“You are born an original. Don’t Die a Copy.”- John Mason

How fitting is that statement with the new year coming soon!

Can you believe 2022 is almost over?!?! The Christmas Party at the Steam Plant was once again a raging success. So. Much. Fun. It is always fun to see everyone in the same room celebrating over food and drinks. I think we can all agree that we have the BEST. TEAM. EVER!!

December is National Volunteer Month and boy do we have opportunities for you. There are lots of places that can use help this time of year. Make it a family event, or even a team building manager outing. I can get you hooked up with the right people if you are interested. We have listed a few opportunities in this newsletter. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Kindness brings out the best in people (and it looks good on your face)! Pay if forward with time or money. I promise it will make your heart happy (and serve your mental health well)!!

Our manager insurance, United HealthCare, has awesome wellness opportunities! I want to introduce you to their Rally Coach Service – a healthy living App that can include a personal coach! Please see all the awesomeness (and a TON of freebies) associated with this FREE online healthy living program! United HealthCare also has a free iFitness and Peloton subscriptions (for 1 year), mental health counseling and help with smoking cessation. There has never been a better time to become the best version of yourself!

Strategic planning is almost one month away. What are you going to bring to the table? How can we make SFM the BEST McDonald’s franchise in the industry? It all starts with YOU! We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on January 23rd at Aileron.

Just a thought heading into 2023. Instead of coming up with a New Years Resolution to add something to  your plate this year like many of us do (losing weight, eating healthy, blah, blah), what if you took something off your plate to focus more on yourself? It’s okay to say “NO” to things. It was put in the English dictionary for a reason. Practice it with me… “NO.” We all want to help others but sometimes saying no to our already full plates is what we need to do. Think about it and let me know how you fare for the next newsletter due out in February 2023.

Get out and slay the day- YOU are WORTH IT!


Cindy Frantz

Cindy Frantz

Recruitment/Community Relations

Christmas can be a challenging time for our stress levels and it is important to remember to look after your own health and well being. Use these tips on the Self-Care Snowman to regroup and calm yourself down before the stress eats you alive! 

The holidays are great but can take a toll on our health. Just ask Santa. Stress, weight gain, lack of sleep and inactivity are as common this time of year as bad fruitcake and ugly holiday sweaters. And Santa, like you, isn’t immune to these concerns. Here are a few simple tips to improve your holiday health, straight from St. Nick.

The holidays are great but can take a toll on our health. Just ask Santa. Stress, weight gain, lack of sleep and inactivity are as common this time of year as bad fruitcake and ugly holiday sweaters. And Santa, like you, isn’t immune to these concerns. Here are a few simple tips to improve your holiday health, straight from St. Nick.

Christmas can be a challenging time for our stress levels and it is important to remember to look after your own health and well being. Use these tips on the Self-Care Snowman to regroup and calm yourself down before the stress eats you alive! 

Mike Donnely has been our amazing Maintenance Technician in Bellefontaine and he officially retired on November 18th! We asked him about his plans after retirement at his Farewell Party!

How long have you been working for SFM?

I’ve been with Scott Family McDonald’s for 5 years, but with McDonald’s for 13 years total. I’ve handled everything with general equipment maintenance to the POS and beyond. 

What are your plans after retirement?

I’ve got plenty to do. I’ve got a little woodshop that I’m planning on working in more and I’m excited to get to know my grandchildren more. I’ve got one grandkid out of college already and actually have great-grandchildren now!  

What are you going to miss most about SFM?

The excitement and the people. Really, I’ve enjoyed the people very much, especially the customers. You grow a connection and relationship with them.  I’ve had my coffee club pals that came in everyday and you just get used to people. I’m really going to miss that. 
Nikki Taylor - Office Manager

Congratulations Mike!

We are grateful for your smiles and servant heart during your time at SFM. Now it’s your turn to bless others in retirement! You will be missed!



After a whopping 51 years (37 with SFM), Dave is hanging up his spatula, KVS controllers & Kiosk upgrades!  In doing so, he is actually handing technology functions over to Sid, and skipping off to retirement.  As our Organizational Technology Lead for the past several years, Dave has hopped around from store to store to make sure everything technical is running smoothly and correctly. Way back before clamshell grills, Dave started as a crew person & then manager, working his way up to Supervisor and learning tons about running McDonald’s restaurants along the way.  He is surely going to be missed at SFM.  But we are also happy knowing that Dave will be sitting in the sunshine, by the shore in Pompano Beach, FL – drinking his cocktails and eating sushi while cheering on the Florida Gators and Miami Dolphins!

Enjoy your retirement, Dave! And thanks for all the years of service!

Personal Development

If you have seen a doctor and wanted to get a second opinion about a diagnosis, the book Lies My Doctor Told Me by Dr. Ken Berry will affirm those suspicions. This book “will help you sort through medical myths, and downright lies that well-meaning doctors tell you” (www.goodreads.com).

Dr. Berry tackles the most prevalent medical and health myths of the last 50 years, including why low-salt diets do little (if anything) for high blood pressure, strokes, and heart disease. And why you have no reason to fear saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, red meat, processed meat, or grilling meat. Is milk good for you? The dangers and benefits of hormone therapy. And did you know beefing up your workouts may sabotage your weight loss goals? Or that sun exposure doesn’t correlate with skin cancer risks, and diet may be more effective than sunscreen? You’ll learn the science behind these exposed “lies” and a lot more.

If you want to learn more about bettering your health, diet and your relationship with your doctor, you owe it to yourself (and your family) to read this book!


With Christmas right around the corner, we all have the same thing on our minds…. money. Trying to budget for Christmas is a challenge and most people overspend during the holiday season. There is no need to throw yourself into debt on Christmas gifts! If you aren’t smart about your budget now, how will you ever buy that car you wanted? Or a house? Invest in your future? Save for retirement? Luckily, we sat down with Fifth Third Bank and were able to gather some great tips on how to do all of this and more!

Manage Credit Card Debt

Open an Account

Prepare to Buy a House

Maintain Low Insurance Premiums

Buying a Car

Student Loan Tips

Plan for Retirement

How to Prepare for Life Events

Benefits of Winter Walking


I know we are knees deep in the cold weather by now… and the temperatures are going to continue to drop over the next few weeks. As much as we would LOVE to grab our sweatpants, slippers and a warm, fuzzy blanket and cuddle up on the couch with a movie or book rather then get up and move your booty….. we can’t toss those workouts out the window! Personally, I would rather hop on the treadmill in the cold months rather than walk outside.. but there are SO MANY benefits to bundling up and heading out for a walk – just don’t forget your gloves and a hat!

Calorie Burner

Winter walks are the best calorie burners! It is also good for your heart as the heart has to pump faster to get the blood flowing – thus keeping your body temperature in check as well! 

Stress Reliever

The invigorating cold air helps to clear your mind and reduce stress. A winter walk is beneficial for your mental health as the cold air releases endorphins to boost your mood. 

Vitamin D

A brisk winter walk is also a great way to soak in all the vitamin D that the body needs for strong and healthy bones.

Cognitive Benefits

Walking, in general, helps to improve the ability to retain memory in old age. 

Benefits you’re missing out on!

Rally Coach (App name) for peeps with our manager insurance only!! This is a FREE program through United Healtcare!  The purpose of this App is to help us all live a healthy life.  You can log workouts, and there are virtual classes you can attend to help you get started. Classes can be taken via your phone, or computer and if you miss them, you can log in at a later time and take them. The weight loss program is similar to Weight Watchers. Food tracking and portion control, etc. – you can see that below.  Very informative if you just need that ‘kick in the pants to get started.’ It’s like having your own, personal wellness coach at your fingertips!

Real Appeal is an online weight loss program powered by Rally Coach™. Real Appeal is a voluntary weight loss program that is offered to eligible members at no additional cost as part of their benefit plan.

Everyone who registers for the weight loss program will receive a complementary (meaning FREE) wellness kit to include, a weight scale, food scale, workout bands and DVD’s, a food journal, A shake blender and other miscellaneous items. I was shocked at the quality! Great stuff to kick off your new healthy lifestyle!


And a few of Benny and Stacy’s go-to Charities.

Ronald McDonald House Charity

You can help families in their time of need by donating food, clothing, toys, or your time. 

The Salvation Army

Ring the Red Kettle bell for the Salvation Army, or find other ways to help! 

United Way

Hundreds of volunteer opportunities are available whether it’s helping children achieve their highest potential, enabling families to build financial stability, or supporting a senior’s independence.


Christmas Treats

Tis the season for Christmas cookies! And all of the other sweet treats that you find yourself surrounded by at every gathering. We all plan to gain a few pounds during the holiday season with the promises of shedding them off as the New Year peeks at us around the corner. But we’ve found some delightful (and delicious) sweet treats for you to enjoy WITHOUT the guilt!

Peanut Butter Cups

If you love chocolate + peanut butter (because who doesn’t?) these are for you! These keto-friendly cups will keep you from buying those store bought ones ever again!



Sugar-free Cheesecake

All the sweetness with none of the guilt? YES PLEASE! This sugar free cheesecake is mighty delicious and keto-friendly!



Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

You can eat donuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner thanks to these delightful vegan beauties!




Flourless Fudge Cookies

We skipped the flour and butter but still created the fudgiest cookie with the crispiest edges. These are beyond addicting.



Dates to Remember



People Week!

Don’t forget to have fun and share your photos on GroupMe or our Facebook Group Page!




Merry Christmas! 




Blood Drive

12pm-6pm at the Piqua Mall Parking Lot
Sign up at www.donortime.com and use sponsor code: 1591



Happy New Year! 

Cheers to a new year! 



Strategic Planning Meeting

9am-5pm for managers at Aileron.

Are you Ready to Further your Education?

Archways to Opportunities gives you all of the resources you need to begin or continue your college education! 

Archways To Opportunity

McDonald’s and its independent franchisees are committed to helping employees further their education and achieve their dreams.

To help individuals who work at a company-owned or independently franchised restaurant, we created Archways to Opportunity, a comprehensive education strategy with multiple programs that give people an opportunity to grow and learn – no matter where they are on their journey.

How do I earn my High School Diploma?

You can graduate from high school by taking classes online – whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you – through Career Online High School. And, you may be able to apply credits from high school courses you’ve already completed.

How do I choose an affordable path to college?

If you are ready to get started working toward your college degree, Archways to Opportunity® offers programs to help make your goals a reality – in a way that fits your lifestyle.

Our programs can help you explore educational opportunities while getting financial support to make your educational journey easier.

How do I figure out the right path for me?

Figuring out the next step in your education and career journey may feel like a lot. Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions has Success Coaches who are available to help you identify your education needs, review your career goals and develop a plan for the future. Your coach will continue to support you throughout your experience to ensure that you successfully achieve your goals and complete your program.

How do I improve my English?

We want you to feel confident in all that you do. If you are bilingual, this includes being comfortable talking in English. Whether you are speaking to customers or staff, your voice should be heard. English Under the Arches® can help.

With the support of English Under the Arches, you can improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

How do I earn my degree for free through CTU?

The Commitment Grant, along with maximizing Archways to Opportunity tuition assistance, covers 100% of eligible students’ online tuition, including eBooks and student fees, at CTU helping you to pursue your educational goals without the need for student loans.

Eligible students may utilize the Commitment Grant towards any Associate or Bachelor’s degree program offered at CTU.

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