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April 8, 2020

This, That, and the Other Thing


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Reporter Lindsay Christians of the Cap Times recently penned a wonderful story about how Madisonian are stepping up to help our frontline healthcare personnel battle the COVID 19 virus. What began as a simple, kind gesture has become a GoFundMe fundraiser, helping to provide sustenance and substance. This, you will want to read:
And, if you are aware of others helping others, let us know. We may feature their thoughtfulness and generosity in the next issue of SyncMAGAZINE. Get in touch.


It comes as no surprise to SyncMAGAZINE that chef and Naples 15 owner Salvatore Di Scala is once again generously sharing his many talents for a worthwhile cause. We featured Chef Di Scala doing just that three years ago in our April 2017 issue of SyncMAGAZINE. Check it out in the eZine back issues within our website.
Well, Chef Di Scala is up to it again – this time he is teaming with Troy Fumagalli, former Badger football star to provide meals for one of our favorite charities – The Ronald McDonald House. These gentlemen are amazing. Read the entire story here:


In the last several weeks, we’ve all heard or read variations on the headline above. That statement is meant to convey unity and community and rally our resolve against COVID 19. However, the operative word here is, Alone.

With gritty resourcefulness, we each tend to our daily tasks – personal and professional – isolated at home away from family, friends and colleagues. THAT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. However, in the process, we can lose some level of personal relationship(s) that means so much to us. In fact, social neuroscientists (yes, that’s a thing) have evidence that shows how social interaction is a biological requirement much like eating, drinking and sleeping. So, while Social Distancing is a MUST, maintaining your Social Connections is also healthy for you, perhaps now more than ever. And I am not speaking of Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. This is about connecting, one-on-one.

So, last week, I took 30 minutes out of my morning to send five innocuous emails to a handful of people who I like and respect and haven’t spoken with in a while: fellow Rotarians, DMI members, folks from the gym or various boards and committees I have the privilege to serve. These were simple, sincere messages of, “Thinking of you. Hope you’re doing well. Let me know if you need anything”, Let’s stay in touch”.

No business talk, sales pitches or commentary on the frightening statistics that surround us. Just a simple and sincere, “Hey, how are you doing?”. The personal sentiments within each reply to me were genuinely heartfelt, i.e. “OMG, you made my day”, or “Nice to know I’m not alone out here”, “Your personal note meant so much”, or “I’ve gained 10 pounds, today.” or, “Since when was 6th grade math this difficult?” And just like that, there was an unmistakable togetherness amongst us all.

Accordingly, I sent five more emails the next day, and the next and the next, all coming back to me with equally warm, appreciative replies. Who’d of thought? May I suggest you consider doing the same – five emails for five days. Or for that matter, 5 phone calls. You may be surprised by the happy difference it makes. I know I was.

Stay Healthy. Stay Safe. And above all, Stay Home. I am certain we will meet-up ‘round town when Dr. Fauci says the time is right. In the meantime, remember, we really are all in this together, but there’s no need to be Alone. Stay Connected.
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—Randy Banks, Vice President, Client and Community Engagement

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