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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
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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.  

Robert Guidice, 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 Borough.

For more information about Madison Lodge, e-mail Robert Giudice at robertjgiudice@yahoo.com,  contact the Freemasons of New Jersey for the Masonic Lodge nearest you or visit the Madison Lodge website http://www.madisonlodge93.com


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Those who grew-up in Morris County, NJ are probably familiar with the AT&T training facility in Chester that truly is a sght to see. The facility actually treats the logs used in making telephone poles with the preservative compound to make them weather and pest proof.  Now, imagine a field of these poles standing 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 face when she realized that her boyfriend was not kidding...he meant and believed every word of it. 

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As reported last month in UPBEAT NEWS, on March 30th the South Plainfield High School student chapter of Help Darfur Now held a concert featuring 4 local live bands, called ROCK DARFUR NOW at the South Plainfield PAL Building.

Selling ticket, refreshments, and t-shirts, over $2000 was raised, organized by the  Chapter of Help Darfur Now.  Refreshments and special concert t-shirts will be sold. South Plainfield's Chapter of Help Darfur Now is comprised of concerned South Plainfield High School students and their teacher-advisor Ms. Flannery.  The South Plainfield Student Chapter is part of Help Darfur Now (HDN) a non-profit organization founded by three high school students, whose mission is to raise awareness of and funds for the victims of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Since its inception in 2005, HDN has grown to include more than 100 nationwide chapters involving thousands of students. The local chapter which started in April of last year is very active and has already raised $2,500 to help the people of Sudan.

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