JUNE 2018

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President's Message

Thank you for electing me to the position of president of the NAPO Virtual Chapter. It is an honor and a privilege to give back to the Virtual Chapter what was so freely given to me. Friendship, community, and education are just some of the results of being a Virtual Chapter member and volunteer. 

Sallie Alefsen did an amazing job as NAPO VC's president for the last two years. Thank you, Sallie, for creating a situation that is fun to step into.

The new VC board is made up of old and new friends for us all. Every one of these board members gives time, energy, and effort into making our chapter great.  

  • Amy Payne returns as our secretary.
  • Brogan Farren took over as treasurer a few months ago and will continue on in that position.
  • Jane Cole has been and will continue to be our director of membership.
  • Elva Fonseca is new in the position of director of professional development. 
  • Alyssa Trosclair has moved into the position of director of communications and technology.
  • Sallie Alefsen is not leaving us as she is the immeditae past president. 

Thank you, every one of you!  

The Virtual Chapter is managed 100% by volunteers. We were all new in the chapter at one time and we all jumped in (or were requested/voluntold/recruited/dragged/implored) to be part of this community.

Next month we will present the list of the behind-the-scenes committee members and other volunteers. Each board member has a committee or two that needs you. Whatever your interest, skill, or talent, we will find a place to use it. Contact any board member. Volunteering is a wonderful way to connect. 

Remember that survey you filled out? We had an amazing repsonse–THANK YOU! We heard you. Look for the Virtual Chapter to hit the mark on the topics you have asked for: client relationships, social media, marketing, ways to connect with other members, and CEU presentations.

I will leave you with the revised Mission and Vision statements from the 2018 NAPO Virtual Chapter annual planning session:

  • Mission: The Virtual Chapter supports its members by providing personal and professional growth opportunities virtually anywhere at any time. 
  • Vision: We will provide educational resources, increase member engagement and connections while maintaining the highest level of professionalism. 


June Carter, GYST* Solutions
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter
[email protected]



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Welcome New Members & More

New Members

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

Alexis Boccanfuso - Clutterphobe - Wilton, CT
Priti Patel - Simple Organizing - Harsdale, NY
Lisa Gessert - - Staten Island, NY
Aimee Olson - Life Done Simply - Saint Paul, MN
Shannon Reilly - Simplify with Shannon - Briarcliff Manor, NY
Chalee Confer - - Denver, CO
Devora Chiyenna Farrell - This Organized LLC - Passaic, NJ
Vanessa Seifert - Squared Away Living LLC - Lakewood Ranch, FL


All NAPO VC members, new and current, are invited to join the NAPO VC Member Orientation, an interactive conference call.  Learn about our Virtual Chapter website, CEUs, VC POINT, and more.

The next orientation is scheduled for MONDAY, JUNE 18, 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 [email protected] 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.  Make your plans now to meetup with a fellow Virtual Chapter Member!

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
[email protected]



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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. . .

Should your name be here?

If you have something to celebrate, please email [email protected]. Let us know! 
Promotional announcements will not be posted.

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It’s the Summer of Connections

Are you traveling this summer, but still have business on your mind?
The NAPO Virtual Chapter is excited to promote connections and learning between its members with a contest just for you.

As you plan your summer escape, why not also plan to connect with a NAPO Virtual Chapter member in your vacation location. Here’s how it works:

1. After you plan your travels, go to the Virtual Chapter web site and find a member who lives in your destination location.

2. Contact your fellow chapter member and schedule a date to meet while you are in town.

3. Have coffee, lunch, or something to get to know each other.

4. Maybe…Win a prize!

The contest will run between Memorial Day and Labor Day (May 28–Sept 3) only for members of NAPO’s Virtual Chapter. To win, you must snap a photo (or make a video) of your meeting and let us know what you learned from each other by posting your experience on the Virtual Chapter’s Facebook group, Facebook page, or POINT community. Here are some talking points that we think everyone would like to hear.

1. How you started your organizing and productivity business.

2. What makes your business unique.

3. The business challenges in your location.

4. What your plan is for the future.

The couple who connects from the farthest away will win a 2019 Virtual Chapter Membership!

The contest ends at midnight on Labor Day (September 3, 2018) and winners will be announced the next day. Distance traveled is determined with the address used for your NAPO account.

For questions about the contest, contact Lea Gallagher at [email protected]
Here’s to a great summer of connections!

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Tech Tip

What is your favorite smartphone scanning app and why? Email me at [email protected] and I'll share the info in next month's 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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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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Upcoming Meeting Information


June 18, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Eastern)

Click the link below to register and receive call information.



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

Balance, Coaching, Time management


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

Special considerations, Seniors, Life Changes

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Book Nook

Book Recommendation by Member — Lisa Gessert with

Lisa Gessert is the new newsletter editor and would love to know what organizing book you recommend to your clients, friends, and fellow organizers. Email her at [email protected] and share your favorite organizing book this summer.

Her recommendation is Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life by Peter Walsh.

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