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Friday, October 8, 2010

Salt Lake City, Utah (SOC Convention) (September 28 - Oct 5, 2010)

Salt Palace Convention Center

The Send Out Cards National Convention lasted 4 days (Sept 29 - Oct 2nd).  It was held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.  Very large convention center -- made COBO Hall in Detroit look like one of its dwarfs.  Heart wrenching -- happy -- motivational -- inspiring were only some of the descriptive words for this convention.  Met some wonderful people and just was a good time for all!!!  Send out those cards and " MAKING A DIFFERENCE "was the theme.  It was nice to see that Send Out Cards also supported two children for the Make a Wish Foundation and also raised over $18,000 at the convention for the Foundation.  That is what makes this company so successful -- it is about caring and sharing for others with a card, a gift or just sharing the opportunity of the company.  We were able to tour the company's facility where the cards are made and sent out and that was a pretty interesting place and amazing for it to be a debt free-company. You can tell they truly do care about their employees and really make them a part of the team.

Once we finished the convention,  we were able to visit Utah's State Capital and The Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine.  This mine has produced more copper than any mine in history -- about 18.1 million tons.  It is 2 3/4 miles across at the top and 3/4 of a mile deep. New haul truck cost about $3.5 million and can carry from 255 to 320 tons of material in a single trip. Not Bad!! This mine is so big it can be seen by space shuttle astronauts as they pass over the U.S.  The plan is to extend the life of this mine for another 20 to 30 years.  It is one amazing site.  The Visitor Center provided educational, hands-on and up-close experiences to help you better understand how metals and minerals are an essential part of our everyday life.  Surely a great place to visit.
That evening we road on the TRAX trolley through the City of Salt Lake which we had been watching run through the city all week.  Of course we rode through the "free-zone" only and we were ok with that!!!
Our plans have changed from south to west as we seek full-time work for our son Jason. He's the one navigating now!! OH Boy!!  Here We Go!!!

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