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We can all take pride in an event which took place in
North Carolina during the summer — The U.S. Olympic
It was one of the greatest things ever to happen in North
Carolina and the extraordinary success it enjoyed gives all
North Carolinians reason to be proud.
As members of the Adams-Millis Family we can all take
special pride in the fact that the company was a “Bronze
Sponsor” of the Festival.
The event brought together more than 3,000 athletes who
were watched by a record 460,000 fans. Ticket sales ex
ceeded expectations by more than $100,000 and the Festival
produced a profit of some $1.5 million.
But the real display of success was the way the event was
conducted without any hitches of any consequence. Hill
Carrow, as executive director, mobilized an army of volun
teers all over the state to assure its success.
From its venues in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary,
Greensboro and Kerr Lake the Festival proved to the coun
try and the world that North Carolina can handle events of
this magnitude and even larger — perhaps, someday, the
Preceding the Festival was the Olympic torch run which
passed through High Point, even along Elm Street in front
of our company headquarters.
It was a gratifying experience to see the flame as it ap
proached being carried by our own Michael Ryan, Senior
Vice President of Administration and Human Resources.
He was joined by several Adams-Millis employees carrying
a banner declaring “Adams-Millis Salutes The Olympic
I must admit 1 was a bit teary-eyed as the torch passed. It
was a feeling of pride akin to that I experience as the
National Anthem is played at the Olympic Games when an
American wins a gold medal.
As a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee I have seen
athletes from around the world compete in the last eight
Olympic Games. The thrust of the games is competition.
Each athlete strives for the top prize — the gold medal.
Similarly, we are all involved in competition as well. Just
as Olympic athletes dedicate themselves to hard work and
excellence in their endeavor, so must we. They strive to be
the best athlete in the world. We must strive to be the best
hosiery manufacturer in the world.
Just as the athlete, we look toward outdistancing the
competition. We are all looking for the gold medal.
Excellence is never an accident. It is achieved in an organ
ization or institution only as a result of a ceaseless and vigor
ous insistence on the highest standards of performance It
requires everyone’s best effort possible.
Excellence is contagious. It infects and affects everyone in
the organization. It charts the direction or program. It estab
lishes measures for planning. It provides zest and vitality to
the organization. Once achieved, excellence affects everv
aspect of the life of the organization.
Excellence demands commitment and a total dedication
from the leadership of the organization. Once it is accepted
and expected, it must be nourished and continually reviewed
It is a never-ending process of learning and growing, re
quiring a spirit of motivation and boundless energy. It is
always the result of a creatively conceived and precisely
Excellence inspires; it electrifies. It raises to the highest
level every phase of an orgainization’s life. It unleashes an
impact which influences every program, every activity, every
committee, every staff person, every employee.
To instill it in an organization is difficult; to sustain it, even
more so. It demands adjustment, imagination and vigor, But
most of all. it requires that each person constantly strives to
do better than the day before.
Excellence is an organization's life line. It leaves no room
lor indifference or complacency. It renews our energy. Once it
becomes the e.xpected standarcl of performance, it results in a
hai d di iving and motivating force for an organization.
Excellence is a state of mind put into action. It is a road-map
to success. When a climate of e.xcellence exists, all things
important to the organization come easier.
Excellence in an organization is important . . . because it is
Vol. 43, No. 3
AMCO NEWS is edited
and produced quarterly
by Adams-Millis Cor
poration, 225 North Elm
Street, High Point,
North Carolina, 27261.
ents and suggestions are
always welcomed by
Jackie Barnard, Editor
Credit Union News
BY JOAN TREMLETT
Credit Union Manager
I hope all Credit Union mem
bers have visited the new High
Point office. As of September 1
the Credit Union has been lo
cated in the new EK (Ed Kelly)
Plaza, 1229 S. Main St., Suite
The telephone number is still
the same — 886-4415. Go by and
say hello to Eddie and Joy.
Each ol you should have
received your membership
card by now. If not. please con
tact your plant representative
Ol call the credit union
Now is the time to be thinking
about a Christmas Club for next
year. This should be started
November. If you don't already
belong, please get an appli
cation from your plant rep
If you are already in the club,
you may want to increase your
contribution. November is
Another reminder. Don't for-
pt your family members may
become members also and en-
.lo\ all the services the credit
union has to offer. Tell them the
pod news and urge them to
by the local office.
Congratulations to Becky
Plowucha from Plant 1 for win
ning .$25 deposited to her
savings account in the Credit
L nion Open House drawing.
Eddie Cleveland, Joy Albright In Front Of New Credi
Offices In High Point