Guest Column: SwedishAmerican Foundation’s charging stations and energy-efficient home

• Notes from John’s desk …

By John R. Mecklenberg
Executive Vice President & CEO, SwedishAmerican Foundation

Every morning for the past month when I get to the office, I’ve had a sight that warms my heart … a white Chevy Volt regularly charging in The Foundation’s new Vehicle Charging Stations. The “hope of usage,” which drove The Foundation’s decision to install four Charging Stations at Camelot last fall, has become a reality! We hope that by installing these free “plug-ins,” we would make it easy for employees (and visitors) to purchase and drive electrically-powered vehicles in our neighborhood.

In early July, the first hospital employee stopped by The Foundation office to confirm that our vehicle charging station could, indeed, handle a Chevy Volt. When assured that it could, he began driving his new Volt to work. Next?

Melody Pobjecky (the Foundation’s Property coordinator) and I toured a couple of our nearly-completed projects last week, making notations on the myriad of “little things” that need to be done to put these two particular pieces on the market. We know that the families who purchase our neighborhood homes need (and deserve) everything “spot on” when they take possession of a house. And we’re committed to attaining that level of excellence. It seems that getting the “details” just right can sometimes be more time-consuming than anything else. But, we’re getting there…

With the coming of fall, work will resume on the “Swedish Standard” house at the corner of Adams & Benton, in cooperation with de La Gardie (Sweden) and East High. The number of energy-efficient features that this house will contain, when finished, is remarkable and explains why it’s receiving so much attention from outside of our area. To date, we’ve received confirmations of donations of windows, insulation and appliances for the project, just for the opportunity to be included in this project.

Monday, Aug. 6, was the 32nd “birthday” of The SwedishAmerican Foundation. Originally chargered on Aug. 6, 1980, as The SwedishAmerican Medical Foundation, the word “Medical” was dropped a few years back to more accurately reflect the additional community redevelopment activities we’ve undertaken.

I’ve been privileged to be a part of The SwedishAmerican Foundation’s life for 22 of its 32 years. When I came to The Foundation in January 1991, I made a commitment to stay a minimum of three years. Never did I dream that 22 years later, I would still be working with the greatest donors in the world, still helping those donors improve the quality of life of our community. So, Happy Birthday to The Foundation… and Thank-You, to you, for your 32 years of faithful support and encouragement.

From the Aug. 22-28, 2012, issue

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