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Crown Toyota of Lawrence,KS - March 2015 Newsletter

Crown March Newsletter
3400 S. Iowa St. (785)843-7700

Teacher of the Month

Crown Automotive is a title sponsor for the WOW! Teacher of the Year Program. Turn to Page 3 to see who our January recipient was and what they did to earn the award!

Habitat For Humanity

Crown participated in the annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser. Turn to Page 3 to learn more about the event as well as how to get involved or donate!

Salespeople of the Month

Turn to Page 4 to get a look at our salespeople of the month as well as our newest employee!


Upcoming Events

3/4-5: Reality U (Free State High School)

3/17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Downtown)

4/11: Kid’s Summer Fun Fair (Crown Kingdom)

4/12: 100 Good Women Clothing Exchange (Crown Kingdom)

4/17: Kaw Valley Quilt Show (Crown Kingdom)

4/22: Earth Day Parade (Downtown)

5/25: Memorial Day

6/21-28: Lawrence Arts Center Fair (Downtown)



Crown Automotive hosted the annual Lawrence Home Builders Association "Home Show" in the Crown Kingdom for the third year in a row. Businesses started moving into the Kingdom on February 18th. Over sixty businesses participated in the Home Show including Meritrust Credit Union, Heritage Tractor, Custom Wood Products, Pine Family Landscape Center and Jane Bateman Inc. (interior decorating). The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Friday at 11:30 in the morning. Bobby Flory, who is the Executive Director of the Home Builders Association as well as the person in charge of the event, did the honors of cutting the ribbon and opening the Home Show to the public. About 2,100 people attended the Home Show over the three day period. Businesses participated to get their products in front of a larger audience in hopes of expanding their customer base. Many of the attendees of the event came to get a head start on their spring projects. They had the opportunity to make purchases at the event as well as gather information from the different vendors to help them plan for their upcoming home improvement projects. Crimson and Blue BBQ also participated and gave everyone a chance to enjoy some delicious food while they browsed around the Home Show. For more information about the Home Builder's Association and the next Home Show visit their website

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

Crown Automotive also hosted the annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser in the Kingdom in early February. Eighty participants purchased tickets to donate to the organization as well as participate in the movie trivia game! The participants broke up into teams and battled in a heated game of movie trivia in hopes of winning prizes. Many of these participants also dressed up as their favorite movie characters! The Kingdom was decorated in all sorts of movie memorabilia including an authentic old school bat-mobile! The Habitat for Humanity organization put on the fundraiser to help fund their housing projects for those in need.

“We build because we believe that everyone everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home.” - Habitat for Humanity


January Teacher of the Month

The recipient of the WOW! Teacher of the Month for the month of January was Kristi Toews. Kristi is a speech language pathologist at South Middle School in Lawrence. Kristi was nominated for creating a fantasy football league for kids with communication needs in order to help them interact more. Students came together on a weekly basis to update their teams and to talk about the league. While participating in the league students have a common focus, which makes it easier for students with communication needs to work on these skills in a more comfortable and pressure free environment. Kristi also created a similar group for girls to work on their communication skills as well. For winning Teacher of the Month for January Kristi received a $100 gift card from Meritrust as well as a pizza party for her class courtesy of Minsky’s Pizza. Kristi now has a chance to be selected “Teacher of the Year”, win a cash prize for herself as well as her school, and win a free car for a year courtesy of Crown Automotive.

If you know of a teacher in the area that goes over and beyond to help their students visit and vote for them! You can also come to Crown Automotive or Meritrust Credit Union and pick up a nomination form and enter your favorite teacher!

Salespeople of the Month

David Wilson

Sean Kalist

Tristan Blad


New Employee

Skyler Countess

Skyler Countess is the newest member of Toyota Service. He is from Lawrence and attended Lawrence High School. Although he is from Lawrence he is actually an Oklahoma Sooners fan. In his spare time he enjoys working out. Skyler said that he is very excited to be apart of the Crown organization.


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Employee Anniversaries   Employee Birthdays!
Carl Windle 3/1/95   Niko Roberts 12th
Ken Johnson 3/1/95   Joel Dunning 13th
Tony Hunt 3/1/04   Laura Anderson 20th
Ed Keane 3/21/05   Justin Hulshof 25th
David Wilson 3/30/11   Brent Cutler 28th
Joe Higdon 3/1/13   Will Thompson 30th
Kennon Smith 3/20/14   Ryan Moyer 31st




Crown Toyota of Lawrence,KS - Feb 2015 Newsletter

Crown February Newsletter
      In this Issue

Teacher of the Month

Crown Automotive is a title sponsor the WOW! Teacher of the Year Program. Turn to page 3 to see who our December recipient was and what they did to earn the award!

Kaw Valley Eagles Day

Crown participates in many community event, including the annual Kaw Valley Eagles day held at Free State High School here in Lawrence. Continue to page 3 to learn more!

Crown Employee of the Month

We have selected our Employee of the month for January! Read on to see who is our first winners of 2015! P.4

Upcoming Crown Events!

2/6 - Habitat for Humanity - Kingdom

2/9 - Teacher of the Month Selection

2/13 - Go Red: American Heart Association - KU

2/20-22 - Lawrence Home Builders Association Show - Kingdom

3/4-5 - Reality U - Free State HS

3/17 - St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Downtown

4/11 - Kid’s Summer Fun Fair -Kingdom

4/17 - Kaw Valley Quilt Show -Kingdom
Chili Cook-Off Winners: Tristan Bland, Shelly Myers, and Jon Logan.
Crown Chili Cook-Off!
Crown had their annual Chili cook-off last month and there were plenty of participants competing for the “Golden Gobbler” trophy. The participants included Darin Mangan, Gabe Jacobson, Jon Logan, Thadd Church, Shelly Myers, Kelly Glaze, and Tristan Bland. Tristan has won the last four competitions but he definitely had his hands full this year. This year’s judges were Ted Ross, Laura Augustine, and Keegan Taylor. After a long deliberation the competition ended with a tie for first place as well as a tie for 3rd place. Tristan would prevail, winning by split decision, putting newcomer to the chili cook-off Shelly in second place. Jon Logan also won his tie which landed him in third place. In the post cook-off interviews Shelly explained that her kids were who pushed her to join the competition, and since her pot was the first to be finished it looks like they had a point. Chili Cook-off champion Tristan only pointed to his winning chili.

(Greatest of All Time)

Eudora High School teacher Nate Robinson.
  Teacher of the Month
Crown is proud to be one of the co-sponsors of the WOW! Teacher of the Month Award. In the month of December the award was presented to Eudora High School teacher Nate Robinson. Mr. Robinson uses his digital media courses to help students explore their interests in broadcasting and media. He has used fundraisers to raise money for the equipment needed for their special class projects. He has also taken his students to video competitions, developed the Eudora video club, and created a YouTube channel for the club in order to make the club’s hard work available for everyone to see. Mr. Robinson has a chance to be selected “Teacher of the Year”, win a cash prize for himself and Eudora High School, as well as a free car for a year courtesy of Crown Automotive!
  Kaw Valley Eagles Day
On January 14th Free State High School hosted the Jayhawk Audubon Kaw Valley Eagles day. Hundreds of children and parents filed into free state to see a multitude of different animals native to Kansas as well as learn about wildlife conservation. Kids were able to interact with snakes, turtles, and many different species of birds. They also got the chance to take a trip to Clinton Lake to go on an eagle watching tour where they could view and photograph the eagles that are nesting nearby. The event started at 8 a.m. and continued until about 4 p.m. For more information about the event as well as the next Eagle day visit their website
  New Employee

Aslam Sterling - Pre-Owned Sales

Aslam was born and raised in Jamaica Queens in New York. He attended and played football at the University of Kansas. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his friends and family.
  January Employee of the Month:

Thadd Church

Thadd was voted employee of the month in January for coming in on his day off to help the service department get caught up while they were under-maned. Not only did he come in and help but he also did an exceptional job, attending to twelve cars when the average number is seven. Special recognition also goes to Ryan Wingert, Sean Khalist, Joe Higdon, Stephanie Turner, and Keegan Taylor for doing an exceptional job last month.

Employee Anniversaries   Employee Birthdays!
Ryan Moyer 2/1/01   Tristan Bland 4th
Jon Logan 2/1/10   Justin Pierce 5th
Jacob Lorenzo 2/3/14   Gary Tilley 13th
Alex Todd 2/4/13   Tony Park 18th
T.C. Franklin 2/10/14   Tim Murphy 22nd
Clayton Culley 2/12/13   Brett Shackelford 28th
Ted Ross 2/18/03      
Connie Bebee 2/18/03