ORSP Holiday 2018 Newsletter
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Holiday Edition of the ORSP Newsletter

From your friendly workplace culture committee elves:
Ashley, Dan, Debra, Julie, Kathy, Lisa, Lizzie, Maggie, Tracey L., and Yvonne

List of Holiday Events

'Tis the season to give and celebrate. Be sure to read about the wonderful activities and giving opportunities planned this season.

Holiday Movie Time

The Santa ClauseDon't miss the next holiday movie:

Dates:  Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14, 2018
Time:   12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room:  Room 1025
Movie: The Santa Clause

Bring your lunch and enjoy a holiday movie! Flyers have been posted around the office with what movies will be shown. 

The final holiday movie dates:
  • Thursday and Friday, December 20 and 21, 2018
    • Movie: Christmas with the Kranks (movie split into two days)

Holiday Baking Competition

Christmas CookiesThe Holiday Baking Competition is coming up this Thursday, December 13, 2018. The baked goods can be placed on the islands for people to try throughout the day. There will be a ticket bowl buttertartsplaced by each baked good to select your favorite(s).  

Please have your votes in by 2:00 p.m. The winner will be announced at 3:00 p.m.

Good luck to all competitors and enjoy the baked goods!

Traditional Canteen ORSP Brunch


Mark your calendar for our annual Canteen holiday breakfast. It will be held on:

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Place: Room 1025

There is no need to bring a dish. Just bring yourself!

Thank you, Karen Alameddine, Neil Carver, Lisa Kiel, Tracey Larkin, Karen Sampson, and Colleen Vogler for organizing the breakfast, and maintaining the Canteen through the year!

White Elephant Gift Exchange

The first annual ORSP White Elephant Gift Exchange will be on:

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: Around the islands 

Anyone who would like to participate in the White Elephant Gift Exchange would need to bring a wrapped gift, with a $10 value. It can be new or very gently used, but nothing that is broken or in bad condition. 

white elephant
How it works: We will be doing a different version where everyone gets in a circle and Ashley reads a story and you follow the directions. At the end of the story, you open the gift you hold. 

Please join in on the fun ... the more the merrier!


Holiday Giving/Donation Opportunities

Salvation Army

We are making progress but still looking for a few more gifts for the Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family program and the Humane Society, due by noon Tuesday, December 18, 2018. 

Still Need for List 1!  

  • Mother: Clothes, robe, movies, or winter hat.
  • Son: Erector set, race car, clothes, gloves, or movies.
  • Daughter: Dollhouse, toy kitchen, or hoodies.
See sizes and details within the list.

Still Need for List 2! 

  • Senior Citizen: Boots, long johns, wallet, clothes.

See sizes and details within the list.

Still Need for List 3!

  • Veteran: Air mattress, clothes, robe, wallet, comforter, hobby/craft-model cars, etc.
See sizes and details within the list.

Please do not wrap the gifts. If you would prefer to give cash please give donations to Kathy DeWitt by Thursday, December 13, 2018

Humane Society Donation

Humane Society logoColleen Vogler is organizing a donation box (outside of Coyote's cube) for the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Review their wish list of items, and please bring in an item to support our furry friends.

Items they always need:

Items they cannot accept:

  • Controlled substances or medications (except unexpired flea/heartworm preventative)
  • Large comforters and pet beds that cannot be laundered in a normal washing machine
  • Cedar or pine bedding
Please have your gifts/donations in the box by noon on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

United Way Update

united way campaignCurrent ORSP contributions - Eight (9) contributors for a total of $5,535
Please remember to donate to the United Way campaign to help those in need in the community! The donation link is on Wolverine Access.

ORSP will award three VISA gift cards for $100, $50, and two $25 gift cards so your odds are good! To receive a raffle ticket, bring Terri Maxwell your email confirmation of your UW contribution. The drawing will take place in January!
Don't forget to throw in your loose change in the giant jar in the kitchen (thanks, Maggie!). The best guesser of the total amount of money in the jar could win another $25 gift card!
Let's reach our goal to have at least 50% of our staff contributing. The amount does not matter as much as the effort to give. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!

Before You Leave For Holiday Break...

  • Unplug any space heaters.
  • Empty your office trash (last day for custodial services is Friday, December 21, 2018). This means that on Monday, there will be no office trash removal.
  • Remove any items you may have in the refrigerator.
  • Power down your equipment.
  • Modify your signature, as well as your out-of-office message, before you leave.

ORSP will be closed on the following dates for the holidays:
  • From Tuesday, December 25, 2018, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, for the winter season days. ORSP will have minimal staff on Monday, December 24, 2018. Please plan accordingly.

Please remove your Holiday Hours message on your signature when you return Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Newsletter Ideas: Do you have news to share? Items you would like to see or a few snapshots from your vacation? Or an important announcement for ORSP staff? Great! Please get the copy and/or images to Constance Colthorp and Cindy Dames by Friday at 5pm. Guidelines: Your copy should be semi-complete and cleaned-up with somewhere between 250 and 1000 characters. Also, let us know if anything is time-sensitive and we will help to meet that communication goal. Thank you!
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