The door bell sounded at 602 North Springfield Ave, Gary answering the summons, the person inquiring was Doctor Donald Ransom, a familiar acquaintance from Jan and Gary’s servitude at the Anthony and Kiowa hospitals. Doctor Don as he was referred to, a surgeon providing his expertise at several medical facilities within a fortuitous radius of his Medicine Lodge Kansas home. Don presenting a joint business venture to the Willson’s, an opportunity to join him and his wife Barbara in his newly discovery of a business opportunity called Amway. Gary and Jan having been surreptitiously introduced to a Amway proposal earlier by a nursing friend of Jan’s in Wakita , the couple accepting an invitation to journey to the town south of Anthony. The gatherings purpose not fabricated until the beginning of the presentation, Gary finding little interest in the endeavor but the host and the others in attendance were very congenial as were the snacks provided. Dr. Don’s marketing presentation was more meaningful, his professional integrity giving gravity to the Amway organization. Gary very much impressed with the doctors enlightened presentation, realization that as an Amway Distributor you didn’t sell merchandize but purchased the quality Amway products for your own use, the financial benefit coming from a commensurate of establishing other to do likewise, the corporation being structured as a motivational continuity, each distributor encouraged to enroll others and for them to do like wise. The organizational chart providing point values, with designated levels with names such as Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Platinum, Gold, Silver, all dependent on the quantity of your group and the volume of merchandize that you and your sponsored representative distributed.
The couple deciding to bond with Doctor Ransom and his wife Barbara, their up-line sponsor in the Amway enterprise, discovering when attending their first meeting at Century II in Wichita a host of professionals, doctors, attorneys, business owners, all well dressed, with pad and pencil taking notes from a renown motivational speaker. The Amway group being mastered by a Diamond family residing in Wichita, Jim and Marcia McAnarney, Dr. Don’s immediate upline being a respected plumbing supply distributor Earl Carra and his wife Rhonda. Gary although agreeing with the premise of the endeavor was not immediately receptive, somewhat reluctant for a total commitment, but Jan’s vigor was respected, a suspicion that her ambition as a nurse and being engaged in a business venture with a physician was a profession attribute.
Gary acquiring enthusiasm for the indicative program, beginning the undertaking of discerning and sponsoring acquaintances whom he thought would have an understanding and conception of the benefits and opportunities of the Amway program. Dr. Don joining Gary in his soliciting of Amway down-line participants, with tri-pod and diagrams, and the Doctors presence, his regal descriptive message acquiring prestige and plaudits to the program. Gary discovering that once a new distributor applicant attended a larger Amway function, the cognizance of the inception would be recognized, not as a convenience but one that could be fabricated as an income multiplying asset with unlimited potential and recognizable by the distinguished presence of the Diamonds, Emerald and Ruby level members in attendance.
Dr. Ransom, his wife’s Barbara, their Chevrolet Suburban journeying south to Interstate 40, Gary and Jan, two of the six consigned to the conveyance, the groups destination, Albuquerque New Mexico, a baronial Amway weekend symposium at the Kiva Convention Center. The convention center providing seating for 6000, more than adequate for the joint venture of Jim and Marcia’s McAnarney, WIN (World Information Network) organization, Wichita based group, having diverged from The Flying Eagles, a larger Amway group from Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, both groups in attendance. The stellar groups almost filing the hall, the Willson’s seated taking notice, instead of the accustomed motivational speaker colloquy, the host introducing a different format, a movie screen being lowered, the full length Hollywood production of the 1993 film “Rudy” starring Sean Astin beginning. With the movies conclusion, the lights coming up, to awe of those in attendance, the host announcing, “Ladies and gentlemen, Rudy Ruettiger”, and from behind the curtain the real life person whom the film depicted appeared on stage.
The afternoon convocation of Rudy Ruettiger energizing, Rudy behind the podium exhibiting motivational presentation to a stunned audience. The afternoon program concluding, Gary inquisitive as to what the evening would instill that could crest the accolade of the afternoons event. The even hour motivational palaver beginning, the unannounced entertainment to follow, the stage curtain remained closed. The education portion fulfilled, the curtains drawn, a very recognizable renown band on stage, Paul Revere and the Raiders, a celebrated rock’n’roll group, apropos to the age of much of the audience. The experience of the Albuquerque, the journey to and from Kansas a memorable perspicacity to those who indulge in the contentedness of Amway’s incentives and its projectoral motivation of achievement. Gary discovering the Amway association having opened a new social prospective to community of people whose ideals, morality and principles were transcendent.
Jim and Marcia McAnarney having procured a 50 acre lake near the intersection of Interstate 235 and Highway 42, within the city limits of Wichita for the expressed purpose as recreational reward to those who were adjuvant in the Amway avocation. An invitation extended to a small number of distributors in recognition of ongoing achievements, Gary‘s certainty in building a distributor association having significantly increased, an invitation bestowed to the Willson, and the Ransoms and their young children. The lake and its accessories of motorized water accouterments, including boats, Yamaha Wave Runners and Ski-Doo jet skis providing an afternoon of enlightenment. The invited quests provided a late afternoon meal in the boat house lodge, followed by a business program in the residency, adjoining the lodge.
The McAnarney providing many incentives to their down-line distributors, with a continual recognition and acknowledgement of the family involved enterprise, leasing Wichita’s Joyland Amusement Park for the expressed afternoon use of by the family members of the WIN organization. Gary, Jan, Robert and Sandra spending the day, Robert preferring the 2600 ft. long, 80 ft. high roller coaster and enjoying many of the 24 complimentary rides. The several hundred in attendance, almost all familiar faces, Gary finding an aura of harmony among the group, a sense of a concordance, a like minded Amway family of marketeers.