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Registrations are now open for the prestigious Mike Forrest Giving Spirit Award for 2019. Nominations will be accepted and the winner will be announced at the upcoming 2020 Australasian Conference.
With many new Associates joining Mannatech recently, we published a story on the history of the Award in our current ‘Celebrate’ Magazine. An excerpt of the article has been reproduced here for you.
Mike and his wife Maureen came to Mannatech after their business was in trouble and were facing devastating loss and massive change in their lives. “We were in our 50s and found ourselves with no home, no job, and almost no money” said Maureen. With the support of friends and family they stabilised their home situation and knew they had a choice ‘feel sorry for themselves or start over’. It was at this time they were introduced to Mannatech.
In October 1998, Michael was approached to take a look at Mannatech which was about to launch into Australia. They did some research into the products and the business opportunity. Michael was particularly impressed with the sports products as he was an active sportsperson.
The validation from the USA track & field team who wanted to take the products prior to the 2000 Olympic games unendorsed sold him on the power of the products.
Maureen said, “I was extremely skeptical and nervous, to say the least at the thought of risking AUD$950 on my credit card which had a limit of $2500 which was the little amount of money we had left to survive but he promised me that he would have it back in 30 days. We learned the basics of network marketing, how the business plan worked and decided to give it a go. Michael always approached life and any challenges with energy, passion and enthusiasm.”
One of Mike’s famous sayings was ‘this is not for the chosen few but for the few that choose’ and choose he did. He was one of Australasia’s first road warriors and embraced the entire community as his own.
The other gift that Mike bestowed on others, was to see more in them than they could see in themselves, thus uplifting them to their greater potential.
In 2004, Mike left our world leaving a gaping hole in the heart of the Australasian Mannatech community. In 2005 the inaugural and aptly named, Mike Forrest Giving Spirit Award, was born. There has now been 14 ‘Giving Spirit’ Associates recognised with this award. Each of those individuals exemplified the generosity of spirit, giving above and beyond in supporting the positive culture and values of the Mannatech community.
For the full article and to see the full list of winners see our current “Celebrate Magazine”, for sale on the Mannatech website.
The 2019 Mike Forrest Giving Spirit Award – Nominations Now Open
Is there someone within the Mannatech community who you believe embodies the values of Mannatech while living its mission of enriching the quality of life; Someone who focuses on the benefit of Mannatech to others rather than the benefit to themselves?
You can nominate them for the Mike Forrest Giving Spirit Award!
This prestigious award is in honour of Mike Forrest, whose mission and efforts are still recognised in Mannatech today. It honours an Associate who displays the values, hope and mission of the man after whom this award has been named, Mike Forrest.
Mike was known throughout Mannatech as a generous leader with good humour, compassion and loyalty to his mates and the company. He was, and continues to be, an inspiration.
If you would like to nominate someone who you feel is deserving of this award, click here and fill out the online nomination form. Your vote will count towards getting the right person the recognition they deserve! Nominations close 29th November.
“My encouragement to all associates to receive this award is to give, and give and to give more. The people who have received from your Giving Spirit will know your generosity. It feels so good.”
– Patsy Walkden-Brown,
2018 Winner Mike Forrest Giving Spirit Award.