Winning ticket

When Destiny Dixon attended a recent Greater South Carolina District career conference, she didn’t expect to be chosen to work alongside her boss — for a day at least.

Dixon, a Columbia, SC, letter carrier, received a ticket during the conference. When its number was called, she learned the prize was a “shadow day” with Postmaster Walter Rowland.

Working closely with Rowland, who manages Columbia’s seven Post Offices and approximately 500 employees, Dixon was able to interact with managers throughout the district.

Shadow programs, part of the Postal Service’s efforts to engage, equip and empower workers, a core strategy, provide employees like Dixon with professional development opportunities.

“Experiencing the shadow day and attending the career conference has opened opportunities to learn something new,” she said.

Rowland said participating in the shadow day was his “turn to give back” and share his experience.

“I’ve learned so much over my 33 years from managers who took the time to help me succeed,” he said. “One of the biggest thrills I get is to see people I’ve helped get promoted.”

Service greetings

The Postal Service is offering suggested mail-by dates for customers who want to send holiday letters and packages to diplomatic and military service members overseas.

The dates are listed in an Oct. 8 news release, along with details on ordering free military care kits and guidelines for addressing packages to Army/Air Post Offices, Fleet Post Offices and Diplomatic Post Offices.

USPS is also offering a reduced price on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box for mail sent to military and diplomatic posts abroad.

Customers can obtain free Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes from Post Offices and the online Postal Store, while postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online using Click-N-Ship.