Volume 3, Issue 1

January thru March 2010

2010 D&I Mission Statement: “Simply educating the innocent mind to accept and understand the differences between each and every one of us. To help us all get closer to that never ending finish line of continuous improvement.”

As you can tell from our recent work schedules 2010 is off to a much stronger start than 2009. April volume has been strong, and even with a week of no vessels arrivals in May (due to the TMC Golden Week Holiday) the business and sales outlook remain optimistic. As we reflect on the first quarter of 2010 we should all take great pride in achieving the 100% PQSS Quality Audit Score - CONGRATULATIONS!!! Our Recycling Program continues to prove very successful in reducing the amount of trash we send for incineration or to a landfill, and this program was instrumental in our winning the 2009 TMS ECO 'Duff Environmental Achievement Award" - a great accomplishment!. Your continued support in using the waste stream containers properly is a key component of this ongoing success story. On the activities side thanks to all who participated (or came to watch) the soccer game earlier this month, a fun event for all! A special thanks to those substitutes who came in for me when I started gasping for breath after running up and down the field a few times! I look forward to participating with you in the bowling tournament on April 23. I especially appreciate the attentiveness shown during our presentation of the 2009 Associate Opinion Results. I take these results very much to heart, and commit to working with you over the coming months to better understand the issues identified. Together we will find ways to address these concerns and improve the working environment by strengthening communication efforts and continuing to build solid relationships.


MILESTONES! More than 10 years
Last Name First Name Years
Vargas Roper Garcia Terrell Estrada Madrigal Pena Ortiz Uribe Ofoia Tiamzon Romero Guerrero Walker Aguilar Daniel Juanita Araceli Denise Guadalupe Johnny Maria Oscar Pedro Esther Gilbert Octavio Martin Robert Rosa Paul Jose Brenda Francis Malinda Prestine Ronald Roberto Kimberly Terrell Marie Stephen Celinda Joseph 10 10 12 13 14 14 14 14 14 19 19 19 20 20 20 21 23 24 24 24 24 24 25 26 26 29 30 32 33

-Audie R. Freeman

Timbo Slice

Mike Henritze

Linda Weick

G. Lewis

Khiev Rojas

Tamela Thomas Derrick Wafer Francisco Ruiz Sammy Floyd Octavio Zambrano Young Suh Nam Yi Tito Herrera Vladimir Popov Jose Fierros Danny Vargas

Kathy Gomez Ryeo Shim Octavio Romero Dan Santoro Jose Urzua Jose Rojas Cynthia Alailefaleula Ned Salcido Rigo Ontiveros Cindy Goff
“Candid Communication: Fosters a collaborative work environment that promotes sharing of ideas, perspectives and resolutions. Expresses ideas clearly and directly; applies straight talk constructively; communicates openly and honestly; listens carefully and respects different viewpoints.”

“Honesty & Integrity: Demonstrates sincere and respectful communication with internal and external customers. Keeps commitments; fosters work relationships built on mutual trust and professional integrity.

Fernandes Worsham Stegall Michaelis Lares Burnett Talley Rodriguez Jones Goff Baca

Congratulations to all of those nominated by their fellow associates in the most recent Toyota Way promotion.

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Champions for Diversity and Inclusion Series 17 graduated March 10, 2010. The lists of current graduates are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Kathy Villareal-Almarez Indrani Basu Monier Buckeridge Ken Camarillo John De Biasio Jeifrem Hall Angie Hayden Michael Johnson Rafael Juarez

The five day experience at the Champions 17 training was awesome. I learned a lot about myself and more about how to recognize the many differences we share to foster a cooperative community that values and respects each other. In the 2nd session I learned the tools to apply better communication skills as well as techniques to be more proactive in the identification of any potential rising issues. Champions 17 graduates and the consultants are now another family I identify with. -Jeifrem “Big J” Hall Kareem Myers The diversity and inclusion champions’ training was stupendous. It enhanced my ability to cope with many situations that arise in the everyday Diverse work place, it provided me with tools of knowledge which I will embrace for the rest my life. I went in to this training feeling like the #1 contender but little did I know that I would come out of this session a Champion. I would like to thank every one involved in making this happen, from TLS management to the kind people in the University of Toyota. -Jesus “Chuy” Magana Vicky Olsen & Indrani Basu

Big J receives his diploma.

John S., Dave, & Lee

10. Brian Lieberson 11. Christopher Louis 12. Jesus "Chuy" Magana 13. Kareem Myers 14. Stefanie Oda 15. Rieko Okawa 16. Vicky Olsen 17. John Spratley 18. Oscar Vasquez 19. Dave Von Hoene 20. Lee West 21. Frank Wilkins

Ken, Oscar, & Brian.

John D. B., Kathy, Rieko, & Angie.

Through attending the Diversity and Inclusion Champion's Training, I've been able to further We were lucky to have exunderstand and am committed to ecutives such as Jane Beseda, Jim Colon and Anthony Salcido share some our Diversity & Inclusion managetime with Champions 17, despite the ment objectives. I have been enercurrent crisis Toyota is experiencing. gized and motivated by an environTheir message was simple: use the ment that encourages Associates tools you receive during Champions to leverage one another’s uniqueeducation to create and foster an incluness in order to fully contribute to sive work environment, particularly during these difficult times. As Champi- the success of the business. And finally, it helps Associates underons, you are every day heroes and leaders who will help us move forward. stand that we do what is best for Remember to use the tools such as: the company by doing what is best Inclusive Behaviors, Candid Communi- for one another.
cation. LCS and "Pinch" with your internal and external customers. Please be sure to reach out to the graduates of Champions 17 and make them feel welcome. -Jennifer “Jae” Pi’ilani Requiro

Rafael, Frank & Chuy.

-Monier Buckeridge Sheri Contreras & Jae Requiro

Michael, Christopher, & Stefanie.


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Source: Pasadena Star-News
By Brian Day, Staff Writer

Saturday's parade included two community grand marshals.

They were Gregory Mosley, whose community involvement includes the Robinson Park Master Plan Committee, the PASADENA - Thousands of people from W.D. Edson Neighborhood Improvement all walks of life gathered to celebrate and honor African-American heritage Saturday Association, the Pasadena YMCA and Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Serat Pasadena's 28th Annual Black History vices; and Juanita West- Tillman, whose Parade. been involved with many local voter regMarching bands, drum squads, equestrian istration drives and organizations such as teams and other entries began their march the Pasadena NAACP, the Pasadena at Charles White Park and finished at Rob- Council of Women's Clubs and John Muir High School's Mentoring & Partnership inson Park, where a community festival The Pasadena Cowgirls and Drum Squad march in for Youth Development program. awaited visitors. Pasadena's 28th annual Black History Parade Char Bland of Pasadena brought her daughter and three of her grandchildren to the festivities, and said she was thrilled to see diverse groups represented in the parade. "It was nice to see browns, blacks and Caucasians come together ... to celebrate Black History Month," she said. Her grandson, 10-year-old Caleb Bryant, marched in the parade with his Boy Scout troop. He said it was fun, but tiring. Bland's granddaughter, 9-year-old Carlita Bryant, said her favorite parade entry was the traditional Mexican Folklorico dancers. "I liked it when the girls came out in all the colorful dresses," she said. The drum quads in the parade were a popular attraction, and John Muir High School's Mustangs Drum Section earned a first-place trophy from parade judges. Head drummer Adrianna Collins, 16, said she was proud of her team's accomplishment. "It was a lot of work," she said. "We had a lot of practices."
down Fair Oaks Boulevard in Pasadena Saturday morning. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

tion of race-relations for the better. "We've seen the growth, he said. "I love it. It's a beautiful thing." Callum added that he believes it's important to remember and contemplate the past, and the Black History Parade is a great way to do it.

The Mustang's Drum Section is open not "Without our history, we wouldn't be here only to Muir High School students, but to today," he said. any interested youths 13 or older, members said. Adult almuni return as instructors to keep the tradition of the drum squad alive. Pasadena resident Brent Campbell said he enjoyed the feeling of community at Saturday's event.

An estimated 2,000 people lined up along the parade route Saturday morning, and "I'm glad to see everybody get together, all 1,000 to 1,500 attended the festival afterwards, said Ronnie Wynn of the Pasadena the races get together, to have a good time," he said. Department of Public Works. The festival featured live music, food ven- Cousins and lifelong Pasadena residents dors and a host of informational booths set Stacy Triplett, Keith Callum and Dwaine Ball said they've been attending the paup by community organizations. rade for decades. The grand marshals for the parade were Triplett said in their 50 or so years in KTLA television journalists Michaela the city, they've witnessed the evoluPereira and Gayle Anderson.

Dr. Martin Luther King

Jennifer “Jae” Pi’ilani Requiro hosted the Black History Month parade in Pasadena on February 20, 2010 with radio personality Roland Bynum from 102.3 RadioFree KLJH. Ms. Requiro is a Manager for the Diversity Consulting & Inclusion Strategies for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

“Value, Respect and Genuine Support for all Individuals: Consistently supports the Toyota Way by promoting a collaborative and inclusive work environment. Recognizes the importance of diversity in the workplace and encourages work professionalism and work excellence.”

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Joe Baca has an interesting hobby. He is an avid comic book collector. Joe who is the body shop team lead (an employee of Toyota for 33 years) and the oldest of two children, became fascinated with comic books at the early age of 8 years old. Introduced to him by his father in the early 1950’s when he use to take them to movie festivals that showed movies like Superman, Captain America, and Batman. In those days it use to cost only ten cents a week to watch the cliff hangers. That’s how the comic book collecting began.

many collections his 1961 original fantastic 4 is his most prized possession. Mr. Baca had been collecting throughout the “Golden Age” (1930’s - 1953) and the “Silver Age” (1954 - 1980’s) of comic books. Joe collects both DC comics as well as Marvel but favors the Marvel Universe more.

Married in 1976 Joe continued to hold on to his collection. Knowing he would never sell them he and his wife would later be blessed with a son. Now someone to As a child going through junior high pass down his collection to. Later at the and high school Joe would trade things such very same age, his son would share the same passion. Joe has been going to comic as a spy ring to buy more comic books. He book conventions since 1986. Yet he has had learned at an early age the value of comic books. Superman and the Fantastic 4 only missed two years, Joe’s once 5 cent comic books are worth much much more became some of his favorite characters alnow. Could Joe have known this all along? though his personal favorite started back in 1960 when he found himself identifying with -Byron Barnes Sr. the “loner” persona of “Spiderman”. Of his

“Team Work: Shows respect and provides support to accomplish business goals. Takes ownership of work; shares knowledge and stimulates work environment; and encourages positive interaction and mentors others.”

L to R: Victor Ibarra, Jerald Todd, and Victor Alvarez seen above posing with their marathon medals.

Jerald Todd, 52 has been working with the Los Angeles Marathon for 17 years as a Production Consultant. One of the best decisions Jerald made in 2008 was to run the marathon for the first time. On March 21, 2010, the LA Marathon celebrated their 25th Anniversary. After a year of not running, the marathon was an athletic challenge for the full-time employee of Toyota Logistic Services; the marathon moved its route from the flat surfaces of downtown Los Angeles to the scenic route of the Hollywood Hills. Jerald again, participated for his second year, crossing the finish line in 6 hours, 30 minutes along with co-workers and friends, Victor Alvarez and Victor lbarra. He hopes that the staff and employees at Toyota will participate as well as sponsor the marathon in 2011. After the thrill of running on the 25th anniversary, it will be no surprise to see Jerald working for and running in next year’s LA Marathon. -Jerald Todd


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Thank you guys for keeping me in your prayers! God has done a huge miracle in me that it will be a testimony to everyone. I was diagnosed with cancerous tumor in my brain. I passed through a lot but God always gave me faith and strength to keep going ahead. God is huge! I always knew he was greater than the tumors that were in my brain. I thank God because this brought me a huge step closer to him. I want to thank all of you guys for your prayers and especially brothers John Rosas, Fran Fernandez and Esteban Guerra for always keeping up the same faith. Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace upon him, and by his wounds are healed.” Sincerely, Esteban Guerra, Jose Urzua, John Rosas, Fran Fernandez, and Samuel Briseno. Jazmine Urzua and the Urzua Family.
“Performance Excellence: Strives to consistently exceed expectations in all aspects of work performance. Accepts personal accountability for work quality; manages cost and seeks opportunity for productivity improvement; actively listens and accept constructive feedback from supervisors and peers “

Jazmine Urzua

Red Cross recognizes TLS with the

“Community Service Award”
“Its important to help others less fortunate for at least a couple of hours out of your life.”
drive itself and also the toy pick up. Jenny has been involved with the toy drive since the beginning. Also thanks to Denise Terrell who has also helped out over the years. Denise has helped at the event in the past and also does toy shopping yearly. Thanks to Axel Hobson and Art Lopez for picking up toys and delivering them to the events at both Silverado Park in Long Beach, and Grape Day Park in Cerritos. The Red Cross awarded TLS with the “Community Service Award” for all its great work with the Toy Drive and recognized Art Lopez in particular, for 10 years working towards giving back to the community. “Its important to help others less fortunate for at least a couple of hours out of your life.” says Mr. Lopez. Last but of course not least thanks to Audie Freeman for letting us stay involved in this wonderful event!!! -Art Lopez

Denise Terrell, Audie Freeman, Art Lopez, Patty McGarvey and the Priya Sodha (Red Cross Volunteer Youth coordinator)
Again, last year TLS Long Beach associates had made hundreds of children happy. These children are chosen by the Red Cross through different organizations and schools. If it wasn’t for the generosity of all of the individuals and companies many of these children may not have a Christmas at all. I hope you all feel good that we are fortunate enough to help out others. Especially the children!!! Very special thanks to Patty McGarvey, and her granddaughter Kailey for attending the event. Patty and Kailey got to help kids to decorate cookies and enjoy making Christmas crafts. The kids at the event also got a chance to visit with Santa! A big thank you also needs to go out to Jenny Tussey who coordinates with the Red Cross every year. Jenny coordinates the toy

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A Safety Message from Gary Roqué EH&S Administrator
TLS-Long Beach wins the 2010 TMS EHS “Road Since 2007, TMS Environmental, HazMat & Safety (EHS) group has sponsored the Road to the Final to the Final Four” (RTFF) Contest Four Contest. The contest is comprised of headThe third time getting to the Final Four was the to-head competition spanning three rounds, 24 facharm for the TLS-Long Beach Road Runners as cilities, and all aspects of environmental, hazmat winners of the Duff Environmental Achievement and safety action. Facilities gain points by performAward (DEAA) trophy (named in honor of Bill Duff, ing kaizens, outreach, and a wide array of other retired Corporate Manager-TMS ECO, by present- activities. This contest provides TMS facilities the ing a successful recycling kaizen, “Continuously opportunity to show off their achievements while Improving Production Waste Management and Re- learning from the accomplishments of others. cycling”. This kaizen used a waste stream analysis to identify PPO shop recycling opportunities, then The DEAA trophy is on display in the Main Adminiengaged departments and associates to develop stration Building Lobby. It is made of 100% recyjob-specific collection programs and align their ef- cled Toyota automotive parts and represents TMS' forts to TLS Corporate Key Performance Indicators highest honor to recognize outstanding environmental health & safety stewardship. TLS-Long (KPI). Beach will possess the DEAA Trophy for a period of This presentation was voted as “Best EHS Kaizen” one (1) year, so at the Final Four competition by the 24 TMS facili- please feel free to ties who participated. view the trophy next time you're in the Main To qualify for this year’s Final Four competition, Administration Lobby. TLS-Long Beach developed, implemented and Congratulations, Road shared a record-breaking 11 Kaizens, as well as set Runners. We Did It! a qualifying round record 90-points. TLS-Long Beach also set an RTFF record with 222-points -Gary Roqué overall for the three (3) round competition.

A Health Message from Charlie Albidres RN, OHN
Type 2 Diabetes? Type 2 diabetes, often called non-insulin dependent diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90% - 95% of the 23.6 million children and adults in the United States. Men: 12.0 million or 11.2% of all men aged 20 years or older have diabetes Women: 11.5 million or 10.2% of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes Race and ethnic differences in prevalence of diagnosed diabetes Blindness Prevention • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of • Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk for type 2 blindness among adults aged 20–74 years. diabetes and heart disease. Nervous system disease (Neuropathy) • About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage. Symptoms *

Buy leaner meats (such as chicken, turkey, and lean cuts of pork or beef such as sirloin or chuck roast) and lower fat dairy products (like low-fat or skim milk and yogurt). Buy whole grain breads and cereals. Save money by buying less soda, sweets and chips or other snack foods. Activity—walking, using the stairs, moving around—throughout the day Aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, swimming, or dancing Strength training, like lifting light weights Flexibility exercises, such as stretching

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Frequent urination Unusual thirst Extreme hunger Unusual weight loss Extreme fatigue and Irritability Frequent infections

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6.6% of non-Hispanic whites 7.5% of Asian Americans 11.8% of non-Hispanic blacks 10.4% of Hispanics


• Blurred vision Heart disease and stroke • Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults with- • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal out diabetes. • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet • The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes. Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

* If you have any of these symptoms please see your doctor for a diabetic evaluation. To read and learn more about diabetes visit the American Diabetes Association at www.Diabetes.org.


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Christmas Eve 2009, end of the year rush at TLS. Production was still going strong through the holiday, only this day was special… It was the final hours of work on a beautiful day as a light breeze gently carried a bouquet of bright colored balloons. Several people spotted these balloons as they slowly drifted towards our facility from the south end. A pulling-side team lead radios, “J do you see those balloons?” From the parking side I spot the balloons slowly descending towards the trucker lanes. As I am driving to the area, the balloons somehow got tangled to the passenger-side mirror of the yard vehicle. Thinking nothing of it, I untangled them from the mirror and stuffed them in the passenger-side floor board area. Driving back to dispose of them I noticed that there were 3 greeting cards attached to the balloon ribbons. I sought others for their advice on what I should do with the cards and the bouquet of balloons. After reading to whom they were addressed we decided to let this bouquet continue on it course to their destination. Olga Lara assisted in an attempt to release the bouquet. We tried to throw them as high as we could but they kept landing at their destination… here at TLS Long Beach. What followed was one of the most memorable charity events I have ever been a part of. To the left you can see what was written in the 3 mysterious cards. Immediately after reading these cards, word got out. Many people, including myself, felt very compassionate. Peoples hearts really opened and showed there true character. I was amazed at how fast the donations were coming in. The time was now 2:15 pm and donations were starting to build. By 3:30 pm I had well over $200.00 overflowing from a small envelope from one of the cards marked, “To God”. Many people asked me to bring the envelope back after the holidays because they didn’t have money at the time. When all donation were in, TLS Long Beach generously raised $327.00. The sender had left an address in one of the cards. I was so excited to deliver this heartfelt gift to this

family in need. Olga, Jose Urzua, his daughter and I all took the time and effort to find this family. We searched five days and we could not find this address. A family in the neighborhood was very kind when they invited me in their home to help me Google the address. We research the address to discover that this address was somehow skipped on their street. I was determined to find this home, so I knocked on at least 10 neighboring addresses. Everyone I spoke to on that street was moved by the story. One neighbor even offered to publish the story in the local news paper. After several day of intense searching, many associate decided to donate all this money to a charity. By this time there had been a terrible earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti. Horrible images overtook our televisions. Toyota took action and offered to match our donations, dollar for dollar to any of three organizations. With help from “Lil Cindy” we took a census and decided to split the donation amount in three ways. Patty McGarvey and Debbie Sotelo helped with the Toyota contacts at the Credit Union. American Red Cross: $109.00,Doctors Without Borders: $109.00 and Save The Children: $109.00. Grand Total: $654.00 (after Toyota matched dollar for dollar) Unfortunately, I haven’t found nor heard from the family. But I did find many warm-hearted people that I’m proud to work with. Some say this was a joke and we got fooled, I say this was a prayer and it got answered. -Jonathan Galvan

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We all hear so many sad stories of animal abuse of pit Always having a soft spot for a stray animal Deb- bulls being forced to fight and kill one another, of pets left outbie Sotelo is always the first side to suffer through the coldest and hottest of days, of dogs and cats left behind to die when their owners move and of the person we think of when millions of unstray animals find there way that to our facility. Debbie has “Don’t buy pets from Pet Stores if wanted pets at are dumped been with TLS for 33 years you don’t have to. You can find now and worked in many animal shelters; pure bred animals everywhere where they’re departments such as Shuttle, Expeditor (Tagger), Quality, that need a good home that have often euthanized before they can and various accessories already been either spayed or find new families. shops. Her current position neutered for any and every breed is Administrative Specialist. Organiimaginable.” zations such as There have been Hearts for Hounds (Peanuts’ previous home), Pups and Pals stray dogs running across and Seal Beach Animal Center are just a few of the companies the yard, a litter of kittens she deals with to help find homes for strays. “Don’t buy pets born under the parts dock, from Pet Stores if you don’t have and once a baby owl was to. You can find pure bred anifound in the car wash. mals everywhere that need a Through the years she has found homes for several stray pets, including the homes of TLS good home that have already been either spayed or neutered associates she had persuaded to adopt. for any and every breed imaginDebbie has two pets of her own, a cat named “Inky” and able.” says Debbie Sotelo. a dog named “Peanut”. -Brenda Lopez

On February 3rd, the men of TLS Long beach engaged in a challenge to find the “Biggest Loser” of the facility. The contest was set for a period of two months that would end on April 2nd. There were 17 participants of the TLS-LB men’s “biggest loser” contest. The winner of the contest would be determined by the associate who had the highest percentage of weight loss at the end of the 2 month period. Many people entered the contest and soon discovered that they can learn to eat better, live healthier, and have a renewed passion for physical fitness.

fools” joke on me by announcing Keith as the winner, and I totally fell for it. Good one guys. Overall the TLS-LB men lost a combined weight of over 200 lbs. Final Results: 1stplace Kenny Sessions 29lbs. 11.79% 2nd. Place Reyes Jauregui 18lbs. 9.09% 3rd. place Derick Wafer 7lbs. 8.50%

There is still an ongoing TLS-LB “Women’s” Biggest Loser contest (3 Jesus “Big Chuy” Magana won the “half-way point” weigh in on month period) that will end on May 3rd and the results of that contest Mar 5th, with a total percent weight will be posted in the next issue of loss of 8.39% followed by Derick the Roadrunner’s Review. Hang in Wafer with an 8.0% weight loss. there ladies and good luck! On April 2nd (the final -Kenny Sessions weight in) the winner of the “Biggest Loser” contest was none other than Kenny Sessions (me) with an amazing 11.79% total weight loss; however before I could declare my winning achievement, Charlie Albidres & Keith Sample had got together earlier that day to play a little “April


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Gerardo Garcia

Mike Ibarra

Alfonso Sanchez

Jeifrem “Big J” Hall

Alfonso checks everyone in.

Octavio R., Dean W., Luis G.

later Alfonso organized a 2nd paintball On January 30, 2010 Alfonso Sanchez organized a Paintball event for event. The rule was “RAIN or SHINE” TLS associates that was held at the Jun- the game is on! Oh boy did it rain. It gle Island facility in Temecula, CA. Eve- rained so much everyone was drenched ryone signed in and was ready to play by after the first field of play (THE CASTLE). 9am that morning. You could just smell It was very impressive to see the types of equipment some of the “Die-Hard” paintthe adrenaline in the air from all the excitement exploding from their pores. ballers were using. Some had custom People were not just here to play, they made guns, cool tactical vest, and even precision paintballs. Who knew paintball came to win. Just about everyone was dressed in camouflage, some in the jun- was such an advanced sport. There has since been at least 3 gle type, some in the other paintball trips desert type and the to other facilities as rest in jeans & long “Thanks to Audie for I can’t sleeved sweaters. helping out and hope to well andthe nextwait Anything to help to go to one see management on improve your chance in May 2010. A speof survival...from the next paintball trip.” cial thanks to Albeing shot with fonso for organizing the event and TLS paintballs. Many for the continuous support of activities brought friends and family to join in the fun. I have to say as a “first timer” to the such as these to bring associates towhole paintball scene even I had a blast gether outside the work place. . “Thanks (no pun intended). Don’t get me wrong, to Audie for helping out and hope to see it does “sting” pretty good when you get management on the next paintball trip” hit. When lunch break was announced says Alfonso Sanchez. on the loud speaker everyone shared chips, sandwiches, and even fresh pizza Great job Alfonso and I look forward to purchased at the site. It was a lot of fun. the next paintball event. So much fun that no more than 3 weeks -Jeifrem “Big J” Hall

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kles was tied down to the limit by big Chuy. That made the game an even match leaving the responsibility of the game up for grabs. Long stalls No it wasn’t the famous 40 days and 40 had the lead in the 1st and Lexus led at the half nights of NBA playoffs nor was it NCAA March and part of the 3rd quarter, in the 4th it was inMadness, but it was Toyota’s long awaited detense the Lakers had a slight lead but let it slip partment vs. department Basketball tourney on towards the end resulting in a loss to the th Presidents Day, February 15 2010. There were Champs, The Long Stall players Rudy Alamillo, three teams: The Lexus Lakers, The Long stall Mike Ybarra, Angelo M and Louie Fierros conCavs and The Team Lead Spurs. In the first tributed to the Cavs victory of 32-29. match up the Cavs Derek Wafer aka King Wrinkles was unstoppable against the unorganized Special thanks goes out to Audie Freeman, Lakers. It seemed like every shot the Long Stall Debbie Sotelo, Daniel Wood, and Derick Wafer associates took went in and no matter how for making this B-Ball Tournament happen. much Eric-Gasol Hernandez, Jo Jo Santos or lil -Jesus “Chuy” Magana fish Mike Naea tried, it just wasn’t enough. Lexus lost to Long stalls 36-21.


In game two, Audie’s Team lead Spurs got a chance at the hated Cavaliers, King Wrinkles was completely shut down by agile Ernesto Villegas. Dan Wood from the Spurs had a great game, but once again the talented bench from the Cavs was too much to handle, Gera Garcia and Donato Ramirez teamed up to put the Spurs away for good. The final Score was 3523. Game three was an elimination round between the Lexus Lakers and the ‘Team lead’ Spurs. Once again Dan “the man” Woods was unrelenting along with Danny Vargas, Reyes Jauregui, Joseph Lee and Candy Hart. The Lakers Bounced back from that game 1 loss with Big Chuy-West giving a good run. Ernesto Palomares along with the energetic Jerald Todd, Jose Plascencia and Big Game Dave had such a huge contribution to the Lakers victory of 38-27.

“Continuous Learning and Improvement: Supports Toyota’s guiding principles by adapting to business strategies and practices. Supports commitment to change for processes and practices that no longer meets business objectives; applies changes as an opportunity to improve efficiency and productivity.”

Check out the Vertical Lift! Why has he not been drafted by the NBA yet?

The final match was once again between the Lakers and Cavs, and once again King Wrin-

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Bowling Tournament April 23, 2010 Ping Pong Tournament (TBA) Day at the Shooting Range (TBA) 5th Paintball Event (May 2010) Golf Tournament (TBA) Sign up with your Diversity & Inclusion Committee if interested in Organizing or Participating in the above mentioned events.

Road Runner’s Review TLS-Long Beach 785 Edison Ave. LB, CA 90813
January thru March 2010 The purpose of the “Road Runner’s Review” is to better serve the associates by providing positive reinforcements through better communication. This was a project of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee to help promote communication between management & associates. Let this be an associates forum to help express and recognize the achievements and share ideas at TLS to create a better work environment. Questions, Comments, Concerns, News, Achievements, Recipes, even Ideas to make this Newsletter better are greatly appreciated and encouraged. Please forward any of the above in writing to any member of the Diversity & Inclusion Team for consideration or send an email to: Cesar Giron Administration Manager cesar_giron@toyota.com

D&I Committee Advisor Bradley Allen Chairperson Brenda Lopez* Editor In Chief Jeifrem Hall* Members Cesar Giron Monier Buckeridge* Byron Barnes Jesus Magana* Oralia Robles Gerardo Mata Kenny Sessions* Jeifrem Hall* Irma Serrano Patty McGarvey* Axel Hobson* Daniel Wood Art Lopez* Patty McGarvey* Photographs by Jeifrem Hall* Kenny Sessions*


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Olga’s SPECTACULAR Spinach Dip Recipe

Rated 4 Stars by Big “J”

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1/4 tsp pepper 1 clove garlic, crushed.

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2 packages (10 oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed. 1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts, drained & finely chopped. 1 cup sour cream 1 cup plain yogurt 1 cup finely chopped green onions (9 medium). 2 tsp chopped fresh or 1/2 tsp dried tarragon leaves. 1/2 tsp salt

* Sheep herders bread, sourdough bread or raw veggies 4 dipping. Instructions: 1. 2. 3. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach until it is dry. Mix spinach with remaining ingredients in glass or plastic bowl. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors. Serve and Enjoy.

Rated 4 Stars by Big “J”

Rafael’s FINGER LICKING Chicken Fingers!
Cooking Instructions:

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Cut chicken breast into small strips (like fingers) Add season salt and black pepper to taste. In a medium sized bowl add 2 cups of butter milk in the bowl. On a separate large plate add 2 cups of flour. Dip a strip into the buttermilk. Cover the strip with flour. On a separate clean plate place all coated strips of chicken.

In a sauté pan you add cooking oil (any type of cooking oil will do. Grape oil recommended). Make sure the oil is nice and heated. Cook until crispy and brown. Enjoy with a tasty ranch or any kind of dipping sauce.

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