Archive for April, 2011

Who are the role models for young girls?

Friday, 29 April, 2011

Today Kate Middleton joins a royal family as she (very publicly) marries Prince William of England.

What kind of role model will she be to young girls?

Amway recently sponsored a poll of 1,000 UK women. They found that a majority of 54% felt they did not look up to anyone as a good role model.

An overwhelming  81% felt that more could be done to inspire a younger generation about business and careers. Asked who should take responsibility for that, parents (62%) and school teachers (61%) came out top overall. Personality universally ranked first in the list of qualities that appeals, and they most admire in a role model, followed by intelligence, attitude and motivation.

Last week, Amway UK kicked of a hunt for “Britain’s Top Real Role Model” at, to help fill the preceived gap in the prominence of “real” role models in business.

Through this program, Amway will identify and recognize the stories and achievements of budding entrepreneurs in all walks of business life to positively inspire and empower young people.

Thanks to Karin Schmid for contributing to this article.

Home-schooling beyond the home

Wednesday, 27 April, 2011

Ruby Darden, a 25-year Amway Independent Business Owner, was no proponent of home-schooling. Until 1996, when one woman’s talk changed her mind.

Since then Ruby has home-schooled over 900 students to help them graduate high school.

Beginning with her own children, Ruby became licensed to home-school and began teaching a wide array of subjects including English, science and Spanish. After helping her nephew gain the last few credits he needed to graduate, Ruby saw a need within her community to help others.

She began teaching multiple students in the district and helped them gain their required credits. Her help became so sought after that she had to schedule two-hour classes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make sure everybody could get in.

The students weren’t the only ones learning as Ruby was able to relate to these kids on a different level than a teacher or parents could. She learned about their troubles and helped them overcome challenges and go onto larger opportunities after high school.

Ruby has scaled back her work, but still holds concern for students in her own community and across the country.

“Today’s kids are even more troubled, and the drop-out situation has gotten even worse,” she says. “It’s going to take a lot more than one person to turn it around.”

Read the full story at Thanks to Samantha Bourque for contributing to this story.

Teaming up with the Magic in Orlando

Friday, 22 April, 2011

Guest blogger Jaida Vaught shares her experience from a playground building project in Orlando.

How many people can actually say that they helped build a playground in a day? Now, I can. And even gained new friends along the way.

On April 8, Amway One by One and the Orlando Magic partnered with KaBOOM! to build a playground in the Orlando community, so kids in the neighborhood have a great space to play.

At the beginning of the day, all the volunteers gathered around the stage to hear the project leader tell us about the build. She said that by the end of the day, we would have a beautiful, functional playground.

At first, I was apprehensive about getting it all done. But, it didn’t take long to realize that it wouldn’t be a problem. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and immediately got to work.

Between shoveling dirt, painting murals, assembling jungle gyms and laying down pavement, the playground came to fruition right before our eyes. By 2:00 in the afternoon, the playground was … well, a playground.

This former patch of dirt will now host the energies and imaginations of many, many children. And I’m so happy to have been a part of it!

59 goals toward helping children

Wednesday, 20 April, 2011

The pressure is on for the AC Milan soccer team in Italy!

In the third year of the Nutrilite Goal by Goal program, Amway is making a donation to the AC Milan Foundation for every goal scored by the team. So far, 59 goals have been scored.

Amway delivered a $150,000 check to match the current goals after last week’s victory over Sampdoria. AC Milan champion Robinho accepted the check on behalf of the team.

The funds will go toward a new multipurpose sports center in a depressed, at-risk are of Naples that currently has no recreational center or playgrounds for area youth.

The project was developed in cooperation with Polisportiva Europea, as a way to emphasize character building and education through recreational activities.

Thanks to Riccardo Gastoni for sharing this update.

Professional development for One by One partners

Monday, 18 April, 2011

Expertise can be just as valuable as money for community partners.

In India, the Amway Opportunity Foundation teamed up with I-Train, a team of consultants that provide services to Amway.

Last week, I-Train provided soft-skills development training at vocational centers in Delhi that serve visually impaired students – centers that are already supported by the Amway Opportunity Foundation.

The training emphasized personal grooming, etiquette, motivation and team building.

The students found the sessions informative and interactive, with learnings that will not only help them to overcome barriers, but to also work towards overall professional development.

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.

Hosted by the Japanese Consulate

Saturday, 16 April, 2011

The Japanese Consulate in Detroit hosted a group of donors this week, ranging from corporations to society groups to university students.

We were honored to participate in the ceremony. Mr. Kuninori Matsuda, Consul General of Japan in Detroit, updated us on the rebuilding efforts, commending the spirit of the Japanese people that will drive a rapid recovery. He also acknowledged that this difficult time is forging deep relationships that will not be forgotten.

It was touching to see more than a dozen students from the University of Michigan’s business school there to show their support. It was symbolic of the hope we all expressed for the future of Japan.

Jesse Hertstein and Dana Boals of Amway, with Kuninori Matsuda, Consul General of Japan in Detroit

Defining a caring company

Friday, 15 April, 2011

What does it take to be called a Caring Company?

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, with support from the HKSAR government, has defined exactly what that means through its Caring Company mark of approval.

The mission of the program is to build a caring community spirit through cultivating corporate citizenship and strategic partnerships among business, public and social service sectors. To qualify as a Caring Company, organizations must meet select criteria.

For the sixth straight year, Amway Hong Kong was recognized for its efforts as a Caring Company, and awarded the mark of approval.

Amway Hong Kong supported more than 50 community programs last year, with 800 volunteers devoting 3,500 hours of service.

A mission of mercy

Wednesday, 13 April, 2011

Ruth Carlson grew up as a missionary kid in the African country of Nigeria. When she met her husband Stu and they began raising their two children, Caroline and Paul, they knew they wanted their children to experience the ways of life of others around the world.

So they moved their entire family from the United States to Nigeria. Ruth began teaching English at a local school, while the family began helping at Ministry of Mercy, the orphanage Ruth’s mother has owned for 25 years.

With help from their US Amway business, the family stayed for eight years caring and interacting with orphaned children. They built relationships and gave children the love and support they wouldn’t normally have. Their experience even inspired Caroline to write a song about a relationship she developed with one of the baby boys.

After moving back to the United States, the family is still trying to gain support for the ministry.

“We are so blessed to have been able to share a wider world view with our children.”

Thanks to Samantha Bourque for contributing to this story. Learn more at

The status of Amway distributors in Japan

Tuesday, 12 April, 2011

Information regarding Amway distributors who were affected by the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan has been extremely difficult to obtain. Currently, Amway Japan estimates 104 distributor fatalities, 467 distributors who have sustained significant damage to or lost their homes and 416 distributors who have been evacuated from Fukushima.

John Parker, Managing Director of Amway Japan, reports that he and his team have completed distributor meetings in every prefecture along the northeastern coast that was hit by the tsunami. At the meetings, the Amway staff has been gathering information from the distributors about their downlines. It will be months before we have accurate totals.

Following is a letter that puts things in perspective. It’s from a Japanese distributor in the affected area, who delivered a piggy bank filled with coins and bank notes to John Parker. The people who delivered it are are suffering from losing their family, or friends, or homes. But they want to use the money to help people who are in even more severe situations.


Dear Mr. John Parker

Thank you for today. This money is something we have raised to support the people who are in great needs.

Originally, it was money I saved for One by One since last September.

In the past, I used to give out catalogues to my new friends for free. But since September last year, I have decided to start collecting money and donate that money to One by One.

In addition, this contains money from people who have been affected by the earthquake that came over to use our bath and left some donation in return.

Moreover it contains money donated in return for the product that the people in Yamaguchi sent us. After the earthquake, people in Yamaguchi (I was able to video-phone with Matsumura-san as well as many others who gathered for us including those who I have never met) came together and brought Amway products from their home and donated the products to us.

I have given out these products to those who came over to my house asking for Amway products and they have also made contribution to this donation.

We are alive. We can eat warm food. But still, there are so many people in great need. Please make use of this money for such people. Although it’s not much, I am hoping this money can support those who have been afflicted.

This time, I have been helped by many people and by Amway. I will always be grateful to all the people and we will all work together to do our best!

Hideko Yoshida (representing the group)

An update on Japan

Monday, 11 April, 2011

There has been an incredible amount of giving among Amway and its employees and distributors worldwide.

The $350,000 set aside as a challenge grant has been met, and exceeded, reaching $634,070 through the March 31 challenge period. In appreciation of these efforts, Amway leaders have decided to match all of the contributions received during this time.

With combined donations from Amway headquarters, affiliate offices in Japan and around the world, and Amway employees, distributors and customers, donations have now exceeded $4.4 million.

Funds will be used to support the Japanese Red Cross and other agencies on the ground, as well as long-term recovery efforts. The funds collected by Amway distributors in Japan have been designated to support those distributors affected by this tragedy.

It has been extremely difficult to get information on those affected. Amway leaders in Japan have now completed a swing of DD meetings in every prefecture along the northeastern coast that was hit by the tsunami. At these meetings they have been gathering information from the DDs about their downlines, including numbers of fatalities, missing, homes damaged/destroyed and those that have been evacuated from the Fukushima evacuation zone.

At this time, we expect that the numbers of those affected by nuclear evacuations, damaged homes and fatalities will be in the hundreds. Our hearts go out to our friends and colleagues affected by this tragedy.