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  • Trinity Services welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors

    Aug 22, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. recently welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors.

    Christine Falvey and Ron Stricklin joined the board this summer. Both are parents of children who are supported by Trinity Services, and both have been involved with the organization for roughly 15 years.

    Falvey, a Mokena resident, has approximately 30 years of experience in the environmental industry as a transportation coordinator for a waste management company.

    She said she is honored and proud to be a member of the board and part of Trinity Services.

    “I have seen firsthand how parental involvement is so beneficial to the individual clients and to the direct service providers,” Falvey said. “Trinity has given my son and me so much. Brian is surrounded by dedicated professionals at every level. Joining the Trinity Board of Directors is the perfect way for me to give back to Trinity.”

    Falvey’s goals for her first term are to become familiar with the full scope of the services Trinity provides and to promote Trinity throughout her community.

    Falvey added that she and her husband are contemplating retirement, so her opportunity to become more involved with Trinity Services came at the perfect time.

    Stricklin, a South Barrington resident, is a retired executive with roughly 35 years of business experience. He is involved in the Parent Advisory Group at Trinity Northwest, located in Des Plaines, and has volunteered in numerous capacities, including during audits, during legislative advocacy campaigns, and on the planning committee for Trinity’s annual Dinner and Concert Gala that takes place every December in Oak Brook.

    “I like keeping busy,” Stricklin said of his interest in joining the board. “I’m excited to learn how the board works and how different programming works at Trinity. I’m always amazed anytime I learn more about how many different services Trinity offers. I’m interested in learning about different things Trinity is doing, and hopefully my business background can be tapped into to help.”

    Stricklin added that he also wanted to join the board to stay connected to his son and contribute to what is best for him.

    “I’m impressed with people I see up and down the organization,” Stricklin said. “They are so committed to what they do and to trying to help everyone succeed.”

    President and CEO Thane Dykstra, Ph.D., praised both Falvey and Stricklin for their dedication to their sons and the mission of Trinity Services.

    “I’m so pleased that Chris and Ron decided to volunteer their time and talents to Trinity by joining the Board of Directors,” Dykstra said. “They are both instrumental supporters of the organization, and will provide Trinity with valuable perspectives and insight in their new roles.”

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 68-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 more than 30 communities in northeast, central and southern Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Trinity Services’ 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction to raise funds for people with disabilities, mental illness

    Aug 22, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc.’s 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction will raise funds for the more than 3,500 people with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom the organization supports throughout Illinois.

    The event, themed “Moonlight Sonata,” is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at The Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.

    All are welcome to attend the fundraiser, which will feature a variety of silent and live auction items, entertainment by The Night Shift Orchestra, fine dining, and great company. Tickets are $100 per person, and sponsorship and program book advertisement opportunities are available.

    At this year’s event, guests may bid on experiences, appliances, sports memorabilia and tickets, electronics, and much more. Mobile bidding will be available to all attendees for the silent auction, conveniently sending bidders a text message when someone has outbid them.

    Tickets for the Dinner Dance & Auction are $100 each and are available at www.trinity-services.org.

    Those interested in helping Trinity Services in other ways are invited to volunteer on the event’s committee or donate new, unused items for auction at the event. These donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.

    The work of Trinity Services would not be possible without its generous donors and supporters. Because of the backing of sponsors, attendees and volunteers of events like the Dinner Dance & Auction, Trinity Services is able to meet the full range of needs of the people it supports and help them to flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 68-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 more than 30 communities in northeast, central and southern Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Leaders as Emergency Generators

    Feb 07, 2018

    We have a home in Michigan located in a remote area that is not too far removed from the Lake Michigan lake-effect snow belt. Naturally, it tends to get bombarded by storms—especially in the winter. Blizzards can take down the power lines and cut off the lights, furnace, phones, refrigerator, etc. We’ve solved the problem by installing an emergency generator.  It works like a charm. When howling winds and heavy snow knock down power lines, the generator turns on automatically, bringing the household appliances to life again. The lights come on, the furnace begins blowing warm air, and the dishwasher cleans up the dirty dishes.

    Business and organizational environments often mimic Michigan’s stormy weather, so leaders inevitably contend with emergencies. Sometimes it is the loss of a major grant, a physical plant crisis, or the resignation of a key staff member. Since the human service sector relies in large part on funding from state governments, there are constant concerns with cash flow and adequate financing that affect recruitment and retention of staff. Needless to say, leaders must address the problems or face the consequences, such as reducing available services or, in worst case scenarios, shutting their doors.

    What then might constitute an emergency generator in these situations? Leaders, of course. Leaders must be the generators because they understand the vision and mission of their organizations. In addition, they are aware of the range of issues the organization faces and the potential consequences of sub-optimal outcomes. Given their knowledge and focus, leaders can assess possible challenges, explore causes and search for solutions—ahead of time. Wise leaders engage key team members, recognizing that they need a variety of perspectives to lay the groundwork and build solid plans of action.

    Interestingly, a leader’s success depends in great part on his/her attitude and outlook. The person who looks only at obstacles will duck for cover and expect the worst because negativity clouds his/her vision so thoroughly that it affects the ability to see a way out of the emergency. So, when a crisis occurs, the leader or manager looks around for an emergency generator and cannot rely on his/her own skills and abilities. On the other hand, the one who focuses on the positive will see potential because he/she sees the landscape more clearly and discerns possibilities in spite of—and sometimes because of—difficulties.

    An old story of two shoe salesmen illustrates the difference. Legend has it that a shoe company sent two salesmen in a foreign country to determine the market potential for their products. The first salesman traveled to the eastern coast to canvass the area. When he arrived, he stared in growing dismay at the people he met on the roads and in villages. They wore no shoes! Within days, he sent this message to headquarters: “No one wears shoes. There is no market for us here.”

    The second salesman visited the western coast of the same country. As he traveled, he encountered much the same scenario; however, he became more and more excited as the days passed. His message to headquarters read, “No one here wears shoes! There is a huge market for us! Send inventory fast!”

    I suggest that we leaders—the emergency generators—need to develop a positive focus because it influences our perspective and our choices. If we look for the positive, we will be able to see opportunities, generate enthusiasm among our team members and take action that successfully stabilizes and guides our organizations through the storms of life.

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  • A Positive Relationship to the Self: Personal Organization

    Jan 31, 2018

    What do we mean when we say someone is organized? Usually, we are referring to the fact that such a person knows what to do, when to do “it,” and how to do “it.” (“It,” of course, can refer to many different actions or tasks in our lives.) Organization implies the presence of structure, beginnings, middles and ends.

    Organized individuals attempt and accomplish their work with a sense of order. They:

    • Use time and resources effectively
    • Set priorities so that work happens in a systematic fashion
    • Typically know where they are in relation to goal achievement
    • Handle interruptions and new assignments well
    • Are pre-active, prepared to take action before a situation occurs.

    As a result, they may face the challenge of being overworked, but they are never overwhelmed because being overwhelmed is a choice.

    Following are three foundational ideas regarding the matter of organization.

    1. You must know what your job is to avoid being overwhelmed.
      • Therefore, it is important to have a detailed, well written job description so that you know exactly what you are expected to accomplish.
      • In addition, you must know the stated standards of performance. 
    2. You must have a system for being organized.
      • Experts in personal organization offer many alternative approaches. In Getting Things Done, David Allen describes a detailed system that can be modified to fit anyone’s needs.
      • Once you select a system to organize your work/life, you must continue to use it. Using it occasionally just creates a different kind of chaos.
      • A clearly labeled and accessible filing system makes organization much easier. Lists are also helpful as long as they are constructed in a way that reflects an order of priority.
      • You must identify clear priorities and organize your tasks accordingly.
    3. You must also have goals and use metrics. It is impossible to be organized if you do not have objectives or intended outcomes. Establishing clear goals allows you to focus on what is important first. It also helps you become a productive leader rather than simply a busy person. To achieve your objectives, ask yourself the following questions:
    • What am I seeking to accomplish right now?
    • Can I forecast my own work?
    • Are my goals written down?
    • Where am I in relation to my duties and responsibilities? And perhaps more important, where am I in my relationship with others?
    • Where am I right now? Have I made significant progress toward my goal(s)? (You must measure to know progress whether you made any headway on a task. If you don’t measure, how will you know if you have improved?)

    While none of us will achieve perfection, we can be much more effective at work and in life when we think ahead, make plans and methodically work toward our goals. 

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