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  • Trinity Services’ 28th Annual Dinner Dance and Auction to offer night of fun in support of people with disabilities, mental illness

    Aug 15, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — All are invited to join Trinity Services, Inc. for its 28th Annual Dinner Dance and Auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Odyssey Country Club, 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park.

    The theme of this year’s event is “Havana Nights,” and all proceeds will benefit Trinity Services in its mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Guests will enjoy cocktails, fine dining, silent and live auctions, and live music by The Connexion Band, including oldies, pop, rock, R&B and more.

    Mobile bidding will be available to all attendees for the silent auction, conveniently letting bidders know via a text message when someone has outbid them.

    Auction items include something for everyone — a Microsoft Surface Pro 4, hotel and spa packages, an Amazon Echo, Philips Hue lighting, museum trips, concert tickets, Disney World tickets, wine tasting packages, home decor, jewelry, sports items and tickets, children’s toys, and more.

    Tickets for the event are $100 each and can be purchased by visiting www.trinity-services.org.

    Those interested in helping in other ways are welcome to become an event sponsor, purchase an ad in the event program book, or donate a new item for the live or silent auctions.

    For additional information about the Dinner Dance or how to get involved, visit www.trinity-services.org or call (815) 717-3750.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Trinity’s first Bike Club draws interest of cycling lovers and beginners, alike

    Aug 14, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Tony has loved cycling since he was a child.

    He spends every weekend and each opportunity he gets on nice days to ride local trails, and enjoy the feeling of the wind rushing past and the gentle coasting of his red, three-wheeled vehicle. One of his favorite places to ride is Old Plank Road Trail, near his Frankfort home.

    Tony appreciates the recreational and health benefits of cycling so much that he recently worked with Trinity Services staff members to share this experience with others through the creation of Trinity’s first Bike Club.

    The club had its inaugural meeting in a coned-off section of the parking lot of Trinity’s Corporate Center in New Lenox. The traffic-free space allowed cycling aficionados free reign to cruise and cycling newcomers the chance to try something new.

    Since that first meeting, dozens of people supported by Trinity Services have met at the club’s bimonthly meetings to enjoy gentle exercise, recreation and relaxation together.

    The group has a variety of cycles to choose from — bicycles, tricycles and even a tandem bicycle that can be used alongside a Trinity staff member. The cost of the bicycles was covered by a generous grant from the Sage Foundation.

    Meetings are facilitated by Elise English, the coordinator of Trinity’s Social Center, which opened last year to host and organize a multitude of group activities for the people Trinity supports to enjoy together.

    Tony said he was very excited that the inaugural meeting of the Bike Club was able to draw such a successful turnout, and he looks forward to what the future holds, including introducing cycling to even more members of the Trinity community.

    Another goal for the future is for members of the club to travel trails together, particularly once more members have mastered controlling speed, braking and, for those who choose to ride two-wheeled cycles, balancing, according to Mike Chandler, a program coordinator in Trinity’s Network III, who worked with Tony to launch the club.

    The Trinity Bike Club is open to everyone supported by Trinity Services and meets roughly every other week.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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    Tony sits atop his red cycle at the inaugural meeting of the Trinity Bike Club in New Lenox.

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The Effective Organizational Leader: Self-Leadership

by Art Dykstra | Apr 12, 2017

Becoming effective organizational leaders requires much more than knowledge and charisma. In fact, the qualities that characterize strong leaders must show up in more than one facet of life. One essential quality is that they must know how to manage themselves. Let me talk about some important elements that distinguish those who are adept at self-management.

First, the best leaders have accepted themselves as they are. They know their strengths and weaknesses, and can also identify their bad habits. They work on those negative habits without beating themselves up for not being perfect. They also know what motivates them. That knowledge helps them grow and live with a clear sense of purpose.

Second, effective leaders have a high functioning personal radar system. They know what is going on around them. Since they don’t over-evaluate their effectiveness and importance, they can assess the behaviors and feelings of the people with whom they work with more accuracy. As a result, they notice when something is wrong — and right.

Max Bazerman (The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See) describes the personal radar system as vigilance rather than paranoia. A good leader avoids obsessing over issues and simply takes sufficient time to ask the important questions. Therefore, he/she notices subtle changes that indicate that the organization may be straying in some fashion. That awareness enables him/her to avert major and minor disasters.

Third, effective leaders manage their personal lives. That’s not to say that they live in a problem-free sphere. They don’t. People with leadership skills face their problems head on and work to resolve them in such a way that additional avoidable problems don’t surface. Furthermore, they refrain from “wallowing in their misery,” use their energy to address the issues that arise and then move on. Consequently, they are able to follow the same pattern when dealing with the inevitable problems that surface in an organization.

Fourth, effective leaders manage their emotions. Of course, no human is completely unflappable, though some people are calmer than others. Leaders acknowledge their feelings and do not allow them to control their interactions with other people or their view of conditions around them. The goal is to be positive, encouraging, productive and fun to be with. For instance, ask yourself this question: “Would you rather be around someone who expects the worst (i.e., 'The woods are on fire,' 'The sky is falling,' 'The “state” is here.') or around someone who can smile, laugh, listen with empathy and offer encouragement in the course of positive and negative events. Co-workers/employees respond best to leaders who are predictable.

Finally, effective leaders manage themselves in such a way that they achieve results. They remind themselves that their job is to produce results — good results. To accomplish this, they set monthly objectives and follow the identified priorities. They ask themselves continually, “Am I working on what I am supposed to be working on? Or is this something that others should be doing?”

Brian Tracy addressed these issues with his popular “ABCDE Method.” He suggests the following:

An “A” task is one that is so important that if left undone will incur significant consequences. Of course, it is highly likely that more than one such task exists, so label them “A-1,” “A-2,” “A-3,” and so on. The trick is to remember that “A-1” remains the most important.

A “B” task also incurs consequences if left undone, but they are not as damaging as the those suffered by leaving an “A” task undone. Never work on a “B” task when there is an “A” task left to do.

A “C” task is one that would be nice to accomplish but has no real consequences if left undone. Reading a magazine or newspaper might keep you up on politics or sports, but it does not contribute to your work. Never do a “C” task when a “B” task is left undone. 

A “D” task is anything that you can delegate to someone else. One of the important leadership rules is that you should delegate anything that can be delegated. You have enough work that only you can do; you should not be spending your time on tasks that can be done by others. Ask yourself, “What can I and only I do that will make a major difference in the company?” If a task doesn’t fall into this category, give it to someone else. And the priority rule continues: Never work on a “D” task when there is a “C” task left undone.

An “E” task is something that needs to be eliminated. It shouldn’t even be on the table. It has no consequences and is of no use. Perhaps it was a task that was important in the past but is now obsolete. Or perhaps it should never have been done at all.  At any rate, now is the time to eliminate it.

The key to making this model work is to commit to avoid working on any low priority task while there is a higher priority task yet undone.

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  • 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction

    Dinner Dance 2017

    We feel privileged to be celebrating our 67th year of providing supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Since first opening our doors as a small school, Trinity Services has been committed to helping individuals flourish and lead more independent lives. We now serve more than 3,500 people through an array of innovative programs. This would not be possible without generous supporters like you.

    We hope you will join us for an evening of entertainment, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 16, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. This year's theme is "Havana Nights."
    The evening starts with cocktails at 5 p.m.

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    Dinner Dance 2017 Sponsors

    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Platinum - $5,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business logo posted on Trinity Services' website
    10 complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Gold - $3,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Six complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Silver - $2,000
    Full-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Bronze - $1,000
    Half-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Two complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Program Book Advertisement Opportunities:
    Full-page color $500 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    Full-page B&W $300 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    1/2-page B&W $200 (7.5” W x 4.875” H)
    1/4-page B&W $100 (3.75” W x 4.875” H)
    1/8-page business card/celebration B&W $50 (3.75”W x 2.4375” H)

    Auction Items:
    You can also help us make this event a success by contributing a new, unused item for the silent or live auction. All items donated are 100% tax deductible.
    Some popular auction items from past years have included: tickets to sporting events, autographed sports paraphernalia, vacation packages (or airline miles), tools, theater tickets, gift cards, spa treatments, jewelry, wine, kids’ fun baskets, pet baskets, and electronics (iPad, Kindle, wireless sound systems, smart TV, etc.)
    Please drop off or mail your item(s) by Friday, Aug. 25, to 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451.
    If you need Trinity staff to pick up your donation, please call 815-717-3750.
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