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Awards and The Olympic Dream

by Presenta Plaque | on Mar 18, 2014 | No Comments

Ah, the Olympics. What is it about this competition that makes Americans stop everything and watch each event with avid interest? Well, it isn’t just Americans or even this century that draws people to the games. In ancient times, wars would stop for the Olympics. Back then, it was a time for humans to honor the gods through acts of human excellence.

Our modern Olympics may hold an even greater hope — that the world will come together peacefully and enjoy the talents of athletes, not just from their own nation, but from countries all across the world. Through televised broadcasts, or personal visits, we begin to understand, just a little, about the heritage and culture of the host country, and about the countries of all the athletes competing. The hope is that during the competition, lasing bonds are formed and that countries begin to build bridges of understanding that can lead to a lasting peace.

When an athlete receives that Olympic award, voices are united around the world acknowledging and acclaiming the hard work and dedication it took to reach the pinnacle of athletic success — no matter what country he or she is from. Winning a medal in a modern Olympic event is one of the most prestigious and coveted honors in sports. Even professional athletes, who have won championships time and again, acknowledge that there is something even more special about representing their country in the Olympic Games.

There is something about seeing an athlete from our own country win a gold that brings out the highest level of patriotism in us. We take great pride in the medal count for our country, and carefully tote up the number of gold, silver and bronze medals. But in end, what fascinates us most is the Olympic Dream — the dream of being the best in the world, even if for one short blazing span of time.

Award Plaques to Give at the End of the Calendar Year

by Presenta Plaque | on Dec 10, 2013 | No Comments

The end of the year usually brings anticipation for a new year and a fresh start. Many people look at it as a time to reflect on ways to improve in the upcoming year. People create New Year’s resolutions for themselves and companies set goals for their employees and the business as a whole. A great attitude and positive energy is the perfect way to start any year, but let’s not forget that this is also a time to look back and appreciate all the hard work and dedication of the year that is now coming to a close.

Every day should be a time to thank those around us, whether they are family, coworkers or friends, but the end of the year and holidays bring a special kind of atmosphere that inspires most of us to say thank you. A plaque is an excellent way to tell someone, no matter who it is, that you appreciate their accomplishments, friendship, hard work or maybe that you simply want them to know you appreciate having them in your life. Here are some ideas for sharing the gift of a plaque:

If you know someone who’s had a rough year –a plaque is a great way to let them know that you admire their strength and persistence. A simple gesture of appreciation can mean a lot to someone who thinks their struggle and persistence have gone unnoticed.

New parents –New parents are an excellent reason to give a plaque. Parenthood, especially for first-timers, can be very challenging and in everyone’s admiration for the new baby, it can be easy to forget that someone is losing lots of sleep to keep that baby bouncing and happy!

That employee who always stays late –While there probably isn’t a specific award for this anywhere in the company’s handbook, the end of the year is an excellent time to reward those employees who always go the extra mile even when it isn’t expected of them. It can be incredibly satisfying – and motivating – for someone who feels their extra work isn’t recognized.

Your young student –While this may sound a bit atypical, there is a lot of hard work that goes into being a student. Between all-nighters, caffeine-fueled 20 hour days, and minor finals-induced panic attacks, it can be easy to forget that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A little pick-me-up before the big diploma can be a great way to remind your college student that, yes, you understand.

Mom and Dad –Last but certainly not least on the list are Mom and Dad. If you are lucky enough to have parents who never take a break from being supportive, whether it is a new year, end of the year or midway through May, a plaque is a perfect way to thank them for all that they do.

The end of the year is usually the time when one begins to reflect most, but it is important to never forget to appreciate those who make every year even more memorable than the last.

Happy Holidays to our Presenta Plaque family and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of celebrating those that are an important part of your life, this year and in many to come.