Careers in the Travel Industry
By ND Tourism Did you know 42,614 jobs are supported by the travel and tourism industry in North Dakota? Travel impacts all 53 counties in the state. Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure, or business purposes. And it has become a popular global leisure activity. Hospitality Industry: Several billion dollar industry! The hospitality industry consists of restaurants, hotel, shopping areas, or even amusement parks. They consist of multiple groups such as facility maintenance, direct operations (servers, housekeepers, porters, kitchen workers, bartenders, etc.), management, marketing, and human resources. In America, Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) can be a business major in either as a Communications, Marketing, Advertising, or Public Relations and Finance. With concentration in: Food Management and Operations (Examples: Food Science & Preparation, Food and Beverage Operations) Lodging Operations (Examples: Hotel Operations, Resort Management, Lodging Management, Financial Management, and Cost Control for Hospitality Organizations) Global Tourism (Examples: Travel and Tourism Management, Hospitality, and Research Methods) Sustainable Tourism (Examples: Natural Destination Management, Responsible Tourism, Green Tourism and Eco-Tourism, Alternative and Environmentally friendly ways of working in Tourism ) Tourist Attractions Management (Examples: Heritage Attractions, Arts and Cultural Attractions, Retail Attractions, Natural Attractions) Entertainment Management (Examples: Theme Park Management, Theatre Management, Cinema Management, Live Music and Music Festival Management). Event Management (Examples: Hospitality Sales & Catering, Hospitality Marketing Management) Hospitality Education Hospitality programs offer students the chance to study such subjects as tourism management, environmental tourism management, sport tourism management, hotel and resort management, and event tourism management. Students learn about the challenges the industry poses, as well as the future opportunities available. Most programs combine classroom time with practical, hands-on experiences. This combination creates graduates who are prepared to lead the hospitality industry by using their managerial and technical skills. Several large corporations such as Marriott, IHG, Hyatt, Starwood, Wyndham and Hilton Hotels have summer internships in training programs for students majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management, to help students get valuable work experience. Students in these programs study a curriculum that is designed to help them understand all the factors that go into making a guest service-oriented enterprise function smoothly. Courses may include financial management, lodging, golf management, tourism, event management, and vacation ownership. Graduates may go on to hold jobs such as banquet manager, dining room supervisor, guest services manager, or food services director. The 34th annual National Travel and Tourism Week is May 7-13 where communities across the country will celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. Travel is a pillar of economic growth, creating jobs at a faster rate than other sectors. More than half of all travel industry employees—a total of 4.3 million—earn middle class wages or higher.
Rejuvenating the Vagina: The Treatment Improving Women’s Quality of Life
By Jody Kerzman Janie Brown Janie Brown has faced multiple medical challenges—from endometriosis to infertility, then a hysterectomy in her mid-30s, and finally breast cancer and a double mastectomy. She thought she’d had her fill of medical issues. She was wrong. “During one of my surgeries the surgeon nicked my bladder, which led to another surgery and incontinence issues,” says Janie. “And because of breast cancer and a hysterectomy, I was seriously lacking estrogen, which led to vaginal dryness. I was really praying for some answers.” Her prayers led her to a treatment called Thermiva, and to a visit with her Nurse Practitioner, Rhonda Jolliffe at Lifeways Clinic. “Thermiva is an application that uses radio frequency energy to gently heat tissue, designed for the vaginal anatomy. This stimulates the body’s own collagen and rebuilds tissue that was lost. The rebuilding of collagen provides moisture, which is lost during menopause or other health conditions. Basically it makes it young again,” explains Rhonda. Janie decided to give Thermiva a try. “The treatment was not painful. The dryness was much more painful than the 40-minute treatments,” says Janie. Rhonda Jolliffe Rhonda recommends women receive three, 40-minute Thermiva treatments, one month apart. “The collagen builds in between treatments. Women who are extremely low in estrogen may need more. As high as 88-90% of women are satisfied with the results they get after three treatments.” Rhonda says vaginal dryness is one of the most common side effects of menopause. She says there are many treatments available, including hormone creams, but those aren’t an option for some women, like Janie, who have had breast cancer. “In the case of a woman who has had breast cancer they can’t use estrogen so these women really suffer. Intercourse is very painful when you have vaginal dryness, and can affect intimacy and relationships,” Rhonda explains. “Thermiva is a great non-invasive, non-hormone tool that can help women feel better, and younger.” It was exactly what Kami (who asked her last name be withheld) was searching for. “I felt like I was dry all the time. I was having pre-menopause symptoms but when I went to the doctor, they suggested I take hormones. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted a more natural solution,” Kami explains. “I did my research on Thermiva and decided to try it. I noticed a difference after my first treatment. It didn’t hurt at all and I was able to resume my normal activities, even sexual intercourse, immediately.” Kami received her three Thermiva treatments from Shelly Botsford, Nurse Practitioner at Pure Skin Aesthetic and Laser Center. Shelly says Thermiva is a painless way to give women back their quality of life. “It’s something that women are uncomfortable talking about, but I tell women if you have a vagina, you probably have a problem, or will have a problem one day,” says Shelly. “Thermiva uses the same radio frequency technology that is used to tighten the skin on your face. It just makes sense that it can tighten the vagina as well.” Shelly says Thermiva is a good option for women of all ages. Shelly Botsford “After giving birth, many women have stress urinary incontinence—a cough or a sneeze causes leaking or urinary urgency—when you have to go, you have to go! Thermiva can fix those issues,” says Shelly. “It can also help women who suffer from vaginal dryness in menopause. We do customized treatments for each patient, because what’s right for one woman may not be the best option for the next woman. But the results from Thermiva treatments are overwhelmingly positive. Most women see improvement after the first treatment, and after two treatments are well on their way to wellness. It is important to have all three treatments because each treatment builds on itself.” Kami couldn’t agree more. “I’ve been happily married for 20 years, and Thermiva helped me reclaim my life.” To learn more about Thermiva and how it could help you, visit thermi.com or call Rhonda or Shelly at their clinics.
The Cashman Auctionisters: Two Sisters & a Little Bid of Fun
Missy and Katie By Marci Narum It’s safe to say that Cashman sisters, Missy and Katie (Fitzsimmons) have the ‘gift of gab.’ Both women are at ease, graceful, and witty in front of any size audience. The sisters are the middle two of six children. They grew up working together in the family business, Cashman Nursery and Landscaping in Bismarck, North Dakota, and appeared in TV commercials together. All of the Cashman kids took turns promoting the business in front of the camera over the years, along with their parents, Dan and Carol Cashman. Their mother worked diligently with them to hone their speaking skills. “Our mom was a speech teacher,” Missy says. “We grew up watching the Oscars and grading the actors’ speeches, because our mom made us do it. Mom had us dialed in to speech and grammar at very young ages. So when it comes to trying to command that presence on a microphone, it’s just something we Cashman kids have been able to do.” The Cashman “kids” still make appearances in commercials from time to time. But Missy and Katie are back together on the microphone for a whole different reason: helping raise money for charities at fundraising events and galas. This sister duo is becoming known as the Cashman Auctionisters. How it Happened “It’s all Missy’s fault,” laughs Katie. “She is a ‘Jill-of-all-trades’: a radio DJ, a wedding DJ, she officiates weddings. She’s kind of this catch-all, filler-inner, woman-about-town in Bozeman, Montana.” Missy’s persona is Missy O’Malley—the DJ, radio personality, TV news anchor, and auctioneer. She was working a DJ gig for a charity event when she discovered her interest in auctioneering. It happened the moment she saw auctioneer Johnna Wells in action. “She is super classy. She has her own auction company out in Portland, Oregon and does all this philanthropic work. She is a smokin’ hot, cool babe. When she got on the mic, she commanded the attention of the entire room. She was unbelievable. When it was all said and done she had raised $350,000. In Bozeman! In 40 minutes! It’s unheard of. I wanted to be her. I thought, ‘I could do that.’” “Missy called me and said, ‘We’ve got to go to Auctioneering School. This would be a good life skill to have,’” Katie says, laughing. “I said, ‘learning how to play golf is a life skill, Missy.’” But Katie says her sister was determined. “Missy said, ‘No, Dude, I’m telling you, there’s this thing, you can go to school and in a week they teach you how to be an auctioneer. We’ve got to go to this one in Missouri; they call themselves the Harvard of Auctioneering School. I think it’s the best one in the country. It says so on their website. We’ve got to do this together. If we don’t do this together we’re never going to do this!’ And it all of the sudden turned into this thing that we just got fixated on and wanted to do.”And the dream was born. Katie soon became the one committed to making it reality. The sisters attended Missouri Auction School, truly known as “The Harvard of Auctioneering,” in St. Louis, Missouri last June. “Auction school started on Sunday and by Monday night we were in a consignment auction house selling,” explains Katie. “It was like a swap meet. Missy went first and she sold a couple things. I bought the first thing she sold. It was a pocket watch. I kept bidding it up,” Katie laughs, “so she had to keep chanting.” “I sold this box of Christmas ornaments and Missy bought it. So we each have the very first thing we ever sold as auctioneers. And that’s pretty cool.” But becoming an auctioneer doesn’t happen in one day. Katie and Missy say they have to keep practicing–every day. “You learn this basic chant but you need to make it your own,” Katie says. “Some auctioneers have that tuning fork sound almost like they’re singing. So you have to figure out how to preserve your voice. It’s a lot to talk that fast for that long to a full room that you’re trying to corral and keep their attention. So right now both of us are working on how our chant is evolving and what our filler words are turning into.” Seasoned auctioneers tell them it may take up to six years to develop their own rhythm, sound, and filler words. They know they have to be patient with themselves and practice consistently. “It is so fascinating to me, Missy says. “The mentors I have here in the Bozeman area tell me when you are driving down the road, sell the fence posts, sell the telephone pole, sell the tree off the side of the road. Open it up like you would at a live auction.” “I try to practice every day,” Katie admits. “I practice the most in the car when I’m picking up my daughter from daycare or driving to work. I don’t want to look too crazy walking into work or walking around the grocery store making auctioneering sounds,” she says as she laughs. There were 76 students in the class Katie and Missy attended. Seven of them were women, but none of them were like Missy and Katie. “They had never met women like us before. We were this enigma they had never seen,” Katie says. We started a Facebook group to keep up with all these people and they post pictures and videos of themselves at auctions they’re doing with chickens and hogs and estate sales. And then we’ll post pictures of ourselves at some fancy gala dressed up in evening gowns wearing pearls with our hair done up,” she laughs. “It’s very different and very fun.” Start the Bidding The Auctionisters had their first fundraising event together on September 29. Since then, they have auctioneered for 10 events, raising more $200,000 for charities—sometimes together, sometimes solo. “Katie and I are so much better together because not only does it give the other person a break, you can look ahead to the next item you’re going to sell. You can catch your breath, and the audience isn’t hearing the same voice all night. Every time you start it kind of picks up the crowd a bit and gets the energy up in the room,” says Missy. “That is what we’re good at,” Katie shares. “I tell stories that have an auctioneering feel to them. So I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of auctioneering as well. But I thought what the hell would I do? I’m not going to auction off cattle. I don’t know anything about cars.” “We have so much fun playing off each other. We finish each other’s sentences,” Missy laughs. “We’re good at working with audiences and telling jokes and telling stories and endearing them to us so we can endear them to the cause that they are there for.” Katie says. “And who doesn’t want to help out charities and foundations that need money?” The twist? Earning money is not the first priority for the Cashman Auctionisters. At least not right now. “We’re in this for the fun of it. We’re not exactly starting to be auctioneers to make our first million dollars,” Missy says, laughing. “But you never know where it’s going to take you or network you into the next thing and that’s the beauty of it and that’s why we love to do it.” “Everybody’s trying to find ‘that thing’ that gets them excited,” Katie continues. “So even if I do this and only make a couple hundred bucks a year but just have fun doing it, that’s fine by me. But if I could make a career out of this and really do something with it, this could really be a true calling and a fulfilling occupation. Especially if I could do it side-by-side with my sister. That would be the absolute gravy.” Contact the Auctionisters for your event: Missy: 701-226-4687; Katie: 503-853-5063; Email: email@example.com Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Click here to see some commercials Missy and Katie did as kids! Missy and Katie
Look What She Did: Chelly Bosch
Chelly Bosch Armed with a Cricut cutting machine and 20 years of graphic design experience, Chelly Bosch has been making personalized gifts for friends and family since 2004. “I got my first Cricut machine and went a little crazy with teacher gifts, Christmas gifts, and the walls and door of my house. I think I cut vinyl words for every room and surface in my house,” confesses Chelly with a laugh. And now everyone is crazy about Chelly’s creations. She started selling a few items on bismanonline.com and started a Facebook page, Wall Words by Chelly. “All of my designs are original; you won’t find them anywhere else. I may use a font that others have, but I always change it to make it a unique design,” she says. “This is a natural fit to my graphic design business too. I’ve done some logos on vinyl for client’s windows and cars. This has given me a whole new creative outlet. I love to scrapbook but that got overwhelming and I didn’t know where to start. With this, I can go create an item and have something to show for it in an hour or so. There’s a sense of accomplishment there. “ Chelly’s latest project is a blog, wecanmakethat.me. She shares designs there, and even offers free downloads for your cutting machine. There are also DIY instructions for many craft things along with the files needed for projects. She’s planning to add more scrapbook page templates soon.
Look What She Did: Sandy Thompson
Sandy Thompson hates addiction. “It robs from all of us. There’s all this buzz and news about addiction rates, opioid overdoses, meth labs, and big drugs busts; 50 pounds of marijuana,” Sandy says. “But nothing ever puts the focus on families. For one addict there could be 10 family members suffering.” Sandy says services have not been available to help those family members. But now she’s changing that with her new business, Path to Pono. Sandy has been a licensed addiciton counselor for 25 years. Path to Pono offers a brand new concept in North Dakota: family recovery coaching. “Too many times family members or people close to those that are addicted are the forgotten victims. My goal is to help people get their life back after having their life impacted by somebody else’s addiction.” Sandy says her coaching sessions are convenient and flexible because they are done over the phone. But she stresses that family recovery coaching is not therapy. “It’s actual coaching to get some results. I feel good that I’m a trained clinician and that I’ll stay in my coaching lane, but I am trained so that if there is something else going on with this family member that I’m working with, I know the resources to make referrals, whether I’m in their town or not.” Path to Pono also offers business consulting services. Learn more at pathtopono.com.
Look What She Did: Emily St. Aubin
Article and Photo by Katie Pinke With second-hand clubs, Emily St. Aubin, an 8th grader at Ashley Public School, competed at the National Drive, Chip, and Putt competition in early April ahead of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia. St. Aubin finished 10th place overall. Her parents, Jeremy and Lisa and 12-year-old brother Zachary were there to cheer her on. Jeremy is Emily’s coach and Emily is the defending state medalist in North Dakota Class B girls’ golf and her team—the South Border Mustangs—are the defending state champions. The road that led St. Aubin to Augusta started with 100 rounds of golf in an infant seat, riding along with her parents before she was a year old. In the summer months she golfs daily with the “1 p.m. golfers” in Ashley. The 1 p.m. golfers are mostly older men, a few women, and St. Aubin, who hopes to recruit younger golfers to join them. “They teach me to be a better person and to golf for fun,” St. Aubin says. In Augusta, St. Aubin met golfing greats Nancy Lopez, Annika Sörenstam, and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. While St. Aubin raises the bar for the game of golf in North Dakota, she does not dream of a professional golf career. She can see herself golfing in college possibly, but hopes for a career in sports broadcasting. Wherever life leads her St. Aubin is loyal to her community and her home course. “My best friends are here. I golf here to golf with the elders,” St. Aubin says. With her recent success, she isn’t interested in new golf clubs either. “They’re my lucky clubs now,” St. Aubin says with a sincere smile. Katie Pinke resides in Wishek, N.D. where she is a fan of the South Border Mustangs and mom to kids who want to golf like Emily St. Aubin. Pinke is the publisher/ general manager of Agweek, a weekly columnist, event speaker and co-owner of Pinke Homes with her husband, Nathan. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
Oh Man: Because Guys Inspire Too! Cory Ellison: Guardian Angel & Nurse
Cory Ellison By Marci Narum Some people don’t mind a North Dakota blizzard if it means not having to go to work or school. Cory Ellison is not one of those people. Instead of sleeping in on a storm day, Cory plows ahead. He is the guy who doesn’t let blocked roads and blowing snow keep him from his duties as a Registered Nurse at St. Gabriel’s Community, a faith-based, nonprofit provider of senior care services in Bismarck. When Cory knew some staff members couldn’t make it to work during a blizzard this past winter, he walked a half mile in the blinding snow from his apartment to St. Gabriel’s. And then he stayed overnight. “He knew the guests were here and they needed the care he could provide,” says Kristie Schumacher, Social Wellness Team Leader at St. Gabriel’s Community. Cory, 26, is a native of Elgin, North Dakota. He has worked at St. Gabriel’s since it opened in 2010, first as a CNA and then working his way up, becoming an LPN and an RN. He is one of the primary nurses on the short-term rehabilitation neighborhood, working the 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. shift. “The majority of guests are doing therapy so I get them up and ready for therapy, make sure they have their medications and do any treatments they need throughout the day, pain control, communicating with doctors to ensure the best care for our guests, and assisting the CNAs wherever they need it,” Cory explains. Cory says he knows how overwhelming the work can be for a CNA so he is always quick to lend a hand. His kindness does not go unnoticed. Florence Herauf has been a CNA for nearly 47 years and says Cory is the best nurse she has worked with. “When I come to work at 7:00 a.m. one of our guests, who is 101 years young, is getting up and Cory will be in his room getting him ready for the day. He does that with everything. He is always willing to help. He was a CNA first so he knows what it’s like,” Florence says. Cory also understands what it means be appreciated by his co-workers and the guests he cares for. Several of them nominated Cory for the Sister Claudia Award, a prestigious honor given to one staff member of the St. Gabriel’s Community each year. “Sister Claudia was one of the sisters with the Benedictine Health System and she really exemplified our core values: Respect, Stewardship, Justice, and Hospitality,” explains Mary Glatt, Director of Nursing. “The person who receives the award reflects those core values, and really goes above and beyond the stewardship value to serve our guests in the best way possible.” An extremely humble young man, Cory was surprised to receive the award. “I guess it means I’ve done my job right. I made an impact on people and they really appreciate the work I do.” Cory says he became a nurse hoping to make a positive impact on the lives of other people “Just being able to help people. I want to make a difference in people’s lives with the career I chose.” St. Gabriel’s guest, Phyllis Smith says Cory takes care of her in a way that makes her feel special. But then, it seems everyone else at St. Gabriel’s is saying the same thing. “He takes care of everybody. If I switch a call light on, he’s there,” says Phyllis, matter-of-factly. “When he does something he does it perfectly. I don’t have to wait. And he’s kind. Everybody says that. If you ask them who they like best, they say, ‘Cory.’” “St. Gabriel’s is really lucky and blessed to have Cory. We really are,” says Kristie. “He’s always got a positive attitude and a smile on his face.” Cory also has a desire to keep learning and growing. He is still considering getting his master’s degree and applying to a Nurse Practitioner program one day. It’s a safe bet to say not even a North Dakota blizzard will stop him from doing either one.
Lt. Lori Flaten: A Lifetime in Law Enforcement
By Paula Redmann Photography: Photos by Jacy Lieutenant Lori Flaten didn’t really plan on having a career in law enforcement. But here she is, 40 years later, finding herself in a career she still enjoys as the longest serving employee in the Mandan Police Department. “I didn’t really seek it out, but it sure seemed normal to me,” explains Lori. “My father was a game warden. My uncle was a sheriff. I was around law enforcement all the time.” So, at the tender age of 19, Lori, a graduate of Mandan High School, armed with an associate’s degree from Bismarck State College, started her career as a dispatcher. “I thought I’d give that a try, but after a year, I knew I wanted to move on,” she says. And move she did. Lori’s 40-year career path moved from dispatch into stints with both the patrol and investigations divisions, areas that seem to fit her thoughtful, personable, and service-minded demeanor. She is currently a supervisor in the patrol division. She feels her years of experience provide a wealth of information and background for her to do the administrative work of supervising 10 officers and providing them what they need to do their job well. Lori is also responsible for all the approval processes for Mandan’s many special events. “I really didn’t ever stop to think that this was a man’s field or a woman’s field. I was really supported and encouraged by Chief Hugo Ternes when I first started. That meant—and still means—a lot to me,” says Lori. She’s seen the law enforcement field change in the smallest and simplest of ways. “Like the duty gear, our clothing. You couldn’t find duty gear for women. It’s a good thing I have small feet. When I first started, I bought children’s boots and dyed them black,” she says, laughing. “You just bought men’s duty gear and tailored it. No big deal.” But what about the biggest change for her field in 40 years? “Without a doubt, it’s the technology,” says Lori. “It’s amazing. Our cars have computers so information is right there. You can do things so much faster and get back on the street. Even the protective gear is so much more advanced now. We never had vests, and I remember that we used to get pretty excited to get new portable radios. There have been so many improvements. We have so much more now to protect ourselves and protect the public, and it’s just so helpful.” Every profession has its scratchy parts, the things that just get under one’s skin; and the same holds true for Lori’s career choice. “I have zero tolerance for people who are mean to kids or animals.” Lori’s soft heartedness for furry ones is evident in the many hours of service and “I just thought I’d stop in” support for the Central Dakota Humane Society. Lori’s career has provided her with vivid and inerasable memories. “I remember when a baby died in a fire. There were three children that died, but I remember the baby the most. I remember the mother sitting in my car. I had to tell her there was not going to be a rescue, and that her children were gone. And that was over 20 years ago.” Those tragedies are balanced with many, many feel good moments for Lori. “You’d think it might be when there is an arrest or a citation issued, but it’s not. It’s when you can help an older person, or talk to a little kid when they’re scared, to be there for a family in trouble. Those situations are always nice,” she explains. Fast forward to today, and Lori says the most recent examples of kindness and appreciation will stay with her for a very long time. “The support we received from the community during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests was unbelievable. Sure,” says Lori with a smile, “we received boxes of donuts. People brought water and food because they just wanted to say ‘thank you.’ But the words of encouragement made us feel so good. I’ve never seen anything to that extent. People just can’t imagine how that support made us feel in such a rotten situation. It just reinforced why we’re here, why I’m here, because all I ever wanted to do was a good job.” Click here to see more photos of Lt. Flaten by Photos by Jacy. Paula Redmann Paula Redmann is the Community Relations Manager for Bismarck Parks and Recreation District. She likes to run, walk, play, sing, putter in her yard, laugh with family and friends, and count her blessings. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Tom. They have two grown sons, Alex and Max.
Success on the Soccer Field: A Coaching Career
Sarah Cook By Kylie Blanchard Soccer has been a part of Sarah Cook’s life since her early elementary school days. From her start playing in the Bismarck Soccer League to her current position as head women’s soccer coach at the University of Mary, she has found success on the pitch. When the opportunity arose to take the coaching helm at her alma mater in 2012, it was a move she felt was right. “I put a lot of thought into it. It was a professional move I wanted to make,” she says. “The school was the right fit for me, so I went for it.” Soccer Success Sarah was a member of the 2001 Century High School girls state champion soccer team, and the following year she began playing at the University of Mary. She was team captain from 2002 to 2004 and earned All-American honors in three of those years. Sarah and the University of Mary squad also competed in the NAIA national tournament in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and she was named 2003 Region II player of the year. She began coaching junior varsity soccer at Century High School and club soccer while in college. In 2007, she became head girls soccer coach at Century High School, leading the team to state titles in 2007 and 2011. She also served as assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Mary from 2009 to 2011 before becoming head coach. In 2016, Sarah was inducted into the University of Mary Athletics Hall of Fame. She says many influenced her to pursue a career in coaching. “My former high school and college coach, Brock Thompson, pushed me onto the path of coaching education and got me into coaching with him. Levi Evans, the former head coach at University of Mary, was an assistant coach at both my high school and college, and Dave Ripley, basically the founder of soccer in Bismarck, has been a great mentor. They all helped to push me in this direction,” Sarah says, adding Jill Ellis, head coach of the US Women’s National Team, has also been an inspiration Life as a College Coach While the official season for women’s college soccer runs August through November, Sarah remains busy year-round. She begins recruiting in December. January through February is the “off-season,” but the team continues to meet for conditioning and skill sessions. March and April mark the spring season, with the team training regularly. Sarah says the summer is the best recruiting time frame, so she is often traveling, while planning for the upcoming season. “I enjoy the competition, I enjoy mentoring young women, and I enjoy recruiting and getting to travel the world to compete, recruit, and meet families.” Making an Impact Sarah says mentoring young women through college is one of the greatest rewards of her career. “The most rewarding is seeing players graduate and move on in their next path strong, confident young women who go after their dreams.” She notes the school’s women’s soccer community has become a family to her and the players. “I love hearing from former players and seeing them come back and share their love for the program and also their experiences. We are one big family, and the family doesn’t stop after you finish your playing eligibility.” Inspired to still learn more about the game, Sarah says she continues to focus on her education as a coach. “The game has evolved so much, and I have to as a coach, just as I expect my players to,” she notes. “My advice is to get involved as much as you can. Help promote and grow the game. Get educated through soccer coaching courses.” Sarah holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” license, the highest license in the USA, as well as the USSF goalkeeping license and USSF National youth license. She currently also serves as a head coach in the Region II Olympic Development Program (ODP) and coaches State ODP and club soccer. “I love coaching, and love what I’m doing. I’m focusing on soaking up as many opportunities as I can in coaching at the highest level I can.” The Future Sarah is married to University of Mary men’s soccer head coach, Dave Cook, and together they have a one-year-old daughter. “My husband has been very supportive of my coaching and continuing in this career,” Sarah says. “Regardless of what I do in life, I know I want to always be surrounded by the game. I want to teach my daughter, along with my players, that you go for what you want and desire. Although it may be hard, you always fight for what you want.” Kylie Blanchard Kylie Blanchard is a local writer and busy mom of three, including a new, very cute baby boy. She played soccer back in the day, too, and was a member of the Hughes Junior High Huskies 9th grade city championship team with Coach Cook.
Sara and the Troubadour
Sara as a little girl By Patrick Atkinson What was I supposed to say when Sara asked me,”What do you do for a living?” She was, after all, barely seven-years-old. How much could I tell her? Sara was a beautiful girl. Found on the streets totally alone, she had been physically abused and injured by the beatings her mother endured in the months before Sara was even born. Sometime around age three, Sara was sent into the streets to beg for money where she became lost in her wanderings. She slept alone in alleys for weeks unknown. Eventually a stranger led her to a woman known to have a good heart. Even then, Sara wasn’t wanted at first. “The child is too sick,” this woman told me. “I can’t be responsible if she dies on me.” I convinced this woman to take Sara in and with her motherly love, Sara grew to be a beautiful young girl. So how should I respond when Sara asked me what I did for a living? I could tell her I chase demons during the day and bonk them on the head when they try to scare her. And that I call upon the angels at night, and ask them to sit by her bed to keep her safe and hold her tight. If she were older, I could say I educate kids and keep them from committing suicide. If she became even more serious, as sometimes she does, I would tell her that I started my adulthood as a missionary and, in turn, became an educator, health worker, builder, writer, troubadour, and businessman. Like her, I have begged. “You must be wonderfully rich having done all that,” I can imagine Sara saying. Without hesitation and holding her hand in mine, I would say the treasures I’ve held are among the most beautiful on earth. When we meet someone, and ask them what they do, they almost always tell us the title of their job. While interesting and insightful, this isn’t what we asked. Wikipedia defines career as “an individual’s journey through learning, work and other aspects of life.” Ah, therein lies the information I want to know when I meet you. Students and reporters frequently ask what someone should study if they want to get ahead. I tell them to go home, lie in bed, and stare at the ceiling while they imagine themselves doing something they love. “Start from there and work backwards,” I say. “You will learn what you need to know to get there.” Career—our journey through learning, work, and other aspects of life’—needs to start with our dreams. A few months after Sara’s question, the lights went out while some children were still doing their homework, and the room turned black. Sara left and returned with six small candles. Putting on my father-cap, I also went to find a battery-powered lamp. Before I could turn it on, though, I turned my head and was rewarded with a magical view of the night. There sat my son Neto, staring at the orange glow of a candle, quietly lost in his thoughts. He needed a father. Sara needed a tutor, and in the kitchen, the children needed a cook. The Project needed an electrician. Everyone needed to know they were safe. Our world works because people have dreamt their dreams, and many have chosen to follow them through. Not just in their work, but with their “individual journey through learning, work and other aspects of life.” Careers are dreams manifest. Patrick Atkinson Bismarck-native Patrick Atkinson is the founder and executive director of the International God’s Child Project and the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons. he is a national award-winning author and the recipient of numerous human rights awards.
Community Contributor: Lemonade Day
Give us a little history of Lemonade Day. Celebrating 10 sweet years, Lemonade Day originated out of Houston, Texas. What started with one young lady, inspired to make money to acquire a pet turtle, has now turned into a program that has over 30,000 participants in Houston alone! Now, over 60 cities, 23 states, and three countries have the Lemonade Day program, with hundreds of thousands of young participants who are our future leaders and entrepreneurs. National Lemonade Day is held in May, however we know that isn’t quite a guarantee in North Dakota, so ours will be on June 17, 2017. How is Lemonade day different from other events like it? Lemonade Day is a program-based learning experience that pairs youth with a responsible mentor and guides them through the process of starting and operating their very first official business—a lemonade stand. With the help of a lesson-planned workbook, participants set a goal, make a plan, work the plan, and achieve their dreams! After they have followed through and set up shop on Lemonade Day, each youth walks away from the program more business savvy than some adults. Who benefits from Lemonade Day? The Community. This program is empowering today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. We have entrepreneur programs in high school and college, but those students take the skills they learn and sometimes leave “home,” and we never get to see the great things they do. If we can introduce this program to third through eighth graders, we will have a better chance to witness these great things earlier, and most important in our community! How can people donate or get involved? I guarantee anyone reading this has a child, or knows someone who has a child in the third to eighth grade range who would benefit from this program. Be a mentor! The greatest investment in this program is the time the mentors put in with the youth to assist, not ensure, but assist in their success. We don’t want the adults to do the work, or else the child won’t truly learn how to be successful through the work of someone else. If you own or operate a business in Bismarck or Mandan, consider being a Safe Stand Location for a Lemonade Day participant. This partnership helps both the lemonade stand as well as the business as on June 17 a lot of people will be buying lemonade! How can people contact you about Lemonade Day? Feel free to contact me, Dave Leingang, at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, 701-223-5660, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the website, bismarckmandan.lemonadeday.org and give us a “LIKE” and share our Facebook page.
Inspired by Joy
Article and Photos by Stephanie Fong Jackie Hoff and her mother Barb Dohrmann always dreamed of owning a gift shop together. They had crafted and attended numerous craft fairs and running a store in Dickinson was a hoped-for project they both looked forward to. As Barb battled cancer for six years, the dream was pushed to the back burner. When Barb passed away last June, the family all felt a deep hole where Barb used to be. Then, a few months after losing Barb, things started falling in place to make their dream a reality. Jackie is the business manager for The Real Estate Co., the Hoff’s family-owned realty company. She saw a listing for the former Emmanuel Baptist Church location in downtown Dickinson. After stepping into the church, Jackie knew within a couple of hours that the dream of a shop was meant to happen. “It just came to me—this is something I’ve got to do. It was just a feeling.” Joy: Inspired Gifting was underway. Jackie and her daughter, Amber Kuntz, dove into the project, involving their entire family along the way. A fast and furious couple of months ensued. “From closing on the building to our first day of business, it was a just over two months,” Jackie laughs. Amber’s husband, Kyle, supervised a total remodel of the building. Family members of all ages pitched in to get the project done. Jackie spent long hours searching for vendors, building a product line from scratch. Many of the items carried at Joy not only fit the style of the shop but also are companies with a cause that give back. “The vendor and product choices were totally intentional,” they explain. “It’s important to be able to find things that make a difference.” Amber’s writing style shows through in the unique branding and social media marketing for Joy. And the name? “Joy was Grandma’s word. She was always saying, ‘joy, joy, joy.'” She was such an inspiration to all of us and to anyone she met. This was a way to spread her joy even though she’s not here anymore,” Amber shares. “Working on Joy became sort of a healing process. It was all something we could all work on together and do for her. It just feels like she’s here. And Mom [Jackie] really put in so much heart and dedication to this project. She’s such an amazing woman.” The former church is fresh and full of light, housing a gift shop stocked with décor, greeting cards, candles, purses, accessories, baby items, a literal sleigh full of pillows, and more. And there’s coffee, too. “Grandma [Barb] loved fellowship and offering ways for people to come and have conversation, and have Bible studies, and the coffee shop serves a backdrop for that,” Amber points out. Eight•0•Four: Inspired Sipping was named after Barb’s birthday—August 4. It boasts all homemade items, from the syrups used in specialty drinks to the baked goods available each day. Jackie and Amber are happy to bring in local talent and products, utilizing a roaster from Fargo and getting their tea out of Bismarck. Jackie continues to do part-time bookkeeping at the realty office, but most of her time is now spent at Joy. Amber, a realtor alongside her dad and husband, and mother of four, tries to be at Joy as much as time allows. “Find something you are passionate about,” Amber says when asked for advice to others thinking about launching their dream. “Because when it is a heart-driven business, you want to devote that time and energy to it. It means a lot. That’s the driving force behind Joy.” The mother-daughter team says their goal is for Joy to become a long-term staple in the Dickinson community, noting they already are dreaming of future community events and involvement. “Stay tuned!” Jackie smiles. Stephanie Fong Stephanie Fong lives in Dickinson with her husband and two busy toddlers. She holds degrees in English, communications, and education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. In rare spurts of free time, she enjoys trips to Medora, reading cookbooks, and channeling her inner Pioneer Woman.