President's Message

2017 has been another remarkable year for the Virtual Chapter and I believe one of our most significant accomplishments has been a greater level of member engagement. The Virtual Chapter is extremely fortunate to have members who have chosen to engage as volunteers.  Their combined contributions are the reason for the chapter’s success. I’d like to recognize these special individuals and express my gratitude to them.

Thank you to the members of the board: Alyssa Trosclair, Vice President; Amy Payne, Secretary; Glenda Evans, Treasurer; Dianna Ranger, Director of Communications and Technology; Jane Cole, Director of Membership; June Carter, Director of Professional Development; and Brenda Tringali, Director at Large.

Thank you to Brooks Duncan, who makes our archived meetings accessible and is always available to provide technical assistance and guidance. Thanks to Peggy Barnes, who makes the CEU certificates possible and to Christie Johnson, who reminds us to register so we don’t miss out on the next monthly meeting.  Thank you to Kimberly Purcell and Nancy Rivera who moderate our Virtual Chapter POINT community. Nancy also moderates our Facebook group. Thank you to Shawndra Holmberg, our newsletter editor and host of the Virtual Chapter Book Club. Thank you to Susan Kousek for your work on the newsletter. Thanks to Lea Gallagher, Jenn Neuman and Barbara Trapp for your work on the Membership committee. Thank you to Elva Fonseca for helping with Professional Development and Brogan Farren for your assistance with our finances. Thanks to Janet Schiesl for bringing us the Summer of Connections Contest.

Many Thanks...You are the best!

Not only are there committee opportunities within the Virtual Chapter (you can check them out here), nominations are open!  Would you like to share your talents, explore your interests, sharpen your skills, be part of a team, and have fun in the process? I highly recommend it! Descriptions of the Virtual Chapter’s Board and Director positions as well as the application process are included in this newsletter and on our website. 

Make 2018 your year to engage and that begins with membership renewal! Be on the lookout for renewal information via email, POINT, or on our website.

Mark your calendar for the Winter Solstice on December 21 @ 11:28 am EST. In the northern hemisphere, it marks the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year and I so look forward to the days getting longer! Of course, there are many traditional holidays to celebrate this month, but what else can we expect? Let’s take a look.

December is:  

  •         National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
  •         National Tie Month
  •         National Write a Business Plan Month
  •         Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  •         Universal Human Rights Month 


Special weeks include:   

  •         Cookie Cutter Week: 1 - 7 
  •         National Hand Washing Awareness Week: 3 - 9 
  •         Older Driver Safety Awareness Week: 4 – 8
  •         Human Rights Week: 10 – 17
  •         Gluten-free Baking Week: 17 - 23 
  •         It's About Time Week: 25 - 31


Noteworthy days:  

  •         Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day: 1
  •         Clark Kent's Birthday (Superman): 1  
  •         Rosa Parks Day: 1
  •         Special Education Day: 2
  •         National Cookie Day: 4 
  •         National Sock Day: 4  
  •         Bathtub Party Day: 5
  •         Official Lost & Found Day: 8
  •         Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day: 8
  •         Dewey Decimal System Day: 10
  •         Human Rights Day: 10  
  •         Kaleidoscope Day: 11
  •         Gingerbread House Day: 12
  •         National Cocoa Day: 12  
  •         Yoga Day: 14 
  •         Cat Herders Day: 15  
  •         Free Shipping Day (for some retailers it’s the 21st): 15
  •         National Cupcake Day: 15  
  •         National Chocolate Covered Anything Day: 16  
  •         Crossword Puzzle Day: 21
  •         National Flashlight Day: 21 
  •         National Re-gifting Day: 21 
  •         Short Girl Appreciation Day: 21 
  •         National Thank-you Note Day: 26
  •         National Chocolate Days: 28 & 29 
  •         No Interruptions Day: 30  
  •         Make Up Your Mind Day: 31


Thank you for being a part of the NAPO VC family and I wish you the best holiday season ever. 


Sallie AlefsenOrganization@Work
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter



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NAPO VC Board ELECTIONS - 02/12/18

Interested in connecting with other organizers? Want to support your chapter? Know someone who would be a good leader (including yourself)? Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve as a Chapter Officer (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) or a Director (Membership, Professional Development, Communications & Technology, at Large). CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE.

Nominations close December 31. If you have questions about a position or the nomination process, please email (email forwarded to Nomination Committee Chair).



  • Must be located in the U.S.A. for banking reasons

  • Supervise the Chapter's business and activities

  • Create the agenda and preside over Board and Membership meetings

  • Recommend suitable replacements for Board vacancies

  • Approve obligations of the Chapter, sign contracts and manage subcontractors

  • Serve as liaison to NAPO and other Chapters

  • Assign or delegate other duties to Officers and Directors

  • Perform other duties as needed

Vice President

  • Act in place of the President when the President is absent or unable to act

  • Perform other duties as requested and/or delegated by the President


  • Must be located in the U.S.A. for banking reasons

  • Record, prepare, disseminate and maintain minutes of the Chapter Board of Directors meetings and Chapter Membership meetings

  • Maintain Chapter historical records and operations documents (Bylaws, Policies & Procedures Manual)

  • Send Chapter Membership meeting and Board of Directors meeting minutes to NAPO headquarters within thirty (30) days after each meeting


  • Serve as the custodian of the Chapter’s funds and be responsible for maintaining these funds in a bank account and disbursing them in accordance with Chapters Disbursement Policy

  • Prepare and forward to NAPO headquarters required year-end financial reports and budgets

  • Prepare and submit a proposed budget to the Chapter Board of Directors for approval before the fiscal year begins on October 1

  • Collect and account for Chapter dues and meeting fees

  • Pay Chapter financial obligations

  • Review contracts and/or agreements


Directors - All Duties of the Directors will be performed either directly or through a committee (you wont be working alone). In addition to the descriptions below, the President may request or delegate additional duties.

Director of Membership

  • Review and process Chapter membership applications

  • Forward NAPO membership applications to NAPO headquarters

  • Conduct membership renewal process

  • Oversee hospitality and registration

  • Respond to membership inquiries

  • Conduct member orientation

  • Produce and distribute new member information

  • Monitor compliance with NAPO membership categories

  • Maintain Chapter membership database and inform NAPO staff of changes on a monthly basis

Director of Professional Development

  • Maintain program calendar

  • Procure and communicate with speakers

  • Schedule and facilitate program portion of Chapter meeting

  • Create, distribute and review program evaluation forms

  • Oversee CEU certificate process

Director of Communications & Technology

  • Newsletter

  • Website

  • Electronic communications

  • Supervise social networking activities for the Chapter

Director at Large

  • Duties and projects as assigned

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Welcome New Members & More


Our NAPO Virtual Chapter has 204 members!  

A Reminder:  If your name has changed or any of your information needs updating, please login to your account on the NAPOVC website and make the changes there.  

Please join us in welcoming our newest NAPO VC member for the month of November 2017:

Carly Belle Vera - Pink Coral Design, Princeton Junction, NJ

Thank you to Barbara Trapp for stepping up to make phone calls to our members. She reported it was a great experience for her and she learned a lot in the process! Please let me know if you would like to join in the fun!

All NAPO VC members, new and current, are invited to join the NAPO VC Member Orientation, an interactive conference call. The next orientation will be in 2018. Log in at and click on the "meetings" tab to register for any NAPO VC event.  

It's that time of year again!  Be on the lookout for Virtual Chapter membership renewal information. Our new membership year begins on January 1, 2018. Benefits include CEU-worthy coursework, recorded presentations that can be listened to on demand, conference recordings dating back to 2014, a book club, and lovely people from all over the world to share business ideas with!

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

Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions about your membership.  I'll do my best to answer them!

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!

  • Brenda Tringali - NAPOCares Chair and NAPO Virtual Chapter Director at Large - Brenda wrote an article, "So Grateful that NAPO Cares!" for NAPO's Get Organized Blog.


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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Upcoming Meeting Information


December 11, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Eastern)

Ellen Faye is a productivity leadership coach and immediate past president of NAPO.

Learn how creating relationships, delivering on your brand promise, and implementing strong business systems help drive profitability.


January 08, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Eastern)

Buried in Treasures: The Nature and Treatment of Hoarding by Dr David Tolin of Institute of Living

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Tech Tip

Keyboard Shortcuts to Increase Your Productivity

You probably already know these keyboard shortcuts: - Ctrl C to copy; Ctrl X to cut; Ctrl V to paste; Ctrl S to save; Ctrl P to print. But there are many more:

- On a web site, press the space bar to scroll down a screen; Shift/space bar to scroll up a screen. Ctrl + to enlarge the text; Ctrl - to make it smaller.

- Text in a document or on a web site: Double click to select a word; Triple click to select a paragraph.

- To insert some standard symbols in your text, press Alt + these numbers on the numeric keypad (does not work with the numbers at the top of the keyboard):

© Alt / 0169

® Alt / 0174

™ Alt / 0153

– (en-dash) Alt / 0150

— (em-dash) Alt / 0151

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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Books by Our Members

Check out the books by our members at

If you are a Virtual Chapter member and an author but your book isn't on this list -- email with details.

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BCPO Study Group

If you're looking for a BCPO study group — how about starting one? Post on NAPO VC POINT or in our NAPO VC Facebook group that you're interested and get the conversation started.

NAPO 2017 Conference Recordings

LET'S CHAT on the NAPO VC Facebook group about conference recordings — the goal is to LISTEN to a 2017 conference session, SHARE what you learn and what you want to implement, and CONNECT with members in the discussion. 

The next two are:

  • What Discourages ADHD Clients and What Empowers Them (starts this week)

  • Mental Floss for Eliminating Brain Clutter (starts next week)


The first two:

  • Bridging to Corporate Organizing and Productivity 

  • The Organizing Business: Scandal Sabotage, Sanity, Success 

NAPO 2017 Conference recordings (and previous conferences) are part of your Virtual Chapter membership, so listen, learn, and share. The recordings are found in NAPO University once you've signed in to


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