July/August 2010 Volume 17, Issue 5
Board of Directors
Cynthia A. Smith
Immediate Past President
Chantale Bordonaro, CPOŽ, CRTS™
Associate Member Coordinator
CPO Certification Liasions
Chantale Bordonaro, CPOŽ, CRTS™
Barbara Ricketts, CPOŽ
Education Program Coordinator
NAPO in the Schools
Coordinator: Kathyrn Masci
Orange County: Gail Gray
Newcomers: South Bay: Beverly Clower
Inland Empire: Millie Hinkle
Ventura: Kathryn Masci
Westsiders: Toni Scharff
New Member Orientation
Photographers Sara Getzkin
3 VIP visitors
Total NAPO-LA Membership: 132Board Meeting Mini-Minutes MAY 2010
1. Board calling for "Request for Action" forms from membership to consider options for NAPO-LA to become involved in community service. RFA forms available in Members Only section of the NAPO-LA website and are due at the June meeting for consideration at July meeting.JUNE 2010
2. "Starting/Running an Organizing Business," is a new inexpensive trial class to run before our regular chapter meetings at the Olympic Collection (in a small room) for the nominal fee of $10-$15.
3. Board now has a system to provide CEUs for attendees of appropriate meetings.
1. Call for nominations for the Organizing Awards to be distributed by mid-July
2. NAPO-LA Membership Survey will be distributed to members in early July
3. The Board was represented at the memorial service for Glorya Schklair
Leading Edge Award Winners
2009 - Robin Davi
2008 - John Trosko
2007 - Jodie Watson
2006 - Dolores Kaytes
2005 - Jodi McDaniel
2004 - Chris McKenry
Raising the Bar Award Winners
2009 - Leslie Haber
2008 - Chantale Bordonaro
2007 - Jodie Watson
2006 - Chris McKenry
2005 - John Trosko
Volunteers of the Year
2009 - Linda Levine-Quackenbush
2008 - Heidi Chianta
2007 - Cary Brazeman
2006 - Claire Flannery &
2005 - Deborah Kawashima
2004 - Laurie Clark & Dee Saar
2003 - Robin Davi
2010 Volunteers of the Month
February - Lenora Thomas
Beth Zeigler & Claire Flannery
June - Jean Furuya
Go Junk Free America!
Moving & Storage
Office Organization Products
Custom Glide-Out Shelves for Cabinets & Pantries
NAPO National Membership
$200 - Active Member*
$150 - Associate-Branch
$250 - Associate-Local
$550 - Associate-Corporate
$20 - Processing Fee
*Provisional member dues are $180 plus a one-time $20 processing fee. You are an active member* if you have completed your provisional membership year, or are a new NAPO member with more than one year of professional organizing experiece.
NAPO National dues can be paid online.
Proof of paid dues is required at time of joining NAPO-LA. NAPO National submits its renewal notices directly to members on their anniversary dates. NAPO-LA annual membership dues are renewed each September. You can also join NAPO-LA online.
NAPO-LA Chapter Membership
Dues are prorated 25% quarterly.
$100 - Level 1
Yearly dues and Website Listing in the "Find an Organizer" section of our website.
$25 - One-Time Processing Fee
$25 - Lapsed Member Processing Fee
Dues are prorated 25% quarterly.
$175 - Branch Associate Member - Local branch or regional office of a Corporate Associate Member
$300 - Local Associate Member - Locally-based, self-operating retailer, supplier, designer, or independent sales representative engaged primarily in the manufacture, distribution, and/or sale of organizational equipment, supplies, or organizing-industry related services.
NOTE: All members are required to sign a Code of Ethics as part of their membership.
The Los Angeles Organizer
Donna D. McMillan
The Los Angeles Organizer is published bimonthly (January, March, May, July, September and November). The newsletter is emailed to NAPO-LA members and associate members, NAPO national board members, and NAPO chapter presidents, and is available to the public on our website. All contents are copyrighted. All rights reserved. $35 NAPO-LA Members
Articles: NAPO-LA members are encouraged to contribute to this newsletter. Articles are not to exceed 500 words in length. Submissions must be received by the Editor no later than the 20th of the month preceding the month of publication. You may send your article as a Microsoft Word file attachment or directly in the body of an email. Photos should be .jpg, 72 dpi, sent with your article. All article topics and content must be approved by the Editor. Submit editorial to email@example.com
Advertising: Ads must be received by the 20th of the month preceding the month of publication. There are two types of ads available.
Website Link: This is a small ad containing a link to your website, located in the left side column of the newsletter. The ad can be your logo, a photo, or a short message. Format: .jpg, 72 dpi, 125 pixels w x 100 h.
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$45 Non NAPO-LA MembersSubmit ads to firstname.lastname@example.org
26 Board Meeting, 2:45 pm
26 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
23 Board Meeting, 2:45 pm
23 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
11 NAPO Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Neighborhood Group, 9:30 am in Pasadena
11 NAPO Westsiders Neighborhood Group, 1 pm
14 CD Support Group, 6 pm
23-25 NSGCD Annual Conference in Austin, TX
27 Board Meeting, 2:45 pm
27 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
9 EDC Workshop on Social Networking
16 Golden Circle trip to Burbank Recycling Center
25 Board Meeting 2:45 pm
25 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
By Katherine Macey, Organize to Excel
and NAPO-LA President
We're excited this year to have several changes in NAPO-LA. To begin with, our new Vision and Mission statements were developed at the Board's annual retreat:Vision Statement:
NAPO-LA, comprised of passionate and innovative professionals, is the premier authority on organizing, serving the greater Los Angeles area.Mission Statement:
NAPO-LA is the organizing industry leader committed to providing the public with resources; providing professional organizers with education and support; and providing related industry professionals with unique channels for their products and services.
From these statements, there are three exciting developments:
- CEU eligible programs - Our monthly meetings will be CEU eligible whenever possible. CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit and is important for certification and re-certification as a professional organizer. Our Program Development Director, Leslie Haber, will have certificates available at the end of the meeting for those who need them. Having our meetings be at the educational standard where CEUs can be earned is a great benefit for members. Topics that broaden our knowledge of the organizing industry will continue to be offered. Please contact Leslie at if you have any particular topic you would like to see covered.
- Combining the Awards and Expo events - This year, to provide more exposure for our Expo vendors, the Expo will be combined with the 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards. These changes are still being finalized and there is plenty of opportunity to volunteer and help shape the event. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards and Expo, please contact our VP and special events coordinator, Donna Rosman at email@example.com.
- Community Service - The Board is calling for "Requests For Action" (RFA's) for community projects that NAPO-LA can be involved with this year. We are looking for a non-profit organization that needs our services. If you know of an organization that could benefit from a day of organizing, please submit an RFA. You may also submit RFA's for your neighborhood community group if the project is a small one. Please submit to Leslie, firstname.lastname@example.org by July 21 for consideration at the July meeting.
The Board is looking forward to the exciting developments this year and to your involvement in your NAPO-LA chapter.
|NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Info|
July 26 Meeting, 6:15 pm
Mastering the Art of Time Management
Presented by Susan Eleftherakis
of Spatial Clarity Consulting
Please send meeting topic suggestions to Leslie Haber at email@example.com.
Learn time management principles and priority setting to effectively manage your time in this special presentation by NAPO-LA member, Susan Eleftherakis.
As professional organizers, we must practice time management in order to develop a strong and efficient business. Just as importantly, this very skill is what is almost always needed by our clients! We must "walk the walk" and master our time-management challenges in order to best pass along these vital skills to our clients. Susan will offer tips and techniques for overcoming stress, realistically scheduling events and projects, and even saying "no," so you can teach your clients these best practices while living up to your own highest potential as well.
Susan is passionate about enabling businesses to improve their "business process" and establish systems that lead to success. She founded Spatial Clarity Consulting
in early 2005. Her unique ability to visualize her clients' reorganization processes along with 20 years of experience, a diverse skill set, and a proven track record provides the expertise for optimizing their potential. Important Note:
This will be the first NAPO-LA meeting to offer Certificates of Completion to those members acquiring continuing education units (CEU's) toward certification through BCPO. Certification/CEU eligibility information can be found by visiting BCPO's webpage - www.certifiedprofessionalorganizers.org
|2010 NSGCD Annual Conference|
"Creative Approaches to Client Success"
September 23 - 25
An amazing 98.4% of 2009 Conference attendees said they would recommend future NSGCD conferences to their peers.
This year's Sessions:
- Session 1: Chronic Disorganization Research Updates, Presenter: Catherine Roster, PH.D.
- Session 2: Positive Psychology and Client Success, Presenter: Dr. Wanda L. Bethea
- Session 3: Client Applications of Emotional Intelligence, Presenter: Dr. Rich Handley
- Session 4: Providers - Understand - Understand Your Emotional Intelligence, Presenter Dr. Rich Handley
- Session 5: Master the Secrets for Asking Effective Questions, Presenter: Byron Van Arsdale - Master Certified Coach
- Session 6: The Sacred Tool for Coaching: Being Heard, Presenter: Byron Van Arsdale - Master Certified Coach
- Session 8: Panel Discussion and Q&A, Panelists: Judy Forgason MD; Candyce Ossefort-Russell, M.A., LPC; Michelle Bohls, LMFT, EMDR; James OChoa, LPC
|An Educational Development Committee Workshop|
On-Line and On-The-Ground:
The Art of Networking
Presented by Donna D. McMillan and Regina Lark
When: Saturday, October 9, 2010 (Rescheduled)
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Circle of Care Leeza's Place
500 Van Nuys Blvd.
Cost: $99 for NAPO-LA members
$119 for non-members
(After October 4, add $15)
These days, business owners must focus on marketing their services and products in "all the right places" in order to be profitable. In this motivating, interactive training session, NAPO-LA members, Donna D. McMillan and Regina F. Lark, will help you to refine the skills necessary for successful networking, both on-the-ground and on-line.
Networking is an established way to promote your business and your areas of expertise. Networking also allows you to be an excellent referral resource. Donna teaches you skills for confident face-to-face networking experiences. Through demonstrations, Regina shows you how to use social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) to its maximum advantage.
A. What is networking?
Understand the mind-set of in-person meetings and social media.
B. Why do networking?
Clarify your motivation and objectives
C. How to find a good fit?
Match what you offer with the right people
D. Where do you find your target market?
Make connections through groups on-the-ground plus on-line
E. When do "they" find you?
Discover which of your power tools will get you noticed
F. How do you do networking?
Find out how to go to the right places and do the right things
G. Where and how do you manage your new contacts?
Identify paper and electronic solutions that work best for you
Learn successful skills and techniques for local and worldwide networking. Class includes lecture, roll-play and hands-on exercises. Bring business cards. You are also encouraged to bring your laptop (MAC or PC), but this is not a requirement. Before the workshop, create accounts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. After registering for workshop, you may contact Regina Lark for assistance.
Donna D. McMillan
, organizing industry veteran in West LA, has been coaching/training Professional Organizers since 1993, both in the U.S. and abroad. Since 1984, she has developed marketing strategies from her own experiences while building her businesses, McMillan & Company Professional Organizing
in West Los Angeles and Island Organizers
Donna's contact information
Regina F. Lark
is the founder and CEO of A Clear Path
, a Los Angeles-based professional organizing business. She works with "Boomers," seniors, college faculty, and campus administrative offices. She credits her success as a business owner to the art and practice of social networking. When she is not organizing, Regina is teaching. She offers de-clutter and social media workshops to non-profits and private corporations. Regina
holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California.
Regina's Contact Information:
First 15 people to register will be entered to win
a 1/2-hour consultation with Donna or Regina
Click here to register
By Sara Getzkin
Hands On Organizing Services
You've seen their storefronts. Their trucks are seen out and about. Almost all of us have made contributions at their donation centers. Did you know Goodwill Industries is so much more than just donations and thrift stores? They are a terrific resource for professional organizers, not to mention the general public. When I looked into all that they have to offer, I was really surprised. I think you will be, too.
Goodwill's mission is to serve people with disabilities or vocational disadvantages. They provide education, skills training, work experience and job placement services. A few years ago, you could drop off a broken toaster or microwave oven. Then, a skilled technician would fix it and it would be sold in one of the many Goodwill Thrift Stores. Profits from the sales would be used to train more people to become skilled technicians. A few things have changed...for the better.
Today, Goodwill Industries is keeping up with the times. They no longer accept items in need of repair. Instead, they are a state-authorized E-waste collector.
Goodwill accepts computers (CPUs), monitors, TVs, digital cameras, printers, modems and other electronic equipment. (NOTE: They will take broken toasters, too, as long as you make sure the items are marked for recycling - not resale.)
E-waste items can be in working or non-working condition.
Goodwill processes over 10,000 units per month.
Individual donations are accepted at all Goodwill Donation centers.
Goodwill will pick up large corporate donations (e.g., say an office overhauls its entire computer system; Goodwill will pick up everything and the company will get a tax write-off).
It is illegal to dump computers and TVs in a landfill.
It is not only easy, but it is environmentally responsible, to donate computers to Goodwill - or to any other authorized E-waste collector.
Once you drop off E-waste, what happens?
All hard drives are "wiped" (i.e., erased) to U.S. Department of Defense standards. This means writing over the original deleted information seven times before it is considered un-recoverable.
10% of E-waste donations are refurbished and resold in Goodwill's retail stores.
70% are dismantled; plastics, metals, and parts are sold for salvage.
20% are sent to authorized recyclers for "cancellation," which means that raw materials are recycled in mass quantities by outside companies rather than by Goodwill.
As with income from Goodwill Thrift Stores, income from computer recycling helps people with disabilities.
Shredding and Document Destruction
Did you know Goodwill Industries also has an Information Destruction division?
I had to see it for myself so, with a carload full of a client's shredding, I drove to their main facility (located at 342 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles 90031). Trained attendants helped me fill a very large bin - and the entire lot was only $50 to shred!
Goodwill worker at bin
Here are a few more facts about their information destruction services:
Information destruction includes paper documents, media, films, diskettes and other e-files.
All shredding is done at their facility (off-site shredding).
Goodwill's secure facility offers state-of-the-art shredding equipment.
Security personnel and 24-hour video surveillance monitor all materials in the facility.
Every Goodwill shredding bin is bar-coded and tracked by a computerized system - all trucks have GPS tracking as well.
Regularly scheduled pick-ups and exchange of bins can be arranged for business offices. The cost involved depends on the amount of shredding to be done and the frequency of pick-ups.
Volume discounts are offered for large quantities.
Certificates of destruction are issued upon completion and services are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
The prices can't be beat! And once again, income generated from shredding services helps to fund education, job training and placement services.
Make sure to add Goodwill Industries to your resource list, and pass the news on to clients, friends and family. Check out their website at www.goodwillsocal.org
. Give them a try. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
At the 2010 Los Angeles Organizing Awards, Sara won "The Green Award" - Most Ecofriendly Organizing Service: Individual organizer or organizing firm that offers a service with extraordinary environmental sensitivity.
JEAN FURUYAVolunteer of the Month for June
Jean Furuya was awarded Volunteer of the Month for June 2010 for her outstandingly consistent and tireless contributions to the Education and Development Committee, her involvement in the Ambassador program and for coordination of the Chronic Disorganization support group. Jean is always a willing volunteer and her help is greatly appreciated!
What is your business name?
The Office Jeanie
Where do you live and where do you do business?
I live in Torrance and do business mostly in Los Angeles County.
How many years have you been in business?Just before leaving my job in 1990,
the receptionist suggested I talk with an organizer in her boyfriend's
networking group since I did a lot of organizing as an office manager
for the company.
Just celebrated 19 years in May.
How did you get into organizing as a profession?
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Seattle, Washington, but have spent most of my life in Los Angeles County.
What are your main organizing interests or specialties? Currently my main organizing
interests are small businesses, paperwork and working with CD clients -
provided they are seeing a therapist (otherwise, as I always say, I
don't work with CD clients).
What do you like to do when you aren't organizing?
I like to do volunteer work and spend time
with grandkids, family and friends.
main interest has always been to enjoy life and all the wonderful and
beautiful things/people that have crossed my path; to do volunteer work
(currently, NAPO, NAPO-LA, NSGCD, Faithful Organizers, Meals on Wheels,
and my church); eating (e.g., go to dim sum with Ann Gambrell). I would love to
travel but my husband doesn't; so I live vicariously through other
Tell us about your family. Are you
married, single, kids, grandkids?
My husband and I will be
celebrating our 48th anniversary next month. We have two daughters, a
son-in-law, and two grandkids.
What has been your experience volunteering in NAPO-LA?
Since I enjoy volunteering, my
experience in NAPO-LA has always been positive, enjoyable, and
motivating. The first year I was a member, I volunteered to be Treasurer, then I co-chaired a couple of Los Angeles conferences, and
continued to find ways to volunteer thereafter. The main benefits for me
is that it is energizing and rewarding. For everyone, it is a great way to
gain leadership experience, increase confidence and develop networking
Welcome to Our Newest Members
Eva Anderson A Centered Soul
Lelah Baker-RabeLelah Baker-Rabe, Professional Organizer
Clear the Clutter with Karen
Organizing Concepts and Design
|FOCUS ON PASSWORDS|
What's in a Password?
An internet security group recently analyzed passwords in use and found that the most commonly used password is 123456. The second most common password used - yep, you guessed it - 123456789. In today's electronic environment, that's unbelievable. We no longer live in a world where we can use a simple string of numbers or a child's name as a password. They're just too easy to hack - and the results can be much more devastating than merely finding your emails made public.
The problem is that we all have so many passwords. So how do we make strong passwords that we can actually remember for every account? Here are a few simple tips:
These are, of course, just examples. Be creative and think up your own acronym and ways to add unique characters for each account. Then, keep that little secret to yourself so no one will be able to guess your account passwords!
- Think up a phrase. Instead of a common word or family member's name, think up a unique phrase that only you know. For example. You may decide on something off the wall, such as, "I Like Short Hair Too."
- Make it an acronym. In the above example, "I Like Short Hair Too," would become ILSHT.
- Add complexity. Use letter substitutes whenever you can. For example, "I Like Short Hair Too" can become "1 Like $hort Hair 2" which makes: 1L$H2. You can also use upper and lower case letters to make it 1L$h2. The point is to be creative, but in a way that you can easily remember it.
- Make it unique. A password is only really unique if you use it for one account and one account only. So you can't just use 1L$h2 for every account. And, in reality, it's still too short. Here's a tip: Mix in additional letters and numbers that are unique to each account. For example, if you're logging into a Gmail account, you can use the "Gm" and "@cct" (for acct) to make: 1L$h2Gm@cct. Then, for a Netflix account, you may use: 1L$h2Nf@cct. That way, your passwords will be hard for others to guess and unique to each account, but also easy for you to remember!
By Kim RockeNew Leaf Organizing
and NAPO-LA Director of Communications and Technology
All NAPO-LA members are invited to check out our website at www.napola.org. A source of extensive valuable information, our chapter website displays meeting schedules, educational classes, events, and a great deal more, as well as the contact info for all members and associate members. Did you know that NAPO-LA is also on Facebook? You can follow us at www.facebook.com/napolosangeles. While our Facebook page is not for the promoting of individual organizers, if you have a suggestion for a post, we would like to hear from you. Contact Kim Rocke at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Master Cruz at email@example.com
. NOTE: All website and Facebook posts are subject to Board approval.
|Golden Circle World|
Yep, We Have "Brains for Business"
and "Bodies for Organizing"*
Delphi Center for Organization
and a Golden Circle member
Yesterday I woke up and my joints ached.
I'm 47 years old, a former gymnast and in pretty good shape. A couple of days in the field with clients, though, reminds me that I am indeed a Golden Circle member (i.e., more than five years in business). For many of you it's more like ten to twenty years in the business. Congratulations! I am also sure that there are lots of Golden Circle members whose joints do not ache after a few days of "hands-on" organizing with clients. Thank you for your energy.
My point is that somewhere in our journey among the boxes, papers, bins and bags we just may be ready to challenge our own "status quo." You know, move up a level in our own thinking (and doing) in the world of organizing. Our special organizing gift allows us to think in patterns and colors, both spatially and chronologically. Without a doubt we can do our organizing - eyes closed, project perfect. In most instances the organizing is around "stuff..." and when there's stuff involved we may still be using our physical bodies to do the organizing. Question: Can we, as individuals - and collectively as an industry - raise our "status quo" from where we are right now to thinking in terms of a larger, more global level?
What is your next level when making the crossover from physical organizing to using your brain to organize? Indeed, some of you are already doing this: facilitating support groups, teaching electronic organizing, giving seminars, writing books, coaching individuals for success. But what else? Where or what else can you look to to "begin to solve" in terms of organizing our communities, our nation and the world - and perhaps even turn them into paid "brain-fueled" organizing positions?
Here are some ideas based on current events:
- Assist in the organizational rebuilding of the oil spill victims' businesses (BP has agreed to a $20 billion fund for them)
- Organize and prepare paperwork for folks who are still in a mortgage crisis and can apply for home loan remodifications - or even create a system for them
- Assist regional unemployment offices in finding jobs for people still looking for work - offer them jobs or connect them with clients who have jobs
- Contact a coastal region somewhere in the world to assist and organize early warning detection systems and storm aftercare
- Assist in the organizational plan to re-unite families still separated in Haiti
- Var, France, needs school and home re-organization due to flash floods which devastated the city
- In Jakarta, Indonesia, you could help to organize volunteers to support the Ciliwung Recovery Program: A skyscraper that -- instead of hosting offices -- houses a system that purifies the water of a polluted river, employs the people living in surrounding slums and gives them a home in which to live
Even if just for a moment we take a "blip in time" to think about how we as seasoned professional organizers could endeavor to solve one of our world's problems - we can move beyond our "status quo." Indeed we are that good and we are that smart. Perhaps sometime this summer you might take time out from using your physical organizing body and tune into the brain power you possess to make a powerful contribution to the world. Yep, just by talking about it. So, what's your next conversation going to be about?
*paraphrased from Melanie Griffith's role in "Working Girl"
Golden Circle's Summer Bash
By Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ
Away with Chaos
On Saturday, July 17, the Los Angeles Area Golden Circle
gathered at the home of Claire Flannery
in Culver City.
Claire, along with co-host Rosalind Lakomy, prepared a lovely luncheon
consisting of several delicious salads that were perfect for the 88 degree
weather. We also enjoyed Claire's special carrot cake as we celebrated a
milestone birthday for our friend and founder, Ann Gambrell.
Eighteen members attended, including a new Golden
Circle member and first-time attendee, Ann Negendank
of Long Beach,
who is also a California Golden
Claire and Ros created a
Golden Circle Trivia game consisting of 20 questions, including:
This year NAPO is celebrating its _____ anniversary.
What is the
title of Julie Morgensten's book on organizing?
- How many NAPO chapters are there now in the U.S?
was a great time with a lot of laughs and a few unexpected answers declined by
our proctor, Claire. (We swear Peter Walsh sometimes wears RED glasses, too!) The
winners with the highest scores were Tanya Whitford, Mishele Vieira, and tied for third place were Dolores Kaytes and Robin
Davi. (NOTE: In case you were
wondering, the answers were: 25th anniversary, Organizing from the Inside Out, and 35 chapters.)
If you knew the
answers, Congratulations! You are most likely ready for Golden Circle,
but you must be eligible; i.e., engaged in the
business of organizing for at least five years and a NAPO
member for at least one year. If you do meet the eligibility requirements and have not yet
joined Golden Circle,
look at the fun you're missing! Applications are available on the Golden Circle page at
www.NAPO.net (you must log in to see the page) or see Mishele at a NAPO-LA meeting.
The next Golden Circle meeting date has been
changed to Saturday, October 16, so that we can join the
Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Neighborhood Group on a field-trip to the Burbank Recycling Center.
Details will be sent via Evite.
Mark your calendars now for the 2011 Golden
Circle quarterly meetings, which will be held on the following dates:
Sunday, July 17
Saturday, October 15
Qualifications for Golden Circle membership include five years in business as a professional organizer and one year as a NAPO member. Quarterly meetings are held in the homes of Golden Circle members where we share information, network and get to know each other on a more personal and professional level. All eligible Golden Circle members are invited to join our group. Chapter membership is not required. More information is available on the NAPO national website or by contacting Mishele Vieira (firstname.lastname@example.org
TIPS FROM THE PROS
Where to start?
When you don't know how to start to organize a room, think "left to right" and move all the way around the room.
Submitted by Dorothy Breininger, Delphi Center for Organization
Regarding emails, set up different accounts for different types of email; e.g., Shopping(your email address)@gmail.com
Submitted by Carolyn Strauss, Eye Delight
|Members in the News|
Congratulations to Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ, Away with Chaos, who recently received the Outstanding Small Business Award from the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dorothy Breininger of Delphi Center for Organization was mentioned in a Los Angeles Times article about hoarding, entitled, "When stuff really starts to pile up" by Rosemary McClure. The article ran in the HOME section on Saturday,
Donna D. McMillan of McMillan & Company Professional Organizing, along with her Island Organizers business partner Karen Simon, provided source material for a July 2 article in The Hawaii Independent online newspaper.
Robyn ReynoldsRobyn Reynolds of Organize2Harmonize was quoted in the June issue of Women's Day magazine in an article about yard sales entitled "Clean Up and Cash In."
NAPO-LA Neighborhood Groups
Neighborhood Groups hold informal bimonthly meetings throughout the Los Angeles area. These offshoots of NAPO-LA offer education, networking and support, and are a benefit of chapter membership.
Encino/Sherman Oaks: Facilitator (open)
Check below for your nearest group, and contact the Facilitator for information on the next meeting. For more information, or if you'd like to volunteer as a Facilitator for one of the open groups, please contact Committee Chair Kathryn Masci by sending an email to her at email@example.com
. Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena: Tanya Whitford
, Facilitator - Meetings scheduled for September 11 at 9:30 am in Pasadena and November 4 at 6:30 pm in Pasadena.
Hollywood: John Trosko, Facilitator
New Organizers: Facilitator (open)
Orange County: Gail Gray, Facilitator
South Bay: Beverly Clower, Facilitator
Upland: Millie Hinkle, Facilitator - This group does not yet meet formally but communicates informally by phone and email.
Ventura (includes Agoura & Santa Clarita): Kathryn Masci, Facilitator
Westsiders: Toni Scharff, Facilitator - Meetings scheduled for September 11 and November 14, all held at 1 pm at the Spitfire Grille in Santa Monica.
|CD Support Group|
|By Jean Furuya
The Office Jeanie and Educational Development Committee Coordinator
If you work consistently with chronically-disorganized clients, you are invited to participate in an informal support group.
Tuesday, September 14, 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Topic for discussion
: "Maintenance Strategies for our CD Clients"
We will also spend time sharing our individual issues and experiences with clients.
A simple pot luck is planned.
Limited to 12 attendees.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Jean Furuya.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (310) 316-1753
|NAPO Los Angeles |
Mission Statement: NAPO-LA is
the organizing industry leader committed to providing the public with
resources; providing professional organizers with education and support;
and providing related industry professionals with unique channels for
their products and services.
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