomo’s office released a “Fact Sheet” reiterating the mandatory quarantine but specifying those returning who were in direct contact with Ebola patients but who were asymptomatic would be quarantined in their homes and those showing no symptoms who did not have direct contact with anyone infected “would be treated on a case-by-case basis,” and “at the minimum” undergo 21-day monitoring “but these individuals would not automatically be subject to quarantine.”Cuomo’s latest remarks came as Kaci Hickox—a nurse forcibly quarantined against her will in an isolation tent at Newark’s University Hospital upon her arrival at Newark airport Friday from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone—was released following symptom-free testing throughout 24 hours. She’ll now be monitored for 21 days at her home in Maine, according to published reports, while Illinois and Florida have also adopted 21-day monitoring programs for those returning from Ebola-stricken countries.The 33-year-old blasted Christie for her detention, criticizing her isolation as not based on medical facts and her quarantine conditions as “prison” and “inhumane.”The White House and Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have also been critical of her treatment, stressing the selfless and important efforts health workers such as Hickox have made and continue to make in combating the deadly virus.“We do want to ensure that whatever policies we put in place takes as the first priority the protection of the American public,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters during a press briefing Friday. “But at the same time, we don’t want to overly burden those individuals who are going to great lengths to try to serve their fellow man and stop this outbreak at the source, which ultimately is in the best interest of the American people.”President Barack Obama greets Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola after caring for an infected patient in Texas, in the Oval Office, Oct. 24, 2014. Pham is virus-free after being treated at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)President Obama posed for cameras in the Oval Office that day hugging 26-year-old Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who had been in isolation since 0ct. 16, when she tested positive for Ebola after treating Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas Oct. 8.Pham had been tested five different times to confirm that she no longer had the virus before meeting the president, according to Earnest.Cuomo, at the Mineola middle school, told reporters he’d rather be cautious than risk the consequences when dealing with a virus as deadly as Ebola, adding that those quarantined can do so in the comforts of their own home—and the state will even pay for lost wages during that time.“I disagree with the CDC’s policy—which by the way, I don’t even think put out one,” he blasted. “At the end of the day, I’m the governor of New York. We knew the problem—they haven’t even covered the protocol. But ours is more cautious. I have gone through hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, you name it the past four years, and my policy is always been hope the best but prepare for the worst.“I also believe that what we’re asking is totally reasonable,” he continued. “All we’re saying [is] health care workers who were exposed to infected people—or citizens coming from those countries who were exposed to infected people—to have a 21-day quarantine at home. They can have their family. They can have their friends, at home. If their organization doesn’t pay them for the three weeks, the state will compensate them for the three weeks. I think that is an entirely reasonable request given the risk.”Ebola—a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of several viral strains—can be spread in several ways to others, according to the CDC: “direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola; objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus; infected fruit bats or primates (apes and monkeys).”Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food, states the CDC.Cuomo and state officials announced Oct. 16 there would be eight hospitals across New York designated to handle potential Ebola patients, two on Long Island: Stony Brook University Hospital and North Shore-LIJ’s Glen Cove hospital. The latter announced Thursday it’d also be developing a specialized biological containment unit, to be housed in one of its-yet-unnamed 16 hospitals.“Again, I’m asking those people who were in contact with infected people to stay home for 21 days,” Cuomo reiterated Monday at Mineola Middle School. “Enjoy your friends, enjoy your family. Read a book. Read my book,” he joked.“You don’t have to read my book, but stay at home for 21 days,” added Cuomo.” It will help keep the public calm. And if they do become infected, they’re health professionals. They would want to help make sure they limited their exposure, just in case. This accomplishes that.”“I always believed that it was inevitable that Ebola was going to be here,” he explained. “As soon as we saw that it was in Dallas, I knew in my heart that it was just a matter of time. So we worked on these issues, we thought them through, and this is where we came out.“Home quarantine is not an undue burden,” he insisted. “It’s not like we’re asking someone something terrible. They will have just been in Africa for a period of time—stay home with your family and friends and we’ll pay you. Some people disagree and say ‘I don’t have to stay home; I can go around the city even though I’m sick.’ To me, that is an un[necessary] risk.“If we need, by law, we can mandate it.”last_img read more

The 30-minute marketing plan

first_img 85SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Details Still trying to find the time to put together a beautifully written, well-researched, comprehensive marketing plan? You’re not alone. Believe it or not, most credit unions we speak to don’t have an in-depth marketing strategy or plan. Unfortunately all too often credit union marketing professionals are bogged down with compliance burden, social media, public relations, event planning, analytics, and all of the day-to-day tactical work that comes with running their departments.Most credit unions start with a simple marketing calendar and end up using this approach for years, never truly diving deeper, developing marketing strategies for growth. That’s where the 30-minute marketing plan comes in.Start somewhere. Before writing your 30-minute marketing plan, it’s important to know the difference between a marketing calendar and a marketing plan:Marketing Calendar: A month-to-month listing of product promotions and events. A marketing calendar is tactical in nature, a “to-do” list of sorts.Marketing Plan: A written document that outlines your marketing objectives, your current situation, target audience, strategies, and tactics for how you’re going to achieve aforementioned goals. In addition, marketing plans often include a budget breakdown.The purpose of a 30-minute marketing plan isn’t to serve as your end-all strategic marketing plan every year, but more to provide a preliminary guide and get your wheels turning as a precursor to writing your complete marketing strategy. If you hire a consultant to prepare your strategic marketing plan, providing them with your 30-minute marketing plan may also take some of the research costs out of the equation.STEP 1: SITUATION ANALYSISIn order to make forward progress, you must first understand where you are now. Using simple tools such as the SWOT or PEST analysis can help you examine both your internal and external environment and give you a 360° view of where your organization stands in the marketplace.STEP 2: OBJECTIVES & STRATEGYYou’ll want to spend the most time on this section, adding a clear picture of the direction your plan will take. It is best to start by reviewing the objectives from your credit union’s strategic plan and aligning your marketing objectives accordingly. By doing this, you’ll ensure that all marketing initiatives ultimately funnel back to the growth of your organization. Once the objectives have been determined, you’ll be able to outline the specific strategies you will take to achieve each objective.Example:Objective: Increase average number of products per householdStrategy: Implement & launch relationship-pricing structureSTEP 3: TARGET MARKETMarketing is all about knowing your members and your target audience. Perhaps your credit union already has a target audience established, but if not you can determine this by taking a closer look at your objectives. Do your objectives include increasing deposits and loans? Perhaps your target audience for this plan will lean more toward the baby boomer demographic. Focusing on checking account penetration? Maybe developing relationships with millennials is the direction you want to go. Whatever direction you decide to go, having a target market will help get the best bang for your marketing buck, eliminating the guesswork and optimizing your marketing resources.STEP 4: COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGYA communications strategy can be complex, but for the purpose of the 30-minute marketing plan, you’ll want to identify your top 3 communication messages (based on your previously determined objectives and target audience) and use these messages as guiding principles in the formation of all communications going forward.Example:ABC Credit Union acts as your personal financial advisorABC Credit Union provides financial education to the community.ABC Credit Union fosters a culture of collaboration between members, community, and staff.These communication messages can stem from your core values, mission statement, or simply your organizational objectives for the year. Once they have been determined, you will be able to decide which delivery channels to use to distribute your messages.STEP 5: BUDGETDeveloping your 30-minute marketing plan before the annual budget is determined may provide that extra push to help get that budget increase you’ve been waiting for. If your budget for the year has already been set, now is the time to allocate those funds to various objectives and strategies from the previous section. Don’t forget to leave room for the delivery channels you’ve outlined in your communications strategy.Outlining the above steps should be a quick, 30-minute exercise that can help gain buy-in from senior management, keep your department focused, and can open the door to writing a more comprehensive strategic marketing plan.last_img read more

4 critical elements to your credit union growth

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Two of our Social Stairway team recently attended Brewing Marketing Success and Sales 2016. We had a great time; there were many amazing speakers and we learned some great tactical tips and strategy ideas.The first speaker was Bob Ruffolo, CEO of IMPACT Branding & Design. In his presentation Bob shared some critical elements to growth… we adapted his points to our niche, so here’s four keys to Credit Union Growth!1) Have a Healthy TeamCredit Unions are all about their members, but according to Bob Ruffolo, the most critical element of growth is having a healthy team. Your team is ultimately the face of your Credit Union and they are responsible for your member’s satisfaction.Having an unhealthy team means there are big egos, politics, lack of responsibility and agreement. When people are in an environment like this their attitude toward the company changes. They lose their desire to do good and help others. continue reading »last_img read more

Liberals Envisioned a Multiracial Coalition. Voters of Color Had Other Ideas.

first_imgThe unanswered question is whether the 2020 election will be a one-off, the voting patterns scrambled by an unusually polarizing president who attracted and repelled in near equal measure. If it signals something larger, political scientists noted, some Latino and Asian voters might begin to behave like white voters, who have cleaved along class lines, with more affluent residents in urban areas voting Democratic while a decided majority of rural and exurban residents support Republicans.Then there is California, where the sands of change blow in varying directions. In 2018, Democrats swept the Orange County congressional seats. In 2020, the Republicans have rebounded and taken at least two of those seats.The Republican candidate Michelle Steel, who is Korean-American, came out against the affirmative action proposition, a stance that proved popular with her Asian-American constituents, as well as many white voters. And on election night, Ms. Steel rode that support to a narrow win against the incumbent Democratic congressman, Harley Rouda.“This is the challenge for liberal Democrats,” Professor Wasow said. “In a diverse society, how do you enact politics that may advance racial equality without reinforcing racial divisions that are counterproductive and hurt you politically?” Asian-American Californians opposed the affirmative action measure in large numbers. A striking number of East and South Asian students have gained admission to elite state universities, and their families spoke to reporters of their fear that their children would suffer if merit in college selection was given less weight. That battle carried echoes of another that raged the past few years in New York City, where a white liberal mayor’s efforts to increase the number of Black and Latino students in selective high schools angered working- and middle-class South and East Asian families whose children have gained admission to the schools in large numbers.“There’s more texture to California blue politics than you might think,” said Lanhee Chen, a fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University and policy director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential run. “Identity politics only go so far. There is a sense on affirmative action that people resent being categorized by progressives.” Aside from those successes, however, the election presented complications wrapped one inside another for Democrats. In Texas and Florida, in California and in Colorado (where New York Times exit polls found that roughly 40 percent of white voters and 38 percent of Latino voters cast ballots for President Trump), the assumption that people of color would vote as a liberal Democratic bloc often proved illusory.John Judis is a liberal writer and scholar who in 2002 co-wrote “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” which became a seminal text for those who saw the Democratic Party as a political tide rising. He has since backed off that a touch.“‘People of color’ is a term that’s been adopted by the cultural left as a way of arguing that if these groups proportionately voted Democratic in the past, they will do so in the future,” Mr. Judis said. “I don’t see how you can make the argument.”Viewing the Latino vote as monolithic fails, of course, to capture the often sharply varying politics and ethnicities of people hailing from nearly two dozen countries on two continents. The same is true when examining the behavior of Asian-American voters.Philadelphia offers a snapshot: A record number of Latinos in the city, which is heavily Puerto Rican and Dominican, turned out and buoyed Mr. Biden. Yet exit polls also found that Latino voter support there for Mr. Trump leapt to 35 percent this year from 22 percent in 2016. In Milwaukee, an analysis by Urban Milwaukee reported an uptick in the Latino working-class vote for Mr. Trump, although a majority still favored Mr. Biden. “We should not think of demography as destiny,” said Professor Omar Wasow, who studies politics and voting patterns at Princeton University. “These groups are far more heterogeneous than a monolith and campaigns often end up building their own idiosyncratic coalition.” The proposition seemed tailor-made for one of the nation’s most diverse and liberal states. California officials asked voters to overturn a 24-year-old ban on affirmative action in education, employment and contracting.The state political and cultural establishment worked as one to pass this ballot measure. The governor, a senator, members of Congress, university presidents and civil rights leaders called it a righting of old wrongs.- Advertisement – The reasons offered for these results include poor field organizing by the Democratic Party, the cultural conservatism of some older Tejano families, and the fact that many in these often-dense counties find good-paying jobs with the Border Patrol.Many voters, too, worried that Mr. Biden and the Democrats would impose a new coronavirus-driven shutdown, with dire consequences for the many thousands who own and labor for small businesses. Prof. Omar Valerio-Jimenez grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and teaches history at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Several of his old friends and cousins voted for Mr. Trump.“They faced this challenge: Do they continue to open our stores and restaurants and churches, which lets us pay our bills,” he said, “or do we quarantine and not have the money to pay our bills?”Muslim voters also confounded Democratic strategists with their support for Mr. Trump reaching 35 percent, according to The Associated Press. This, too, is a constituency difficult to pigeonhole, as it encompasses Africans, Arabs, South Asians and Europeans.“A sizable number of Muslims have experienced Donald Trump and to the surprise of Democrats they said, ‘We want more of that,’” Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution said.Analyzing vote shifts is a tricky business, particularly when trying to gauge why some Latino, Black or Arab voters moved from supporting a liberal Democratic candidate like Mrs. Clinton in 2016 to voting for a populist authoritarian Republican like Mr. Trump. Some analysts pointed to the appeal among male voters — regardless of color or ethnicity — of Mr. Trump’s masculine persona. Others mentioned the performance of the national economy, which had hummed along until the plague arrived. Latinos, too, appear sharply divided. Prominent Latino nonprofit and civil rights organizations endorsed the affirmative action proposition even as all 14 of California’s majority-Latino counties voted it down.Latinos make up more than half of San Bernardino County’s population, although significantly fewer turn out to vote. More residents there voted on the affirmative action proposition than for president, rejecting it by a margin of 28 percentage points. In rural Imperial County, in the southeastern corner of the state, 85 percent of the population is Latino. The voters there who gave Joseph R. Biden Jr. a nearly 27-point margin of victory went against the affirmative action measure by 16 percentage points.The results suggest that Democrats may need to adjust their strategy as the complexities of class, generation and experience, and the competing desires of these demographic groups become clear. Since the dawn of the 21st century, it has become commonplace for party leaders to talk of a rising demographic tide that is destined to lift the Democrats to dominance. That liberal coalition is seen as resting on a bedrock of upper-middle-class white voters, alongside working- and middle-class Black, Latino and Asian voters. Along the Rio Grande in Texas, where some Tejano families have roots that extend back four centuries, the vote margins shifted dramatically in 2020. Latino turnout soared, almost entirely to the benefit of Mr. Trump. Although Mr. Biden obtained more total votes in the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, his margins of victory fell sharply.center_img There were small, intriguing changes in the Black vote as well. The Times’s exit polls in Georgia found that 16 percent of Black men voted for Mr. Trump. (Compared with 7 percent of Black women there.) And to chart the votes along the so-called Black Belt in Mississippi, which includes 10 counties along the Mississippi River, was to find that although Mr. Biden won handily, his margin in nearly every county was two to three percentage points smaller than Mrs. Clinton’s. Variations of this puzzle could be found in surprising corners of the nation on Election Day, as slices of ethnic and racial constituencies peeled off and cut against Democratic expectations.- Advertisement – In broad strokes, that narrative held. Black voters, along with a shift in the white suburban vote, played a pivotal role in delivering Georgia to the Democratic column (although so closely that a statewide audit is taking place). So, too, Black voters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia voted overwhelmingly for Democrats — as did well-to-do majority-white suburbs — and gave Pennsylvania and therefore the national election to President-elect Biden.In Arizona, Latino voters piled up large margins for Mr. Biden and tipped the state narrowly into the Democratic column for the first time since 1996. Representative Ruben Gallego, the Democratic congressman from Phoenix who is a former Marine and a Harvard graduate, noted that several decades of aggressive tactics by Republican governors and white sheriffs had stirred activism among the young Latinos who dominate politics there.“The Republicans caught Latino lightning in the bottle in Florida and South Texas, but not here,” Mr. Gallego said. “We are very politicized. It’s just important that white liberals don’t impose their thoughts and policies on us.” – Advertisement – “Women and people of color are still at a sharp disadvantage by almost every measure,” The Los Angeles Times wrote in an editorial endorsement.Yet on Election Day, the proposition failed by a wide margin, 57 percent to 43 percent, and Latino and Asian-American voters played a key role in defeating it. The outcome captured the gap between the vision laid out by the liberal establishment in California, which has long imagined the creation of a multiracial, multiethnic coalition that would embrace progressive causes, and the sentiments of many Black, Latino, Asian and Arab voters. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Published measures for caterers: Caterers are forbidden to work after midnight, covid wardens are introduced

first_imgLabour organization Legal or natural persons who manage catering facilities, providers of catering services in households and family farms are obliged to organize work in accordance with the general and special recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health published on their website and ensure that their employees and guests comply. established epidemiological measures.  There are no standing places. In the hospitality industry, they are worn by all employees, while guests wear them only when they are not sitting at a table or consuming food, drinks and beverages. Face masks or medical masks must be worn so that they always cover both the nose and the mouth. Opening hours of the facility. It is recommended that the opening hours of the facility be completed by midnight. Side dish: Decision on temporary regulation of work and limitation of working hours of catering facilities and other providers of catering services In the facilities, tables are kept empty until guests arrive, and utensils are served when guests sit down. It is recommended to display the menus at the entrance or other visible place in an appropriately plasticized form, ie it is recommended to remove the classic forms of the menu. It is possible to give visitors an oral recommendation or in some other acceptable way to express the offer of food and drinks. At the proposal of the county headquarters for civil protection, the working hours of catering facilities and other providers of catering services may be additionally limited for the area of ​​an individual unit of local and regional self-government.  Notices must be posted in a visible place for all employees and visitors about the need to adhere to general hygiene and physical distance measures and to wear face masks or medical masks in the facility. At the entrance to the facility and elsewhere in a visible place in the facility, a notice must be posted on the maximum number of guests that may be inside the facility. COVID-guard.  Allowed number of people in the building HZJZ: New measures for caterers The stated working hours also apply to providers of catering services in the household and family farms, except for accommodation services. Decision on temporary regulation of work and limitation of working hours of catering facilities and other providers of catering services Limit the total number of visitors In the space of the catering facility, as many people are allowed as the facility can accommodate them in such a way that the usable area of ​​the facility has 4 m2 of area per guest. At the entrance to the facility and elsewhere in a visible place in the facility, a notice must be posted on the maximum number of guests that may be inside the facility. The stated working hours do not refer to catering facilities from the groups “Hotels”, “Camps” and “Other catering facilities for accommodation”, except for catering facilities of other groups that work in their composition.  This Decision temporarily regulates the work and limits the working hours of catering facilities and other providers of catering services during the declared epidemic of the COVID-19 disease.   Also, the Headquarters announced today the decision according to which sThese caterers are forbidden to work after midnight, as well as new recommendations for all catering facilities. Limiting the number of visitors can be achieved by making available the number of tables that can be placed so that the tables are at least 3 m apart from each other and for each guest in the room should be provided 4 m2 of space. The entry of guests is regulated in such a way that the next visitor or group of visitors can enter only when the previous group of visitors leaves the premises. The physical distance between individual groups of visitors must be at least 1,5 m. Organized groups of guests can sit at tables, with the distance between individual groups of guests in the facility at least 1,5 m. For example, members of one family sit 1,5 m away from other groups of guests, even if it is long tables that are designed to seat more people. The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, given the current epidemiological situation, passed three decisions to which he prescribed considerably more cases when required use of face masks or medical masks indoors and further tightened the conditions for registering and organizing social i public gatherings. Public gatherings of any kind and content, involving more than 50 participants, must have a COVID-warden at every 50 persons gathered. All participants must be familiar with the prevention measures for each event. The organizer is responsible for organizing the gathering in accordance with the measures as well as obtaining all necessary approvals, and the COVID stewards are in charge of implementing the instructions, which the organizer of the meeting is obliged to educate and equip. Read all the recommendations in the attachment. Face masks.  Physical distance between guests.  Today, the Croatian Institute of Public Health announced new recommendations for caterers, night bars and clubs, as well as for food preparation and serving activities and weddings. The distance between the guests is achieved by maintaining a distance of 1,5 meters between the guests sitting at the table, which means that the seating tables should be at least 3 meters apart. Catering facilities can work from 6,00 to 24,00 hours. There are no standing places or high tables if only guests can stand around the table at high tables. There are only seats behind the bar (bar serving drinks) and standing is prohibited except in very small catering facilities where there is only a bar serving drinks and where a self-employed or one employed person works. Standing places here must be marked in such a way as to respect the distance between the guests. The largest number of persons who are allowed to stay in the space of such a facility at the same time is calculated so that 4m2 of usable area of ​​the facility per guest is provided, and the employee must wear a visor and mask if he can not maintain physical distance to the guest. Any identification of bar places in such facilities with similar circumstances in other catering facilities is not allowed. All other larger facilities must have accessible high chairs seated 1,5 meters apart. Visible notifications Attachment: Recommendations for infection prevention in catering facilities with and without terraces and in catering facilities in accommodation facilities VERSION 4last_img read more