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Salem business Journal

it’s everybody’s Business to Vote

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves – and the only way they could do that is by not voting.”

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt

With Election Day fast approaching, I’ll deviate from my typical column topics on business to talk about the importance of participating in our democracy by voting.

As business people, you know that your company couldn’t work without the active engagement of your employees. Just imagine that a certain percentage of them decided not to come to work anymore, but still wanted to be part of the “receiving a paycheck” part of

Oregon Secretary of State:

Bill Bradbury

the employment equation. You can see how quickly your business would stop working. If voters decide to opt out of having their voices heard by voting, democracy as we know it will grind to a halt.

students in clear terms how few people vote and how few people are making the decisions that will determine their future; second, to leave them with a sincere determination to change that outcome by voting.

Democracy is designed to work when citizens participate in the choices that will mold their future. That’s why it’s crucial that each and every citizen register and vote.

I hold “mock elections” at schools around the state, giving students a chance to debate hypothetical ballot initiatives and vote. My purpose is two-fold: first, to show the

I start by having the entire room stand up. Then, I ask groups to sit down, in percentages that reflect the statistics surrounding voter registration and voting. Seventy-five percent of Oregon’s population is of voting age, so we start with a quarter of the students being asked to sit down. Of that voting age population, only 73 percent actually register

Marquis Corp. Announces Senior Management Promotions

Spa manufacturer Marquis Corp. is announcing two promotions within its senior management team. John Schrenk, previously the Chief Financial Officer, has been named Marquis’ Chief Operating Officer, while Sam Collins has been elevated from Vice President of Operations to Senior Vice President.

John Schrenk has been with Marquis for 16 years. He became the Chief Financial Officer in 2000. Schrenk has previously, in addition to his CFO duties, held the Executive Vice President title.

“I feel honored to receive the privilege of playing such a large role in Marquis’ future direction,” says John Schrenk. “Marquis is an

employee-owned company and I recognize the large responsibility and accountability that comes with my new position. I’m truly looking forward to this next step in my career at Marquis.”

Sam Collins is a 20-year Marquis veteran. Collins was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2003.

“Marquis has been such a large part of my life for so long,” says Sam Collins. “I have nothing but positive things to say about Marquis and its great employees. This company has been extremely supportive of me. It’s definitely a place that provides opportunities and potential for growth. I’m looking forward to the challenges that the

future will hold and another 20 great years at Marquis.”

Besides Schrenk and Collins, Marquis’ senior management team consists of Vice President of Sales Steve Hasenmueller and Vice President of Retail Bill Wells.

Marquis Corp., an employee-owned company based in Independence, Oregon, has been building spas since 1980. Employees/ owners take great pride in the quality and performance of the products they build. Marquis is widely recognized throughout the spa industry as a leader in quality and innovative technology. For more information please call (800) 275-0888 or log onto our web site at www.marquisspas.com.

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to vote. Another group is asked to sit down, representing the corresponding number of people who don’t even bother to register. Finally, I use the numbers from the most recent election – in this case the 2006 primary where only 38 percent of registered voters turned out – and have another group sit. By the time I ask that last group to take their seats, only a small group of stragglers is left standing.

I point to this group and explain to the students that this small number of people represents those who are making the crucial decisions that can change their everyday lives. They’re the ones who vote. It’s a lesson I’d like to pass on to you today.

So, please, I urge you to take the time to mark your ballot and turn it in by Election Day, November 7th. Even if you’re not the boss, take charge of this piece of business and encourage all your family, friends, employees, and coworkers to vote.

The future of America is truly in our hands. By voting, each of us does our part to keep democracy working for us all.

For more information about voting in Oregon, visit www.oregonvotes.org or call 1-866-ORE-VOTES (1-866-673-8683).

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