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On Monday evening, April 20, 2015, the Clear Lake/NASA Area Chapter of IAAP celebrated Administrative Professionals Week and the final meeting of the chapter. As President for these past nine months, I had mixed feelings about the event, but it was an evening of laughter and tears, and full of surprises!  After giving out awards to my Committee members and Board, Rachael Venable, CAP-OM, President-Elect, presented me with some wonderful keepsakes, including a crystal paperweight inscribed with the logos of IAAP and Boeing.  CLNAC was the home chapter of former member and 2013-2014 Southwest District Director Michelle Spradley, CAP-OM, who passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2013. Rachael explained that this crystal had belonged to Michelle, and Michelle’s daughter, Treena, gave all of her IAAP memorabilia to CLNAC after her mother’s death. I realized that this been given to Michelle by our current 2014-2015 IAAP Board President Antoinette (Toni) Smith, Boeing, St. Louis. Immediately, all the emotions of that realization and how much I missed Michelle flooded through me and Rachael as well. However, I didn’t know when Michelle had received it. So I reached out to both Karlena Rannals, CAP-OM, International President - 2012-2013, and Toni to find out the “story of the crystal.”  Karlena told me that Toni gave all her board colleagues an IAAP Boeing crystal at one of the fall or spring meetings a few short years ago. Toni wrote me and said she knew that Michelle would be proud that I now have the “IAAP Boeing” crystal paperweight. It has come full circle from Toni at Boeing, St. Louis, to Michelle, and now to me at Boeing, Houston! Such is the job of a chapter President:   sometimes it’s bittersweet, but at the same time it’s a blessing!

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The Georgia Division IAAP had their closing celebration on last weekend, and I am so glad to be a part of the celebration.  Our theme was:  Race to the Winner's Circle 1954 - 2015.  I am proud to have shared 14 years with a wonderful group of people. 

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I can hardly believe that the New Jersey Division as we know it will be closing by the end of June!  We are planning a terrific blow out celebration and have a great agenda planned.  Saturday, May 16, will be our final "meeting" will a full day of learning!   Marie Herman will present five educational sessions (Negotiating Your Career; Becoming the Renaissance Employee; Social Media for Career Advancement; Manipulating Data in Excel; Microsoft Office Cool Tips)!   I am so excited about having Marie in!  I've attended several of her educational sessions at EFAM and am very grateful that she is available for us in New Jersey as there are many members who have never experienced her training, knowledge and energy!  Our closing banquet Saturday night will also feature a favorite NJD presenter and comedian Marci Goldschlack will entertain us with one of her standup comedy acts!  We are expecting a record attendance and have invited past NJD presidents and NED directors.  ​Onward
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It's a busy time of year with the Chapters and Divisions' coming to a close and the final celebrations are going on. I'm reaching out to you regarding The Foundation of IAAP's Silent Auction which will be held in conjunction with IAAP Summitt 2045 in Louiville, KY. It's a key fundraising event that enables The Foundation to provide ongoing support to administrative professionals just like you.

Our goal for this year's silent and on line auction is $17,000. We need your participation and what better way is to send out an email to your members asking them to donate and bring it to the final celebration and have someone bring it to Summitt or ship it to HQ. The donation form can be found at http://www.iaap-foundation.org/silent-auction-donation a $50 minimum value would be appreciated.

Need some ideas? Add some "local flavor" donating items from your states or areas. Invited to those home parties and have no idea what you need? Go in with a group and buy an item and send right to HQ.
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Registration is open for my online study groups to prepare students to sit for the September 2015 CAP and OM exams. These study groups will last for 16 weeks, beginning in May.

It can be frustrating and overwhelming to work your way through all the material alone. I am here to help guide you through the process and hold your hand!!!

My study groups include review of the material, helpful additional online resources, recordings of all sessions so you can participate even if the live sessions aren't convenient, general test taking tips, practice questions and more.

Contact me privately to learn more.

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Happy Administrative Professionals Week!

In celebration of APW, The Foundation of IAAP dedicates the Amazing Ride’s APW Challenge to your fellow admins who have inspired you to do what you love. Please help us celebrate by letting us know who they are! Go to the Amazing Ride website for the details on the challenge.

That’s not all. As an added challenge, the three participants raising the most money during APW will win some great prizes! We sincerely appreciate your support of this event. The APW Challenge ends Saturday and the Amazing Ride ends April 30.

Vista Grande Update

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The deadline to apply to be a candidate for the 2015-2016 Foundation of IAAP Board of Directors is quickly approaching! Individuals with positive leadership skills, fundraising or philanthropy experience, and a passion to invest in the success of IAAP and the administrative profession are encouraged to apply.

Online applications may be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CT on April 30. Additional details regarding candidate qualifications and board position descriptions can be found within The Foundation of IAAP Board Nominations Guide.
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I just wanted to share an article I read recently in regards to email signatures that I found very interesting.  It's from Forbes:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/10/08/89-ways-to-sign-off-on-an-email/

I came across it as I searched for the appropriate sign off for a business email.  Email sign offs I struggle with as to what is appropriate and when.  I hate to use ones that are the same that the rest of the office is using - I kind of feel the need to find my own.  I currently use "Have a great day!" for most of my sign offs.
Does anyone have any thoughts on if this is appropriate in business?  What do you use?

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Join us for our APW Vendor Expo on Saturday April 25, 2015 from 9:30-12:30 at Noah's Banquets in Naperville, IL. We have a phenemonal speaker lined up to give a program on Productivity! We have a vendor expo, door prizes, and fun galore planned! You won't want to miss this fabulous event in honor of Administrative Professionals Week! Register NOW to go and be sure to tell all your friends about it! It's FREE For attendees!!! You have a chance at winning an overnight getaway with dinner as well as several other fantastic prizes!!! Don't miss this event!

https://secure.jotformpro.com/aewebinars/APWExpo2015
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**APPROVED FOR ONE RECERT POINT**

Webinar for April 29, 2015 at 7:00PM [CT], 6:00PM [MT] and 5:00PM [PT] 

"Seven Skills To Keep Your Career Moving Forward," with Kemetia Foley. Kemetia will discuss the seven skills admins need today, including travel planning, budgeting, database management, social media, among others. Recertification points are pending for this event.

Kemetia has more than twenty years of administrative experience, including her current position as finance and customer service coordinator for the American Staffing Association. Kemetia presented three educational sessions at the 2013 IAAP Educational Forum and Annual Meeting (EFAM) Kemetia currently serves as an instructor for Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development, focusing on administrative assistant courses. She is an IAAP volunteer leader, frequent presenter of side-splitting administrative stories, social media lover, addict and an overzealous sports fan with divided team loyalties between her hometown of Boston and her adopted hometown of Washington, D.C.  You can find her at

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by Rhonda Scharf

I’ve had a recent attraction to all the Law & Order types of shows that seem to be on television every night. I like to pretend I am the investigator; I pay close attention to the suspects. I have found that sometimes they are very credible in what they say and how they say it. Those people are usually the good guys. Now yes, I realize these are TV shows and the people aren’t real. However, they still give us insight into what people say and the way that they say it – and whether or not we believe what they are saying.

Credibility makes such a difference. It can make a lot of good things happen in your life, such as job promotions. Lack of credibility, on the other hand, can hurt your reputation and cost you those same promotions. 

You’re in control

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One of the biggest things I miss right now is being able to contact chapters across the country for assistance. I have a friend who has recently relocated from Boston to LA in California to be closer to family. I think we can all understand that. However, she has been looking for a job since she moved 6 months ago. It has been so hard.

Back in the day, I would have automatically contacted the nearest chapter to ask for assistance...maybe reach out to her. Now, I don't know where to go.

If anyone in that area of California can assist me...I would greatly appreciate it!

I am definitely going to miss being able to reach out as easily as before.
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I know it’s early but let me wish all of you a wonderful Administrative Professionals Day on April 22. Being a member of IAAP already sets you apart as dedicated, ambitious professionals. Administrative Professionals Day was created to celebrate amazing, essential, office and administrative professionals across the globe. All of you do so much every day. If you don’t hear it anywhere else this year (and I hope you do) thanks for all you do for your workplace, your profession and for IAAP. There is no better way to celebrate APW than with education (and a pat on the back is nice as well). IAAP is giving you a gift of a webinar worth one recertification point. In addition, the staff at Headquarters will host a reception

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On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the IAAP - Woodlands Area Chapter will host their 14th Annual Administrative Professionals Week - Recognition Breakfast & Vendor Expo.

We are thrilled to have our keynote guest speaker – Dr. Mac McQuire presenting "How to be a Superhero at Work (and at Home).” for this year's event.  The seminar discusses the five character traits needed to become a very successful person at work and at home.

Remember to come early to network and shop at our popular vendor expo that goes on before and after the breakfast/program. Cost is $30.00 per person - Vendors $75.00. 

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As our chapter, Queen City North in West Chester, Ohio prepares for the final meeting on April 14 I would like to reflect back on how I became involved with IAAP.  While I have been in the administrative field for over 30 years, I have not been a member of IAAP for anywhere near that long. 

I first became aware of IAAP back in the late 80s early 90s while I was working in Evansville, Indiana.  An IAAP chapter met in the hotel where I worked and I became familiar with the group and considered joining at that time.  However, I lived 35 miles away and it was not convenient for me to attend.

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I am sharing some good news with you!

Nashville Chapter and Tennessee Division member, Donna Grace CAP, has been notified that she is one of the recipients of a scholarship to IAAP Summit 2015:  Louisville!  Donna has been an active and dedicated member and is very deserving of this scholarship.  Join me in congratulating her.

I also send congratulations to all other members who are scholarship recipients!

Enjoy Summit!
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Registration is open for my online study groups to prepare students to sit for the September 2015 CAP and OM exams. These study groups will last for 16 weeks, beginning in May.

It can be frustrating and overwhelming to work your way through all the material alone. I am here to help guide you through the process and hold your hand!!!

My study groups include review of the material, helpful additional online resources, recordings of all sessions so you can participate even if the live sessions aren't convenient, general test taking tips, practice questions and more.

Contact me privately to learn more.

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Hello Everyone! I have never done a blog before, but I wanted to share a little something about myself. Although, I've been with IAAP for only a year, I still consider myself a "newbie". I came during the changes to the organization, so I really don't have anything to compare the changes to. I like being a part of IAAP, and I hope that the changes are for the greater good. I look forward to many more years to come!
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I finally had time to watch the Branches and LANs Informational Webinar.  I found it very informative and responsive to members questions and concerns.  Thank you for listening to us, and making changes as needed on this new revitalization journey in IAAP.
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I am writing this blog to mark the end of an amazing period in my IAAP experience, the start of a new period, and to pay homage to my chapter which had its final meeting today.  I joined IAAP in April 2008 when the Celgene Corporate Chapter was chartered, thanks to our first president, Heidi Romano.  I had never heard of IAAP prior to this despite having been an administrative professional for 20+ years.  I was excited about the networking and learning opportunities that were available, and I was active within my chapter from the start.  I attended almost every meeting, and I was chapter secretary from 2009-2010.  After attending EFAM 2013, my eyes were opened to the scope of the association beyond the chapter level.  I became even more involved and began attending New Jersey Division meetings.  I served as chapter vice president in 2013-2014, which increased my confidence in my leadership capabilities, and helped me see the possibilities I could achieve as I continued on my career path.  In 2014, I studied for and passed the CAP exam, and I attended EFAM for the second time.

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