The Weekly Surge
December 15, 2015
Ten More Days Until Christmas
The Austin Team's December is plowing along. Cookies & Coffee day and the Alamo Draft House gathering went off without a hitch. A great time was had by all! Holiday Cheer gear is in full effect this week. So make sure you're sporting your favorite holiday accessories all week long. Don't forget about the bake off on Thursday, Dec. 17th. On Friday, Dec. 18th Wish List items will be delivered to Any Baby Can and Austin will be having Santa Salads. HBA provides the greenery, everyone else will bring & share the add-ins!
The Elgin Team is keeping busy in December too. In less than a week, the Food For Greater Elgin food drive was a huge success. More than 30% of the team brought in food to help. The food donations weighed over 700lbs! Great job everyone! Monday's Ugly Sweater Day and Christmas Lunch went off without a hitch. On top of that, there was a surprise free breakfast from the Elgin facility's building management company. Lots of food and ugly sweaters abound made sure that everyone seemed in the spirit of Holidays all day long!
Photos of all these events & more can be seen on our private Facebook page, the TRP/HBA Water Cooler. Be sure to join to see all of the pics! Speaking of photos, don't forget to send us your holiday decoration photos! Trees, houses, yards, or whatever else you proudly show off during the holidays!
Christmas Quiz Question for 12-15-15
(Hint: It wasn’t written to be annoying!)
Please email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday.
Thanks and good luck!
The answer to last week's question "In what country did the Christmas tree originate?" is Germany. Kudos to those of you who got it right!
Mistletoe has ancient origins. To Celtic Druids it was sacred--believed to endow life and fertility as well as being an aphrodisiac. (Perhaps this is where the kissing started.) Ancient Greeks believed it had magical properties and used it at weddings. In the Middle Ages, it was hung to protect against evil spirits and witches. Vikings linked it with bestowing life after death. For centuries mistletoe was banned, but the Victorians revitalized it as an excuse to kiss a maiden in public. It became a sign of love, romance, and good luck. Immigrants brought the practice to America where it was happily adopted as a Christmas custom.
Alamo Draft House Party Winners
Austin's Christmas Party on Dec. 10th was nonstop fun! The main event was eating lunch while watching (and quoting) the movie Die Hard. Props were used during the movie; cap guns to shoot bad guys, lighters when John McClane is in the air vent and Twinkies to eat along with the police hero. Before the movie, the group played How the Grinch Stole Christmas bingo. Laura McKeand was the bingo winner and won two movie passes. The best accent contest focused on the infamous "Yippee-Ki-Yay" line. Brad Hall beat out Mike Crane and Leanne Beck to win two movie passes!
Austin's Birthday/Anniversary Day
Dec. 11th was birthday/anniversary day in Austin. Chico, Laura and Steve celebrated their birthdays.
Meanwhile, Eric Barerra celebrated 13 fantastic years of service. Unfortunately, he was out for picture day.
Alamo Draft House Party Winners
Employee Spotlight For This Week
This week our employee spotlight turns to Michael Bandel in Elgin, IL.
Here's what he tells us about himself:
My Role: My responsibilities include all engineering aspects of the TRP driver and SPD business. I handle UL approvals & listings, design new SPD Products, shepherd IP through to Hubbell, and get involved in difficult field service technical questions.
Job Likes: The people I have the privilege to work with.
Outside Work: Video gaming, reading, science, technology and member of The Planetary Society.
Length of Employment: 3 years last October.
Favorite Food(s): Too many good foods to have just one.
Vanilla or Chocolate: Both, I’m no flavor-cist.
If You Could Be A Superhero, What Super Powers Would You Want To Have:
Invisibility since there a few banks I would like to pay a visit.
Describe Yourself In Three words: Good, Bad, and Ugly.
Thank you Michael, for all that you do to support the efforts of the Hubbell Lighting Components Business Team!