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VentureSum Newsletters

Mar. 05, 2007 - Finally, Spring is SpringingÖ.maybe

For VentureSum West/East and VentureSum South, the unmistakable signs of spring are starting to peek out, and, with the days getting longer, some work is actually getting done. For VentureSum North, winter is hanging on a little longer, to the tune of about three feet of snow. Okay, Iíll be more specific, and tell you where everybody is.

Greg Sanders and Thor Cobb, of VentureSum West, are in Louisiana, outside Shreveport, in Caddo Parish, and should be moving soon to Bossier Parish (for those of you in Rio Linda, a parish is like a county, I just donít know if I spelled it right). Todd Doolittle, also of VentureSum West, and John Corcoran, of VentureSum East, are working together temporarily in the Gonzales, Louisiana area, which is southeast of Baton Rouge. VentureSum South (Joel Calvert, Roger Kriger and Tom Ellis) is scooting across the northern central counties of North Carolina. VentureSum North has struggled somewhat due to the weather, but, one good thing about being snowed-in is, that, you get to eat a lot and eat well. The project in New Hampshire is about to hit the homestretch, and Geoff Bechtold and Ron Dow are outside Concord, N.H. and will ultimately finish the project. Ryan Sutton and Noah Sager are near Lake Winnipesaukee, close to Meredith, N.H., and are about waist deep in snow. Soon, Noah will visit VentureSum South for awhile, learning about other projects. Unfortunately, Ryan Sutton has done such a good job, NHEC is going to make him one of their full-time employees. Weíre going to miss ya Ryan. Meanwhile, The Big Cheese (Joey) continues to educate the people of the utilities industry about the value of our particular services, and, organize the starting, doing and finishing of our projects from the Spartan comfort of his office chair. Hopefully, Gwyn Deane, Diane Stoudt, Eric Horne and Wes Simineau (who is getting better) can keep Joey from over-working himself. I mean, if they donít restrain him, he might, like, get up, walk over to the fridge and eat some chocolate or nuts or something. Whoa, slow down there big fella.

Speaking of communications, everyone knows how important it is to communicate clearly. Everyone also knows itís important for a company to be able to clearly communicate within itsí internal structure, i.e. between the executive level and the administrative and/or office personnel, or, between the field personnel and everyone above them or lateral to them. Itís critical for everyone within the company to know exactly what the rules, regulations and policies are, and how they apply. I go into all this detailÖÖwell, just because. Recently, an edict.., I mean, an updated company policies letter was sent DOWN to all employees. The letter explained specifically about how to clock our hours, what expenses were viable, you know, stuff that applies to people who work and travel. This letter was necessary because, previously, all we had to go by was a vague half-page pamphlet that laid out some general rules. Some examples are; we were supposed to begin work each day, usually at some point when the sun was warm, and work until we got hungry. Then we could eat wherever we wanted to, and, spend however much company money we thought was necessary, in order to fill our bellies. Afterwards, however long it took for us to get to where we needed to go, we could also include that time as a part of our normal work week. Isnít this pretty much the way most companies work? Anyway, thatís all over now. Weíve all been set straight on whatís acceptable, and itís a good thing too. Maybe, now, that mysterious drain on company funds will go away. Also, I hope that explains the wide-eyed, open-mouth expression we all have, as we wander around, trying to re-adjust. So, to wrap things up, and till next time on this corporate approved channel, this is employee THX 1138, signing off.

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