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Chicken Little says Sky Falling

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YES, CHICKEN LITTLE, THE SKY IS FALLING AND IF IT ISN’T LEAVES IT IS SNOWFLAKES

Fall is here officially but already it feels like winter. If moving to Florida is out of the question what  could be better than great Husqvarna  outdoor power equipment to lessen the burden of all that clean up.While you are mulling this over, please take note of all of the outdoor power tools Gamka has to assist you in keeping the environment at bay. To  make the process of obtaining that snow  thrower or that lawn tractor with plow, etc., check out Husqvarna’s financing!  How does no down payment and 0% interest for up to 48 months sound?

       Thinking about a new snow thrower? Husqvarna has a FIVE year warranty and if you buy from Gamka, we will store your new machine in our warehouse, FREE,  until you are ready to take it (or by March 15, 2015 when it has to go).

       Suppose this lawn tractor (Model YTH22V46) catches your eye. It is priced at $1,599.95 plus tax.  Read More

Good Help Is Even Harder to Find

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There is an old saying, “Good help is hard to find.” It seems to be more true than ever. Gamka is a small company and that means good employees are critical. Everyone is pretty much a key player, whether a driver, mechanic, sales person or in office administration. Even in larger organizations, the drive to reduce costs by cutting personnel to the bone has taken place since 2008, going beyond cutting the fat to carving off the muscle. But the time inevitably comes when you have to reach out and hire new people. We offer decent pay and some benefits that have become scarcer then hens teeth in the work place. Just a piece of cake, we thought. Well, recruiting has been a challenge!  What sort of luck have you been having? We used Craig’s List, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development website at   Read More

Do You Remember The Story Of Leon Klinghoffer

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Before I begin, please be forewarned — this is a ghastly and true recantation of a real life event from October 8, 1985. All the gory details are not necessary to make my case. Here are just the salient points. Klinghoffer was a retired American appliance manufacturer who grew up on the lower east side of New York City. He was disabled, wheelchair-bound and on a cruise with his wife on the liner Achille Lauro. They were celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary. Klinghoffer was Jewish. Four Palestinian terrorists hijacked the ship, held the passengers and crew hostage, ordered the Captain to sail to a Syrian port and demanded the release of 50 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. The Syrian government refused to allow the ship to dock. Because the terrorists were denied, they singled out Klinghoffer because he was a Jew, shot him in the head and chest and forced two crew members to throw his body and wheelchair overboard. The act was disgraceful, cowardly and contemptible. Those despicable terrorists were not men, not even animals, they were cockroaches and I may be doing cockroaches a disservice in this comparison.

A very controversial American opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, first opened in 1991, based on this event. It has been criticized as being antisemitic and for glorifying terrorism. It has played in many venues since first being staged and has now come to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City where it has been denounced and praised. Personally, I cannot proffer an opinion as I haven’t seen it.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani protested outside the Met on opening night, saying it presented a perverted view of history. Giuliani said, “I speak here to warn people that the facts presented in the opera are incomplete and distorted. This murder was ordered, organized, and planned. It was not the act of people feeling oppressed. This was the act of an organized group seeking international recognition, moral equivalency, and money. And it worked!” Current Mayor Bill deBlasio defended The Death of Klinghoffer, saying, “I think the American way is to respect freedom of speech. Simple as that.”

While this is difficult for me to admit, I agree with deBlasio, this once. We must respect the First Amendment. BUT—- with freedom of speech should come good judgment. When there are no flames, yelling “Fire!”  in a crowded theater is bad judgement.  Leon Klinghoffer was murdered in cold blood because he was Jewish and his body was thrown into the ocean like garbage. It was a tragedy for his family and a callous, vile, barbaric, sordid act. Characterizing  it as anything else is plain wrong. The Death of Klinghoffer opera is in poor taste if  it is less than 100% accurate. Rewriting history does not change it.

Sincerely,

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Pampering Is Not About Putting On A Diaper

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Back when I was little and a lot younger, I remember how Mom would shoo me and my brothers out of the house on nice days. There was plenty of company for us, all of the mothers wanted a little peace and quiet and time to get their chores done.  We would go off to meet our friends and play. I had a tricycle (bicycles were for the big kids) and rode it everywhere. That was back in Teaneck, my home town. About 7 blocks from our house was a store called Ronald’s Furniture. They always had these great cardboard boxes which we dragged home or to the back yard of whomever we were playing with to make cabins or forts or whatever our imagination conjured up.  There were woods nearby and a bit further was the Overpeck Creek and marshes. Climbing trees, hiding and seeking, “smoking” cattails, throwing rocks at fish. It was great fun and us kids would be out all day. Sometimes we went home for lunch and sometimes we ate at our friends’ houses. Did we detail all of our plans and activities to Mom? No way, we just  went “out”. Everyone knew everyone. Read More

It was Never Between You and Them

By Gamka Blog - Bob Hibler

“If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism. If you steal from two, it’s research.”
— John Burke —

Director of Marketing - Bob Hibler

Bob Hibler

There is an old Russian proverb that goes like this,” If everyone gives a thread, the poor man will have a shirt.” Now I will be the first one to rebel against the redistribution of wealth, especially my wealth and even yours.  On the other hand we can and should do what we can to help others where possible. That doesn’t have to  mean money or threads, it can be giving of yourself.  So several Sundays ago, at Mass, I was perusing the weekly bulletin instead of giving my full attention to what was going on at the altar. Inside the bulletin was a short article entitled MOTHER TERESA REMINDERS.  I liked what I read, they don’t cost money and I thought they were worth  sharing, so here they are:

  • People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
  • If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
  • If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
  • If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
  • When you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
  • If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
  • The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
  • Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

Nice thoughts, huh?

One last anonymous quote: “Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself.”

Sincerely,

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A Snow Thrower Sale in July

By Announcements, Gamka Blog - Bob Hibler

ARE WE CRAZY?
WELL, MAYBE YES AND MAYBE NOT. 

924HVAfter touring the 60,000 square foot Gamka Warehouse we could not help but see that there were a few more snow throwers and snow thrower tractor attachments than we wanted to dust off until next winter. So our housekeeping problem could be your answer to early winter preparedness!  Suppose we have a crazy Climate Change  Blizzard? We cannot eat the darn things and would like to move them out —NOW! Come on down and take advantage of us poor Gamkans. Prices are slashed to the bone to clear out  these brand new units.  Winter will be here before you can say “Jack Frost”!  And you would be crazy not to check this sale out.687_1_orig_90

I Need Answers to these Questions

By Gamka Blog - Bob Hibler

“The ideal man doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t swear, doesn’t get angry, doesn’t exist.”
—Anonymous—

Dear Bob,

I need answers to these questions:

Why are there no consequences when politicians do wrong?

It is all about a hypothetical company, a big one, let’s call it Amalgamated Juggernaut, Inc.  It is an industrial giant, run by  one person, President and CEO Darwin Bodacious. This outfit is the biggest maker of widgets in the world. Things have been slipping for the last few years, pretty much since

Bodacious  took over. Blaming the last president, a man named Fred W. Shrub, isn’t working anymore.  Sales are down, the competitors who once feared Amalgamated’s powerful reputation, now snicker. Instead of building assets, CEO Darwin lets the key components go. The Amalgamated Juggernaut HQ needs paint and repairs to its infrastructure. Employees and what customers there are left are no longer believing they will be able to keep their old  company products if they like them. Despite what his accountants warn, he spends more than he takes in. Equalizing the wages of the company employees regardless of what they do is reducing their productivity, morale and drive. He overrules his board of directors. Juggernaut’s bylaws and rules no longer apply to his decisions unless it suits the Bodacious’ imperial ways. People have begun to catch on that his signature strategy is going to bring the company to its knees by replacing a working system with one that has failed elsewhere. The shareholders approval rating is way down.

Got the picture?

 

So Pop Quiz time, Multiple Choice, pick all that apply!

If you were this leader, would you—

A) Continue on with these policies and actions

B) Take a vacation

C) Play golf

D) Work on your Brackets

E) All of the above

If you picked “E” you win the prize. Go to the head of the class.

Now for your homework assignment: Amalgamated Juggernaut’s President and CEO,Darwin Bodacious, falls victim to a hostile takeover, gets a $500,000,000 golden parachute and leaves to live the dream on the coast of Costa Rica. His successor is Esmeralda Wyndham-Upp, who just burst through the glass ceiling.  You are now an enlightened Esmeralda.

You have seen the error of the Bodacious reign.Your homework  assignment is to see if you can straighten out this mess before it is too late. The life of your company is at stake.

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Bob Hibler

Come to our next class with your game plan.

Sincerely,

Bob Hibler,

NJLCA Recognizes Bob Hibler of Gamka Sales

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NJLCA Recognizes Bob Hibler of Gamka Sales

On December 17th, 2013, the NJLCA Recognizes Bob Hibler of Gamka Sales with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his valuable contributions as the Chairman of the Board of the New jersey Landscape Contractors Association and serving the NJLCA Board of Directors from 2010 through 2013.

Gamka Sales is proud of Bob Hibler and his tremendous dedication to helping an association that is focused and committed to Landscape Contractors throughout New Jersey and the Green Industry as a whole.

 

NJLCA Recognizes Bob Hibler of Gamka Sales

Bob Hibler Appreciation Award by NJLCA 2013

NJLCA Recognizes Bob Hibler of Gamka Sales

Bob Hibler Appreciation Award by NJLCA 2013

Gamka Sales Co. Inc. sells and rents construction equipment to contractors and municipalities. We provide Husqvarna outdoor power equipment and products to landscapers, contractors, tree surgeons, property managers, arborists and homeowners for their lawn, shrub, garden, and tree maintenance requirements.

 

New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association

New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association

The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association is a group of professional landscape contractors dedicated to advancing the integrity, proficiency and continued growth of the landscape industry. As an NJLCA member you receive valuable information and benefits indispensable to the ongoing success of your business.

How Do We Help You?
The NJLCA is a proven resource to both the landscape professional and consumer. As members, qualified landscape contractors offer a variety of services from planning and design to installation and maintenance which are oriented to the needs of each client.

For more information on this great association or to join please click here.

New Jersey Landscape 2014 37th Annual Trade Show and Conference

The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association proudly announces their 37th Annual Trade Show and Conference, New Jersey Landscape 2014, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. The Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ will once again be the site for this one day Green Industry marketplace and educational event. NJ Landscape 2014 will feature over 150 companies showcasing their newest products, equipment, machinery and services. A DEP program will be coordinated, while additional business related seminars will also be offered.  For additional information call 201-703-3600 or visit njlca.org

Gamka Named NJLCA 2012 Associate

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Gamka Sales Named NJLCA 2012 Associate

 

On December 11, 2012 at the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association Annual Holiday Gala and Awards Presentation, a Special Award was announced for Associate of the Year 2012, Gamka Sales Co. Inc.  Accepting the award on behalf of the company was Bob Hibler, Gamka’s Director of Marketing  and Chairman of the NJLCA Board of Directors.  Bob pointedly thanked everyone present for the honor and said it “was a pleasure to serve”.

 It reads:

December 2012

Associate of the Year

Presented to

Bob Hibler

Gamka Sales Co.

For your generous donation of time and continuos support of the

New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association

NJLCA – Growing Every Day

This is the second time Gamka Sales was named for this prestigious distinction. Gamka was also honored in 2010. We are proud to support this organization.

 

Gamka Named NJLCA Associate of the Year

Gamka Named NJLCA Associate of the Year

 

 

The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association is a group of professional landscape contractors dedicated to advancing the integrity, proficiency and continued growth of the landscape industry. As an NJLCA member you receive valuable information and benefits indispensable to the ongoing success of your business.

The NJLCA is a proven resource to both the landscape professional and consumer. As members, qualified landscape contractors offer a variety of services from planning and design to installation and maintenance which are oriented to the needs of each client.

For more information
Call (201) 703-3600
Fax (201) 703-3776
To send an e-mail to NJLCA!

– info@njlca.org

Their website is www.njlca.org – please consider joing their organization if you are a landscape contractor.

Thanks Hometown Heroes

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Hometown Heroes

It has been a bad time for countrywide heroes. Far too often we learn that a man or woman for whom the citizenry had great respect and admiration, with virtues we strove to emulate, turns out to have feet of clay. Athletes who out paced their competitors were found to have benefited from chemical enhancements; politicians are caught with both hands in the till or other violations of their public trust; military leaders are unfaithful; religious pillars took advantage of their positions with youthful innocents and on and on. Even organizations held in high regard have had ugly blemishes and stains revealed. Disillusionment abounds. Who can we look up to then?

Just glance around you!

It took Hurricane Sandy to again bring home that we have genuine heroes amongst us still. Who were they? The First Responders who risked their own lives to save others; the utility linemen, swinging in aerial buckets while wrestling with high tension lines to restore power; the ordinary people who shared blankets, food, clothing, friendship to strangers and did good deeds without reservation or regrets.

There may not be a national champion for us to esteem but there are plenty of anonymous locals whose acts we can revere. Unsung, unrecognized but not unnoticed.

Join me in saluting them for their deeds. God Bless them!

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others, at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe