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What I learned in Japan, by Russ Myers

New on Notepad: EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT SURVEY LAUNCHES ON JULY 31 - We want to hear from you, by Jolene Seda >>

NEW TODAY! CERNER UPDATE – 3 Things to Know this Week >>

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017 Employee Giving Campaign with The Memorial Foundation! We saw a 35% increase in participation by VMM team members to make a difference in children’s health, end of life, cancer care, healthy Yakima, and the newly added Employee Project! Over $3,500 was designated toward the Employee Project Fund – Cycling for Health at Water’s Edge. Stay tuned for updates on the success of our 1st Employee-Funded Project! Thank you for giving from your heart!

Buy a Blizzard Treat from Dairy Queen and support babies and kids at VMM, your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital! This year, we have a pre-order form for departments and Blizzards will be available for pick up at the main campus between 11am-1pm on Thursday, July 27th. Print out the pre-order form here and return it with your cash payment to Josh Munson or Lauren Denton at The Memorial Foundation by Friday, July 21st at 5pm.

Beginning July 23, 2017, it will be against the law for Washington drivers to use hand-held cell phones while they are driving. This includes all electronic devices, even tablets, laptops and video games. Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on your record and be reported to your insurance provider. Learn more about the new Distracted Driving Law here >>

The Café at Memorial wants to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete their customer satisfaction survey >>

Do you love camping, listening to great music, and supporting The Memorial Foundation? This year, the organizers of Chinook Fest are donating 15% of all festival and camping passes purchased with the code “Memorial” to The Memorial Foundation! Share this code with your family and friends!

Go to and enter "Memorial" into the "Promo Code" box during check-out.
September 8 – 11 | Naches, WA

Read The Memorial Foundation’s latest newsletter, “You Have Far Reaching Impact.”

AIDET CONTEST! The Department of Human Potential is sponsoring a contest through the months of July and August and want to engage your department/team to show off your talents and refresh your skills on the AIDET model! Deadline for submissions is August 11th. Winners will be announced at the Employee BBQ on August 26th! 1st place winner will receive $300 and the runner-up will receive $150 – these funds can be used to host a fun, team event. Click here for full contest details >>

Your VMM Security Update: Watch Out for Social Engineering Scams

Have questions about retirement planning? Meet with a Transamerica representative for 2017! Find available days/times here >>

Green Team Spotlight: Meet Leah Van Dyke and learn why a healthy environment is important to her >>

Don’t forget! You can view MEMO when you’re offsite here >>

Mark Your Calendar

Join us in the Café on Wednesday, July 26th for a Hawaiian-inspired menu! Check out the full menu here >>

Register now for the Glenn Cassidy Golf Tournament! Glenn Cassidy was a former Memorial team member who had a passion for supporting The Memorial Foundation! Help us honor Glenn’s memory and his commitment to the community by participating -- All proceeds will benefit Children’s Village! Learn more at or print off the registration form here.
September 16 | 8am shot gun start | Suntides Golf Course

Sign your kids up for Safe Sitter! This 1-day course is for boys & girls, ages 11-13, and teaches them safe and nurturing childcare techniques, behavior management skills and how to handle emergencies. They’ll also learn infant and child CPR and choking child rescue (will not be CPR certified). $40 – Register online for one of the following dates >>

July 24

August 7

SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 Employee Appreciation BBQ! The BBQ will take place on August 26th from 2-7pm at Franklin Park. You won’t want to miss it! More details to come.

SMART Goal Training Sessions:
August 22 | 7-8am | Classroom B

Need help with your Performance Evaluation? If you have questions about how to complete your self-evaluation or about the evaluation tool in general, please feel free to visit one of the following drop-in sessions:
August 22 | 8-9am | Classroom B

If you would like your news or events to be included in MEMO, or if you have questions, please contact The deadline is Tuesday at noon and the email typically goes out mid-week.

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