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   Last year’s Crusade Against Cancer fundraiser was a lot of fun. I first want to thank everyone who volunteered and made it such a great event. It was my first experience setting up this type of event. I reached out to some businesses that have done a lot of these, and they told me that for the first year, fifty to seventy-five participants was a good turn-out. I’m proud to say we had 177 participants and we had a great time.

   I have been working on putting together this year’s event. I want to make it bigger and better every year. Last year, we mainly used social media for the majority of our advertising, so this year I want up line up as many sponsors as I can so we can do much more including radio advertising. I am grateful for all the generosity and support I have already received from our community, and I’m confident I will get the support needed to make this a successful event.

   One of the concepts I had for this year’s race was to get the five local High Schools involved. I decided to allow each school to enter 30 students for a registration fee of $250. Then we would have a trophy for the school with the best costumes. I want to make it a trophy that would travel year to year to the winning school so as to create a fun competition between each school.

   This brings me to Coach Lee Toldson and Booster Club President Michele Kennedy at Thunder Ridge High School. In January, they held a cancer awareness fundraiser and generously donated a portion to the Foundation. When I met them at the school to get the check and thank them, I told them about my fundraiser and the idea I had for involving the High Schools. They both loved the idea and agreed to help me promote it with the other schools. They are both a great example of selflessness and generosity. I am proud that we have such great leaders and mentors for the youth in our community.

   I have been in touch with Michele a few times since then to discuss how we could both help a couple of families that were dealing with cancer. The topic of the fundraiser came up, and I told her I would let her know when the registration was setup on the website. Then, Michele asked me “Can we only sign up 30 students?” I admit I hadn’t really thought about that. “Because I think we could get at least four groups that would want to enter,” she continued. “That would be fantastic,” I told her. I was so excited and told her I would let her know as soon as it was ready.

   Okay, remember how my idea was to award the trophy to the school with the best costume? Well, last week Michele called to discuss the fundraiser and the trophy criteria. First, she suggested the trophy should go to the school that signed up the most students. Then she said we should do one trophy for Thunder Ridge, Hillcrest, and Bonneville, and another one for Skyline and Idaho Falls. “I think that would create a better competition,” she said. I told her that was a great idea and asked her if she would go with me to pick out the trophy. We also decided to have another trophy for the group with the best costumes.

   I am looking forward to getting things put together for the fundraiser, and I’m know this is going to be a very successful event. I know this is something that makes my Angel Shannon happy also. I will always LOVE AND MISS YOU sweetheart.

Next week: TCI volunteer reward #1

P.S. Are any of you surprised someone had a much better idea than me? Yeah, me neither.

Crusade Against Cancer School Sponsors

Posted by on March 23, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   Last year’s Crusade Against Cancer fundraiser was a lot of fun. I first want to thank everyone who volunteered and made it such a great event. It was my first experience setting up this type of event. I reached out to some businesses that have done a lot of these, and they told me that for the first year, fifty to seventy-five participants was a good turn-out. I’m proud to say we had 177 participants and we had a great time.    I have been working on putting together this year’s event. I want to make it bigger and better every year. Last...

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Back to Arizona

Posted by on March 16, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   This week I was invited to a board meeting for the Far West Equipment Dealers Association. I was given the opportunity to do a fifteen-minute presentation on my training company. They are looking for a company they can have a partnership with to provide training for their dealership organizations.    So, sadly I had to leave the cold, snowy town of Idaho Falls, and travel to Phoenix for the meeting. I know, I feel sorry for me as well. I was excited to come back down and spend some more time with my nephew Quinn and his terrific family....

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New Volunteer Opportunity

Posted by on March 9, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   When I first started volunteering at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, it was one of the best, rewarding decisions I have made. I started in the ICU waiting room, and from there I have volunteered in several other capacities. I have worked at the front desk, the surgical waiting room, and driven the shuttle, or what I refer to as “My way of picking up chicks!” Seriously though, I really enjoy every position I volunteer for. I have met some really wonderful people and made some great new friends.    To start this story, I must point...

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A New Reward

Posted by on March 2, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   I will start this week’s story by telling you about a limo event I drove last week. When I looked at the information, I recognized the name of the passenger I was to pick up. It was a young man with special needs I had driven before. I remember because it was his birthday and I drove him and his parents around. At one point in the ride, we were stopped at a red light. Two girls pulled up to the side of the limo. I rolled the window down and yelled, “Hey, we’ve got a very important young man in here and it’s his birthday today!” The two...

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A Special Honor

Posted by on February 23, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   I was given a special opportunity to speak to a support group of cancer survivors on Tuesday night. I want to thank LoRita Kahn for giving me this opportunity. LoRita is the lady who asked me to speak at the Relay for Life event. She is an amazing lady that does so much to help cancer patients in our community. It is an honor to call her my friend. The meeting was held in the conference room at the Teton Medical Center. As the group started to arrive, there was a lady that looked very familiar to me, but I could not place where I knew her...

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The Arizona Trip

Posted by on February 16, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   I will start this week’s story by telling you what happened at the Phoenix airport. I was in the security line waiting to go through the screening process when an alarm went off. At  that moment,  a man in the line in front of me turned around and started running past us. The TSA agents quickly responded and surrounded the man. When he tried to break through them, one of the agents used their taser to stop him. At that point, four of them wrestled him to the ground and quickly put him in restraints. Okay, that really didn’t happen, but I...

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Super Bowl LIII

Posted by on February 9, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

  Okay, let’s start with the game itself. I think it’s safe to say this was one of the most boring Super Bowl games to watch. The best description was posted on Facebook. “If I wanted to watch grown men unable to score for three hours, I’d just go to the bar with my buddies.”    Next there were the commercials. In the past, Bud Light has had some really good commercials, but this year I didn’t care for any of them. Especially the one talking about corn syrup. Next time do some research. The issue is with high fructose corn syrup, not the corn...

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New Opportunity

Posted by on February 2, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   It’s been a while since I have written about my training company so you are all fortunate enough to read about its progress this week. I will start by telling you it has definitely been an experience trying to get some momentum for this business. There are times it’s been extremely frustrating. I have talked several times about this with my Mother-In-Law Berna Deane. We have decided God must be trying to teach me patience. “Evidently, he knows I’m a slow learner,” I’ve told her.    I will start by talking about the North Dakota Implement...

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A Special Limo Ride

Posted by on January 26, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   This story begins on the first Shannon Wilker Night Out event in December. I was talking with one of the cancer patients named Anna Long. I asked her where she works and she told me she works at Promontory Point. She told me they provide grief counseling to a group of kids ages 6-13 that have lost a parent. She explained how she helps with counseling and different activities. I told her I admired her strength and compassion. “I would like to do something fun for them,” I told her. “What if I could borrow a limo and we could pick them up...

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January Bridal Fair 2019

Posted by on January 19, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

   The Bridal Fair last weekend was a big success for the Foundation. I reconnected with some old friends, and made some new ones. These events always seem to get better each time.    Before I start with everything that was great about this event, I need to tell you about the one little thing that was a nuisance. There was a wedding planning company in the booth directly behind me. They had a television screen with a montage of pictures, and a 30 second music clip that played over and over. So, on the first day I got to listen to that thirty...

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