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Take a Moment Monday June 10 2013 Volume I, Issue 8

Chapter Highlights

Chapter Highlights

New Member Orientation Webinar Pathways to Excellence 2013-14 CA Division Board Installation California Division Awards Chapter Miscellany Regional/National Highlights CDAM/AEF 2014 EFAM EFAM All Division Dinner PDD 2013 2013-14 PDNF Dates What’s The Buzz

Member Orientation Webinar – Monday, June 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m. New member orientation is the last requirement the chapter must fulfill to obtain Chapter of Excellence for 2012-13. A copy of the orientation manual was sent to your inbox on Sunday. Please join the call from the comfort of your home Monday evening for more information. Here are the details again. Conference call number: 213-416-1560 (you may also listen through your computer speakers, participant code: 062 595 723. Select the link below, or type the following address in your internet browser to join call:

The Amazing Walk

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Pathways to Excellence

Guest Blogger Office Team – Common Workplace Wisdom… Q&A Send TaMM suggestions to: Visit our website: Editor: Vicki Hahn, CAP-OM

We did it! At the beginning of the year we had nine members; 9 of our 17 members signed their commitment form for Member of Excellence. The membership decreased then increased, and at the end of June we expect to have a total of 5 of our 19 members complete their Member of Excellence, a total of 26% of our chapter members. To compare how this shakes out open the attached file to see how the other chapters stood as of June 6, 2013.

MoE Comparison

Congratulations to: Marilyn Elmore, Vicki Hahn, CAP-OM, Dawn McCollum, Michelle Sanchez and Ellen Schultz, CAP-OM If you are close you still have two weeks, until June 30, 2013 to help us raise our percentage even higher. Don’t let your hard work go to waste. 2013-14 California Division Board Installation For those in attendance at this year’s AEFCDM we heard nothing but accolades for the speakers and other scheduled events. During the formal installation dinner held Sunday evening, June 9, 2013 your 2013-14 California Division Board was installed as follows: President – Barbara Rambow, CAP-OM President-Elect, Donna Kendrena, CAP-OM Vice President – Stacy Leitner, CAP-OM Secretary – Alice Martin Treasurer – Murphy Jones, CAP-OM* *This is a two-year term. When you have a chance, send them a note of congratulations.



Chapter Highlights, cont. California Division Awards One of the highlights of the Annual Division meeting is the presentation of awards to chapters who have gone above and beyond. Citrus Valley received several tributes for their achievements as follows:     

Community Service Award – Spark of Love toy donations Small Chapter 25 or less for CAP certification – Thank you Kathy Trcopan, CAP-OM Small Chapter 25 or less for CAP-OM certification – Thank you again Kathy! Chapter of Excellence 2011-12 (Division award) Small Chapter 25 or less – Meeting Recertification; Citrus Valley Chapter provided recertification points for each of its meetings during 2012-13. We were the only California Division chapter to accomplish this.

We cannot continue to obtain these achievements without our members. Keep up the great work. Chapter Miscellany The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 featuring Tim Owens – Excel Formulas Demystified. More information to follow in the coming weeks. The 2013-14 calendars are almost complete and will be forwarded to you soon after July 1st. Please make note that the chapter will not be holding its Bunco fundraiser in July as been the past practice. Stay tuned for an update on this in the coming issues of TaMM. What do you do with your used ink and printer cartridges? If you dispose of them in the trash, by changing one small habit and bringing them to the chapter meetings in the future you can help to raise funds for our Ways and Means. Maria Fontaine has agreed to be the lead on processing this for our chapter. A box will be available at each meeting for you to dispose of your used cartridges. When the box is full she will send off for a check payable to IAAP-Citrus Valley Chapter. It couldn’t be easier.


Regional and National News California Division Annual Meeting and Annual Education Forum (CDAM/AEF) has now come to a close. Mark your calendar for June 2014 in Sacramento, CA. EFAM 2013 Anaheim, CA – July 27-31, 2013. Registration is open. Visit: for more information and to register. Attached is a copy of the programs offered.

EFAM Daily Schedule

All Division Dinner scheduled for Monday, July 29th at Knotts Berry Farm Chicken Restaurant — Event is limited to first 390 registrants and is open to all in attendance at EFAM. Space is filling quickly; register now to reserve your space. You do not need to attend EFAM to attend the dinner; At tonight’s installation dinner it was announced there are only 20 seats remaining. If you are interested, do not delay. See flyer below, or register at this link:

EFAM Division Dinner Flyer

PDD – 2013: Bookmark the PDD website at to follow upcoming information. Save the date – October 5, 2013 at Collette’s in Fullerton. The next planning meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 126 East Yorba Linda Blvd., Placentia. Our chapter is responsible for welcome bag donations and door prizes. Please let me know of any resources you may have. Door prizes and donations can be sent to me at my home address, 1128 Wisconsin Street, Pomona, CA 91768. PDNF Dates: Mark your calendar to participate in the upcoming PDNF dates: 8/3/2013, 10/12/2013, 2/1/2014, 4/5/2014, and 5/17/2014. All sessions will be held at Parsons in Pasadena.



What’s the Buzz The Amazing Walk The Amazing Walk is the inaugural fundraiser for The Foundation of IAAP that began earlier this year and will conclude at EFAM in Anaheim. To date the walkers have clocked a total 35,601 miles, which equates to dollars for the Foundation as each mile represents $1.00 to the Foundation. It is easy to get started, a small donation of $10 gets the race started and a donation of $100 or greater will earn you a gift. Here is the link for more information on the race and to register to begin the race. We will keep an ongoing status report in each week’s TaMM. Click to open, or copy the following in your browser: Virtual Town Hall Meeting – IMPORTANT!! As a member of IAAP, we invite you to participate in a Virtual Town Hall Meeting webinar at 6:00pm CT on Thursday, June 27 (4:00 p.m. California time). This webinar is intended for members who cannot attend in person the Town Hall Meeting or business sessions scheduled during EFAM 2013. Participants in the webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions of the IAAP leadership regarding:   

The business of IAAP and The Foundation of IAAP The state of the association The proposed bylaws amendments, including the proposed dues increase

The Virtual Town Hall Meeting is limited to the first 1,000 participants, which is why it’s important that only members who cannot attend EFAM but want to hear about the business of IAAP participate in the webinar. If a chapter wants to gather together and watch the webinar as a group, we encourage you to do so. Please register for this webinar today at:


Common Workplace ‘Wisdom’ That May Not Be Wise At All Unexamined assumptions can be dangerous, especially in the workplace. Some of the common advice that stubbornly persists in office environments is best taken with a grain of salt if you want to truly succeed. Following are five examples: 

Working more hours bolsters success. Well, not necessarily, especially if you’re working longer hours because you’re not using your time efficiently. A lack of organization or failing to prioritize tasks could be the real reason you’re burning the midnight oil. If you find yourself working late or on weekends more often than not, you may need to consider replacing some of your time-wasting work habits with more productive ones.

Always volunteer for additional assignments. Not if you already have a full plate and/or can’t reasonably handle additional work. Overextending yourself can lead to burnout, and not being able to deliver because you’re in over your head can hurt your credibility. The best time to take on an extra project is when, a) you can fit it into your existing workload; and, b) you have the required skills and knowledge to successfully complete it.

Turning down a promotion is always unwise. Not if the only aspects of the new position you find appealing are an impressive title and more money. Before immediately accepting, consider whether your new responsibilities truly interest you, help you achieve career goals or improve your work/life balance.

Don’t bother with the ‘little people. Focusing your efforts only on pleasing those who control your future is not a good game plan. Colleagues on all levels also play an integral role in your advancement. Without help from your peers, you’d have difficulty with things like meeting tight deadlines or gaining access to key contacts. Also remember that your coworkers’ opinions of your abilities and qualities are very likely to get back to management — both their positive and negative opinions. Impressing the higher-ups may be the ultimate goal, but success begins by fostering relationships with those around you.

Don’t indulge in water cooler chit-chat. This would be a good rule to follow if you have no interest in connecting with your colleagues on a more personal level. As long as you don’t participate in malicious gossip, there’s nothing wrong with sparing a few minutes each day for some non-work related talk with co-workers. Doing so strengthens professional relationships and makes you seem accessible instead of stuffy and stand-offish.

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Take a moment monday, volume i, issue 8 june 10, 2013