Category Archives: April 2005

Management & Mission Q&A

Q: We have a mission and a vision statement for our department. They are both very lengthy. No one really pays any attention to them. Truthfully, most employees don’t know what they are good for. What good are they? A: A mission statement should describe very simply and directly what your organization does every day. A vision statement should tell staff and customers what you are striving to achieve in the future. Again, in very simple and understandable terms. If … Continue reading

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Get Up And Go

Utilizing transportation enhancement (TE) money is one of the most effective ways to fund surface transportation projects. In the past, these monies have financed pedestrian and bicycle trails, landscaping treatments and scenic beautification projects; mitigated environmental pollution; and maintained habitat connectivity. So how can your community secure these versatile funds for your own projects? First, you need to understand the ins and outs of transportation enhancement funds. Where does transportation enhancement money come from? TE is part of the Surface … Continue reading

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Swim with the Dolphins…

Building a swim team can be a very rewarding experience. Not only is it a great way for people of all ages to learn and grow in the sport, it is a great way to teach something that you enjoy. Matthew Luebbers, coach and founder of the Okinawa Dolphins Swim Team in Okinawa, Japan has mastered the process of building a swim team among a very diverse population. “You first need to find out what you or your employer wants … Continue reading

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We Have Ignition

After more than a year of strategic planning and months of careful coach selection, MCCS Okinawa’s Semper Fit athletic department launched the Okinawa Football League with over 300 participants including players and support. With players ranging in age from 18 to 37, the league provided a healthy competitive outlet for Marines who had to cease playing their favorite pastime when they moved to Okinawa. The league was a success from the very beginning, and Semper Fit’s program office is to … Continue reading

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Grass Roots

I had in mind, when I started writing this month, what was a witty column regarding grassroots movements, self-government and the merging of the manufacturing and information ages. It was a somewhat controversial column, given that it touched on the geopolitical scene, this past presidential election, the foundation and history of the bicameral system and the juxtaposition of the judicial branch, along with satirical jabs at world leaders. It would also touch on the appeal of people like Davy Crockett … Continue reading

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