March 2018

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President's Message

Congratulations to the Virtual Chapter’s incoming Board of Directors – June Carter, President; Brogan Farren, Treasurer; Jane Cole, Director of Membership; and Elva Fonseca, Director of Professional Development – Yay! Their 1-year term begins on May 15 and marks the beginning of the Virtual Chapter’s 7th year of operation.

The Virtual Chapter has become home to many NAPO members who, because of proximity, do not have the option of joining a local chapter. Our newsletter, book club, social media activity, POINT community, member orientations, annual conference Meet Ups, and volunteer positions have provided numerous engagement opportunities. The chapter’s commitment to education with its expansion to a monthly program format has also attracted NAPO members who belong to local chapters and join to take advantage of the VC's quality programs. 

How will we build on the Chapter’s success? Every year, before the beginning of the NAPO conference, the Virtual Chapter’s Board of Directors meets in person (or virtually, of course) for a planning session. A significant part of our discussion focuses on the results of our Annual Member Survey. You will soon receive a link to a short (10-15 minutes) survey and I hope you will choose to participate. The information we receive from you is invaluable and a key part of our planning process.

Strategic Planning is not the Virtual Chapter’s only in-person event at the NAPO2018 Retreat!  You are invited to the

Virtual Chapter’s Annual NAPO Conference Meet Up

Saturday, April 28, 2017 @ 6:30 am

More details to come, but please save the date!

Have you checked out the Virtual Chapter’s new Volunteer Incentive Program? Beginning with the next board term (May 15, 2018 - May 14, 2019), any board or committee member who completes their volunteer commitment will receive a free 1-year membership to the Virtual Chapter at their next renewal date. So, if you volunteer during the next board term, you will receive a certificate for a free renewal that you can use when your membership is up in December 2019. The certificate is good for the 2020 membership year. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available and if any of them spark an interest, let me or Brenda Tringali ( know. We would love to talk with you.

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to next month because it’s the beginning of Spring and I relish the thought of seeing green again! March also brings us the Oscars, the Iditarod, the Vernal Equinox, St. Patrick’s Day, and of course, March Madness. Traditional holidays and celebrations aside, what else can we expect?  Let’s take a look.  

March is:   

  •         American Red Cross Month
  •         Credit Education Month
  •         National Clean Up Your IRS Act Month
  •         National Craft Month 
  •         National Ethics Awareness Month
  •         National March into Literacy Month
  •         National Nutrition Month
  •         National Umbrella Month
  •         Spiritual Wellness Month


Special weeks include:  

  •         National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week: 1 – 7
  •         National Consumer Protection Week:  4 - 10 
  •         National Procrastination Week:  4 - 10 
  •         National Words Matter Week:  4 - 10 
  •         Return the Borrowed Books Week:  4 - 10 
  •         National Fix a Leak Week: 19 - 25 
  •         American Crossword Puzzles Week: 23 – 25
  •         National Cleaning Week: 25 - 31


Noteworthy days:  

  •         Dr. Seuss Day: 2
  •         NEA's Read Across America Day: 2 
  •         Employee Appreciation Day: 2  
  •         Simplify Your Life Day: 3
  •         What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day: 3
  •         International Scrapbooking Industry Day: 4
  •         National Grammar Day: 4  
  •         Oreo Cookie Day: 6 
  •         Discover What Your Name Means Day: 7 
  •         National Proofreading Day: 8
  •         National Day(s) of Unplugging: 9 - 10  
  •         Genealogy Day: 10  
  •         Land Line Telephone Day: 10
  •         Check Your Batteries Day: 11 
  •         Fill Our Staplers Day: 12 
  •         Organize Your Home Office Day: 13 
  •         Pi Day: 14 
  •         National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence: 15  
  •         National Shoe the World Day: 15
  •         Freedom of Information Day: 16 
  •         Worldwide Quilting Day: 17 
  •         Client's Day: 19 
  •         National Chocolate Caramel Day: 19 
  •         Alien Abduction Day: 20 
  •         Twitter Day: 21 
  •         Live Long and Prosper Day: 26
  •         Pencil Day: 30
  •         National Crayon Day: 31 
  •         World Backup Day: 31


Think Spring and have a great month!


Sallie AlefsenOrganization@Work
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter



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Board Elections

Congratulations to our incoming officers and board members. They'll start May 15, 2018.  THANK YOU for your service to our chapter.

President  June Carter with GYST Organizing in Fernandina Beach, Florida

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Vice President  position still open



 Treasurer  Brogan Farren with NeatnessCountsKC in Westwood, KS


Secretary  position still open 



Director of Professional Development — Elva Fonseca with Sensational Organzing in San Dimas, CA


Director of Membership — Jane Cole of Happy Home Organizing Solutions, LLC in Orlando, FL

Director of Technology and Communications   position still open 



If you're interested in stepping up to volunteer for one of our open positions, please contact Brenda Tringali (

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Welcome New Members & More


New Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest NAPO VC members for the month of February 2018:

Diann Higbee - Think It Beautiful - South Jordan, UT
Ralph Rachelle - Best Organized You - Bedford, TX
Marina Mahnken - Declutter My Clutter - Matawan, NJ

Are these members near you? Give them a call and make a new friend!


All NAPO VC members, new and current, are invited to join the NAPO VC Member Orientation, an interactive conference call. The next orientation is scheduled for Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm ET. Log in at and click on the "meetings" tab to register for this Virtual Chapter event.  

And More...

Do you have kudos about you and your business you would like to share? Let us 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 or any of our board members if you have any questions about your membership. We'll do our 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!

Congrats to:

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


March 12, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Eastern)

Liz Jenkins presents a discussion and explanation of specific tools used by A Fresh Space in hands-on organizing. Over 12 years in the making, this program dives into tools and materials used on the job that make each project run smoothly and efficiently. The session will not only identify and explain each item, but go into the situations in which each can be useful as well as how these tools work.  


April 09, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Eastern)

Why is it that with all the brochures, checklists, websites, and reminders to prepare their businesses, their families and themselves for a disaster or an emergency, most people still aren't prepared? Yes, it may have something to do with their belief that it couldn't happen to them, but it's also feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. Your clients may also think they must stockpile a year's worth of food in their basement, learn bushcraft, and get a toilet seat for a 5-gallon bucket if they're going to be prepared. You can change all that. You can get them started. You can get them ready to face minor emergencies or larger disasters. You can help them become better prepared in the process of becoming more organized and productive.

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Tech Tip

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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BCPO Study Group

If you're looking for a study group to prepare for the CPO exam — 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.

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