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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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A Leader’s Field of Vision

by Art Dykstra | Nov 08, 2017

Just as seeing straight ahead is important to navigating city streets or country roads successfully, so noticing what is in front of us is vital to our leadership pursuits. The ability to focus consistently on relevant information enables a leader to complete transactions efficiently and make progress toward desired goals.

For instance, a manager observes an audience's response or registers the im­pact of a fellow employee's words, and acts accordingly. In more complex mat­ters, she employs this frontal perspective in assessing opportunities, risks and threats. She collects the data critical to the issue at hand and draws appropriate conclusions. Her ability to see what immediately faces her is essential to growth and development.

Not surprisingly, some individuals in leadership positions seem to be trapped by what is “straight ahead.” They suf­fer from managerial tunnel vision. Their narrowed focus probably did not result from a blow to the head as might be expected among boxers, hockey players or football players. However, a traumatic experience or a severe blow to the ego or other environmental circumstances may contribute to the “visual” disorder. Whatever the cause, followers unfortunately often re­flect the consequences of their manager’s or leader’s shortcoming.

Clearly, breadth of vision is also a necessity. Point guards in professional basketball, for example, have an amaz­ing ability to see the entire playing court. As a result, they take in more of the action, locate each player, and notice whether a teammate is "tied up" or free to take a shot. They see what is happening all around them without turning their heads.

The same breadth of vision enhances a leader’s performance. While he must be able to see ahead clearly, he must also have developed the ability to see the periphery. And peripheral elements are always changing. Seeing to the sides while looking for­ward allows leaders to take in more of the action. They can “observe” what is said as well as what isn't, or notice the reactions of an entire group as well as one participant's response. They see which employees can shoulder more re­sponsibility and which are out of position. They notice movement within the entire workforce, not just among immediate subordinates.

In an interesting way, good periph­eral vision allows leaders to better per­ceive what is actually occurring in front of them.

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