September 2017 Print

President's Message

Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month (NPM) is observed each September in the US. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NPM encourages people to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. 

This year’s overall theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” and each week of the month focuses on a specific area:

  • Week 1:  September 1 - 9               Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
  • Week 2:  September 10 - 16           Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
  • Week 3:  September 17 - 23           Practice and Build Out Your Plans
  • Week 4:  September 24 - 30           Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger


NPM is a natural fit for all of us as individuals and as professionals. Do you have a plan? Is it up-to-date? Do your clients have one? A great place to begin is at You will find everything you need to (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses, (2) make a family emergency plan, (3) build an emergency supply kit, and (4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies. The resources are available at no charge.  

Have you seen our newest column, Kudos & Congrats?  It’s all about celebrating our members. We are in search of those special events – if you’ve written a book, been quoted in an article, and more. Are you celebrating something special? Please email Jane Cole at and point it out!

While our #SummerOfConnections contest is almost over, there are still a few days left.  Let us know what you learned from each other by posting your experience on the Virtual Chapter’s Facebook group, Facebook page or POINT community with the hashtag  #SummerOfConnections. The winner will receive a 2018 NAPO Virtual Chapter membership – YAY!  Click here for more info about the contest:

It’s difficult for me to believe that Autumn begins on September 22 @ 4:02 pm EDT. Clearly, summer is too short. What else can we expect this month? 

       September is:

  •         AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  •         Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month
  •         Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month
  •         College Savings Month
  •         Eat Chicken Month
  •         Happy Cat Month
  •         Healthy Aging Month
  •         International People Skills Month
  •         International Strategic Thinking Month
  •         Library Card Sign-up Month
  •         Mold Awareness Month
  •         National Coupon Month
  •         National Fruit and Veggies Month (also in June)
  •         National Home Furnishings Month
  •         National Sewing Month
  •         National Ice Cream Shake Month
  •         National Suicide Prevention Month
  •         Save Your Photos Month
  •         Self-Improvement Month
  •         Update Your Resume Month
  •         Whole Grains Month

Special weeks include:

  •         International Enthusiasm Week: 1 – 7
  •         National Nutrition Week: 1 -7
  •         National Waffle Week: 3 - 9
  •         Suicide Prevention Week: 4 – 10
  •         Popcorn Days: 7 - 9
  •         Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week: 10 – 16
  •         Build A Better Image Week: 17 - 23
  •         International Clean Hands Week: 17 - 23
  •         National Indoor Plant Week: 17 - 23
  •         National Love Your Files Week: 17 - 23
  •         National Dog Week: 24 - 30

       Noteworthy days:

  •         Bring Your Manners to Work Day: 1
  •         National Tailgating Day: 2
  •         Be Late for Something Day: 5
  •         International Day of Charity: 5
  •         National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day: 7
  •         Swap Ideas Day: 10
  •         World Suicide Prevention Day: 10
  •         International Chocolate Day: 13
  •         Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day: 13
  •         National Kreme Filled Donut Day: 14
  •         National 8-Track Tape Day: 15
  •         International Eat an Apple Day: 16
  •         Locate an Old Friend Day: 16
  •         National Clean Up Day: 16
  •         Play-doh Day: 16
  •         National Cheeseburger Day: 18
  •         Elephant Appreciation Day: 22
  •         Ice Cream Cone Day: 22
  •         National Museum Day: 23
  •         Punctuation Day: 24
  •         Google's Birthday (18 years): 27
  •         International Coffee Day: 29
  •         National Ghost Hunting Day: 30
  •         Save Your Photos Day: 30


Have a great month and remember you can plan ahead! 


Sallie AlefsenOrganization@Work
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter



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Welcome New Members & More

Our NAPO Virtual Chapter has 200 members!  

Please join us in welcoming our NEWEST NAPO VC members for the month of August 2017:

Lisa Higdon of Clear Spaces Organizing, Albany, NY

Connie Kees of Consult an Organizer, Chippewa Falls, WI

Laurie Cota of PIE Events & Home Organization, Henderson, NV

Alexandria Dunham of Raspberry Reorg, San Antonio,TX

Sandy Stone Lewis of Want It Organized, Cordova, TN

Maria Baer of The Baer Minimalist, Indianapolis, IN

Brogan Farren of Neatness Counts KC, Westwood, KS

Catherine Van Volkenburg of Accent on Organizing, Columbus, OH

All NAPO VC members, new and current, are invited to join the NAPO VC Member Orientation. This is an interactive conference call. The next orientation is scheduled for Monday, September 18, at 7:00 pm ET. Log in at and click on "meetings" to register for any NAPO VC event.  

If you have kudos about you and your business that you would like to share, let me know at so we can celebrate it with our Virtual Chapter in the Kudos & Congrats section of our newsletter.

Thank you to Jen Neuman and Lea Gallagher for helping to make calls for RejuVCnation!

Please don't hesitate to call or drop me an email if you have any questions about your membership!

Jane Cole, CPOHappy Home Organizing Solutions LLC 
Membership Director, NAPO Virtual Chapter



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Kudos & Congrats

Congratulations and thank you to our Virtual Chapter members who are getting the word out about organizing, productivity, and the Virtual Chapter. They're writing articles, being quoted, writing books and much more. Check it out!


We try hard to spot our member's activities, but we're not perfect. If you have something to celebrate, please email to point it out. Promotional announcements will not be posted.

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Information You’ll Want to Know

It’s the Summer of Connections

Are you traveling this summer, but still have business on your mind?

The NAPO Virtual Chapter is promoting connections and learning between members with a contest just for you.

As you plan your summer escape why not also plan to connect with a virtual chapter member in your vacation location? Here’s how it works.

  • After you plan your travels go to the Virtual Chapter website and find the member who lives in your destination location.


  • Contact your fellow chapter member and schedule a date to meet while you are in town.


  • Have coffee, lunch or something else and get to know each other.


  • Build a friendship and maybe…Win a prize!


The contest will run between Memorial Day and Labor Day (May 29th and September 4th, 2017) only for members of NAPO’s Virtual Chapter. To enter you must snap a photo (or make a video) of your meeting and let us know what you learned from each other by posting your experience on the Virtual Chapter’s Facebook group, Facebook page or POINT community with the hashtag #SummerOfConnections . Here are some talking points we think everyone would like to hear.

  1.        How you started your organizing and productivity business.
  2.        What makes your business unique?
  3.        The business challenges in your location.
  4.        What your plan is for the future?

The two members who connect from the farthest away will win a 2018 Virtual ChapterMembership!

The contest ends at midnight on Labor Day (September 4th, 2017) and winners will be announced the next day. Distance traveled is determined with the address used for your NAPO account.

For questions about the contest, contact Janet Schiesl at

Here’s to a great summer of connections!


News from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization

Click here to go to the conference page on the ICD website.


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Upcoming Meeting Information


September 11, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Eastern)



September 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Eastern)



September 27, 2017 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Eastern)

Geriatrician Dennis McCullough has spent his life helping families cope with their parents' aging and eventual final passage. In this comforting and much-needed book, he recommends a new approach, which he terms "Slow Medicine."



October 09, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Eastern)

Kathy Vines Personal Productivity and Time Management

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Tech Tip

Save steps (and time) in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher.

In MS Office on your PC, do you find yourself searching and clicking multiple times to perform a command you use often? You can add those commands to your Quick Access Toolbar -- it's a great time-saver!

Here's how: Click the toolbar's expander arrow. Select More Commands. In the Choose Commands From field, change it from Popular Commands to All Commands. Click the one you want, and click Add. You can rearrange them, remove any, and also set the toolbar to display below the ribbon.

I've added the Crop Picture command to my Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint and Publisher, New Folder in Outlook, New File and Quick Print in Word.  

Submitted by Susan Kousek, Balanced Spaces, LLC.

If you have a great tech tip you would like to share with your fellow Virtual Chapter members, click here to submit your tip.. If you're not already logged in, do so and select Surveys from the menu on the left.

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Are You an Author?

The VC Book Club is interested in reading books by members.  Please complete this survey to let us know about your book. We won't guarantee we will pick it for our book club, but we want to know if you have one.


Shawndra Holmberg, CPO-CD, Dhucks
NAPO VC Book Club Coordinator

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Contact Information

Need to contact us?  




If you have any questions about your membership, please contact


If you have problems, comments or simply feel more comfortable for someone to walk you through you setup please feel free to contact


If you have suggestions or requests for future topics or presenters or would like to be a presenter, please contact

Other E-mails:

Sallie Alefsen, President -

Alyssa Trosclair, Vice President -

Shawndra Holmberg, Newsletter Editor -


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