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Finding Time to Make a Difference —Cagle

August 2009
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OK, BE honest. It’s not out of the ordinary for industry conferences, seminars, open houses, etc., to be conveniently scheduled in a warm, scenic locale not far from a golf course or other recreational venue. And it’s quite natural for printers to avail themselves of opportunities to relax and have fun during—excuse me, after—the scheduled business events. 

Well, are you ready to feel guilty? 

This past spring, 14 members of the Print Services & Distribution Association (PSDA) participated in a volunteer work day in the St. Bernard Parish of New Orleans. The event, organized in conjunction with the St. Bernard Project, allowed PSDA members to volunteer their time to help rebuild one of the many homes ravaged by Hurricane Katrina nearly four years ago.

According to PSDA marketing guru Stacey Gallagher, the experience was both vivid and memorable. A 7 a.m. departure for the work site and an hour-long orientation set the stage for seven hours of insulating the walls and ceilings of a freshly framed home, just in time for the drywall that was to be hung the next day.

“With 14 people that had never worked together, it took a little while to find our way around and understand the art of hanging insulation,” said volunteer Joe Webb, president of Formsystems Inc. “Measuring, cutting, stapling, reloading staple guns and working at breakneck pace. We wanted to get the job done, and we only had one day to complete the task.

“But, what really made this day special was a little, gracious lady standing in the middle of the room—Ms. D., the owner of the property. In very painful and heartfelt words, she shared with us that she was born in the home 76 years ago and would die in the home. Soon everyone in our small working party had swarmed around her to get to know her, hear her story and offer some words of encouragement.”

A hearty handshake goes out to those who volunteered their time and sweat: Amy Clark, Gina Holt, Kim Mesplay and Jessica Werner of Ward/Kraft; Joe and Karen Webb, Formsystems Inc.; Denny Pottebaum and Robin Robertson of Quality Resource Group; Al Pipkins, ATPCO; Nathan Goldberg and Susan Abramson of Specialized Office Systems; and Gallagher, Dave Merli and Mike Pramstaller from PSDA.

 

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