Is My Dog Smarter than Me?

Ok dog people, at the risk of stating the obvious, I think that McKell is really quite intelligent.  Not only does she always remember to check under Jeanette’s desk to see if there are any cookies (there was one once, about 4 weeks ago), but her love of food led to some really fast training yesterday.

We took McKell to Step1 and 2 class at yourcourteouscanine at Abby’s Dog Depot in Westport, Ma for her first training class.  In an hour she mastered sit, lie down, stay and up – the puppy pushup.  We went through a lot of string cheese, but it is amazing how far you can get in an hour with a food motivated dog!

The rest of this week we will be practicing our sit stays and down stays.

Education is an on-going process

We wanted to thank Jim Farrell, Aquatic Director and Nina Milinazzo, Gymnastics Director of the Newport County YMCA for coming out to Hodges this month to train us on the YMCA swim and gymnastics events. We got a lot of information in two days that will help us to help our customers.


These two days of training are part of an ongoing program that includes every department from customer service to shipping. The program is to teach Hodges’ employees about the events that give out awards. It’s a win win situation. As customers, you benefit by knowledgeable employees. As employees, we can find job satisfaction in knowing we can do the best job possible and find motivation in the achievements that our products acknowledge. I know that may sound a little cliché but the fact of the matter is that we want to be the best awards company for both you and ourselves.


If you have any ideas on types events we should be learning about please send them to us!

2009 Equestrian Catalog Cover Contest

Call for Entries

It’s your last chance to get your photographs in for the 2009 Equestrian Catalog Cover Contest! Deadline is November 1, 2008.

2008 Winners

2008 Winners

To Enter, submit by mail a color photograph attached to an official entry form. The official rules are on the form. You can enter as many times as you’d like but each entry has to be accompanied by an entry form.

Check out these great awards:

  • Grand Prize – $2500 plus photograph appears on the cover of Hodge’s Badge Company’s 2009 Equestrian Awards Catalog.
  • Honorable Mention – $100 each

Check out ALL of last year’s Winners here!

Hurry! Entries must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2008!

New England Mail Order Association Fall 2008 Conference

Last month four of us at Hodges’ traveled up to Burlington, Vermont for the New England Mail Order Association (NEMOA) 2008 Fall Conference. This a great group for small mailers to learn from and network with. It was also the perfect place for a conference dedicated to “Growing Green” – Business and environmental sustainability in today’s market… Burlington was beautiful, and with the hotel right across from Lake Champlain you woke to an awesome view where the leaves were just starting to turn.

It was a great conference. The goal was to introduce members to other catalogers who have a “Green” program going and show us what they are doing to make it work. We learned a lot in 3 days and met some interesting people from all kinds of catalog companies.

The conference started with a panel of catalogers, Brian McGovern from Timberland, David Hay from Plow & Hearthand Nancy Fischman from L.L.Bean showing us what they do and what we can do. They definitely have a grasp on what can be done and why it’s important. It was impressive.

At Hodges we are already trying to get the message out that we are starting to go green and it’s important to be environmentally conscious. We are spreading the word that our ribbon products are biodegradable and our catalogs are printed at a certified environmentally friendly printer now. It’s a small start but this conference gave us more ideas. We are even starting a “green team” to look around the company for places were green improvements can be made as well.

Use Ribbons and Medals to Help Motivate Students

Awards help motivate children to learn

Awards help motivate children to learn

How can you use inexpensive ribbons and medals to help motivate your students?  I am going to give you a few ideas, but you should know that they just scratch the surface of what is possible. 


Just because an award is simple and inexpensive does not mean that it is not effective.  Sometimes it’s the little gestures in life that make you want to strive for excellence.  Memorizing facts for a good grade isn’t always appealing to students.  Immediate and tangible rewards can make reaching their goal more enjoyable.  Receiving a ribbon for the spelling bee can be exciting!  Giving a ribbon just for effort can let your students know how proud you are and raise their self-confidence!  For just a little more than the cost of a pencil or pen, teachers can reward the efforts and successes of their students with custom printed ribbons – uniquely designed and themed for a particular event. 


Generally, you’ll see ribbons used for school field days, student of the month, and of course Red Ribbon Week, but why not use them when your student raises their grades after so much work? Or maybe when they have perfect attendance?     Every child is different and has their own special abilities that deserve to be praised.  You can design your own ribbons to be as unique as your students or choose from our economical stock awards.  Every week we are surprised to see new examples of creative teachers rewarding students in new and innovative ways.


Common themes for our ribbons include birthdays, scholarship and promotion.  The best product for this is a roll of custom printed ribbons – 600 ribbons cost less than $.11 each.  You store them in a drawer until they are needed, and then just cut off as many as you need on the day you are using them.  Having a roll of ribbon at the ready is convenient and budget friendly.


Medals are another great choice for your shining stars!  We have many popular colors of neck ribbon for your selection.  You could add a little personalization with custom printing on our premium satin neck ribbon to match your medal color for a specific event, or use one of our full color dye sub neck ribbons created by our in-house Art department to add a little jazz. 


Today’s medals aren’t just for athletic events.  We have many medal themes including music, art, photography, and writing.  Imagine the look on the face of the science fair winner or the choir soloist when they get their very own shiny medal!   Sometimes even getting caught “doing good” warrants a special prize.  We have so many designs and finishes available, you’re sure to find the best product for your budget. 

Ordering is as easy as A B C!  Decide on your medal style, select your design, choose your neck ribbon, and then specify if you’d prefer a shiny or more antiqued finish.  From school colors to school mascots, we can help your special student stand out from their peers! The possibilities are endless!