Photo courtesy of Nora Clougherty Members of the TOMS club at Saint Mary’s Skyped with TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie during his TED talk Thursday.The TOMS company, through its “One for One” model, donates a pair of shoes to the poor in third-world countries every time someone buys a pair of its shoes. When someone purchases TOMS eyewear, a part of the profit goes to help restore sight to those who are poor. A new addition to the One for One organization is TOMS tote bags. Every time one is sold, a new bag, along with a safe home birth kit, is given to a pregnant mother in need of one.“For a long time, TOMS just provided shoes,” Mycoskie said. “We now have factories in Haiti and Kenya. We try to continually stretch the boundary of our company to create jobs.”Martin Burt, the founder and CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya (FP), which receives and distributes donated shoes, also Skyped in with Mycoskie and the Saint Mary’s club.“We are using TOMS not as charity but as self-help,” he said. “It is self-help and self-reliance that gets people out of poverty.”Burt, who founded FP in 1985, works to provide education in entrepreneurship and microcredit to students in Paraguay. At the moment, he is creating schools specifically for rural youth who are chronically unemployed, as well as developing the “Poverty Stoplight,” which uses technology to help poor families understand their economic position and work to improve it.“Our bottom line is impact, not poverty,” he said. “We try to design ways to diminish poverty.”TOMS club president Nora Clougherty said it was rewarding to speak to both Mycoskie and Burt, whose foundation, as a TOMS giving partner, directly uses the shoes.“We were not only able to witness how the shoes are being put to use, but we also got to talk to someone who was directly impacting TOMS,” she said.In response to a question from the Saint Mary’s club, Mycoskie said the biggest challenge was just making the shoes while keeping one question in mind.“How do you preserve a culture of giving as you scale a big business?” he said.Mycoskie said another major obstacle was keeping in mind the purpose of TOMS creation.“The challenge was in keeping the whole organization excited and focused on why we do what we do,” Mycoskie said. “More important is the mindset that we’re changing.”Burt said a partial obstacle to eliminating poverty is that people sometimes forget that poverty exists.“It’s not that the poor are invisible — we do not see,” Burt said. “We can transform the world and end poverty in one generation just with the TOMS shoe example, but it is impossible for people to see the solutions that are right under our nose.”Burt said TOMS is a good model because it can be applied beyond just shoes.“This is about social innovation, taking what works in one industry and applying it to another industry,” he said.Clougherty said the conversation inspired the club to continue to spread its message.“My goal is to one day see everyone on campus wearing TOMS so that we can see the change a simple purchase can have,” she said.Another club member, Delaney Hunt, said talking to Mycoskie helped her to consider the service aspect of business.“Talking to somebody that has that reputation and is so well-known makes it more real,” she said. “It makes me believe in their mission even more — it makes it more personal. The business model itself is interesting in that you could apply it to anything. It gives me ideas on what you can do with a normal business major.”Club member Tori Wilbraham said Mycoskie’s talk was particularly impactful as she prepares to graduate.“He inspired me to follow my passions rather than pursue a career for money,” Wilbraham said.
The Saints are in a good position but a tough one this week.Heading into their matchup with the Buccaneers on Sunday, the Saints are 3-1 and have gone 2-0 with backup Teddy Bridgewater starting under center. But in that time, they have committed 11 holding penalties through four weeks, which is third in the NFL. New Orleans is the only team in the top four in the NFL in holding penalties that has a winning record. And this week the Saints have a serious challenge on their hands in pass blocking as NFL sack leader Shaquil Barrett (nine sacks) comes into town with the 2-2 Buccaneers fresh off of a win over the 3-1 Rams.While head coach Sean Payton did not discuss Barrett’s threat specifically, he as adamant that the Saints need to fix the holding issues on the offensive line.“I do not know coming into the year that any of us expected these numbers or expected a wholesale change quite honestly,” Payton said. “We spent a lot of time in the offseason discussing other topics. I think the challenge each week is understanding how the crew is calling it and that is the biggest thing as a league we need to improve on is the consistency from crew to crew. That being said, we need to reduce and understand how they are being called currently. We just finished meeting as a team going through some of the penalties. That part of it’s going to have to change for us offensively.”The Buccaneers could jump into a tie atop the NFC South with the Saints with a win Sunday.3 must-see NFL Week 5 gamesRams (3-1) at Seahawks (3-1), 8:20 p.m. ET, Thursday (Fox/NFL Network) — Even though Rams running back Todd Gurley called “Thursday Night Football” the “dumbest thing ever,” the matchup between the Rams and Seahawks may be the best of the week. These are two teams fighting for the NFC title who have three Super Bowl appearances between them since 2014. Pick a position battle and watch it. You can’t go wrong with any of them.Packers (3-1) at Cowboys (3-1), 4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday (Fox) — Both teams are coming off of their first loss of the season, but the Cowboys might feel worse about theirs. While they lost to a good team in the Saints, their offense looked terrible and they only scored 10 points. The Packers have wins over the Bears and Vikings already and barely fell to the Eagles in the waning moments. It looks like Green Bay is the better team right now, but an early-season matchup could tell us a whole lot about each organization.Browns (2-2) at 49ers (3-0), 8:20 p.m. ET, Monday (ESPN) — The Browns looked off in their first three games this season but really looked like they found their way in a win over the Ravens. But that success came by virtue of a superb performance from running back Nick Chubb. If Cleveland wants to go through him again it may have a challenge against the 49ers, who are sixth in the NFL allowing just 75 rushing yards per game. 2 players to watch in NFL Week 5Earl Thomas, S, Ravens — The Ravens defense looked wonderful through the first two weeks but terrible over the last two in losses to the Browns and Chiefs. This week Baltimore catches a rookie quarterback in Mason Rudolph with the Steelers. Thomas is the interception king. The Steelers have shown reluctance in opening up their offense for Rudolph and there’s little reason for them to against a ball hawk like Thomas. But if they decide to go deep, Thomas very well could find himself a takeaway.Chris Harris, CB, Broncos — The Chargers have the third-best passing offense in the NFL this season. The Broncos have the fifth-best pass defense. Harris may be matched up with Keenan Allen and that is a must-watch competition. The Broncos have been in all of their games this season. Denver’s secondary could be the reason they hang around vs. Los Angeles as well.1 bold NFL Week 5 predictionDaniel Jones moves to 3-0 — Daniel Jones hasn’t been fantastic, but he has won games. The Vikings are apologizing to each other on the radio. Saquon Barkley could be back. Minnesota has yet to look really good since Kirk Cousins took over last season. Jones has a great shot to move to 3-0.
Marshall MatthewsSubmitted to Sumner Newscow â€” The second annual Enchanted Musical Christmas Evening scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday December 14Â at the Historic Caldwell Opera House will have some very special musical guests. The show will open with a performance by the New Era Brass Quintet, who will also perform after intermission. In addition, entertainer Marshall Matthews will perform a set of Â popular Christmas, followed by a set of Elvis Christmas music during the second set.The act consists of five musicians playing traditional Christmas music. Three of the five professional entertainers are members ofÂ Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings, the largest Elvis Tribute show concert band in the nation.Leading the New Era Brass Quintet is Roger Lewis on first trumpet. Lewis has been one of the elite professional trumpeters in the nation for decades and is in four music halls of fame. He began his professional career with the widely popular recording act The Fabulous Flippers, a native Kansas band from Lawrence in the late 1960â€™s. Lewis went on to play internationally with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Johnny Mathis, to name a few of the many artists heâ€™s been associated with. Lewis is also the Director of Matthewâ€™s band.Kevin Pickrell, a long time and widely travelled musician and trumpet instructor plays second trumpet. Pickrell periodically performs with the Memphis King, and was a member of the U.S. Army Band. Annette Addis who plays French Horn has performed with symphony concert bands and is a music instructor. Denny Brunk, first trombone has also toured internationally and been a professional studio musician in Los Angeles performing on albums. Brunk, like Lewis, has also performed with several top recording and touring bands. Jeff Luttrell, second trombone, performs in symphony concert bands, and is a music instructor. Brunk and Luttrell are members of Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings. Their next area concert will be Saturday January 10, at the Poncan Theater in Ponca City, Oklahoma.The Opera House show is being underwritten by the Border Queen Cruisers, Caldwellâ€™s nationally known car club. During the intermission, a pie auction will be held with pies made by some of the finest bakers in Caldwell. Impact Bank will provide refreshments during the show. Proceeds from the show will go towards repairs to The Historic Caldwell Opera House. Tickets can be purchased at The Nostalgia Nook in Caldwell, the Impact Bank in Caldwell or Wellington, the Anthony Chamber of Commerce, or at the door the night of the show. You may also call 620-845-6424 to reserve a seat. Seating is limited.