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March/April 2009                                                                                      Volume 16, Issue 3


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NAPO Los Angeles 


Mission Statement: NAPO-LA is an organization dedicated to bringing Southern California area organizers together through networking, education, professional growth, industry updates, support and public awareness.


NAPO-Los Angeles
PMB 134, 10573 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone 213-486-4477


Who's Who


Board of Directors


John Trosko




Vice President
Jodie Watson




Josef Csongei




Rosalind Lakomy




Immediate Past President
Chris McKenry


KathrynMasciDirector of Administration
Kathryn Masci




Director of Communications & Technology
Susan Culligan



Director of Membership
Chantale Bordonaro


HeatherFurlongDirector of Marketing
Heather Furlong


Leslie Haber1Director of Professional Development
Leslie Haber




Mini Board Minutes



- Membership is up to 135 with 13 Associate Members.

- Board voted to present Stephen R. Covey the "Special Recognition Award."


- Membership has reached 140, with 15 Associate Members.

- There will be no Chapter Meeting in April due to National Conference.

- New Board members were introduced at Chapter Meeting.



Coordinators &
Committee Chairs



Heidi Chianta


Educational Development Committee

Jean Furuya


Golden Circle   


Greeter Coordinator

Christie Gelsomino



Jennifer Birner
Carol Hogg
Donna Rosman
Sasha Escandon
Marisa Nakhi


Christie Gelsomino



Cindy Duffy


Meeting Assistant


NAPO in the Schools

Deborah Kawashima

New Member Orientation

Jean Furuya, Ann Gambrell


Online Ambassador

Beth Flarida 


Sara Getzkin

Volunteer Coordinator 

Abbey Keusch

Website Coordinator

Susan Culligan



Heidi Chianta
Susan Eleftherakis
Claire Flannery
Katherine Macey
Lindsay Payne



Volunteer of the Month 



February: Robin Davi 


February: Fay Wolf

March: Sara Getzkin

April: Abbey Keusch

July: Neighborhood
Groups Committee

August: Heidi Chianta


September: Gus Gougas


November: Carol Hogg 


Volunteers of the Year


2008: Heidi Chianta 


2007: Cary Brazeman

2006: Kristine Oller

and Claire Flannery


2005: Deborah Kawashima


2004: Dee Saar

 and Laurie Clark



Chapter Meeting Attendance



Members: 56 (total)



Members: 57
Visitors: 12

(including 1 VIP)

Total: 69



NAPO National Membership

Annual Dues:
$200 - Active Member*
$150 - Associate-Branch
$250 - Associate-Local
$550 - Associate-Corporate
$20 - New Member One-Time 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

Regular Members:
Dues prorated 25% quarterly.
$100 - Level 1: Yearly dues and Website Listing in the "Find an Organizer" section of our website.
$165 - Level 2:Yearly dues, all meeting fees (with discount) and Website Listing in the "Find an Organizer" section of our website.
$25 - One-time new member processing fee
$25 - Lapsed member processing fee

Associate Members:
Dues prorated 25% quarterly.
$175 - Branch Associate Member: local branch or regional office of a Corporate Associate Member
$300 - Local Associate Member: a locally-based, self-operating retailer, supplier, designer, or independent sales representative engaged primarily in the manufacture, distribution, and/or sales 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.

For more information on becoming a NAPO-LA member, click here.

For the NAPO Code of Ethics, click here.



Associate Members

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Versatile Storage Products
Email May Lee



Custom Garage Systems
Email Jaime Dietenhofer




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Moving & Storage



Custom Garage Systems
Email Gus Gougas


Creative Storage Solutions
Email Bryan Wataru


Photo Scanning Services
Email Anderson Schoenrock

Custom glide-out shelves for cabinets and pantries
Email Michelle Smith

Onsite or Offsite Storage
Email Peter Given


South Bay Closet Lady
Custom Closet Design


Extreme Cleaning Services
Division of Crime Scene
Ster-Clean LLC
Email Tammy Chalmers



The Los Angeles Organizer

The Los Angeles Organizer
Newsletter Staff


Editor: Jennifer Birner

Assistant Editor: Beth Zeigler

Michelle Cloney
Publisher: Michelle Cloney,


Sheila McCurdy
Toni Scharff


The Los Angeles Organizer is published bimonthly (January, March, May, July, September, November). The newsletter is e-mailed to NAPO-LA members, NAPO national board members, NAPO chapter presidents, and is available to the public on our website. All contents are copyrighted. All rights reserved.

Submission Guidelines


NAPO-LA members are encouraged to contribute to this newsletter. Articles are not to exceed 500 words in length. Submissions must be received by our editor no later than the 15th 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 the e-mail. If you would like to include a photo, this may be sent as a .jpg attachment, 72 dpi, with your article. All article topics and content must be approved by our Editor. 

Editor: Jennifer Birner -


If you are interested in advertising with The Los Angeles Organizer, please contact our Assistant Editor. All ads must be received by the 20th of the month preceding the month of publication. There are two types of ads available:

Web site Link:
This is a small ad, located in the left column of the newsletter. Can be your logo, a photo, or a small message. The ad will link to your web site. Please submit in .jpg format, 72 dpi, 125 pixels w x 100 h.

Price: $25 NAPO-LA Members
           $35 Nonmembers

Full Ad:
This is a large block located at the end of our newsletter. This ad can provide details about your company or service, along with a logo and/or photo. See current newsletter for examples. Please submit ad copy (100 words max) in a Word document or body of an email, and no more than one logo and one photo in
jpg format, 72 dpi.

Price: $35 NAPO-LA members
           $45 Nonmembers

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23 Board Meeting, 2:45pm 
23 New Member Orientation, 3:30pm
23 Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm  

No NAPO-LA Meeting
19 Golden Circle Meeting, 12pm

29 NAPO National Conference - FL

30 NAPO National Conference - FL

31 NAPO National Conference - FL


  1 NAPO National Conference - FL

  2 NAPO National Conference - FL

 12 CD Support Group, 6-8:30pm

 18 Board Meeting, 2:45pm
 18 New Member Orientation, 3:30pm

 18 Chapter Meeting, 6:15pm


President's Message

johntroskoCreating Opportunities

By John Trosko

President, NAPO-LA

January 30 through February 1, the organizing community gathered in Los Angeles for the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards. As President of the Los Angeles Chapter, I thank each and every one of you for your tireless efforts to make this all happen.

For what seems like a year in the making and thousands of hours contributed, our chapter entertained dignitaries from over 12 states across the country with over 150 making the trip to sunny Southern California for a winter weekend of celebration, networking and recognition. Together, our talented Board of Directors, our fearless Awards Task Force Committee, Golden Circle Members and the dozens and dozens of small favors, errands, stamping, research, writing, designing, calling and negotiating, we've all accomplished something amazing and spectacular amidst what is now considered the most challenging economic climate in our history. 

Among many benefits, The Los Angeles Organizing Awards are about creating business opportunities for our chapter members. The chapter has its usual publicity and marketing vehicles in motion to let the Southland (and the World) know who the finalists and recipients were, who attended the festivities, our notable presenters, and how proud we are to have Office Depot as our Presenting Sponsor and Green Plug as Brunch Sponsor. But there is another important element: you!

I encourage all our individual chapter members and associate members to publicize your involvement with the Awards. It is important that we make this event the cornerstone of our chapter. The other day I was talking to a client prospect that discovered NAPO Los Angeles through a recent article in the LA Weekly where the Organizing Awards were mentioned. The client said she had never heard of NAPO Los Angeles, the Organizing Awards, or that there was such a person to help her gain better control over her life until she read the article. And she was thrilled with her discovery! 


This is what the Awards are all about, creating opportunities, discovering new friendships, and inspiring the public to discover how easy it is to engage a NAPO Los Angeles chapter member to save time, money and peace of mind in any residential or business organizing project. How will you broadcast your involvement?


NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Information

Leslie Haber1By Leslie Haber
Director of Professional Development


Upcoming Meeting March 23rd
Round Table Sessions with Guest Speakers


Join us for our March Chapter Meeting where we will present a lively Round Table with some surprise guest speakers. Topics will include value-based networking, contacts you didn't realize you had, and general grassroots marketing ideas, tips, and reminders. Be prepared to conquer the recession and make yourself absolutely necessary! Pats on the back will be strongly encouraged! It's all about team spirit this year! Use this opportunity to network with your colleagues, and share some of your favorite ideas! Got questions, ideas, related topics?  E-mail Leslie Haber at right now! See you Monday, March 23rd!

"Kudos" From February Meeting 

Our Thanks to Lynne Gilberg Certified Professional Organizer, who presented a fascinating talk on the psychological phenomenon of compulsive shopping at our February chapter meeting. She has worked with renowned psychotherapists, who helped give her a meaningful and poignant perspective of the compulsive shopper, and the reasons behind this often-misunderstood disorder. Chapter members enjoyed this hot topic, which Lynne presented with her own brand of wit, wisdom, and down-to-earth practicality. Our sincere thanks to Lynne for sharing her considerable experience, and providing us with valuable tools to better understand, work with, and appreciate the unique struggles of the compulsive shopper. We look forward to inviting Lynne back soon for more great sharing! 

Silent Auction - March

Chris McKenry Chris McKenry


Chris McKenry left his family's Tennessee poultry distribution business to start his own company nine years ago. His company, Get It Together LA!... does just that. The organizing firm offers everything from basic clutter control, to relocation services, to custom closet and garage design.
Chris was President of NAPO-LA from 2005-2007 and has served on the board member of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure as NAPO-LA President, the chapter inaugurated the Los Angeles Organizing Awards - the event that made "organizing swanky" according to Oprah's Peter Walsh. Two other events were started under Chris's leadership; our hugely successful Los Angeles Organizing Expo and the NAPO-LA Leadership Forum. 
This award winning organizer has most recently been honored with the NAPO Shining Star Award in Reno, the Ambassador of the Year Award from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Best Closet Design and Raising the Bar Awards at the 2007 Los Angeles Organizing Awards.
Chris McKenry is a popular speaker who has been seen on television, heard on radio and featured in The Oprah Magazine, Women's Day, and LA Weekly. He loves sharing the virtues of being organized wherever he goes and mentoring fellow NAPO members as they grow their businesses.
Get It Together LA! organizes one-room projects to 20,000 sq foot estates. He often provides scale drawings for space planning and design projects. Whether you are interested in team projects, speaking for fees, residential moves or growing a simple organizing firm, Chris looks forward to your questions.


NAPO LA Members in the News


OrganizIT! is Featured in New Book; "Big Book of Garages"

OrganizIT! Inc, a Chatsworth based company focusing on garage organization, is featured in a new book about garages, "Big Book of Garages," by Tina Skinner. OrganizIT! has over 40 project pictures highlighted and provided important industry information. Gus Gougas, President of OrganizIT! said, "We are proud to be a part of this great new book and to be recognized as a leader in the industry of garage organization."


The 112-page hard cover book has over 240 beautiful color photos and highlights everything from simple upgrades that improve the appearance and value of your home, to incredible makeovers that transform your garage into your greatest fantasy, this book has it all. The garage is often the predominate feature of the home, and its appearance directly affects curb appeal and the value of your investment. Explore the latest technology in floor, wall, cabinet, and door options to upgrade your garage. There are dozens of great ideas for getting storage off the floor and out of the way, if not out of sight. Then go beyond, exploring dozens of beautiful garages that will inspire you to turn yours
into a showplace, and maybe even the neighborhood hang-out! This great new book is available now through Schiffer Publishing.  
The book highlights a number of projects OrganizIT!  has worked on, including a few projects with NAPO members: Chantale Bordonaro, Lori Gersh and Kristine Oller. If you are interested in acquiring some books as reference or for clients, Gus is able to place a bulk order for up to 45% off the list price. If you would like more information about the book you can
click here. 


Welcome New Members!


Gail Gray       


Lauren Lazarovici

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403








Gail Gray 


Jeff Hobbs


Los Angeles, CA 90019


Gail Gray




Julie Harvey


Calabasas, CA 91302









New Associate Member



Gail Gray

Michelle Smith

Shelf Genie


Get the Most from your

NAPO-LA Membership


Gail Gray
Susan Culligan

Director of Communications Chantele

and Technology 


Chantale Bordonaro

Director of Membership


New members, we urge you to make the most of your NAPO-LA membership. This is the best place to be to get your business off the ground, build an existing business, or take your successful business to a new level. Our chapter boasts the Founders of NAPO, as well as veterans of decades of professional organizing--pioneers in the field, many of whom were organizing well before there even was a NAPO. As a new member, you have a unique opportunity to benefit from the experience and generosity of your peers, but only if you take advantage of it! Here are some suggestions for making the most of your membership. (Note, we've saved the best tip for last, so if you only read one, scroll down now.)

  • Bid on the Silent Auction volunteers. Each month we auction off the wisdom and experience of a veteran member to anyone who wishes to purchase an hour or so of their time, either in person or over the phone, to ask anything you want. Avail yourself of this opportunity to pick the brain of an organizer who has the skills you want to learn.
  • Sign up for the Member Spotlight. Each meeting we have one veteran and one new organizer introduce themselves and tell the group who they are and what they love to do. Look for the clipboard at the next meeting and sign up for the next available opening.
  • Attend your local Neighborhood Group. These are informal get togethers in different locations around LA and Ventura. Get to know organizers in your area, many of whom will likely become your core network of members to work with, refer to, and get referrals from. Neighborhood Groups..
  • Join the Yahoo Group (after you've completed New Member Orientation). Post a message introducing yourself, and let people know your special skills and your geographic coverage area, as well as your available times. Yahoo Group (press the Yahoo icon for instructions).
  • Join the Assistant List (also after NMO), a list of members willing to work as assistants. Assistant List.

And now, the single best way to get on people's radar is to:

  • Volunteer! There are many ways you can serve, and there is simply no better way to feel a part of the chapter, work side by side with other organizers, and establish yourself among your peers. There is likely to be a volunteer opportunity that suits your skills and temperament, whether you like to be in the thick of things or behind the scenes. Volunteer tasks can take from one hour a month to as much time as you'd like to devote, so pick something that fits your schedule. Not only are you giving back to the chapter and the community, but once you've worked with someone, you're more likely to be asked to join them as an assistant on their next large job. For information on volunteer openings, contact

So, welcome to NAPO-LA, and we look forward to getting to know you!


Introducing NAPO-LA Leaders

The 2009/2010 Board of Directors  


By Chris McKenry,

Get It Together LA!,

NAPO-LA Immediate Past President


The results from last month's annual NAPO-LA board of director's election were shared at the February meeting. We congratulate these individuals as they begin their terms on May 15th. Show your support and encouragement to each of our new directors as they take on the challenge of leading our award winning chapter for coming year. 


Chantale Bordonaro, CPO®, CRTSTM
Simplicity Source, Inc.


Vice President
Katherine Macey
Organize to Excel
Regina Lark
A Clear Path:  Professional Organizing

for Home, Work, Life

Nicole D. Ballard
Nicole Ballard Design Group
Immediate Past President (position not elected)
John Trosko
Director of Administration
Kathryn Masci
get harmonized
Director of Communication & Technology
Susan Culligan
Got to Get Organized
Director of Marketing
Heather Furlong
Organizing Works
Director of Membership
Cynthia A. Smith
Your House In Order
Director of Professional Development
Leslie Haber
An Organized Life
We also thank Debbie Gilster for our inspiring Leadership Forum III held during Get Organized Month. As you reflect on her presentation Leadership: Becoming the Person Others Will Follow, take action now and decide which NAPO-LA program is best to hone your leadership skills. Send your volunteer interest to The days ahead will be challenging because of the economy, but NAPO-LA is a community where by working together great opportunities will continue to happen. I am excited and inspired by the next generation of leadership for our industry.


NAPO's Annual Conference & Organizing Exposition

 Register Now! April 29th-May 2nd, 2009


Caribe Royale All-Suites Hotel & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

If you would like to learn more about the Annual Conference or to register visit the link below:
Announcing the 2009 NAPO National Talent Show in Orlando!


The NAPO National Talent Show Committee is well underway with planning for the 2nd annual show at conference in Orlando Florida on April 29th. This year's show should be bigger and better, with attendance expected at 400, featuring the talents of your colleagues from across the nation.  Tickets are $50 and include a wide variety of dessert items, coffee, teas and one drink ticket.  Here are some important dates to note. Look for more details in NAPO newsletter and chats:

· March 20th - Notification if your act is accepted
· April 2nd - Entry fee deadline
· April 29th - Dress rehearsal: 5:00 PM
· April 29th - The Talent Show: 8 - 11 PM

In addition to participating in the actual show as an act, the Talent Show committee is accepting volunteers for stagehands, ushers, judge attendant, and sound coordinator. You'll be required to attend dress rehearsal and volunteer orientation as well as arrive
early before the theater doors open. The committee is preparing a web page with all act application details and job descriptions. For more information, contact -


Golden Circle

Identity Theft - Fight Back


By Carol Keller

Organizing Experts®, LLC


Identity theft can happen to anyone, at anytime and it can happen to you. Here I have compiled information from several sources so that you can decrease the likelihood that it will happen to you or members of your family. The Federal Trade Commission has broken the process of dealing with identity theft into 3 helpful phases - DETER, DETECT and DEFEND.
Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your  information

  1. Shred financial documents and paperwork with any personal information
  2. Protect your Social Security number
  3. Don't give out your personal information by phone, mail, or Internet.
  4. Never click on links sent in unsolicited e-mails.
  5. Don't use obvious passwords.
  6. Keep personal information in a secure place at home.

Detect suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements.

  1. Be alert to signs that require immediate attentio
    Bills that do not arrive as expected
    Unexpected credit cards or account statements
    Denials of credit for no apparent reason
    Calls or letters about purchases you did not make
  2. Inspect your credit report to insure it's correct and up to date
  3. Request a free copy of your credit report from one of the consumer reporting companies:
    Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
    Experian: 1-888-397-3742
    TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

Defend against Identity Theft as soon as you suspect it!

  1. Place a "Fraud alert" on your credit reports and review the reports carefully.
  2. Close accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently or without your consent.
  3. File a police report to help you with creditors who may want proof of the crime.
  4. Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission
    , 1-877-438-4338
    Identity theft Clearinghouse
    Federal Trade Commission
    Washington DC, 20580

More ways to protect yourself and your family

  1. Opt out of credit card offers that come to your home: 1-888-5-OPTOUT
  2. Opt out of junk mail that comes to your home. Write to Direct marketing Association mail Preference Service, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512
  3. Opt out of e-mails coming to your home. Visit: Do Not Email Website
  4. Opt out of unwanted phone solicitations. Sign up with the National Do Not Call Registry, 1-888-382-1222

Here are other sites for you to gather information to protect yourself:




Golden Circle Visits Hollywood - Filming and All!

By Ann Gambrell

Golden Circle Liaison 


On January 17, 2009, twenty Golden Circle members gathered at the home of Kristine Oller. Karen Fulks co-hosted the fun event, providing a delightful brunch, conversation and much networking. Oh, and did I say filming? Yes, Kristine, one by one, invited each member up the stairway to her "mini-film studio." We were each given a phrase to "act out" as she smilingly filmed us. It was quite mysterious, as we were not informed as to how our "bit part" would influence the Golden Circle History DVD. Kristine's reputation as a talented and creative actor, filmmaker and overall fun person, ensured a very special film. It was premiered at the recent NAPO-LA Chapter Awards event and was a huge hit! Stay tuned for viewings at the NAPO National Conference in Orlando! Ann Gambrell updated members on Golden Circle's involvement in the January 30th Organizing Awards and Brunch. Thanks went out to all volunteers assisting in both events. Kudos to our writers of the chapter newsletter's Golden Circle Column. Great articles. Sharing experiences and knowledge is another way Golden
Circle gives back to our chapter members. Due to increased food prices, it was suggested to charge a fee at quarterly Golden Circle meeting. Plan: 1. Members who RSVP (to attend) will pay $5.00 per meeting. 2. Members attending who did not RSVP will pay $10.00. This will allow our hosts to provide sufficient refreshments and help defray costs. All in attendance agreed. Monies will be collected at the meeting. Members are asked to continue to send email and phone number changes to Robin Davi's, who will send updates after each quarterly meeting. The next Golden Circle meeting will take place on Sunday April 19th.

Hollywood Visit GC


Create more space & visibility on your shoe shelves by arranging shoes with one shoe facing forward and one shoe facing backward.

--Cindy Kamm, Details Etc.,

2. In the kitchen, place your coffee and tea supplies near where they are to be used. Having supplies together makes it easier and makes it a more pleasurable task.

--Katherine Macey, Organize to Excel,

The TIPS Program is organized by NAPO-LA's Golden Circle, with Ann Gambrell as chair. All chapter members are invited to submit their organizing tips. Tips are requested in two categories: "Tips from the Pros," for clients/public, and "Tips of the Trade," for orgainzers to use in their businesses.

When submitting TIPS, you may (optional) include your name, business name and contact info, which will accompany your TIP when posted on the NAPO-LA website's home page or here in The Los Angeles Organizer. Email TIPS to:
or go to our Tips Submission form.


Upcoming NAPO-LA Workshop

Quintessential Filing Systems
Learn the essentials of document storage, with more than 5 methods to offer your clients!

Click here to register

DoloresKaytesNo matter what you or your clients need to get organized, an efficient filing system is a must. In this interactive workshop, you'll receive an overview of a variety of systems, both prelabeled and custom, for classifying and storing documents. Dolores demonstrates her own innovative techniques and the myriad components used in creating filing systems, whether stored on the desktop or in drawers, in the home or office.

Supplies will be provided for hands-on exercises, in which you'll be invited to create a filing system for both a business and a home. And, if you'd like an alternative to creating dozens of labels with your P-touch, bring your laptop to see how to create folder labels with Avery templates. You'll impress your clients with this labor-saving technique!

At least one of the methods covered is sure to be the solution for gathering all those lost papers looking for a home. You'll also learn a personally developed system for "legally" filing by piling (!!).

This is a class not to be missed, even if you think you already know everything there is to know about filing.

Dolores Kaytes is passionate about order and efficiency. She founded her company, Highly Organized, Inc., in 1998 to use her innate ability and varied experience to help people organize their lives and businesses. A Golden Circle member, Dolores has been a NAPO-LA volunteer from the time she joined the chapter in 1998. She has served on the NAPO-LA Board as Chapter President, Past President, Workshop Director, and Director of Professional Development, and she received the prestigious Leading Edge Award at the 2007 Los Angeles Organizing Awards.
Limit of 20 participants, so register early!

Date: May 16, 2009
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Circle of Care Leeza's Place, 5000 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks
$99 for NAPO-LA members, $119 for nonmembers

Continuing Education Units will be awarded for this workshop, which may be eligible for Certification.


NAPO in the Schools

Deborah preferred 

By Deborah Kawashima
Committee Chair, NAPO in the Schools  

In November Trained Providers of our local NAPO-LA chapter met informally to see how we could support one another. Now, we are happy to announce that we have officially formed the NAPO in the Schools Network Group, which will meet bi-monthly. Each meeting we will focus on discussing one topic, in addition to lending support to each other and sharing tips on getting leads into the schools.
This month our topic is "Making Elementary Materials". We will meet on Saturday, March 21st, 2009 at 10am. Member Cindy Duffy has graciously offered her home in Redondo Beach for a place to meet. We will be putting our presentation boards and classroom kits together and will and practice our classroom exercise. Plus it will be a great way to connect with other like-minded local NAPO in the Schools participants, who share the same passion of working with students.
The meeting is open to Trained Providers and those interested in getting involved with NAPO in the Schools. So please come if you can make it!
Deborah Kawashima, co-founder of NAPO in the Schools and the National Committee Chair will be there to facilitate. Materials are not provided, but an evite can be sent to you to get the details and links to download and what to bring.
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2009
TIME: 10am - 12:30pm
WHERE: 702 Sapphire Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
All NAPO-LA members interested in attending (Trained Providers and those interested in getting involved with NAPO in the Schools) please contact Christie Gelsomino:  or (661) 993-8291
A note about NAPO in the Schools: Training is required of all NAPO members wanting to become NAPO in the Schools Trained Providers and is available to you as a benefit of your NAPO membership. Sign-up forms for the pre-recorded national training calls are posted on the NAPO website along with the training call schedule. Currently there is training for the elementary program. In fall 2009, training will be available for the middle school program. The high school program is scheduled for fall 2010.

Please contact Deborah Kawashima for any questions: or 323-656-9666.


CD Suppport Group

Next Meeting: Detox for Organizers Tuesday, May 12th, 6-8:30pm


By Jean Furuya

If you are working consistently and on an on-going basis with chronically disorganized clients, you are invited to participate in an informal support group.   Meeting is limited to 12 attendees. A simple pot luck is planned. Along with topic time will also be spent sharing out individual issues.

We will continue to work on "Resources: How can we help the indigent hoarders?" Please bring resources to share.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Jean Furuya.
Email:   Phone: (310) 316-1753



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