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Financial Conversations with Fitz #65 - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve - 05/18/2010

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A beautiful  morning…..  The soil temperatures back to 61 in Kanawha.   It looks like the grains will open down this morning with the good crop prospects.   The DOW open will probably be flat to low.  I see the grain people are busy making their predictions now that most of the crop is in the ground.   There are so many variables affecting the arrows up or down.    Had an interesting spring time freak of nature with our ash trees this weekend.   Not too worry too much.  Just a case of with all the moisture and growth weather for trees just too many leaves that matured can’t be carried by the tree.  So they just fall off to get ready for summer.

Went to an interesting meeting last Thursday sponsored by the ESGR or Employer support of the Guard and Reserve.   This group helps keep guard people maintain communication with their employers.  Don’t know if everyone knows that Iowa will have the largest contingent of guard people called up beginning this fall about October and November since WWII.   The prediction is 3200 soldiers.  The meeting consisted of the military people sharing information about the procedure.   There is going to be some four day weekends and some three week summer camps getting ready for this deployment.  They asked the people in attendance to sign a ‘Statement of Support’ for the guard.   Our own Winnebago Industries was honored as an employer of the Year.  Congratulations to them…… This nomination was made by a soldier that works for Winnebago.   I was surprised by all the rules and regulations that are part of soldiers and employers packet when they are deployed.   Employers cannot discriminate when hiring is someone is currently in the Guard.   This is important since 48% of our American Armed Forces is made up of Guard people.   This changed in 1974 with the dropping of the draft.   I was also surprised that Iowa has 150-160 people a month sign up new for the guard.  All the speakers encouraged that since the soldiers can now have email that we are all encouraged to communicate with our soldiers.   Morale is an important part of a good deployment.   If you want to get more details on ‘support’ you can visit their web site.    Our own Serena Golwitzer is the Chair of our Area 12 as well is Troy Thompson a recruiter out of Mason City.   Either of these people will be glad to help you with any questions.   I was confused with all the different things to remember so those people will be my contact.   As well as employment and health issues we also have some regulations in the banking world that are meant to help people that have been deployed.   Be sure to check with us on those if you have any questions if your family is affected by this deployment.   We will all be involved in some way with this many Iowans going overseas.   The reason we have so many Iowans requested for the guard is our culture of accountability and education by our citizens.   The work ethic is noticed by the National Military people also.  So show our support by contacting  ESGR.

It was a great conference with lots of new ideas that I will need to try.

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