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Wartime Tail – Wells Fargo Story

Wells Fargo Stories have a variety of topics. Our team members at Wells Fargo, support the Puppy Rescue Mission, with a Community Support donation.  Bringing those dogs that stayed with our soldiers during their deployment back HOME with those soldiers is a BIG DEAL. Yes,  a big furry happy tail-wagging deal…. you can tell from the photos.

Linda’s illustration for the Puppy Rescue Mission’s rescue stories page.   Linda’s illustration for the Puppy Rescue Mission’s rescue stories page.    Anna Cannan created the Puppy Rescue Mission in 2010 after her fiancée, Army Sgt. Chris Chiasson, befriended a group of dogs living at the Army outpost where he was stationed in Afghanistan.

We vote on our favorites, and THIS one is a landslide favorite with over 50% of the votes. Posting it here!

Linda’s illustration for the Puppy Rescue Mission’s rescue stories page.

The Wall is Coming

The Wall That Heals visits San Bruno, CA

The Wall That Heals is coming to the  Golden Gate National Cemetery for 4 days of events and activities dedicated to honoring and remembering veterans.  – See more details, click here.

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Time: Thursday, April 9, 2015 8:00 AM – Monday, April 13, 2015

The Opening Ceremony – Thursday April 9 at 10 a.m.

Would you like to get involved? Volunteers are needed.

If anyone wants to volunteer there are positions as docents (greeters) and security (watchers) the wall is never left alone so the security is 24/7.

George Smith – coordinator for security

Jeff Herndon — coordinator for docents

Location: Golden Gate National Cemetery (San Bruno, CA)

1300 Sneath Lane

San Bruno, CA 94066


When VVMF built The Wall in 1982, it had an important mission: To honor Vietnam Veterans and heal the wounds of a nation. Three decades later, the mission continues as we raise funds to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Education Center will educate future generations and honor America’s Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation’s Armed Forces today.

It is coming to the Bay Area, visiting the Golden Gate National Cemetery. This is the half-sized traveling replica of The Wall that is permanently located in Washington DC, the traveling wall is  known as The Wall That Heals.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has a schedule for the traveling wall.

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You may be able to travel to see The Wall in Washington DC, there are many events and ceremonies, so please take a look.

Please join the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for the In Memory Weekend, Saturaday June 20, 2015 – Sunday June 21, 2015

See’s Fundraiser for CSM Nursing Students

It’s a sweet treat…. Chocolate Easter Eggs from See’s and best of all the proceeds benefit our hardworking

Nursing Students at College of San Mateo. 

Each Chocolate Egg is $6.20

A Easter decorated box of Nuts and Chews is $18.50

You can also order a one pound Gift Certificate for $19.90

To get Your Beautiful eggs…. order some…. contact Jess at

Sees Fundraiser 2015




There’s an app for That


Time and money saving apps to kick your resolution into high gear
Grow your $ in 2015, and fortunately technology is here to assist. Below are a few great free money enhancing apps to consider

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1) Mint ( – I love this app! It tracks my income and expenses and lets me know when I’ve reached or exceeded my budget. It also shows my spending patterns over time, and is a one stop shop for checking all my account balances (including checking, savings, retirement and credit cards).

2) Saved Plus ( – this is a great way to save every day. A pre-determined percentage is automatically withdrawn and deposited into your savings or retirement account whenever you swipe your card. If you spend $100 at the grocery store for example, and have committed to saving 10%, the app automatically sends $10 to your savings account.According to the owners of Saved Plus, this app has been saving the average user about $350 per month since launching in May 2014.

3) Wallaby ( users can load their credit cards into the Wallaby virtual wallet, which will then tell you which of your cards should be used to benefit from that specific purchase. For example, one of your credit cards may offer cash back when you buy gas; the app will remind you to use that specific card as you’re going to fill up. All you have to do is tell the app where you’re shopping. You can also set preferences, like to tell you once the balance has hit 60% of your credit limit – an online financial advisor service that’s free for accounts with assets between $5,000 and $10,000 (not available for investing less than $5k). Based on your investment goals and risk tolerance, this app determines how best to allocate your money across low cost index exchange traded funds that invest in stocks, bonds and commodities around the globe. It monitors and rebalances the portfolio to maintain your target allocation.

Optimism Quotient – Construction industry

This is part of a document that Wells Fargo publishes based on trends in construction.  Naming and focus along with great graphics tell the story. There are many books to guide you, Presentation Zen is a good one, it explores graphics, layout and audience responses.  The best advice is stick to a theme (colors, font, graphics, callouts, format), go from simple to more complex with clear explanations, and supportive “call-outs”. The charts shouldn’t be identical but they need to look related.

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Many groups do this, as a way to show growth and outlook.  The time periods can be different but using a easy to read  scale can make the chart understandable. Thinking about the tone of business is important.

Several charts are included that drill down into the details – each with coordinated colors and graphics that pull you in.






Optimism in Construction example

In my group, we usually give statuses that concentrate on problems that are outstanding. It is helpful for everyone, however, to have a longer view, a set of charts or a presentation that describe where we are going or what is happening in the big picture.


The Board Match – Wed. March 4, 2015

The Board Match is a singular event featuring 150 Bay Area nonprofits whose members will be on hand to talk to interested candidates about serving on their board of directors. Last year there were more than 1,100 participants. There will be a variety of organizations from large to small, focusing on everything from the environment to arts to youth.  We recommend bringing business cards to share with your potential match. Free! Register at


The Executive Leadership from 150 nonprofits, in one place, at one time, for one purpose–to meet you.

The Board Match 2015 Wednesday, March 4, 5:00 – 7:30 pm San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Downtown San Francisco

Candidate Registration is open NOW! Click here and registered to attend the Board Match! The Board Match 2015 is brought to you by:

Lead Event Sponsor:                   Nonprofit Underwriter:

 Getting involved! Flexing your volunteer muscle! This may be one of the most important things you do this year! Working on a non-profit board gives you an opportunity to rub noses with people that are committed to bring a needed service, experience, or meeting space to a group – kids, elders, community all benefit. I have had some great experiences. You must choose carefully: come with questions. You ‘ll want to know about length of term, financial expectations, any required meetings or off-sites and the goals of the group. Come and learn about the groups you support. You can preregister, (link above) – that’s a good idea, you can pick an area of interest and location – it’s easy and quick.  – the editor


About The Board Match

Download details for 2015 participating nonprofits!

The Board Match Candidate FAQ

Nonprofits count on volunteers like you to lead them to success. The Board Match is a singular event featuring 150 Bay Area nonprofits whose leadership will be on hand to talk to interested candidates about serving on their organization’s board of directors. There will be a variety of organizations from large to small, focusing on everything from the environment to arts to youth.      Serving on a nonprofit board can provide fantastic opportunities for your personal and professional development. You can build new skills, network, broaden your knowledge of the community, and provide essential skills to community nonprofits. We recommend bringing copies of your resume and business cards to The Board Match to share with your potential match.

We look forward to seeing you at The Board Match 2014. Pre-registration is suggested but you can register on-site for The Board Match, too.

You can also visit our search-able opportunity site to see a pre-searched list of participating organizations online.

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*Please note that The Board Match is intended to connect individuals who wish to volunteer their time and abilities free-of-charge with nonprofi­ts that need their help. It is not the appropriate time for vendors, consultants or job seekers to solicit the exhibitors. We ask that all attendees respect the expressed purpose of the event. This no solicitation policy will be strictly enforced.

Do Something Good for YOU!

Some mental health benefits that have been demonstrated as a result of regular exercise include:

Improved sleep  (Do you get enough?)

Stress relief (When did you take a deep breath?)

Improved mood (Are people calling you  GRUMPY?)

Increased energy, stamina, and mental alertness (Be your Best!)

Research dating back to 1981, and confirmed and extended since then, shows that regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressants for alleviating long-term depression. Or, even better—the effects of regular exercise can last longer than antidepressant drugs. Be aware, though, that we’re talking about serious commitment here: if your exercise is walking, you should be doing “fast walking” for about 35 minutes a day, five days a week (or 60 minutes a day, three times a week), according to the Harvard Medical School Special Health Report “Exercise and Depression.” Less can help, too, but you won’t be reaping the full benefits.

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There are a variety of theories about how and why exercise improves mental health:

Workouts can increase body chemicals (such as serotonin) that are known to affect feelings of well-being.

It has been shown that exercise can help to establish regular and normal sleep patterns.

Sticking to a regular exercise regimen can help provide a sense of accomplishment and make you feel good about yourself.


Here are some general guidelines for developing and maintaining an active lifestyle so that you can reap the physical and mental benefits of exercise:

  • Consult with your health care provider. Before beginning an exercise program talk to your doctor about what will work best for you.
  • Identify barriers. Think about what prevents you from exercising and address it head on. Too tired at the end of your day? Exercise in the morning or at lunchtime. Not comfortable in a gym? Exercise at home or in your daily life: take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance at work. Find out what is stopping you, you may be sabotaging your own best efforts.
  • Set goalsand track them. Write down why you want to exercise, set realistic goals, and track your achievements. Seeing on paper all that you have accomplished can boost motivation. Writing a exercise journal or food diary will increase your success!
  • Don’t do it alone. Exercising with a partner, such as a spouse, friend, co-worker, or neighbor, can help increase your level of commitment by being accountable to someone else.
  • Have fun. Exercise comes in many forms, so find things you enjoy: walking, jogging, dancing, yoga, or team sports, such as softball, soccer, basketball, etc.
  • Keep going. The best way to stick with your exercise is to just keep it up. If you miss a few days—or even a few weeks—don’t throw in the towel. Remember to focus on your accomplishments, no matter how small. And continue trying.
  • Celebrate! Reward yourself for meeting a goal….. but not with food, try a massage or a movie or a gold star. It can be off-beat or make you laugh, but learning how to Pat Yourself on the Back is a great skill.

Days to Remember for MARCH

March  from 1 to 31

Watch for Employee Appreciation Day.  It is on the FIRST FRIDAY in March!

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  1. Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
  2. National Banana Cream Pie Day and Old Stuff Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
  3. Peach Blossom Day
  4. National Pound Cake Day
  5. National Frozen Food Day
  6. Happy Birthday to Luther Burbank, American botanist (1849 – 1926)
  7. Johnny Appleseed Day
  8. International Women’s Day
  9. Alfred Hitchcock Day
  10. Jewel Day
  11. National Potato Chip Day
  12. Everything you do is Right Day
  13. Submarine Day
  14. Wells Fargo Founded in 1852 AND National Pi Day.
  15. National Chocolate Carmel Day
  16. Anniversary of the founding of the first black newspaper in the US, Freedom’s Journal, on Varick Street at New York, NY. 1827
  17. Saint Patrick’s Day
  18. National Bio-diesel Day
  19. Happy Birthday to Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren (1891-1974)
  20. National Quilting Day and Kiss your Fiance Day
  21. Selma Civil Rights March in 1965
  22. United Nations: World Day for Water
  23. National Chip and Dip Day
  24. National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
  25. Pecan Day and Waffle Day
  26. Make up YOUR own Holiday
  27. Something on a Stick Day
  28. Reba McEntire born today, country singer AND Lady Gaga, singer / performer
  29. Amy Sedaris is born today, on Strangers with Candy
  30. National Hot Dog Day AND I am in Control Day (oh sure you are!)
  31. Oranges and Lemons Day AND National Clams on the Half Shell Day

A Month to Celebrate-February! 

Febuary Days 24th & 25th!
April Days are Here!

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Recycling Phones Securely

Step One: Charge the battery: Locate old BlackBerry, iPhone or iPad devices and charge the batteries.
Step Two: Wipe the device:
BlackBerry: Enter an incorrect password into each device 5 times.
iPhone or iPad: Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings.
Step Three: Verify the wipe: Verify device wipe completed successfully.
Power on each device.
Device may start with New Password prompt or will start with no password required.

You can send devices to Charities that recycle or return to your service provider….(include all related cords, chargers). If you need to dispose of a phone, make sure to use a e-waste recycler with an ethical and clean disposal policy.

Leadership Quotes

My company has a fun activity that gets everyone involved. We share Leadership quotes on a common thread. Everyday there are a few new ones and a few comments on what is posted. I have discovered that everyone has a different idea of what a leadership quote is, and this multitude of quotes have such a variety. Here is a sample from the last few days.  Some people don’t add the author, that would be nice, but that is also part of how we communicate and share what is important to each of us. ENJOY the quotes!!  We hope you are inspired!

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.   - Edmund Burke

If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.      –Marvin J. Ashton

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” ? John Wooden

“Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.”

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

One who loves truly never loses entirely – Napoleon Hill

No doesn’t move you forward – Michael J. Fox

The opposite side of the coin if you dare to look might be brighter – Jane Pauli

Action is the real measure of intelligence – Napoleon Hill

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and do something about it. – Dale Carnegie

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire. – Dale Carnegie

“Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal?” — Mike Ditka

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole stair case.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

“Not all who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“God does not play dice with the universe.” – Albert Einstein

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein


 And for Valentine’s Day, one team member added these:

    Spread love wherever you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.  –Mother Theresa

    Love cures people….both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.  –Dr. Karl Menninger