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The in-house newsletter of Mountain Valley Developmental Services June/July 2010 Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. created and projected by gratitude consider the following analogy... ~G.B. Stern “Think of yourself as a giant magnet. Whatever you are feeling, whether it be love, fear, anger, Googling Gratitude happiness, joy, gratitude, resistance etc. you are Contributed by Myriah Walker, a/k/a Newsletter Elf in essence creating a magnetic force that attracts and draws to you events, conditions and Reading the headlines in the newspapers and the circumstances which are in direct correlation to net, its becoming apparent that this is not the what you are feeling. Fear of something creates New Age, but from the sounds of it, its becoming a magnetic force that will attract more of what the age of skepticism, blame, judgment and you fear. Expressing Gratitude for any situation righteous indignation. There is also a lot of fear projects a magnetic force that draws to you more due to job losses, budget cut backs, and the of what you are expressing gratitude for.” I seeming evidence of lack in our current shifting highly recommend the rest of this article and web economy. site. This attitude doesn't do me any favors in creating So, just for today, look around you – the people the life I want, nor help ease the day-to-day you work with in person and on the phone and burdens of working and living with others on this computer, everyone in our agency, the entire planet. I'm always searching for ways to bring network of services we are connected with – and more harmony and peace into my little world, so think about gratitude, even just one little thing on a lark I decided to google “gratitude.” I you are grateful for about the person or situation came across a wonderful web site called you are quick to grumble about. Erase the www.abundance-and-happiness.com. From their discontent and empower your world with article 'The Power of Gratitude' I share the contentment. Then do it again tomorrow. following: I'm grateful for all of you, for the experiences in “When you are in a sincere state of gratitude my life I'm receiving here, the clients who teach your energy (vibrational resonance) is one of me so much about myself and what is real and acceptance and harmony. You resonate and as a true in the world, and the power of love. result project a much higher vibrational frequency which is exactly what attracts to you I would maintain that thanks are the highest to the events, conditions, and circumstances that form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness you desire. doubled by wonder. “To provide more clarity on the resonance ~G.K. Chesterton The in-house newsletter of Mountain Valley Developmental Services June/July 2010 Welcome New Staff Members Ilias Satouev June 22 A big welcome to our latest recruits. Laura Laura Ayers June 25 Verhulst and Agripina Mora Solorio join the Jeanette Mittenzwei June 25 Columbine House staff; Gesine Dommer and Trisha Hughes join the Vail Day Program; and Sarah Brotherson June 28 Adolf Irvind joins Pitkin house. We hope you Laura Verhulst June 28 have a long and happy career with us, and look forward to your contributions. Veronica DeLeon June 29 Chavon Ryan June 29 Roxie Roadcap-Kissell June 30 As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to Marcie Wenzel June 30 utter words, but to live by them. Alfred Angelo July 2 ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy Heather Reid July 2 Dianne Crowdis July 7 Birthday Wishes Kristina Davis July 11 When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk Erick Zuniga July 12 for a year and a half. Donna Collins July 16 ~Gracie Allen Cristina Leon July 31 Jennifer Acha June 6 Staff Anniversaries John Gastinger June 8 Always bear in mind that your own resolution Coleen Graves June 10 to succeed is more important than any one thing. Jennifer Wagner June 15 ~Abraham Lincoln Emily Finch June 18 Jackie Collins June 19 Phyllis Billmeyer 20 years Doris Tom June 20 Francine Wood 19 years The in-house newsletter of Mountain Valley Developmental Services June/July 2010 Linda Austin-Martin 15 years There have been a few staff changes that I wanted to share with everyone. Marcie Wenzel 15 years Sheila Maurer is the Director of Adult Services: Nancy Hadland 12 years This position overseas all day programs, Jean Stewart 11 years residential homes and the medical office. Sheila Terry Norris 8 years can be contacted at 970-945-2306 x12, or by email at Sheila @ mtnvalley.org. Sarah Brotherson 6 years Amanda Emerson is the director of Enrichment Claude Burchett 6 years services. This position overseas Silt, Carbondale Paula Burchett 6 years and Vail Day Programs. Amanda is focusing on making positive changes in the Vail area to Tina Maddalone 6 years mirror the activities and programs in both Silt Donna Ross 5 years and Carbondale. The goal is to have all three programs be consistent and have similar daily Amanda Emerson 3 years activities as well as leverage the strengths of Georgine Bogovich 2 years their individual communities for outings. Keisha Massarotti 2 years We are working on getting calendars out to Ilias Satouev 2 years families so you may participate in day program activities. Berta Davila 1 year Jennifer Acha is the new Benefit’s Coordinator Angelique Raffin 1 year and that office has been moved to the Glenwood office location. Barb Donily is now the Residential Coordinator over Oakhurst house and all of the Glenwood We can only be said to be alive in those Apartments. moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. Emily Finch has decided to step down to do direct care with clients in the apartment ~Thornton Wilder program. We are very happy that we still have both Barb and Emily with Mountain Valley. Staff Changes at Mountain Valley Contributed by Sheila Maurer Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it The in-house newsletter of Mountain Valley Developmental Services June/July 2010 must be produced and discharged and used up individual are being fulfilled to the best of our in order to exist at all. ability during the interim. Our front desk staff, Janet and Maureen, should be aware of whom to ~William Faulkner refer questions at all times when we are covering a vacant staff position. Supervisory staff are responsible for informing them of where to refer Staff Turnover calls so that families and others needing Contributed by Bruce Christensen assistance can be connected to someone who can Mountain Valley strives to provide an enjoyable help. and rewarding workplace for its staff and, during On the other hand, we do want to make sure that recent years, has been able to greatly reduce staff involved family members and guardians are turnover. However, given the size of our introduced to new staff who may be a part of workforce of 130 people, some level of turnover their family member’s team in a timely manner. is inevitable. We regularly receive comments Key staff (coordinators, case managers, nurses, from concerned family members who feel that program directors, etc.) should send a letter of they should be notified immediately upon our introduction or make telephone contact in a receipt of notice that a person is going to resign timely manner following appointment to a his/her position or when a key member of our position. Also, relevant staff changes should be staff may be leaving for other reasons. discussed at subsequent IDT meetings. Unfortunately, it is really not practical for us to do this in every case. Additionally, privacy and labor laws do not allow us to share employment related information with outside parties. Whenever possible, however, the departing person is expected to personally advise family Gratitude is the memory of the heart. members and persons served that they will be ~Jean Baptiste Massieu leaving. However, we do need to make sure that families know that we are not able to provide them with personal notification of every departing employee. New Computer Network Server Mountain Valley’s primary emphasis during periods of staff vacancy is always to act to fill Contributed by Janet Jesse the vacancy as quickly as possible, as well as to Mt. Valley is getting a new computer network assure that the functions of the departing server. The installation of the new server is The in-house newsletter of Mountain Valley Developmental Services June/July 2010 scheduled for Friday, July 16 – Monday, July ~Benjamin Disraeli 19th. During this time you will be unable to log on to the server. If you work at the main agency building, this also means that you will not have GMO's in Food Supply/You Have A access to the Internet during that time. This will Choice not affect the ability of off-site facilities (group www.nongmoshoppingguide.com homes, day programs, etc.) to use the Internet for Therap or ADP. According to www.nongmoshoppingguide.com, American's have been eating Genetically Among other things, our new server will enable Modified foods since 1996 in most processed us to have a VPN (virtual personal network) so I foods. There is no “have I been eating GMO's?” will be able to better manage all of the computers The fact is, we all have. There are eight that we have here at Mt. Valley. I will have the modified food crops. The five major crops are ability to log onto remote machines and help soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beets. diagnose a problem, as well as update virus These crops have bacterial genes inserted into their DNA, which allow the plants to survive an protection software and other software. This otherwise deadly cocktail of weed killer. means you should no longer have to take your Farmers use considerably more herbicides on computer apart and bring it into me at the agency these crops, and so the food has a higher content for repair. This should make everybody’s life of of herbicide residues. About 68% of GM easier. I am sure there will be lots of questions crops are herbicide tolerant. after we get the new server but I expect the So then, everything that has high fructose corn transition to go very smoothly. I will make sure syrup, (not made from organic corn), has been training is available if necessary; meanwhile if highly charged with herbicides. Anything with you have any questions, please feel free to non organic sugar. Vegetable protein from soy is also introduced in a lot of processed foods. Soy contact me. foods can be okay if they are organic, as well as Janet Jesse all the other crops listed. Canola oils are the new “it” oil by the food industry, but one to watch out email@example.com for. One must be a wise shopper to read the 945.2306 labels and look for specifically non GMO labels. As consumers, we vote at the cash register. I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not Organics are sometimes more expensive, but at indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. the cost of our better health, much more frugal The in-house newsletter of Mountain Valley Developmental Services June/July 2010 and wise in the long run. To download a offset the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of free shopping guide to avoid GMO's go here: Mexico by driving 20 percent less. http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/SG/Dow Bicycles are practical and can meet many needs. nloadtheGuide/index.cfm Throughout the U.S., 40 percent of all car trips are less than five miles, the ideal spatial range of bicycling, and some argue that 20 percent of all If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he trips could be made by bicycle if the U.S. built isn't likely to be thankful for what he's proper infrastructure. going to get. Lest you conclude that rationing is some sort of ~Frank A. Clark communistic plot, recall that after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita shut down Gulf of Mexico drilling and crippled 50 percent of U.S. refining The Moral Imperative of the BP Oil capacity, President George Bush urged Spill: Drive 20 Percent Less Americans to be "better conservers" and asked us Excerpts from article by Jason Henderson to avoid non-essential driving. He also asked Today there is an ecological disaster in the Gulf federal workers to carpool or take public transit. of Mexico that stems from the insatiable demand While this was purely voluntary and amounted to for oil and for using that oil for driving. Almost nothing, the point is, an oil man said it. He did half of the oil used in the US is used for personal not have to, but Bush's people understood the driving, and upwards of 68 percent of the oil we relationship between oil and driving and saw the use is for all transportation. We can make a panicked long lines at gas stations in Houston substantial dent in our oil dependency, while also suburbs. giving the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico To read the full article, go to time to work, by reducing personal driving by 20 http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/06/14/the-moral- percent. We do not have the time to wait for a imperative-of-the-bp-oil-spill-drive-20-percent- magical "clean" car decades away -- we must act less/. now. Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, Defenders of offshore drilling say that demand but the parent of all others. for oil in the U.S. will still hover around 20 ~Cicero million barrels a day -- every day -- including during the moratorium, however long it lasts. So what can be done in the immediate future to rectify the whole mess? I propose that we can To Contribute to Newsletter The in-house newsletter of Mountain Valley Developmental Services June/July 2010 Scomm Myriah Walker, place submissions in the 'Barb Donily' mail box, or email IAMMYRIAH@aol.com. Smoke signals optional but translating is really a bugger.
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