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Marc’s Picks for Final Friday – June

It’s sweltering outside, and the gallery scene for this month shows no sign of cooling off either. To help you plan your Final Friday in Wichita, I offer this list of must-see shows for June.

Linda K. Robinson at Center Gallery

See Linda – not just once, but twice – in two separate shows this Friday. You‘ll notice the influence of Linda’s minimalist approach in the works of many young local photographers. Attend these two great shows and you’ll understand why.

Center Gallery, 111 S. Ellis, 6-10 p.m.
Jones Gallery, 414 S. Commerce, 6–10 p.m.

Shimmering Points at Commerce Street Gallery

This is a really big group show, with contributions from more than two dozen artists, including heavy-hitters Nicholas Carvalho, Dustin Commer, Ann Resnick, Brad Ruder and Lisa Rundstrom. There seems to be no stated theme, but a street-art feel ties together many of the show’s pieces.

Commerce Street Gallery, 508 S. Commerce, 7–11 p.m.

Matthew Hilyard at City Arts

Check out some of Matthew’s wonderful abstract work in “Card Board,” which will occupy the first floor hallway gallery. This somewhat confined space can make for some delightfully small but cohesive shows.

City Arts, 334 N. Mead, 6–10 p.m.
Matthew Hilyard’s Website

Ann Krone and Ted Krone at Gallery XII

Ann and Ted Krone are the dedicated and much-loved cornerstones of the visual art program at Friends University. Ann will show her playful and surreal works as Gallery XII’s featured member artist and Ted will exhibit his dynamic sculptures as the featured consignment artist.

Gallery XII, 412 E. Douglas, 6-10 p.m.
Ted Krone’s Website
Anne Krone’s Website

Social Media Policy

We are plugged-in people. Constantly bombarded by friend requests, comments and shares of news, memes and videos. Now, across more social media platforms than ever. At Greteman Group, we not only embrace the media and technology that make these bombardments possible, we harness them for our clients. We also welcome the power of individuals to leverage and enhance their personal brands through these tools.

At the same time, we recognize the challenges of the increasing competition for our time and attention created by this barrage of messages. To address these challenges, we have created the following social media policy for team members’ use of these tools both in and out of the office.

We’re revising the following social media policy in our official employee manual. We thought that many of you might be having similar discussions at your companies and that posting our policy might help guide your conversations.

Social Media

Social media include networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn (and many, many more). Social networking apps, such as TikTok and Snapchat, are also gaining ground in the U.S. and around the world.

There have been a number of questions regarding proper etiquette on these sites and apps. Here are our recommendations:

  • Use social media as your personal network. If you don’t want to friend or follow coworkers, vendors or clients, don’t feel pressured.
  • LinkedIn, as your professional network, is great for connecting with work-related colleagues.
  • But if you are uncomfortable with adding a contact, don’t. These might include former employees, competitors or that random person you met at an organization’s mixer.

The following are guidelines we request you abide by while you are employed with Greteman Group:

  • Block your LinkedIn contacts’ contact information from your other contacts. Confused? Please see a member of the digital team for clarification and instructions.
  • Be smart about what you publish. Once you put something out there, it can be difficult to retract. Make sure your online brand doesn’t diminish or tarnish your offline brand.
  • Again, be respectful to the company, fellow team members, clients and competitors.

Speaking of LinkedIn: Any requests for online references, should be forwarded to the human resources department. Team members are not authorized to speak for the company with regards to job performance of current or former team members.

Location Based Social Networking

Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly where our competitors were, all the time? Just the same, we don’t want to clue in our competition on which potential (and current) clients we’re visiting and when. Please refrain from checking in with Swarm, Facebook and the like at our clients’ locations during business activity.

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Microsoft has a bone-simple blogging policy. Be smart. We ask the same of you. Please be smart in your online activities. They reflect on both you and the agency. The ability to publish things that may never go away and can be forwarded endlessly, well, it gives us pause and we hope it does you, too. We view personal websites and blogs as good things. We want you to avail yourselves of these media. We respect your online activity as a medium of self-expression. Please note, though, that confidentiality agreements prevent disclosure of all client and Greteman Group business. Readers may view you as a de facto spokesperson for our company.

While you are employed with Greteman Group, please observe the following blogging guidelines:

  • Do not work on your personal blog during business hours. If you just have to scratch the itch to blog, write a post for the Greteman Group blog.
  • When posting to your personal blog, please make it clear to your readers that the views you express are yours alone and that they do not necessarily reflect the agency’s views. To help reduce the potential for confusion, we would appreciate it if you put the following notice – or something similar – in a reasonably prominent place on your site: The views expressed on this website/blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.
  • Respect the company’s confidentiality and proprietary information, and be respectful to fellow team members, clients and competitors.
  • Understand and comply when the company asks that topics not be discussed for confidentiality or legal reasons. Ask your direct supervisor if you have any questions about what is appropriate to include in your blog.

Consuming Content

Reading an industry newsletter, catching up on the latest marketing trend or watching a quick video on YouTube can spark creativity and lighten a stressful day. We don’t ban content consumption, we just ask that you moderate the time you spend doing it on company time. And, obviously, don’t let them interfere with your billable time.

Email Forwards

When it comes to company email, we ask that you think twice before hitting send and be judicious with the number of items you forward. We all get so many emails a day.

Online Shopping

Unless it is work-related, please refrain from online shopping during company time. Unless, of course, you’re ordering lunch on an app.

If you have any questions about this social media policy or any matter related to your site that these guidelines do not address, please contact a member of the traction team.

This post was updated on June 28, 2021. Original post January 2009.

Love Means Responsibility

One of my biggest passions in life is animals. My animal portfolio has included dogs, cats, parakeets, chickens (yes, pet chickens), and hamsters. There’s never been a time I’ve been without a pet companion.

Recently, my husband and I welcomed an abandoned dog into our home (in addition to our two cats). The dog — a brown and tan mini dachshund we named Pronto Pup in honor of a Kansas State Fair food favorite — had been living on the streets in a friend’s neighborhood.

We don’t know Pronto’s story, but too often animals are dumped on the streets. Perhaps financial troubles arise or the owners face other challenges that cause pet ownership responsibility to become a lower priority. Or, a litter of puppies or kittens are cute, but after the newness wears off, there are the immunizations, sterilization and other continual care needs. When homes are not found for all the animals, they’re sometimes abandoned, left to fend for themselves.

Lack of sterilization of these homeless animals means a tragic cycle of pet overpopulation and euthanasia. Pet overpopulation has been a huge problem nationally, and even more so here in Sedgwick County. In fact, the euthanasia rate in Sedgwick County is almost three times the national average. The numbers break your heart.

Stopping the Problem Where It Starts

To help reduce the number of senseless animal deaths, a grassroots organization — Spay & Neuter Kansas — launched in Wichita last summer. It provides low-cost spay and neuter services. Greteman Group has had the privilege of working with the Spay & Neuter Kansas team, providing branding, marketing materials and a website.

As Spay & Neuter Kansas reflects on all the animals they’ve provided low-cost spay and neuter services for over the past year, we applaud this organization’s veterinarians, donors, volunteers and all the individuals who make it happen. Their passion is making a difference.

To donate or to find out more information about Spay & Neuter Kansas services, be sure to check out their new website.

The Wichita Aero Club Ball: An Affair to Remember

Serving as co-chair of the recent Wichita Aero Club Ball reminded me of my wedding. Countless hours of planning. Meetings with vendors. Analyzing budgets. Determining the menu. Fretting over every detail. Wondering why people refuse to RSVP until the last minute. Waking up in the middle of the night the week before with checklist items running through my head. Then it’s time. The day arrives. When it’s over, you’re completely exhausted. But gratified.

More than 200 members of the aviation community nationwide came together to attend this inaugural event. In addition to an evening of networking, sharing and dancing – attendees had an added incentive: raising funds for workers furloughed by this ongoing, when-will-it-ever-end economic downturn.

Lending a Hand Up

Rather than hosting a black-tie event requiring a major investment in finery, guests were asked to put that money toward silent and live-auction items. And they did. The committee’s hopes of donating $10,000 to United Way of the Plains Laid-Off Workers Fund were more than realized. Dave Franson and I were able to present Pat Hanrahan with a check for $31,800. Thank you, everyone!

Proclaiming Our Legacy

A highlight of the evening for our agency was the chance to premiere plans for Wichita Mid-Continent Airport’s distinctive new terminal. Our team has been working closely with aircraft manufacturers, historians, architects and airport authorities to ensure the integration of aviation themes and displays. When it opens in 2012, people visiting our city will immediately know that they’ve arrived at the Air Capital of the World. We’ll finally have a front door worthy of our heritage.

Keeping Our Eyes on the Skies

Keynote speaker Tom Poberezny, chairman and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association, shared the excitement of EAA AirVenture, or as its thousands of enthusiasts call it: Oshkosh. And our very own Mayor Carl Brewer stirred some passions, too, with his welcome assurance to get our message heard in Washington, D.C.

The aviation industry is a vital part of U.S. and global economies. Was there ever any doubt?

The Oprah Factor

We were delighted to hear Oprah Winfrey happily, unabashedly telling Duke University graduates that she loves her private jet – a custom-built Bombardier Global Express XRS. Robert Frank, a Wall Street Journal blogger, went so far as to suggest that the aviation industry forget productivity and economic arguments and just run a picture of Oprah with the line, “It’s great to have a private jet.” It’s certainly true that having someone with Oprah’s influence weigh in on the topic does more than any conventional ad possibly could. We just hope that, as the debate continues, she has a chance to expand on why her jet is great, how it helps her manage her diverse enterprises and maintain her standing as an American pop culture icon.

Of course, we know that the vast majority of people using private aviation aren’t boarding large-cabin ultra-long-range jets but instead are flying small single- and twin-engine piston aircraft.