September / October
Volume 17, Issue 6
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
2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards & Expo
Robyn Reynolds, Co-Chair
Donna Rosman, Co-Chair
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
Professional Organizers Learning Academy
Donna D. McMillan
Yahoo Group Moderator
Total NAPO-LA Membership: 142
Board Meeting Mini-Minutes
Business that Provides Services to Organizing Industry" is a new
category that has been added to our Organizing Awards.
Circle will join the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Neighborhood Group on a
field trip to the Burbank Recycling Center in October.
3. The Call for Nominations for the 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards & Expo is open.
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
July - Barb Schmit
Luxury Wardrobe Storage & Valet Service
Go Junk Free America!
Moving & Storage
Custom Garage Systems
Email Gus Gougas
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
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
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
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
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not to exceed 500 words in length. Submissions must be received by
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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, Austin, TX
27 New Member Orientation, 3:30 pm
27 NAPO-LA Board Meeting, 2:45 pm
27 Professional Organizers Learning Academy Q&A with Panel, 3-5 pm
27 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
7 NAPO National Conference Call, 5 pm
9 POLA (EDC) Workshop on Social Networking, 9 am to 1 pm
9 San Francisco Bay Area Regional Conference, Sunnyvale, CA
16 Golden Circle trip to Burbank Recycling Center
25 NAPO-LA Board Meeting, 2:45 pm
25 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
22 NAPO-LA Board Meeting, 2:45 pm
22 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
NO Chapter Meeting in December
Innovation in NAPO
By Katherine Macey, Organize to Excel
and NAPO-LA President
in business and staying in business has a lot to do with staying
flexible, growing and adjusting to various demands. The same is true for
NAPO and NAPO-LA. Mark your calendars for a historic event to happen on
October 7: NAPO will be hosting a conference call - their first
ever open to all members - to announce the results of their five-year
strategic planning meetings held earlier this year. The details will be
announced by email.
The exciting changes that will be announced will ensure NAPO and NAPO-LA stay current and at the forefront of our industry.
Change in our Association begs the question, "Is your business flexible, current and ready to respond to market place trends?"
had been around since before the 12th century, but with the advent of
the motor car, have all but disappeared. I'm not suggesting that
organizing as a business is about to disappear, but the interesting
question is, "How is it changing?"
Are you happy providing the service you have always provided, or are you developing new markets?
Are you following trends or staying true to your established niche?
Yet again, NAPO-LA is displaying innovative skills as we prepare for the 6th Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards.
Altering the format this year to include a Gala Industry Exchange, the
evening is shaping up to be a fabulous event not to be missed.
Building on last year's success, keeping the parts you loved and
changing the parts you didn't, this year's Task Force is proving to be
outstanding. Get involved by volunteering (contact firstname.lastname@example.org); nominating your favorite products, services and resources (www.napola.org)
by September 30; voting between October 25-December 24; and definitely
saving the date of January 29, 2011, to attend this spectacular event.
|NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Info |
September 27 Meeting, 6:15 pm
focus is on paperwork - the good, the bad, and the ugly - and our own
Barb Schmit of Esselte/Pendaflex will be presenting innovative products
for a wide range of uses. Attendees will receive special
samples. Stay on top of product - and productivity - trends and
join us for this informative seminar. There will even be a few
very desirable door prizes! Coffee and Tea will be
PLEASE NOTE: Due to scheduling conflicts with the hosts of our field trip, it has been postponed until early 2011.
|September Silent Auction|
The Silent Auction Is Back
By Lisa Suchesk, Timeline Organizing Consults
and Silent Auction Coordinator
The Fundraising Committee of NAPO-LA is excited to announce the return of the Silent Auction! Each
month, an experienced chapter member who has agreed to donate an hour
of her/his time will go to the winning bidder. This is a fabulous
coaching opportunity for new organizers with all proceeds benefiting
NAPO-LA. Bring your checkbook to the September meeting, as you
won't want to miss out on a session with our first veteran organizer up
for auction, Dolores Kaytes.
Dolores KaytesDolores Kaytes on the Auction Block
Dolores Kaytes, organizer, teacher, entrepreneur,
corporate manager and professional speaker, is passionate about helping
individuals and corporations feel more in control of their lives, work,
and offices. Her company, Highly Organized, specializes in office organizing and business management support.
is a non-judgmental, compassionate, understanding teacher, who
intuitively finds the best way to set up a space and accomplish tasks
Dolores is a past president of NAPO-LA and has
served as Workshop Director and Program Chair. She is currently involved
in NAPO-LA's Professional Organizers Learning Academy. A teacher at
heart, she conducts workshops for new organizers, including her
highly-regarded custom filing class.
background as an educator, organizer and speaker, combined with her
enthusiasm and energy, make her a valuable asset to our chapter.
You will definitely want to be the winning bidder!
2010 NSGCD Annual Conference
2010 Annual Conference
"Creative Approaches to Client Success"
September 23 - 25
you know that an amazing 98.4% of 2009 NSGCD 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 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
|EDC NAME CHANGED TO POLA|
|New Programs Offered by
Professional Organizers Learning Academy
While the goal and mission are still the same, the EDC (Educational Development Committee) has changed its name to the Professional Organizers Learning Academy of NAPO-Los Angeles (POLA).
The Professional Organizers Learning Academy
is still offering "On-line and On-the-Ground - The Art of Networking"
on Saturday, October 9, 2010. You will want to take advantage of
the expertise of two top-notch chapter networkers - Donna D. McMillan
and Regina Lark. Gain confidence and the skills you need to
connect with potential clients in-person and on-line. The first 15
people to register will be entered to win a 1/2-hour consultation with
Donna or Regina. Limited to 20 participants so register TODAY!
Early Bird Rate until October 4.
INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING
Beginning in September, POLA (Professional Organizers Learning Academy)
will be offering a new program, a Q&A session for those entering
the organizing profession. If you have been struggling with "Where do I
start?," this session will enable you to formulate a specific plan of
action. A panel of POLA instructors will answer many of your questions in an open forum. Register online NOW!
When: September 27, 3 pm - 5 pm (prior to chapter meeting)
Where: Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles
(in chapter meeting room)
Cost: $25 (members and non-members)
Coming Soon: There will be a call for course proposals for future Professional Organizers Learning Academy of NAPO-Los Angeles classes in the 2011 calendar year.
For more information, contact: Jean Furuya, Jean@TheOfficeJeanie.com,
|Sign-up Now for October POLA Workshop|
On-Line and On-The-Ground:
The Art of Networking
Presented by Donna D. McMillan and Regina Lark
When: Saturday, October 9, 2010 (New Date)
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)
order to be profitable today, business owners need to focus on
marketing their services and products in "all the right places." In this
motivating, interactive training session, NAPO-LA members Donna D.
McMillan and Regina Lark, will help you to refine the skills necessary
for successful networking, both on-the-ground and on-line.
is an established way to promote your business and your areas of
expertise and also allows you to be an excellent referral
resource. Donna will teach you skills for confident face-to-face
networking experiences. Through demonstrations, Regina will show
you how to use social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) to its
This not-to-be missed workshop will help to answer these questions:
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 do you 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
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, 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 in Hawaii.
Donna's contact information
Regina 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:
The first 15 people to register will be entered to win
a 1/2-hour consultation with Donna or Regina
Click here to register
Limited to 20 Participants
| NAPO-San Francisco Bay Area |
|People. Purpose. Passion.|
2010 NAPO-SFBA Regional Conference
Saturday, October 9
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter has put together an exciting agenda with
a stellar line-up of speakers to enhance your organizing skills and to
strengthen and grow your business. Lots of networking opportunities, of
course, plus the latest industry products will be available in the Expo
For more info click here http://www.napo-sfba.org
By Sara Getzkin
Hands On Organizing Services
you on something? Quite possibly, especially since we live in the
U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug daily, with
one in six taking three or more medications. Prescription drug use
is rising among people of all ages, and use increases with age. Five
out of six Americans 65 and older are taking at least one medication,
and almost half the elderly take three or more.
happens when you no longer need that particular medication? What if the
doctor changes your prescription? Or perhaps a client's loved one
has passed away leaving a trail of medications behind? Are there
prescriptions in your medicine cabinet that have been there since
know these situations well. My dad is a retired pharmacist. He also has
a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, but it was only recently that he learned a few
simple steps for medication and needle/sharps disposal. (NOTE: I'll
discuss Medication Disposal here and, then, in the next edition of The Los Angeles Organizer, I will talk about Needle/Sharps Disposal.)
= all drugs. I'm referring to all prescription drugs,
over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as cold/flu remedies, aspirin
and other pain relievers, antiseptics (anything that kills germs), and
even veterinary medicines.
- DO NOT FLUSH unwanted or expired medications down the toilet or
down the drain. Unused medications that are flushed down the toilet or
down the drain pass through the sewer system and eventually enter our
water supply. With tens of thousands of medicinal products currently on
the market and with more being developed each year, it is not
definitively known which products (or combinations of products) are a
problem or what the long-term risks are.
- Take your unused medications to a Household Hazardous Waste
Collection Center or event. This is my favorite option because it's
quick, easy and free. You can keep medications in their original
containers or in a sturdy, sealed container. Prescription bottles can be
- If you want a home solution, you can put your unused
medications in a sturdy, securely sealed container, then in a trash can
where children and animals can't reach them. Some resources recommend
crushing pills and/or mixing with cat litter, coffee grounds, or
sawdust. Again, this is so kids and pets won't touch them. This option
may be a bit messier, but it does take care of the problem.
- If you have questions about disposal in your area, call your
local pharmacy. They will have local disposal options and most likely
will offer advice as to where to take your medical waste.
(In our next issue, Medicated Karma, Part II, Sara will cover proper Needle/Sharps Disposal.)
Organized Karma is a column about Recycling that regularly appears in this newsletter.
|Volunteer/Committee of the Month Honored |
|CONGRATULATIONS, ONCE AGAIN, TO
BARB SCHMITVolunteer of the Month for July
Barb SchmitBarb Schmit
was chosen as Volunteer of the Month because she attends nearly every
chapter meeting, always offers helpful information and lets everyone
know how enthusiastic she is about
NAPO-LA. She has shown her support and enthusiasm once again by
volunteering as Associate Member Liaison and is our first Associate
Member in that position. Barb
hit the ground running by immediately creating an up-to-date tracking
sheet, setting up a listserve chat group and communicating regularly
with all our valued Associate Members. Barb is a true treasure, and our chapter is lucky to have her.
Where do you live and where do you do business?
Live in Tustin and cover all of Southern California (Bakersfield/Santa Barbara and everything south).
How many years has your company been in business?
Esselte has been around for 97 years and I've been with them for 11.
Where are you from originally?
What are your hobbies and interests?
Hiking, golfing, geocaching
Tell us about your family. Are you married, single, kids, grand-kids, pets?
Married in spirit, no kids. My two Mini-Schnauzers are my fur-kids.
Why did you join NAPO-LA and what benefits have you gotten out of your associate membership?
NAPO-LA in 1999 because my boss asked me to. Since then have enjoyed
great partnerships and friendships in NAPO. I can't begin to
measure the business that comes to Esselte because of NAPO.
What has been your experience volunteering in NAPO-LA and what do you see as the benefits of volunteering?
in any organization is the best way to become known in the group and to
get to know others. Anyone who does not volunteer is missing out on the
full benefits of membership.
Anything else we should know about you?
After this much time in NAPO, I can't imagine what you guys don't know about me!
Committee of the Month
Committee of the Month for July
Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ, Coordinator
Claire Flannery, CPOŽ; Toni Scharff; and Esther Simon
The Golden Circle Committee
was chosen as Committee of the Month for their work in coordinating the
"In Memoriam" gifts for long-time NAPO member, Glorya Schklair, who
recently passed away. Golden Circle has a great network in place to
notify members of such events and has a support system to help out
family members in need. NAPO-LA appreciates all the work that Golden
Circle does on behalf of our chapter.
Welcome to Our Newest Members
Blue Box Professional Organizing
Wendy WintersOrganization Made Easy
Time Management Tips||
| |Helping Clients to Live Their PrioritiesBy Harold Taylor, CSP
have often claimed, along with many others, that most people don't need
help determining their priorities; they need help living their
How many people do you know who intended to write
an article last week or review a book or reorganize their electronic
files or whatever, and simply didn't get it done? How many people end up
postponing that family outing to the park or that shopping trip with
their daughter or that morning exercise program?
People can know
what's important in their life, even commit themselves verbally or in
writing to do it, and still not get it done. There are occasionally good
reasons for not doing it. But it's also easy to rationalize that they
were tired, swamped or interrupted or that they simply forgot. The fact
is, they need help living their priorities.
has given them the only legitimate reason for not doing something that
they planned to do. They may have weak "executive skills." These are
sometimes referred to as "executive function" or "self regulation"
skills. They include such things as inhibiting impulses, sustaining
attention, planning, prioritizing and following through with
strategies and plans. These skills reside in the prefrontal cortex - the
most involved part of the brain. These skills start developing at less
than a year old and could take 20 years to fully develop. So based on
childhood experiences, environment and upbringing, people could say it's
not their fault that they fail to get things done. After all, they just
happen to be procrastinators or have trouble concentrating or easily
lose their focus or whatever. But even having weak executive skills is
no longer an excuse; because research shows that the brain is malleable.
They are able to strengthen these skills through constant effort and
Whether people have weak executive skills or
simply lack structure in their lives or have no system for getting
things done, the following recommendations will help them to live their
priorities by converting their intentions into commitments and their
commitments into achievements.
- Schedule your priorities
into your planner; don't leave them on a "To do" list. Blocking off the
necessary time in your planner insures that you will have the time to
do them. Use your "To do" list for the things that should be done, and
your planner for the things that must be done - in other words, your
life priorities. To reinforce your commitment, write your plans in ink,
schedule more time than you think you will need, and use the mornings or
whatever part of the day that matches your highest energy level. I
recommend a paper planner, especially for those with weak executive
skills. It is more visible, more difficult to ignore, delete or change.
And it makes over-scheduling impossible. Use a paper planner for one
thing only - planning; and your electronic device for everything else.
it easier to stick to your scheduled commitments by minimizing
distractions during this time. Turn on your voice mail; turn off your
cell phone; ignore e-mail; and, if you have a door, close it. In spite
of all this, if a distraction occurs, return to your task the moment the
distraction has ended. Remember, you have scheduled extra time to allow
for any minor distractions. Also, the longer the work session,
the more opportunity for distraction, either external or self-induced.
So block off no more than 90 minutes at a time to work on lengthy
projects. I refer to this as the "90 minute rule." Work in chunks of
time with a variety of tasks and activities in between for minimum
stress and fatigue and less strain on your executive skills.
of structure, strategies or systems, unless you are motivated to get
the priority tasks done, you will postpone or abandon them. If you want
something badly enough, you can overcome any inertia and most barriers
to make it happen. To make sure that what you are aiming for is want you
want for yourself and not simply the expectations of others, choose a
strategy that you feel will achieve the results you are seeking. The
strength of your motivation is the product of your desire to achieve a
goal multiplied by the expectation that a certain course of action will
get you there.
I see the role of a time-management
consultant not as a motivator but as a strategist who helps clients
achieve the goals that they want to achieve by helping them to map out a
plan of action and concomitant strategies that make sense to them. You
can provide the plan; but not the purpose.
Š 2010, Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd.Harold Taylor, a time management consultant, speaker and
workshop leader, can be contacted through his website at
|Golden Circle World|
|So You're Ready to Join Golden Circle...
By Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ
Away with Chaos
and Golden Circle Liaison
Congratulations! You've been a
professional organizer for five years now and considering membership in
Golden Circle. Here are a few things you should know...
What is Golden Circle?NAPO's
prestigious GOLDEN CIRCLE was formed in 1990 to recognize members who
have attained an elevated level of experience. Membership in Golden
Circle means fellowship, camaraderie and a golden opportunity to share
experiences with other accomplished organizers.
organizers applying for membership in Golden Circle must have been a
professional organizer for a minimum of five years and a member of NAPO
for a minimum of one year.
provide documentation to substantiate your five-year activity as a
professional organizer. All documentation submitted for review should
include both your business name and a date that is at least five years
prior to your application.
- Business License
- Fictitious Business Name Certificate
State Service Mark Certificate
Federal Service Mark Certificate
Resale License Issued in Business Name
Articles of Incorporation
You may provide
Download the application available on the Golden
Circle page at www.napo.net (you will need to login first to access this
Complete the application and MAIL or FAX it in to NAPO
headquarters. That's it. Allow four weeks for processing. Once your
documents and application are approved, you will receive a Golden Circle
pin and a membership certificate. You will also become eligible to use
the Golden Circle Logo and participate in the Golden Circle listserv
which allows Golden Circle professional organizers to network with each
other. Membership in Golden Circle is free. So come on, send in your
application and come to our next meeting on October 16.
P.S. Did you know ... In Los Angeles County,
Fictitious Business Names expire after five years? You must renew your
Fictitious Business Name before the expiration or you risk the
possibility of your company's name expiring and potentially being used
by someone else in your area. For more info visit the site for the
Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk http://www.lavote.net/Clerk/Business_Name.cfm
P.P.S. Much of this information is a direct quote from
the Golden Circle Membership Application and/or NAPO.net. Just giving
credit where credit is due.
More information is available on the NAPO National website or by contacting Mishele Vieira (email@example.com
TIP FROM A PRO
tip is about my Home Office. I have it set up so that it's quite small,
and I have only to swivel around to perform absolutely any function I
need. I use a headset anytime I'm on the phone so I'm free to clean up,
take notes, etc. Everything I could possibly need is within a
short reach. All my phone call notes go directly into my computer. If I
make an appointment in my iCal to call someone, I take the time to
attach relevent files to the calendar entries so I'm not looking for
anything during the call. I keep a "Journal" Word document on my desktop
and it serves as my pad of paper. Then, periodically, I copy and
paste the entries into their appropriate homes. Saves a ton of
Submitted by Donna Rosman, Progressive Organizing Services
|Members in the News|
Sara Getzkin, Hands On Organizing Services,
was a featured professional organizer on "HOARDING: Buried Alive" that
aired August 29 on TLC. Episode was entitled, "Everything's Junk."
Chantale Bordonarao, CPOŽ, CRTS, Simplicity Source, Inc.,
Immediate Past President of NAPO-LA, has, unfortunately, moved back up
to the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and family. She will be
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
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
. Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena: Tanya Whitford
, Facilitator - Meeting scheduled for 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 - Meeting scheduled for November 14 at 1 pm at the Spitfire Grille in Santa Monica.
Promote Yourself or Your Product: Advertise Here!
By Kenya Erving
Erving Consulting Group and Newsletter Advertising Coordinator
Don't miss out on the opportunity to advertise your business in The Los Angeles Organizer.
Let everyone know about the products and services you offer by running
an ad in our award-winning newsletter. Space is available for members,
non-members and associate members.
To purchase an ad, go onto the NAPO-LA website at www.napola.org and
click Advertising. Size options and prices are available
online. Advertising space starts as low as $25. Hurry, act now!
Space is limited!
For more information, contact Kenya Erving, who handles newsletter advertising, at (323) 253-3426 or send her an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know of any businesses that offer great products and/or
services for Organizers, please forward their information to Kenya to
contact regarding ad space.
|CD Support Group|
CD CLIENTS - SUPPORT GROUP FOR L.A. CHAPTER MEMBERS
By Jean Furuya
The Office Jeanie
you have worked or are working with hoarding clients, you are invited
to participate in the upcoming informal support group meeting.
topic will be ""Sharing What Works and Doesn't Work with Hoarding
Clients." Time will also be spent sharing our individual issues.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 30, from 6 pm
to 8:30 pm. Limited to 12 attendees. A simple pot luck is planned.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Jean Furuya.
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.
PMB 134, 10573 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
|The National Association of Professional Organizers, Los Angeles Chapter
(NAPO-LA) is a legal entity separate and distinct from NAPO, Inc. (the National
Association of Professional Organizers) and is not entitled to act on behalf of
or to bind NAPO, contractually or otherwise.
For questions on our disclosure policy, please contact our Chapter President.