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Sunday Spotlight: Down on the Farm

Owning a cattle farm is hard work, and for the Gilmore family, it truly is a family establishment.  Located in the Florida panhandle, Gizmo Angus Farm is their pride and joy. With involvement in the farm spanning three generations, the Gilmore’s live and breathe this work and find that it’s a passion that the whole family can share and enjoy together.

Getting Started

a family portrait

The Gilmore Family

So how does a family get started running a 200-head cattle farm? The Gilmore family says it happened gradually.  Farming has always been an interest for the Gilmore’s; in fact, Debbie and Ronnie Gilmore, patriarchs of Gizmo Angus, met while participating in 4-H.  When they got married and had children, they encouraged their two boys to also participate in the organization.

Their oldest son Lucas began showing steers at age 12 and was followed by their youngest, Jacob, a year later.  They chose to show steers based on the thought process that you can probably make more money with steers than you can with other animals such as horses.  Thus began the Gilmore’s love affair with cattle… and it hasn’t stopped since.

Gizmo Angus Farm

Debbie Gilmore bought her husband Ronnie his very first cow for his birthday back in 1991 and she says the rest is history.  The farm started as just a small plot of land at their house a family riding on a tractor on a farmwith only five cows to their name.  By 2001, when Jacob graduated high school, the family purchased 400 more acres of land and accumulated a total of 200 cows, 120 of those being mothers.

The operation has grown even more since then.  Their main focus on the farm is to sell purebred Angus bulls to commercial cattlemen which in turn help the cattlemen improve their own cow herds.  “You have to stay on top of what’s working in the industry,” Debbie explains.

This is especially evident in Debbie’s work studying cattle genetics.  Figuring out how to breed each cow is the linchpin of the family business and Ronnie even says that “Debbie is the brains of the operation”.  “She’s the one who leads this rodeo,” laughs Ronnie.

Whereas Debbie studies the genetics of the cows, Jacob and Ronnie’s passion lies in judging the cattle and looking for ways to improve them.  Even Jacob’s wife, who, according to Debbie is a “total city girl”, has even started getting involved in the operation.  “She’ll go out there and try and learn how to pick the best cows. She asks quite a few questions and has learned a lot about the cattle operations,” Debbie explains.

Jacob’s twin daughters, the third generation of Gilmore’s, have already picked out their own heifers. They may only be two years old, but they have already embraced life on the farm. two babies in front of a herd of cows The girls enjoy riding in the family Gator and looking at the cattle with their mother and father.

Bekins Van Lines Connection

Gilmore Moving & Storage began in 1955 by Ronnie’s father.  The moving company signed on to become an agent for our partner company, Wheaton World Wide Moving in 1979 and have enjoyed being a part of the network of agents ever since then.  Their favorite part of being a Wheaton agent? The fellow agents and friends that they’ve made over the years.  “We’ve truly appreciated and enjoyed the relationship with Wheaton over the past few decades,” Debbie said.

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Sunday Spotlight: Fitness Superwoman

 

Every day is a juggling act for Annie Dietrich, CFO of Bekins agent, Lincoln Moving & Storage Co.  She wakes up every weekday at 4:40a.m. to prepare herself for her long, busy and full day.  Yes, Annie works for Lincoln Moving & Storage, but that isn’t her only working responsibility.  She is also the proud Co-Owner and a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer at her fitness studio, AOK! Fitness.

Her Passion for Fitness

Dietrich has always enjoyed being active, citing walking and biking as a couple of her

a man and a woman

Annie Dietrich and her husband.

favorite physical activities. She started making exercising a staple in her daily routine back in 1985, reminiscing listening to 80’s classics such as “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield and “Physical” by Olivia Newton John while working out and teaching classes.  “I really can’t remember a time prior to 1985 that I haven’t worked out,” said Dietrich.  “It’s always been something I love, so it’s easy to do it each day.”

Transition to AOK!

With the help of her good friend Kim, Dietrich decided that her passion for exercising could be more than just a hobby – it could be a profitable business as well.  In 2002, the two women decided to open their own fitness studio, AOK! Fitness.  Opening this studio meant making a commitment to offer the best in fitness, health, and wellness while offering a welcoming atmosphere to people of all shapes and sizes, ages, and fitness backgrounds.  This commitment hasn’t changed a bit since the opening day in 2002.

Evolution of AOK!

Since opening AOK! in 2002, the studio has grown from just 2,000 square feet to a staggering the outside of AOK! Fitness  8,400 square foot operation, boasting over 20 Certified Instructors and 84 group exercise classes every week.  In addition to their main facility, AOK! also contracts their classes out to local recreation centers, private companies and adult continuing education programs. In addition to co-owning the facility, Dietrich also plays a pivotal role at the studio by teaching several classes including Cardioboxing, Spinning, TRX Yoga, Barre Pilates, Resistance Training, PiYo, Weight Lifting and Step… just to name a few!

Community Involvement

AOK! Fitness doesn’t just aim to offer an inviting and welcoming atmosphere for their customers.  In addition, they also place an importance on giving back to their community of Strongsville, Ohio.  This coming September, AOK! Fitness is presenting Party In Pink, a huge party and Zumbathon benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  AOK! Fitness has been presenting this event for several years, and has raised well over $20,000 over the years.  It’s an event and a cause that Dietrich is very passionate about. One of her close friends and co-workers at Lincoln Moving and Storage is a breast cancer survivor as well as several AOK! clients and friends.

Bekins Connection

Annie Dietrich is the CFO of The Lincoln Moving & Storage Co. and proudly represents the third generation of family ownership and management of the moving business.   She shares this third generation distinction with her brother and three cousins.

Sunday Spotlight: Marathon Runner

There aren’t too many people in the world who can get excited about running 26.2 miles.  Those that can, extreme runners and athletes, are in a group all their own.  They enjoy knowing that they will push their bodies just about as far as they can go, fully embracing the fact that as soon as they finish one challenge, they’ll be back for more.

Meet Jake

a man on a bikeJake Green is one of these people.  Each week, he runs 50 miles, swims a mile and a half and bikes between 30 to 50 miles. When he’s training for a marathon or other athletic competition such as the Ironman, he says he will train even more.  What’s normal for Green seems unattainable to most people, but he says he wasn’t always this way.

Marathon Beginnings

If you knew Jake Green a few years ago, you would have no idea that he was a runner or extreme athlete, and that’s because he wasn’t.  It wasn’t until four years ago that Green even started running, completing his first marathon in the same year that he began running habitually. “I watched quite a few marathons before I started running them. I even worked at a man and a woman who just finished running a marathonseveral race finish lines and always thought it was something I could do. I saw some of the people who completed the marathons and other races, and I knew if they could do it, then I definitely could too,” Green said.

Boston Marathon Hopes

This realization was the instigator to what is now a defining characteristic of his life.  In the past four years, he’s run six marathons. Most years he only runs one race, but last year he ran three in an attempt to qualify for the highly revered Boston Marathon.  He missed the cut-off qualification by only four minutes, but he is persistent in saying that this is his year to qualify.  He has two marathons scheduled in the next few months, one in November and one in May, and it’s his goal to have a fast enough finish time to run in Boston.

Firefighter

Green isn’t only a marathon runner and Ironman competitor.  He’s also a volunteer firefighter and a certified EMT.  He completes weekly fire-training sessions to stay up-to-date a group of firefighterson new protocols and skills.  “As a volunteer firefighter, we learn by participating in hands-on trainings.  We have fire trailers that simulate a burning house,” Green explains.   When asked what sparked his interest in becoming a fire fighter he says, “It’s just one of those childhood dreams that most people don’t get to do. The chance came up so I decided to take it.”

Internal Motivation

There’s no doubt that Jake Green has both a knack for athletics and a passion for serving others.  It’s his inner motivation that has prompted him to continue. “I just like to better myself. I like the competition against myself. It doesn’t matter if someone runs faster than me. If I can improve my race, I like that.”

Bekins Van Lines

Jake Green is the General Manager at Dixie Moving and Storage, a Bekins agent located in Washington, Utah.  This is his first job in the moving industry.

Sunday Spotlight: Bill Ballantine’s Band

Who is Bill Ballantine?

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bill Ballantine is a successful salesman for Corlett Movers & Storage, an agent for our partner company Wheaton World Wide Moving.  After 5 p.m. though, Ballantine takes off his sales hat and transforms into a rock and roll phenom.  Night after night, he becomes what so many people dream of: the drummer for his rock band, The Clayton Brothers Band.

The Clayton Brothers Band logo

The Clayton Brothers Band

Formed in 2004, The Clayton Brothers Band came together because the five band mates wanted to have fun playing some of their favorite songs.  All of the members of the band proudly claim themselves as members of the Baby Boomer generation, so the band naturally gravitates more towards songs from the 50’s and 60’s.

Not Your Average Band

Make no mistake – this isn’t your average oldies band.  “When we pick our music, we always have and always will choose a more primitive approach to our song selection,” explains Ballantine.  “When we look for songs, we look for ones that have some attitude. We cover bands like The Kinks and Yardbirds.” This distinct musical style is what has put the Cleveland-based band on the local map.group picture of the Clayton Brothers Band

Musical Style

The Clayton Brothers Band weren’t sure that they would be able to cultivate loyal listeners who liked the same music as them. Despite their uncertainty, the band has been able to garner quite a cult following with an audience that grows every year. “We play music that is special and loved by people of all ages.  Every night we play a show, we make a connection to our audience that can’t be matched.” It’s that connection to the audience that has kept the Clayton Brothers Band playing for all these years.The Clayton Brothers Band group photo

When asked what The Clayton Brothers Band’s goal was when playing a show, he said it’s very basic. “We want to have fun and we want to invite the audience to have fun, too.” Judging by the pictures, it looks like The Clayton Brothers Band don’t have any trouble achieving that goal.

Wheaton World Wide Moving Connection

Bill Ballantine has worked for Corlett Movers & Storage since 1986. Ballantine is a salesman at Corlett and has enjoyed his years both with Corlett and with Wheaton Van Lines. “Wheaton and Bekins are responsive from the top on down the line. As a sales person, knowing that your agency and your van line do what they say they are going to do is imperative and this company has always done that,” Ballantine said.

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Sunday Spotlight: Ralph Bingham’s Bekins-inspired car

Talk about someone who truly bleeds Bekins. Ralph Bingham has worked with Bekins Van Lines in some capacity since he was 24 years old and celebrated 36 years with the company at the beginning of August.  Bekins hasn’t just infiltrated his work life though.  Look inside Bingham’s garage and you will see something out of the ordinary: a refurbished 1929 Ford Model A Tudor, decked out in Bekins’ signature colors of green and white.

The Car

Talking to Bingham, you can hear the pride in his voice when he speaks not only about his life work at Bekins, but also of his hobby of restoring old cars, especially this Ford.  “I’ve had a lot of cars over the years, but none quite like the Ford. I started with this one and it means the most to me.” Refurbishing the car to its current condition was no easy task though.

The Beginning

At the age of 16, Bingham found the shell of the car at a local An old photo from a newspaper of an old car junkyard in his hometown.  There weren’t any seats, tires, or even an engine, but he was able to look past that and see what this car had the capability to be. He spent nearly four decades and almost $30,000 buying parts and laboring over the car, but to him, this car is priceless. “This car is in the same category as my wife and daughter – not for sale!”, Bingham says with a laugh.

Favorite Part

image of an old car When asked one of his favorite parts about the car, he doesn’t hesitate when he says it’s driving it up and down the freeway.  “I get lots of thumbs up and lots of high fives.  I have a lot of people out there who think they’re friends with me because I’ve got a cool car.” For a car enthusiast like himself, this automobile is truly his pride and joy.

Why Bekins?

It’s employee loyalty at its finest when someone will deck out their personal belongings to replicate the brand image of their employer.  For Bingham though, there was never a question as to whom or what he would dedicate this automobile to. “To me, I always had a mental picture of this car as being a representation of my career. I’ve never worked for an old car in front of a Bekins truck anyone else but Bekins. It was pretty automatic.” No matter where Bingham goes, he serves as a visual representation of not only Bekins Van Lines, but also of his storied career and love for the company as well.

Bekins History

Ralph Bingham has always been an agent-owner and a driver while at Bekins.  Never a fan of office work, he always hired people to manage the day-to-day operations of the business while he maintained the position of a driver. He spent and still spends most of his days delivering loads and shipments and interacting with the customers, cementing himself as the face of his agency, Dixie Moving & Storage. A self-declared people person, Bingham enjoys knowing that every day will be different and that he’ll spend his days talking and communicating with the people his agency serves. I can bet that he tells his customers about his Bekins-inspired Ford Model A, too.

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Sunday Spotlight: Aidan’s Book Corner

Sunday Spotlight is a weekly publication highlighting individual Bekins employees, agents and drivers and the unique talents, interests and hobbies each has. 

The death of a loved one is arguably one of the most difficult situations a person can ever encounter.  When the loved one is a child, it becomes almost incomprehensibly difficult.  Grab a box of tissues and read on about the work of corporate employee Maggie Hist and the inspiration behind Aidan’s Book Corner.

Aidan’s Story

On February 1, 2010, Maggie Hist’s life completely changed forever.  She gave birth to her firstMaggie Hist's quote child prematurely – a baby boy named Aidan.  Giving birth to a premature baby comes with a whole host of complications and Maggie coped by reading books to her infant son.  “Reading to Aidan was the only thing that made my husband and I feel normal in a not normal situation,” remembers Hist.  “Goodnight Moon was our favorite book.  I read it while I was pregnant and we read it in the hospital.  It was our special book.”

Baby Aidan Hist lived in Community North’s NICU in Indianapolis, Ind. for eight days before he passed away.  For Hist and her family, this event began a lifelong journey of coping, accepting, and starting the long and difficult healing process that goes with losing a loved one.

The Inception of Aidan’s Book Corner

Aidan's Book Corner logoHist always knew she wanted to do something to honor her son’s memory.  Remembering the importance of books not only during her pregnancy but also during their time in the hospital, she decided she wanted to use reading books as a way to remember her son.  In the spring of 2012, Hist, with the help of a Bereavement Coordinator at Community North Hospital, began the process of creating what is now known as Aidan’s Book Corner.   The book corner collects new books to distribute and donate to families with babies staying in Community North’s NICU.  On average, almost 800 babies stay in Community Health’s NICU every year, and Hist prides herself on providing a new book for each family.  “It seems like such a simple thing, a book, but you wouldn’t believe how much comfort that can bring a struggling family,” Hist says.

Growth

Aidan’s Book Corner may have started off small, but since its beginnings, it has grown tremendously thanks in large part to the generosity of the Barnes and Noble bookstores in Noblesville and Carmel, Ind.  The bookstores chose Aidan’s Book Corner to be the recipient of their holiday book drive.  The book drive collected nearly 2,000 brand new books that were all given to Maggie Hist and her husbandHist’s organization.  In addition to the Barnes and Noble’s donation, Hist and her family also started “National Aidan’s Book Corner Day” to celebrate Aidan’s birthday.  Each year on February 1st, friends, family, and the general public is welcome to donate a new book to either Community North’s NICU or their own local NICU in honor of baby Aidan.  Hist expects that the book corner will only continue to grow with time, a thought that brings herself and her family great joy.

Wheaton History

Maggie Hist has been working with Bekins Van Lines for six years, always in the Government Services Department as a DP3 Move Coordinator.  She loves the family atmosphere and culture at Bekins and said that even after losing Aidan, she never felt alone at work.

Hist and her husband have a two year old son named Lucas and are expecting their third child, a girl, in less than a month.  In addition to working with Bekins, taking care of her family, and heading up Aidan’s Book Corner, Hist is part of the Grief Support Team at Community North.  She says her new passion is helping out other families who have experienced a loss similar to hers.  By working with Grief Support and operating Aidan’s Book Corner, she is able to keep her son’s memory alive.

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Sunday Spotlight: Corporate Summer Staff

Sunday Spotlight is a weekly publication highlighting individual Bekins employees, agents and drivers and the unique talents, interests and hobbies each has. 

Summer Staff

Every year, the Bekins corporate office welcomes temporary staff to help with the increase in moves that occur during the busy summer months.  In her own words, read on to hear about working at Bekins Van Lines from the Sales & Marketing’s summer help, Brittan Leonardo.

Brittan’s Story

I’m no expert in the moving industry.  This is my first “big kid job”.  Needless to say, I was pretty nervous on my first day at Bekins.  I tried to ease my nerves by reminding myself that I’m not completely foreign to the concept of moving.  After all, I have moved five times and lived in four different states, so maybe working at the company won’t be much different? As I walking into the doors of the office, I didn’t know anyone or have any idea of what to expect.  As I was led to the summer staff whiteboardSales & Marketing department the nerves only grew. At that moment though, I saw my very own cubicle where one of my co workers had written “Welcome Brittan!” on my whiteboard. I immediately relaxed and realized, just as promised, that everyone who works here is friendly and welcoming.

Her Responsibilities

I was instantly thrown into the thick of things and assigned several projects to aid the Sales & Marketing teams. One of my first projects, and one of the biggest, was updating our agent’s web listings on our company Web site.  In order to do this, I had to go through each and every page and contact every agent that didn’t have personalized information and get them to fill out a form. There were A LOT of agents (370 to be exact!) and convincing them to fill out a form during busy season is not as easy as you might think. After a few weeks of emailing, calling, and having to repeat my name a million times, the responses started to roll in. After uploading the information, the Web site is slowly but surely being updated.

My favorite project that I was assigned was researching all the major cities in the United States. I was responsible for finding the city’s social media sites, traveler’s information sites and researching fun facts about the city. This information was then used for the This Is Moving: America series on the Bekins blog site written by Online Content Development Specialist, Meredith Slavens. 

The summer is coming to a close though and my time as an employee at Bekins is slowly coming to an end. I still have the “Welcome Brittan!” written on my whiteboard, as if it’s still my first day. I’m also still as busy as ever with new projects and tasks to complete. Looking back, this position has definitely challenged me, and has also introduced me to some really great people. I can only hope that I have another summer ahead of me working at Bekins Van Lines.

About Brittan

Brittan is a sophomore at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. and is studying Social Studies Education.  Her dream job would be teaching high school AP Government or AP US History in a high school. She is very active on campus through her sorority, Phi Mu as well as Purdue’s new student orientation program, Boiler Gold Rush. In her free time, she enjoys playing the violin and doing anything outdoors.

summer staff member, Brittan Leonardo

Sunday Spotlight: Danielle’s Dolls

Sunday Spotlight is a bi-weekly publication highlighting individual Bekins employees, agents and drivers and the unique talents, interests and hobbies each has. 

This week, follow along as we feature the unique hobby of Danielle Weaver, Military Relocation Specialist at Preferred Movers of Nashville.

Her Hobby

Danielle Weaver has collected countless stories over the years due to her unique hobby.  Conflicts at work, messes in her kitchen and even run-ins with police officers are just a few of the consequences that she’s had to endure over the years because of her part-time gig.  Don’t let your mind wander too far, though.  Danielle Weaver’s hobby is doll making.

Getting Started

She has been collecting dolls for as long as she can remember, but Weaver decided she should expand her love from not just collecting, but to creating and producing her own dolls.  This decision has turned into a 13-year part-time career called Lil’ Darlin’ Original Reborns.  Selling dolls in over 25 countries and 28 states, she has reached all the way from South Africa to Norway as well as Brazil and even New Zealand.

How It’s Done

These dolls are extremely lifelike. Weaver’s talent and creative knack for reproducing a doll from a photo or image is an impressive feat.  If you provide her with a snapshot, she will do her best to realistic baby dollsreplicate it exactly, matching the face in the picture to one of hundreds of choices in both head and face molds. These dolls don’t just look realistic – they feel like real babies too.  She uses a stuffing mixture of sandblasting glass and silk polyester, meaning that these dolls weigh the same as their real-life counterparts.  Weaver makes the dolls all the way from newborn  to 18 months, meaning they can weigh anywhere from around seven pounds all the way to 20 pounds.

Playing pranks with the dolls

These baby dolls look so real in fact that she’s even gotten in trouble with law enforcement.  One day, while running errands and shipping a doll order at the local post office, she left the baby doll in her car.  This alarmed people who looked in her car and saw what they thought was a real baby locked inside a hot automobile.  “I’ve had 911 called on me before.  It’s happened too many times.  The doll’s eyes are closed and they look like a sleeping baby,” Weaver said.  “A sleeping baby in a 90 degree car! The police got to know me real well.” quote

Weaver laughs as she also remembers being pulled over for speeding one day while transporting a doll in the backseat.  “I had to prove to the police officer that it wasn’t a real baby. Now I just keep a car seat in my car.  It makes it easier that way.”

Not only has she had some unique experiences dealing with law enforcement, but she also admits that her lifelike, one-of-a-kind handmade dolls are fun to play pranks with.  As an employee of Preferred Movers of Nashville, she remembers the first time she brought a doll with her to work.  “Shortly after I first started, I brought one in to work.  We set the doll at the owner’s desk and when he walked back in, he gasped and wanted to know who brought the baby in.”  Danielle continued by saying it took quite a bit of convincing to prove that this was in fact, not a real baby, just a doll.

The Process

While pranks and funny stories are part of what goes along with Weaver’s hobby, she has also managed to garner quite a profitable business. She sells almost all of her dolls at the Christmas Village Consumer Show in Nashville, Tenn., working all year preparing for her busiest season. This preparation involves spending around 10 hours on each doll, making sure that the mold matches the face and that each doll has between 12-20 layers of paint.  Between every layer of realistic baby dollspaint, the doll must be baked in her own kitchen oven to make certain that the paint holds true to her vision of the doll.  She admits that it is a time-consuming task, but without it, the dolls would not have their same lifelike appearance.  The end result is one that hundreds of her customers have been happy with over her 13 years of making the dolls.

Wheaton | Bekins History

Danielle Weaver has worked in the Military Relocation department of Preferred Movers of Nashville, a Wheaton World Wide Moving agent, for a year and a half.  Wheaton is Bekins Van Lines partner company.  She has lived, along with her daughter, in Nashville for the past 22 years.  For more information on Lil’ Darlin’ Original Reborns, visit her Facebook page.

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Bekins Sunday Spotlight: Finding Her Mission

Sunday Spotlight is a bi-weekly publication highlighting individual Bekins’ employees, agents and drivers and the unique talents, interests and hobbies each has. 

This week, follow along as we feature the philanthropic work and mission trip of Luann Sauer, Tech Support at the Bekins Corporate Office.

Finding Her Mission

Looking down the bathtub drain and realizing there were no pipes – just a hole leading to the ground underneath a family’s home –  was the first of many sobering surprises Luann Sauer would encounter on her one-week mission trip to Cranks Creek, Kentucky.

The full group who attended the mission trip

The entire group of volunteers.

Having heard about this trip for several years before attending and aware of the great need of the Appalachian region, Luann didn’t hesitate to take a week off work and serve as her church’s inaugural ambassador for what she now hopes will be an annual trip.

With more than 70 participants on the trip — 20 adult supervisors and 50+ middle school-aged youth volunteers — Luann served as a team leader.  Assigned to one specific family, she guided a group of young adults as they replaced roofs, repaired ceilings, repainted houses, built railings and organized rooms.  “What I didn’t expect to do, though, was 32 loads of laundry!” Luann said with a laugh.

Work and Play

A small group of young adults who volunteered with the mission trip

Luann’s small group of middle school-aged youth.

Working from 9 o’clock in the morning until 4 o’clock in the afternoon, Luann supervised her team of middle school-aged students as they operated power tools, climbed up on top of roofs, and interacted with the residents of Cranks Creek.  “I knew this was a great opportunity to get the kid’s from my home church, Bethany Christian, involved in a cause that’s bigger than themselves.  After seeing what this week was like, I can’t wait to bring all of them down here next year.  It will give them a sense of responsibility and accountability and show them that there’s a whole other place where people don’t live like they live.”

More important, though, than getting all the work done was building relationships with both the people of the community and the other volunteers.  When asked her favorite part of the week-long trip, Luann said without skipping a beat, “The fellowship.”  Even though she was only in the community for a week, she was able to forge a close bond with the family with which she worked directly. “We’re friends on Facebook and are keeping in touch that way.  The three kids in the family also all colored me a picture when I left.  It was a really special moment.” The evenings also were a memorable time for Luann.  The volunteers took time to debrief the day and share their favorite moments.  “It’s amazing how quickly people can bond together when they’re working towards the common good of others.”

Importance of Involvement

In addition to volunteering for this mission trip, Luann is an active member of her church, located on the Southside of Indianapolis.  She is the Youth Leader, teaches Sunday school, is in charge of fundraisers, and also helps to feed the neighborhood children every Wednesday night at her church.

Bekins History

Luann has been with Wheaton Van Lines (parent company of Bekins) since 2004, helping with tech support and other computer issues that pop up in the corporate office. She is married, has two children, three Chihuahuas, one cat and resides on the Southside of Indianapolis.