Eight Tips for Gift Giving at Work
Now is the time to start uncomfortable name make really Keep this in mind not
planning your holiday situation (for you and beautiful and only for the day you’ll
shopping list, but not for the recipient), make a memorable gifts. be presenting the gift,
family, for all of those co- call or ask a friend who but also for items you’ll
Food for Thought. You
workers (optional, of would know. need to mail.
can never go wrong
course) who have helped Practically Perfect. with food items. Be Noteworthy.
you throughout the year. Choosing the perfect Desserts are always a The best way to
Here are some tips: gift is sometimes big hit. Concerns make an
harder than picking about fat and carbs go impression is to
Making a list. You out the perfect tie for right out the door send a personal
may even want to dad or sweater for during the holidays. note or message
consider an A and B mom. It’s important to People love giving and with the gift.
list. The As are the choose a gift with the receiving tasty treats Tailoring a
people to whom you recipient in mind. like Mrs. Field’s message of thanks
absolutely, positively Classic office items like cookies or Ghirardelli that’s personal and
must give a gift—in portfolios, clocks or Chocolates. Why not heartfelt goes a
fact, they pretty much picture frames are place them in a large long way in
expect it. These A always a safe bet. mug with their initial? building long-term
listers are your Small leather goods relationships and
administrative Quality Counts.
also make a positive work place
assistant and anyone Closeouts and
impression. Always harmony.
who has played a big clearance sales can be
ask yourself, “Would I Preprinted holiday
role in making you look tempting, but beware.
use or appreciate this? cards have become
good. Those on the B Invest in high-quality,
If so, buy it. NOTE: all the rage.
list are runners-up and brand name items and
because of varying Unfortunately, it
should receive a token be sure to buy from
religious and personal also leaves the
of your appreciation. reputable places that
beliefs, steer clear of recipient a feeling
“No Gifts Please”. items that have any that the sender
guarantees. In short,
These days, many type of religious or simply was too
you don’t want to
companies and holiday theme. busy (or seemingly
departments have important) to even
Get Personal. One of
implemented very Shop Early. Keep in write their name
the newest trends is
restrictive gift policies mind that many take inside the card. Is
and some even set an extended vacation that the
with the recipient’s
dollar maximums, during the holiday impression that
name or initials.
while others downright months. you’d like to give
prohibit gifts of any this holiday
picture frames or
kind. To avoid an season?
clocks with a person’s
Mark your calendars and plan to attend this year’s
Annual Holiday Buffet & Boutique.
The event is set for Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at Shandin
Hills Golf Club.
RSVP by Wednesday, December 2 via the CWN internet or
Magician Rob Watkins ~ Music by Four on the Floor
Mistress of Ceremonies ~ Ms. Diana Alexander
Lucille Hankton ~ Director of Community Services
I have been a county employment for almost 20 years; over nine of these years have been as
an active CWN member. I am proud to serve as your Director of Community Services for
the year 2009/2010.
I have also been a member of LDN and participated and completed the Management
Leadership Academy class of 2002. I currently work in the Workforce Development
Department (formerly Jobs Training Partnership Department for 17 years as a Workforce
Development Specialist/Youth Workforce Development Specialist. I also worked at the
Auditor Controller for over two years as a Fiscal Clerk.
I have served on various committees with CWN including fundraising and membership. I
have held the office as Director of the Desert for two consecutive years from 2007-2009,
and now Director of Community Services. I was also nominated and installed as a member of
Cambridge’s Who’s Who in Entrepreneurial, Business and Professional Women 2008-09.
As the Director of Community Services, I have most recently been involved in collecting
prom dresses and accessories for high school girls and encouraging everyone to join in on
the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards to benefit CWN.
Words of Wisdom, Final from the Executive Leadership Program Forum (as part of CWN’s
The executive leaders that participated in the forum were members of the Board of Supervisors (BOS),
County Administrative Officer, Presiding Court Judge, Assistant Presiding Court Judge, Superintendent of
County Schools and Clerk of the BOS. Each executive in the forum took time to share their personal words
of wisdom on career and overall life success. Here is some of what they shared.
There may not be a training manual but figure it out.
Don’t ever back up.
Stay in school – continue your education.
Look for opportunities to grow.
Understand the importance of stable family support as a foundation – that is your #1
The sooner you get things done, the better you will feel about it.
Give back (by giving of yourself).
Love life! Love your job!
See others as your potential brother/sister.
Think long term – this is a must.
Always be prepared for the next position.
Formal educational credentials say a lot – stick with it!
Don’t have a zero defect mentality – allow for mistakes.
You never know if lightening is going to strike and you’ll end up in that seat.
Don’t be afraid to fail – there is no zero tolerance for failure. Our ability to tolerate our
own failure is very important.
Love people more than the job.
Learn new things.
Make a difference in the lives of the people working with you or for you.
CWN Lunch Bags are back! At just $7 each,
they’re a bargain. Show your support of CWN
in the lunchroom. Totes will be available for
purchase at the Holiday Boutique on Tuesday,
December 8 at Shandin Hills Golf Club.
Checks or cash accepted.
Limited quantities available.
About the Award
America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are
renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together
as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation.
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to
recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more
people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank
and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in
Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to
civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s
Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain
standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12‐month period or cumulative hours
earned over the course of a lifetime.
To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than
28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation's deserving
Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12‐
month period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad. CWN is a registered group. Each time
you volunteer for CWN, log in your hours. If you do not yet have an account, you can easily create one at
www.presidentialserviceawards.gov. Once you’ve created an account, simply track your hours. If you
don’t usually volunteer for CWN but do so in other venues, you can track that as well. Volunteer as a
family? You can track that, too. Do you have children who volunteer? There are several areas of
volunteerism. Check out the site. Bottom line is ……………….. volunteer!
Depending on the number of volunteer hours, Award Recipients receive
An official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin (bronze, silver or gold—see below)
A personalized certificate of achievement
A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States
What do Recycling Symbols on Plastics Mean?
Let’s face it—plastic is everywhere. But how do you and I make sense of all the symbols and
codes and such? And, are they all recycled in the same manner? I simply toss mine into my blue
bin at home and I’m on my merry way. However, check out these interesting and helpful tips:
Most common because it is inexpensive, lightweight and easy to use.
FOUND WHERE: water bottles, mouthwash bottles, salad dressing and oil containers
RECYCLED WHERE: curbside (the blue bins)
RECYCLED INTO: polar fleece, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling and new containers
Versatile with many uses, especially packaging.
FOUND WHERE: milk jugs, juice bottles, shampoo, shopping bags, butter and yogurt tubs
RECYCLED WHERE: curbside (the blue bins)
RECYCLED INTO: pens, floor tile, lumber, benches, doghouses, picnic tables
Commonly used for piping and siding (PVC) as it’s tough and weathers well.
FOUND WHERE: clear food packaging, windows, medical equipment, detergent bottles
RECYCLED WHERE: very rare but accepted by some plastic lumber makers
RECYCLED INTO: decks, mud flaps, roadway gutters, cables, speed bumps and mats
Flexible plastic with many uses
FOUND WHERE: squeezable bottles, dry cleaning and shopping bags
RECYCLED WHERE: not recycled via the blue bins, but some communities are beginning to
accept them. Shopping bags can be returned to the store for recycling.
RECYCLED INTO: trash can liners, compost bins, shipping envelopes, landscaping ties
High melting point, so often chosen for containers which are used for hot liquids
FOUND WHERE: bottle caps, ketchup, straws, syrup and medicine bottles
RECYCLED WHERE: curbside (the blue bins)
RECYCLED INTO: signal lights, brooms, brushes, ice scrapers, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, trays
and landscape borders
Popularly known as the trademark Styrofoam
FOUND WHERE: disposable plates and cups, egg cartons, CD cases
RECYCLED WHERE: curbside (the blue bins)
RECYCLED INTO: light switch plates, egg cartons, rulers, carry-out containers
The #7 group is basically a “catch all” for items not classified elsewhere.
FOUND WHERE: three and five-gallon water bottles, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod and computer
RECYCLED WHERE: not traditionally recycled
RECYCLED INTO: plastic lumber
CWN Brochures Available Promoting Me!
Still trying to convince your co-workers and/or friends to Congratulations to Debbie
join CWN?? Lunt on her promotion to
Executive Secretary II for
Well, your answer is here. the Department of Aging and
CWN now has brochures which
detail the member benefits,
objectives and information
about the organization.
Why not surprise them with a one-year CWN membership?
Pick one up at an upcoming meeting or send an e-mail to
A heartfelt thanks from Shirili Vasquez and the San
Bernardino Mission for everyone who donated food items.
Your participation in the San Bernardino Mission’s program will
feed the hungry, homeless and destitute men, women and
children during this holiday season.
Quote of the Month
CWN congratulates Barbara West
and wishes her a long and happy
Barbara retires from San
The deepest craving of Bernardino County with over 10
human nature is the need to years of service plus over 20 years
in the private sector. She currently
be appreciated works for HSS Administration as an
Office Assistant III.
You will continue to see Barbara at most of the CWN
functions, as she plans to continue her membership.
Check out some of
Denise McGovern the vendors that wi
at the Holiday Bout ll be
President Mark Products
(a division of Avon)
Jan Dustin Mary Kay
Fused Glass Ar
Jafra and Gold
Hula Holiday Cr
Leta Paul Silver Jewelry
Monique Morales ting cards, scarf and
Directors of Membership
Directors of Programs
Directors of Mentoring
Director of Special Projects NOTE: Keep in mind that some vendors may only accept
Lucille Hankton cash and/or checks for your purchases, so plan accordingly.
Director of Community Services
Director of Desert Although 68% of CWN members indicated on the
Nancy Dugas Annual Member Survey that they were interested in
Director of West End purchasing See’s Candy, we did not receive the
Editor minimum number of orders to proceed with this
Alvina J. Hollensbe fundraiser.
Director of Publicity The CWN Board had a difficult decision and voted to
Have News to Share? Please submit cancel the See's Candy Fundraiser for this year.
to me via e-mail or phone at
The See’s Candy Fundraiser has traditionally been one
of CWN's biggest fundraisers.
Articles due by the 25th of each month
Perhaps next year will be better!
~ Alvina Hollensbe
County Women’s Network
Career Development Scholarship Announcement
CWN is once again accepting applications for our Career Development Scholarships!
CWN takes pride in offering financial assistance to help our members improve, grow and develop.
Please take advantage of what CWN is offering to you as long-standing members.
Scholarship funds may be applied toward any course of study that conforms to our goal of growth and
development. This may include, but is not limited to:
Seminars/Training (Skill Building, Computer, Management, Supervision, etc.)
All levels of College courses
For eligibility and other information refer to the form titled “Scholarship Guidelines.”
The deadline for the Winter 2009 scholarship is Monday, December 7, 2009.
Forward your completed application to Jan Dustin, Mail Code 0121 – Redevelopment Agency, so that it
reaches her office by 5:00 p.m. December 7, to be considered for the current award cycle.
Do not include your name on the supplemental portion of the application in order to maintain an
unbiased evaluation process.
1. Review each question carefully.
2. Answer each question as clearly and concisely as possible.
3. Ask a supervisor, mentor or coworker to review your scholarship application prior to submitting it.
For further information please contact Jan Dustin via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at