Juliette Gordon Low: One Smart Cookie

Juliette Gordon Low: One Smart Cookie

This month, we’re inspired by Juliette Gordon Low, the first ever Girl Scout and founder of the Girl Scouts program. For over 100 years, the Girl Scouts program has remained the largest global female centered movement AND provided us with delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookies.

Low founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in March of 1912 and is best remembered for her sheer determination and tireless efforts to promote and sustain the organization throughout the early part of the twentieth century. Truly a cape-worthy figure in our eyes.

Under Low’s scrappy leadership, the sale of cookies, as a way to finance troop activities, began as early as 1917 offering baked cookies in a local troop’s high school cafeteria.

The idea of a promotion offering a value-added purchase incentive, that is also slightly addictive, and for a good cause — is a workhorse-of-an-idea that resonates daily in modern marketing.

The Girl Scouts was established to emphasize her personal values of inclusiveness, individual growth, character, the outdoors, self-reliance and service — another modern-day tenant.

The grit taken to overcome her own hearing-loss and health issues underscores the core values Low taught others, including accommodations for children with special needs.

From a gathering of 18 Girl Scouts in the first meeting — to over 2.5 million Girl Scouts today including, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and Serena Williams — females around the world are still taught the core basics: empowerment, confidence, courage, leadership skills, and so much more.

The Girl Scouts have served more than a century of public service with efforts during the Great Depression, WWII, the Korean War and so much more. With programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success all thanks to Low.

Shortly after Low’s passing in 1927, her friends honored her by establishing the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund. The fund finances international projects for Girl Scouts around the world.

Low is honored in the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Georgia Women of Achievement organization, the Points of Light monument in DC, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is the highest civilian award in the United States.

Today, the Girl Scouts program is considered the best leadership development experience for girls in the world. Research shows that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment.

Support your local Girl Scouts organization and Low’s achievements by placing an order today! Deadline for orders is 4/11/21; click here to buy cookies now.

Author

Jordynn Shaw

Social specialist

MCS Mixtape Vol 2: Pandi Playlist ‘21

 

MCS Mixtape Vol 2: Pandi Playlist ‘21

Time to get your music off of lockdown. If you’re tired of the same ol’ pandemic playlist you’ve been listening to for a year now, our staff has compiled the perfect playlist for you to keep pushing through these strange, yet eventful times.

Dave: Get Up Stand Up by Bob Marley
Sammy: Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby by Cigarettes After Sex
Clay: Rise Above by Black Flag
Matt: Born For Greatness by Papa Roach
Lisa: Uprising by Muse
Stephanie: Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw
Steve: High & Mighty by Colter Wall

Give the whole playlist a listen here.

Author

Jordynn Shaw

Social specialist

Look to the pivot

 

Look for the Pivot

MCS: Look to the Pivot - Capegirl running up stairs2020 was the cruelest imposter. Arriving as the harbinger of a golden new decade, but then revealing multiple horrors; leaving us with a hollowed-out economy, hollowed-out civic unity, mounting bills, and broken supply chains for the most basic needs. I think we can all agree it was an epic disaster.

Right now, we’re in that sweetest of sweet spots hovering between December 25th and Jan 4th when the tinsel and tree needles are still clinging to us, giving us that natural glow of hope, and desire for prosperity and peace. But we know “it’s” coming. How do businesses prepare for the other shoe to drop that is 2021?

Marketing and advertising people are problem-solvers by nature. Our clients always have obstacles, challenges and goals to occupy our intellect — and to be honest, we relish a good head-scratcher. Here are some steps and suggestions to help regain our footing in 2021.

Take advantage of programs that will help keep your business intact. Sign up for the second round of PPP funding, go for that grant you’d usually pass up, and take the class that you’ve always thought would make you or someone on your team better. I’m the worst for thinking that hard work can solve every ill, but right now we need to work as smart as we are hard. There’s a great energy that comes out of learning, growing and accepting help when we need it.

Look for the pivot. People are finding new success out there, by being flexible and noticing a potential niche that is going underserved in the new normal. One thing we’ve done at the agency is to teach ourselves on-the-fly how to market and create online webinars and events. This is a new skillset brought on by dire necessity, and now it’s a product that we can share with others.

Look for the silver lining. Gratitude has a way of calming our worst anxieties. Make a list of all of the good things that have happened or come out of the past year, and that you count as a plus. For example, at MCS we donated a lot of our normally billed production, just to keep ourselves working and occupied — but, in the meantime, we were introduced to so many great people and personalities that we’d have never met in our normal grind. I am so humbled and inspired by this gift, and it was all hidden in a silver lining.

Work internally to streamline your procedures, productivity or offices. If things are slow and tempers are high, turn your energy and eyes inward and work on that thing that you never have time to do. Maybe you now realize that you need to redefine job descriptions and duties or maybe you can consolidate and save money by rethinking your logistics.

2021 will be here in a few days. We’ll be okay! Let’s continue to do what we’ve been doing — which is keeping busy, (really busy actually) working on the things within our control, and helping those who need it.

 

Author

Lisa Fischbach

Original cape girl

Love where you live: Buy local

Love where you live: Buy local

A memory from my newspaper advertising days: the coolest, hippest, chicest and determined Cape Girl opened a new store, she called it “an eclectic array of art, jewelry and good-goods for your soul and home”, and the logo included lemons. It was as close as we could get to experiencing the fantastical Barney’s NYC window displays full of artistic delights, curiosities and designs — you literally couldn’t take it all in the first time through — and right in our own downtown. Inspired by far-flung boutiques that lifted her up and made her feel like she was treating herself to something special, she vehemently opposed marching in the same line for the same-old, same-old big chain drivel.

I fondly recall the shop during the holidays. Each year, she and a crew of family and friends would work all night Thanksgiving Eve, transforming it into a winter smorgasbord. Replete with an upside-down hanging Christmas tree as the focal point, and ready to delight visitors and passers-by on black Friday and the entire holiday season.

In our business we see every day how personalities of passionate local businesses place their unique stamp on this place we live. An especially challenging business year highlights the need to rally around our neighbors and keep our dollars in the community this holiday season — silver lining? Inspired and distinctive gift giving. 

Lemon Meringue is still a vibrant downtown fixture. From our agency’s windows on the corner of Park Avenue and B Street there are amazing merchants along every sidewalk who have similar stories and passions to share. Make a big difference and shop small. Spend where the passion and hard work build our community’s personality and warmth, plus give a gift that is as notable as the recipient.

Below is our list of some favorite shops within walking distance of our agency.**  And, here is a link to a more complete shopping list to make your shopping plan.

** Apologies in advance if we omitted anyone! Cheers from MCS Advertising.

Author

Lisa Fischbach

Original cape girl

 

Getting a grip

Getting a grip

Yoda
A grip, you will get.

Remember that timeless phrase directed at business owners to, “Work ON your business, not IN your business”. Well, we’re terrible at it. In normal circumstances we immerse so deeply into guiding our clients, that under the pandemic glare, our self-promotion efforts were starting to look a bit pale. Thus, when everyone pumped the brakes in March —we flipped our mantra (as much for our sanity as for function) to work on OUR business. Getting a grip on the basics just made sense. It was one thing we could control in the unknown.

Today we introduce our new website, something that hadn’t gotten much attention for more than three years. The new one is all custom ­­– all us. It’s one of many foundational updates we’ve made here at the firm, intended to shine a little more light on our personality and what sets us apart in a world built around memes, Pinterest boards and marketing advice dealt out in live video sound bites.

“Culture” is a term that’s been overworked recently, but back in the day it was used to define “that-certain-indescribable-something,” top advertising agencies had ­– their secret sauce.

That sauce is vital to choosing a great agency. You’ve gotta have the right chemistry and you’ve gotta be able to sense it from the first meet-up — Do they get you? Do they put you at ease? Do they inspire?

Our new site is intended to help you answer those questions, and to give you a taste of our secret sauce: https://mightymcs.com/

Author

Lisa Fischbach

Original cape girl

Labor Day props for Frances Perkins. She’s a hero in my book.

Labor Day props for Frances Perkins. She’s a hero in my book.

Goodbye sunscreen. Hello pumpkin spice. Labor Day closes the book on summer.

But as we celebrate the American wage earner, let’s open the book on the woman who established the norms that they (we) enjoy without much thought.

Frances Perkins served as the U.S. Secretary of labor under FDR from 1933 until 1945, the longest tenure of anybody in that position. Her appointment also marked the first time a female ever sat on an American presidential cabinet. On top of THAT, she found even more consequential ways to leave her mark. Check out some of her greatest hits:

  1. The 40-hour work week. That’s a banger, eh? Sure, sometimes grinding through 8-5, M-F can seem cruel and unusual, but imagine life without the 40-hour standard. I can’t even …
  2. The minimum wage. Another game-changer from Frannie. (It’s her given name. Another name-related fun fact: when she married, she went to court to keep her maiden name – to protect her new husband’s career from all the political hell she was prone to raising. But I digress …) I’m sure she had higher aspirations for it than its current manifestation, but better too little than none at all, amiright?
  3. Overtime pay. A third blockbuster from the Fair Labor Standards Act is time-and-a-half. Sometimes it’s a necessary, evil. Sometimes it’s a windfall. Either way, the next time you get a little extra ka-ching for going above-and-beyond, thank ol’ Fannie Perks. 
  4. Unemployment Insurance. It’s like a bicycle helmet. It ain’t pretty, but it can soften a blow. Moving on…
  5. Social Security. Talk about swinging for the fences. This has helped generations of Americans avoid keeling over in the saddle. It’s some comfort to know that we can hang up the spurs and look forward to a small measure of sustenance after decades of getting’ ‘er done. 

The list goes on, but just these high points show that the legacy of Frances Perkins is a litany of privileges still enjoyed by the American wage earner. She clawed her way to an unprecedented position in a man’s world and once she arrived, she did NOT disappoint. 

Author

Steve Fischbach

Assistant whip-cracker

Sometimes, you gotta get a bit high

Sometimes, you gotta get a bit high

The limestone colosseum of The Fins with the Big Southern Butte in the background.

I never intended to become a rock climber, let alone a rock climbing guidebook author. In fact, during my college years I would drive by the local crags en-route to an afternoon mountain bike ride and shake my head at the seemingly docile figures congregated at the cliffs. Adorned with strange webbing-like things wrapped around their legs and groins, silly helmets on like they were coal miners and even sillier-looking footwear, I often wondered what the appeal was. Climbing seemed like such a lethargic, sloth-like activity and I wanted no part of it. However, I had yet to actually try it.

Fast forward 22 years. Guess who’s wearing the crotch-cinching webbing and silly shoes now?

Yup, I got hooked. A friend of mine convinced me to try it one afternoon. Initially, I was scared shitless but something was sown on those first few outings. What started that summer of ‘98 as a casual, something-to-do-before-beer:30 among friends became an all-out obsession for me.

As I befriended like-minded individuals, I began learning about more and more places for rock climbing in the southeastern Idaho region. I was blown away by how many climbing areas there were (near and far) and by their diversity. I had to visit them all. I began collecting and obsessing over guidebooks and eventually co-authoring one for the southeastern Idaho region. I felt the need to share these local gems with fellow aficionados and perhaps reciprocate the motivation and passion I still feel when visiting climbing areas new to me.

Most local climbers reading this are keen to the many climbing areas in the southeast Idaho region. However, for the uninitiated and inquiring minds, this is for you, an abbreviated list of my personal top 5 recommendations:

Heather Lords climbing at Pointless Crag. Photo courtesy Dean Lords

Pointless Crag

Perched above the scenic Snake River upstream from the Heise Hot Pools, this little gem of basalt is host to about 20 climbing routes that vary from short to tall. While primarily beginner-friendly routes dominate here, intermediate climbers will find enough to keep them occupied for a day or two. Wildlife sightings such as osprey, beaver, deer and moose are common. When your forearms are trashed you can pull out the fishing rod and drop a line in the Snake.


Climbers competing in the Pocatello Pump at Ross Park. Photo courtesy visitpocatello.com

Ross Park

Located in the active college town of Pocatello, Ross Park hosts 2 separate short, yet wide, basalt cliffs to accommodate climbers from beginner to intermediate levels. With its ease of access (1 min. walk from car), northeast and southwest facing cliffs (think summer shade or winter sun), and nearly 200 climbing routes, Ross Park is a winner-winner chicken dinner. (History tidbit: The Pocatello Pump, the longest running climbing competition in the U.S., is held at Ross Park every Sept.)


John Roark climbing on Eagle Wall at Massacre Rocks.

Massacre Rocks

Roughly 10 miles southwest of American Falls as the crow flies, among the sagebrush and junipers, lies Massacre Rocks. Comprised of basalt cliffs exposed over 14,000 years ago when Lake Bonneville (Utah) breached its northern shoreline, the numerous cliffs at Massacre Rocks are home to over 700 climbing routes. Beginners to advanced climbers are entertained here nearly year-round. Warning: don’t pet the rattlesnakes.


Climbers on the patinaed west face of Flaming Rock at the City of Rocks. Photo courtesy City of Rocks National Reserve.

City of Rocks

Nestled within the hilly landscape of southern Idaho, City of Rocks is a collection of towering granite monoliths that protrude from the arid landscape just west of Almo. With over 600 climbing routes that attract novice climbers as well seasoned veterans, City of Rocks is literally a mecca for climbing. No B.S. (History tidbit: City of Rocks lies along the historic California Trail used during the Gold Rush era of the mid 1800s.)


The Fins

The limestone version of Elysium. Even Homer would agree.

Standing sentinel high above the Arco desert, overlooking the small town of Howe and the INL, the bulletproof limestone cliffs of the Fins jut out of the stony ground like the back plates of a stegosaurus. Advanced to expert climbing is the name of the game here on dime-edge sized handholds and double-to-single finger holes. Steel yourself for pain, humility and a crushed ego.

Sarah Anne Perry climbing on the impressive Discovery Wall at The Fins. Photo courtesy Nate Liles / Orographic Visual.

Author

Matt TeNgaio

Pixel pushing
rock enthusiast

MCS MIXTAPE: Vol. 1

MCS MIXTAPE: Vol. 1

The staff is tossing out a list of tunes guaranteed to help your weekend groove. Enjoy those long and bright Idaho nights while we can — and get out and move.

  1. Clay Adams – I Wanna Be Sedated by Ramones
  2. Alaina Robson – Nobody Speak by Run the Jewels
  3. Steve Fischbach – Uncloudy Day by Willie Nelson
  4. Lisa Hix Fischbach – Miss Me by Leikeli47
  5. Sammy Jo Gravis – Hang On with Eskimos by Munly
  6. Matt TeNgaio – Roots Radical by Rancid
  7. Whitney Harris – Pep Rally by Missy Elliott
  8. Dave Oakley – San Pedro by Swörn
  9. Melva Krell – Let’s Go get Stoned by Bonnie Bramlett

Here’s the full playlist on Spotify.

Author

Whitney Harris

Social Media Coordinator

Lifelong Activism: Lessons from Betty Reid Soskin

Lifelong Activism: Lessons from Betty Reid Soskin

Betty Reid Soskin

Betty Reid Soskin | Photo Copyright: AK Sandhu

“Democracy has been experiencing these periods of chaos since 1776. They come and go. And it’s in those periods that democracy is redefined.”
– Betty Reid Soskin

Political elections, devastating hurricanes, even celebrity marriages are all subjects that have come and gone in waves of sweeping news. They captivate the nation for a micro-season, and then quickly fade into the background. Some argue that news is history in the making, while others claim it has devolved into a form of entertainment–– and both opinions hold some form of truth. When streaming a video or scrolling past a Facebook post, it can be difficult to absorb modern news with the appropriate sympathy; it is only human to derive some form of fascination when the drama of real life does not affect us directly. But true history is made when people are capable of carrying the subject beyond the narrative of scandal, and into the realm of societal disruption.

In recent weeks, the public has faithfully stood by the waters as news media has once again swept the “wave” of civil rights into its tides. But how do we keep the fight for equality from ebbing at the advent of a new scandal, as it has so many times in the past? What happens when proclaimed allies grow weary of posting the trending war cry on Instagram? How do we take the movement beyond popularized infatuation? How do we keep ourselves disrupted?

While we’re in no position to take authority on definitively answering these questions, we do find it important to engage in conversation that might lend to finding individual answers. Rather than inflate ourselves with assumed wisdom and a list of manufactured bullet points, we turned to a source with both past and present day experience: Betty Reid Soskin. 

Civil rights heroine and oldest serving National Park Ranger in the US, we featured Betty as our June Cape Girl of the Month. Aside from being Glamour’s Woman of the Year at the spry age of 97 in 2018, Betty’s life has been one of improbable victories. Currently known for her vigor in educating all who enter the World War II Home Front National Historical Park on the trials and triumphs of women and people of color, Betty is no stranger to the hardships of overcoming oppression and bigotry herself.  

As a woman of Creole and Cajun descent, Betty experienced the emotional and sometimes physical pain that came with being a person of color in the early decades of the 1900s. She and her husband were even subject to death threats after building their home in a white suburb. Inspired, rather than intimidated by such events, Betty clung to the idea that pain is the usher of progress. “History has been written by people who got it wrong,” Betty said, “but the people who are always trying to get it right have prevailed.” With adversity acting as her call to action, Betty has prevailed in using her voice to transform the flaws of written history into real social change. 

From her time as a servicewoman in WWII to her days pounding pavement as a field rep for women in politics, Betty has made it her life’s mission to use her experiences to encourage and enlighten those within her sphere of influence. Betty’s passionate reputation eventually recruited her involvement as a board member in the development of what would later become the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. 

With a committee of mostly white men as her fellow board members, Betty noticed a one-sided narrative developing in the plans for the park––intended to memorialize the role of women at the forefront of WWII. Rather than be intimidated, Betty used her voice to disrupt the social norm and ultimately pave the way for other minority voices and stories to be heard at the park. “There was no conspiracy to leave my history out,” she said, “there was simply no one in that room with any reason to know it.” To this day, the park includes findings from scholars with all backgrounds of knowledge to assist in the planning of their exhibits. It’s now a site where people can remember the contributions women of all kinds made to the war effort.

So, how does a 99-year-old’s experience as a park ranger inform a modern movement? By reminding us that being a force for good takes a lifetime. 

Servicewoman, field representative, park ranger–– Betty has never held the most prominent title, yet her life has made a profound difference. Even after having a stroke earlier this year, Betty has never found a reason to stop her voice from being heard––she lives her life fighting for the bigger picture by doing what she can. Betty reminds us that significance is found in the seemingly insignificant. 

The cry for civil equality is not another wave on the sands of news media. It’s an unresolved pattern. So how do we keep it on the shore? How do we make it more than just another event that will drown in the tidal wave of the 2020 tabloids? While we may not have the prescribed answer, we can begin to remedy symptoms by learning from advocates like Betty. We can make the decision to individually dedicate ourselves to change, no matter how small our role. We can commit ourselves to the proven method of maintaining morals, no matter how often they are challenged. And we can remind ourselves that while progress can be made with the collective voice, it is absolutely crippled in the practice of individual silence. 

For ideas on how to get more involved with Black Lives Matter, check out the following resources:

Author

Whitney Harris

Social Media Coordinator