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Day of Remembrance
by Tammy Wallace

Central Office

Districts
Northwest
Northeast
Kansas City

Over 200 employees attended the third annual Day of Remembrance ceremony last week at Central Office to remember our fallen
co-workers.
During the ceremony, Interim Director Roberta Broeker, State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth and Equal Opportunity and
Diversity Director Rudy Nickens offered remarks. Later, members of the Employee Advisory Council read the 131 names of our
fallen by district and placed roses. The ceremony concluded with two employees from the St. Louis Ride for Remembrance group
placing a wreath on the memorial.
View all the photos of the ceremony here: Day of Remembrance Photos.
Watch a short video of hte ceremony here: Day of Remembrance Video.

Respect - Honor - Remember

Central
St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

Above, as employees gather for the Day of Remembrance ceremony, it


was obvious that orange was the color of the day. Right, State Engineer
Becky Allmeroth leads the crowd in reciting the safety commitment.

Above, members of the Employee Advisory Council volunteered to read the names of the fallen. Left to right:
Cindy Martin, Jim Feeney, Stacey McKinley, Joe Schmidt, Amy Niederhelm, Sarah Marino, Brandon Cracraft,
Karyn Veltrop and Rudy Nickens. Below (left to right), Fred Chew and Justin Wagner with the St. Louis Ride
for Remembrance group place a rose and wreath on the memorial.

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Team Talk - Employee Satisfaction Teams


Suggest Ideas for Enjoyable Workplace
by Roberta Broeker
As members of the MoDOT team, we may spend more time at work than with our families or doing the hobbies we love. It is
important to enjoy your work, to enjoy the time you spend with your coworkers, and to find satisfaction in your job. In last years
employee satisfaction survey, there were five areas that stood out as needing the most improvement for employee morale. After we
analyzed the survey results, we formed five employee teams to work on Employee Development and Recognition, One Team
MoDOT, Total Compensation, Under Representation and Use of Resources. We chose Laurel McKean (Southwest), Todd
Grosvenor (Financial Services), Jerad Noland (Northeast), Eric Curtit (Multimodal) and Karen Yeomans (St. Louis) to lead those
teams. They, in turn, reached out to you.
More than 150 employees served directly on
the five teams, and more than 2,000 employees
provided feedback to the teams as they worked
on recommendations. I appreciate the efforts
and input of all of these employees as we work
to find ways to address employee concerns.
The teams were diligent in looking at options to
make MoDOT an even better place to work.
What they found is that, aside from salary, most
of the tools and resources they believe will
improve employee
satisfaction exist today within MoDOT. In
many cases, employees and supervisors dont
know about them or just havent been using
them. The final report from the Employee
Survey Action Teams summarizes these best
practices and some new ideas and can serve as
a benchmark to move us forward.

Click above to watch a short video of the team leaders discussing the survey
results.

The final report has been posted to MoDOTs


Sharepoint homepage http://sharepoint/Pages/EmployeeSurveyTeam.aspx . I encourage all employees and especially supervisors to
read over this list of recommendations. See what immediate steps you can take in your work group to continue to make MoDOT an
enjoyable place to be every day.
Members of the Senior Management Team will be champions of the recommendations, and well develop a method to track them
for full implementation. Thank you again to everyone involved in this process.

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Stand Up for Safety Day


As plans continue for our Oct. 8 Stand Up for Safety Day, materials have been placed on SharePoint. Here, you can find guidelines
for the days activities, links to videos, activity reports and all the information you need to help you plan your group activities.
Stand Up for Safety.

New Medical Plan Option FAQs


More Frequently Asked Questions on the New High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) option.
Employees are encouraged to review all of FAQs and other information on the website at
http://modot.org/newsandinfo/benefits.htm and attend one of the workshops being held in the districts and central office to see if
this new plan would be beneficial for you. You can also contact employee benefits staff at 877-863-9406.
Q. Can I enroll if I am Medicare?
A. No, the HDHP is only available to non-Medicare
employees and retirees.
Q. If I am enrolled in the HSA as a retiree and
become Medicare primary mid-year, am I
required to switch to the traditional PPO plan?
A. Yes, an employee with any Medicare member on
their plan must be enrolled in
the PPO plan.
Q. If my spouse works for another agency and is
enrolled in the HDHP/HSA plan through
his/her employer, can I enroll in the HDHP/HSA through MoDOT/MSHP? If so, how does
that work?
A. Yes. You cannot be covered on each others plans. You could have separate
HDHPs and separate HSAs.
Q. If both my spouse and I work for MoDOT or MSHP, can one of us enroll in the traditional
PPO plan and the other in the HDHP/HSA w/ children?
A. Yes. But no members of the family could be enrolled in both.

Golf Tournament Results


Earlier this month, MoDOT employees held the 10th Annual Transportation Day Golf Tournament. The tournament raises money
for the 1033 Benevolent Fund. Monies raised support the fallen workers' families for state highway, law enforcement and
corrections. We hope no one will need these funds in the future, but this resource has eased the burden on families by providing
immediate financial assistance. Law enforcement and fire fighters also hold annual golf days.
Here are the results:
Championship Flight
1st Place
2nd Place

A Flight
1st Place

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Mike Meyers-Brad RumfeltRon Barton-Zach Hines


Jeff Joens-Stephanie BruemmerTodd Siebeneck-Mike Tolbert

Eric Kaiser-Tim GallatinScott Schneiders-Richard Foster

59 (-12)
60 (-11)

64 (-7)*

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2nd Place
B Flight
1st Place
2nd Place

Keith Cavender-Justin OrtmeyerTommy Caudle-Steve Richie

64 (-7)*

Allen Smith-John ZimmermanMike Harms-Perry Allen


Rusty Weisman-Buck BrooksKyle Grayson-Garrett Hager

68 (-3)*
68 (-3)*

* - denotes scorecard playoff


Contest Winners
Longest Drive #1 (men) Chris Schield
Longest Drive #1 (women) Vickie LaRose

Closest to the Pin #16 (men) J.P. Miller


Closest to the Pin #16 (women) Jenny Sanyec

View From the Chair - Unseen Casualties: Lost


Companies, Jobs and Opportunities
by Chairman Stephen Miller
As MoDOT readies itself for its lowest construction budget in 20 years, there are casualties which may be unknown to the public.
The impact on our transportation system has been well publicized. The number of critical-condition bridges has risen to 641;
fatalities are up 12 percent; our limited funds are directed to 8,000 miles of primary roads, while the other 26,000 miles of
supplementary roads receive only the scraps of
leftover funding; the cost-share program is
suspended; and expansion projects that would
provide economic development or congestion
relief are on hold. But, there is another untold
story.
The lack of funding has meant much less work
for our partners in the construction industry.
While we were borrowing money through
Amendment 3 or receiving funds through the
Presidents stimulus package, competition
among contractors reduced the cost of projects,
saving hundreds of millions of dollars. From
2006-2012, contractors enabled MoDOT to save
$632.3 million all of which MoDOT put back
on the road as part of future projects. Missourians realized these savings because we had a large number of competent contractors
competing for the work. Sometimes we had as many as ten contractors bidding on a single project. Funding attracted and
maximized competition. A strong industry was great for Missourians.
What a difference a few years makes. In 2009, the year I joined the Commission, we made $1.36 billion in awards. In fiscal year
2015 (which ended June 30), we made $725.1 million in awards over $600 million less. This year we expect only $596 million in
contractor awards over $760 million less and 40% of what we did a few years earlier. This past year, we had three months with no
bid lettings at all an unprecedented occurrence.
Read More - View From the Chair.

What's Happening
Statewide Employees
Association Meeting

Saturday, Sept. 26 - 9:00 a.m. at the Truman Inn.

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The main topic is the future of the Association. The current


Statewide President and Vice President have served their terms
and are stepping down. Members are needed to take over not
only our Statewide leadership but also our local Central Chapter
leadership.
The Association needs employee involvement and new ideas as
to how to keep the Association active.

More Discounts for State Employees


The Super Group Program is for the Scottrade Center, St. Louis
Blues and Peabody Opera House in St. Louis. Employees can
visit the website for discounts to family shows, sporting events
and Blues hockey games. Visit the website for discounts www.stlouisblues.com/offers/MOSTATE (the capitalization is
important for your link to work). The promotion code is
MOSTATE.
Current offers are available for select Blues hockey games,
Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, WWE. All
Broadway shows are also available Elf The Musical, Million
Dollar Quartet, A Night with Janis Joplin, Ragtime and Bullets
Over Broadway.
Two ways to order Blue Tickets:
1. Go to www.stlouisblues.com/offers/MOSTATE, and order on-line and use the promo code MOSTATE, or
2. Fill out the form on the attached flyer, and mail or fax it to Tim Thurber (details on the flyer) - Flyer.
For questions about the Super Group Program, contact Marlena Renner, Group and Client Services Coordinator at 314-622-2554.

September Retirements
Darrell Klocke NE 33 years
Ronald F. Freese NE 42 years
Charles R. Houchins NE 6 years
Sherry L. Backet CD 27 years
Rickey D. Smith CD 25 years

Albert C. Frasher CD 17 years


Stephen B. Jeffery CD 30 years
Robert W. Follett SL 31 years
Jeff Barnhouse SW 25 years

Billy W. Adams SW 21 years


Donna C. Ferkel SE 26 years
Jacqueline L. Biele CO 27 years
Dale S. Brandt CO 29 years

Carl Pitts
Former D7 August 22
Alvin Austin
Former D8 August 25
Harley Rhyn
Former D10 August 28
Nova Holcomb
Former D1 September 1

Robert Carter
Former D1 September 5
George Pugh
Former D1 September 6
Robert Knorr
Former D1 September 10
Jack Clevenger
Former D7 September 15

In Memoriam
Mildred Black
Former D8 August 14
Shelly Van Winkle
Former D3 August 19
Curtis Jackson
Former D10 August 19
Elgin Kinkead
Former D6 August 19

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Missouri Department of Transportation news and
feature articles that connect employees statewide.
Communications - MoDOT
P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102
573.751.2840 / www.modot.org
Editor: Tammy Wallace

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Comments & Suggestions

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We would like to hear from you. Send comments


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Mission
Our mission is to provide a world-class
transportation experience that delights our
customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.

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Charitable Campaign Pet Parade


An Interview with Buttercup the Dog
by Patrick Wood
On Sept. 13, the sun was high, the stage was set and the
sweet smell of chili dogs and fierce competition was in
the air for the MoDOT Central Office MSECC Meet the
Charity Event, the Pet Parade. Only days prior to the
first kickoff event, Central Office employees submitted
pictures of their pets for the highly coveted title of the
Pet Parade Champion. There were numerous
submissions of amazing animals ranging from dogs and
cats to a chicken and a chinchilla. At the end of the day,
only five pets could claim spots in this years Pet
Parade. The votes came in, and MoDOTs furry and
feathered finest were Truman the chicken (Jim Allison),
Buttercup (Jay Wunderlich), Winston (Bill Dunn),
Henry (Beth Ring) and Sophie (Mark Fretwell).

Northwest
Northeast
Kansas City
Central
St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

Our contenders went up for a final round as voters gave


money to the campaign in the name of the pet deemed
worthy of the title Pet Parade Champion. The winner,
and their human, would get the opportunity to take all
the donations and have them given to the charity of their
choice. The winner of this years competition was
Buttercup (Jay Wunderlich)! Not only did we get to
celebrate this prized pups victory with chili dogs and
cookies, but we had the chance to catch up with the tail
wagging Wunderlich for an exclusive Connections
interview.
Patrick: I want to start by saying congratulations. The
competition today was nothing to wag a tail at. It was a
pretty even race and you won. How do you feel?
Buttercup: Winning feels great. The other dogs were
great sports. I am happy to have met them and wish
them all the best.
What about Truman?
That was one strange looking dog, but all the best to
him I guess.
Your pal Jay sent in some other candidates for the Pet
Parade. How do you think your brothers and sisters will
take it that you are this years Champion?
They are going lose their Kibbles and Bits when they
hear about this! It will be a few dog years before I
stop reminding them who the Champ is!
Well thank you so much for speaking with me today. Do
you have any closing remarks?
Like any pageant winner, I hope for world.JAYS
GOING TO GIVE ME A HOT DOG, I GOTTA GO!
Top: Pet Parade winner - Buttercup. Middle: Truman, the only
chicken in the competition. Bottom: Buttercup and Henry
checking out the competition.

Well there you have it folks. It was a great day here at


105 W. Capitol Avenue for both pet and human alike.
For pictures of the event, head over to our flickr page at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/modot/sets/72157658682123852.

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As always with MSECC, remember to check the event calendar for upcoming events at:
http://team/sites/msecc/default.aspx.
Dont miss out on any great opportunities to interact with your coworkers and donate!

Softball Tournament Results


by Amanda Woody
The results are in from the softball tournament. Eleven teams from around the state participated. The team names included:
The Hitmen, Southern Pride, Sliding Slabs, SL Bridge Demolition, Diamond Grinders, Divas, Achievas and Believas,
MoDOT Softball, Investigators, Accident Prone, KC Cartel and Tun Tuns.
It was a great day with beautiful weather. It was also a great opportunity for employees to interact with other employees
from around the state.
Sharon Golden threw the first pitch in the championship game between the Divas and KC Cartel. Roberta Broeker, Dennis
Heckman, Eileen Rackers and Brenda Morris were there also cheering on the teams!

1st Place Team: Divas, Achievas and Believas. Top row right to left: Kevin Kiesling, Kevin Arthaud, Kyle
Grayson, Bill Wilder, Eric Kopinski and Ryan Bernard. Middle row: Davin Greeno, Brad Roark and Doug
Hood. Bottom row: Amanda Woody and Megan Smith.

2nd Place Team: KC Cartel. Top row right to left: Blake Stephens, Josh Verdun and Brian Burger. Middle
row: Amber Burger, Billie Tucker, Mark Sommerhauser and Craig Holdeman. Bottom Row: Russ Brooks
and Taylor Hill.

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Building Security Reminder


by Tim Taylor
We have once again reached that time of year when the kids are back in school, football season is underway and the World
Series is quickly approaching. However, it also means we have less daylight time, and most of us will either be arriving or
leaving work when the sun is not up. Although we should always be vigilant against being victimized by crime, less
daylight means criminals have the aid of less light to carry out their criminal activity.
One of the best ways to avoid being assaulted, robbed or
worse by an attacker is advanced warning. Unfortunately,
whether we realize it or not, our own habits may increase the
opportunity for a criminal to commit a crime. Please read
these tips, and take them seriously - it could mean the
difference in being victimized and avoiding an attack or
robbery:
Dont use your electronic devices to text, read or
email while you are walking. This not only can
contribute to you tripping or slipping, it takes your
attention away from a potential attacker approaching
you.
Avoiding danger in the dark involves more than your
sight. Carefully listening to the sound of your
surroundings can assist you to hear approaching
footsteps a cough by an approaching person (you
dont see) the rustling of bushes or weeds as a potential attacker begins their approach or it could alert you to the
sounds of a co-worker being attacked.
Be observant of your surroundings BEFORE you enter them. Observing your surroundings before you enter means
you look ahead (and listen) to scan for any potential threatening person(s) or activity.
Dont get tunnel vision or be distracted thinking about other things. It is very difficult to be observant of your
surroundings when you are not looking around or not even thinking about what you need to do to more safely arrive
at your destination.
Look in your vehicle before you get in. Sadly, all too often the victims of crime fail to do this and are attacked when
they enter the vehicle.
It does not have to be dark for a criminal to target you, but the dark does make it easier for them so dont make it
any easier for them by your own actions (or inaction).
Anyone, whether a man or woman, big or small, well-trained or passive, can be the victim of a crime.
Stay safe at work, on your way to work, leaving work and away from work.
Finally, always remember that a secure workplace can be a safe workplace, but a workplace that is not secure cannot be a
safe workplace.

Central Office Happenings


Flu Shot Clinics
10/06/2015

105 West Capitol Ave


Room 100

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

10/07/2015

601 West Main Training


Room B

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

10/07/2015

830 MoDOT Drive


Blue Room

1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

10/09/2015

1617 Missouri Blvd


2nd Floor Conf. Room

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sign up by using this SharePoint link - Flu Shots


To reduce the wait time, up to 10 people will be scheduled every 15 minutes. Type your name in the location and time slot
you want. To protect your privacy, after you hit the refresh button your name will appear as XXXXXX, so be sure to write
down your date, time and location.
Some additional things to know:
All employees can participate
Employees with our medical insurance need to bring their insurance cards with them on the day of the shot.
Coventry will be billed directly and the shot will be paid at 100% under your preventive services. If you forget your
Coventry card you will have to pay $26 and then submit a claim form for reimbursement.
Employees not covered by our medical insurance will need to pay $26 to receive the shot. Payment is due at the
time of the shot. They will accept cash or checks.
You will need to fill out a consent form before you can receive the shot (it will be available at each location).
Hand Washing Guide
Healthy Habits Guide
For questions, contact Brook Luecke at 573-526-0138, Toll Free 877-863-9406 or Brook.Luecke@modot.mo.gov.

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Day of Remembrance
Across the 20 counties of Northwest Missouri, MoDOT employees
held ceremonies to honor our colleagues who have given their lives
in service to the State of Missouri. Members of the Northwest
District's leadership team paired up and traveled to each field office
and maintenance building for ceremonies and remembrances
throughout the day.

Districts
Northwest
Northeast

A small, quiet ceremony was also held at the district office led by
District Engineer Don Wichern and attended by many employees
and retirees. He reminded all of us to honor those we've lost and to
recommit to safety, so we never add another name to our
memorials.

Kansas City
Central
St. Louis

Though it has been more than 25 years since a Northwest District


employee passed away in the line of duty, several retirees shared
stories of working alongside some whose names are now on a
plaque hanging in the lobby of the district office.

Southwest
Southeast

May their sacrifice always be remembered.

Intermediate Maintenance Worker Shannon Wiley,


Maintenance Worker Devin Adams and Maintenance
Worker Bryson Allen from Tarkio Maintenance took a
moment to pause during their work day and
remember our fallen workers.

District Engineer Don Wichern led the ceremony at


the district office, backed by 18 channelizers and
hard hats with 18 roses on the memorial bench.

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The sun came out in time for the ceremony at the


district office, so many employees and retirees
sought the shade of trees during the solemn
ceremony.

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Child Passenger Safety Week


Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children one to 19 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented
by the proper use of car seats, boosters and seatbelts. However, seven out of 10 children are riding in an unsafe car seat.
Children ages two to five who skip the safety seat and just use a seatbelt are four times more likely to suffer a serious head
injury in a crash. These are staggering statistics, but we are working to change them through education efforts including car
seat checks.
Child Passenger Safety Liaison and Senior General Service Technician Lana Allen joined certified technicians to hold three
car seat checks in St. Joseph as part of Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 13-19. One check was held at the St. Joseph
Health Department, one at the St. Joseph Safety and Health Council and the final one, held on National Car Seat Check
Saturday, was in the parking lot of Lowe's Home Improvement Center. In total, 16 children are riding safer because of the
efforts of the 10 certified technicians and four new seats were given to families in need.
If you need a car seat checked, or if you're interested in becoming a certified child passenger safety technician, please
contact Lana Allen at Lana.Allen@modot.mo.gov or 816-387-2437.

Several certified child passenger safety technicians


were on hand during Child Passenger Safety Week to
check car seats at the St. Joseph Health Department.

For more info

Comments & Suggestions

Marcia Johnson
Communications Specialist
Northwest District
816.387.2495
Marcia.Johnson@modot.mo.gov

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

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St. Joseph, MO 64506-1399

Mission

To view or print other pages, click on the


links below:

Our mission is to provide a world-class


transportation experience that delights our
customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.

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A Tribute to Those No Longer Seen


In Silent Tribute is a poem written by a former
MoDOT employee in memory of fallen workers that is
read each year during the Day of Remembrance
ceremonies. It is etched in granite at the memorial site at
the district office in Hannibal.

Districts
Northwest

Using this poem as a foundation for our ceremonies, this


year the Northeast District modified its tribute by
creating a video featuring the poem and the fallen
workers and taking it out to the field.

Northeast
Kansas City
Central

Every employee on the MoDOT team in the Northeast


District was able to participate in his or her own work
unit on the Day of Remembrance this year.

St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

Because we have always had the ceremony midafternoon at the district and regional offices, it has been difficult for our field employees to attend, said Kevin James,
assistant district engineer.
Members of the Northeast Leadership team went to individual buildings the morning of Sept. 17 to lead a tribute to the 17
fallen employees from the district. In addition, the video was played, names of fallen workers were read, and a table top
memorial with the names of the fallen workers was left at each building.
The video was later shared on Facebook where it received more than 1,500 views and shared 46 times.
Ceremonies were still held around 1:31 p.m. at the District Office and Macon Regional Office, and several families of
fallen workers attended and placed flowers on the memorials as their loved ones names were read.
To view the Day of Remembrance video, click on the image above.

Around the District...

Families of fallen workers and northeast employees


gathered for a Day of Remembrance ceremony at the
Macon Regional Office. This ceremony was held
simultaneously as the one at the District Office in
Hannibal.

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Pictured are families of fallen workers that joined


employees at the District Office in Hannibal to
remember those lost in the line of service .

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A child safety seat check event was held Saturday at


Hannibal Medical Group in Hannibal. Technicians were
on hand to check seats, and free seats were made
available to those in need.

For more info

Comments & Suggestions

Marisa Ellison
Communications Manager
Northeast District
573.248.2502
Marisa.Ellison@modot.mo.gov

We would like to hear from you. Send comments


and suggestions to Tammy Wallace at
Tammy.Wallace@modot.mo.gov.

1711 S. Highway 61
Hannibal, MO 63401

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links below:

Mission
Our mission is to provide a world-class
transportation experience that delights our
customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.

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Kansas City Team Honors Fallen Workers,


Recommits to Safety
Last Thursday marked our third annual Day of Remembrance ceremony. After the first one -on the anniversary of Clifton Scott's death -- the state decided this was something we wanted
to do every year, come together to remember those who are no longer with us.
This year, Kansas City changed the way we conducted this event. We wanted to make sure we
held a moment of silence with as many employees as possible, so we hosted five separate
memorial services. We picked four central locations in the field and invited as many
employees as possible to attend the event. The final ceremony began at 131 -- to honor all of
our 131fallen coworkers -- at the district office.
We are grateful that we have not added another name to this memorial since 2012, when we
lost Clifton . But that isnt good enough.
We challenged employees at every event that day to make a personal commitment to do e v
berthing in our power to make sure no other employee is lost.
We must focus on safety at all times, in
everything we do. And we must dedicate
ourselves every single day to doing
whatever it takes so we, our coworkers and
our customers make it home safely.
Before we left these solemn events, we handed
out orange ribbons to everyone to wear as a
reminder of the importance of the sacrifice
these people made for our organization and as
a symbol that we will never forget them.
Check out photos from all the Day of Remembrance events around the district online. (internal link)

Maintenance Leading MoDOT Into the Future


Leadership That Matters was the topic of the workshop that recently brought together more than 80 Kansas City District
Maintenance supervisors, assistant supervisors, superintendents, crew leaders and other district personnel for a day of
training. Participants learned how to find new solutions to problems, eliminate tough challenges and improve results in their
work groups.
MoDOT Communications Director Fay Fleming led the interactive workshop where she discussed topics like How Leaders
are Made, the Importance of Good Leadership, How Great Leaders Lead, Personal Leadership Slogans, Key Traits of Great
Leaders and Your Leadership Commitment.
This was a day to deposit back into our maintenance leaders, said HR Manager Deborah Hogan. They give so much, they
were able to get away for a day and refuel with fresh ideas and new solutions and be inspired to continue be great leaders for
MoDOT.
Interactive exercises kept the crowd engaged and by the end of the day, many commented they felt better prepared to use
what they learned to improve themselves and help their co-workers. As learned at the workshop, some leaders are born and
some are made, but everyone has the potential to lead at some point and contribute.
"I believe it is always good when you can get superintendents, supervisors, assistant supervisors, and crew leaders together
for brain storming days," said Maintenance Supervisor for Striping and Signing Jeff Mays. "As leaders I think we get so
busy and disconnected from those doing all the work that we need days to share ideas on how to keep things fresh and how
to stay productive. I thought Fay did an outstanding job, and making us participate allowed us to learn and laugh at one
another to become better leaders."

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For more info

Comments & Suggestions

Melissa Black
Communications Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
Melissa.Black@modot.mo.gov
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

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Our mission is to provide a world-class
transportation experience that delights our
customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.

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September 24, 2015

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District Observes Day of Remembrance,


Breaks Ground on Fallen Worker Memorial

Districts

District Engineer David Silvester led a Day of


Remembrance ceremony on Sept. 17 to honor MoDOT
workers who died in service to the State of Missouri.

Northwest
Northeast
Kansas City
Central
St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

The ceremony included the posting of the colors by the


Lincoln University R.O.T.C.; a moment of silence
honoring all 131 fallen workers statewide; a reading of
the names of Central District fallen workers and a playing
of "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes by Roger Heard of
the Buchanan Highlanders Pipes and Drums Fraternal
Order of Police in St. Joseph.
The sacrifice of the workers we honor today is proof that
what we do every day can be very dangerous," said
Silvester. "Lets commit today to doing our best to never
add another name to our plaques and monuments. Every
day, lets pledge to make safety our highest priority and
do everything within our power so everyone goes home
safe.
A ground-breaking ceremony for the planned district
Fallen Workers Memorial was also held as part of the
observance. Families of district fallen workers were
recognized and participated in the ceremony. The
memorial was funded by employee donations and made
possible by the Transportation Employees Association of
Missouri and members of the Central District Activities
Committee.
The memorial was designed by a committee that solicited
input from district employees. Ideas from the input were
incorporated into the design. The goal is to complete
construction of the memorial by Dec. 1.
We are pleased to put the ball in motion to more formally recognize the fallen workers from the district, said
Silvester. Its great for us to be able to move ahead today with this fitting tribute. We thank everyone who has
participated in the process of making the vision of this project a reality."

More photos from the ceremony are below. High resolution photos of the ceremony can be found on the district's
Flickr page at the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/modot_central_district/albums/72157656677118093

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2015 Day of Remembrance Observance Video

Customer Sends Thank You Letter to District

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Comments & Suggestions

Sally Oxenhandler
Communications Manager
Central District
573-522-3375
Sally.Oxenhandler@modot.mo.gov

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Jefferson City, MO 65102

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September 24, 2015

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Day of Remembrance

Central Office

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Kansas City
Central
St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

SL district employees and some family members line up


at the TMC in the St. Louis district to depart in the Ride
for Remembrance to Jefferson City for the statewide Day
of Remembrance ceremony on Sept. 17.

Tom Blair, assistant district engineer, kicks off the Day of


Remembrance ceremony in front of the SL district office
at 1:31 p.m.

Joan Wieda (in blue) is honored with roses from the


district at the Day of Remembrance Ceremony. Wieda is
the widow of MoDOT Maintenance Superintendent
William Wieda, who lost his life in the line of duty in
1996.

Family members of fallen workers gathered with


employees honor their loved ones at the ceremony.

St. Louis Community Benefits


from Safety Fair
by Shaunda White
More than 100 children are now riding safer after their families participated in the annual Show Me Safety Fair this past
Saturday. The fair, held at Betty Jean Kerr Peoples Health Center on Delmar Blvd., was hosted by the Missouri Coalition
for Roadway Safety and its community partners to raise safety and health awareness in the St. Louis city community.

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MoDOT employees assist children with correctly adjusting


bike helmets. The bike helmets, along with other safety
items, were free to children who attended the safety fair.

Steve Lockett, (in blue) helps fair goers experience the


seat belt convincer. The convincer gives riders the
sensation of being in a 5 mph car accident.

During the fair, technicians provided on-site car seat checks and education to adult drivers. Car seats that were outdated or
on recall were replaced with new and updated car seats.
Children are our most precious cargo. We have a responsibility to the community to get recalled or unsafe car seats off the
road so that our children can get to their destinations safely, said Shirlyn Myles, Show Me Safety Fair facilitator.
This fair is part of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safetys initiative to reduce the number of roadway fatalities in
Missouri using education and outreach. It is also part of a continued effort to increase the percentage of child safety seat
usage in households through demonstration and care seat checks.
Other topics the fair focused on included:

Importance of seat belt usage


Hazards of distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol
Motorcycle safety
Health and vision screenings

Additional sponsors for the event included Kohls 4 Kids, Safe Kids, Cardinal Glennon, Missouri Care, Snapple and
QuikTrip.

St. Louis District Gives Back


Through Charities

The SL District CDT team reclaims the Softball Tournament


Champions title this year at Deer Creek park in Maplewood,
MO on Sept. 13. The softball tournament, organized by the
Voice of SL, raised nearly $1700. The proceeds will go
towards the districts charitable champaign.

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SL District employees get the chance to learn more about


MSECC organizations at the Charity Campaign Kick Off event
on Sept. 14. A MSECC pancake breakfast during the kickoff
raised more than $100 towards the districts' campaign.

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Comments & Suggestions

Marie Elliott
Communications Manager
St. Louis District
314-453-1807
Marie.Elliott@modot.mo.gov

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Chesterfield, MO 63017

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September 24, 2015

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Southwest District Day


of Remembrance

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Kansas City
Central
St. Louis
Southwest
Southeast

Southwest District Engineer Becky Baltz leads district


employees and family members of fallen workers
during the Day of Remembrance ceremony at the
District Office in Springfield.

Springfield Maintenance Crew Leader Ben Arnall


(center) accompanies John and Monica Slatten, the
parents of Joshua Slatten, as they place his name
placard during the Day of Remembrance ceremony.
Slatten was killed on the job in 2008.

Springfield Assistant Maintenance Supervisor Stan


Jovich places a name placard at the districts
memorial for fallen workers during the Day of
Remembrance ceremony.

Southwest District employees, Highway Patrol


Troopers and family members gather outside the
District Office in Springfield to honor fallen workers
during the Day of Remembrance ceremony.

Members of the Springfield Central High School Kiltie


Drum & Bugle Corps play "Amazing Grace" on
bagpipes during the Day of Remembrance ceremony
at the Southwest District office in Springfield.

Senior Communications Specialist Angela Eden


(right) works with Southwest District employees
participating in the Day of Remembrance ceremony
on how they will place name placards during the
ceremony.

Southwest District Honors


Fallen Workers

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by David Mitchell
The Southwest District joined the rest of the state to remember and honor
MoDOT's 131 fallen workers during Day of Remembrance ceremonies on
Sept.17.
As part of the Day of Remembrance observance, members of the
Districts management team fanned out across the district to lead services
at each of the maintenance shops and field offices in the morning,
followed by a district wide ceremony held outside the District Office in
Springfield in the afternoon.

The Southwest District remembers


its 22 fallen workers with this
memorial.

District Engineer Becky Baltz led employees and family members of


fallen workers through the commemoration which also featured the
playing of the hymn Amazing Grace on bagpipes by members of the
Springfield Central High School Kiltie Drum & Bugle Corps.

Since 1932, the first year the name of a


Southwest District worker killed on the job is
recorded, 22 employees have died in the line of
duty.
During the ceremony, the name of each fallen
worker was read and a current employee and/or
family members placed a placard in front of a
memorial.
Monett Maintenance Supervisor Bryan Ozbun
also led a prayer for the fallen workers.
This is the third year for the Day of
Remembrance observance.

Click the above image to view a video of the Southwest


District's Day of Remembrance observance.

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Jennifer Williams
Communications Manager
Southwest District
417.895.7713
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September 24, 2015

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St. Louis
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Southeast

Day of Remembrance
Honoring Our Fallen Coworkers
Whether its a long term lane closure, a moving
operation, or shoulder work, working on Missouris
roadway can be a dangerous job. Sadly, 16 Southeast
District employees have lost their lives in the line of
duty.
During MoDOTs Day of Remembrance held Sept. 17,
SE employees honored their memories and sacrifices
with two ceremonies held at the Sikeston District Office
and Willow Springs Regional Office.
Maintenance Superintendents Rick Russell and Lonnie
Chambers gathered employees at the memorial gardens
for a brief speech and read the names of the SE fallen
workers. A moment of silence was held prior to the
balloon release.
Photos from the events are available at:
www.flickr.com/photos/modot_se.
The following SE fallen workers were honored during
the ceremonies:

Johnny Hays
Bob Eftink
Gerald T. Lizotte
Dennis R. Hayes
Garry L. Farrenburg
George "Bud" Whited
Dennis C. Evans
Homer L. Bratton

To conclude the SE Districts Day of Remembrance ceremonies, a


moment of silence was held for MoDOTs fallen workers followed
by a balloon release. The release 16 balloons represented the
Southeasts 16 workers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Hurshel Tanner
Curtis J. Mullins
Ellis Suggs
James R. Brannock
Irvin C. Cudworth
Silas Underwood
Archie Goode
Perry Barks

Southeast District Helps Save Lives


The Southeast District recently hosted two blood drives for the
American Red Cross.
The first blood drive was held in Willow Springs at the Regional
Office on Sept. 1, and featured a Rock N Roll Up Your Sleeves
theme. Donators were encouraged to dress as a rock star as they
helped in this life saving effort.
The following door prizes were awarded: Jody Mills (1st Place)
The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chris Rutledge (2nd Place)
Hearts Greatest Hits and Jeremy Crudgington (3rd Place) The
Best of Aerosmith. The American Red Cross collected 20 units
during this event.
On Sept. 3, a second blood drive was held in Sikeston at the
District Office. Twenty-six donors presented with 23 units
collected.
With a total of 43 units collected, these donations could save up to
129 lives.
Thanks to Senior Administrative Technician Lisa Cook and Senior
Customer Service Representative Barbara Conner for their efforts
to coordinate the events, as well as all of the participating donors!
Photo (left)-Senior Customer Service Representative Barb Conner,
or Janis Joplin as she was known at the Willow Springs Blood
Drive, helped motivate employees to participate in this important,
lifesaving event!

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