The second full day of the Founder's Circle retreat we drove through Zion National Park on our way to Stampin' Up!'s manufacturing facility in Kanab, UT. I was on the Real Red bus and sat with a demonstrator from Minnesota. It turned out that all of us on this bus were first time Founder's Circle members and it was fun to get to know one another!
Once we reached the manufacturing facility we split up into groups for a tour. There were no photos allowed inside the factory but it was fascinating to see the stamps actually being made and get to talk with the people making them. I got to use the diecutting machine and assemble a box of stamps! I've include d a photo here of the sign that hangs over the employee entrance door.
After we finished our tour we received a free stamp set (Carte Postale from the Winter mini catalog) and made some cards and a scrapbook page. I sat with some of the other rising stars and two Canadian Demonstrators for the make and take and it was fun getting to know them!
After we finished the make and take, we boarded the buses again and drove into the city of Kanab, UT to have lunch. We went to City Park which is a park that Shelli helped to build to give back to the community where she grew up. One of the cool things about this park was that the playground was surrounded by ground up pieces of rubber - the extra that is left when the stamps are manufactured. They were able to donate the rubber to make a soft surface under the equipment that the children play on and keep the rubber out of the landfill. What a win-win situation for the children, environment and the company! I am very proud to be a part of a company that looks for opportunites like this!
I've attached a photo of two of my fellow rising stars and I in the playground area. You can see the ground around us is red from the rubber with bits of purple mixed in. The purple is the leftover rubber from the hostess stamp sets and makes for a very colorful playground!