Among the list of Rainbows’ Guiding Principles is “Be positive, celebrate success and recognize achievements.” There is one day every year that is designated as a celebration for staff members who have served at Rainbows for 10 or more years, the 10:15+ Club event.
On October 15 every year at 10:15 a.m. Club members are transported to secret locations where the day is spent doing fun activities and celebrating milestones. The 10:15+ Club is currently 77 members strong! This year’s first stop of the day was at Moxi Junction in Maize. Moxi Junction is a coffee house, bakery and art gallery that employs and trains adults and teens with special needs. Moxi even employs a few Rainbows’ kids! Everyone was greeted by Moxi’s friendly staff and Rainbows’ Board Members, Gary Proffitt and Hale Ritchie. They were then invited to grab a cup of coffee in a special 10:15+ Club mug. Throughout the morning attendees had the opportunity to play BINGO, yard games (including a life size Jenga), a watercolor art project, or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful day. Everyone then ate a delicious lunch on the patio by Nancy’s A-Maize-N Sandwiches.
During lunch Moxi Junction’s owner, Joanna Kilgore, gave an inspiring speech on why she started the beautiful coffeehouse. Club members then loaded buses and headed to the historic Murdock Theatre. When everyone arrived they were able to grab popcorn and a soda before heading into the theatre. Next, awards were presented by Rainbows’ Board Chair, Meredith Olson and Vice Chair, Dr. Josh Umbehr for 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years. The day’s activities ended with Rainbows’ parent and Wichita Wingnuts owner Nate Robertson introducing the featured movie ‘Where Hope Grows’.
“I could not imagine where our bus was headed, as we exited the highway and crept into Maize along Park Avenue. The Elementary school? The High School? What a wonderful surprise to arrive at Moxi Junction for my first time there!” said Jane Eby, Research Coordinator. “It was a great day to relax and celebrate with my fellow 10:15 Club Members. It was fun to partake in activities and experience just how loyal employees are to Rainbows; to have such a large group of us is amazing,” said Melissa Richardson, Case Manager.
It is evident from the size of the group that our staff is passionate about working at Rainbows. It is an exciting moment when a staff member is inducted into the 10:15+ Club. Thank you to all 10:15+ Club members who have dedicated 10 years or more to Rainbows, we appreciate everything you have done, do, and will do for the children and families we serve! This year’s service milestones included:
10 Years Beth Watkins, Speech/Language Pathologist Ashley Johnson, Speech/Language Pathologist Shirley Sowers, Direct Service Provider Jane Eby, Research Coordinator Nick Munoz, Bus Driver Melissa Richardson, Case Manager Betty Carson, Direct Service Provider
15 Years Yolanda Castillo, Para-educator Brenda Marr, ECSE Teacher Peggy Burns, Speech Language Pathologist Amy Foster, Physical Therapist Adena McCowan, Mental Health Assistant Kerri Dixon, Social Worker Rossana Gonzales, Mental Health Assistant Wes Cantrell, ECSE Teacher Terrelle Burdine, Para-educator
25 Years Pam Chiles, Physical Therapist Jennifer Broadfoot, ECSE Teacher Dawna Weed, Occupational Therapist
30 Years Sharri Penrod, Accounting Assistant For more pictures on the 10:15+ Club festivities: http://bit.ly/1015ClubPhotos