Rogers locations nationwide find unique ways to celebrate the holidays12/17/21 11:20:am
Each holiday season, Rogers teams throughout the country come up with creative ways to get into the holiday spirit. See below to learn more about how a few clinics celebrated this year.
The Appleton clinic came together to collect donations for Harbor House, a local domestic violence shelter. In total, the team estimates that they donated nearly $1,000 of goods from the shelter’s needs list, including laundry baskets, bedding, and clothing.
Appleton also got into the holiday spirit with weekly ugly/festive sweater days and an upcoming “Fancy Thursday.” Employees took part in “The Grinch Who Stole Gift Cards” – a weeklong event where gift cards were hidden throughout the clinic for them to find, with daily clues posted at the water cooler. The team also participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange and gingerbread house competition.
Brown Deer, Oconomowoc, and West Allis outpatient clinics
In a now-annual tradition, the Brown Deer, Oconomowoc, and West Allis outpatient clinics faced off in a food drive, with donations going to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, Ozaukee County, and Hunger Task Force. Each clinic put up a strong performance:
- Brown Deer won the competition with 868 items donated.
- Oconomowoc came in second place with 856 items.
- West Allis placed third with 730 items.
To celebrate their win, the Brown Deer team received a lunch provided and served by the Oconomowoc and West Allis clinics’ leadership teams. Given the narrow gap between first and second place, efforts are also underway to provide a treat to the Oconomowoc team.
Hinsdale celebrated the holidays with a team party on December 3, Secret Santa, and a fun-filled spirit week.
The Kenosha team got the holiday season started with some friendly competition during their “Holiday Bake Off – Nailed It!” edition based on the Netflix show Nailed It! Following the TV theme, they also held a “Secret armadillo” gift exchange, a nod to the “The One with the Holiday Armadillo,” an episode of Friends. Employees also participated in an ugly sweater contest and will enjoy a hot chocolate bar later this month.
Like other clinics, Madison began the holiday season by collecting donations for a local charity, Friends of the State Street Family. From there, the team celebrated the last night of Hanukkah and Saint Nicholas Day with a fleece, flannel, and jeans day. December 15 was ugly holiday sweater and treat day, December 21 (the start of winter solstice) will feature a hot chocolate bar, and the week of December 27 will include lunch from Café Zupas. The team is also planning a virtual game night.
Oconomowoc – Silver Lake
In addition to taking part in the food drive, the Silver Lake team has a new team member for the month of December – Roger, the Elf on a Shelf! Each year, Roger makes his presence known with mischief throughout the clinic, bringing a smile to employees and patients alike.
The entire Oconomowoc campus celebrated with a spirit week, held from December 12 through December 18, to bring holiday cheer to everyone. Additionally, the Herrington and Nashotah teams both took part in gift exchanges and a team lunch.
For the third consecutive year, the San Diego clinic adopted a military family for the holidays, which involved raising money and purchasing gifts for a family at Camp Pendleton. Additionally, the clinic held a Secret Santa, gingerbread decorating contest, and ugly sweater day to help employees get into the festive spirit.
For the Sheboygan clinic’s first holiday season, employees took part in an Elf on a Shelf hunt. The elves could be found everywhere from a predictable shelf to nestled inside the refrigerator with a cookie and bottle of milk.
The St. Paul clinic kicked off celebrations with donuts provided by leadership on the day after Thanksgiving. Like other clinics, the team also took part in some friendly competition with a chili cook-off featuring prizes for best chili, best side, and best dessert. A warm fuzzies and holiday sweaters day was held on December 8, while the team’s secret gift exchange took place on December 15. The team will round out the festive season with pizza days on the last two Wednesdays of the month.
Additionally, some Rogers employees participated in a USO event for children of military personnel at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center on December 10. Candi Olivo, director of talent acquisition, organized the volunteer opportunity, which consisted of hosting games for kids to play. Along with Candi and her husband, Brown Deer outreach representative Kim Peterson and Kace Crumble, talent acquisition sourcing specialist, and their spouses also volunteered.