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ORLANDO, Fla. — Truly Nolen participated as part of Team Yellow in the 24th annual Mascot Games June 17-18, at Amway Center in Orlando. The team captured second place on both days of the event. Captain Fear, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mascot, won Day Two of the two-day competition. Other Team Yellow participants included Knightro of the University of Central Florida Knights, Jaxson de Ville of the Jacksonville Jaguars, ThunderBug of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Lil’ Red of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.
On both days of the competition, Team Yellow was led onto the arena floor by the Truly Nolen Mouse Limo, and fans in Truly Nolen’s section went home with backpacks and Team Yellow placards. With the Day 1 title on the line Friday, Lil’ Red was defeated by Team Green’s Tommy Hawk of the Chicago Blackhawks during the Joust, one of the many fun events on tap each year. Sponsored by the Orlando Utilities Commission, Team Green also won Day 2 this year while Team Yellow settled for second again; however, Team Yellow did win the Lip Sync contest on Day 1 and Dodgeball contest on Day 2.
Mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, ECHL, MLS and NCAA were divided into four teams as they competed against each other in wild and zany games to determine the true champions of the mascot world.
All proceeds from the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $500,000 for New Hope for Kids.
"Our Central Florida service enjoy participating in the Mascot Games each year and the monies raised go to a worthy cause," said Toby Srebnik, public relations and social media manager, Truly Nolen Pest Control. "In addition, our mouse limo makes an entrance at the Amway Center each and every year that is TRULY second to none!"
TWINSBURG, Ohio — Pi Chi Omega, the international pest control fraternity, is a 67-year-old organization familiar with most people in the pest control industry. Most people know that Pi Chi Omega was founded by entomologist at Purdue University who wanted to further the science of entomology within the pest control industry. What is less known is among pest management professionals is Pi Chi Omega’s mission and purpose.
This desire to give people a clearer idea of why Pi Chi Omega is still relevant today is what spurred current Pi Chi Omega President Judy Black to gather members for a strategic planning meeting last month at the J.T. Eaton headquarters in Twinsburg, Ohio.
"An analysis of our purpose and the wishes of our membership is overdue, and these discussions will provide the foundation for the future of Pi Chi Omega," said Black.
The hope for the strategic planning session was to hash out an updated mission and vision statement, and to define strategic activities that will ensure that Pi Chi Omega is a meaningful organization today and for the years to come.
Rich Ennis, former CEO of The Steritech Group, volunteered his time to assist a group of 16 Pi Chi Omega members and board members through a strategic planning exercise. Pi Chi Omega also surveyed its membership to gain some level of understanding of our current members' satisfaction with our organization. The survey results were shared with the strategic planning participants during a pre-Strategic Planning Session webinar the week prior to the actual event. The groundwork for how the meeting would flow, a consensus on how decisions would be made and expectations for what would be accomplished were also outlined ahead of time. Ennis kept the group on task and focused on the big picture objectives — taking a view of the organization from a remote view of "30,000 feet", rather than delving into a detailed analysis of the organization.
JT Eaton arranged for accommodations and also coordinated moving people between airports, the hotel and the meeting site. Their offices perfectly suited the large group and even allowed for small group breakouts in separate spaces. In just a short day and a half, the group was able to draft a Mission Statement, Vision Statement and define some key Strategic Activities (these elements are still under final review).
AMBLER, Pa. — Allergy Technologies, makers of ActiveGuard Mattress Liners, announced its 2017 Summer Savings Giveaway. For a limited time, pest management professionals can receive a 25% free goods discount on every 3-case ActiveGuard Mattress Liner purchase during the program period of July 1 – Sept. 30, 2017,
“We are eager to introduce the ‘Power of Prevention’ to professional pest control service providers across the country. The bed bug plague continues to grow leaving home and business owners looking for ways to take proactive action against this insidious pest. Those firms who are adopting a preventive bed bug service offering are not only able to address their client’s concerns but are also enjoying a recurring revenue stream this new service offering adds. Our team believes the busy summer travel season lends itself perfectly to adopt such a proactive stance against bed bugs. We are pleased to offer this Summer Savings Giveaway to both new adopters and those who continue to commit to utilizing ActiveGuard in their proactive bed bug protocols and beyond,” said Joseph Latino, president of Allergy Technologies.
Buyers must make the 3 case purchase minimum during the program period to qualify. Cumulative purchases do qualify. To receive free product, pest professionals must send proof-of-purchase in the form of a product invoice to Allergy Technologies via mail at:
Attn: Power of Prevention Promo
124 South Maple Avenue, Suite 100
Ambler, PA 19002
Or by email to:email@example.com; or by fax to: 215-654-1222 no later than October 31, 2017.
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During what started as a routine morning route, two Orkin technicians had to think fast when they saw a driver struggling with a car fire.
Saul Rodriguez and Ed Werner, Orkin technicians in Baltimore, heard a loud "pop" from outside the truck. They initially thought something had fallen off, but when they looked in the mirror they saw a woman pulling over to the shoulder with flames under the car.
“We’re not firemen or mechanics, but we just knew we didn’t want the fire to spread, and we needed to keep as far away as we could to stay safe,” Werner said.
The technicians pulled over, and while Werner used a fire extinguisher on the fire, Rodriguez stayed with the driver, Bonnie Hoppa.
“I just did what I felt I would want someone to do for me in that situation,” Rodriguez said.
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