Wishing Chimps Well
Fifty years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall set
off into the African wilderness to
begin her groundbreaking
chimpanzee research. Mary Lynn
Oliver had the excellent idea to honor
this milestone with an awareness and
fundraising campaign to support the
Jane Goodall Institute. The institute
sponsors ongoing efforts in Africa
and its Roots & Shoots youth
program, now in 110 nations. Oliver,
daughter of aviation legends Olive
Ann and Walter Beech, suggested
fundraisers. The kiosks – displayed at
zoos across the United States – invite
folks to watch as their donated coins
spiral down a hyperbolic funnel, and
entice them to drop in more.
View Jane's fundraising campaign.
Do The Deed - On the
Road With Miss Kansas
Last fall, Greteman Group teamed
up with The Wichita Eagle to launch
a campaign that inspires simple acts
of kindness. Do the Deed has gone
viral, attracting support from
Amsterdam to Sao Paulo. Small
churches to big businesses. Kids to
seniors. Miss Kansas is taking Do
the Deed on the road as her
platform. It also earned notice from
the Kansas Press Association,
which recently awarded The Eagle
first place in community service.
Contest judges put it well and
succinctly: "What a cool idea."
Check it out for yourself at
DotheDeed.org. Even ArtAID,
Wichita's ribald revue to raise
money for AIDs-related services, got
in on the act with a fun, only slightly
suggestive, Do the Deed ad.
See Miss Kansas' campaign art.
NBAA 2010: New Hope,
As we stepped off our jet at DeKalb
Peachtree Airport, the smell of
business and airplanes filled the air
at the 63rd annual NBAA convention.
The sold-out static's 93 aircraft
and supporting corporate chalets
plus 1,083 exhibitors at the Georgia
World Congress Center welcomed
close to 25,000 visitors. We're not
saying that the boom days have
returned, but we did sense a
definite upward shift. Standing-room-only crowds at Tuesday's
opening session. A packed house
for Flexjet President Fred Reid's talk
"Evolution or Obsolescence." Long
lines to check out everything from
Bombardier's new long-range
Global Express to Piper's VLJ
single-engine Altaire. Everyone
seemed eager and ready to
GGers on the loose at NBAA.
A Fair of the Heart
Pounding Pronto Pups. Pacing the
pavement. Smashin' the high striker
(also known as the "test-your-strength-bell-ringer-gizmo). Losing
ourselves and each other in the
raucous, riotous racket, a gaggle of
Greteman Groupers took on the
Kansas State Fair. And won. Sure,
we scored a few baubles from the
carnival games. Mostly, we won an
evening of sheer joy. At large among
the silly and the sublime, we
laughed, danced, gracefully rose
above it all on the Ferris wheel and
ourselves into a kiddie ride. The fair
drew more than 354,000 visitors, the
most since 1998. We're sorry,
though. We just can't bring
ourselves to try the deep-fried
Coca-Cola. Even GGers have to
draw the line somewhere.
More fair photos. Actually, they're better
than fair, they're pretty hilarious.
WSU Names Sonia to
Sonia, proud of and thankful for the
great start she got at Wichita State
University, tries to return the favor
whenever the opportunity arises.
Currently a board member for the
university's Ulrich Museum of Art,
she recently also accepted appointment
to the school's National Advisory
Council. She joins a broad
cross-section of the university's
most successful, engaged alumni –
graduates dedicated to promoting
WSU and its foundation.
An App to Fly For
Some iPhone apps are fun. Some are useful. A lot are downright silly. What
if you found one that could save you hundreds of dollars? If you operate
aircraft, Signature Flight Support has the perfect deal for you. Its new iFBO
App lets pilots and flight planners fly by wireless to any of Signature's
100-plus locations around the globe, check fuel prices and instantly calculate
current fuel discount savings. The app gives flight crews super handy
mobile access to vital information about Signature's far-flung locations. It
even allows them to keep a list of favorite locations at their fingertips. Now
that's an app worth having. Heck, you could pay for your iPhone with the
savings from one use. Unfortunately, it does mean that you'll have to move
that monkey-face-mirror app off your
Check out Signature's iFBO.
Are You Ready to Come & Give It?
Did you know Kansas is No. 8 in volunteerism in the United States? That's
pretty impressive, but one organization won't rest until Kansas is No. 1.
That's the vision of Volunteer Kansas. Its newly launched website offers a
means to get there. The campaign inspires Kansans to roll up their sleeves
and make a difference. Improving the lives of their neighbors. And
Check out our video animation to learn all the ways you can participate in
this new initiative. And then decide how you're going to Come & Give It!
A Show-Stopping Booth
Each fall, FlightSafety International mounts one of the most impressive
booth graphics at the National Business Aviation Association convention.
And that's saying something – NBAA crawls with cool. FlightSafety fills an
entire wall with photos and quotes from dozens of leaders of major corporations testifying to the high quality training and service they receive.
But FlightSafety doesn't stop there. For the 2010 convention, a bold headline drove home the point that the company provides training for nearly
every business aircraft out there – 94 percent of all business aircraft types,
in fact. A fun, colorful supporting graphic instantly conveyed the impression
of every conceivable aircraft. Not done yet, the booth also touted
FlightSafety's legendary, comprehensive customer service. Whew.
More show-stopping NBAA graphics.
If You Think Banking Is Boring,
You Don't Know Jack
That's the message Derby High School Panthers heard as they began the
2010-11 school year. Dapper spokespanther Jack represents Verus Bank's
new Big Green School of Money. This Verus branch is not just located
inside the high school. It's student run. So they learn by doing. The branch
got off to a good start with 40 students signing up before school even
began. And quickly grew to well over 100. Students drop in to open a free
checking account, complete with a debit card sporting the school colors:
green and black. They can also take a photo with a life-sized, cutout Jack
and post it to their Facebook pages. Jack has his own Facebook profile, of
course. You can friend him and join some pretty enlightening conversations.
Who knew things like ROI and APY could be so fascinating?
With an inspired new identity for Mending Place Ministries, Pastor Gates
says he's feeling mighty blessed. His new church now has a brand as
fresh-faced as the young, multi-ethnic families who primarily make up his
congregation. The intertwining threads of the logo communicate diversity,
fellowship and the individual relationships that make up the membership's
united whole. The center cross positions Christ at the heart while the
chartreuse-and-teal color palette vibrates with possibilities and tender new
growth. A highly stylized web template allows the ministry to easily
manage site content. It furthers the brand with visual cues, from running
stitches to sheared fabric. No typical church iconography here. And that,
says Pastor Gates, is just what they prayed for.
She Also Answers to
Ashley Bowen Cook juggles 10 projects at a time. She makes hard,
sophisticated work look easy. She cleans
her desk sometimes. And she does it with a smile.
Not the smile that was in the Wichita Eagle (go here for more on that), but
it's a great smile. She is a leader. Her recent promotion to
associate vice president merely acknowledges that fact.
• Named one of Wichita's 40 Under 40
• Member of GG's chief operating group
• Wichita Aero Club Golf Classic committee
• Co-chair, annual Aero Club Ball
• Previously worked for Bombardier Learjet and Flexjet
Should You Care About the New
By Jared Brickman
Twitter recently introduced an enhanced user interface, which attracted an
untweetable number of positive reviews. We agree that the changes represent
a big step forward. But we don't really understand why everyone is so
excited about features that have been integral to Facebook for years.