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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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Risk-Taking

by Art Dykstra | Aug 02, 2017

Those of you who have reached a certain level of physical maturity will no doubt remember the days when playing marbles was a popular warm weather activity. I’m talking about a particular variation of the game—the one where you dug a hole in the ground with the heel of your shoe (smooth gravel was best) and won the game by shooting all of your marbles into the hole on your turn.

My friends sorted themselves into two groups and generally stayed with their preferred teams throughout their elementary school days. They either played for “funs” or for “keeps.” (Such ground rules had to be established before the first marble was tossed.) Some kids only played for funs, either because they were risk-aversive, had only a few marbles to start with, or claimed to be following the religious teaching of their church. Other kids, however, only played for keeps, perhaps because they had more generous allowances, knew someone who worked at a flower shop (and so had an unlimited supply of marbles), or were simply very talented in using their thumbs and forefingers. They were the risk-takers of the playground.

As leaders, we must be willing to take risks and, even though we may be a bit scared, be willing to, in the imagery of author and leadership consultant, John Gardner, be the first bird off the telephone wire. Risk-taking is playing for keeps. Those who want only to “play for funs” invoke the common excuses for avoiding action: We need more data. The staff will never buy it. We’ll lose our funding. I don’t even know where to start. Now is not the right time. My boss will kill me.

In research reported by Azi Fiegenbaum and Howard Thomas in 1988 in “Attitudes Toward Risk and the Risk-Return Paradox,” (Academy of Management Journal), they found that “most firms may be risk-seeking when they are suffering losses or are below targeted aspiration levels. Conversely, they will tend to be risk-aversive following achievement of aspirations and targets.” This behavior follows the “quit while you’re ahead” school of thought. I would argue that even in organizations that aren’t particularly successful, but which keep their heads above water, risk-aversion is prevalent. Only in extreme cases of hardship or catastrophe are they willing to change—when they have nothing left to lose.

However, risk-taking renews both leader and follower. To be alive is to risk something to gain something without knowing the outcome. Of course, risk-taking that doesn’t calculate the potential benefits and liabilities is just as unhealthy as never taking a risk. But the risk-taking culture of most organizations can probably be determined by the way that top leadership answer the question, “How safe do I need to be?”

The need for security, the fear of loss or rejection is contagious and spreads outward, stifling the creative urges of staff members everywhere. Rare indeed is the underling who is willing to take on greater risk than his superiors. The manager sets the tone for risk-taking.

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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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