The art of credit union disaster recovery tabletop exercises

first_imgLong Before the Show: Rehearsal continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I won’t pretend to know much about theater. It’s just not my specialty. And yet, here I am, trying to explain credit union disaster recovery tabletop exercises by making a theater analogy.Here goes. In theater, your goal is to be ready for something: opening night. But you can’t just walk onto the stage in front of a packed house and magically deliver your lines. You don’t know where to stand or when to come in. No, there’s a lot of groundwork to put in first.For this analogy, let’s just say most of the right ingredients are in place:last_img

WSECU Spreads More Than $21K in Good Cheer for Giving Tuesday

first_imgFacebook141Tweet0Pin0 WSECU West Olympia Branch Staff pictured with Trudy Soucoup of Homes First.“There is so much focus on gift buying at this time of year,” said Ann Flannigan, WSECU’s Vice President of Public Relations. “There’s no question that can be fun. But it’s also a great feeling to come off the biggest shopping weekend of the year and give to community partners that do such important work to foster shared prosperity.”WSECU is on pace to have invested at least $450,000 in support for 501c3 organizations in Washington state. Their focus is initiatives that are centered around: education; self-sufficiency; public employees & assets; and entrepreneurship. For more information about WSECU’s community investments, visit www.wsecu.org/community. Submitted by WSECUWSECU hit the road this week to drop off checks for $1,201 at 16 nonprofit agencies across Washington, including nine in the central and south Puget Sound area. The credit union joined in the Giving Tuesday movement, a national effort to bring attention to charitable giving during a time otherwise focused on consumerism. This is the third year WSECU has participated.Local charities that benefited included:Housing Resource Center of Lewis County – ChehalisWSECU Olympia Branch staff pictured with Schelli Slaughter and other representatives from Family Support Center.Multi-Service Center – Federal WayLiving Access Support Alliance – LakewoodOut of the Woods Family Shelter – OlympiaSideWalk – OlympiaFamily Support Center – OlympiaHelping Hands House – PuyallupOperation Warm: Tumwater Fire Department – TumwaterHomes First – Olympia“We were thrilled to learn Homes First would be a recipient of WSECU’s Giving Tuesday generosity this year,” said Trudy Soucoup, Executive Director of Homes First. “This will go a long way to putting people into healthy and safe homes they can afford.”WSECU used the date of Giving Tuesday, Dec.1, as the basis for its contributions of $1,201 to each group. This year, the credit union focused on nonprofits that support clothing banks and housing needs. In total, the credit union distributed $21,618 for Giving Tuesday.last_img read more

Exclusive – Pardew would love Crystal Palace return but not right now, says former Eagles teammate

first_imgFormer Crystal Palace star John Salako has told talkSPORT he can’t see Alan Pardew becoming the club’s new manager – but believes it could happen in the future.Magpies boss Pardew is the firm favourite to take the reins at Selhurst Park, where he spent four years as a player, following the dismissal of Neil Warnock over the festive period.But Salako, who was his teammate with the Eagles, doesn’t believe he will make the change right now considering the size and position of Newcastle, although he feels Pardew may be open to rejoining the club later on in his managerial career.“I can’t believe it,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast when quizzed on the Pardew to Palace rumours. “I don’t really know where that story has come from.“He [Alan Pardew] was linked the last time and I’m sure he was asked – Alan is a south London boy.“Obviously Alan is at Newcastle, a very big club, and doing a great job. He had a rough 2014 but it has picked up.“I can’t believe that he would leave a massive job like Newcastle to come to the Palace job – at the moment.“I think at sometime in his career he would love to come back because I know his family live in the south still and he has to travel between [them and Newcastle].“It’s one of those things, we’d love to have Alan come down and manage Palace but with the financial restrictions and the position of Palace [in the Premier League table] compared to Newcastle, I don’t think that will happen.”last_img read more

Maghery Band get ready for their whirlwind tour of the US

first_imgFour times All-Ireland champions, the Senior Competitive Maghery Band embark on their East Coast USA Tour on Wednesday 13th March.Following their international champion and All Ireland success, the Maghery Band have received numerous invites to perform globally.The band who recently rebranded as Maghery Band Academy train youth and adults in traditional Irish music, classical and contemporary music, drumming and performance art in the form of drill, marching & Drum major roles. The academy does so with the use of the Irish language and are passionate about representing their Irish heritage and culture, hence the extent of their Performance tour this March.In January 2018 the band’s committee revealed their performance tour to members and since May 2018 have been avidly fundraising to assist subsidising the members to undertake the performance tour itself.All members of the academy work voluntarily to train, organise and perform. Their registration fees and the likes assist in just some of the maintenance of the academy but do not cover all annual expenses which sees them perform locally, nationally and compete in All Ireland and International Competitions.When receiving invitations from overseas the members are primarily faced with incurring these charges themselves and so the academy try their best to assist in subsidising these costs.Primarily youth based, members in the academy range from national school, to second and third level students and this performance experience will be a cultural experience that will expand their performance horizons. ‘We are most thankful to all the locals, local businesses and local councillors etc who have supported us and our local fundraisers in the past 10months. The tour has cost approx €101,000 to undertake of which the members have paid 50%. The remaining 50% was raised through several channels. Like all community groups local fundraisers were organised showcasing events such as Variety Shows, Fashions Shows, Table Quizzes and the likes.“A gofundme page was established for international supporters to contribute and business and personal donations were contributed also.’Due to the lack of funding available for undertaking such performance tours and maintenance of their academy Band chairperson and Drill Instructor Annemarie O’Donnell, who as a professional is a Masters Graphic Designer developed a sponsorship package and book called ‘Band With Us’ which like their local fundraisers, which had entertainment and services provided to give back to the community, offers branding and advertising opportunities for businesses in return of their support.‘We are delighted to be associated with McCafferty’s Bar & Bayview restaurant in Letterkenny, Donegal Town & Dungloe. Owner Declan Boyle has been supporting the band in the run up to our Tour and will continue this relationship post tour for to assist the academy’s development.’ McCaffertys Bar are based in Letterkenny & Donegal Town. Both are traditional bars and host live music and sports 7 nights a week. Bayview Restaurant is based in Dungloe.Second sponsor and to the East Coast USA Tour is Clipfine Construction. Clipfine is owned by Ardara native Tommy McCarron who is currently working on the renovations of Big Ben in London. The benefit of supporting an education in the arts helps students to improve literacy, mathematics and cognitive development. It also helps young people develop cultural literacy and personal skills, from collaboration through to perseverance, which are critical to the modern workplace. Your contribution to today’s band students ensures a stronger economy for the future.There have been many more contributors and sponsors who although are not receiving branded recognition will be recognised in a book due for publication in late 2019/2020. The book which is in part published for their sponsorship proposal will be based on Annemarie’s ‘Band With Us’ proposal which documents the band’s history, dreams, successes and support received in the build up to this momentous year.A special thanks has to be given to Leas-Cheann Comhairle & TD Pat the Cope Gallagher, his office and Current running councillor Noreen McGarvey. Both Pat & running councillor Noreen have been great advocates for the Band and see the potential that this tour has not only for it’s participants but for the community as a whole, our county and country who are being represented on the world stage.The academy gives so much to the community in terms or training, development in individuals and in general a great education and work ethos. The commitment and dedication that our academy members have given consistently in the past 9years have been outstanding and is proof that hard work can be rewarded. The East Coast USA tour will introduce those values to the world stage. It is an honour to be recognised worldwide and the professional performance tour will only further that reach and increase interest in the culturally curious target audience which is at its best very powerful in the USA. The band hope to receive groups and bands from their global visits in the near future, once more drawing people to their hometown and community.Maghery Band have been most successful in bridging relationships and breaking moulds on international platforms. Their 3times Youth Band International Champion Status introduced them to competing on the international stage where they competed against as many as 18 other bands from across Europe & USA. Representing their county and country has been a great foundation as they engaged with performers on Irish Soil.In November 2018 the Maghery Band competed in Northern Ireland obtaining their first win and entertainment recognition in Northern Ireland which found them scouted by Europe’s famous Tattoo show organisers. As a result the band were invited to headline at Liverpool Tattoo in September 2019. Another exciting venture for the professional performers!Maghery Band’s East Coast USA Tour will commence on Wed 13th March visiting New York, New Jersey & Florida.In New York the band will perform across three days on the iconic Times Square, on Liberty Island, at Ellis Island Memorial Wall & on 5th Avenue in NYC’s St.Patricks Day parade, to name but a few.The band are honoured to be leading the NYC Donegal Association and will be parading from 11:35am on Sat 16th March with televised coverage by NBC.The band will then be travelling to Bayonne, New Jersey where they will be parading in their St. Patrick’s Day Parade and performing in their post celebration party on Sun 17th March.The band were honoured to be invited to Boston, Brooklyn & Newark parades but due to their busy performance schedule were unable to commit to these on this occasion!Following their New Jersey visit the band will then be travelling to Orlando Florida where they will perform and parade in International Drive, Universal Studios & Magic Kingdom, Disney World.“The performance schedule for the members will be intense as we intend to maximise our worldwide coverage and publicise our origins of Maghery, Dungloe, Co.Donegal and Ireland. Across the two weeks of performing the members have just 4days of free downtime to ensure they can maintain the busy schedule. This is very much a working tour. It’s intense schedule will pave way for members to enjoy the working schedule which will broaden individuals horizons. The opportunity professionally for the academy and personally for the individuals will be immense!The organisation of the tour would not have been possible without the Band’s successful Committee. Chairperson, Drill & Drum Major Instructor & PRO: Annemarie O’Donnell, Co-Chair; Annette Boyle, Head Treasurer: Yvonne Houston, Co Treasurers: Karen Hunter & Hannah Glackin, Head Secretary & Drumming Instructor; Anthony Houston, Co Secretary and Music Instructor: Karl Doherty, General committee members; Martina Diver & Jamie Glackin & Gaeltacht & funding representative; Anthony O’Donnell.Chairperson Annemarie commends the committee for their hard work over the past year with the organising, fundraising and implementation of the tour. They look forward now to seeing through their plans and hope that their travels will be safe and enjoyable.Support continues to be invited for the Academy pre and post tour and anyone wishing to contribute can do so via gofundme for either the East Coast USA Tour or for the Academy there after.You can check out their Facebook page @magherybandThe band will on Sun 10th March be attending Meenacross Mass so as to fulfil their annual tradition in advance of their tour departure.At this 10:30am mass they will be blessed and will then parade Maghery Village at approx 11:45am, they will then travel to parade on Dungloe Main Street at approx 12:30pm before playing at Dungloe Community Hospital.Their Junior and Senior ‘Old’ Band will fulfill their annual commitment on St Patricks Day as normal.Maghery Band get ready for their whirlwind tour of the US was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMaghery BandtourUSlast_img read more

Are you the best skid steer or track loader operator?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Calling all skid steer and track loader operators! It’s time to show your skills at the rodeo — the Skid Steer Rodeo, presented by Apple Farm Service.Are you the best skid steer or track loader operator? Apple Farm Service will be at the Clark County, Preble County, Auglaize County, and Darke County Fairs to find out.Contestants will be timed as they finish a series of obstacles while operating a skid steer or track loader provided by Apple Farm Service. These obstacles might include tasks like scoring a soccer goal, stacking a handful of pallets, lifting a bucket of water without spilling, and other fun-to-watch obstacles. The operator with the fastest time will walk away as the best operator in the county. First prize will win $150, second prize is $100, and third prize is $50.Come and watch as these contestants show off their skills in front of the grandstand. Admission to watch the Apple Farm Service Skid Steer Rodeo is free. There is a $10 entry fee to compete as an operator. Competitors must be 18 years and older, and pass a short operators test before the competition.Join us for the Skid Steer Rodeo, presented by Apple Farm Service at:Clark County Fair — Wednesday, July 25 , 7 p.m. at the GrandstandPreble County Fair — Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the GrandstandAuglaize County Fair — Saturday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m. at the GrandstandDarke County Fair — Thursday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Grandstand.Learn more, register, and view full contest rules at AppleFarmService.com/Rodeo. Only the first 30 registrations per fair will be accepted. You may not register for more than one fair.Are you the best skid steer or track loader operator in the county? Now’s your chance to take home the bragging rights and $150 cash prize with Apple Farm Service’s Skid Steer Rodeos.last_img read more

World’s Second Largest Publisher: $9.99 eBooks Will Kill Hardcover Books

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Arnaud Nourry, the CEO of the world’s second largest book publisher, Hachette Livre, says that the current pricing trends for eBooks may soon kill the hardcover book as we know it. In an interview with the Financial Times, Nourry says that he worries that the combination of the $9.99 price for bestsellers and the fact that Google now offers millions of out-of-copyright books for free could destroy profits for traditional publishing houses. Nourry is especially worried about the fact that Amazon is currently selling eBooks at a loss and that the company will soon demand that publishers will lower their prices so that it can actually make a profit from selling eBooks in its Kindle store.Will eBooks Really Kill Profit Margins for Publishers?Based on this interview, we can’t help but think that Nourry doesn’t quite get the opportunities (and cost-savings) that electronic books will bring, though there can be no doubt that Amazon has now established $9.99 as the price for bestsellers in the US and all of its competitors like Barnes & Noble and Sony have followed suit (though it is not clear if Amazon’s competitors are also currently subsidizing their eBooks). Publishers obviously incur costs when producing a book and only a small number of bestsellers make up the majority of most publishers’ revenue. In the eBook marketplace, however, where distribution costs are negligible and publishers could even cut out middle-men like Amazon and Sony if they wanted to, the profit margins for most publishing houses are more likely to go up than down, even if they have to price the majority of their books between $0.01 and $9.99.Maybe We Won’t Need Traditional Publishing Houses in the Future?When we talked to Mark Coker from self-publishing house Smashwords last week, he argued that as traditional publishing houses start to reign in cost as the traditional business model in the industry starts to collapse, publishers will start to offload some of their costs to authors (copy-editing, design, etc.). Coker also thinks that publishers will start to look at self-published authors as a sort of farm-league for their big imprints. That could very well be true, and if this happens, then publishers will see even higher profit margins than today.Or Maybe Books Will Just Hang On For a While Longer?Of course, there is also still a chance that readers will just hang on to their regular books – after all, they have served us well for hundreds of years now. As GigaOm’s Jordan Golson puts it, “There’s nothing quite like going into a bookstore and browsing the shelves looking for your next great read, so the electronic revolution won’t affect books as much as it has music and movies.” There is some truth in this, of course, but every eBook vendor offers free first chapters of almost every book and the same argument was probably made by music aficionados whenever another local record store closed in the last few years. For ReadWriteWeb’s in-depth analysis of the changing face of publishing, read Bernard Lunn’s series: Bits Of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#news#web center_img frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Another Bay Area Town Aims to Go Greener

first_imgA number of California cities, including San Francisco and Berkeley, have adopted relatively aggressive green code to elevate the energy efficiency and sustainability of new construction and remodels above that required by the California Building Standards Code, otherwise known as Title 24.Officials in San Mateo, a suburb south of San Francisco and just a bit north of Silicon Valley proper, say the city is about to join the green group. A recent story in the San Mateo County Times notes that while a sustainability campaign launched last year by the city council – San Mateo Acting Responsibly Together, or SMART – has developed a robust public-outreach program, city officials are now ready to move ahead with two initiatives that will address the nuts of bolts of building performance.Building on SMARTThe first such program will offer residential energy audits subsidized in part by $100,000 in federal stimulus funds. City officials estimate they’ll be able to audit 600 single-family homes through the program, although it’s not yet clear how much of the overall audit fee will be subsidized and how much will be paid by homeowners. (The city’s stimulus grants for green programs total $875,000 and will be largely used to install LED streetlights and part of a PV system on the roof of the public library, according to the SMC Times.)The other SMART initiative will, with eventual approval of the city council, make mandatory the green code that is now voluntary. As currently written, the voluntary code, which went into effect July 1, 2008, follows LEED Silver guidelines for commercial buildings and Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated guidelines for single-family and multifamily dwellings.The story adds that the new policy, which will use ranking systems that evaluate green building materials and policies, should be ready for the council to approve in October.last_img read more