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Dreambuilders Club prepares for Trade and Barter Class October 14th, 2008

Good evening, Everybody!

Tonight the Duchess of Earle and her Duke are off to Embassy Suites once again for the Dreambuilders Club meeting. 

We meet Merryn Flavell for dinner and discuss our activities in regard to iNetGlobal and AdPacs.  Thereafter we find our way to the meeting room and participate in a meeting designed to bring us all up to speed about the Trade and Barter class that the Emerald and Gold members of the Club receive as part of their membership.

It take a bit of doing to wrap one’s mind around the process that Dreambuilders Club founder, Matthew Sikich, is teaching, but after a bit we begin to see how it works.  It’s an interesting concept that allows for win-win situations all around, as people put their offers up on the board.  The initial offer is made by a member that has IT services.  A couple of other offers are put up on the board – including one that really turns out to be a hot item:  a paid of tickets to the Hollywood Music Awards, which will be held next month.  Figuring out how this works is a real “connect the dots” sort of exercise.  After the initial demonstration, Matthew launches on a real live process of trade and barter, using items and services offered by individuals in the room in place of the imaginary scenarios previously employed.  It’s obvious he is certainly is Past Master at the techniques.

The Trade and Barter class will be held on November 13th at the Embassy Suites on 34th Ave. in Bloomington, MN (just east of the Mall of America) and will be open to non-members.  If you will be in the area on that date and would like to learn more, please write the Duchess about attending and she will be happy to assist you in getting an invitation.  There are only 105 spaces available and they’re sure to go fast.  There is also room for five sponsors, who will get special billing and privileges for their sponsoring the event.  Two of those spots were spoken for this evening, so only three are left.  If you have questions or would like either a sponsorship or a plain vanilla ticket to the class, just email

Letter of Appreciation to Embassy Suites Staff October 6th, 2008

Well, troops, the big day has come and gone.  Life can get back to normal – at least a bit! :)  

In appreciation for the grand time we had at our groom’s dinner on Friday evening, the Duchess penned these words today: 

                                                                                                               October 6, 2008

To: Managers of the Catering and Banquet Departments

Embassy Suites Hotel

34th Ave. South and I-494

Bloomington, MN   

To All Whom it May Concern: 

This letter is sent to you in appreciation for your staff.  Here are some pertinent details: 

We have worked with Erika LaDousa to plan our groom’s dinner, which was this past Friday evening, October 3.  Erika has been a pleasure to work with – patient with questions and issues that have arisen.   

So far as the room preparations on the day of the event went, she had told us that we could show up any time that day to decorate the room and tables (as there were no other events scheduled in there that day).  When we arrived, things weren’t as far along as we expected, but Krystal was there and she said that her team would put things in order for us when all was set, so we took the decorating so far as we could and then left the favors and other items in her hands.  Well, I can tell you we were really impressed and pleased at what she and her team (Shannon, Alejandra and Gramma Sue) had accomplished when we came back with our group after the rehearsal.  It was more beautiful than I’d ever thought it would be!  They had used different candles – ones that better fitted the candle rings that I’d brought, decorated them  and the tables with the autumn leaves we’d provided, added things that created greater ambiance – it was just lovely!  They went out of their way, I feel, to make it a special evening for us and for our guests. 

In addition, Krystal and the kitchen staff were very responsive to the particulars of our situation because, as it turned out, the rehearsal was delayed in getting started by about 45 minutes.  So our arrival at the hotel was similarly delayed – and actually, it was even more than that because most had traffic troubles on I-494 in coming from the church.  She was on the ball at every stage, asking me how I’d like to proceed, giving me her cell phone number so that I could keep her posted on our situation, staying on top of things all the way through the evening.  Impressive! :)

 I sincerely hope you give your staff the kudos they deserve – and that you pay them well for their efforts!  They are great folk and have a very “can do,” positive attitude that makes them wonderful to work with. 

I also would like to mention that the staff in the restaurant is laudable for their daily efforts as well.  We have been meeting with Dreambuilders Club at the hotel every week since the first of June, including having dinner in the restaurant most every Monday evening, and every one of them has been courteous, helpful and offered excellent service.   

So, we are writing to tell you that you have built a superior team and we are most grateful to be the recipients of their outstanding efforts, both every week and this past weekend.  In this day and age of diminishing services and social graces, this fact is certainly worthy of remark.  Please accept our hearfelt thanks.  We will certainly be making others aware of the great service your staff provides. 


The Duke and Duchess of Earle