Next up in our Meet the Reps series is Robin, who has been working for Hodges for over five years. In addition to her time in customer service, she has also filled in in our medals and flat ribbon departments, which enables her to bring a unique understanding of how our products are made when speaking with customers.
In her time at Hodges, Robin enjoys the personal relationships she has built with long-standing customers. As an example, when two of her customers found out she was pregnant with her daughter, they sent girls’ outfits and baby blankets. She also told me that when the Durham Fair places an order, they often leave some awards completely up to her discretion, even though they know of Robin’s penchant for neon pink.
Continuing in my interviewing trend of asking what was the strangest order they have received, Robin told me about a woman who needed an extensive number of horse show ribbons remade after her guinea pigs had gotten loose and chewed up their streamers for bedding. (Really, I couln’t make that up if I tried!)
When she’s not at her desk, Robin keeps busy with her son and her two year old daughter, as well as her Jack Russell Buddy.
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While those of you that read our fair catalog insert this spring may already be familiar with the following information, I figured I’d take a minute to clear up any confusion about our use of the 4-H license.
As of June 1st, Hodges Badge Company is still one of only two manufacturers licensed to use the 4-H logo on ribbons, rosettes and awards. Yes, we do charge a fee to use the 4-H name and logo on your custom-printed products, but the fee is passed on in entirety to the National 4-H council in support of their programs.
While we know it’s tough to see fees added to any purchase, we understand the measures that the National 4-H Council must take to protect proper use of their logo. We have worked hard to make sure all our products bearing their name or logo not only meet the Council’s specifications but are awards any group at the local or national level would be proud to present.
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The Associated Press has been circulating a story today on the passing of Miss Ellie, the 17 year old Chinese Crested Hairless dog who became world famous in 2009 after winning Animal Planet’s “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest. Featured prominently in the photo with the story is the Hodges Badge Company blue Ideal rosette she won at the contest held at the Sonoma-Marin fair.
A while back I wrote a post giving some examples of some of the more unique or different events our ribbons and rosettes have been used for. I guess I should have added “Ugliest Dog” contests to the list. RIP Miss Ellie.