May 2018

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President's Message

Coming down from my conference high is taking much longer than I expected and I’m sure I’m not alone! For me, the best part was meeting so many of you in person and I am so grateful for that opportunity. A special thank you to everyone who was able to attend this year’s VC Meet Up in Chicago and to Alyssa Trosclair and the rest of the board for coordinating the event. It was all about good food, great company and lots of laughs! 

No surprise, May is a busy month with car and horse racing, Cinco de Mayo, VE Day, Armed Forces Day, and of course, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Traditional holidays and celebrations aside, here’s a look at some often-overlooked events. 

May is:    

  • Clean Air Month
  • Creative Beginnings Month
  • Family Reunion Month 05.14 – 06.16
  • Get Caught Reading Month
  • Gifts from the Garden Month
  • International Business Image Improvement Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • National Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month 
  • National Barbeque Month
  • National Bike Month 
  • National Good Car Keeping Month
  • National Meditation Month
  • National Mental Health Month
  • National Moving Month
  • National Pet Month  
  • National Photo Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • Personal History Month 
  • Revise Your Work Schedule Month


Special weeks include:  

  • Choose Privacy Week: 1 - 7  
  • Be Kind to Animals Week: 6 - 12 
  • Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week: 6 - 12 
  • Flexible Work Arrangement Week: 6 - 12 
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week: 6 - 12  
  • National Family Week: 6 - 12 
  • National Pet Week: 6 - 12 
  • Update Your References Week: 6 - 12 
  • International Coaching Week: 7 - 13 
  • Reading is Fun Week:  13 -1 9 
  • National Stationery Week: 20 - 23


Noteworthy days:  

  • Executive Coaching Day: 1
  • New Homeowner's Day: 1
  • Roberts Rule of Order Day: 2
  • Public Radio Day: 3
  • National Scrapbooking Day: 5  
  • National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day: 8 
  • Hostess Cupcake Day: 11 
  • National Chocolate Chip Day: 15 
  • International Virtual Assistants Day: 18  
  • Visit Your Relatives Day: 18
  • National Wine Day: 25 
  • Cellophane Tape Day: 27
  • Learn About Composting Day: 29
  • National Senior Health & Fitness Day: 30 


For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of serving as president of the Virtual Chapter and, without a doubt, it has been a wonderful experience. There’s been learning, connecting and growing. At times, I’ve been far outside of my comfort zone, but never alone. Thank you to Alyssa, Amy, June, Jane, Dianna, Brenda, Brogan, and Glenda for your support on the board and for making sure there was always time for fun. With that and the help of our committee volunteers Peggy, Christie, Angela, Elva, Lea, Jenn, Barbara, Janet, Brooks, Shawndra, Susan, Nancy, and Kimberly we moved the chapter forward. 

While it is with sadness that I bid you farewell as the outgoing president, it is with great joy that I welcome the VC’s new leadership team who will take us even further.

“I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”  Dr. Seuss


Sallie AlefsenOrganization@Work
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter



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NAPO VC Resources

As the Bob Dylan song goes… “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and the same holds true for the Virtual Chapter (VC). We’re pleased to announce one of those major changes. For years, the VC website listed our previous meetings (since 2011) by meeting date. We continue to do so and you can find them on the “Meetings” page. But a VC member recently said out loud … there has to be an easier way to locate meetings by their topic (not date). And so the idea was born.

We’d like to thank our new volunteer Education Archivist, Angela Turner, for stepping up and doing a great job with this project. She identified keywords for each of the meetings in our library so it’s now easier to search by specific categories. You’ll find this new list of past meetings by topic when you click on “Resources” and then “Education Archive” on the VC website!

We think our program library is just one of the fantastic perks of being a VC member. Please use this new tool as an opportunity to peruse the Education Archive to look for subjects you already love or perhaps those you want to learn more about. And when you’re done, don’t forget to thank Angela for making it so easy!


If you missed NAPO 2018 Annual Conference, get ready for NAPO 2019


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Welcome New Members & More

New Members

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

Kimberley Foro - Foro Neat Home Solutions - Watervliet, NY
Nanette Best - Morinville, Alberta, Canada
Tamah Vega - Tamah Vega Design - Fremont, CA
Laura Kavinski - Crux Organizing - Odenton, MD
Giovanna Dahl - Top Move Management - San Mateo, CA
Sara Campana - 1 Touch Organizing LLC - Appleton, WI
Teresa Russo - Armed Forces Europe, USA
Carrie Downey - Clarity Company - Bloomington, IL


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 TUESDAY, MAY 29, 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.

Have you made your vacation plans for the summer yet?  Don't forget about our Summer of Connections Contest coming soon.  Watch for more details to come!

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 go to. . .

  • Diana Tamez-Walters - For completing Sheila Delson's "Virtual Organizing Training Program For Professional Organizers" and adding this as a new service in her business.

  • June Carter - Voted by Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Yulee Chamber of Commerce members as the Business Leader of the Year for 2017.

  • Kate Brown - For her recent article posted on NAPO's Get Organized Blog titled "Dear NAPO..."

  • Lea Gallagher - For agreeing to be our Summer of Connections Contest cheerleader and volunteer!

  • Shawndra Holmberg, CPO-CD - For her NAPO Stand Out podcast interview Episode 8: You can share your message with the world – a conversation with writing coach Shawndra Holmberg

    Virtual Chapter had a breakfast meetup at the 2018 NAPO Conference with drawings for free memberships. Here are our winners:

  • Lisa Gessert - She won the Prospective Member drawing for a free 2018 VC membership at conference!

  • Claire Matejka - She won the Member drawing for a free 2019 VC membership renewal at conference!

  • Karen Duncan - She won the free VC membership renewal for completing the recent VC Survey!

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

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Upcoming Meeting Information


May 14, 2018, from 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. 



June 11, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Eastern)

Presentation Description:

One of the reasons a lot of our clients struggle with organization is they haven't managed their time to fit in organizing (or their schedule is so chaotic they don't even have time to breathe). How can we help our clients to understand basic time management principles and incorporate some of that teaching into our session work with them?

Presentation Goals

Tips for teaching clients to: 1. fit in time for organizing each week 2. Create good time habits 3. How to be on time for appointments 4. How to fit in time for themselves

Speaker Bio
Jenny grew up on a small farm in Maine, and knows how to milk a cow! She is devoted to her family (husband Frank and 4 kids). She started organizing biz in 2008, so she celebrated her 10 year anniversary with NAPO this year! She enjoys speaking to groups.


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Tech Tip

Calling all PC Outlook Users

If you didn't attend the Outlook Beyond the Basics session at NAPO2018, listen to the recording. I guarantee you'll learn about some great Outlook features -- for email, calendar, tasks, and contacts. Nancy Kruschke and Holly Uverity did a great job presenting many features that I as a long-time Outlook user didn't know about. They did a live demo and stepped through how to use these features and how to customize the ribbon and other areas of Outlook.

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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