The Socket Connection

March 2012



Freezin' for a Reason
Socket sponsors Polar Plunge in Columbia.

Socket's team of plungers included (L-R): Eric A., Jason V., Jason S., Danielle E., Chris R., Brittany M., Josh C., Stephanie R., Jason C. and (not pictured) Chelsea A. and Mike B.

Eleven Socketeers took a dive into the frigid waters of Stephens Lake in February in support of Special Olympics athletes throughout Missouri.

The annual event took place this year on Saturday, February 18, and a record-setting 430 plungers participated. Some took the opportunity to splash and dunk, while others dashed in and out in a matter of seconds.

The event raised more than $77,000 for Special Olympics Missouri, which provides sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Socket was also a proud sponsor of the event, and we welcomed plungers and viewers with a special green screen to take polar-themed team photos.

Check out our Facebook photo album to view team photos, as well as action shots from the teams plunging.

Learn more about Special Olympics Missouri and the Polar Plunge.




In This Issue:

Dear Techie: What is Pinterest and how do I use it?
A get-started guide to the new social network.


Socket Visits Local Events
Find out where to meet your local Socket people this spring.


Socketeer Spotlight: Ralph Wood
Meet Socket's You-Make-the-Difference-Award winner for February.


Sites of the Month
Three websites to check out in March.


Contact Information, Comments and Suggestions
Let us know how we're doing!




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Dear Techie: What is Pinterest and how do I use it?

Pinterest ( has exploded onto the social media scene recently, and many Internet users have just begun exploring and using the site to connect with others who have similar interests.

If you haven't started using Pinterest, here's a basic starter guide.

What is it? Think of Pinterest as a set of virtual bulletin boards. You can view images or videos from the Web or from other users, then "pin" them to your own boards to save for future reference or share with others as something you like.

What kinds of things do people pin? Common themes for boards include do-it-yourself projects, home decor, recipes and clothing. But you can group things together in whatever way you like - the possibilities are virtually endless.

How do I interact with other users on the site? You can "follow" a specific user or an individual board to see new pins from that user or to that board. This allows you to connect with those who have similar interests, or to see the kinds of things your friends and family members are interested in.

How do I pin things? A "Pin it" button can be added to your bookmark menu, making it easy to add things to your Pinterest boards as you're browsing the Web.

How do I get started? Pinterest is currently an invitation-only website. You'll need an invite from a current user, or you can request an invitation on the Pinterest website.


Jason Vander Veen
Socket Technical Support Supervisor

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Socket Visits Local Events

We Socketeers love to travel throughout Missouri and visit with our customers and other Missouri residents.

Where We've Been

February was a busy month! In addition to sponsoring the Polar Plunge in Columbia (see above) we also visited with residents at home and garden shows in Jefferson City, Columbia and Fulton.

What's Next?

In March, you can come visit us at:

Sedalia Home & Lifestyle Expo: Mar. 10-11, Mathewson Exhibition Center, MO State Fairgrounds, Sedalia, MO
Columbia Business Showcase: Mar. 13, Holiday Inn Expo Center, Columbia, MO

We hope to see you at a local Missouri event soon!

To learn more about Socket's community involvement and to view more pictures of Socketeers in action, visit

Socketeers (from left) Elissa, Ronnie, Eric and Stephanie greet visitors at the Mid-Missouri Home & Lifestyle Expo in Columbia.

Socketeers brave the icy waters at the 2012 Polar Plunge.

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Socketeer Spotlight: Ralph Wood, Custodial Services


Ralph Wood with Socket

Ralph Wood was chosen as Socket's You-Make-the-Difference-Award winner for February. Ralph joined Socket's team two years ago and has been cleaning our Columbia office since, greeting all of us with a friendly smile each morning.

"Ralph is the unsung hero that truly makes the difference," said a co-worker who nominated him for the award. "Every morning, we come in to a clean floor, spotless bathrooms, empty trash containers and a very clean, nice place to work. We have Ralph to thank."

Outside Socket, Ralph serves as pastor at the New Horizons Church of Nazarene in Hallsville, MO. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, fishing and spending time with his wife, children and three granddaughters.

"I was blown away by the award," Ralph said. "I really enjoy the work I do, and everyone treats me so well. It makes being of service worth it."

Socket's You-Make-the-Difference Award is given monthly to the employee who best exemplifies Socket's Core Values and Beliefs. Recipients of the award are nominated and voted on by their peers. To view other winners, visit

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Sites of the Month

Three great websites to check out in March:

  • Rez Score (
    Get objective feedback on your resume from this free website. Just upload your resume and the site will check what you've got, see what's missing and offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Movie Pilot (
    Sad that the Oscars are over? Get your fill of the movies with the latest Hollywood news, including tidbits on upcoming films. Subscribe to updates for those you're interested in.
  • Story Corps (
    Explore this archive of recorded interviews and stories from more than 60,000 people. You can even request an interview of someone you love to be stored in the database.

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