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President's Message

 

“The road to success is always under construction.”
Lily Tomlin

Hello all!
I am Jane Cole, your 2020-2021 NAPO Virtual Chapter president. I’ve been a NAPO member since 1998 and a part of your Virtual Chapter board since 2017 when I was recruited by our immediate past president, June Carter, to be the VC membership director. I absolutely loved that position as I got to talk with many of our members, getting to know them on a more personal basis. I was the membership director for two years and then moved on to be the VC communications/technology director, in charge of our website and issues with technology. I tell many people that the Virtual Chapter is a well-oiled machine due to the dedicated people who fill all the volunteer positions doing their part to make things run so smoothly.

old phoneThe first thing I want you to know about me has to do with communications. If I have to type more than ten words to you, I will call you instead! We are the Virtual Chapter and we don’t have the luxury of rubbing elbows with our colleagues like many of the other NAPO chapters (although this pandemic has caused everyone to stop rubbing elbows for the time being!) So, let’s get to know each other with a chat on the phone. Our directors and volunteers are here for you!

NAPO – Virtual Chapter Board of Directors for June 2020 – May 2021:

President – Jane Cole, FL
Vice President – Brogan Farren, KS
Treasurer – Alexis Boccanfuso, CT
Secretary – Nancy Rivera, FL
Professional Development – Lisa Witzleben, AK 

Communications/Technology – Elva Fonseca, CA
Marketing – Suzann Brown, FL
Membership – Lea Gallagher, PA
Immediate Past President – JuneCarter, FL

I, as well as all our board members and volunteers, look forward to serving you this term!

Please stay safe and healthy!

Jane Cole, CPO®
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter

Happy Home Organizing Solutions, LLC
Orlando, FL


 

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Welcome New Members & More

 

New Members in MAY!

Please welcome our newest NAPO VC members: 

Jessica Kennedy JOY - Jessica Organizes You, LLC - Teaneck, NJ
Janine Sarna-Jones Organize Me Inc. - New York, NY
Dennise Conforti Organize MD - Toronto, ON, Canada
Megan Warren Shipshape & Organized Spaces, Inc. - Monroe, OR
Gina Colo Graham Advanced Personal Concierge - Los Altos Hills, CA
Jean Marie Herron Posse Partners LLC - Mahwah, NJ
Kimberly Sweeney Moving Angels - Oakland, CA
Erin VanSlyck Organizing with Erin, LLC - Rye Brook, NY
Eleni Gotsis Eleni Gotsis - Bronte, New South Wales, Australia

AND MORE...

Orientation

All NAPO VC members, new and current, and guests are invited to join the next NAPO VC Member Orientation, an interactive conference call. Learn about our Virtual Chapter website, CEUs, VC POINT, and more. Bring your questions! The next orientation is scheduled for Monday, June 15, at 7:00 PM ET. Go to our Meetings page of NAPO - Virtual Chapter and find the Orientation GoToWebinar link to register for this Virtual Chapter event. 

Have questions? Email any board member!

Lea Gallagher
RieOrganize!

Membership Director, NAPO Virtual Chapter
[email protected]


 

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Kudos & Congrats

 

Congratulations TO OUR VC MEMBERS!


Members Receiving Certificates From NAPO:

Residential Specialist:

Workplace Specialist:

Life Transitions:

Household Management:

Team Productivity:

Golden Circle Recognition:

Mary Cate Claudias - Charm City Organizers, LLC - 10 years
Ellen DelapProfessional-Organizer.com - 20 years
Charlene OrsineOrganized For You, LLC - 5 years
Donna Romita DonRom Organizing, Inc. - 5 years
Wendy Samuel
- Clutter Therapy - 25 years
April Storie - April Creates Solutions - 5 years
Teresa TaylorChaos 2 Comfort, Organizing Atlanta, LLC - 15 years

More Outstanding Members:

Recent Graduates of Sheila Delson's Virtual Organizing Course
April Storie - April Creates Solutions
Cary Prince - Cary Prince Organizing, LLC
Janell Papke - Chaos to Clutter Free
Lauren Mang - Let Me Organize It, LLC
Terri Fischer - Consider It Done

 **** Congrats to all of you! ****

If you have something to celebrate, please email [email protected]. We do our best to catch our membership doing great things, but please let us know if we've missed something!


 

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NAPO VC Resources

Check out Ways to Connect and Learn

Virtual Chapter Book Club
Earn CEUs while reading and learning about a topic pertaining to productivity and organizing professionals. 

Books by Our Members
We have some very talented writers in our midst. See the books some of our members have written.

Past Meetings By Topic
Members can view and listen to conference recordings and meeting presentations. Earn CEUs for the past 12 meetings.

Previous Newsletters
Previous newsletters can be read online in the Members Area. Click Resources, and select Newsletter Archives on the left. 


 

 

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Tech Talk

WHO IS Your Domain Registrant?

You own your own domain, right?

And by "domain" I am talking about your URL—such as www.eliminatechaos.com.

Do you REALLY own that domain?

I ask because a big mistake I see made by many small business owners is allowing their website development/hosting company to register their domain for them. When this happens, some website developers or hosting companies will register YOUR domain under THEIR business name as the owner.

You may not think this is a big deal until you have no access to your domain and thus your entire website! What happens if you get into a disagreement with your website development company or hosting company—how will you gain access if you are not listed as the registrant?

It's very easy to tell if you—the business owner—is listed as the "Registrant."

Go to:  who.is and enter your URL in the “Search for domains or IP addresses” field.

It will show you the following types of information:

  • Registrant Contact Information
  • Administrative Contact Information
  • Technical Contact Information

 

Unless you have paid for private registration, YOUR information needs to appear in the Registration Contact Information section. Period.

If it's not set up that way already, contact your webhosting company and ask them to change this.

If you realize you do not have a password to access this information, ask for the password first, and then update the information on your own.

If you have private registration to "guard" your information, you’ll see something like "WhoisGuard Protected" or “Perfect Privacy, LLC” listed as the registrant contact. 

It's fine to have a different company listed that is an "administrative contact," or "technical contact" because these are the companies that may be doing the work for you on your website.

I have heard horror stories from clients about how their websites were taken over by the company/individual who registered their domain and would not provide access to THEIR website. Some clients have lost their websites entirely. Don't let this happen to you!

It is also a good idea to ensure your website is backed up. If you are not sure this is being done, ask the person who hosts your website to do this. And make sure you have access to these backups.

We all need to protect our businesses and our intellectual property.

So, stop right now and go to who.is and check to ensure your URLs are set up correctly—it will take you less than two minutes to check.

If they aren't set up the way you want them, take measures today to correct this.

Tech Talk by Laura Leist, CPO®, MOS | Eliminate Chaos

Products or services presented in Tech Talk do not constitute an endorsement and are only offered for informational purposes.


 

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Upcoming Meeting Information

FROM FRAZZLED TO FOCUSED: ORGANIZING THE DISORGANIZED FAMILY

By rIVKA CAROLINE

June 8, 2020

7:00 pm TO 8:15 PM (eastern)

Presentation Description:

Learn from the personal experience of a veteran mom of 25 years who knew nothing about being organized and what she learned as she turned her life around. She will share her simple yet powerful systems that are the foundation of a smooth-running home. Through the lens of research for her two Master's Degrees in Psychology and her book From Frazzled to Focused, she shares insight into the overwhelm and keeps things very practical and actionable.


 

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Inspirational Quote

Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths. Success.com

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