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Volunteer and Market Yourself…Remarkably

“Remarkable Marketable Mehelps you share your remarkable gifts volunteering, making you more marketable along the way.

By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

After reading the above information ask yourself “why would I choose any other realtor”?

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Food, Inc. - Looking for easy ways to make better food choices when it comes to ethical eating?
HI Jean Robb here, I just watched the film FOOD, INC. I'm shocked at the unbelievable deception that is allowed and legally protected by the food industry. It's sad to me that we are all so under valued by our government and the authorities that should be there to protect us. Please take a minute to watch the video above. You will see that you have a voice, you just need to use it!

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Ground Turkey Recall Shows We Still Need Kevin's Law
Kevin Michael Kowalcyk was one of many tragic victims of food poisoning
Co-authored by Michael Kowalcyk
Ten years ago today, our 2½-year-old son Kevin died from complications due to an E. coli O157:H7 infection. We later learned that Kevin's strain of E. coli O157:H7 matched that of a meat recall issued 16 days after he died. Unfortunately, we were never able to conclusively prove that Kevin consumed the recalled meat, which was the requirement to show liability in the state where he died. As many of you know from Food, Inc., Kevin's death and the challenges we encountered following his death propelled our family to advocate for Kevin's Law and eventually establish a new non-profit, the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention. Kevin's Law was first introduced in Congress as the Meat and Poultry Pathogen Reduction and Enforcement Act of 2002 by Senators Tom Harkin, Dick Durbin and Hillary Clinton. It was later re-named Kevin's Law in honor of Kevin and our family's work to pass the legislation. Kevin's Law was a response to a court of appeals ruling that USDA did not have the authority to shut down plants that repeatedly produced meat and poultry products that were contaminated with Salmonella (the Supreme Beef case of December 2001). Kevin's Law required USDA to work with CDC to identify foodborne pathogens that impact human health, set limits for those pathogens in meat and poultry products, and then shut down plants that repeatedly fail to meet those limits. Despite being introduced in Congress three times, Kevin's Law never passed. Key elements of Kevin's Law were included in the recently enacted Food Safety Modernization Act, but that legislation applies only to FDA (with food safety oversight of dairy and produce), not USDA (with food safety oversight of meat and poultry). Last week, Cargill announced a 36 million pound recall of ground turkey for an antibiotic resistant strain of Salmonella that has caused 77 illnesses and one death. Every day, new light is being shed upon the details of this recall and the associated outbreak investigation. According to published reports, USDA testing found this strain of Salmonella four times over the past year but did not take action. In fact, five months passed from the first reported illness to the recall. During that time period, many families -- and particularly children -- were unnecessarily put at risk of serious foodborne illness and even death. That is completely unacceptable. Government authorities should have acted sooner.  Unfortunately, the reality is that, due to the Supreme Beef ruling, USDA's hands are tied. Unless a pathogen is considered an adulterant, USDA cannot take action -- even if they find these pathogens during routine testing. Right now, E. coli O157:H7 is the only pathogen that is considered an adulterant. In January, USDA submitted a proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget to declare six other E. coli strains as adulterants, but OMB has not responded. There is growing concern among public health officials in the United States about antibiotic resistant strains of Salmonella, but these are not considered adulterants either. Yet, in Europe, initiatives have already been introduced to reduce risks from antibiotic-resistant Salmonella. Currently, USDA tests meat and poultry products for Salmonella and has limits in place for how much Salmonella can be in any particular testing sample of meat. The limits are woefully inadequate, and thanks to the Court of Appeals, they aren't enforceable anyway. USDA can't take action against a meat or poultry producer even if the limits are repeatedly exceeded.  For example, take ground turkey. When USDA tests for Salmonella, they take individual 1-pound samples on 52 consecutive days of production. Sometimes it takes a year to complete a set -- and the establishment gets a heads up that a sample is going to be taken! In addition, if 26 or fewer are positive, the sample set passes. If more than 26 are positive, the sample set fails. Basically, these are like open book exams -- not pop quizzes -- where a 50% is still passing! And even when a sample set fails, USDA does another set of testing. And they keep doing testing until a set passes.  Under Kevin's Law, USDA would have the authority to shut down a plant if it repeatedly exceeds acceptable limits. Right now, the testing continues until illnesses are actually linked to the product. As discussed in a previous blog, foodborne illness investigation is not easy and usually takes a lot of time, which is one of the reasons it took five months to issue this recall. Inter-agency communication problems also contributed to the delay in this situation. The reality is that, if Kevin's Law had been passed, this outbreak may have been avoided or, at the very least, USDA would have been able to take action sooner. USDA needs the authority to take action when contaminated products are causing human illness. They need to be able to set limits for foodborne pathogens. They need to reduce those limits over time to prevent fewer pathogens from entering the food supply. And, they need the authority to shut down producers that repeatedly fail to meet those standards.  We find it a bit ironic that this issue would arise again on the 10th anniversary of Kevin's death. Our family has never given up on passing Kevin's Law. It is clear that USDA needs these authorities before more American families suffer. I urge Congress to consider re-introducing Kevin's Law, to pass Kevin's Law, and we ask that you join us in making this a reality.  Kevin, we love you and miss you. You changed our lives forever, and we will continue to honor your life and your memory by working to make our food safer.
Kevin's Mom and Dad,
Barbara and Michael Kowalcyk

Barbara Kowalcyk is the CEO of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention. Michael Kowalcyk is an economist. He has advocated extensively for the passage of Kevin's Law.

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