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Concerned Auto Recyclers of Wisconsin is our state association for professionals in the automotive recycling industry. It is the only state association specifically designed to increase the efficiency and profitability of business in the automotive dismantling and recycling industry, while continuing to preserve and protect our environment.

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From the Secretary’s Desk
By Sandy Dumke

Welcome to summer in Wisconsin. After this last year it seems exciting to see businesses open more and more every week. We all had problems with the COVID 19 pandemic. It was either trying to protect our families and employees or making sure the customers that come in the door were also safe. Some of our yards had to close for various reasons. Owners had to work extra hours if employees could not come to work. At the same time, they had to worry about their families. Were the kids able to go to school or home school them. I am happy I do not have any school age kids because I would be completely lost to try to find things to teach. I hardly made it through high school but to try to teach would be a project I do not think I could do. School is so much different from when I went to school. All you people that were in school in the 60’s will understand what I am talking about.

Another problem we have is getting new employees. Everyone is advertising for help wanted. The people that do come in are not qualified to work in a salvage yard. They might be able to change their oil but have no idea what is involved in dismantling a vehicle. It takes a special person to be a salesperson or work in the offices. Training these possible employees is a whole different problem. I feel a lot of the problem is also some people would rather stay home and wait for the government to send them a check. Years ago, people were proud to be working and supporting their family. Things have changed.

In other news from the CARS board, they have decided that more can be accomplished by having a face-to-face board meeting. They decided to have a meeting in Waupaca for the August meeting. So, we will start off on August 14th at the Fox Fire golf club at 8:00AM with a 9-hole golf game. Then we will go to the Ramada Motel for a lunch and then go into our meeting. After the meeting we will have a social time to catch up with all our friends we have not seen for a lone time. You will find a registration form in this newsletter. I will also be e-mailing registration forms to you. Please send it in as soon as you can.



Become A Safety Preacher
By David Kendziorski, WICAR Program

Education and training programs are boring and forgettable. While presenting hundreds of PowerPoint presentations, I constantly struggle to engage the audience and make a lasting impact. When training your employees, is it difficult to grab their attention and change their performance? You bet!

Organized religions, which over the centuries have refined the art of changing people’s lives, offer a better solution. So let’s steal some of the best communication ideas from religious preachers (don’t worry – we’ll be forgiven):

1. Big Goal: An educator gives lectures that present information, with the premise that you’ll then believe it, remember it, and adopt it. Nonsense! A preacher gives sermons which are intended to change people’s lives (how to raise your kids, how to treat the poor) by offering not only information, but also an extraordinary amount of assistance, guidance, and motivation. Understand that your employees will need a lot of help to improve their safety behavior…not just information.

2. Repetition: No one wants to sit through the same presentation over and over again. But once is not enough. Preachers create a culture of repetition -- they circle the great truths again and again. “Get on your knees every day and repeat it 10 times!” Keep your safety messages simple, but repeat them often.

3. Time: Employees won’t just “bump into” good ideas. Expecting employees to stop and read a poster or holding impromptu training meetings in the break room are not good training strategies. All religions meticulously structure and synchronize their events, rituals, and ceremonies around time. It builds expectations, discipline, enthusiasm, and memories. Schedule your safety training sessions and workshops throughout the year to avoid overwhelming the employees with too much information. Maximize attendance and participation by promoting your training events. You can’t out-do Christmas, but try to make training a memorable event – free lunch, fascinating guest speakers, or fun demonstrations: “Let’s start Fred’s car on fire!”     read more.

In Memoriam
George Lawrence Kriewaldt

August 31, 1942 - May 04, 2021

George Lawrence Kriewaldt, age 78, of Iola, passed away on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021. He was born on August 31, 1942 in Iola to the late Lawrence and Evelyn (Adams) Kriewaldt. George was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Iola, where he was a life-long member. He graduated in 1961 from Iola High School and later from Wausau Technical Institute. George also served in the United States Army.

On December 7, 1968, he married Darlene Kay Johnson at the Scandinavia Lutheran Church. They had two children, Robert and Rick. Other than his army service and a brief time in Seattle Washington and Alaska, George was a lifelong resident of Iola where he operated an auto repair business for over 40 years.

George was an active community member, serving 22 years on the Iola and Rural Fire Department, member of the Iola Village Board, council member at Our Savior’s, Iola Conservation Club, Friends of Scandinavia History and was a member of the Waupaca Lodge of the Free & Accepted Masons. He often helped with projects for the Iola Car Show and Iola Winter Sports Club. For many years George organized and fund raised for the annual 4th of July fireworks display in Iola.

Survivors include, wife Darlene, two sons, Robert Kriewaldt, Iola and Rick (Linnea) Kriewaldt, De Pere WI, grandchildren Erick, Trenton, Callan and Kyla Kriewaldt and Marcus Laabs. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private service was held for George at the Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery, Scandinavia with Pastor Alyssa Weaver officiating. Interment at Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery. Please direct memorials to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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