CEO Pays For Service Members to Fly Home for The Holidays

N.C. software exec pays for military members to fly home for Christmas, others step up

An Air Force veteran and current software CEO wanted to give back to those who serve this holiday season. How? He paid for their holiday flights home.

Ed Roshitsh, the CEO of Dude Solutions, raises money for veteran charities every year. This year he wanted to do it differently.

“Lots of these folks don’t make hardly any money. An E1, which is basic paygrade, probably makes $15,000 a year. They can’t afford to get home for the holidays,” said Roshitsh.

He posted a message on Linkedin, which asked the public to submit names of active duty service members who wanted to get home for the holidays. He was going to pay for five himself.

His offer went viral, encouraging others to get into the spirit of giving.

“There’s probably close to 300,000 views,” said Roshitsh. “And from all the shares people started to ask,  ‘Can I donate a ticket?'”

Another veteran, Andrew Appleton, CEO of TravelAgent360.us, messaged Ed offering his assistance in booking the tickets. “Our team of agents is made up of veterans and active-duty spouses focused on booking travel and saving money for the military community,” said Appleton. “It only made sense that we offer our support.”

To make sure Ed knew the impact he had, Andrew also created him a Kudoboard to allow the recipients of the tickets to share their thanks.  “Many non-military don’t realize that the word KUDOs is a common term in the military. We use the term to show appreciation for a job well done. So Kudoboard was the perfect way to rally everyone in saying thanks.”  

See the full Kudoboard here.

The gesture hit home. “I had no idea the impact I was making,” commented Ed, “until I read the comments shared on the Kudoboard.”

After two weeks of booking tickets, Ed’s initial generosity – along with all the donors who chipped in – sent 65 active duty service members home for the holidays.

Fandom Farewell to Madam Secretary TV Show with a Group Card from Kudoboard

Madam Secretary premiered on CBS in 2014, starring Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord. After 6 seasons, it had its series finale at the end of 2019.

To celebrate the cast and crew on their run, the Twitter Fan Account @MadamSecHQ created them a Farewell Kudoboard in October and invited fans to contribute on Twitter and Facebook.

Over the next month, hundreds of fans from around the world added messages, photos, and videos celebrating Madam Secretary. See the full board here, along with excerpts below:

‪Thanks for entertaining us the past six years. I enjoyed every episode and have seen each season more than once. The cast and crew were incredible and I hope to see each of you on another project soon. Best wishes to Tea, Tim and the gang. ‬

The show inspired me with Elizabeth’s action in her own work, balancing family/work, & the deep ethical questions that were dealt with in the show. It allowed me to dive deeper into my own faith/religious deconstruction and it showed different ways those difficult conversations can be had in a respectful and loving way. So much love and thanks to you all! <3

We have been fans from the beginning! Our lives run very parallel with the McCord’s and caused us to fall in love with all of them. H/E’s sweet relationship has inspired us to be even more adventurous after 25 years:) You all have brought a wonderful world of wishful reality to many Americans (and 50 somethings).

To get such great participation, the @MadamSecHQ Fan Account sent several reminders to fans on Twitter…

and Facebook…

Then, on the night of the season finale, @MadamSecHQ tagged the cast and crew on Twitter and shared the board with them so they could all see it.

She also made sure that the board was personally sent to the showrunner + Téa Leoni’s assistant so that it made its way to everyone involved.

Props to you @MadamSecHQ for giving fans a way to say thank you to some of their favorite characters.

And from all of us @ Kudoboard, congrats to everyone over at Madam Secretary for 6 seasons together!

Wishing Mom & Dad a Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary with a Group Card

Tania R. recently created her parents a Kudoboard to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Her first post commemorated it with a poem:

For all the times that I forgot to say “Thank-you”,
For all the special little things you do,
For all the words that sometimes go unspoken,
I need to say “I love you both, I do”.
I love you for the way you stop and listen,
And for your kind support throughout the years,
For teaching me the meaning of compassion,
And sharing in my triumphs and my tears.
And if, at times, I may have seemed ungrateful
I want to say “I truly hope you see,
That nothing you have done for me has been forgotten,
And day by day you just mean more to me.
Congratulations on 50 years of marriage!!!

With additional posts from family and friends, the board was full of love for the happy couple.

See it in full here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/JDEqPbQC

Thanks to Wayne and Bette for giving us permission to publicly share their board.

And from all of us at Kudoboard, congrats on 50 years! ??

Happy 5 Year Redfinversary

Lori S.’s colleagues recently created her a work anniversary Kudoboard group card to recognize her 5 years at Redfin.

Here are just a few quotes to give you a flavor for the board:

Happy Redfinversary, Lori! We are so lucky to have such a supportive and down-to-earth manager to lead us. You bring such great vibes to our team! Thank you for all you do!

Congratulations! Everybody at work is lucky to have a mentor like you. Your energy and positive attitude are a source of inspiration and motivation. Wishing you a happy 5th Redfinversary!

How can it be 5 years already??!!! It’s amazing to think back and see how much has changed. Thank you so much for all your hard work and help supporting the Tucson market – we all appreciate you! Congratulations Lori! 🙂

See the full board here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/oeOt4kbT

Thanks for giving us permission to share your work anniversary Kudoboard, Lori — and add us to the list of folks wishing you a happy 5 years! =)

Happy Birthday Group Card to a Beloved Board Member

PASE (Partnership for After School Education) is a nonprofit that has been working for 25+ years to improve the quality of afterschool programs for children and teens living in poverty.

One of their board members, Fern Khan, recently turned 80. To honor Fern and recognize her service to PASE, the organization created her a Happy Birthday Group Card. There was an overwhelming response. Here are just a few quotes from the board to give you an idea:

You’ve been my “partner in crime” for, by my count, over 30 years between Bank Street and PASE, and I’ve loved working — and playing — with you evey minute of it. Simply put, I’d follow you anywhere!

Fern, I feel so fortunate to be included among those who know and love you. You are so generous with your spirit, and vast knowledge and wisdom. It is a gift to learn from you, about the educational space, careers and life at large. Happy 80th! May we all be so fortunate to share many more with you!

Happy birthday!!!! I just want to say thank you. Thank you for hiring me, giving me the space to learn and grow and for your advice, wisdom and patience. You are the best boss I have ever had. You taught me that being a leader is being patient, caring, humble, and most importantly a listener. Thank you for your continued mentorship and support. Enjoy your 80th year – you’ve earned it:)

See the full board here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/IypfbX4D

Thanks for giving us permission to share your Kudoboard story, Fern. And from all of us at Kudoboard — happy birthday!!

A Thank You Group Card to a Beloved Teacher

Using Kudoboard, Mary Ellen’s class came together last year to create a thank you group card for her mentorship and inspiration as part of the SELP program. A few quotes from the board to get a flavor for it:

You’re one of the most incredible women I’ve ever met. Being on your team has been an absolute delight and blessing. You have been referred to many times as an “angel,” and there’s no doubt you’ve made an incredible difference in each and every participants lives. I love you!

You have been a light shining energy in my life the past four months. You are encouraging and powerful. I feel as though I am safe under your guidance and that you would help me if I ever needed it. You are the true definition of someone “having my back”. I wish you the best in all of your endeavors and I declare that you were successful in touching our hearts during this SELP course!

To the woman who personifies miracles and magic, who is love and grace, a relentless and powerful stand for the greatness of all who cross her path, and an unstoppable force of goodness in the world… Thank you for all that you are and all that you do!!! You are such an inspiration and a true miracle for me (for us all). I am so honored to know you and grateful for your leadership, partnership and friendship.

See the full Kudoboard here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/lUCxB5bI

Thanks for giving us permission to share your Kudoboard story, Mary Ellen!

Happy 14th Work Anniversary with a Kudoboard

14 years and going strong. To help celebrate Jack K.’s tenure at NPI, his colleagues created him a Kudoboard.  With some terrific shark and tiger GIFs, Jack was sure to feel the appreciation. But the notes on the group card are typically what make it special.  Here are just a few:

Thanks to the man who has many faces and knows just about if not everything there is to know about our company. Fourteen years is an amazing accomplishment Jack, good on you for everything that you have helped this company become and for making sure that we have the materials needed to ship the orders we take. Congratulations!!!

Congrats on hitting the 14 year mark! Your hard work and dedication has helped shape RAM Mounts into the company it is today!

Jack! Thank you so much for being my scanning buddy, I don’t know what I’d do without you! Despite an intense workload, you are always so willing to answer questions and help me with various requests. I’ve really enjoyed the past few months of working near you and with you more. It’s been lovely commiserating over those staples in our scans together 😉

See the full board here:

https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/RWQnsVRT

Thanks for giving us permission to share, Jack!  

Happy Birthday eCard From a Group of Colleagues

Sometimes a few lovely notes from colleagues are just what the doctor ordered for your birthday.  That was certainly the case for Joann S., who received a happy birthday eCard from her coworkers on Kudoboard.  Here are a few of the notes:

Happy happy birthday to someone who brings a smile to everyone around her. Hope you have the most wonderful day, and that you get treated like the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee!! 🙂 You deserve it!!

Happy Birthday, Joann! I feel so lucky to have worked with such an uplifting, inspiring woman as you for the past three years! I hope your day is full of joy and fun. Onward and upward!

Joann, happy birthday to you! You are not only a beautifully empathetic, charismatic, and incredibly well-adjusted person; but you are also my favorite person to get through a stressful day of last-minute changes with. I hope that on your special day, you get to take a break from travelling for work, and perhaps start planning your next European bike trip with all those points 🙂

See the full happy birthday ecard here:

https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/OCe2ghp6

We appreciate you giving us permission to share your board, Joanne!

Thank You Group Card to Recognize a Student Mentor

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Last year Beverly Weller was chosen by Washington IST teachers to receive recognition as one of their best student mentors.  A few excerpts from the board:

Thank you for all that you do to support your students. I have enjoyed partnering with you the last few years and appreciate your experience and commitment to your students.

You have always been so dedicated to the progress and success of our students, so a big thank you to you!  It is so refreshing to work with such positive and approachable mentors, such as yourself 🙂

Thank you for being an amazing mentor for our students.  It has been a pleasure working with you for the last few years!!  I always know you will respond to my emails and help me in motivating and encouraging our students.

Check out the full board here:

https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/hv5qMP7S

Thanks for giving us permission to share your board, Beverly.  And a (belated) congrats from all of us at Kudoboard!