Facebook55Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Ronelle Funk Insurance, Inc. Ronelle Funk, president and CEO of Ronelle Funk Insurance, Inc., was recently recognized by the Thurston County Multiple Listing Service Association (MLSA) with its “2016 Affiliate of the Year” award. The award was presented at the large business organization’s annual Officer Installation and Holiday Social earlier in December at the Hotel Red Lion in Olympia. Ronelle Funk is the president and CEO of Ronelle Funk Insurance, Inc. with multiple locations in Thurston County. Photo courtesy: Ronelle Funk Insurance.“Ronelle is well-respected in our community and participates in many community and charity events,” 2016 MLSA President Rae Anne Toth explained. “Her business success reflects the respect that she’s earned, having grown significantly—enough to require opening her second insurance office in Lacey. She is a stellar example of a strong business woman that younger women can look up to and learn from. She is a wonderful asset to our community.” Funk owns and manages two of the area’s Allstate Insurance offices, one in the city of Lacey and another in Yelm. She has been a resident of Thurston County for 29 years and attended South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), later graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2005, Funk earned her master’s degree in mental health and counseling from Saint Martin’s University. She has advised people on their insurance needs for the last 18 years.A member of the Allstate Against Abuse Team, Funk joined efforts to help victims break free from domestic violence through financial education and empowerment. She is a Yelm Community Schools Business Partner and sponsors local baseball and tee-ball teams, Yelm Dollars for Scholars, the Nisqually Home and Car Show, the YWCA and many other events and organizations. She and her family participate in and sponsor the annual Olympia Toy Run, joining motorcyclists that donate money and toys to the Salvation Army for children in need.Ronelle Funk is very active in community building and charitable events such as the Olympia Toy Run. Photo courtesy: Ronelle Funk Insurance.Funk has served as the president of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce and was named its 2014 Business of the Year. Ronelle Funk Insurance was also recognized as the Best Insurance Agency in the Nisqually Valley in 2010 and Allstate customers voted it number one in customer service within a five-state region. Her business has been nominated as the “Best of South Sound” Insurance Agency by The Olympian newspaper readers. “This MLSA award is very meaningful to me,” said Funk. “The organization is an amazing local group of professionals that serve the real estate industry and have a great read on our communities. Like so many MLSA members, my company and staff truly care about the families and households that trust us to help them protect their most important assets and we want to give back to the place where we live and work.” Thurston County’s MLSA is a networking group of nearly 200 professional members and affiliates that include real estate brokers, loan officers, inspectors, insurance agents, builders/contractors, movers, interior designers and other real estate industry services. The group meets Tuesday mornings for breakfast at Pellegrino’s Tyee Event Center in Tumwater, Wash.
By Christina Johnson |SHREWSBURY – By 11 a.m. Wednesday on its first day of business, more than 1,000 customers were inside the brand new ShopRite at 1151 Shrewsbury Ave., moving slowly down the aisles of precisely arranged products, reading labels, checking prices and taking it all in.Throughout the 80,000-square-foot store, smartly uniformed store employees in black aprons stood outside their immaculate stations, greeting customers or offering samples. Saker ShopRite executives in suits buzzed through the aisles, chatting with staff and shaking hands with customers. The mood was festive, like a holiday.“It’s awesome. It’s amazing. I’m like, a little overwhelmed,” said Amy Montano of Little Silver, who was in the meat aisle, picking out Thanksgiving dinner items for her family of three with the help of a yellow store directory handout. Typically, the real estate professional will drive 20 minutes to Wegmans and Costco in Ocean Township to do the family shopping. But ShopRite is only 10 minutes from her home. She was impressed. “It’s just beautiful and everything looks great.”Convenience, quality, freshness and the overall customer experience are some of the ingredients in Richard Saker’s recipe for success. Saker, of Middletown, is president and CEO of Saker ShopRites, which continues to be guided by the family’s fifth generation of grocers. Of his 32 stores, 25 of have the “World Class” label for their amenities, extensive size and depth of offerings. The Shrewsbury store is a World Class store.Customers who know the Hazlet, Middletown and Aberdeen stores will feel at home in Shrewsbury. The layout of the grocery, produce, meat and seafood sections is familiar. But the Shrewsbury store stands out for its vast hot food and deli provisions selection, a smorgasbord of hundreds of prepared entrees from both the World Class Kitchens and Dearborn Farms brands that seems to go on and on from behind a long, gleaming 30-foot glass case, a feast for the eyes.Shrewsbury ShopRite meat manager Justin Hager shows off the premium, custom cut meat selection. Photo by Christina Johnson“Grab and go” foods prepared by ShopRite chefs aimed to appeal to busy working moms and dads who want to pick up a home-cooked meal to share together at night, is a sophisticated experience in Shrewsbury. “If you see a product with World Class Kitchens on it, we’re making that here in New Jersey, with good union labor. All our products are handmade and the vast majority of our products are 100 percent natural,” said Saker. “Which is something that is quite amazing, because there’s nobody else who does that. Everything is made fresh and everything is made locally.”Customers can buy homemade food in packages right in the refrigerated aisles, or they can be served behind the glass by an employee who will help a customer build an $8 or $9 meal with an entrée and two sides from the colorful selection.In the fresh pasta aisle, ShopRite’s Richard Saker shows beef ravioli made from his wife Laura’s recipe. Photo by Christina JohnsonThe Shrewsbury store also features a new fresh pasta operation where customers can buy packaged pasta products like angel hair, macaroni and ravioli produced on the premises. Kobe beef, a premium product not formally found in supermarkets, also gets star billing in Shrewsbury, where customers can order Kobe beef burgers, Kobe roast beef, Kobe corned beef and Kobe pastrami. These two new features will be rolling out to other ShopRite stores in the future.All of this is offered under video screens that show mesmerizing kitchen videos from ShopRite chefs slicing and dicing, sautéing and baking, or piping icing into flower shapes onto beautiful little cakes for the boutique patisserie. “We import some of the finest ingredients from all over the world,” including chocolate from Belgium, said Saker. “We are just a cut above any bakery. Nobody does anything like we do.”The meat section of the store is also something special in Shrewsbury. Customers can regularly find custom cuts of USDA Prime beef and Kobe beef, as well as specialties like pork crown roast and beef bracciole. Or they can request something different from the butcher behind the counter.The store, which employs 300 full- and part-time workers, has a local focus. Customers can find Booskerdoo Coffee, roasted in Monmouth County; Glenda’s Kitchen gluten-free, gourmet cookies, which are baked nearby in Atlantic Highlands; and the Grown in Monmouth branded plants provided by local farms like Louis Davino Greenhouses.There is also a pharmacy, a cafe, a full-service catering department and a store nutrition expert and nutrition center.The store is open 6 a.m. to midnight every day. The company offers a “ShopRite from Home” app with pick up from reserved parking spots, and will offer home delivery.ShopRite from home is a service that allows customers to place orders for pickup at a reserved section of the parking lot. The supermarket will offer home delivery. Photo courtesy ShopRite“Customers are excited, it’s a ‘wow,’ ” said Shrewsbury ShopRite store manager Mike Egan. “They’ve been waiting a while for ShopRite to come back to Shrewsbury,” he said, referring to a store that existed in the 1970s.Shrewsbury ShopRite store manager Mike Egan at the entrance of the store, where “Shrewsbury NJ” spelled out in oversized Scrabble tiles welcomes customers. Photo by Christina Johnson“Come check us out. We have a great staff, great people, and we’re happy to serve,” added Egan.This article was first published in the Nov. 15-21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Guess who’s coming to feast on roller skates? Well none other than the Lumber Jackies and Killjoys — two Heritage City teams in the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League. The two clubs are part of the final regular season bout of the 2011 season, set for Friday at the NDCC Arena. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the teams on their venture with Team of the Week honours. One of the teams, the Lumber Jackies, are pictured starting, back row, L-R, Lois Slain (call-up from Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels), Cat Wheelie, Slap Chop, Ursula Aggress, Chain Sawndra, Smashinista, Courtney Shove and Brutiful Bits (another call-up from Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels). Front, MISS TREAT, Clara Violent, inger the stinger, tricky BOOM, Lady Lockdown, Slameron Diaz (another call-up from Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels).