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Marketing magazines are full of stories and examples of Corporations
working with non-profit organizations toward common goals. This
"Cause Marketing" is so common today, that there are publications,
workshops, even million-dollar firms that specialize and cater to just
this segment. What is UNCOMMON about this month's feature is how a
NON-PROFIT organization, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is
partnering with a PROFIT ORGANIZATION, eBay!
Each week, more than ten million items change hands by using a fantastic
computerized variation of the old-fashioned gavel-weilding, fast-talking
auctioneer: eBay. Some just buy, and occasionally sell.
But others people have actually started selling on e-bay as a hobby,
part-time and soon realized such a return, they have left their regular
jobs to reap the lucrative rewards of Ebay full-time!.
Once bidding ends, the goods
need to ship out to their new rightful owners...and that is where the USPS
is positioning itself, as not a shipping alternative but as a complete
solution for eBay sellers to other carriers like UPS and FedEx. But
the Postal Service, already losing revenue by people using e-mail and
those other carriers, needed a distinct edge. So, it has now
teamed-up with eBay, providing FREE eBay workshops throughout the area,
either in the Post Office facility itself, or, when possible, at a hotel,
or other venue. It is here that USPS employees like Kathleen Monaco
of Whippany work hard
-- rain or shine -- to present these workshops to novice E-bay.
Flyers like the one below are
mailed to everyone in the participating zip codes, inviting them to a 1
1/2 hour course, run by Kathleen and her team, all of whom were thoroughly
trained in the E-bay very own University. At the seminar,
participants view demonstrations about selling on eBay and shipping
products to customers using the US Postal Service. Those who
pre-register receive a free gift, a special, limited edition CD filled
with practical forms and tips for eBayrers
Founded in 1995, eBay
created an online electronic platform for the sale of goods and services
for individuals and businesses. On any given day, there are millions of
items across thousands of categories for sale on eBay. A recent study
indicates that more than 724,000 Americans reported that eBay is their
primary or secondary source of income. In addition to these professional
eBay sellers, another 1.5 million individuals say they supplement their
income by selling on eBay.
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Masonic Lodge Honored with
Award and Proclamation
On April 9,
2007, the Borough of Madison, NJ delivered a Proclamation from the
Mayor and Town Council honoring Madison Masonic Lodge No. 93 of Free
and Accepted Masons.
It was a very
proud night for the Lodge as the Proclamation was read, honoring the
group for their exemplary leadership and involvement in the Community
The evening also celebrated the Lodge's winning of the Masonic
Information Center's Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award for
exemplary work in constructing a positive Masonic identity within the
lodge and throughout the local community.
Lodges nationwide participated
in the 2006 Twain Award competition as part of the growing network
of lodges that are working together brother by brother, lodge by
lodge to achieve the goals expressed in the report, It’s About
Time; Moving Masonry into the 21st Century.
“The Mark Twain Award
celebrates a new enthusiasm among Masonic lodges to reclaim our
prominent place within our communities,” says Richard E. Fletcher,
Executive Secretary of the Masonic Information Center, “Members of
Madison Lodge are to be applauded for raising their own personal
standards of performance and for reaching out into the Madison
community to broaden and strengthen the identity of Freemasons.
Their activities and energy demonstrate a new commitment to
self-improvement and education that is sweeping through lodges
across the country.”
“As we demonstrate the
relevance of Masonic values to ourselves and our community, we
just naturally create a positive environment for personal growth,
“says Fletcher. “It’s an exciting time for us.”
Most historians believe
Freemasonry arose from stonemasons’ guilds in the Middle Ages and
began to flourish in the 1700’s in Europe and the American
Colonies. Many of our nation’s founders were Masons including
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere. They helped
spread the ideals of the Enlightenment such as the dignity of the
individual and public education. Today North America’s Masonic
Fraternity provides fellowship for over 1.5 million members.
Masons are known throughout their communities for their work with
schools, hospitals and speech and language clinics.
Worshipful Master (President) of Madison #93 offered his views: "There
is a quote by Frank Herbert, that I feel is fitting for this time in
Madison 93. “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom
awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”
Guidice thanked the
Mayor, Council and members of his Lodge, many of whom were in
attendance that evening, including
Dale S. Keller, Edgar M. Coster,.
H. Austin Mitscher, David R. Berger, Edward A. Monkemeier,
Harold F. Danielson Jr., Roger B. Kramp, George Kryzaniwshy, and
Gordon M. Fleming, all of whom are
actively involved with various youth and volunteer groups within the
For more information
about Madison Lodge, e-mail Robert Giudice at
email@example.com, contact the
Freemasons of New Jersey
for the Masonic Lodge nearest you or visit the Madison Lodge website
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Those who grew-up in
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upright in unseen vats so that their tops are just a few feet above ground.
I remember being told by my folks that that was where telephone poles were
born, and the little ones were "just babies that would grow up to be big and
strong like their parents."
It was always a neat place to drive past with your kids to tell them of the
"urban legend" about where telephone poles came from.
A good friend who grew up in the area told me about the time his now
grown-up son was driving by the area and matter-of-factly explained to his
girlfriend about the birthplace of telephone poles and other myths
which he actually believed "because his dad told him so."
You could imagine the look on that girl's
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