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April 30, 2018

Last week a busy week and this week is going to be even more fun. Thought I would share some oddball tidbits of information that are floating around in my head and really causing a little havoc in there. Maybe if I share it, then there will be a little more order up there.
One of the Aggie Baseball Families went to Dodge City to see the OPSU baseball players play. Now that’s cool. Just knowing that there are people who care enough to do such nice things makes me happy.
Not sure if I shared these science sayings already. If I did, they’re probably worth being told again. I told a chemistry joke. There was no reaction.
Thank you to those who have brought in vases for us to reuse. We have a couple of small boxes so far. We could sure use some more! So maybe you would consider cleaning out the cupboard with all those glass vases saved from when the old boyfriend would send flowers.
Hey, baby. I got my ion you.
The Pub on the Bricks is one of my favorite Main Street Guymon members. And last week I ordered the chicken fajita wrap. It was delicious! You should try one.
Are you full of beryllium, gold, and titanium? Because you are BeAuTifull!
If you’re wanting to try something new this Pioneer Days, take the kids and visit the Point Rock Riders camp on the evening of May 3. The Chamber of Commerce has all the information on Pioneer Days that you need. But, before you call them, print off the Schedule of Events at
My teacher threw sodium chloride at me. That’s a salt.
The Rodeo Queen Luncheon is Thur., May 3, at Top Value Market starting at 11:30 am. Meet the queens. They’re friendly and interesting coming from states all across the nation. The Pioneer Day Breakfast is at 5:30 on Sat., May 5, and is one of my favorite events to attend. Go there and then register as an Old Timer at the Methodist Church from 7 – 9 am. You get done just in time to watch the parade that starts at 9:30 am.
I blew up my chemistry experiment. Oxidants happen.
Did you know the Pioneer Day Rodeo is one of the best outdoor professional rodeos in the nation? Right here in our backyard! Even the TV show Criminal Minds knows that and chose to have the rodeo clown episode take place in “the sleepy town of Guymon, Oklahoma.” We’re famous and we owe it all to the volunteers through the Chamber who make it happen. The rodeo takes place Fri., May 4, at 7:30 pm; Sat., May 5, at 2 and 7:30 pm; and Sun., May 6, at 2 pm. It costs $20 at the gate, but if you go by Dizzy B’s or Bank of the Panhandle or PTCI or Farm Credit in Guymon, or TCEC in Hooker, you can get advance tickets at $15. But don’t be ignorant and think the advance tickets continue to be on sale after the rodeo starts. Really. That’s not happening.
Community Clean – Up went on all through April. Have you done your little bit of community cleaning? Hop to! It’s time for a little Spring cleaning. The Guymon High School Business Club under the leadership of Summer Behne helped out. They worked hard and were a friendly group of kids. Awesome kids. I feel lucky to have gotten to meet them. I feel even luckier to have them help with the trash picking up.
Enjoy May! This is usually the busy month that brings in the Spring. A wonderful time of year in the Oklahoma Panhandle!
See you on the bricks … probably at the parade!

April 23, 2018

There are times when we feel pressured to get results. Whether it’s in our business, with a volunteer organization, or a government department, it is time to get things done, to deliver value and meet some goals.
It happens to most everyone. And so, what do you do to get your team going? Here is some insight presented in the article, “8 Ideas to Revitalize Your Team’s Morale and Productivity” in the April 2018 Toastmaster magazine.
Focusing on results exclusively may improve outcomes for a time, but it also burns out employees and volunteers, increasing apathy and killing morale. The key to sustaining excellent results over time is to combine a focus on achieving results with building healthy professional relationships.
Rock your role. The team’s moral and performance begins with the leader. Can they look at you and see the excellence you’re asking of them? Most effective leaders show to play every day. It’s about progress, not perfection. Hone your craft. Find a mentor. Invest in a leadership development program for you and your team. Keep learning.
Mind the M.I.T. Often the number one cause of poor morale, performance problems, and subpar results is a lack of clarity. You can boost morale and productivity by communicating clean, shared expectations. One way to make sure everyone is on the same page is to “Mind the M.I.T. (Most Important Thing). Be sure to prioritize. What is the most important thing your team can achieve this year? This quarter? This week? What is the most important thing they do today? Does everyone on the team know what winning looks like?
Ditch the Diaper Drama. The team needs direct feedback to help them know what to continue and what to change. Most struggle to give direct feedback in a what that helps their employees. Like stinky diapers wrapped with plastic in the modern – day diaper pail, they wrap their feedback in layers of self – protection so it doesn’t offend anyone. Effective leaders speak the truth. Improve your team’s moral and productivity by having the tough conversations and speak truth with compassion.
Channel Challengers. Effective leaders recognize the value every person on their team contributes. They deliberately surround themselves with people who will challenge their thinking. It’s not enough to have an open – door policy and passively wait for people to tell you what you need to hear. Instead, seek out feedback. Ask “As your leader, what is one thing I could do that would help you be more productive?” Listen, respond, and watch your team’s morale and performance soar.
Own the Ugly. When you make a mistake or hurt someone, apologize and make it right and move on. Your people will be able to trust you more, and they’ll be more likely to take responsibility themselves and morale will improve.
Play the Game, Don’t Game the Score. Keep the team focused on what matters most. Your customer doesn’t care what you get on your scorecard. They care about the value you deliver. Isolate the key behaviors that truly drive the value you contribute to your clients, customers, and members.
Put People Before Projects. Know the unique strengths and perspectives each person brings to the team. Take the time to look at a person’s potential to perform beyond their current role. Build trust with, and between, your people. Listen to what is important to them and encourage their success.
Trust the Trenches. In your team, you have a tremendous source of knowledge, insights, and performance improvements. Listen to what they have to say. Your people are your number one competitive advantage.
Interesting thoughts from the article.
To me, it seems like the article is basically telling you to respect people and their skills, listen to them, and work together. Whether it’s in your work, in your family, or in your church, these are things we should all work on to do better.
So, if the community is my team … what would you like to see happening at Main Street Guymon? Email me your thoughts to

April 6, 2018

Good advice can’t be given too often. Someone shared these tidbits on facebook and they’re worth passing on.
Live beneath your means.
Return everything you borrow.
Stop blaming other people.
Admit when you make a mistake.
Give clothes not worn to charity.
Do something nice and try not to get caught.
Listen more and talk less.
Everyday take a 30 – minute walk.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Be on time.
Don’t make excuses.
Don’t argue.
Get organized.
Be kind to people.
Let someone cut in ahead of you in line.
Take time to be alone.
Be humble.
Realize and accept that life isn’t fair.
Know when to keep your mouth shut.
Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.
Learn from the past.
Plan for the future.
Live in the present.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
It’s all small stuff.
Wow. Lot’s of ways to improve who I am and the world I live in. Goals are good to have and to re-examine every once in awhile.
Remember this is April, Community Clean – Up month. It’s the perfect time to take the cleaning into your house and clean a closet. Give what you don’t use to someone who will. Clean the garage and donate some of that stuff to someone who needs it. Clean up your blocks alley … mow and pick up trash and make your world better. Share your puzzles.
Support and encourage someone this month. Attend the Main Street Guymon Silent Auction and Soup Bar. It’s $10 to a good cause and you might find a treasure perfect for you or one of your friends. Or run in the Color Run.
Have you thought you might like to try being an Aggie Family and helping out a football or baseball player at OPSU who is a long ways from their family and would love to have someone at some of his games? Someone who might bring a pizza over for a hungry college guy to share with his roommates? Call 338-6246 if you would like to know more about the program. We’re all having a pot luck and game night (dominoes, board games, etc.) on Monday if you call soon, you can join us.
April is a good time to get better, to improve.
Did you know U.S. adults aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables according to the Centers for Disease Control scientists, who warn that this puts us at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. Federal guidelines recommend having 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables daily. Nine percent of adults meet the recommendation for vegetables and 12 percent for fruit, with men, young adults, and poor adults faring worst.
Share an orange with someone you love. Pass the broccoli. And plant a garden.
While you’re at it. Conserve some energy. Take your TCEC Coop Connection card (check it out at and get 5% off any energy star rated products. They can help you conserve without changing much at all. Maybe just a few light bulbs … or more. Be brave.
Shop local. Locally owned businesses give more than twice as much to our schools, civic organizations, and other community organizations. Need proof? Check out the backs of the Kid’s Inc. team sponsors, look at the list of Chamber and Main Street members on their websites, notice who gives to those After Prom parties.
Shop local. If you’re asking a business for a donation for your group, only allow someone who has spent money in that business to ask. That’s some good checks and balances. I wonder if those we ask for donations were to check what we spend there and match, how well our donations would go. Bears some thought.
Let’s work at this getting to be better people.
See you on the bricks!

April 2, 2018

A new month is staring us in the face. Time to begin anew just as the trees and flowers are blooming anew.
Let’s talk about what sort of community happenings we have in April. And I’ll throw in some of those fabulous quotes that seem to find me.
April is the month that the Community Clean-Up. Happens all month long and some of the posters for the Trash Off contest will soon hang in the Main Street Guymon window. Come by and see how talented some of our students are! The office is located at 116 NE 5th Street in Guymon. The posters address conservation and litter control. Big issues. Big statements made by the students.
“Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” ~Roy T. Bennett
Apr. 6 is Eggs and Issues at the Ambassador Restaurant, 7 am. Lunch is provided by TCEC and you have a chance for conversation with our districts government representatives. Senator Casey Murdock is always there and tells us what is happening at the State Capitol in OKC. This is your chance to visit with things that matter to you and to say thank you for things you appreciate. I wonder how many of the teachers who were planning to walk out ever took the chance to first visit at Eggs and Issues. It’s been going on since the 90s, always brought to us by the Chamber of Commerce. Have you been?
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~William Arthur Ward
“That same evening of Apr. 6, Lifeway Church is hosting an Indian Taco Dinner at 5 pm. Need to share that in case you’re not in the mood for cooking and you would enjoy supporting one of our community’s churches. You can even have a great argument on where Indian Tacos and frybread comes from. The story I heard was that when the Native Americans were on the reservation and the government was providing their food, they had flour and they had oil and frybread came from necessity. But there are other stories, too, and who knows which are correct?
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
Apr. 7 is a busy day. A color run is happening in the morning, put on by the Guymon High School Student Council. That same morning is a community clean-up day for some. Are you and your friends helping with the community cleaning? Take an hour and participate.
That evening of Apr. 7 is the Main Street Guymon Priceless Silent Auction and Soup Bar. So many donations have come through and for things that you can’t buy. There are antiques brought in by Hal Clark and Dorothy Countryman, many that would be perfect for the furniture refinisher. Or you can buy a golf lesson by Dwayne Mauldin, landscape design by Anita Helms so your yard is as pretty as your smile, or a weekend getaway plan by Melyn Johnson who loves to tell people where to go. So much, and all up for bids at Draper’s Headquarters from 5 – 6:30 pm. And you’ll have time to look at Draper’s treasurers and eat some hearty soup from the soup bar. There is chicken and noodles, vegetable soup, chili, seafood soup, chicken enchilada soup, shrimp and potato soup, vegan soup, and more. Treasures galore!
“Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.” ~ Roy T. Bennett
The list goes on, but it’s time to take a rest for now. There’s quite a bit to do with that much. Remember, it doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down. All that matters is that you get up one more time than you were knocked down.
Take your TCEC Coop Connections card in to PTCI next time you some sort of phone accessory and you’ll get 25% off. It’s a great deal!
See you on the bricks!