April 9, 2015

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The Adventures of Spring!

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EAEC members Jackie Bordeleau and Richard Evans watch for bidders while New Florence Maintenance employee (and professional auctioneer) Matt Korman sell donuts for the employee relief fund.

On April 7, employees were treated to a somewhat "unusual" spring meeting that offered them the opportunity to get to know their colleagues across the district, as well as engage in personal and professional growth activities.

Who would have known however, that the event would have concluded with a donut auction!

The EAEC introduced the Northeast Employee Relief Fund at the spring meeting, by offering donuts for 50 cents for its first fundraiser. Since there were donuts left over at the end of the event, committee members called for an auctioneer in the room, and Matt Korman, New Florence maintenance, stepped up and helped raise another $100 for the NERF. According to Jonathan Bruner, EAEC president, NERF now has $335 in its fund.

The half-day event was a whirlwind, keeping the employees moving to enjoy brief presentations by a variety of speakers.  The topics included motorcycle safety, innovations showcase winners, a game called Family "Work Zone" Feud, drugs on the streets and in our schools, grilling and stretching.  In addition, other topics in a large group setting included roadside dangers from the MSHP, electrical safety from the local coop, and fall mushroom hunting from the MDC.  Assistant Chief Engineer Kathy Harvey gave an update on the 325 program and legislation, and drawings were held for door prizes.


There were also representatives from local credit unions and the Missouri Employee Association, and the boot truck offered employees the opportunity to purchase new safety wear. (Special thanks to Tina and Angel from St. Louis District TMC for coming up and handling the customer service center!)


grilling stretching family feud
Nancy Hays, a registered dietician with Hannibal Regional Hospital, dishes out healthy kabobs following her presentation. Everyone did a "stretch or two with Drew," a personal trainer from the local YMCA. MoDOT Retiree Jim Zeiger played host for the Family "Work Zone" Feud game, which was one of the breakout sessions.

Around the District...
Rep. Shumake   Arrive Alive Day at South Shelby High School
Missouri State Rep. Shumake was taken on a field trip to a deteriorating bridge in Marion County. He was accompanied by Assistant District Engineer Kevin James and Area Engineer Brian Haeffner.   Heather Buchanan, outreach coordinator for the NE Coalition for Roadway Safety, spoke to students at South Shelby High School during Arrive Alive Day.  Marisa Ellison, facilitator for the Coalition, provided students the opportunity to "drive" on the Coalition's new driving simulator.
MCHD car seat check   Andrea Jackson speaking to commission
For Public Safety Week, Macon County Health Dept. held a child safety seat check event on April 7. Pictured is Stacy Corbin, a CPS Tech with the Health Department, along with Buckles.  MCHD was able to give this little lady a brand new car seat provided by the NE Coalition for Roadway Safety.   Andrea "Andy" Jackson from Macon County spoke to the Commission about the importance of our supplementary road systems to the agricultural community. Amy Crawford, area engineer, introduced Andy to the Commission.
Brian Haeffner speaking to Mexico City Council   Lissie Youse at HLG
Area Engineer Brian Haeffner spoke to Mexico City Council about the deteriorating road system and the insufficient funding situation MoDOT is facing.   Lissie Youse, customer relations specialist, spoke to a communications class at Hannibal-LaGrange College about social media in the workplace.

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Marisa Brown-Ellison
Customer Relations Manager
Northeast District


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