JULY 2018

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President's Message

The NAPO Virtual Chapter is always pleased to bring our members the recordings from the annual conference/retreat. As a member of the VC, you can access these recordings by logging in at From the Education & Conference menu, select NAPO University, then click on Annual Conference Sessions. If you attended NAPO2018, there were probably sessions you missed while attending other sessions. With access to the recordings, you can get the benefit of all the sessions whether you attended the NAPO2018 or not.

Many of you are familiar with our Virtual Chapter board members but may not be aware of the efforts of the behind-the-scene volunteers who make all of our virtual wheels turn. The unsung heroes of the NAPO VC are our many volunteers listed below. Without their time, energy, and effort we would not have the strong chapter we have and be able to do all that we do for our members. Wouldn't you like to join that list? My first NAPO friends were fellow Virtual Chapter board members and volunteers. That is how I connected. 

For the 2018-2019 term, here are our NAPO Virtual Chapter volunteers:

  • Professional Development Committee Volunteers
    • Peggy Barnes, CEU Coordinator
    • Denni Dattilio, Book Club Coordinator
    • Christie Johnson, Email Communications
    • Angela Turner, Education Archivist
  • Technology Committee Volunteers:
    • Lisa Gessert, Newsletter Editor
    • Susan Kousek, Newsletter Committee 
    • Kimberly Purcell, Point Lead Moderator
    • Nancy Rivera, Private Facebook Group Moderator
    • Jax Sargent, Monthly Meeting Facilitator backup
    • Brenda Tringali, Monthly Meeting Facilitator backup
    • Laura Kavinski, Website review and Special Projects
  • Membership Committee
    • Lea Gallagher, Summer of Connections and New Member Caller
    • Beth Ruck, RejuVCnation Committee
    • Martha-Carol Stewart, RejuVCnation Committee
    • Chris Wurth, RejuVCnation Committee
    • Alan Grossman, RejuVCnation Committee
    • Charlene Orsine, RejuVCnation Committee
    • Barbara Trapp, RejuVCnation Committee


We’ll be in touch soon with those who recently offered to volunteer. If you haven’t volunteered yet and are interested, let us know your skills and interests and we’ll be happy to get you involved.

June Carter, GYST* Solutions
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter



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Welcome New Members & More

New Members

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

Shannon Tamme - Life Synchronized - St Louis, MO
Gail Furgal - OuttaSight Organizing - New York, NY
Beth Thornton - Okoboji Organizers - Spirit Lake, IA
Christy Frazer - Create Your Spaces - Morgan Hill, CA


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, July 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 exciting news about you and your business that 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.  Make your plans now to meet up 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 and I like to talk!

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. . .

Nacho Eguiarte for receiving a certificate from the Institute For Challenging Disorganization - Level I: Needs of the Aging CD Client 

Amy Tokos and her video/audio interview in the recent Smead Newsletter - How to Organize Your Family

Laura Kavinsky for receiving the NAPO Specialist Certificate in Workplace Productivity

Jordana Turcotte for receiving the NAPO Specialist Certificate in  Residential Organizing

If you have something to celebrate, please email 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 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
Here’s to a great summer of connections!

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Tech Tip

Searching for Documents on a Windows PC

Frustrated by failure when using Windows built-in search function? Check out Agent Ransack from—it’s the “lite” version of their FileLocator.Pro software and was first released in 2000.

Agent Ransack is free for both personal and commercial use, easy to use, and does the job well. I’ve been using it for years and love it.

Submitted by Susan Kousek, Balanced Spaces, LLC

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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Have You Heard?

There's a new way to search for past VC programs!  Thanks to Angela Turner, our volunteer Education Archivist, you can now search for monthly meetings by topic using keywords.  You’ll find this new list of Past Meetings by Topic.  Login to, click on “Resources” and then on “Education Archive”!

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


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Upcoming Meeting Information


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

Special considerations, Seniors, Life Changes



July 16, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Eastern)
All NAPO VC members, new and current, are invited to join the NAPO VC Member Orientation, an interactive conference call. Log in at and click on the "meetings" tab to register for this Virtual Chapter event.  

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