Will James, president of Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky. plant said recently, “It takes a strong, happy, healthy team to build great cars, but more importantly, we’re a community here. And that means providing for our team members beyond a paycheck.”
Mr. James is partly referring to the fact that 10% of the employees at his plant have served in the military or they are active currently in the reserves, including Sgt. Tony Hendrichs.
Hendrichs had just been hired at the Georgetown plant when he was called to serve in Operation Desert Storm in late 1990. Hendrichs, a husband and father, was immensely relieved to find that he continued to receive paychecks and benefits while he was serving his country overseas. Many of co-workers went above and beyond to send him care packages and support letters.
These days, Hendrichs still works at the Toyota Georgetown Plant and chairs the Toyota Veterans Association, an organization designed to offer “support to soldiers returning to civilian life and supporting military families during deployment.”
Don’t be bored this winter! In fact, you are more at risk for depression in the winter due to light deprivation and other factors. Throw caution to the wind—that bone-chilling, artic wind—and do fun stuff. Here are some fun wintertime activities…
# 1 – Go winter camping! This may sound crazy but given you’ve got the right gear, it can be fun in that “I’m overcoming a great challenge” sort of way. At the very least, make sure that your sleeping bag is rated for below freezing temperatures.
# 2 – Catch up on all the Oscar prospects. There is no better excuse to stay inside than watching an incomprehensible art-house film.
# 3 – You know all of those books you’ve been meaning to read? Wintertime is a great time to do it. Consider joining a book club.
# 4 – Cook more. Not only will help you save some cash, you can experiment with different dishes.
# 5 – Go to MeetUp.com and look for activities that interest you! Ever been interested in underwater basket weaving? You might find a group that does it!