Friday, March 7, 2014

And The Winner Is:

Last night I attended our Chamber of Commerce award dinner.  I hadn't planned on going but at the last minute I changed my mind and I'm really glad I did.  Jack's on the board of directors for the Chamber and has served in different capacities.  He chaired the small business awards for years and in the last few years the format has changed.  There were many categories that competed for awards besides small businesses.  Agricultural, recreation, education, health and medical services, social services, small and large businesses, retail and professional awards were handed out last night.  The meeting was very well attended...about 400 people. The venue was lovely and the dinner was excellent.
Sorry about the blurry pic here! The entry was so pretty!
There were lovely flower arrangements on all the tables and every table was different.
Displays of all the nominees were all around the convocation center. Like this one of our downtown Ashland main street organization.  Ashland is trying very hard to bring our downtown area back to life.  Strip malls, Wal-marts, and big box stores have done a lot to kill small town main streets. We have many new shops and eateries opening up and making downtown a fun place to visit.
Factories used to be big business here. We had many manufacturing plants that made Ashland a wealthy community years ago. Hedstrom, they make sport equipment and other fun things, has made a come back here and employs many in our town.
This display was for our hospital that was nominated in two different categories. Samaritan Hospital has won a few prestigious awards in the last few years. We've been rated on of the top 100 hopsitals and 100 best hospitals for total joint replacement. Last night we won the large business award.  It was great to cheer for our small town hospital. We do great things here and I've been working there for 35yrs and feel proud to be a part of the team. (Even when it gets crazy and stressful).
I'm putting a plug in for Brethern Care Village. Donna was on the board of directors and brought me on board a few years ago.  I only served for 3yrs but learned a ton about nursing homes and care for the elderly. I think we have many good facilities here.  Kinston of Ashland, another fabulous nursing home, won for health and medical services.  Last night also had a keynote speaker. The Dean of Religious Life, Dr. Dan Lawson spoke about "Sowing the seeds of success"....a very positive message delivered by a wonderful speaker.  He talked about fear of failure, having gratitude and the role of positive thinking. I'm thinking he was the reason I needed to be there last night. I'm going to take some of his suggestions to work and into my own life and hopefully some of these seeds will sprout into positive actions.  Hey, Spring will be here in 2 weeks and I want to be ready to go forward with a smile! It's sunny out today and the temps are suppose to rise into the 50's...I'm off work for the weekend and that is the best winning combination. I guess that means the winner is...drum roll here.......ME!

12 comments:

rosaria williams said...

You got me smiling!!! Yes, spring is around the corner and we better get planting seeds of new life...

Becky Jerdee said...

Yes, you ARE a winner!!! Spring is on its way!

Sweet Tea said...

What a fun evening - good food and upbeat news. I know you're proud of your community and that's a great thing too. Enthusiasm is contagious, ya know. Can Spring be far behind?!

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, YaYa! You're always a winner in my book, dear friend, and I salute you for your 35 years of service in the challenging role of a healthcare professional. Congratulations on your hospital's awards over the last few years including the one last night.

In fact, when you sum it up, Ashland is a great place to live (the weather aside). I applaud your city for its efforts to revitalize the downtown district, a very important endeavor for our nation's cities.

I'm so glad the temps are on the rise, the snow is melting and old man winter's on the run. Things are looking up for you in every respect, dear friend. Have a safe and happy weekend, YaYa!

Willow said...

I always knew you were a winner ~
and a terrific person too !

Cindy said...

What a great post... I love when I go somewhere that I may or may not have had to be and end up learning something that makes ya think perhaps they are speaking to you at that moment! And, no wonder you know so much about elder care and healthcare! In other news...the sun is actually shining here in a Michigan, I saw a robin on my deck this morning, and it's a whole 39 degrees!!

Munir said...

I knew you are a Winner. I am sure that your companionship and friendship is as wholesome as your blogs are.
It is nice and sunny today. I hope that it stays like this.

Hilary said...

Yay.. congrats! I'm glad you decided to go so that you could enjoy the accolades.

Mrs Catch said...

Love your photos. It looks like it was a really fun night. Hospitals deserve more awards. Although they are not places you want to have to be in, it is so comforting to know that they are there. Congratulations on 35 years!

gin said...

You've done alot in your 35 years service. It's good to participate in the community. Hoping your weekend is just what you need!

Julia said...

You have always been a winner in my book Yaya.
It's so nice to be recognized as the best. Congratulations to your hospital and for those who work hard to be the BEST.

Keep smiling. I can see Spring is almost at the door.
Have a great free weekend.
Hugs,
JB

Donna said...

You're a winner in my book too, Yaya! Looks like a good night, would have loved to hear the speaker. Saw the winners in the paper, well deserved. Neat that you decided to go.