January / February
Volume 18, Issue 2
Board of Directors
Regina Lark (818) 400-9592
Cynthia A. Smith
Robin Davi, CPOŽ
Associate Member Coordinator
CD Support Group
CPO Certification Liasion
Barbara Ricketts CPOŽ
Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ, Chair
Claire Flannery, CPOŽ
2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards & Expo
Donna Rosman, Co-Chair
Robyn Reynolds, Co-Chair
Coordinator: Kathyrn Masci
Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ
South Bay: Beverly Clower
Upland: Millie Hinkle
Ventura: Kathryn Masci
New Member Orientation
Toni Scharff, Co-Chair
Debra Frank, CPO-CDŽ, Co-Chair
Professional Organizers Learning Academy (POLA)
Donna D. McMillan
Chapter Membership: 138
Chapter Membership: 110
1. Office Max is the official Presenting Sponsor of the 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards.
2. The new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is an official Gold Sponsor of the Awards.
3. NAPO Awards voting is open to everyone, regardless of NAPO affiliation.
1. The Board's Policies and Procedures Manual will soon include job descriptions of each Board position.
2. Robin Davi, Tanya Whitford and Dolores Kaytes will serve on the 2011 Board Nomination Committee.
3. Fun and important volunteer opportunity with LA Prom Closet on March 11 (see article in this newsletter.
Leading Edge Award
2009 - Robin Davi
2008 - John Trosko
2007 - Jodie Watson
2006 - Dolores Kaytes
2005 - Jodi McDaniel
2004 - Chris McKenry
Raising the Bar Award
2009 - Leslie Haber
2008 - Chantale Bordonaro
2007 - Jodie Watson
2006 - Chris McKenry
2005 - John Trosko
Volunteer of the Year Award
2008 - Heidi Chianta
2007 - Cary Brazeman
2006 - Claire Flannery and
2005 - Deborah Kawashima
2004 - Laurie Clark and
2003 - Robin Davi
Go Junk Free America!
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
Claire Flannery, CPOŽ
Donna D. McMillan
The Los Angeles Organizer
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29 6th Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards
30 Los Angeles Organizing Awards Brunch
26 POLA Workshop: Secrets of the Organizer's Toolbox, 9 am
28 NMO Meeting, 3:30 pm
28 NAPO-LA Board Meeting
28 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
11 NAPO-LA Community Volunteer Project, 2-6 pm
12 Ventura Neighborhood Group meeting, 10:00am
15 CD Support Group, 6 pm
28 NAPO-LA Board Meeting
28 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
6-9 NAPO National Conference in San Diego
Happy New Year!
by Katherine Macey
Organize to Excel
and NAPO-LA President
January is NAPO's annual Get Organizing Month (GO Month)
and is a busy month in the world of organizing. If you haven't
already done so, check out the listing of events going on all over the
country at www.napo.net/news/events
Of course, the Los Angeles Organizing Awards is our big Chapter event for GO Month.
Donna Rosman and her team are doing an amazing job with this year's
must-attend affair. With the economy picking up, there are no more
excuses for you not to be there! Meet Peter Walsh, Julie Morgenstern,
Dorothy Breininger and other high-profile organizers from around the
country and the world.
The Gala Industry Exchange is also shaping up
to be a rewarding, timesaving gathering, allowing you to peruse many
organizing gadgets and services in one place at one time - with cocktail
in hand. What could be more fun?
And if you want even more time to rub shoulders with your colleagues in an informal setting, join me at the President's Brunch
on Sunday, January 30, at the Hard Rock Café at 10:30 am. Go to our website www.napola.org
to purchase tickets.
another note, please save Friday, March 11, for the NAPO-LA Community
Volunteer Project to be held from 2 to 6 pm in Long Beach. This year we
are supporting LA Prom Closet
, which is a 100%
volunteer run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that donates new and
gently-used dresses to high school senior girls in the greater Los
Angeles area who are experiencing financial hardships. LA Prom Closet
is the only one of its kind in Los Angeles and hosts an annual event
each spring so that girls are able to receive a dress before prom season
begins. In addition to providing young women with a gown, LA Prom Closet
offers self-esteem and confidence-building workshops on topics such as
career and college preparation, etiquette, health, hair styling and
makeup application. We are calling for volunteers to help with this
worthy project. Interested? Contact Master Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org
events and the Chapter itself would not exist if it weren't for the
fantastic efforts of our many volunteers. Thank you all. If you are not
already involved in NAPO-LA, I encourage you to do so this year.
All the best for a prosperous 2011!
NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Info
by Leslie Haber
An Organized Life
and NAPO-LA Director of
February Chapter Meeting
Monday, February 28
at the Olympic Collection
in Los Angeles
PRE GAME WARM UP:
The Organizing Awards Roundup
THE MAIN EVENT:
Bringing Brilliant Ideas to the Table - The Roundtable!
a match to the death (not really), we will pair veteran PO's with newer
professionals and brainstorm ideas, techniques and pitfalls that we all
experience with our clients! In this fierce challenge (not really),
members of six teams will battle (politely, of course) for bragging
rights to the most innovative, creative, and practical solutions to
areas including: Closets, Filing Systems, Offices, Garages, ADD
Clients and Hoarding Clients! The game cannot be played without
your participation! This fun, fast-paced program will give all of our
members the opportunity to teach and learn, and will set the stage for
developing strong, communicative relationships between experienced POs
and our up-and-coming stars of tomorrow! Get the most from your
membership and join us for an evening of clever solutions, funny
stories, and practical know-how. Small, silly prizes will be given.
Coffee and Tea will be served.
|Los Angeles Organizing Awards|
Registration is Now Open!
2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards are this Saturday, January 29, at
the Sheraton Universal Hotel. NAPO-LA's signature event demonstrates our
chapter's leadership in the organizing industry. The Awards Committee,
made up of over 30 chapter members, is hoping that each and every member
of this chapter will attend this exciting event, themed "Changing Lives
- Touching Hearts." When you attend you will be able to participate in
the following exciting opportunities:
with prominent organizers who come from all over the country and the
world to attend the event. Among those scheduled to attend are: Peter
Walsh, Dorothy Breininger, Julie Morgenstern, Monica Ricci, Lorie Marrero, Marla Ciley (Flylady.net) and Donna Smallin-Kuper.
- Receive a complimentary gift bag overflowing with goodies, including Peter Walsh's brand new book Lighten Up, exclusive products from Staples, ClosetMaid, IKEA and much more.
free raffle tickets are included with your registration! You choose
which prize - or prizes - you want to enter to win. Increase your
chances to win and further support NAPO-LA by buying additional raffle
tickets at the Gala Industry Exchange (cash only please).
Incredible raffle prizes! Enter to win:
- A Fujitsu S1300 ScanSnap Scanner
- A $1000 Elfa Closet Makeover from The Container Store
- One of two ICD (formerly NSGCD) premium one-year memberships
- One free 2011 NAPO Conference registration
- Los Angeles Kings Hockey team tickets and memorabilia
evening's grand prize from Presenting Sponsor OfficeMax will be raffled
during dinner and the awards - see if you'll be the winner of a full
line of Peter Walsh/OfficeMax office organizing products plus a $500 OfficeMax gift card!
- More raffle items are being added every day!
about new products and services at the Gala Industry Exchange. Featured
exhibitors include OfficeMax, OWN, The Container Store, Office Depot,
Fujitsu, PODS and more.
will be opportunities to be interviewed on camera about your organizing
business by our roving reporters, including Carlos Amezcua from KTTV
Fox 11 News.
- Get your photo taken on the Red Carpet!
- Be entertained by our multi-talented celebrity host Lisa Ann Walter, judge on and creator of Dance Your Ass Off.
- Be there when the recipients of the 24 award categories are announced by special guest presenters.
- Enjoy fine dining with your colleagues at the "Hotel of the Stars."
Sunday, enjoy a relaxed and fun brunch at the Hard Rock Cafe just steps
away from the Sheraton. Chat about your favorite moments from the
awards show while networking.
We'll see you on the Red Carpet at the premiere organizing event of the season. Thank you for supporting your chapter!
Click here to register!
The 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards
Saturday January 29, 2011
6:30 P.M. Reception
8:00 P.M. Dinner and Awards
The President's Brunch
Sunday January 30, 2011
10:30 A.M. Brunch
NAPO's 23rd Annual Conference & Organizing Exposition
|2011 NAPO Annual Conference Registration Available online!
April 6-9, 2011
San Diego, CA
you call yourself a professional organizer, a consultant, a coach, or a
lifesaver, if you enhance the lives of clients by designing systems and
processes using organizing principles and through transferring
organizing skills, or if you educate the public on organizing solutions,
this conference is for YOU!
Learn more about the NAPO 2011 Conference
|NAPO National Conference Dates|
Save These Dates!
NAPO's 23rd Annual Conference
& Organizing Exposition
San Diego, CA
2012 - Baltimore, MD
March 21-24, 2012
2013 - New Orleans, LA
Sheraton New Orleans
April 17-20, 2013
2014 - Phoenix, AZ
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
May 28-31, 2014
2015 - Los Angeles, CA
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
April 15-18, 2015
2016 - Atlanta, GA
May 18-21, 2016
NOTE: You cannot reserve a hotel room until one year prior to the conference date.
|February Silent Auction Volunteer |
Bid High to Spend an Hour with
Ann Gambrell, organizational consultant and founder of Creative Time-Plus,
has been helping busy people get organized since 1985. She is a founder
and active member of NAPO, a Golden Circle member, and has received
numerous awards for service to the association and profession.
designs and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the
country. As an instructor in adult school systems since 1985, she
teaches classes on Paper Management, Clutter Control, Home Organizing,
Time Management and more.
member of the ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization), Ann also
facilitates Clutter Support Groups for those with serious clutter
an organizational consultant, Ann has received publicity in numerous
periodicals and has been a featured guest on national television
programs. She has also written articles for newspapers, magazines and the internet, and wrote a weekly organizing column for The Daily Breeze in Torrance for four years.
Ann is well known for her special brand of wit and sensitivity.
audiences, and fellow organizers alike feel an immediate rapport with
her as she inspires them with her sense of humor and unique
organizational methods and techniques.
is no exaggeration to state that NAPO would not be what it is today
without Ann Gambrell. As NAPO-LA chapter members, we are very
fortunate to have her in our ranks. The winning bidder will have
an invaluable opportunity to consult with Ann one-on-one, so don't miss
Silent Auction is a regular fundraiser for our NAPO-LA chapter and is
held at most chapter meetings. During the meeting, the Silent
Auction Volunteer will be announced and a clipboard will be circulated.
Anyone can bid by signing the sheet as it goes around.
By Sara Getzkin
Hands On Organizing Service
few years ago, a client asked me to get rid of a vintage car - a 1964
Ford Galaxy 500 - that had become entombed in his garage. I was
clearing the entire garage anyway, so I agreed. Of course, there
was a catch. The car had belonged to his deceased wife, and one of
her dying wishes was to give the car to Jay Leno. No problem. Jay loves cars, especially American cars, and this should be easy.
called NBC, got Jay's assistant and told her I had a car for him.
She said she'd give him the message. (I thought, "Yeah, right. I'll
never hear from him...") Shortly thereafter, Jay himself called me
back. I was in shock. He really called me back! I told
him everything I knew about the car, but he wasn't interested. He
thanked me for calling. I thanked him for his time, but I was still
stuck with a 1964 Ford Galaxy 500. Turns out it was a good thing that
Jay didn't want the car. I introduced my client to a handyman who
fell in love with car. They worked out a deal where the handyman
provided his services to my client and got the car as payment. Everyone
was happy. I was thrilled that this heavy metal hunk-o-junk was finally
out of the garage.
September, the same client asked me to get rid of another car. I
had no idea that there even was ANOTHER CAR. This one, as it turns
out, was in a storage facility in Buellton, CA. My client hadn't driven
it in ten years and was tired of paying for storage fees. I
couldn't imagine anyone wanting a 1985 Buick LaSabre sedan in
2010. There was only one thing we could do; I persuaded my client
to donate the car to charity.
I must admit I didn't do much research when it came to where to donate. Something told me to call Cars 4 Causes,
which is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and America's first vehicle
donation charity. They are experts at turning vehicle donations into
cash for charitable causes. Over the years, they have donated the
proceeds from over 150,000 vehicle donations to more than 15,000
nonprofit organizations in the United States. In 2010, they surpassed
$100 million in donations received since their inception.
I went online to www.cars4causes.net
and called (888) 444-2392. They had never had a request to
retrieve a car in Buellton so this was going to be an adventure for
everyone involved. Are the tires inflated? Does the car
run? What's the mileage? What color is it? How is the inside/outside
condition? Is your client the original owner? Does it have a radio,
tape-CD player, alarm system? I had no idea how to answer these questions and my client couldn't even remember the license plate number! Cars 4 Causes was patient with me. We simply needed to provide the title proving ownership. Nothing else mattered.
Since the car was more than 20 years old and had been stored outdoors for most of its life, Cars 4 Causes
determined the vehicle was best used for parts. Basically, the
parts of the car were more valuable than the car as a whole. I was
excited to discover their Cars 4 Clean AirProgram,
which recycles cars (like my client's) that have reached the end of
their lives and need to be repurposed. By finding a home for these
vehicles (parts), they not only create a benefit for charity, but for
the environment too! I scheduled a pickup date with a local
towtruck driver and met him at the storage facility. My client signed
over the title, and we watched as the 1985 Buick LaSabre was loaded onto
a flatbed and taken to its final resting place.
My client couldn't thank me enough. His tax-deductible donation benefited Project Angel Food. It was a win-win situation for everyone.
Organized Karma is a column about Recycling that regularly appears in this newsletter.
|Volunteers and Committees Honored |
November's Volunteer of the Month
was chosen as Volunteer of the Month for November because of her
contribution as NAPO-LA's Chapter Historian. Christie has not only
single-handedly started a major historical project for our chapter by
digitizing scrapbooks dating back to the beginning of NAPO-LA, but she
has also organized the entire library of photos online. Christie saw a
need, filled out a request for action (RFA), and is now in the process
of making our chapter's photo library accessible for all of our members.
Christie is an amazing volunteer, and all of us in NAPO-LA greatly
appreciate all her hard work!
What is your business name and website?
I actually have two businesses:
Vision to be Organized www.VisiontobeOrganized.com
and Scrapbook Designer www.ScrapbookDesigner.com
Where do you live and where do you do business?
I live in Santa Clarita and do most of my business in the Southern California counties.
How many years have you been in business?
Started Scrapbook Designer in 2003 and Vision to be Organized in 2006
How did you get into organizing as a profession?
I was operating Scrapbook Designer part-time
and doing photo organizing as an extra service. It never occurred to me
that "organizing" was a whole other business. Soon my clients were at a
point where they were out of photos, except for the ones that were in
cluttered rooms, messy drawers, and boxes/bags filled with all that
other "stuff." I needed to find those photos, de-clutter those rooms,
clean out those drawers and organize those boxes/bags to become the
business owner I truly wanted to be. So I started Vision to be Organized as a sister business to Scrapbook Designer, left the retail world, and started to grow two businesses that have become great cross overs.
Where are you from originally?
What are your main organizing interests or specialties?
I organize homes and specialize in photo organizing.
What do you like to do when you aren't organizing? Hobbies? Interests?
love spending time with my husband, Alex, and our Welsh corgi doggie,
Foxy. Also enjoy traveling, which leads me to enjoy taking
pictures, which leads me to scrapbooking. I also like to garden, bake,
and spend time with family and friends.
Tell us about your family. Are you married, single, children?
to Alex Gelsomino for 13 years. Besides Foxy, I have nine nieces
and nephews ranging in ages from 2 to 24 years old
How did you come to join NAPO and/or NAPO-LA?
came across both associations while researching organizing in 2006. I
sent emails to (at the time) NAPO President Barry Iszak and NAPO-LA
President Chris McKenry about becoming a PO and received encouraging
emails back from both of them. By joining NAPO and NAPO-LA, I saw that I
could grow my business with like-minded people and get great assistance
at basically any time. Plus, there are great educational classes to
keep me at the top of my game.
What has been your experience volunteering in NAPO-LA and what do you see as the benefits of volunteering?
will be honest: Volunteering is hard work! As the NAPO-LA
Historian since 2007, I started out scrapbooking and am now working on
digitalizing photos dating back to the beginning of the LA chapter. I
also volunteered as Greeter Coordinator from 2007-2010 where I got to
know a lot of people. And I have volunteered with the Expo Task
Force (2008-2009) and with the Los Angeles Organizing Awards Task Force
(2008-2010). All great experiences! Organizations such as NAPO run
on volunteers and without them there would be no NAPO or NAPO-LA.
Volunteering is not only educational, but is good experience to add to
your resume, and can help grow your business as it has with mine.
Anything else we should know about you?
I was growing up, my Dad always said that I would become his little
"saleswoman." I hated it when he said that because I wanted to design
pretty things and travel the world. Well, I now sell my organizing
service to clients while driving on many of the same streets that my Dad
did as a salesman in the 1980's. I also get to design scrapbooks of my
travels and my clients' travels. I have combined both worlds to
create my dream job. I dedicate this Volunteer of the Month Award to my
Dad, Myron Nissen, who passed away February 25, 2010.
November's Committee of the Month:
The New Member Orientation Committee
The New Member Orientation Committee was chosen as Committee of the Month for November 2010 and is comprised of co-chairs Toni Scharff of The Simplicity Project and Debra Frank, CPO-CDŽ, of Debra Frank's Let's Get Organized! NMO
has increased the number of orientations available to new members,
allowing them to get up and running with the chapter faster and more
efficiently. There was a new member orientation before almost
every chapter meeting last year and we have more new members than ever
getting involved with chapter volunteer opportunities. Toni and
Debra make sure all our new members have the tools and resources needed
to make the most out of their NAPO-LA membership.
Welcome to Our Newest Members
The Organized Connection
Space & Time Solutions
Members in the News
Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ,
of Organizing Wonders
was the featured organizational expert on a November episode of The Nate Berkus Show
A January 10 Los Angeles Times piece on "National Clean Off Your Desk Day," featured Regina Lark of A Clear Path. The article entitled "Organization can pay off in saving time and money" also contained quotes from Nadine Levy of Management 18, Donna Rosman of Professional Organizing Services and Chris McKenry of Get It TogetherLA!
|Next POLA Workshop|
THE ORGANIZER'S TOOLBOX
Products, Gadgets & Resources
Presented by Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Place: Circle of Care Leeza's Place
5000 Van Nuys Blvd.
Cost: $99, NAPO-LA members
is not enough to just be a good organizer. You must also keep on top of
products and resources that will work for your clients.
In this workshop given by Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ, you will learn which products might meet the needs of your clients and which ones might end up being a waste of time and money.
This will be a fun and interactive three-part workshop.
- Part 1
- 25 products that have stood the test of time and passed Tanya's
standards for usefulness in her 12 years as a Professional Organizer.
- Part 2
- Demonstration of gadgets and software programs that can be the
solution to your clients' problems as well as additional revenue streams
- Part 3
- Resources for your clients from donating out-of-the-ordinary items to
recycling things you did not even know could be recycled.
is a must-attend workshop for new and veteran organizers alike.
Attendees will take away an increased knowledge of products and
resources that will make them even more valuable to their clients. The
handouts and the product samples alone will be worth the price of
admission. Not only will this workshop be a lot of fun, but it will be
one of the most informative and useful ones you could ever hope to
BONUS OFFER: Attendees are invited to bring in a favorite product for the exciting "Show & Tell" portion of the workshop!
Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ, of Organizing Wonders,
has been a NAPO-LA member for 12 years. Her passion for products,
gadgets, software and resources has made her a tremendous asset to her
clients. She has received rave reviews for her product workshops in the
NOTE: This always popular workshop is Limited to 25 Attendees. This workshop sold out last time.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded for this workshop, which may be eligible for certification credit.
Date: February 26, 2011 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Circle of Care Leeza's Place, 5000 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks
Cost: $99 for NAPO-LA members, $119 for non-members (add $15 after Feb.19th)
Tanya's contact information
Phone: (323) 377-1312
Golden Circle World
What Will I Do Differently in 2011?
by Sandra Ateca
Out From Under Custom Organizing
and a Golden Circle Member
As a result of a lay off, I began my organizing career in November 1998...oh happy day!
as I begin my 13th year in business, I feel the need to reflect upon
what I have learned during my past 12 years and to consider what I will
do differently moving forward. Doing things in the same way no
longer seems like a viable option.
back, I feel my biggest mistake has been my resistance to delegate.
Because I am someone who likes things to be and look "just so,"
delegating will be my biggest challenge in 2011 and beyond. My inherent
need to have things be near perfect makes it difficult for me to let go
and have another person try to meet my standards. But delegate I
must, if I want to expand and grow my business.
addition to delegating, new technology will play an important role in
helping me run my business more effectively, and social media marketing
will need to provide new streams of income. Advances in technology occur
so quickly now that even techies are hard pressed to keep up. Suffice
it to say that learning one or two new software applications per year
and maintaining a strong social media presence will become a part of my
ongoing business model.
economic downturn caught up with me in January 2010, so last October I
joined Business Networking International (BNI) as a potential means for
client referrals. I also transitioned from residential organizing
to business organizing, thereby narrowing my existing client base. One
clear benefit of BNI membership has been learning how to better market
my skills and services. Each week I am forced to stand and give a
45 second speech about my business and my services. In so doing, I
have learned that my fellow BNI members do not understand what I mean
by "paper management" or "annual file archiving."
a business organizer, the meaning of these words seems obvious.
However, to my fellow BNI members these words elicit blank stares or
polite nods. I am now aware of the need to better define some of the
words on my website so the average online consumer can better
comprehend their meaning. This insight alone is HUGE as I work on
updating my website and move forward into search engine optimization
(SEO). While it remains to be seen whether my fellow BNI members
will refer me to their colleagues or clients, the weekly insights I gain
on how to refine my marketing are worth the membership.
changes would you like to make in 2011? If I can train myself to
delegate and work with new technology in order to run my business more
effectively, my extra time off will be spent on the ballroom dance
floor. Here's to you and your success in 2011!
Golden Circle Kicks Off the New Year
by Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ
Away with Chaos
and Golden Circle Liaison
Los Angeles Area Golden Circle kicked off 2011 with a delightful brunch
hosted by Robin Davi and Beverly Clower. The event took place at
Robin's home, which was beautifully decorated for the holidays and
included Robin's spectacular display of snowmen. Robin's dog "Alice" was
the official greeter; and husband John, long-time supporter and friend
of NAPO, was an additional host and chef.
We enjoyed a delicious feast including Robin's famous strawberry-pecan spinach salad
and stuffed French toast (with a gluten-free version to boot) along with Beverly's wonderful quiche.
members attended, including two new members, Millie Hinkle and Kim
Anker-Paddon. Monica Ricci, who was in town from Atlanta for the NAPO-LA
Leadership Forum, was our special guest.
After lunch, a business meeting was held where we discussed ideas for future meetings and plans for a Golden Circle reception at Conference in San Diego. Announcements will be coming soon.
next Golden Circle meeting date has been changed to Wednesday, March
23, at 2pm when we will take a tour of the Hyperion Treatment Plant
in Playa del Rey. Additional details will be sent via Evite.
GOLDEN CIRCLE LISTSERV
you a member of the Golden Circle ListServ? Open only to Golden Circle
members, this ListServ allows more seasoned professional organizers to
network with each other. To get started, log into www.napo.net and
go to the Golden Circle Page. In the second paragraph you will see a
link for the Golden Circle ListServ. Clicking the link will allow you to
go to the page to sign up for the ListServ. Once approved, you can post
to the ListServ by sending an email message to email@example.com.
THE 2011 GOLDEN CIRCLE MEETING SCHEDULE
Mark your calendars for the following dates. Details will be sent out via Evite prior to each meeting.
Wednesday, March 23, 2 pm
Tour of the Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa del Rey
Hosts Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ, and Sara Getzkin
Sunday, July 17, Host Esther Simon
Saturday, October 15, Host Toni Scharff
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 network, share information, and get to know each other on a
more personal level. All eligible Golden Circle members are invited to
join the Los Angeles Area Golden Circle. Chapter membership is not
required; NAPO National membership is. More information is available on
the NAPO National website or by contacting Mishele Vieira at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPO-LA Neighborhood Groups
Many of the Neighborhood
Groups hold informal bimonthly meetings throughout the Los Angeles
area. A benefit of chapter membership, these offshoots of NAPO-LA offer
education, networking and support. Check below for your nearest group,
and contact the Facilitator for information on the next meeting. 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, CPOŽ, Facilitator
Hollywood: Beth Ziegler, Facilitator
South Bay: Beverly Clower, Facilitator
Upland: Millie Hinkle, Facilitator
Ventura (includes Agoura & Santa Clarita): Kathryn Masci, Facilitator
Next Meeting is March 12
Westsiders: Toni Scharff, Facilitator
Meetings alternate between Saturdays and Sundays.
2011 Schedule: February 12, April 17, June 11, August 14, October 8 and
|CD Support Group|
Goal Setting with the CD Client
by Jean Furuya
The Office Jeanie
If you have worked or are working with hoarding clients, you are invited to participate in an informal support group.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 6 pm - 8:30 pm
We will also spend time on our individual issues. A simple pot luck is planned.
Limited to 12 attendees.
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.