Kellie Short Receives Certificate of Appreciation for Her COVID-19 Contribution

We were thrilled to receive the very unexpected recognition of Kellie Short for her COVID-19 contribution. Kellie is our Sr. Recruiting Specialist and the General Sales Manager for Fidelity On Call.

Here’s the information that was provided regarding this special recognition:

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Ms. Kellie Short was nominated for a Certificate of Appreciation because she recognizes, honors, and complies with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. She provides her managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees and the spouses of those who serve in the Guard and Reserve. She appreciates the values, leadership, and unique skills Service members and their spouses bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, Veterans and their spouses. She continually recognizes and supports our country’s Service members and their families, in peace, in crises, and in war.

An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family. The Certificate of Appreciation reflects the efforts made by individual employers and first line supervisors to support citizen warriors and their spouses through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence to spouses, if needed.

The spouse of a Reservist or Guardsman may also nominate their boss for the Certificate of Appreciation. Though not required by law, many employers voluntarily assist Guard and Reserve spouses, who often share the challenges of military service. Some of the challenges facing the spouses of Service Members include increase in childcare services needed, managing the household, and managing work schedules which often have to be adjusted when one spouse leaves home to serve our country.

Very deserved, Kellie, thank you for making it happen!

Pat Drake Awarded Local NAWBO Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat Drake  advocates for women business owners through the National Association of Women Business Owners Central Illinois Chapter. She’s been a member since 1992 and has served as the Chapter’s President on two occasions.

On June 17, 2020, outgoing Chapter President Vickie Clark awarded Pat the Lifetime Achievement Award, who said,

“This award is given for a member’s continued support of NAWBO, a member who has spent 10 or more years involved in the success of the Chapter. This person lives and breathes NAWBO. She has held I believe every leadership position on our Board. She is outspoken, driven, strong…and yet has a heart of gold, a passion for helping others and for building diversity within our chapter. She understands how valuable NAWBO is and has a way of mentoring by example.

Pat Drake has received several awards from our group before, including Unsung Hero two times, Pioneer twice, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Pat Drake is going off our Board this year, but I am comforted to know that doesn’t mean she won’t be involved. Pat is a relentless achiever and will continue to be involved by co-chairing Pathways.”

Pat receives the Lifetime Achievement Award
Pat Drake holds her Lifetime Achievement award and is joined by all the 2020 Central Illinois NAWBO award recipients.

In 2019, Pat was named a finalist for the 2019 Woman Business Owner of the Year Award, presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

We Love Our Pets Contest

We Love Our Pets Contest Winner Announced


Who could resist this cute little beagle? Obviously, no one as Lucy Lou ran away with our contest! Congratulations to Lucy Lou and her owner, Mary, on winning the “We Love Our Pets” Contest!

We Love Our Pets Contest Winner Lucy Lou

Mary received a $500 gift card Lucy Lou won a custom-designed pet basket!

Contest winner Lucy Lou checking out her prize
Contest winner Lucy Lou checking out her prize

Lucy Lou had quite a bit of competition as the contest kicked off with well over 40 entries! (Click the image to see them all on our Facebook Page.)

We Love Our Pets Contest entries
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Thank you to all the pet owners who participated in our contest.

We know our pets are part of our family and we are so happy you shared them with us. We certainly have a great variety of pets – and we are all blessed to have them as part of our families!

Thank you to all participants of We Love Our Pets Contest
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We Love Our Pets Contest Announcement


Yes, we DO love our pets. And, we started to wonder – who has the cutest pet? Which, of course, resulted in our thinking we need to see pictures of all our employee’s pets (office team included). But, we couldn’t stop there . . . it needs to be a CONTEST!

Here’s all you have to do:

1: E-mail a picture of your pet to No other e-mail address will be accepted. Deadline for submission is January 30, 2020.

2: We will send you a Fidelity On Call bandana for your pet for participating in
our contest. Once you receive the bandana please send us an e-mail picture of your pet with it on (this will be used only if your pet is the contest winner)

3: Pictures of all pets entered will be posted to the Fidelity On Call Facebook page
on February 6, 2020.

4: Watch for the post. Then “like” your pet and encourage your friends and family to “like” their favorite pet (hopefully yours!).

5: The pet with the most likes – as of February 13 at midnight – will be our winner.

6: The winner will be posted/announced on Valentine’s Day – Friday, February 14!

Our winner will receive:

A $500 Gift Card

and a custom-designed pet basket

(because a turtle, tarantula, or other non-conventional pet could potentially win)

Our Pets We Love

Contest Winner Gets All-Star Treatment

The winner of our Take Me Out to the Ball Game Contest had a wonderful time in St. Louis! The grand prize included:

  • 2 Tickets to the Cubs vs Cards game at Busch Stadium on September 28th in the UMB Champions Club
  • Hotel stay for Friday and Saturday night at the Hilton at the Ballpark
  • $500 for travel, food and any entertainment

It seems like fate that Cassie won this contest, as she likes both the Cubs and the Cardinals. In this weekend rivalry, the Cardinals were trying to clinch the NL Central.

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