Weekly Announcements for Current Riding Session

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When riding session are in progress we send out weekly announcements via handouts at the barn, e-mail, Facebook, and here on the website.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 22 – 27, 2021

 

“It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

Spring has sprung, YEAH!!!!!!

 

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF WINTER SESSION – The last day for this session is Saturday, March 27.  We will have 2 weeks off from lessons and the Spring session begins Monday, April 12 and runs through May 28.

 

PARTICIPANTS – SIGN UP FOR SPRING SESSION – Please complete a schedule request form so we know if you wish to participate in our Spring Riding Session or taking time off.  Either way we must know.  Preference will be given to those who are current participants before we open slots to past participants or new participants.  If you don’t tell us your intentions, we are sorry but your slot will go to someone else.  Deadline for current and past participants to complete schedule request is Monday, March 29.  Questions or concerns?  Please contact Lisa Mearing, our Rider Coordinator, at 269-806-6892 or meariment@aol.com. Schedule request forms are available at the barn from the BSO or by visiting our website (https://bitly.com/3d20Bgd) and e-mailing your request to Lisa.

 

VOLUNTEER TRAINING COMING UP – This training is for anyone 14 years of age and older who wishes to help with lessons.  It is also an opportunity to learn more about a variety of TEC volunteer opportunities.  If you are currently volunteering but haven’t attended a volunteer training, we encourage you to attend.  The next volunteer training session is next Monday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  To register for the training, please contact Beth Christy, TEC’s Volunteer Coordinator, at 269-325-8833 or beth.christy@yahoo.com.

 

TEC WEAR – We are taking orders for TEC clothing until Saturday, March 27 at 1p.m.  Forms are available at the barn from the BSO.  Some are also in the feed room for chore volunteers.   Payment is also due with the order.  When at the barn, please place the form and payment in the payment box which is located on the wall by the office.  You can also order via our website at www.tecfarm.org/buytecwear.  Please follow the ordering directions on the website.

 

BSO’s PLEASE HELP – When signing people in, please include first and last name, and if they are a bystander.  Thank you!

 

TORNADO DRILLS – If you forgot to conduct a drill last week, please complete it this week.  Thanks!

 

THE HORSES WILL LOVE YOU! – The weather is warming up so come join the TEC Chore Team!  WE WILL TRAIN YOU.  TEC is in need of substitute morning chore people.  Duties would include feeding between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.  Horses are then turned out into their pastures.  Other duties include cleaning the horse’s feed dishes and occasionally cleaning 5 to 6 stalls.  Cleaning stalls could be negotiated.  For more information, please contact Lynn Pica, TEC Barn Manager, at 269-861-6886 or lynnpica@yahoo.com

 

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – TEC is looking for someone to assist Autumn Zick, TEC Board President with coordinating our fund development opportunities.  This position can be done from your home and we will train.  Must have excellent communication skills, be able to work independently, and meet deadlines.  For more information, please contact Autumn at 269-429-0671 or azicktec@gmail.com

 

BY THE NUMBERS IN 2020 – Last year, TEC was able to offer our equine assisted services for 54 participants for a total of 374.75 hours.  That included people involved in therapeutic riding, grooming and ground lessons, TEC WITH VETS, and our Community-Based Program.  TEC participants came from 23 different cities/towns, 3 counties, and ranged in age from 4-year-old to over 65. 

 

COVID VACCINATION UPDATE – Michigan residents ages 16 and older with disabilities or medical conditions that put them at high risk of negative COVID outcomes are now eligible for COVID vaccinations. This also includes their caregiver, family members, and guardians.  Everyone 50+ years or older will also be eligible.  The state announced that beginning Monday, April 5, all Michigan residents age 16 and up who were not previously eligible will be eligible to receive a vaccine.  This was from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website and e-mail messages.  To sign up for the vaccine, contact various drug store websites; such as, Walgreens, Meijer, and Rite Aid.  Your county health department, hospitals, and some senior centers are also offering clinics. 

 

HELPFUL HINTS FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS – It’s best if only 1 person at a time gives the participant directions.  It is also important to remember that less talk is often better as talking quickly becomes overwhelming.

 

TIME TO SMILE WITH A “DAD JOKE”“Our dentist was just named dentist of the year.  We gave him a plaque.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 15 – 20,  2021

 

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

 

“May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door.” – An Irish Blessing

 

THANK YOU - WIGHTMAN EMPLOYEES! – This past Saturday employees of Wightman came to TEC to present a check for $1,000.  Even with COVID, they had several fundraisers over the course of the year and met their goal.  TEC very much appreciates being selected as their charity for 2020!

 

THANK YOU, ALEX AND MIKE B.! - Alex and his dad, Mike, come to TEC Saturday mornings for lessons. They have given TEC 4 new ground poles for use during lessons.  They also took away the old cracked poles.  Thank you so much!!!!

 

AMAZON SMILE DONORS ARE IMPRESSIVE – During the last quarter of 2020 those that support TEC through AmazonSmile raised $113.44.  Thank you, that is the most ever!  Want to get on the bandwagon and donate to TEC when you buy from Amazon?  It won’t cost you a penny but sure gives TEC plenty of pennies.  Go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/30-0328156 to sign up.  Then when you buy from Amazon shop at smile.amazon.com.  A percentage of all purchases made will be donated to TEC.  Last year we raised $260.14.  Let’s raise even more this year!

 

PARTICIPANTS & VOLUNTEERS – Please remember if you are going to be absent, the person you contact is Beth Christy, TEC’s Volunteer Coordinator.  Beth needs to know to make changes to the schedule and cancel volunteers, when necessary.  You can reach Beth at 269-325-8833 or beth.christy@yahoo.com.

 

TORNADO DRILLS THIS WEEK – Please conduct a tornado drill at each lesson and remind the instructors to do them.  Thanks! 😊

 

TIME TO SPRING INTO OUR NEXT SESSION – Participants if you want to participate in our Spring Riding Session, please complete a schedule request form and ask the BSO to put it in the BSO’s wire basket.  There is a blue file folder for blank and completed forms.  Please complete the form even if you take the spring session off.  We want to make sure we don’t miss anyone.  Preference will be given to those who are current participants before we open slots to past participants or new participants.  If you don’t tell us your intensions, we are sorry but your slot will go to someone else.  Spring session is from April 19 – May 28.  Questions or concerns? Please contact our Rider Coordinator, Lisa Mearing, at 269-806-6892 or meariment@aol.com.

 

COVID VACCINATION UPDATE – The state of Michigan is expanding vaccination eligibility for Michigan residents ages 16 and older with disabilities or medical conditions that put them at high risk of negative COVID outcomes beginning Monday, March 22.  This also includes their caregiver, family members, and guardians.  Everyone 50+ years or older will also be eligible.  The state announced that beginning Monday, April 5, all Michigan residents age 16 and up who were not previously eligible will be eligible to receive a vaccine.  This was from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website and e-mail messages.  To sign up for the vaccine, contact various drug store websites; such as, Walgreens, Meijer, and Rite Aid.  Your county health department, hospitals, and some senior centers are also offering clinics. 

 

THE HORSES WILL LOVE YOU! – The weather is warming up so come join the TEC Chore Team!  WE WILL TRAIN.  TEC is in need of substitute morning chore people.  Duties would include feeding between 8 AM – 9 AM in the morning.  Horses are then turned out into their pastures.  Other duties include cleaning the horse’s feed dishes and occasionally cleaning 5 to 6 stalls.  Cleaning stalls could be negotiated.  For more information, please contact Lynn Pica, TEC Barn Manager at 269-861-6886 or lynnpica@yahoo.com

 

TEC WEAR – We are taking orders for TEC clothing through March 27.  Order forms will be available at the barn; as well as, on our website - www.tecfarm.org/buyTECwear.  Clothing should be available to pick up at the barn during the week of April 19.  Volunteers, we have kept track of your volunteer hours in 2020.  Due to COVID, we have reduced by 10 the number of hours necessary to qualify for an article of clothing.  For example, 20 to 30 hours volunteered earns a free TEC blue T-shirt. You may also roll over your hours towards other TEC blue items.  Please watch for Beth Christy’s e-mail to indicate what you want and size.  All volunteer appreciation items will be in TEC blue.  If you are paying for items you have a choice of TEC blue or a black item with TEC blue lettering.  Special consideration will be given to long time volunteers who wish to order in the black color.   We realize you already earned many TEC blue items.  Everyone, please indicate on the form what color and size. Questions, please contact Beth C. at 269-325-8833 or beth.christy@yahoo.com.

 

BY THE NUMBERS IN 2020 – Even with the pandemic, TEC had amazing volunteers.  They donated over 6,745.25 hours in 2020!  A volunteer’s donation of their time is worth $23.07 an hour.  We would have had to pay $155,613.00 for the work they do.  Thank you, TEC volunteers!

 

HELPFUL HINTS FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS – If someone is distracted or not following an instruction try: “Mary, first we are going to practice a circle (whatever they have been asked to do) then you can tell me what you’re wanting to do/say.”

 

TIME TO SMILE WITH A “DAD JOKE” – “Gee it’s kind of embarrassing, our nearsighted turtle is dating an army helmet.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 8 – 13, 2021

 

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better (hu)man.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

COVID’S 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY –

 

Dear TEC Family,

 

This week marks the date that the world changed for each of us.  It has been a year full of challenges that at times felt overwhelming.  All of us at TEC worked together to meet those challenges, to forge a new path, and continue on.  We are so very grateful for the help from members of the community whose donations kept TEC alive.  Through this journey, I am also thankful for the members of our Board of Directors, dedicated staff, participants, their families, our volunteers, and horses.  It has taken a village to get us through this year! 

 

There is a saying that the road to success is always under construction.  I believe that is also true as we move forward in 2021.  TEC will continue to follow the most recent CDC, stat, and local health department’s guidelines.   As soon as it can be done safely, TEC will welcome the return of our participants and volunteers who were unable to participate due to the pandemic.

    

This year has been a struggle requiring each of us to find the extra strength to move forward.  Let’s hang in there a bit longer by following the guidelines so we can have “I Did It!” moments a reality for all.

 

Sincerely,

Autumn Zick

TEC Board President, Instructor 

 

TEC WEAR – We are taking orders for TEC clothing now through March 27.  Order forms will be available at the barn; as well as, on our website.  Clothing should be available to pick up at the barn during the week of April 19.  Volunteers – we have kept track of your volunteer hours in 2020.  Due to COVID, we have reduced the number of hours necessary to qualify for an article of clothing by 10.  For example, 20 – 30 hours volunteered earns a free TEC blue T-shirt. You may also roll over your hours towards other TEC blue items.  Please watch for Beth Christy’s e-mail to indicate what you want and size.  All volunteer appreciation items will be in TEC blue.  If you are paying for items, you have a choice of TEC blue or a black item with TEC blue lettering.  Special consideration will be given to long time volunteers who wish to order in the black color.   We realize you already earned many TEC blue items.  Everyone, please indicate on the form what color and size. Questions?  Please contact Beth C. at 269-325-8833 or beth.christy@yahoo.com.

 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? –  This week we are sharing about the cost of lessons and scholarships.  TEC has figured what it costs to provide a lesson for a participant.  A weekly half-hour private lesson costs TEC $50 but the participant pays $35 a week. The $15 is considered a scholarship.  That is true for all lessons regardless if a private or group lesson.  So, in reality all participants at TEC get a scholarship of some sort.  Those that apply and qualify for our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) have less to pay.  TEC raises funds so that no one is ever turned away because of funding concerns.  Due to COVID, we have reduced the cost of each participant’s lesson by $10.  TEC accepts donations for participant scholarships and writes grants to also obtain funding for TAP.

 

COLLECTING BOTTLES AND CANS – TEC is looking for a volunteer(s) that would be the chairperson for a new project to raise money.  We would like volunteers and participants to bring their Michigan recyclable bottles/cans to TEC. TEC volunteers would return them to stores for money.  We can’t do this without someone willing to help get this organized.  If you would be interested in helping, please contact Autumn at 269-429-0671 or azicktec@gmail.com.

 

HELPFUL HINTS FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS – Be patient.  A participant may need extra time to process what they are asked to do.  It also may take longer to complete a task but that’s ok. 

 

TIME TO SMILE WITH A “DAD JOKE” – My horse fell over and cried out, “Help I’ve fallen and I can’t gitty up.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 1 – 6, 2021

 

“There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle.  One is a sense of humor and the other is patience.” – John Lyons

 

BSO’s UPDATE – When you are checking people in, please add their first and last names to the volunteer sign-in sheets.  If someone is not participating in a class but watching a participant, please mark them as a “bystander” on the check-in sheet.  This will help Beth D. tabulate volunteer hours and not give hours to those that are watching.

 

Also, just another reminder from last week.  Please keep the basket with the COVID supplies, including the thermometer, in the bathroom when classes are done for the day.  The bathroom is heated so it will save our batteries and the thermometer.  When volunteering, please keep the thermometer in a pocket to keep it warm.  We do have some extra masks on the shelf in the office as well, if needed.  Thanks!

 

PARTICIPANTS – Please arrive several minutes ahead of when your class is scheduled to begin.  For example, if your class starts at 5 p.m. be there by 4:50 p.m. so that you are checked in, have your helmet on, and ready to enter the arena by 5 p.m.  That will give you as much time as possible for your scheduled lesson.  Thank you!

 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? – You may be wondering what TEC does with your money when you pay for lessons, make a donation, or support a fundraiser.  Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing that information.  TEC’s Board of Directors want you to know that we have reviewed our costs and are very careful with how the money is spent. Our staff is also very careful when spending money.  We all agree that we can’t have a program without our horse partners.  TEC has budgeted $6,500 a year for each horse.  That includes their daily care, renting the barn, veterinarian, farrier, heath care, and feed costs.  It does not include purchasing them which we usually have to do.

 

COLLECTING BOTTLES AND CANS – TEC is looking for a volunteer(s) that would be the chairperson for a new project to raise money.  We would like volunteers and participants to bring their Michigan recyclable bottles/cans to TEC so our volunteers can return them to stores.  The money from the cans would then serve as a donation to TEC.  We can’t do this without someone willing to help get this organized.  If you would be interested in helping, please contact Autumn at 269-429-0671 or azicktec@gmail.com.

 

TEC IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS – We use mouthwash to clean the horses buckets and feed dishes.  We also have 2 cats that eat dry cat food.  We would welcome donations of either of these.  Thank you!

 

PARTICIPANTS & VOLUNTEERS, IF YOU WILL BE ABSENT – If you will miss a lesson, please contact Beth Christy at 269-325-8833 or beth.christy@yahoo.com

 

HELPFUL HINTS FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS – “Catch” people doing what they are asked and tell them so.  We tend to point out when something is done incorrectly (which can be necessary for safety), and then forget to give praise when they are doing what is expected.

 

TIME TO SMILE WITH A “DAD JOKE”“I bought a horse and named him Mayo.  What does he do?  My mayo neighs.”

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