2017 Northeast Region Support Staff Retreat

2017 Northeast Region Support Staff Retreat

"Mind Over Matter - Strategies for Addressing What Matters Most"

It’s All in Your Mind
Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life.
If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted.
If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten.
If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind.


TO: Support Staff and EFNEP Program Assistants (Crossroads and Western Reserve EERAs)

The Regional Office is excited to announce the registration for the upcoming Northeast Region Support Staff "Mind Over Matter" Retreat for Support Staff and EFNEP Program Assistants.  The retreat is planned for Tuesday, October 31st (optional evening and overnight) at Hyatt Place, 5421 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton and Wednesday, November 1st at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive SE, Massillon.  We have a wonderful day planned with many educational and relaxing activities scheduled.  This entire day has been designed to help you develop STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING WHAT MATTERS MOST.  There will be DOOR PRIZE drawings and each participant will receive a SWAG BAG of goodies to take home with them!

Our keynote speaker for the day is Susan Crowell.  Susan is the editor for the 104-year-old Farm and Dairy newspaper, headquartered in Salem, Ohio.  A long-time supporter of Extension, Susan has served as president of the statewide OSU Extension advisory council, and has received statewide and national Friends of Extension awards.  When she is not editing articles or volunteering her time at her church or in the agricultural community, Susan is spending time with her husband, Keith and two adult children, Annette and Jon. 

The cost for the program (including breakfast, lunch and refreshments) is $35. 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24th (see registration below).

The retreat will begin with an optional evening/overnight on Tuesday, October 31st at Hyatt Place in Canton with registration and check-in from 3:00 - 3:30 PM.  A block of rooms is being held until October 24th at the Hyatt Place (330-244-1700) at the retreat rate of $99 (King with sleeper sofa) or $109 (2 Queens plus sleeper sofa).  When making your reservation, please register under "Mind Over Matter group block".  We will be taking a tour of the Harry London Chocolate Factory, dining at Burntwood Tavern for dinner and are planning some fun teambuilding activities for after dinner at Laser Quest.  The following day (Wednesday November 1st) will be at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center and will begin with registration at 9:00 and the retreat begins promptly at 9:30.  Review the agenda below for the topics that will be covered.

On Wednesday, November 1st, breakfast will be available at 9:00 AM.  The lunch will be provided by the R.G. Drage Culinary School (see menu below, please indicate any dietary restrictions).

Attire for the day: We recommend business casual.

We will adjourn by 3:15 PM.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Regional Office at 330.263.3831.

Biometric Health Screening and Flu Shot Event (9AM - 2 PM). Registration Required through YP4H site.

On Nov. 1st , the OSU Health Plan’s RN Health Promotion Specialist(s) will be providing complimentary screenings and flu shots. See below for registration details. You must pre-register.

Once you obtain your required health values [height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL and a blood sugar value (either glucose or A1C)], complete your PHA to complete level one of the incentive program. Your PHA (a 15 minute online questionnaire) can be found here.

Registration Details:
To register for the upcoming biometric health screening, follow the steps below:

  1. Go here and click “Start Here”, then “Schedule a Biometric Screening”.
  2. Log in with your Ohio State name.# and password.
  3. Highlight “Biometric Health Screening” or “Flu Vaccination” and find the “appointment code” box.
  4. In the “Appointment Code” box type in MASS17 Do NOT copy and paste as this doesn’t always work to activate the code.
  5. Click “Find Appointments or Classes”- This will show only the appointments available for this screening event.
  6. Continue to schedule the appointment. If you experience any difficulty, please contact Customer Service at 292-4700 with your Appointment Code.

Free 10 Minute Chair Massage Session
(10 AM - 2 PM)

Sponsored by the OSU Health Plan YP4H Wellness Services
The therapist can work with up to 20 people, and YP4H kindly asks that at least 15 staff members sign up and participate.

If you are interested in a free chair massage, you must pre-register.  Please click on the link below to schedule your time: https://beta.doodle.com/poll/mzhv34hzhp2my3wm

YP4H also asks that we obtain a singed BWC waiver for each employee who schedules an appointment.  The BWC waiver is attached.  Please print the form, print your name and date of the scheduled massage at the top of the form, sign and date the bottom, and bring the signed form with you to your scheduled appointment that day.

Planning Committee:

  • Michelle Moon
  • Jackie Kirby Wilkins
  • Sarah Mays
  • Vicki Myers
  • Lori Moff
  • Wendy Ward



Northeast Region Support Staff "Mind Over Matter" Retreat

Tuesday, October 31st (Hyatt Place, Canton)

3:00 - Registration and Check-in at Hyatt Place

4:00 - Fannie May & Harry London Chocolate Tour

6:00 - Dinner at Burntwood Tavern

8:30 - After Dinner Team Building Activity at Laser Quest

Wednesday, November 1st  (R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, Massillon)

9:00 - Registration and Breakfast

9:30 - Welcome

9:45 - Session 1:

  • Making the Case for Extension (David Crawford)
  • Dealing with Difficult People (Jackie Kirby Wilkins)
  • Killer Customer Service (Planning Committee)

10:45 - Session 2:

  • Exploring the Hidden Benefits of your Employee Assistance Program (Mona Fitzer, EAP)

11:10 - Session 3:

  • Make (Virtual) Meetings Matter with Zoom (Danae Wolfe)

11:35 - Vendor Visits

12:00 - Lunch/Networking/Vendors

1:00 - Keynote Speaker (Susan Crowell) "On the Bottom of the Apple Barrel: Our Role in the Big Picture of Extension"

CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Attendees will be divided into 2 groups at this time due to the interactive nature of the sessions.  All attendees will take part in both sessions.

1:45 - Session 4

  • eReports (Jesse Buxton)
  • Financial Strategies - QuickBooks/Excel Practical Application/Favorite Things/Sharing (Planning Committee)

2:25 - Session 5 (Repeat of Session 4)

  • eReports (Jesse Buxton)
  • Financial Strategies QuickBooks/Excel Practical Application/Favorite Things/Sharing (Planning Committee)

3:00 - Closing/Door Prizes



Breakfast - Fruit and Pastries

Lunch - Soup & Salad Bar


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