Keith Alan Riechers

first_imgKeith Alan Riechers, age 67, of Osgood passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.  Keith was born on August 28, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Keith was the son of the late Henry and Jeanette (Brandt) Riechers.Keith’s family moved to the Chicago area after he was born and this is where he attended school.  Keith was a graduate of the Class of 1970 from John Henry High School in Arlington Heights.  He then attended Northern Illinois University to obtain his degree in engineering.  Upon graduation, he entered the work force and his career would afford him the opportunity to move across the United States.In 1980, while working in Atlanta, GA, he would meet his future wife Nancy.  They were united in marriage on April 11, 1981.  They moved to Rhode Island where he worked for Raytheon and they started their family.  Keith then took a new job and they were off to the west coast, spending time in Salem, Oregon and Spokane, Washington.  In 1992, Keith accepted a position with Hill Rom in Batesville, they purchased a home in Osgood and have spent the last 18 years here.  Keith was a Senior Regulatory Compliance Engineer for Hill Rom.Keith enjoyed giving and helping others.  He gave his time to Habitat for Humanity and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.  He became an ordained Lutheran minister and was a proud member of Adam’s Lutheran Church in Batesville.Keith is survived by his wife Nancy; sons Matthew Alan and Justin Brandt; daughters Lutoria Elizabeth and Ashley Faith; grandchildren Noelle Mae, Corrine Joy, Joanna Grace (Riechers) and Philip Anthony Hebert III; brother Dale (Julie) Riechers of Madison, Wisconsin, and Aunt Elsie Oliver of Marengo, Illinois.A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Adam’s Lutheran Church.  Memorials may be given to the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, Christian Appalachian Project or Shriners Hospital in care of Neal’s Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be given at nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Panthers star Julius Peppers retires after 17 NFL seasons

first_imgThe 39-year-old defensive end announced his retirement plans Friday with an emotional thank-you note to the Panthers community, saying, “It’s not goodbye, it’s kinda like, ‘I’ll see you later.'”Julius Peppers has something to say…— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 1, 2019″Thank you. For the victories and the good times. For the lessons and the times we desired more. For the sacrifices, the belief, the confidence and the unwavering support — I’m thankful. Because without you, this wasn’t possible,” Peppers said, in part.”Thank you for the spirit, the resolve and the attitude to Keep Pounding. It’s not something we just say around here, it’s how we live. I’m thankful for the things you showed me about life that were bigger than football and for a second chance — a new beginning.”Peppers, drafted out of the University of North Carolina with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 draft, ends his career ranked fourth in NFL history with 159.5 sacks, including a franchise-record 97 in Carolina. He played 266 games and compiled 715 tackles and 51 forced fumbles. “In getting to know Julius over these past months, I’ve learned that he is a man of few words. When he speaks, everyone listens,” Panthers owner David Tepper said in a statement. “With that in mind, I will be brief. He’s one of the best to ever wear a Carolina uniform. He carries himself with dignity, integrity and class, and will always be a Panther.” Julius Peppers is calling it a career after 17 seasons in the NFL.His journey began in 2002 as he played his first eight seasons (2002-09) and final two seasons (2017-18) with the Panthers. In between, he spent time with the Bears (2010-13) and the Packers (2014-16).  Panthers coach Ron Rivera tweeted his appreciation to Peppers, saying in part: “You are a once in a lifetime type player and future Hall of Famer.” I am grateful that I had the opportunity to coach u @juliuspeppers_ You are a once in a lifetime type player & future #HOF Godspeed on the next chapter. Thank you! #KeepPounding— Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) February 1, 2019A nine-time Pro Bowl player, Peppers recorded at least seven sacks in all but two of his 17 seasons, tallying a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2008.1 – Julius Peppers is fourth in sacks, second in forced fumbles since 1993 and as the only #NFL player with 100+ sacks and 10+ interceptions in a career. Canton-Bound? #KeepPounding #GoPackGo #DaBears— OptaJerry🏈 (@OptaJerry) February 1, 2019“There are very few players that you come across that make you think of the word ‘special’ when you mention their name, but that’s Julius,” general manager Marty Hurney, who made Peppers his first ever draft pick in 2002, said in a press release. “He’s a special player and a special person. … For him to be able to come back and finish his career as a Panther is a great ending to a phenomenal career.”last_img read more

United stumble to another away defeat

first_imgThe match showed once again that playing well and winning can be two entirely different things.Pattaya United’s next game is at home on 13th August, hosting BEC Tero Sasana and the return of former player Milan Bubalo in another team’s colours. Pattaya NNK United’s players appear to be setting up another dramatic end of season for their supporters.  In their last campaign it was promotion as the team’s major goal – now it is a fight for survival and staying in the Thai Premier League, though the Dolphins are currently 12th in the 18 team division with still eight games remaining.Pattaya NNK United line up prior to their Thai Premier League match against Super Power Samutprakan FC at the M Power Stadium in Samutprakan, Saturday, August 6. (Photo Pattaya United FC)Last Saturday, August 6, the Dolphins lost 2-1 away to Super Power Samutprakan FC (formerly Osotsapa M-150).  Pattaya took the lead in the 42nd minute through Wichan, who followed up smartly on a rebound and some scrappy defending to tuck the ball into the net and give his team a 1-0 halftime advantage.The second half started frantically and Samutprakan were rewarded in the 46th minute for their positive play with an equalizer coming via a header from Solep.  Pattaya held their own and gave no quarter with some tenacious play until the last 10 minutes of the game, receiving all five yellow cards in the second half and a red to Chayawat in the 84th minute.With frustration building from some of the officials’ decisions, the Dolphins finally started to lose some discipline and suffered another setback in the 85th minute when Settanan scored the hosts’ winning goal with another decisive header.last_img read more

Golden man: David Beckham turns 45 and wishes pour in on Twitter!

first_imgImage Courtesy: REX/manutd.comAdvertisement bjn667NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsecWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E943398( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xxnoWould you ever consider trying this?😱82wCan your students do this? 🌚2vk9zRoller skating! Powered by Firework One of the most popular celebrities in the world and a former icon of football David Beckham has turned 45 today. From the dressing room of Manchester United, the former England international has had the taste of heavyweights such as Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint Germain in his career, and is still remembered for his sublime free kicks. Now a businessman, model and spokesperson. Today on his birthday Beckham’s social media floods with felicitations from all over the world.Advertisement Image Courtesy: REX/manutd.comFrom players and celebrities to football clubs and several organisations, social media filled up with spectacular tributes towards the legendary footballer on this special day. Below here are some of the best tweets and Instagram posts-Advertisement In a decorated career that spans more than two decades, Beckham has won six English Premier League, one La Liga, two MLS Cups and one Ligue 1 trophies. He was also the runner up in the 1999 Ballon d’Or, losing out thew award to the Brazilian legend Rivaldo. He is also the ambassador of UNICEF UK since 2005.The former midfielder has earned 115 caps for the England national football team, scoring 17 times. Beckham is also the first English footballer to score at three world cups, and to win league titles in four different countries.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Read Virat Kohli’s romantic message to Anushka Sharma on her birthday!Setback: Bundesliga side FC Cologne reports 3 coronavirus positive tests after resumption of training Advertisementlast_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

first_imgBy Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures SportfishingGreat weather for fishing now that its fall, it’s time to hook a big one on Kootenay Lake.Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy. Good luck to all the participants. The first derby of the fall is coming up.  This will give us a good idea about how the fishing should be this season.  Looking forward to seeing some familiar boats and faces.  Upcoming Derby events:Woodbury Thanksgiving Derby:  October 11-13  Nelson City Police Derby/fundraiser:  October 18-19  Kaslo Rainbow Derby:    Novembger 7-9 However, we have been catching a lot of fish on our trips.  A nice surprise for this time of year.  Mostly smaller fish right now, but still seem to get the odd big one every day or two. With the nice September weather we have experienced, I have had the chance to keep fishing the river also.  And as expected, the walleye have been pretty cooperative, as well as some good fly fishing still. This fishery should continue through October.  Looking forward to some more nice days on the river.  What are they biting on?? Well, the fish proved me wrong.  Day one, the boys landed 10 fish up to 10 lbs.  And then on day two they landed nine fish up to 13 pounds.  Very rare for such warm water.  And as a bonus, they got to jump into the lake to cool off at the end of the day. After explaining to them that this is our slower time of year for fishing and not to have high expectations, we jumped in the boat and headed out. A nice mix of fly fishing and spin casting to break up the day. Stay tuned for the results……………………………….  Columbia River Most walleye have averaged around 16 inches, or a couple pounds.  Just right for the frying pan.  And the rainbows have been between 15 – 22 inches.  Great fight on a five-weight fly rod. Kootenay Lake We’ve been back now for a few weeks and have done quite a few trips on Kootenay already. Usually September is a slower month for fishing as we are waiting for the water temperatures to drop. So, now they are hooked and I think I’ll have a hard time convincing them to come at a different time of year.  Funny how it works.  That’s fishing…….. My last group from Philly and Chicago had decided to come out with us near the end of September.  And when they were booking with us, I mentioned that they might want to wait until later in October when the fishing really gets good.  But, their schedules dictated when they could come, so they decided to try September and take a chance. We’ve also been catching a lot of Rainbows on our favorite bucktail flies.  Again, lots of small ones with the odd big one mixed in.  Favorite colors have been grey/wht, brown/white, and different variations of the black/white.  Lucky numbers coinciding with those colors are:  210, 215, 221, 226, 228. With the warmer temperatures of the lake, most of our fish have been caught on the downriggers.  Depths from 50 – 120 feet have been producing both Rainbows and Bull Trout.  Lyman plugs have been the ticket on most days.  Lucky numbers 14, 16, 69, 98, and 102 have been my favorite. While not every day has been like that, we have still been catching fish daily.  Still looking forward to the next few months as the water cools and the fish become more aggressive.  Here’s hoping for a great fall/winter fishery. As the water cools and the fish become more aggressive, we should hopefully establish a few common patterns. Looking forward to the rest of the fall.  Tight lines………………………….. Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

Chelsea fan scores goal that beats Blues in first leg of Youth Cup final

first_imgAn injury-time penalty meant Chelsea’s youngsters lost 1-0 to Norwich in front a 22,000 crowd at Carrow Road in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup final.Cameron McGeehan – a Chelsea fan released by the club as a 14-year-old – smashed home from the spot after Alex Davey fouled Josh Murphy.The Blues dominated the first half and were twice denied by goal-line clearances.After getting on the end of Lewis Baker’s free-kick, Nathan Ake had two bites of the cherry but could not find a way past Cameron Norman.Then it was another Cameron – Cameron King – who frustrated Chelsea. He was similarly well placed to prevent Islam Feruz opening the scoring.Norwich were a threat in the early stages of the second half and Carlton Morris cut in from the left before sending an effort wide of the Chelsea goal.That chance was created by the impressive Murphy, who went close himself with a fierce strike from just inside the box.And after Murphy was brought down as Davey stumbled, McGeehan made no mistake.See also:Duo return as Chelsea youngsters 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How to Get People to Open Your Nonprofit Email

first_imgIt’s no secret that, just like we do, our supporters get a lot of emails each day. On average, individuals receive over a hundred messages per day, each one clamoring for their attention and competing with your fundraising appeal, nonprofit newsletter or member update. The inbox is a crowded place, so how do you stand out and ensure that your emails are being opened? Photo Source: Big Stock PhotoHere are seven quick tips for better subject lines:1. Test.Before you send out an email to a large portion of your audience, test two different subject lines with a smaller subset of your list.  Make this part of your normal process, so you get smarter every time.2. Personalize. Use something personally relevant to the reader to grab their attention.3. Be interesting.Make your subject line oddly short, long or different. Above all, make it interesting, so people open the message in the first place.4. Make it fresh.Don’t say “update” or “news” each time. Instead, just focus on what’s actually new!5. Keep it brief.Subject lines often get cut off in many email programs, put key information right up front.6. Instill urgency.Make it clear why your email matters now—”three days left to give.”7. Banish spam-ness.Run your copy and subject line through a content-checker, avoid all caps and shun exclamation points. The Email Sender and Provider Coalition notes that 69% of subscribers base their decision to send your message to the spam folder on the subject line.If I had to choose just one of these to convey, I concentrate on #3. My best advice for building a following is to create wonderful content and reflect it in the subject line. People open the emails they know will contain something of value. Provide that value. The rest will follow! Adapted from read more

Fundraisers, not just donors, are sick of endless appeals

first_imgPhoto via Green America.The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a fascinating interview with fundraising guru Penelope Burk, author of the upcoming Donor-Centered Leadership.Turns out it’s not just donors who grow weary of too many direct mail appeals and telemarketing calls. It’s apparently a frequent reason fundraisers quit their jobs — the relentless pressure to bombard donors. They’d prefer to take the time to figure out which solicitations work, but they often aren’t given the time or latitude to have a more thoughtful approach.Over-solicitation, says Burk, is the most common reasons donors give for stopping their support of a charity. Instead donors want to know what’s been done with their money. Then they’d be willing to give again. But too often, they get appeals instead of thanks and reports on impact.No wonder we have 60% churn in our sector.So what do we do instead? Here’s Burk’s advice.1. Thank donors after they give.2. Send them a follow up thanks with detailed information about how their money was used.3. Only ask for money AFTER you do these two things, and when you do, be as specific as you can about why you are asking for money. What specific cause will benefit?Great advice.Do you agree? Do you feel this way?last_img read more

Be Prepared: 5 Steps to Managing a PR Crisis

first_imgExpect the best, prepare for the worst. Sounds a little gloomy, but it’s actually a great strategy. If your nonprofit has a communications plan in hand when a PR crisis hits, you’ll be glad you followed that motto. How well you emerge from a crisis hinges on how well you manage your message. 4. Restore.  The worst is over, so it’s time to focus on restoring your good reputation within the community. Keep sending out positive news through your communications channels. Update those channels early and often—more frequently than in calmer times. Share press releases, testimonials, blog posts, and so on about the great work you’ve been doing and continue to do. Whatever the format, optimize this flurry of positive online content for search engines. This will help restore your good reputation, but equally important, it will fix your SEO by pushing crisis-related results off the front page of a Web search about your organization. Out of sight, out of mind. 5. Learn.  Convene your crisis team and talk about what went well and what you’d do differently next time. Ask your key stakeholders for feedback. Include key members of your board and staff in this conversation.Did you minimize the story or let it drag on? How could you have better managed the news cycle? Did you act quickly enough? Did you hold back too much info? Roll this feedback into a revised crisis plan. These five steps are simple enough to implement whether you have just one person handling communications or an entire team. 1. Plan.  We often don’t believe we’ll find ourselves in a crisis situation and don’t plan in advance. Trust us, it can happen. Before trouble strikes, assemble your crisis team. These are people who work well together and can deliver your message calmly and consistently. Brainstorm potential crisis scenarios. Talk about if and how your organization will respond in certain situations. Prepare templates of press releases, blog posts, Web pages, even tweets and status updates that you can quickly customize to fit any situation. Not having to start from scratch when everything’s going haywire helps your team stay calm and focused.center_img 3. Monitor.  Always know what’s going on in your market. This is another area where having monitoring channels in place makes life easier. These could include traditional clipping services as well as digital channels like social media. It helps to know what people are saying about your organization and whether it’s positive or negative. A crisis doesn’t happen very often, but don’t press your luck. Create or revise your communications plan, and you’ll be ready for the next storm that blows your way. Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 webinar “Crisis Communications for Nonprofits” with Susan Kearney, COO of Network for Good. Download the full webinar. 2. Communicate.  Get your social media monitoring in place so you can spot a potential situation before it gets out of control. If you start noticing spikes of negativity, pay attention and nip it in the bud. If the issue spirals, remember the goal of crisis communications is to minimize the news cycle. Get out ahead of the situation with your prepared materials.Across all channels, deliver a consistent message. Whether it’s the evening news, local newspaper, your website or blog, people should hear consistent info about the facts of the issue, your response to it, what actions your taking, and what’s coming next. Be as transparent and honest as possible. The more up-front your message, the more credible your organization will appear.Social media in particular provides your group an opportunity to respond quickly. Again, be consistent. Don’t be defensive or negative, stay positive and matter-of-fact, and avoid commentary or opinion.last_img read more

Your Recurring Gift Cheat Sheet: 3 Tips for Boosting Donor Buy-In

first_imgYour monthly giving program is great way to reach smaller donors who aren’t comfortable writing a big check but are happy to give $10 or $20 per month. Are you maximizing its potential or just hoping people will notice the “give monthly” checkbox on their own? Here are three best practices for making the most of your monthly giving program and supercharging your revenue in the process.Ask low.When it comes to recurring gifts, always think annually, not monthly. Don’t be too greedy up front. Your focus is to get the donor through the door with a low, palatable amount.Here’s how to set your initial ask: Figure out your average onetime gift and start your ask at about a third of that. Let’s say your onetime average is $35. Set your first monthly gift level at $10 (an ideal starting point), then bump up the ask to $15, $20, $35, and “other.” Notably, research has found that when given a list of options, people frequently choose the second one.Get a high response.Once you’ve set an easy entry point, you want to make sure donors know about this great monthly option. Put it front and center in everything you do. Start with your website’s homepage, and mention monthly giving right up top so people can find it. Make it the first option on your online donation page and printed materials. Tout it on Facebook and Twitter. You’re proud of this program, so show it. If you ask, they will give.A couple more tips for boosting recurring gift response:Give plenty of payment options. Credit cards, PayPal, and electronic fund transfers from checking accounts are the most common.Name your program. Donors want to feel special. They’re more likely to sign on if giving monthly makes them a “Children’s Champion” or a member of the “Founder’s Circle.”Upgrade later.Once your donors have committed to recurring gifts, how soon should you ask them to up the amount? Between nine and 12 months is ideal. First you’ll want to make sure payments are coming in regularly and that your communications plan is in place (thank you emails, tax letters, contact plan for things like expired or canceled credit cards, etc.). Then make the ask. What about onetime or annual donors—when can you ask them for monthly gifts? As soon as they become a donor! The sooner you can convert them to monthly, the more loyal and generous they will be. Anyone who gave recently is more likely to convert than someone who’s been giving annually for years. A great starting point is to ask holiday donors in January, “Help us 12 months a year.” Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “How You Can Generate Long-Term Revenue from Recurring Giving” with Erica Waasdorp, president of A Direct Solution and author of Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant. Download the archived presentation.last_img read more