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Our Annual Breakfast

Today we celebrated our annual employee appreciation breakfast, a day I look forward to every year. This tradition goes back years. . . I’m not sure when we started it. We did things a little differently this year. Typically, the corporate team members cook breakfast for all the employees, with different teams assigned to different shifts throughout the morning. This year, since we’d also scheduled our monthly Innovation Day for today, we needed to have everyone eat together in about an hour, so we could move on to our innovation projects.

That meant that we couldn’t spend all morning cooking, so we ended up catering the breakfast. So instead of cooking breakfast, the corporate team members mingled and chatted with everyone, trying to make sure we thanked everyone there for everything they do. It was nice to have everyone together in one room—and the food was fabulous! So I’m pretty sure no one minded the change.

Our theme for the event was “You make a difference,” and I loved the way our HR team used that theme in the decoration. There was a framed mirror at the first table, so employees would see themselves as they picked up plates, napkins, and silverware, and in the frame were the words, “You make a difference.” And that same theme played out throughout the atrium. . . . wonderful message!

I also present our Heart of Stampin’ Up! recipients at this activity, and I did that this morning as well. There were five all together (three at the home office and two at Kanab—I’ll present those awards tomorrow at our breakfast there), more than we’ve had before!

These employees are nominated by their colleagues and coworkers, who share why they think certain employees exemplify our Statement of the Heart. Of course, we have so many Stampin’ Up! employees who deserve this award . . . so many amazing people who give and serve and care. I always look forward to the opportunity, however, to officially recognize a few of our finest.

This year, our home office recipients of the Heart of Stampin’ Up! award were Mary Ramirez, Brian Pilling, and Claudia Dall. Congratulations! (Brian is out of town, so I didn't get a picture with him. . . )

After announcing these winners, I gave the mic to Rich, who had said he wanted to kick off Innovation Day with a few remarks. I was totally taken by surprise, when instead of talking about Innovation Day, he said that dozens of our employees had actually submitted my name as a Heart of Stampin’ Up! nominee, even though they knew I would never choose myself. He read some excerpts from some of the letters (which they had taken out of the pile of letters that were given to me) and had me come up, crying like a baby, while everyone stood and clapped. I was overwhelmed and so touched!

I work with wonderful people, and I was grateful that today I was able to express my appreciation for them—and it felt nice to be appreciated as well!


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This post had made me very happy. You are so deserving of the Heart of Stampin' Up! Your love for what you do and your commitment to serve others is infectious and the main reason why I love what Stampin' Up! represents. Whilst I am back primary teaching and not actively demonstrating, Stampin' Up! holds a very special place in my heart and always will. My class of 10 year olds know what Stampin' Up! is, not just through products I have in my classroom but through the "I am" theme song. They have to return from term break to tell me what their "I am......" is going to be for next term. Thank you Shelli from the bottom of my heart.
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJayne Mercer
Wow, what a powerful message on your blog today, Shelli! I am reaching for the tissues as I read it and I agree with those who nominated you....without you and the "heart" that you put into everything that is Stampin' Up! I wouldn't be a demonstrator today (I will celebrate my 11th anniversary this year in June). Of course, I love the product line and creativity that is Stampin' Up! but the people and the love shared among the Stampin' Up! employees and demonstrators is the real reason I am still here and plan to stay for the long haul!
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Hoyt O'Fallon, IL
I love working with Stampin' Up! and being a part of something very special!
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamilla Ivits
My thanks and appreciation go out to everyone at Stampin' Up! You have made a difference in my life. And Shelli, love your hair!
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendie Waldman
I love the post. I love it even more because of your theme this year, "You make a difference." I just read the book, "Library Mouse" to a group of preschoolers and his theme is, "You are an author". He had a mirror in a box so that kids could see that they too can be an author, they just have to believe in themselves.

Thanks for sharing and as always, you sure know how to make each and everyone of us feel special.

Michelle Kuhn
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Kuhn
You ARE the heart of Stampin' Up, dear lady! Thank you so much for everything you do for us. I see your gracious touch and commitment to us in every part of the demonstrator experience. So glad to hear your home office employees feel exactly the same.
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLyssa Griffin Zwolanek
I would nominate you as well! You are a truly amazing woman who is an inspiration to all. Thank you so much for all that you do! You have made Stampin' Up! a wonderful company to be associated with.
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Rhoades
I have to agree with someone else who said you ARE the Heart of Stampin' Up! Shelli. If it weren't for you & LaVonne's vision 25 years ago my life would be SO different! I love SU and the changes and challenges it's brought into my life for the past 22 years!
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSam Slimak
I am interested in working with Stampin' Up is there any openings for a local Riverton gal to apply for?
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaryellen Hilton
You do have fabulous employees, but you are the one that creates the culture and I can tell from the voices of the folks at Demo Support, that it is a culture filled with joy! Thanks for all you do. I agree with Wendy, love the haircut!!
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDona Stallworth
Tissue please.. Great message and it's so wonderful that you take the time and effort to recognize and show appreciation for your employees! I am preparing to leave my J O B of 12-3/4 years and have never received either. It feels good to be able to walk away now and I promise I won't look back! Thanks for being such an inspiration and showing how a business should operate!
April 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Hunt
How is that you never age Shelli? Must be your beautiful, gracious spirit shining through! So fun to see you continue with the Heart of Stampin' Up! award--one of my treasured memories from my time with SUP!
April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

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