September 1, 2010 EditionAlso in this issue...
Tinker announces mayoral bid
"I have been married to my wife, Lida Ann Welch Tinker, for 42 years. Both of our families have lived in the Lawrence County area for almost a century and have a long-standing interest in the success of this community and its people. We have two daughters, Melanie Volner and Laura Prondzinski, three grandchildren, Jordan Volner, Madeleine Volner and Emma Prondzinski and sons-in-law Greg Volner and Lee Prondzinski, all of Jonesboro. My wife, both daughters and myself are all graduates of Hoxie High School and Arkansas State University. Lida has been a teacher at Hoxie Elementary School for the past 38 years.
"I retired from Arkansas State University in May of this year after serving 33 years as an administrator in the Facilities Management Division. I served in numerous administrative and supervisory positions during my tenure. I attended a variety of leadership and supervisory training programs and facilitated the implementation of several continuous improvement processes.
"In 2010, I was recognized as one of the top 100 outstanding staff members who made significant contributions to ASU in its 100-year history. I also have 20 years experience as a business owner in Hoxie, which has also prepared me to understand the struggles of working with a limited budget.
"I was also a contributing writer and publisher for the FM Voice, a facilities management newsletter from 2003-2010. I have documented my thoughts by writing many articles on leadership, continuous improvement, customer satisfaction and policy development, all of which can be viewed on the facilities management website at http://www2.astate.edu/a/finance-admin/facmgmt/newsletter/.
"I have served in many civic and community events including: Hoxie School Board director, director of the Northeast Arkansas Lay Speakers for the United Methodist Church, which serves 99 churches in the surrounding areas; founding president of the Northeast Arkansas Toastmasters, an organization which helps develop public speaking and leadership skills; parent connectors, a faith-based effort in Hoxie school to increase parent involvement in education; the original founding committee of a faith-based back-to-school block party, private funded bake sale for a local food pantry drive, free community yard sale and other various activities, boards and positions.
"However, the most influential training and education during my life was growing up on a family farm. My parents, Reukauf and Gladys Tinker, grandfather, Ira Tinker, and uncle, Duel Tinker, taught me to be honest, respectful and work hard; and when I didn't, I should expect a not-so-pleasant consequence. They were and are the living examples of the kind of person that to this day I strive to become. They and other community leaders of their era inspire me to have the heart and courage to do the right thing for the right reason.
"This race shouldn't be about me or the other candidates but what is best for the citizens of Hoxie. I will do my best to use common sense, be mindful that I work for all the citizens and give my best effort to make Hoxie a better place to live."