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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

“I thought there would be more for me!” Jill in our office came to me recently to ask if what she heard on the news was true?…“That President Obama banned pork products being served in prison?”. My response… I had not heard that but I’m not sure why he would.”  In my head, I thought “Surely not…doesn’t he have a few more important situations to figure out?” Pres. Obama has suddenly taken the position of being tough on crime. Talk about true punishment! So…off to Googleland I went to attempt to find out more about the story… Here are the details according to the Washington Post… ·        Effective in the new fiscal year, October 1, pork is eliminated from the menu of federal prisons. ·        There are 122 federal prisons in the United States with 205,000 federal inmates (that is an average of 1680 prisoners per facility&h ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

The “age” of membership Most people in the world celebrate birthdays. In the USA, there are certain traditional milestone birthdays that people reach and celebrate that have more significance than others…  As a kid, all of the age 1 – 9  birthdays were big (although birthdays 1 – 3 are probably more for the adults).  Age 10…finally achieving the age of “double digits”…big change! Age 13… finally becoming a big kid…a teenager…maturity? Age Sweet 16… finally old enough to qualify for driver’s license (Hey…What’s with kids today waiting until they are 17 or 18 to get the driver’s license? When I was a teen, getting your driver’s license at age 16 was “everything”) Age 17…Access to rated R movies Age 18… finally old enough for the right to vote (And buy tobacco, buy lottery tickets, get a credit card and get married without your parent’s pe ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

“Don’t throw sand” When I was a youngster, around age 6, I was fortunate enough to have a father who constructed a great sandbox for me and my siblings to play in. That sandbox was perfectly square… perfectly solid… perfectly filled with soft sand. What a wonderful place for kids (and cats) to enjoy. Thank you, Dad! I remember taking my farm toys -tractors, wagons, and other replica farm implements - out to the sandbox. Mom provided popcorn seeds as the farm commodity to plant, cultivate, harvest, and handle in the sand box.  I spent many hours “farming” that make believe sand farm… Plowing, planting, growing, and harvesting. I did not always view my younger siblings as “assets” on my make-believe farm in that sandbox. My sister and brothers had this habit of digging potholes in my best sand cornfields. They didn’t seem to know how to plow straight sand rows. They seem to enjoy playing “Jolly Green Giant” by walking throu ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

Lessons that “stick” My wife asked me what I was thinking about one morning as she watched me “pace off” distance while I brushed my teeth (brushing my teeth has no significance in this story aside from showing I can multi-task).  I explained to Mrs. Rohrer that I was measuring distance from point to point(I determined it was 45 feet) and calculating the number of repeats of that 45 feet would be necessary to total a mile (She then realized that I was really thinking about another one of my strange exercise training routines…she has quit asking me how I can be sure it was 45 feet).  In my head, I calculated that covering this distance of 45 feet would require over 117 “repeats” of that distance to equal one mile. I felt no need to pull out a tape measure to verify that the distance was 45 feet… I was confident in my pacing of that distance…simply needed to divide the 5280 feet in a mile to come up with 117 repeats of 45 feet to hit my mile ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

“The Making of a Superhero” The Cook – Page Beekeepers Association started it!  It’s their fault, Mom.  They were the ones that decided to be so generous. They had to donate a handcrafted, custom built garden beehive to the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation’s Silent Auction last November. And for some strange reason, my wife and I saw it on the auction and knew that we had to have it. How appealing.  I did not even want bees.  I “rationalized” that it would make a great and unusual gift for one of those people in our lives that already have everything (I think my wife held back her true feelings on my great idea).  Sometimes, I’m not the brightest bulb on the tree and seemingly, many times, I am the dimmest. Yes, we bought the “soon to be constructed” beehive. Self-doubt and buyer’s regret started immediately. We spent the next few months wondering “what have we done? Who will really accept the gift of a beehi ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

“just a little ditty” I really enjoy listening to “talk” radio...not sure this is totally “normal” but there are a number of stations to choose from so someone must listen besides me! I especially like tuning in from 5 AM to 6 AM during the week as I start my morning.  I absorb the news of the day and listen to the thoughts and attitudes of the various talking heads regarding political, social, economic and trivial. I discover what the weather in the traffic is predicted around the Chicagoland area for the day. Hearing the issues and news stories activate my mind and I begin the transition from a sleep coma to work mode. A couple weeks ago, I was engaged in active listening of talk radio, probably thinking about how the world is going south, and found myself humming the jingle of kars-4-kids…Donate your car today! I don’t listen to the commercials…at least on purpose.  Somehow, that jingle seeped into my thick headcap.  That i ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

The State of Volunteerism in CCFB The week of April 12-18 was National Volunteer Week across the Country…did you celebrate?  Were you properly appreciated?  Most people understand volunteerism.  It is a “non-paid” position in which a person freely offers to take part in an enterprise, task, or event.  I used “quote marks” around non-paid because payment comes hopefully in many forms beyond monetary payment… -        Payment in the form of contacts made with others -        Payment in the form of new friends -        Payment in the form of strengthening an industry -        Payment in the form of knowledge and sacrifice -        Payment in the form of teaching job/life skills -        Payment in the form of fun and new experiences There ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

“Science, pie and leadership” “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson (A sentence from the Declaration of Independence) Amazing words of power…world changing words…written by a Revolutionary leader at age 33. April 13 happens to be the birthday of Thomas Jefferson. I know this because I have a “smart phone”. I have a really smart because it posted Jefferson’s birthday on my activities calendar, knowing full well that I would care! How did it know? In case you don’t remember Thomas Jefferson, let me refresh your memory. He was this guy born in 1743, third child to a wealthy plantation family, studied and read, becoming very well educated… highly successful lawyer…Governor of Virginia…author of a little document called the Declaration of Ind ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

Discrimination? I am a white male (in case you didn’t notice from my mug shot photo). It is rare for those of us in white male demographic to cry “discrimination”. In fact, in my 49+ years of life, I have never used those words in connection with something that happened with me. January 31, 2015 was the first time the word crossed my mind. That day, our church was hosting a blood drive. My wife wanted to be first in line and get “it” out of the way so she stopped by early to donate. Meanwhile, I wanted to get in some “Bobtime” so I decided to donate later if I had time. After going out for a run, enjoying coffee with a buddy, attending my son’s basketball game and chatting with my wife about her experience giving blood, I decided that I had no more excuses and would head to the church to do my civic duty. As I waited for a person to register me to donate, one of the workers from the Blood Donor Company whispered to me “ Hey…will you come over ...

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Downwind by Bob Rohrer, CAE, FBCM, Manager

“In 2015, I resolve to…” So… How are your 2015 New Year’s resolutions going? Nearly half of all Americans make them. Let me guess…It’s only February and already your New Year’s resolutions are falling flat on their face…In a death spiral… Losing steam… So, you don’t want to talk about it? We all start our Resolutions with great expectations and enthusiasm… the calendar provides us with a chance at a new beginning, a fresh start and increased focus. The most popular resolutions include: “I will lose weight”…” I will eat healthier”…” I will improve my relationships”… “I will get organized”… “I will get fit”… “I will spend more time with family”…”I will quit smoking”… “I will be a nicer person”… “I will be better with my money”. We write those Resolutions down w ...

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