Memorial Day began as an occasion to honor and celebrate Union Soldiers, who died serving their country during the American civil war. This day was inspired by the way people honored their dead in the southern States. After the
end of World War I, Memorial Day was extended to include all American men and women who died serving their country in any military action or war. Today we celebrate Memorial Day Weekend as the beginning of summer for outdoor activities. People hold sporting events, family gatherings and picnics during this weekend. As we approach Memorial Day we take a moment to remember those we have lost and spend time with the our loved ones.
Wishing you and your family a Safe and Happy
Memorial Day Weekend!!
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – President Harry S. Truman
MVTV Wireless will be closed May 30th in observance of Memorial Day
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
With great honors, MVTV Wireless would like to recognize and congratulate Mayor of Granite Falls, Dave Smiglewski on the 2016 Bush Fellowship Award. Yesterday we shook Dave’s hand during his retirement party at The Advocate Tribune. Dave has been an enormous part of the Granite Falls Area over 40 years and plans to continue encouraging a greater community.
As a member of the Granite Falls City Council for nearly four decades and mayor for 20 years, Dave Smiglewski knows first-hand the challenges and joys of community service. He is witness to an alarming decline in civic and community engagement particularly in rural areas, and wants to encourage young adults in his region to reverse the trend. Through his Bush Fellowship, Dave will finish his bachelor’s degree and pursue post-graduate education, studying the best methods to incubate, model and drive civic engagement. – 2016 Bush Fellows
A Bush Fellowship is recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential.
The Bush Foundation is excited about and committed to supporting and developing leaders who are increasingly better equipped and networked to effectively lead change. These leaders think bigger and think differently about what is possible in their communities. Bush Fellows possess a vision for strengthening the common good within the region and are devoted to making that vision a reality.
The Fellowship is distinctive in its flexibility, allowing Fellows to articulate what they need to become more effective leaders – whether through a self-designed learning experience or an academic program. It provides them with the resources and support to make it happen.
Since 1965, the Bush Foundation has worked to develop the leadership capacity of the region by making investments in more than 2,200 people through its Fellowship programs.
There were a total of 465 people that applied for the 2016 Bush Fellowship. Only 24 Fellows were selected through an intense process that included Bush Fellow alumni, Bush Foundation staff and regional leaders. The Bush Fellowship is distinctive in its flexibility, in which they allow each Fellow to articulate what they will need to make them more successful leaders. The Fellows will receive the support they need and up to $100,000 over the next 12 – 24 months to pursue any learning experiences that will help them make significant contributions in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Dave, we wish you the Best of Luck on your new journey!!
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
My ToastMasters Experience
I was invited as a guest to the Redwood Area Toastmasters meeting on October 22nd. Not sure what to expect, I came into the meeting with an open mind. The president of the chapter started off the meeting with quick introductions and shared the word of the day. Each meeting there is an assigned Toastmaster that runs the meeting, he followed the president and kicked off the meeting with sharing the theme of the day (Colors of the Wind), and introducing the General Evaluator, the General Evaluator will evaluate the whole meeting. The General Evaluator will then introduce his/her Evaluation team, which consists of an Ah-Counter, Word of the Day/Grammarian, Timer, Speech Evaluators, and a Table Topics Master. Once the General Evaluator is finished they return control over to the Toastmaster who then introduces the speaker of the day. The speaker gave a 5-7 minute speech and was evaluated from group. The presentation was focused on being creative and memorable journeys throughout her life. The speaker focused on looking at the group and not the power point screen, trying not to say um, and, ah, and giving a great presentation.
Once the presentation was done we moved to table talks. This allowed the group to get as engaged at they wished. The Table Topics Master created questions and picked one at a time out of the bucket and read it out loud to the group. When the question had been read she asked for someone to come up to the front and give their answer (they should be about 1 – 2 minutes long).
Now we were ready to hear from the General Evaluator and his/her Evaluation Team that did the evaluating throughout the meeting. Each one stood up and shared their results, whether good or bad they remained positive and gave really great feedback. After all of the evaluations were done the General Evaluator returned control to the ToastMaster. He shared his thoughts and outcome from the meeting. The meeting was returned over to the President, which she then takes club roles for the next meeting, and she asks for any questions or comments. The meeting was then adjourned at 12:50pm.
I have personally been to many meetings, organizations and clubs but Toastmasters made me feel very comfortable and open. Everyone was very kind to each other but also gave points on which presenting areas needed improvement. I found that the group was very supportive and understanding no matter the situations and aspects other members had with public speaking.
We could all be Toastmasters!
Toastmasters International is the world’s largest volunteer organization dedicated to communication and leadership excellence with over 12,500 clubs in 113 countries. Toastmatsters provides the tools that enable employees to become effective communicators and leaders.
* give better sales presentations
* hone their management skills
* work better with fellow employees
* effectively develop and present ideas
* offer constructive feedback
* accept feedback more objectively
The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
Speeches are not the only thing you learn while in the club but you will also have the opportunity to learn and fill key meeting roles: Toastmaster, Table Topics Master, Speech Evaluator, General Evaluator, Ah Counter, Grammarian, and Timer.
10 Tips for Public Speaking
- Know your material
- Practice. Practice. Practice!
- Know the audience
- Know the room
- Visualize yourself giving your speech
- Realize that people want you to succeed
- Don’t apologize
- Concentrate on the message – not the medium
- Gain experience
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‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
Ceremonies in small American towns following the Civil War, gathered on Memorial Day to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Our national day of remembrance is often felt most deeply among the families and communities who have personally lost friends and loved ones. Americans must take a moment to remember the sacrifice of our valiant military service members, first responders and their families. Memorial Day is a day of celebration and grief, accounting for the honor of our heroes.
The mission of Memorial Day is to reach out in support of all the soldiers and their families who have sacrificed so much for us.
Displaying the Flag
On Memorial Day, the U.S. flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon. In the morning, the flag should be raised momentarily to the top and then lowered to half-staff. Americans can also honor prisoners of war and those missing in action by flying the POW/MIA flag.
Visiting Grave Sites
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because communities honored their war dead by decorating their graves with flowers. Many Americans make special flower arrangements and deliver them as a family to grave sites of their loved ones and ancestors.
Participating in the National Moment of Remembrance
In accordance with a congressional resolution passed in 2000, Americans pause wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time for a moment of silence to remember and honor the fallen.
Visiting Local Veterans’ Homes and Hospitals
Many living American veterans require long-term medical care or housing assistance, and they can often feel forgotten. The Memorial Day holiday is a great time to let them know that we appreciate their sacrifice and that of their families and their friends lost in battle.
Attending Memorial Day Parades
The Memorial Day parade is a time-honored tradition in cities and towns across America. Neighbors come together to remember with pride those who sacrificed so much for our country.
Experiencing the Nation’s Memorials
Memorial Day can also be an opportunity to visit or read about the national memorials in Washington, DC, as well as local memorials around the country.
Brushing up on Family and American History
Memorial Day is a favorite time for Americans to read their family history, look at old photographs, and learn about their ancestors, especially those who died in the service of their nation. It’s also an occasion for reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and other historic and patriotic speeches by presidents and leaders of the armed services.
Wearing Memorial Day Poppies
The tradition of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day was inspired by the 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields”by John McCrea. War worker Moina Michael made a personal pledge to always wear red silk poppies as an emblem of “keeping the faith with all who died,” and began a tradition that was adopted in the United States, England, France, Australia, and more than 50 other countries.