Sandy Fisher has been playing golf since she was five-years-old. It’s one of her greatest passions in life. Her excitement for the game of golf was forever changed due to the events of August 30, 2012. She has been involved in a co-ed golf league at Ella Sharp Golf Course, acting as chairperson for several years. This year, however, she had to step down due to an early season injury and was only acting as a sub for the league.
On August 30th, the last night of league play, she got the call that a sub was needed and she stepped in. An ordinary round of golf turned extraordinary when she approached a 130-yard par 3. With a 7-wood in hand, Sandy hit her tee shot which looked to be a pretty good one, but the green was not entirely visible from the tee. Approaching the green, Sandy saw a ball not far from the hole and assumed it was hers. Only when her playing partner declared that the ball on the green was his did Sandy look elsewhere for her ball. Could it have gone in the hole, she wondered? Slowly she approached the flag to find that her ball was indeed in the bottom of the cup. A huge celebration ensued.
Right away she called her mother from whom, Sandy says, she developed her love of golf. Her mother has had two holes-in-one herself. Sandy safely tucked away the prized ball and moved to the next tee. She soon received a text from a gentleman in the group behind her, reminding Sandy that hole-in-one recipients are required to buy a round of drinks for anyone in the clubhouse who wishes to partake. While Sandy was unaware of this unwritten rule of golf, she obliged and bought her league partners a cocktail at the local watering hole following the round.
Later, Sandy put her prized hole-in-one ball in a safe place, thinking that one day she’d buy a plaque on which to display it. Little did she know, one of her playing partners and co-workers purchased a plaque for her and presented it to her at a recent golf outing. Sandy was very moved by the gesture and the trophy now hangs on her office wall right below her Dale Carnegie Diploma. It was a day Sandy won’t soon forget and her new nickname around the office is Sandy “Cool Ace” Fisher.
Sandy told the story of her hole-in-one during one of her Dale Carnegie Sessions and her Dale Carnegie family was able to celebrate her accomplishment with her.
Sandy has been an administrative assistant in the substation engineering area for Commonwealth Associates, Inc. in Jackson, Michigan for the past eight years. As administrative assistant, she wears many hats, acting as liaison with the building’s landlords regarding building issues along with all of her other administrative duties. Sandy was never planning on taking a Dale Carnegie course, but at the last minute, an opening became available and Sandy was asked to join the class. She, like many, went in skeptical, thinking that the class was more geared to top managers. After all, administrative assistants were rarely afforded this opportunity.
Sandy quickly found out that the philosophies and strategies taught in the Dale Carnegie course were very much applicable to not only top managers, but employees at every level of an organization. Sandy says that the course was very life-changing for her not only professionally but personally as well. “I am forever changed for taking that class,” says Sandy. To this day, she encourages others to take Dale Carnegie, stating that the course can change your life and change your perspective. She went through some difficult trials during her time in the class and admits that she probably wouldn’t have made it through such a difficult time without having been in the class.
She’s still living the Dale Carnegie principles every day. Sandy admits that the Dale Carnegie Course has made her a better person, stating that while she’s always been a patient person, Dale Carnegie has helped her take that patience to a whole new level. She has made a commitment to herself to always be honest and fair. Her Dale Carnegie Golden Book is a permanent fixture on her desk, and she pulls it out when things get tough at work. It helps remind her to persevere. Sandy is an inspiration to us all. She is a living example of the power of the Dale Carnegie principles in action. Thank you, Sandy, for sharing your story.