Screenflex Portable Room Dividers https://www.screenflex.com Room Dividers & Portable Walls for every facility! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:29:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 These Temporary Walls Steal the Show https://www.screenflex.com/temporary-walls/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=temporary-walls https://www.screenflex.com/temporary-walls/#respond Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:26:06 +0000 https://www.screenflex.com/?p=53790 Screenflex Portable Room Dividers
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Permanent walls are confiningLike a chameleon changes color to blend in with its surroundings, Screenflex uses various names to describe its products:

  • Room dividers
  • Moveable walls
  • Acoustical screens
  • Portable partitions
  • Temporary walls
  • Privacy screens

Why? Because our clients come from all walks of life, professions and circumstances.  And most importantly, because of that, they all have different needs.  So it helps consumers when we describe our product in a way that helps them find us, and the solution that fits their particular need.

We realized that we did just that after we received emails from two customers.  They both included great photos showing how they’re using their dividers, a description of their need, and how a room divider solved their problem.

Temporary Walls Are Just What They Needed

At Screenflex, we craft stories showing the myriad ways people use our dividers.  But in this case, both of these customers blew away anything we could say!

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Teri Gallahan, council member from the City of Gilbert, Iowa found us through a Google search.  Their need was at their newly opened Red Buchman Community Center.

After working with Kim St. Clair, one of our Screenflex sales consultants, she ordered an 11 panel (6.8H X 20.5L) unit.  She chose a neutral fabric from our standard fabric line.  Afterwards, she told us,

We needed to hide racks of chairs and tables in our community center.  It was cheaper than building an enclosed space.  And if we use all the tables and chairs, the divider can just be pushed against the wall and we don’t lose any room space.

That was smart thinking on their part!  When you have a small space and you need every inch of space, creating temporary walls that can easily be moved out of the way, is the best way to go, and it’s a perfect fit!

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Training Air Wing FIVE Supply Technician Gary Anctil recently purchased a CFSL809 (8′ X 16′L, in gray, and told us,

Here, at Training Air Wing FIVE, NAS Whiting Field, Milton, FL, we train aviation students from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and a few International Students as well.  The Screenflex Dividers we purchased, separate our T6B Texan II Aircraft Simulators from each other, as well as the cubicle briefing spaces.

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temporary walls around aircraft simulatorHe went on to tell us,

The reason we love the dividers, is their complete functionality.  They are very tall, sound-proof and moveable.  This way, when a simulator requires maintenance or attention, or there are computer issues within the briefing spaces, the Screenflex dividers can be moved so as to not be in the way while performing said maintenance.

 

 

 

Wow!  Just reading that makes me want to stand up and salute!  We are glad we are able to offer the temporary walls needed for such important training.  Gary also told us that he was glad that the order and delivery was such a breeze.

Flexibility is just another reason that using Screenflex dividers makes perfect sense when you need to create or divide a space.  With 36 sizes and 39 colors, you’re sure to just what you need.

And if you’re not sure, we offer free, no-obligation consultations and professionally prepared space plans.

If your need can be solved by adding temporary walls, call or email one our sales consultants today, and discover the custom solution to fit your need!

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If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re either exploring and embracing the benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle, or perhaps for a specific health reason, must change to a gluten-free diet.  Either way, right about now you’re looking for 1000 ways to make it more palatable or to expand your options.

Why Gluten-Free?

Eating a gluten-free diet means excluding foods containing gluten.  Gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley, and rye, is the cause of a set of symptoms associated with gluten intolerance.  Gluten intolerance refers to the entire group of gluten issues: celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy.  People with a gluten intolerance experience a range of digestive symptoms (abdominal bloating, pain, gas, diarrhea, and weight loss), and resultant conditions, such as iron deficiency anemia and low bone density.  Completely removing gluten from one’s diet relieves these symptoms and is the only medically accepted treatment for those suffering from celiac disease and other gluten intolerance.

So, what’s for dinner? In addition to removing traditional wheat products from your diet, you must also avoid wheat products described in the following way:

  • Bulgur
  • Durum flour
  • Farina
  • Graham flour
  • Kamut
  • Semolina
  • Spelt

gluten free read labelsThis also includes avoiding alcoholic beverages made with wheat, such as beer and spirits, food additives (malt flavoring, modified food starch), medications and vitamins that use gluten as a binding agent, and even Play-Doh.  My advice is that you read the labels of all processed food you are using, to check for gluten containing ingredients so you don’t inadvertently contaminate your meal.

 

So What’s For Dinner?

Surprisingly, removing wheat products from your diet isn’t the end of the world!  The following are gluten-safe foods:

  • Beans, seeds, nuts in their natural, unprocessed form
  • Eggs
  • Meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated)
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Most dairy products (steer clear of Roquefort or blue cheese)

And you know what that means… Everyday foods like grilled steak, popcorn (not microwave), Rice Krispies treats, corn chips, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, guacamole, RICE (!!) are OK to eat, and the list goes on and on.  You just have to make sure that they are not processed or mixed with gluten-containing grains, additives, sauces or preservatives.   Also, finding a great store-bought, or learning the secrets to making really good gluten-free bread goes a long way toward helping your transition to your new way of life.

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But take heart, many other grains and starches can be part of a gluten-free diet.  That being said, eating gluten-free does not always equate to weight-loss.  In fact, many food manufacturers and restaurants increase the amount of sugar and fat in gluten-free foods, give them better texture and flavor.  Also, when people first begin their trek to a gluten-free life, they’re often at a loss for what to make or order at a restaurant, default to filling the pasta void with potatoes and rice.

There’s also a psychological component at play as well.  Some newly gluten-free people see partaking in unlimited quantities of chocolate as their reward for having to give up pasta, flaky pastries and crusty French bread!  But either way, if not properly monitored, can cause a quick uptick in unwanted pounds.  Just remember… Everything in moderation.

 4 Delectable Gluten-Free Meal Choices, Plus Dessert!

Going gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to go dairy, sugar or fat-free or become a Vegan.  You can if you’d like, but one step at a time might be more helpful as you change your eating habits.

  1. Because you should always eat dessert first, this Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce is exactly what the doctor ordered.gluten free chocolate-cake with salted caramel sauce
  2. And because there is nothing worse than after hearing there is a gluten-free option on the menu, only to find out it’s just a salad, (Ugh, and served with croutons, no less!) or fast food chain offering up condiments and sides as their “gluten-free menu,” I give you Urban Taste Buds complete rundown of all the gluten-free fast food restaurant menus.
  3. Won’t your friends be jealous of your gluten-free lifestyle when you invite them for dinner and serve Gluten-Free Chicken Scallopine with Meyer Lemon Sauce.  Pair it with a side of steamed broccoli or sauteed spinach.gluten free Meyer-Lemon-Chicken scallopine
  4. Or this!  Filet Mignon with Mushroom Sauce paired with a baked potato or rice pilaf.
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  5. And as far as that salad, who doesn’t love a salad with grilled chicken, tomatoes, avocado and BACON!BLT avocado corn salad

 

 

 

Finding gluten-free foods and recipes won’t be a snap, but doing your homework and looking for options will help you find delicious and delectable choices.  If you’re not already on Pinterest, that is the site to join, because you will find 1000s of gluten-free options.

I’d love to hear from you about your favorite GF products, food prep/lifestyle/restaurant tips, or links to your yummiest gluten-free recipes.

 

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If you’re like a growing number of consumers, you care about the changes happening to our environment.  You recycle when you can, make a point to buy for products that can be recycled, or products made from recycled materials.  At Screenflex, we want to make your decision to buy recycled products that much easier for you to do.

It’s Not Easy Being Green!

We’re doing our part to help you do yours.  Starting with the recycled corrugated cardboard used in our packing, we manufacture our products from recycled materials, and currently, 76% of the material used in our Screenflex room divider products comes from post consumer recycled materials.

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What Is A Recycled Content Product?

A recycled product is a product made in whole or in part from material recovered from or kept from the waste stream.  Many “recycled products” contain less than 100% recovered materials, and should more accurately be called recycled content products, or RCPs. Examples include products, such as a refilled printer cartridges, recycled paper, and recycled plastic lumber.  When you buy products with recycled-content, your purchases help to create a demand for the materials collected in recycling programs, and prevent those materials from ending up in a landfill.

Our room dividers and display towers are another example of RCPs.  We buy many of our textiles from companies which make their product from 100% compostable materials.  In addition, the steel used for our end frames, channels, casters and legs, is derived from recycled steel.  Same for the aluminum used in our hinges.

scrap materials ready for recyclingThen, we continue the loop by recycling any scrap metals left over, once the manufacturing process is complete.

Some Of The Benefits of Buying Recycled Products

Buying recycled products, or products made from recycled materials, has many benefits.

  1. Reduces Waste and Pollution
  2. Conserves Landfill space
  3. Saves Money and Creates jobs
  4. Uses Less Energy and Fewer New Resources

Recycled products have the same quality, reliability, and dependability as their non-recycled counterparts, and recycled content products have the same quality, reliability, and dependability as their non-recycled counterparts.

For consumers looking to do their part and have a positive impact on the environment, buying recycled products made from recycled content, is a step in the right direction.

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Choosing Classroom Paint Colors – Our Top 5 Picks https://www.screenflex.com/choosing-classroom-paint-colors/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=choosing-classroom-paint-colors https://www.screenflex.com/choosing-classroom-paint-colors/#respond Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:44:00 +0000 https://www.screenflex.com/?p=51453 Screenflex Portable Room Dividers
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Our relationship with the senses is a complex one.  Professionals from every discipline have spent decades and dollars attempting to understand how and why the brain interprets and reacts to what it tastes, smells, sees, hears and touches.  For educators, one of the most interesting of those complexities is the impact of color on students’ learning abilities.

When It Comes To Learning, Does Classroom Paint Color Really Matter?

Science has proven that color elicits a response to the energy produced by the light it gives off, and that color affects our body functions and influences our mind and emotions. Lighter colors such as yellow and light blue elicit positive feelings while darker ones such as deep blue, black or gray create negative emotions. Colors can also make a room seem smaller or larger.  Experts at Sherwin Williams agree that color plays a significant part in learning. Brain-based learning, the latest buzz in education, is, at its core, learning via the senses.

We know that color is one of the key elements in a stimulus–rich learning environment.  A well-planned palette offers a broad range of colors, including serene blue or green shades combined with more stimulating reds, oranges or yellows.  Combining lighter tones with deeper accent colors creates a dynamic sense of place.

If you combine multiple colors in a school classroom, they should compliment each other and offer an environment that stimulates learning in children and not cause a distraction.

Coordinate Classroom Furnishings

The furniture in the classroom should coordinate, and be a good color match for the classroom wall colors. Depending on the wall colors chosen, light-colored fabrics and natural wood furnishings, which blend better.coordinating classroom paint colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Color To Brand Your Interior

To help students, staff and visitors bond with the school by using the predominant color or colors from the logo/mascot on some of the walls in the hallway, on railings, or use as coordinating colors in classrooms.

Our Top 5 Picks for Classroom Paint Colors

  1. Green
  2. Blue
  3. Brown/beige
  4. White
  5. Yellow

Color schemes in a school can increase comfort and promote learning, and even though some schools may prefer certain colors, consideration for how they might affect children should always be a major factor in the final decision of which classroom paint colors they chose.

Need to add a pop of color to your school’s color scheme?  Give one of our sales consultants a call for a free design consultation or to request color swatches.

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Screenflex Super FanSchool librarian Michael Brown had a problem.  At his school, when a teacher would bring their class to the school’s library, it meant the library was effectively closed to everyone else for that period.  Michael was trying to think of a way to break the large room into two smaller spaces and make the space more flexible, so that more people could make use of the library’s space.  What he did know was, he couldn’t afford to build a wall, and didn’t want to permanently alter the space.

Michael was lamenting this need for more flex space to use for meetings, workshops, quiet reading areas, parent conferences, etc., to his principal.  The administrator told Michael she had the perfect solution for him, and told him about a product they were using in her church.  Something called a Screenflex room divider.

Well, that was 15 years and 6 dividers ago, and Michael still swears by his Screenflex room dividers.

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Initially, he purchased 2 units, and as Michael tells it, they were quickly hijacked by classroom teachers! Michael said that the teachers quickly saw that the Screenflex dividers offered a solution for the problem they were looking to solve; easily add flexible space to their teaching areas.  Being able to create their own quiet reading or testing areas, or dampen sound, was important to them.  Creating testing areas will be particularly important with the new testing requirements being implemented with the Common Core Standards.

As Michael tells us, many people don’t know they have a need, until they see it.  After seeing Michael’s dividers, more Screenflex dividers were purchased later, and used to shield noise coming from the school’s file servers.  The dividers were ideal, because they don’t go all the way to the ground or ceiling, which still allows the air to circulate around the servers.

Anything You can Imagine, You Can Create With This Product

Throughout the years, Michael continued to buy dividers and low and behold, they found their way out of the library and into another spot!  He tells us that because of the way they’re designed and the material used, even the oldest dividers are still going strong after all these years.  Even the backing and fabric on the ones that are repeatedly brought out and used for art shows have held up very well.  He states that a big bonus is they are hinged, so they can be shaped into multiple configurations.

Doors Are Overrated!

Michael’s most recent divider purchase acts as a temporary door for a side room at the library.  The double doors were removed several years ago to add extra space to the library, but Michael soon found there was often a need to close it off for activities.  During those times, he also needed to block voices and sound coming in and out of the room.  Working with one of the Screenflex consultants, he ordered a divider that almost entirely fits the doorway space.  This solution has increased the use of the library, and that’s a good thing!

Michael was appreciative of the design consultation process and how important it is the measure your area, especially height.  Being able to work with one of our professional designers was invaluable because, as he said, “It’s almost as if it were custom-made!”

Michael tells us there have been a dozen or so products in his life that he will recommend, and Screenflex room dividers are one of them.  The dividers have never given him any trouble, open, close and roll easily, and the casters are super sturdy.  For Michael, the fact that the units are lightweight, on wheels, and can easily and safely be moved from place to place by just about anyone were the icing on the cake!  In addition to being a faithful product, he feels they are very safe.  Michael has rolled, set up, and closed the dividers around young people on many occasions, and has done so without any mishaps, problems or accidents.

You Have A Need, We Have A Solution!

In today’s educational facilities, teachers, librarians and ancillary staff are looking for flexibility.  Whether it’s a dividing a teaching space, creating a quiet reading corner, or an impromptu conference area, being able to create “flex space”, when and wherever it’s needed is important.  Call one of our sales consultants to discuss your need, and just like Michael, we’ll find you just the right solution that fits your space and budget.

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big-fish-in-a-little-fish-tankThey say, that a fish can only grow as large as the tank in which it is contained.  If you’re a Pastor and are not realizing the importance of a healthy Sunday School program or  you do and are not seeing any appreciable growth, then these 5 steps for increasing Sunday School attendance and why it’s important for your congregation, can help get you on your way.

Do  Your Research And Set Attainable Goals – Assess your congregation to find out which families have children, how many, and their ages.  Make a list of their contact information.  Assess and measure all available physical space.  Explore your options for using unconventional spaces for classrooms.  Based on these factors, set an attainable goal.

Choose The Right Director And Motivations – Having the right Sunday School director is key to growing the program.  A good Sunday School director motivates the teachers, and as well as assisting them with supplies, trains and equips them with the knowledge they need to teach effectively.

Plan For And Anticipate Growth - Think beyond current enrollment and attendance.  Think past the ‘at a minimum’ you want.  Add classes and teachers NOW, so you are prepared to grow in the future.  Active preschoolers need 25-35 square foot per person, young children need 20-25, and teens and young adults need 12-15 square feet.  Also, keep in mind that when your Sunday preschool classroom gets too full, it has an impact on the young adults and seniors who care for your preschoolers.

Find Committed People And Train Them Well – You will need 15 people to staff five every 5 classrooms. When looking for those people, don’t just make a half-hearted  announcement after services or stop someone in the parking lot to make your weak-kneed appeal.  Instead, make a list of the people you feel have the potential to make a great Sunday School teacher, then create a job description of what you’d like them to do.  Don’t approach anyone who is already serving in other roles in the congregation (that’s about 20% of your congregation).  Instead, look at who from the other 80% would make viable candidates.  Before you personally approach those people, spend some time prioritizing your choices, and then pray over it.

This may sound crazy, but prayer never hurts!  Make an appointment to visit with these potential candidates and extend the invitation personally.  Answer their questions and give them a window of time to get back to you with their decision.

Find and Create Space – Never let a lack of space limit you!  To grow your program, you’ve got to have teachers ready to teach, and a place for them to teach. Move any existing classes into smaller rooms, or if that isn’t possible, use a portable room divider to divide the space you have into two or more smaller spaces. Because program growth tends to slow and stop when classroom space reaches 80% of capacity, stay ahead of it by creating a new class when any existing class reaches its 80% of capacity.

The situation you never want to be in is having to turn away a child because you let your program stagnate, either over a presumed lack of space or not enlisting the right people to lead or teach.
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We’ve found there is no “typical” customer, no prescribed use, and no one type of industry which uses Screenflex room dividers.  Far from it – Our customers come from all walks of life and industries.  School administrators and pharmacists, Pastors and property managers; when people are looking for a room divider or portable wall, one thing they all have in common is, they turn to Screenflex for solutions.  That’s because Screenflex listens to their needs, and then recommends the best solution for that particular customer.

What Are Room Dividers Used For At Different Facilities?

 

1 North Wacker Chicago ILBuilding Maintenance And Safety

At the 1 North Wacker building in Chicago, Hines Investment is using their screen divider for tenant and visitor safety, and to lend a better appearance during facility repairs.

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When building engineers or outside service people tackle mechanical repairs, they position a Screenflex divider around their work area.  This helps contain tools and equipment within the work area, and as seen here, there is no confusion that the elevator is out of service and being repaired.

main street waterloo IowaCreating A Learning Space

Pastor Tim of Rivers Edge Christian Church in Waterloo, Iowa tells us that his church needed to create several class spaces on different days.  They didn’t have the space for permanent classrooms so they weren’t exactly sure how they were going to do it.  Well, we found it for him, right at the back of his auditorium!  He recently told us,

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“We needed a controlled space for our fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes on Wednesday nights, and optional Sunday School class space for Sunday mornings. The partitions are just the thing to accomplish this, and they are moveable so when we move we can use them there also.”

 

 

One Size Does Not Fit All!

In the case of our two featured customers, their needs and environment are clearly very different, but we were able to find a room divider tailored to fit their specific needs.

To most people, our room dividers may all look similar, and for many of them, it doesn’t matter that our dividers come in 36 heights and lengths and 39 colors.  What matters to them is, they have a need or problem and turned to Screenflex, and we provided them with a solution.  And it was just the right solution to fit their unique needs.

Have a unique or challenging space that can be maximized, minimized or better utilized by adding a Screenflex room divider?  Not sure? Give our sales team a call to discuss how we can find your solution. 800/553-0110

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origins of Valentine's dayValentine’s Day; we know it as a celebration of love and affection, of hearts and candy, flowers, cards, and love songs.  All of these are fairly modern representations of Valentine’s day, but something most people are completely unaware of, are the real origins of Valentine’s Day.  Part truth, part folklore, St. Valentine’s Day is deeply rooted in early Christianity, and began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The Feast of Saint Valentine is observed in many churches and countries on February 14th, but unlike in the US, it is not celebrated as an occasion for gift-giving.

Cupid was a Priest? Who knew!

Our modern protagonist associated with Valentine’s Day is Cupid, but historical records show that  St. Valentine was the Roman Priest, Valentinus.  According to The Huffington Post, Saint Valentine was a Roman priest during the 3rd century A.D. under Emperor Claudius II.  They go on to describe how Claudius made the unpopular decision to ban marriage among young people, believing his unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers.

Rumor has it that Valentinus, or Valentine, secretly performed many marriage ceremonies for departing soldiers.  He was eventually caught, imprisoned, tortured, and sentenced to death for performing the ceremonies against the command of the Emperor.  And here’s where the origins of Valentine’s Day get a little fuzzy.

The legend is that while awaiting execution, he was able to heal the sight of the blind daughter of one of his jailers, and thus his canonization as a Saint.  This all took place around the year 269 AD, but it wasn’t until many centuries later, that there was an official recognition of St. Valentine’s Day. Prior to Chaucer penning “The Parliament of Fowls“, it was observed as a religious feast day, must like St. Joseph’s Day.

Chaucer Slings Cupid’s First Arrow

It wasn’t until the 14th century that Valentine’s Day took on a decidedly romantic connotation when he wrote:origins of Valentine's day

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

Which translates from the old English as:

For this was on St. Valentine’s Day
when every fowl cometh there to
choose his mate.

The Origins of Valentine’s Day Are Now Lost To The Ages

Valentine has since come to be known as the patron saint of lovers, and an entire industry has grown around the concept of professing your undying devotion to your beloved.  Some celebrate this day with joy, while others are not interested in the commercialism associated with the day.  Where ever you fall on that spectrum, at least you can move forward knowing how cupid got his wings.

 

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What are Olympic Medals Made Of? https://www.screenflex.com/what-are-olympic-medals-made-of/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-are-olympic-medals-made-of https://www.screenflex.com/what-are-olympic-medals-made-of/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:57:47 +0000 https://www.screenflex.com/?p=51155 Screenflex Portable Room Dividers
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The 2014 Sochi Olympic Games officially begin with today’s opening ceremony.  With a half a day’s time difference between Sochi and the US, coupled with an artificial delay created by NBC, viewers will see much of what is happening well after it’s happened. That is, of course, unless you’re a night owl and have paid a bundle to stream it live on cable. Time zones and TV networks aside, viewers love the excitement of the games and will usually bend over backward to watch their favorite sports.  Once the games begin, all attention turns to the results and the awarding of Olympic medals to the top three athletes in each sport.   Everyone knows that a bronze, gold and silver medal will be awarded to the winning Sochi athletes, but how much do we really know about those medals?

what are olympic medals made ofFrom Humble Beginnings

According to Olympic-legacy.com,

At the first modern Olympic games there were no gold medals for the winners, nor were there separate awards ceremonies.  Instead, all the prizes were given out by King George at a special awards ceremony prior to the Game’s closing ceremony. All competitors in the Athens 1896 Games received an award.  This differed sharply from the ancient games, where only first place athletes received any kind of recognition. The awards given out at the 1896 Olympics were a silver medal, crown of olive branches, and certificate for first place; a bronze medal, crown of laurel, and certificate for second place; and a commemorative medal for each athlete who competed.

If held in modern times, one could almost hear the whining coming from those who did not win a first place medal, “I went to the 1896 games and all I got was this lousy certificate!” It wasn’t until the 1904 Olympic games in Saint Louis that the first gold medal was awarded.  Since then, medals have changed over the years, most noticeably, in their content

Are All Olympic Medals Created Equal?

The host city decides on the design of the medal that will be presented at their games, but the IOC dictates the physical properties of the medals and has final approval over the finished design.   In addition, since 1964, the IOC has set specific rules and specifications for how medals are made and to whom they are awarded.

  • The top three competitors receive medals
  • Circular and able to be hung from a chain or ribbon
  • A minimum of 60 mm in Diameter
  • A minimum of 3 mm in thickness
  • The sport for which the medal will be presented must appear on the medal

What Are Olympic Medals Made Of And What Are They Worth?

  • According to IOC regulations, medals must be composed of the following:
    • First place: It is composed of high grade silver covered with 6 grams of pure gold
    • Second place: The same composition as the first place medal
    • Third place:  A combination of copper, and some small amounts of tin and zinc

And for all 3 of you with really inquiring minds, here is a comprehensive breakdown of the specifics and photos from each modern (Winter and Summer) Olympic game.

The medals of Sochi 2014

1300 medals were manufactured for the 2014 Sochi games, each containing a combination of metal and polycarbonate.  The design of the medals is very unique and is described as “a mosaic of national designs from the various cultures and ethnicities of the Russian Federation.”

what are olympic medals made ofThe medal’s design is intended to depict the landscape of Sochi, with the sun reflecting through snowy mountain tops down to the beaches of the Black Sea.  The Sochi Olympic medals are larger than required, and weigh between 460 and 531 grams, which is very lightweight as compared to previous games.  The weight varies, depending on if the medal is coated in gold, silver or bronze. But how much gold is actually in the Sochi gold medal and what is it really worth?

According to Forbes, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gold medal’s “podium value” clocks in at approximately $566, awhat are olympic medals made of 20% decline from the record $708 value for the gold medals presented at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

And even though the medals are larger than in previous games, the drop in the price of precious metals, caused the overall decline in the value of this Olympic game’s medal value. But even if they’re worth less than in the past, receiving one is far better than being presented with a participation certificate.  And most likely, each winner of these 2014 Winter Olympic games will don their circular gold/silver/bronze, metal and polycarbonate discs hung from a ribbon, with great national pride and pageantry!

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Screenflex employee Janet Barron honored with the Lake Zurich Citizen of the Year award.

Citizen of the Year AwardThe Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Lake Zurich Citizen of the Year Award event at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer, with a dinner and live entertainment.  The chamber’s annual awards night held on January, 25, 2014 recognizes community members that help make the Lake Zurich area a better place to live and work.  Awards are presented to leaders in business, education, government and not-for-profit organizations.  Nominees were selected by chamber members, local residents and government entities.

 

  • Honorees include:
  • Ken Grooms of Grooms Insurance Associates of Lake Zurich, for business of the year
  • Muffi Painter of Polaris Financial Services, for chamber volunteer of the year
  • Sherry Fisher a science teacher at Middle School North, for educator of the year
  • Janet Barron of Lake Zurich, for citizen of the year
  • Janet Dobson of Kemper Lakes Golf Club, LZACC board of director, for member of the year

Janet Barron work’s here at Screenflex Portable Partitions.  Located in Lake Zurich, Illinois and she runs our Social Media department.

Janet moved to Lake Zurich in 1991 with her husband and two daughters.  They liked the small town feel of the community as well as the proximity to where it was located in reference to their jobs at the time.  She has watched the community grow from 8,000 residents when she moved here, to over 20,000 residents at this time.

Janet has always been a person that did not just sit and watch, but one who gets involved.  She feels strongly about community involvement.  She is quoted to say: “I think when people invest their time in their community, it gives them a different perspective”.

Some of Janet’s many accomplishments include serving on her subdivision Home owner’s Board, also helping the Girl Scout’s as a leader, when here girls were young and chairing the day camp program.

She helped as a parent volunteer in the Theater program, both in the Middle School south as well as the High School.

In 2009, Janet was one of two people who put together the “Save Lake Zurich Music Initiative”, for District 95, to save the band and orchestra program.  They put together a Golf Outing, Dinner Dance, Tee Shirt Sales, and Raffle.  They raised over 155,000.00 in just 9 weeks.  Wow!

Janet  was an unpaid volunteer working on the mayoral campaign for Tom Poynton.  That is where she met him and they became friends.  He recognized talent when he saw it.  One of the Mayor’s goals was to resurrect the old Farmer’s Market.  He looked to Janet to assist in this endeavor.  Janet was one of two people chairing the Farmer’s market committee.  They found and organized 37 vendors selling locally grown, both organic and non-organic produce, honey, baked goods, peanut butter, dog treats, and gluten-free product’s as well.  While the Farmer’s Market is a perk for the residents of Lake Zurich, it also helps to fund the playgrounds and parks.

Rock the Block event came about as resident’s felt the need for a fun Summer day out, where the community could be involved.  Once again the mayor looked to Janet and three other residents to coordinate this undertaking.  They put together a day filled with band’s, food vendor’s, kid’s fun, and a raffle to benefit the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry found in the St. Francis Church in Lake Zurich.  This event attracted 4,000 people to Lake Zurich’s downtown area for Rock the Block.

Always modest, here is another quote by Janet.  “I am just a small part of the many people who served on the committees that made Rock the Block; Dine, Dance, Rediscover Downtown, and the Lake Zurich Area Farmers Market possible,” Barron wrote on the chamber’s Facebook page, “Looking forward to even bigger and better events to come in 2014.”

I think we call all agree, Janet has a generous heart and is a fabulous organizer.  Here at Screenflex Portable Partitions, Janet is always surprising us with her baked treat’s.  We tease her that she knows everyone in Lake Zurich.  She takes it all in good humor.  I really do not know where she gets the time.  I am exhausted just writing about her accomplishments.  She definitely deserves this award.

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