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AmeriGas Executive Uses Her Diagnosis to Improve Lives of Others

Jane Stroupe has had the kind of career that hardly seems possible anymore: Rising from a part-time clerk job at Piedmont Natural Gas with almost no knowledge of propane, almost 40 years later she now is an area director for the country’s largest propane company.

Three things about that career path are particularly extraordinary: First, thanks to a payroll error, she was promoted from part-time clerk to full time two weeks into the job; second, in 1997 she made history as the first woman president of her company; and third, she has never left that company in four decades, although its ownership and name have changed over the years through a series of acquisitions.

Today, Stroupe, 60, serves as area director for AmeriGas district offices in parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. That leadership experience proved valuable last year when she helped organize a support group for women who, like her, are coping with a cancer diagnosis. The group helps women who are struggling to make sense of their new reality.

“Someone is always there that has just been diagnosed, and they are scared to death,” Stroupe says. “We help them cope by answering their questions and listening to their concerns. They are encouraged they will be healthy, ‘fairly normal’ women like we are very soon. It is a great feeling to provide support to each other and give a new friend a hug to let them know they can make it through the process.”

With her cancer treatments complete, Jane Stroupe, left, says she feels like “a free woman.” Photo courtesy of Jane Stroupe and Nancy Coop

Health scare
Stroupe, an only child, was grieving the sudden death of her mother in March 2013 when a routine annual mammogram that June showed an abnormality.

She distinctly recalls the feeling of fear that swept through her when she and her husband, Mark, heard she “definitely” had breast cancer.

“It was as if our world stood still,” she says. “All the information we were being given was overwhelming, and we learned medical terminology we never wanted to hear.”

She underwent a bilateral mastectomy in mid-July, and the aggravations that accompany serious health concerns began: She started chemotherapy on her ninth wedding anniversary. A port-a-catheter inserted the previous day apparently punctured a lung, causing it to collapse and sending her back to the hospital for four days. Her hair fell out 16 days after her first treatment, triggering denial and eventually acceptance to the point that she embraced the variety of wigs and hats available.

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Are You Ready For Winter? Payment and Service Options For Our Customers


Now is the time to prepare in advance for the upcoming winter season, and we want to assist you in that preparation. Whether you want to become a new customer or are a current customer looking for more information, here is everything you need to know about our services. In this three part blog series, we will cover the following topics:

We are going to be reviewing the second topic above today, Payment and Service Options for our customers:

AmeriGas understands you are busy, so we offer several payment plans that make it easy to do business with us.

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Are You Ready For Winter? Four Easy Steps to Becoming a New AmeriGas Customer

Now is the time to prepare in advance for the upcoming winter season. We want to assist you in that preparation! Whether you want to become a new customer or are a current customer looking for more information, here is everything you need to know about our services. In this three part blog series, we will cover the following topics:

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Builders: How Heating with Propane Helps Your Homeowners

On PERC‘s (Propane Education and Research Council) website tailored to construction professionals, buildwithpropane.com, they describe how heating with propane furnaces, boilers and space heaters can improve the efficiency, performance and comfort of homes and buildings.

Propane provides more versatility, affordability, and comfort than any other heating choice — it’s that simple. Propane heating systems can be configured as central or zone, forced air or radiant. Best of all, propane systems can help buildings and homeowners slash energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions — up to 68 percent, in fact. Here are a few considerations for your project.

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Restaurant Patio Amenities: Heaters, Sconces, Tiki Torches & More

Restaurants: Propane-powered patio heaters can extend your outdoor dining season by raising outdoor air temperature to comfortable levels. Enhance the curb appeal of your patio and entrance area with patio heaters, sconces and tiki torches. Add additional amenities to further enhance your outdoor patio or courtyard, like fire pits, hearths and decorate flame features.

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Brand New: Propane Safety Website

We’re pleased to announce www.propanesafetyfirst.com – an interactive, safety-focused website for all our customers. This site will bring consistent and accurate safety content and is a great resource for customers in search of safety information.

The site is both visually enticing and user-friendly, and contains a wide variety of safety resources:

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Help Your School Earn $2000 with our School Days Program

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If your school could receive up to $2,000 to spend on whatever it really needed in order to improve the educational experience that it offers you and your children, what would they choose to spend it on? Between books, computers, sporting equipment, band instruments and supplies, drama club, and more, there are so many areas that our School Days Program can assist with.

By simply collecting AmeriGas propane receipts from those who donate them, your school earns $.02 for every gallon on said receipts. From families who attend the school and faculty who work there to local businesses, any donated receipts can really add up! Since there is no minimum gallon requirement, anything collected will benefit the participating school. Turn gallons into dollars and use those dollars to enhance your children’s education.

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Labor Day: Summer’s Unofficial Send-off

According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA), there is no definitive history about how the word “barbecue” originated – or why it’s sometimes used as a noun, verb, or adjective. Some say the Spaniards get the credit for the word, derived from their “barbacoa” which is an American-Indian word for the framework of green wood on which foods were placed for cooking over hot coals. Others think the French were responsible, offering the explanation that when the Caribbean pirates arrived on our Southern shores, they cooked animals on a spit-like devise that ran from “whiskers to tail” or “de barbe a` queue.”

Most Americans consider Labor Day a uniquely American experience, but in all reality, Labor Day has its origins in Canada. Stemming from 1870’s labor disputes in Toronto, in 1872 a parade was held in support of a strike against the 58 hour workweek. As a result, 24 union leaders who were responsible for organizing the event were arrested under anti-union laws.

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Plumbers: Help Enhance the Value of Your Clients’ Homes

Want to know where your homeowner’s energy costs are going? Just turn to the hot water faucet. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that approximately 20 percent of a home’s energy costs are spent heating water. That’s why helping your homeowner select an efficient water heater is critical—and a propane tankless water heater is one of the most efficient options available. Fortunately, in today’s market, consumers have more energy-efficient options, such as propane water heaters, than in the past. In your profession, you can directly advise your clients of the benefits that propane water heaters can offer to them as homeowners. Not only will you be improving your bottom line, but your clients will be extremely satisfied with the results they see and money they save.

PERC (Propane Education and Research Council) is offering an online course for you to learn how you can help consumers save and enhance the value of their homes by helping them understand why propane is the best energy choice for water heaters. Bonus: You can even win a $500 gift card for taking this brief online training course.

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Seasonal Employment Opportunities at AmeriGas

AmeriGas is the nation’s largest propane distributor, serving over 2 million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and motor fuel propane customers in all 50 states. We currently have immediate openings nationwide to join our Seasonal Flex workforce:

During our peak business months of October through March, AmeriGas and the AmeriGas family of propane companies, employs additional delivery representatives to help us meet the needs of our customers.

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