On December 14th, 2013 Earlene Vining organized a black tie party at the Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, Texas to celebrate Ed Foreman’s 80th birthday.
The party was a complete surprise to Ed and a great success with old and new friends from around the Country including some old friends who go all the way back to his Congressional days.
Happy Birthday Ed!
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Ed and Earlene have learned, like Elvis did, “taking care of business” (TCB), is important and can be done anywhere. With today’s modern electronic communications, cell phones, etc. you can handle calls, follow ups, enrollments, instruction… you name it… wherever you are!
From their lake cruiser fishing the waters of Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada, at a shore lunch, guide orientation sessions, early morning and late afternoon sessions with a variety of top level leaders, they conduct business and help their clients practice an enjoyable, full-filling life of outdoor adventure, healthful physical exersize, mental gymnastics, and a variety of skills to make life into an exciting game. They truly do lead you along the path to an invigorating journey to health, wealth, and happiness.
Happy, Healthy leaders build successful enterprises and make life an enjoyable experience.
Status Report on Executive Development Systems Activities
Ed Foreman and Earlene Vining have just returned this week from an extended tour of speaking and consulting services in Europe for the Institute for Management Studies, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd., and a CEO/CFO Financial Study Group.
The month-long itinerary took us to England, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria and Hungary, including a Danube River Cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Vienna and Melk, Austria, and Passau, Regensburg, Kelheim and Nuremburg, Germany. We conducted IMS sessions in London and Edinburgh; a Toyota meeting in Staffordshire; and a speaking/counseling cruise with a variety of business executives from the USA and Europe.
Next was a driving tour through Germany, the Black Forest, Stuttgart, and meetings in Baden Baden; and to Strasbourg, France, et al.
Although weād seen and visited many of these places before, it was enjoyable and exciting to visit old friends and meet new folks. The scenery was extraordinary (what a beautiful time of year!), the hospitality warm, welcoming and friendly; varied cultures, food and drink; vineyards, breweries, cathedrals, palaces, and castles… like walking through a history book! We had lunch in an establishment (Regensburg, Germany) that had been continuously preparing and serving sausages, kraut, and beer, etc., since the early 1300ās!
Just prior to our European departure, we completed one of the greatest 3-day SUCCESSFUL LIFE Courses, ever, at the Canyon Inn, McCormickās Creek State Park, Spencer, Indiana. WOW! What a powerful āFamily Friendly…High Performance Teamā that Defender Direct is developing! Each session just gets better and stronger!
Earlene met with the SLC Council at Defender earlier this week (immediately after our European tour), and reports their continued vibrant growth and leadership in Home Security, Dish Network, and related activities throughout North America.
The Caterpillar team loved the SLC so much, and the Canyon Inn, that theyāve contacted them about additional company leadership meetings there. A variety of participants from Bunch Wholesale Garden Nurseries, Ferguson Enterprises, utility companies, medical groups, and a variety of individual leaders from all around America continue to fill these life-enriching, success-building classes. Because of lodging and class accommodation limits, the classes fill considerably in advance… so if you have an interest in attending one of the two remaining sessions this year (August 7-10 or November 6-9), it would be a good idea to get your reservations made ASAP.
Earlene will be conducting a one-day, āThe 21st Century Woman,ā session in Vancouver, BC, on Saturday, June 16, for the Global Information Network. She attends a reunion meeting in Louisiana, June 21-24; and Ed will attend a similar session in New Mexico, June 21-24.
Ed will present a one-day program to the IMS group in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 12… and both Ed and Earlene will be doing an extended inside/outdoor workshop for Boise Cascade, et al, at the Lake of the Woods, Totem Lodge, in Ontario, Canada, July 14-20.
Edās heart surgery recovery has been phenomenal! On a scale of 1 to 10, heās operating at about 10.2 these days! On May 21, in fact, the whole month of May and early June, Earlene celebrated her xx birthday… and is cruising at about 10.5!
Our love and best wishes to all. Stay Happy, Healthy and TERRIFIC!
Hi There! Yāall been wondering how Iām feeling? How does it look like Iām feeling? Iām feeling happy, healthy, and terrific! What a pleasure to see you. Ed Foreman here in Dallas.
Thanks for all of your wonderful cards, and letters, and telephone calls and happy thoughts. Iām feeling wonderful, recovered completely. To our friends from GIN, the Global Information Network, our Successful Life Course graduates, the people from Defender, the Institute for Management Studies, and ALL our other friends across America and around the world, Thank You for your thoughtful prayers and good wishes to me, and, Right Back At You! Good Wishes and Good Thoughts To You! Iām telling you right now I really believe in the positive energy that we received during some of the things that happened were helpful in my total and complete recovery. And Iām looking forward to seeing and visiting with you, talking to you, and us sharing the happy life for many years to come.
Thanks much! Keep Smiling! And Stay TERRIFIC!
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According Paul Thayer, former Chairman and C.E.O. of LTV Aerospace Corp, it does!
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12222 MERIT DRIVE
DALLAS, TEXAS 75251
It’s hard to believe but it’s been almost a quarter of a century since we first met. In looking back on that part of my life, I must conclude that no other one person, other than my wife, Margery, has exerted such a positive influence on me, particularly during some pretty dark days that now we hardly remember. And, it’s about time I told you so.
In the late sixties not too long after we met, as you will remember, I accepted your invitation to spend a long weekend in Kerrville attending my first SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course. By Sunday afternoon, you and Earlene had managed to persuade me that I was not quite as motivated as I thought I was. The most impressive result of the entire three-day event, however, was to watch some rather shy, not-so-confident members of the class emerge as laughing, living, and loving personalities ready to take on all the challenges they had been holding in the background.
At this point, I was the Chairman of LTV/Aerospace Corp. and succeeded in convincing some of my associates that they too should plan to spend a weekend in Kerrville. Many of the executives were less than enthusiastic about the prospect before going but returned convinced. As the word got around and “I’m Terrific” became a password in the hallways, the follow-on groups got their own momentum. Needless to say, many of the problems that faced LTVAC in those days were met with much more force and finesse than before we were injected with “Foreman’s Formidable Formula.”
Then in June of 1970, I was “anointed” by the LTV Board to the Chairman and CEO of the parent company. I didn’t really want the job because I was having a lot of fun in the aerospace business. I was convinced it was the right change to make, however, when a couple of the Board members mentioned that if I didn’t accept their offer, they would have to hire me a boss and I might not like him.
Well as you know, at the time LTV had a lousy financial picture – roughly two billion dollars in debt; negative cash flow; under collateralized; unable to service debt and in technical default with the banks. So among other things, we exposed many of our management people to the “Foreman Magic” and two years later, we were profitable with most of our financial problems well on the way to being solved.
So, in looking back about 23 years, Ed Foreman, it’s clear that you have been a moving, tangible force in my life. And along with a few thousand others, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are a great and dear friend.
Mr. Ed Foreman, President
Executive Development Systems
14135 Midway Road, Suite 250, L.B. #7
Dallas, Texas 75244
Thanks to the professional expertise of my medical specialists, the energy, love, prayers, and support from family and friends, I am truly getting back to āreal lifeā with renewed enthusiasm and improving health and vitality.
Yes, I am attending daily morning cardiac rehabilitation sessions, exercising, reading, writing and enjoying walks along the creek and through the park.
It is fun to look ahead as we fill in the calendar with exciting adventures for 2012. We will continue with our quarterly 3-day SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course sessions at the Canyon Inn, McCormickās Creek State Park, Spencer, Indiana (March, May, August and November); six full-day programs for our Institute for Management Studies friends in New York City (March), London and Scotland (May), Minneapolis (July), Philadelphia (August), and Detroit (September); Global Information Network (GIN) meetings throughout the USA and exotic locations around the world; Canadian Outback Adventures program at Totem Lodge, Lake of the Woods Ontario; NMSU faculty and student functions; Veteran Speakers Retreat in Pennsylvania; a few corporate annual meeting keynotes, political fund-raisers; fly-fishing in New Brunswick; motorcycle tours up and down the back roads of America… Laughing, Loving ān Living life to the fullest!
Count your blessings, be cheerful, kind and considerate.
Recognize that the “Someday” youāve been planning for is here, now;
so go out and make a lot of worthwhile memories!
Love and best wishes!
Ed is doing very well… He’s been out of the hospital since December 21st, has been in and out of the office since the first day he was out of the hospital, and is enjoying the Christmas holiday season with his family. We’re enthusiastically anticipating that he’ll be back in full form and going strong by on or before our March 7-9 SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course in Indiana. He’s still needing to take it a little easier than normal, but he’s making terrific progress in his recovery.
Your continued friendship and concern are most sincerely appreciated!
Keep Smiling and Stay TERRIFIC!
Today, Ed is grateful, thankful, and appreciative for his many wonderful friends, supporters, family, and professional specialists who have given him a new lease on life.
After quadruple bypass surgery, heart valve repair, a pacemaker, etc, he goes forth from the hospital to celebrate new vitality and energy. He will be going through cardiac rehabilitation for the next 8 weeks and expects to be fully recovered by or before March 5, in time for our next SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course session at McCormick’s Creek State Park in Spencer, Indiana.
Your love, messages, prayers, and support have been of extremely appreciated importance in this experience. THANK YOU!
Good news! Ed was moved this morning from ICU to a private room at Medical City Hospital in Dallas with limited visitation. He’s doing very well, but still needs lots of rest and recovery time; so your understanding that your wonderful, thoughtful notes are not being responded to is sincerely appreciated. Thanks again for all your good wishes and prayers!
Ed came through his surgery very well today and met the doctor’s expectations. His recovery is progressing well, and he will be enjoying his morning “walk-about” starting on Wednesday morning. He’ll be in ICU for about three days and then in the hospital for a total of about ten days.
We’ll keep you posted as the doctors and nurses get him back up and running. Your continued good thoughts and prayers are sincerely appreciated. As it is impossible for us to respond to all your wonderful notes, please know that each message is read, and Ed will see them as his recovery progresses and know how many wonderful friends he has!