April 2018

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President's Message

I can’t help but smile when I think about Robin Williams saying, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!”. Even here, in Wisconsin, there are early signs of spring. In spite of the very dirty snow at the end of my driveway and the fact that it’s still below freezing, I’ve seen a tiny bit of green and the high school students are out running in shorts. There’s no denying spring, so let’s party!    

Heads up - 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 minute) 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 @ 6:45 - 8:15 AM

More details to come, but please save the date!

The Virtual Chapter’s new Volunteer Incentive Program is up and running. 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 year's 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, either Brenda Tringali ( or I would love to talk with you.

Have you checked out NAPO’s newest Specialist Certificate: Life Transitions? According to the NAPO University description, “this track is designed to provide support, ideas and tools for POs/PCs to help their clients face these challenges, either at home or work.” The special pricing is available through May 31. Here’s the link for more info: Life Transitions.

April begins with April Fools’ Day and includes Easter, Passover, Tax Day, and the Boston Marathon. Traditional holidays and celebrations aside, here’s a look at some often-overlooked events. 

April is:    

  •         ASPCA Month  
  •         Car Care Month
  •         Financial Literacy Month 
  •         Home Improvement Time (April thru September)
  •         Jazz Appreciation Month
  •         National Card and Letter Writing Month
  •         National Decorating Month
  •         National Garden Month 
  •         National Landscape Architecture Month
  •         National Lawn Care Month
  •         National Pecan Month 
  •         National Pest Management Month
  •         National Social Security Month  
  •         Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  •         Stress Awareness Month   


Special weeks include:  

  •         Bat Appreciation Week: 1 - 7 
  •         Medication Safety Week: 1 – 7
  •         Explore Your Career Options: 2 – 7
  •         National Library Week: 9 -15  
  •         National Karaoke Week: 15 – 21
  •         National Pet ID Week: 15 - 21 
  •         National Paperboard Packaging Week: 15 - 21 
  •         National Volunteer Week: 15 – 22
  •         Cleaning for A Reason Week: 18 – 24
  •         Consumer Awareness Week: 18 – 23
  •         Money Smart Week: 21 - 28 
  •         Bedbug Awareness Week: 22 – 28
  •         National Small Business Week: 29 – 05.05


Noteworthy days:  

  •         American Crossword Puzzle Days: 1 – 3
  •         Reading is Funny Day: 1
  •         National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day: 2 
  •         National Burrito Day: 5 
  •         Read A Road Map Day: 5 
  •         Hostess Twinkie Day: 6  
  •         National Pie Days: 6 – 7
  •         National Walk to Work Day: 6 
  •         International Pillow Fight Day: 7  
  •         No Housework Day: 7
  •         National Cherish an Antique Day: 9
  •         ASPCA Day: 10  
  •         Equal Pay Day: 10 
  •         National Library Day: 10 
  •         Safety Pin Day: 10
  •         Scrabble Day: 13
  •         Dictionary Day: 14 
  •         Rubber Eraser Day: 15  
  •         National Health Care Decisions Days: 16 - 22 
  •         Ellis Island Family History Day: 17
  •         Bicycle Day: 19 
  •         National Teach Children to Save Day: 20
  •         National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day: 21 
  •         Earth Day: 22
  •         National Jelly Bean Day: 22 
  •         Red Hat Society Day: 25  
  •         Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day: 26 
  •         World Intellectual Property Day: 26 
  •         Eeyore's Birthday Day: 28 
  •         National Prepare-A-Thon Day: 28 
  •         Zipper Day: 29


How will you party this month? Whatever you choose to do, have a great month and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you soon!


Sallie AlefsenOrganization@Work
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter



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Board Elections

We are still looking for volunteers for

Vice President  position still open


Secretary  position still open 


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 member for the month of March 2018:

Jax Sargent - Jaxtastic Life, LLC - Long Beach, CA

Jennifer Raftis - Efficiency Matters, LLC - Moraga, CA

Tanya Springer - The Springer Solutions - Irmo, SC


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, April 16, 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:

  • Amy Tokos - Golden Circle - 10 years!
  • Sherri Papich - Golden Circle - 10 years!
  • Lauren Mang - Let Me Organize It, LLC -  for her recent article "How Being Present Clears Clutter" that appeard in 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



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.



April 16, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn about the Virtual Chapter!



May 14, 2018
7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Eastern)

Am I Making A Living At This? Financial Decisions I've Made-Both Good and Bad

With over 30 years being self-employed and 20 of those years as a professional organizer, Susan Kousek has had to make a lot of financial decisions. Some were good. Some were not. She'll share with you what she has learned about the expenses related to being self-employed and the importance of charging what you're worth. You'll hear about financial decisions made by the presenter and by other organizers that hopefully will help you make decisions that support you and your business and avoid financial mistakes. 


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Tech Tip

Do you often search in Outlook by sorting by column? Did you know you can do a secondary sort? Sort by your first criteria by clicking on the relevant column heading (for example, Sender) and then Shift + click the next column heading (such as Subject). All your messages in that folder will be sorted by sender, and within each sender, the messages will be sorted by subject. You can add more criteria, such as Received — just Shift + click on the additional column headings.

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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