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  • Trinity Services’ 25th Annual Tom O’Reilly Memorial Golf Classic invites golfers to travel the world in 18 holes

    Apr 25, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. is planning its 25th Annual Tom O’Reilly Memorial Golf Classic, “Around the World in 18 Holes” for Thursday, May 17 at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.

    Golfers can travel the world as they play the course in support of the people with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom Trinity Services supports.

    Tickets are $195 per person or $780 per foursome and include a gift; buffet lunch from 11-11:45 a.m.; bucket of range balls; pop, beer and snacks on the course; a complimentary specialty drink and cigar on holes 5 and 16; dinner at 6 p.m.; and awards. Tickets for dinner only are available for $50 per person.

    Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available online, and tickets may also be purchased online here.

    For more information, or to register over the phone, contact Trinity’s Development Office at (815) 717-3750.

    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 southwest Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Petals & Twigs’ Spring in Bloom sale set for May 5-6, in support of Trinity Services

    Apr 24, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Spring is in full bloom at Petals & Twigs, and the support business of Trinity Services is inviting everyone to a two-day sale to celebrate.

    The Spring in Bloom Sale is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., respectively, at 427 W. Francis Road in New Lenox.

    The sale will feature discounts throughout the store, and customers can spin a wheel for additional discounts and prizes. Samples of Door County Coffee and dips and spreads from Robert Rothschild will also be available.

    The store is full of great Mother’s Day gifts. Featured items include yard stakes, wind chimes, lawn ornaments, sassafras doormats, Pure Integrity soy candles and permanent floral arrangements by Camille.

    Guests who spend $40 will receive a free Hydra Aromatherapy Shower Burst and Sachet.

    As always, proceeds from sales benefit the adults and children with developmental disabilities and mental illness who are served by Trinity — a New Lenox-based organization that provides services to more than 3,500 people in northeast, central and southern Illinois.

    For more information, follow Petals & Twigs on Facebook, or call (815) 485-5976. To learn more about Trinity Services, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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Workplace Harmony and a Positive Relationship to the Self

by Art Dykstra | Jan 10, 2018

Let’s consider some of the relationships that make up our lives and networks for a few minutes. I have often stated the importance of our answer to the question, “How do we want to be together?” While there are many possible replies, our responses as leaders clearly play themselves out in the harmony and productivity of the workplace. Virtually every important function at Trinity, every strategic goal is accomplished through relationships.

We all engage in many different relationships. There are:

  • Personal, friendship-based relationships – attachments based on affection and/or respect
  • Spiritual relationships – ecclesiastical or sacred and God-related affiliations
  • Sports/athletic relationships – various levels of competitive associations
  • Romantic/sexual relationships – the most visible and talked about connections
  • Transactional relationships – occurring because of the “exchange” function, a characteristic of most organizations
  • Family relationships.    

However, two important relationships don’t appear in the list: the relationship to self, and the service or commonweal relationship (for a purpose greater than oneself, for the general welfare). Both have a great stake in the discussion of harmony.

First, it is very difficult to be in harmony with others if you are not in harmony with yourself. Said another way, we could ask the question, “How do you want to relate to and/or feel about yourself?” For instance, are you joyful, embarrassed, content, dissatisfied, relaxed, agitated or unhappy?

Peter McWilliams wrote an informative book in the early 1990s called Do It: Let’s Get Off Our Buts. In it, he invents the word “selfing” and defines the concept as “doing for one’s Self in the larger sense of Self—as in True Self, or ‘to thine own self be true.’ It means fulfilling our inherent dreams, goals and aspirations. It means living our life ‘on purpose.’” It’s the opposite of being selfish—excessively consumed with your own welfare. It’s the opposite of the constant need to gather stuff. It’s the opposite of trying to impress others and to be what others want us to be. Selfing also differs from selfish in that the person who achieves a goal invites others to share in the benefits resulting from that achievement.

There is absolutely no doubt that our behavior influences others—especially in leadership activities. Leaders inspire their teams with the desire to succeed or “infect” them with dis-ease, based on their comfort with who they are and their perspective on the outer world. That is why we must always ask ourselves the question, “What must I change about myself so that they can change?”

The ability to answer the question requires an understanding of the dynamics of personal harmony. Obviously, we could discuss a broad range of topics, so I have arbitrarily selected three dimensions of harmony, which I will cover in more detail in the next three weeks:

  • Attention – the ability to attend to or concentrate on a single object, thought or activity
  • Attitude – a disposition, feeling or position taken regarding a person, thing, concept or event
  • Organization – the ability to organize one’s thoughts, belongings, tasks, goals and actions.

These three elements are essential to a stable sense of self that allows the leader to act and choose to change with comfort when the situation demands it. That stability and comfort can transform a team’s culture, focus and achievement level over time, creating a workplace characterized by true harmony.

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  • Around the World in 18 Holes — 25th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Golf Classic

    Trinity Services’ 25th Annual Tom O’Reilly Memorial Golf Classic will take golfers Around the World in 18 Holes!

    Click here to register for or sponsor the event!

    Join us for a day of fun as we travel the world together Thursday, May 17, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. The Golf Classic benefits Trinity Services’ mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Your $195 registration fee includes a gift; buffet lunch; bucket of range balls; pop, beer and snacks on the course; a complimentary specialty drink and cigar on holes 5 and 16; dinner; and awards.

    The schedule for the day is as follows:
    10:30 a.m.-Noon   Registration/bucket of range balls
    11-11:45 a.m.   Buffet lunch
    Noon   Shotgun start
    5:30 p.m.   Cocktails and silent auction
    6 p.m.   Dinner and awards

    To register for the event online, click here. To print a sponsorship and registration form, click here.

    If you have any questions or would like more information about how to get involved with the Golf Classic or with Trinity Services, in general, please contact us at (815) 717-3750.

  • Trinity Triumph 5K

    The Trinity Triumph 5K celebrates the triumphs and achievements – big or small – of those who participate and of the adults and children with disabilities and mental illness who are served by Trinity Services. 

    Runners and walkers of all ages will gather at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, to provide inspiration, draw strength from others and enjoy the camaraderie while supporting Trinity Services. 

    Now through April 30, receive $5 OFF all adult registration fees. Register now!

    For those who prefer a shorter route, a 1K walk is available. The 5K course is certified by USA Track and Field and the race will be chip-timed for accurate results. Awards will be given to fastest male and female as well as top performers in various age ranges.

    For every $30 registration fee or individual donation, supporters will receive a chance to win an Amazon Echo Show!

    NEW THIS YEAR: Receive a tech T-shirt and a drawstring "swag bag" with every paid registration.

    GET YOUR REGISTRATION REFUNDED! Participants also may opt to create their own fundraising page online while registering. Collect $150 or more in donations for Trinity Services, and we will send you a refund check after race day. Ask friends, family and coworkers to support Trinity’s mission to help people with disabilities live full and abundant lives.
  • 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction — 'Moonlight Sonata'

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    We feel privileged to be celebrating our 68th 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 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. This year's theme is "Moonlight Sonata."
    The evening starts with cocktails at 5 p.m.

    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. 21, 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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