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Something to Think About

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.

January 3, 2018

Infrastructure is a term we often hear and most of us don’t really know what it means. In the city’s language, infrastructure covers roads, bridges, sewers, and waterlines. These are all things that we would expect to last a long time for the community.  At your home, infrastructure could be your roof, electrical circuits, water heater; all things necessary items in your home, to which you don’t give a lot of day to day thoughts. But, again, items you hope will last a long time.

Just like at your home, the city does regular preventive maintenance of our infrastructure, but sometimes, things age past their useful date. We have seen this a lot in the community. Our award-winning water treatment needed the ozone filter replaced, as the old one was over 20 years old.  Our wastewater plant is requiring the biggest infrastructure investment in the history of Emporia. In 2017, we experienced major water line breaks that showed how old some of the infrastructure is around town.

The bad news about infrastructure is that replacing and repairing it is incredibly expensive. Think about when your home needs new siding or a roof.  Fortunately, the city staff does a great job balancing what needs to be done each year, with what we can afford. The city has software programs that rate our weakest water lines, streets, and similar items, and those are replaced according to need.  The city commission appreciates the amount of work that needs to be done and tries to balance that with keeping taxes stable.

On a positive note, I do want to talk a bit about some infrastructure coming to our community in 2018 that I think will be well received.  The commission has committed to building new playground equipment in Jones Park, Las Casitas Park, Peter Pan Park, and to add a spray park at Peter Pan Park.  We had planned these improvements over a 5 year period, but decided to do all at once to get better pricing and installation. These improvements will be similar to the new playground at Hammond Park.

Infrastructure can be a difficult term to define, but I hope you now understand that the city is working hard to repair, replace and invest in our infrastructure in Emporia. I’m Jon Geitz, and that is something to think about.

December 27, 2017

                “Hustle and Do Your Best” are the 2 rules I used as a coach for kids in baseball and wrestling and any other activity when needed.

          I think those rules say it all!

·       To hustle means to me – to get with it – running, not walking: performing in a determined fashion. It’s a frame of mind.

·       “Do your best” is a test question. We each know the answer immediately without much thought.

          In almost any situation I could ask a youngster – Were you hustling? Or, Was that your best? And amazingly we’d be on the same page.

          Pretty cool how those same rules helped me explain a few things for some parents along the way.

          Two years ago middle son TJ was about to turn 40 and his wife asked if I could produce one of our Valu Line Developmental Baseball team shirts that said “Hustle and Do Your Best” on it. She surprised him with it and I decided I wanted to share those rules with my grandsons at some point.

          Last Saturday in their Christmas stocking at Bobbi and Papa’s house they, in fact everyone, got a “Hustle and Do Your Best” t-shirt.

We took a bunch of pictures, posted on Face Book a few hundred times and hopefully the kids and their dad will have a discussion about those rules.

          What was really fun for me was the reaction from a bunch of former players saying, “I had that shirt; I still use those rules; those were the days” and one even suggesting I made TJ run around Jones Field for missing a grounder!”

          Coaching kids was as much fun as anything I’ve ever done. I learned early from my dad and a rival coach that hard work was the key to success in team sports. If you worked harder at your task than anyone and still got beat you tipped your hat. Losing wasn’t the worst thing, but not doing your best  was!

          I assume there a few folks who remember me as a coach and admittedly I was not a good loser, but I tried my hardest to instill in my teams the importance of always hustling and doing their best. I might have been a jerk towards the other coach or maybe even an umpire, but the kids on my teams knew I had their back if they gave it their best!

          Like everyone else I worry about lots of things in the future, but not about my grand kids because I see them competing in many ways and I see their parents judging them by their effort not always by the results.

          Two rules: Hustle and Do Your Best” you know you could do worse!

          I’m Steve Sauder

 

          “Hustle and Do Your Best” are the 2 rules I used as a coach for kids in baseball and wrestling and any other activity when needed.

          I think those rules say it all!

·       To hustle means to me – to get with it – running, not walking: performing in a determined fashion. It’s a frame of mind.

·       “Do your best” is a test question. We each know the answer immediately without much thought.

          In almost any situation I could ask a youngster – Were you hustling? Or, Was that your best? And amazingly we’d be on the same page.

          Pretty cool how those same rules helped me explain a few things for some parents along the way.

          Two years ago middle son TJ was about to turn 40 and his wife asked if I could produce one of our Valu Line Developmental Baseball team shirts that said “Hustle and Do Your Best” on it. She surprised him with it and I decided I wanted to share those rules with my grandsons at some point.

          Last Saturday in their Christmas stocking at Bobbi and Papa’s house they, in fact everyone, got a “Hustle and Do Your Best” t-shirt.

We took a bunch of pictures, posted on Face Book a few hundred times and hopefully the kids and their dad will have a discussion about those rules.

          What was really fun for me was the reaction from a bunch of former players saying, “I had that shirt; I still use those rules; those were the days” and one even suggesting I made TJ run around Jones Field for missing a grounder!”

          Coaching kids was as much fun as anything I’ve ever done. I learned early from my dad and a rival coach that hard work was the key to success in team sports. If you worked harder at your task than anyone and still got beat you tipped your hat. Losing wasn’t the worst thing, but not doing your best  was!

          I assume there a few folks who remember me as a coach and admittedly I was not a good loser, but I tried my hardest to instill in my teams the importance of always hustling and doing their best. I might have been a jerk towards the other coach or maybe even an umpire, but the kids on my teams knew I had their back if they gave it their best!

          Like everyone else I worry about lots of things in the future, but not about my grand kids because I see them competing in many ways and I see their parents judging them by their effort not always by the results.

          Two rules: Hustle and Do Your Best” you know you could do worse!

          I’m Steve Sauder

 

December 20, 2017

          Sometimes an opportunity just lands in your lap!

          Case in point was a lunch with retired banker Ken Buchele and Becky Jeppesen the new CEO at the Emporia Community Foundation. It was planned as a get-acquainted lunch, but we found a neat opportunity.

          Seems my parents left an undesignated fund at the Community Foundation. The new CEO was curious if we had a plan. In the 11 years since my dad passed the fund had made a couple of gifts, but nothing else.

          Bob Agler, the Execrator of dad's estate said, "Earl didn't want this fund to be permanent  - he wanted activity!"

          Lord knows dad would not have approved just letting the money sit!

          So, we have decided to put these funds to use.

          We have created the Stelouise and Earl Sauder Youth Assistance Fund to benefit youth organizations in Lyon, Coffee, Greenwood and Chase Counties with the stipulation that the recipient groups need to be predominately made up of kids 18 and under.

          We have no preconceived notions as to what will qualify except for being located in the four counties where my folks lived and or worked and the age qualification. We hope youth leaders will use their imagination in making requests.

          We aren’t interested in replacing fundraising for these groups, but will be willing to help if the group has some skin in the game.

          Our numbers aren't huge, but big enough to offer assistance.

          We are going to administer the fund through KVOE with assistance from the Emporia Community Foundation.

          The Application form is on the KVOE website and also available on the Emporia Community Foundation website.

          There are no deadlines. A committee of me, Jamie Sauder, Erren Harter and someone from the Community Foundation will make all decisions. There will be an allocation each year that when spent will shut the fund down until the following year.

          Like I said we have no preconceived rules, so we encourage any and all to check this fund out. We have some money and a desire to help.

          It's the Stelouise and Earl Sauder Youth Assistance Fund with applications at kvoe.com.

          Merry Christmas, I'm Steve Sauder.

December 13, 2017

          Yesterday it was my pleasure to be a guest speaker at the annual meeting of the J. F. Smith Company. That's the outfit that advised Emporia State on our recently successful “Now and Forever” campaign where we raised over $58 million.

          My talk was titled "Giving from the Prospective of a Donor."

          While Bobbi and I were "donors” in the campaign my talk in Alabama wasn't all about us, but more accurately about my dad and mom as “role model donors."

          I shared how my dad was denied the opportunity to attend college at Emporia State because his family was losing its' farm and he was needed as the oldest son to stay home and help. I shared how years later after working his tail off to succeed he honored his wife and my mom by making the lead gift for the Sauder Alumni Center.

          Mom held a Teaching Certificate from KSTC but wasn't with us at the dedication of the Alumni Center. She had moved to the Presbyterian Manor suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She passed in 03 after 13 years at the Manor.

          Dad asked me to help him with his remarks at the dedication. My question was "what are you feeling?

          His response: "I feel lucky to be able to do this!"

Dad told the Sauder Alumni Center Dedication crowd "Like baseball player Lou Gehrig he felt like he was the luckiest man alive."

          Pretty cool! A man denied a chance to attend this school and a man whose life was being turned upside down by Alzheimer's Disease felt “lucky.”

          It's an example many remember and mention to me often.

          My dad learned about the joy of giving and shared that with us.

          It was my great honor to share his story yesterday just like I do annually with the kids who are Earl Sauder Athletic Scholars at ESU at their yearly luncheon.

          My hope now is that this story might inspire you to be a donor too. During the Christmas season, we have many opportunities to give and feel lucky.

          Some opportunities like our KVOE Mitten Tree are finished for this year, but many others still exist. Like the “Beyond the Banners” book as a gift for a veteran. The United Way Drive is ongoing of course and the Salvation Army's Red Kettles are everywhere. If you look you can find someone in need.

          Twice in the past month, someone has paid for my breakfast while in line at McDonald's! That’s a small gesture but makes a big point when done by a stranger.

          My dad's most famous line was undoubtedly "Don't give until it hurts, give until it feels good!

          It's the Christmas season folks and a great time to feel good and lucky in one effort!

          Happy giving!

          I’m Steve Sauder.

December 6, 2017

          Sunday marked the 50 years since  South African Dr. Christiaan Barnard successfully replaced a man's heart with one from a lady.         

That operation took 8 hours with 19 medical professionals involved. The news spread quickly around the world as the heart started successfully beating.

          Unfortunately, Louis Washkansky fell ill. and Dr. Barnard’s logical assumption that his patients’ body was rejecting the new organ was incorrect so administering drugs to shut down the 53-year-old grocer's immune system to fight the rejection proved fatal and he died after 18 days with a case of pneumonia. 

          Since 1967 we've progressed in an amazing way in medical transplants according to TIME magazine!

          Today in the United States around 30,000 patients receive vital organ transplants each year with about 116,000 on the waiting lists. Twenty people die each day waiting.

          All types of transplantable organs are in short supply. Close to half of American’s are registered as organ donors, but unfortunately, only a fraction of the organs can be used.

          From the good news area, more than half the heart transplant recipients now live over 13 years with that number increasing on a regular basis.

          Also, animal organs and artificial hearts are coming into play making the possibility of eliminating waitlists realistic.

          Pig hearts offer the best potential because doctors have been able to edit pig DNA to improve these animals' health.

          Here are the annual numbers performed and the number still on waitlists.

  • Kidney transplants 19,858 with nearly 98,000 waiting.
  • Livers 7,841 with 14,127 on the lists.
  • Hearts 3,209 transplanted with just over 4 thousand waiting.
  • Lungs replaced 2,345 with 1,412 on the waiting list.

“The single best decision of my life”—that’s what living donors said. “When I donated to my friend John, it’s not because I was feeling reckless or that I was uninformed about possible risks. Instead, I felt as if I were being given a shot at making a real difference—perhaps save a life. I’d never had that chance before. Unless you’re a doctor, policeman, fireman, or lifeguard, few people do”.

    Amazing!

Also, over half transplants today come from living donors!

          I'm Steve Sauder and there's something to think about!

November 29, 2017

          Lately, I've been experiencing an event that isn't fun and at times is embarrassing. Recalling names - especially names of sports figures has always been easy for me. But over the past year, I've noticed an increasing inability to call out names.

          My mom and her mom were victims of Alzheimer's Disease so that's always on my mind, but Paula my first wife and a learned student on Alzheimer's told me "if you can figure out a way to discover what it is you can't remember that's not Alzheimer's, it’s CRS - can't remember stuff."

          I have a lot of CRS, but always know where to look so Alzheimer's doesn't concern me yet.

          I suggested to Bobbi my current wife and a Registered Nurse I was experiencing Dementia. She said my situation is more likely Brain Fog, which is also defined as Brain Fatigue. Brain Fog is commonly caused by; lack of sleep, stress, neurological disorders, menopause, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and side effects of medicines.

          I am not sure what or why, but I know my recall has slipped and at times it is embarrassing. I try to make notes to cover myself, but that doesn't always work. During Talk Shows on the radio is a bad time for sports guy to forget a home run hitter's name.

          Fortunately, Bobbi is a student of these things and is helping me cope. I'm doing a sleep study in a few days - not my first one, but with the knowledge that poor sleep might be causing my memory lapses here, I come again.

          Next Wednesday, December 6th, Bobbi will be our guest on the On-Air Chat to discuss new medical findings of how bacteria in your gut might be a clue to problems with your immune systems, brain or other far-reaching areas.

          I recently read an article in my Rotary magazine that said there is a strong case for increasing creativity even as we get older. There are two types of human intelligence: fluid intelligence which does degrade over time and crystallized intelligence which is our overall bank of knowledge and only gets larger as we get older.

          Ah ha - if I can stimulate my brain by sleeping and eating better and reducing my stress I might just start getting smarter and more creative!

          Getting older isn't for sissies and evidently, there are ways to cope with aging. Wish me luck!

          I’m Steve Sauder