John's usual excuses & apologies--
Just a reminder that CLI programs are closed next week, July 5-9, to give our staff a week to regenerate. I count myself very lucky to have the privilege of being part of this hard-working, dedicated team.
I'll be the main point of contact next week. For next week, I want all CLI staff to to put vacation messages on their phone and email-- and then they aren't allowed to check in at all. I want people 100% off for the whole break. I think this is important. We ask a lot out of CLI staff-- and we've got our plate full for the 2nd half of 2021! We'll be launching our Kenilee 100% accessible fundraising campaign for reals, and we're all in on the new STEP service-- so lots to do, lots to learn, and lots of times where we'll need creativity & energy.
CLI's regular program calendar for 2022 is set. We had quite a bit of internal discussion about this. At the end, the slight majority of the group won the popular vote to keep a similar calendar to what we did this year-- close regular programs for 2 weeks around the Christmas/New Year holidays and then 1 week around July 4th. However, there are some staff that want to work the week after New Year-- so we'll be building a week of special activities that week for anyone who's interested, both in 2022 and in 2023. Obviously we have some time before that week, but keep it in mind for when we ask for sign-ups for those activities later this fall.
I'll be driving quite a bit next week, so if you do try to reach me by phone, be prepared to leave a message. If you have access to email, it's sometime an easier way to communicate with me. I'm excited to able to spend most of next week driving the Nissan Leaf. I'm a huge fan of EVs. I can't wait to add an electric minivan to our fleet!
That's all I have for this week. Enjoy this last week of June. It's all going too fast! Because we do so much transportation, I kind of dread the winter driving even now! Enjoy this summer weather, even when it might be just a titch too hot. I tell my kids that the best things about each of us is often inextricably tied to what's our worst attributes. Well, Ohio's manic weather swings are right there with us. On one level, I love that we have real seasons-- but real winter is very real here. So, do your best to enjoy our real summer right now!
Keep those hands clean!