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April 2013

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon meetings are held at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., at noon each Monday, federal holidays excluded. Everyone is welcome! April 1 - Casey Reeter Casey will present the Young Professional Mentor Program test results and recommendations for full rollout. Sponsor Expeditions NW

April 8 - Walter Braswell Braswell, a US Postal Services Business Solutions Specialist, will present, “If you are not improving the situation, what are you doing?” Sponsor Seaport Landing.

April 15 - Kris Mayer

Mayer, or KLMayer Consulting Group, will discuss Public Charter Schools in Washington State: Authorizers, Accountability and Innovation - Recently, voters approved authorizing up to 40 public charter schools over the next five years.  Rules and timelines are being adopted – what can we expect as we move ahead? Sponsor Jim Rough, Dynamic Facilitation

April 22 - Charley Kanieski The owner of the Business Guides will give an overview of the four ways to grow your business, offering an in-depth explanation of one.

April 29 - Judith KateFreidman Judith will discuss Songwriting Works and how music participation impacts your health and their role in the growing field of creative aging and wellness through the arts.

Uptown Nutrition: New focus, new energy By Suzy Carroll Conventional wisdom would offer this answer when a customer asks the question, how is business? “Fabulous, doing great, couldn’t be better”. The customer leaves as the business owner takes a deep breath, touches her nose to make sure it has not grown to the lengths of Pinocchio’s and continues to move about her day smiling, gratefully helping customers, but all the while wondering, how the hell is she going to pull out of this? For Uptown Nutrition, 2012 found sales declining and the year proved to be an emotional and revealing ride. As the year progressed I found myself growing weary of telling little white lies and frustrated by the feeling I was somewhat alone up here on the hill. I began asking other retailers how business was and their own conventional wisdom kicked in and they too answered as I had. I’m a believer in speaking my truth, when I shared mine I found that others began to share as well. I soon discovered I was not alone. Deep down I knew I had the answer to turning my business around and the answer came in the form of making tough decisions! With a deep breath and remembering why I purchased the store - to do whatever I could to help people live, and not lose a cherished life to chronic disease or cancer, like my dad had, I began making those tough decisions.

The staff at Uptown Nutrition is re-focused and moving ahead after owner Suzy Carroll took stock of her business and decided there was a need to reorganize. With the help of friends and fellow business people Uptown Nuturition is on track to being your wellness store. Decision number one: Take Decision number five: Find a a creative arrangement with four days to immerse myself private investor who had more Stephanie Dickey LMP, who in deep thought at a business faith in me, than I did. Decision leases massage studio space retreat for women and gather number six: Listen, trust and from me, but has three times the my strength. Decision numfollow my intuition! Decision experience in this industry than ber two: Lay off my fulltime number seven: Focus like I had I do, we began a complete store employee who purchased the never focused before. overhaul from product catmajority of our inventory and The above decisions led egory assessment, to a branding do it myself. Decision number to four months of the hardest project cheered on by Casey three: Surround myself with work I have ever experienced Reeter, to a new business plan people who possess the same in my professional life. With in place before accepting what I positive (albeit wavering at the help of my staff, the suplovingly refer to as “my growth times) approach I thrive on. port of my husband, and my loan” and even a new logo is Decision number four: Invite “spotters group” (a group of in the works. My growth loan marketing expert Casey Reeter business women/friends who provided dollars to keep our for coffee and pick her brain. meet monthly) and through Continued on Page 2


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Chamber moving ahead, adding partners, renewing branding By Dominic Svornich The first quarter of the year is at an end, and Spring is moving in, taunting us with a few warm, sunny days each week. Your Chamber Svornich of Commerce has been hard at work, bringing in new members throughout the county and carrying through some important projects that began in 2012. We’ve just seen the first mentorship experiment come to a close through a close partnership with our

area’s business professionals, the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network and EDC Team Jefferson. The inspiring stories and satisfaction experienced by both mentors and mentees has been palpable. We’re also about to roll out our new branding initiative, born from a comprehensive survey of members and non-members, in all areas in which we serve. In the coming months you’ll see a new presence, renewed identity and fresh look and feel in how our organization is represented to the public and its membership. Our advocacy committee has continued to work in partnership with local

and state government, and we’ve been either present or represented at the table in Olympia twice so far in 2013. New collaboration is in the works with EDC Team Jefferson as well to work on expanding sewer to Glen Cove businesses, and we’re investigating what changes would be necessary at the local and state level to allow for Jefferson County construction companies to be given slight preference over out of area businesses to complete work on our infrastructure for the county and the city of Port Townsend. We also want to hear from you, our membership, about what we can be

doing better to represent your interests and serve your needs. If there are issues you feel strongly about that would help make a difference for the sustainability and prosperity of your business, we want to help! We want to be the best ally to our business community that we can, which often means leveraging our collective strengths to bring about change and improvement to our community’s livability. Dominic Svornich is the Operations Manager at Kitsap Bank and this year’s Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce President.

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Continued from Page 1 shelves stocked, bring in new product lines, purchase new window signage, invest in marketing and carry us through while the store began to thrive again. As I pulled my nose above the mounds of work, I ventured beyond the walls of my store and spoke with other uptown merchants, soon discovering that I was not the only business challenged by the economy and the 2012 Aldrich’s building retrofit project. Always one for inspiring conversation, I invited my business neighbors to a morning meeting at my store, recognizing the importance of not only bringing back customers to our anchor business, Aldrich’s, but to all of the Uptown Historic District businesses. This first meeting has turned into

regular meetings as we join forces reviving Uptown and creating plans for an Uptown District party/open house planned for May 14th which just so happens to be my dad’s birthday. Yes I was tired, burnt out, fear of failure was lurking close by, self doubt showed its ugly face, but then a customer would say “I am so glad you are here” and I would remember how lucky I am to own this small but mighty store and how much all of us at Uptown Nutrition enjoy guiding people to healthy and healthier living every day. Five months later, there is still more work to be done but we are beginning to turn the corner. The revealing lesson learned was to not rely on what other “experts” told me, but to trust my intuition, reach out for support and surround myself

with people who believe! We are all in this together and together we are reviving Your Wellness Store ~ Uptown Nutrition, Uptown Port Townsend and our entire community! Viva la Uptown! Viva la Jefferson County! With special thanks to: Husband Tom Carroll and son Ryan

McCullough; Spotters Group Barbara Stanny (also my beloved investor), Kristen Manwaring, Teresa Verraes and Mary Devenea; Staff Stephanie Dickey, Hanna Lose-Frahn, Melodee Hanson; and Casey Reeter, Keven Elliff and of course our fabulous customers!

follow the Chamber on Twitter, facebook If you are a member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and use Twitter or Facebook -please follow us @JeffCoChamber on Twitter and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on Facebook. We use Twitter and Facebook to showcase our members and bring you the latest business news that is important to our members – so if you’ve got some news tweet about it and we’ll help spread the word.


Future Business Leaders help shape mentor program By: Amanda Funaro If you had told me 18 years ago that I would be mentoring future business leaders from Port Townsend High School as an adult, I would have said you were nuts. Well, that is exactly what I have had the distinct pleasure of doing these past four months. In the winter of 2011/12, I sat in a room with a group of dynamic and inspired young adults, who would later be called the Jefferson County Chamber Young Professionals Network (YPN), and developed a plan for our future. This plan included an idea to “pay forward” the time and energy that our predecessors have put into our professional development. We knew that if we wanted “Jefferson County to be known as the land of local opportunity for young professionals” that we needed to think beyond the next 10 years. We needed a plan to develop the leadership potential in the youth of today. We set the objective to “Inspire local teens and young adults to become future professionals in Jefferson

County.” In the fall of 2012, Annalisa Barelli and I were invited by Tanya Rublaitus, the Port Townsend High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor, to speak to a group of high school seniors about their future. We spoke with the teens in a round table discussion asking them to express what they saw as prospective employment or business options in the county. It was surprising how many of them were unaware of the businesses and organizations that exist here. I was later approached by Madison Pruitt a PTHS senior, about working as her mentor on a FBLA project that outlined “youth partnering with business.” Madison later partnered with two other FBLA members, Kaila Olin and Megan Walsh on the project. The students were inspired by the idea of creating opportunities for their peers to participate in mentorships and internships here in the county. These young women spent the next few months

Briefly The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the following events in the month ahead: • April 2, 8 to 9 a.m. - Coffee Talk at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Rd., Port Ludlow. • April 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m. - After Hours Mixer at Swan School, 2345 Kuhn St., Port Townsend. • April 10, 8 to 9 a.m. - Executive Board meeting at VIC, 440 12th St., Port Townsend. • April 17 - 8 to 9 a.m. - Board of Directors meeting at Peninsula Secretarial Services, 20 Colwell St. Port Hadlock. • April 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Ambassador meeting at Pedro’s Fiesta Jalisco, 10893 Rhody Drive, Port Hadlock. • April 27, 6 to 8 p.m. - YPN Test Lab at The CoLab, 237 Taylor St., Port Townsend.

researching the Jefferson County Economic Development Council’s business cluster model. They then developed a set of questions to ask local young business leaders who represent each of the nine cluster areas. The questions ranged from: “Did you see yourself doing this when you were a kid?” to “Where do you see this [profession] in the future?” The students then hosted an event where they invited young professionals from the community to hear their findings and participate in further discussion with the remaining group of FBLA students. The intention was to present the information to their peers and underclassmen and to provide them the opportunity to connect to business leaders in Jefferson County. The outcome was amazing and the potential for these young people to connect with business leaders was priceless on all fronts. Madison, Kaila, and Megan hope to present their findings along with their final 13 page report at the upcoming FBLA

Chamber Executive Director Teresa Verraes meets with Future Business Leaders of America at Port Townsend High School. The group is helping develop a mentor program through the chamber. state finals. I hope that shine. the end. I am so glad to the work being done in When asked what they be a part of this project our county to develop have taken away from this because it has prepared cohesive economic deproject, I think Madison me for the years ahead.” velopment, now and in best reflects the original I cannot express the deep the future, can be showintent of the YPN objecsense of gratitude I have cased by these brilliant tive: “This partnership not for the chance to work young people. They will only taught me about our with these students. They be working the next few community, but gave me are the future leaders weeks to raise the funds confidence. I have learned of Jefferson County. I needed to send them to that a leader cannot fear believe that the time we the state competition in risk. You cannot be afraid invest in them today is May. This has been an to fail because everyone our guarantee of a healthy amazing opportunity for does it and everything community into our me to watch our teens usually works out in future.

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New members been amended to incorporate the Wisdom Council. For many years Jim was an individual member of the Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce but drifted away. Now he is drawn back by the new innovative energy Teresa Verraes has brought to the organization. Chamber members might consider attending our 3-day seminar “Dynamic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council,” which presents a leadership competency and personal development process. The seminars are held in Port Townsend about once every two years. May 6-8, 2013 is the next one. Also, please visit our web site at WiseDemocracy.org.

grow and change, providing a grand atmosphere of camaraderie, a place to network one’s business as well as a great place to educate oneself on what is happening in town. She has always been an individual member, but decided this year to change to a small business membership. If you would like more information on Andrews Payroll and Bookkeeping Service, you can call or email Frances at: (360) 379-9865, andrewsbusiness@olypen. com.

exploring the membership advantages in joining the Port Townsend Yacht Club, log on to ptyc.net and visit the Clubhouse link or the Membership link. We are located at ers, Inc. is for residential 2503 Washington St., Port home and boat ownTownsend. ers who spend short or extended time away from their property. And for the vacation home owner who is requiring a vacaTSYS Credit Card tion home manager. Processing/Merchant We offer daily, weekly, Services or monthly visits to moniTsys Merchant Solutor your property. In a tions has been forming standard home visit, we long-lasting, valuable relationships in the payment check for the following: doors and windows check, processing industry since downed trees and storm 1953. With our strength damage, electric breakers, and stability you’ll have furnace, water leaks due to peace of mind knowstorm or snow, roof daming that we’ll be here for age and leaks, heavy grass you today and for years and shrub growth. We also to come. Tsys is a global Andrews Payroll & will check your boat dock acquirer/processor helpPort Townsend Bookkeeping Service and moorage to make sure ing merchants in over 85 Yacht Club Because of feeling the all is well. countries. Our on-the-water clubfriendly atmosphere from You will receive an As your local Merchant house building, located visits to Port Townsend, email of your House within the Port Townsend Advocate, I, Dave StofFrances Andrews moved Minders checklist, after ferahn, will be here with Boat Haven Marina, is a here in 1998. One of the each visit, to keep you up you every step of the way. first things she did to meet beautiful rental venue for to date with the monitorFrom signup to installamembers as well as nonpeople and get to know tion, and expert follow up ing of your property. her new town was join the members. With a capacity customer service thereafWe provide additional of up to 150 people this Port Townsend Chamber services and tailor to the ter, you will have me only is an ideal location for of Commerce. Accordindividual needs of the your meetings, parties, or a phone call away. ing to Frances, “Sitting Dave Stofferahn can be banquets. Rentals include at that table on Mondays reached at 360-461-5196 a public address system, with a group of eight or or at dstofferahn@tsys. kitchen facilities, tables so people is a wonderful, com. Mailing address is and chairs with Internet informal way to chat and 1400 W. Washington St., access available. find new friends.” Membership in the Port Suite 104 #205, Sequim, Her own small business WA 98382 Townsend Yacht Club is career was checkered, open to anyone with an but she had always done Port Townsend House bookkeeping and account- interest in boating within Minders the beautiful Salish Sea. ing. And knowing Port Port Townsend House Owning a boat is not a Townsend had a record Minders is your point of requirement for membernumber of small businesscontact for comprehenes, she decided to continue ship. Members enjoy a sive Home Management genuine friendship with with this work out of her in the East Jefferson others in the area that home. She still has many County Area. We serve share the same boating of her original clients and the east Jefferson County and social interests as well offers payroll as well as area, including Port as access to a wealth of company set up and acTownsend, Port Ludlow, boating experience and count maintenance. Marrowstone Island, Inlocal knowledge. Over the years, Frances dian Island, Port Hadlock For information about says she has watched and Chimacum. Port renting the PTYC facilthis Chamber continue to Townsend House Mindity for your next event or 4 April 2013 Jefferson County Chamber Newsletter

Center for Wise Democracy The Center for Wise Democracy (CWD) is a nonprofit organization that has developed a set of social innovations, which offer breakthrough opportunities for solving today’s most pressing issues. For example, Wisdom Councils have been used on issues like immigration, the environment, interfaith dialogue, and controversial development projects. The three basic innovations are Dynamic Facilitation, the Wisdom Council and choice-creating. All originated from seminars taught by Jim Rough in Port Townsend since 1990. Over 100 local people have attended, plus thousands from all over the world. Local experiments with the Wisdom Council include the PT Food Co-op, Jefferson County Community Development Office, PT/Chimacum High Schools, and PTTV. These have served as models for Wisdom Councils in such cities as Helsinki and Vienna. We promote these social innovations to governments, organizations and citizen groups seeking a higher level of citizen involvement and empowerment. We research their effectiveness and further develop these tools, support people in their practice of them, and continually improve the underlying theory of how they work their magic. The seminars on “Dynamic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council” are mostly taught today in Europe, where the Wisdom Council is being adopted by city and state governments. In Austria, for example, the constitution of the state of Vorarlberg has

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Volunteers take history tour, visit Jefferson healthcare By Karen Anderson Visitor Information Center (VIC) volunteers have been out touring many different businesses within the past month. Learning local history and finding lunch in unlikely places is all part of the job. The more our volunteers know about all business in town, the better they are able to direct visitors, locals, and future residents to the appropriate business for fun, entertainment, food, or day to day business transactions. We all know Port Townsend’s history is rich with the dichotomy of the proper ladies uptown and the ladies of the night downtown; and the buildings built by the ‘Big 9’, who were some the wealthiest first families in Jefferson County. On a brisk, sunny day in February, the Jefferson County Historical Society took VIC volunteers on

an historical walking tour of downtown. But our history doesn’t start in the 1850’s with the brick buildings, Victorian homes, and a Bull Durham ad. It begins all the way back in 1592 when the Spanish discovered the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Before that, the S’Klallam Indians called this peninsula their home. Who better to know this information and fill us with it than the Historical Society? Discover who we, and many other landmarks of the Quimper and Olympic Peninsulas are named for. Watch an award winning video about why Europeans came here, why they stayed here after they lost the promise of becoming the biggest port on the western coast, and why we are here today. Visualize the hustle and bustle of Port Townsend in its booming days and see how the streets of downtown have changed. Visit

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the old jail, firehouse, and council chambers and hear about Jack London’s trip through Port Townsend. The Jefferson County Historical Society covers all of Jefferson County out to the coast. Its downtown historical walking tours are each Saturday at 2 p.m. from June through September, and Uptown walking tours are at the same time on Sundays beginning at the Rothschild House. Jefferson County Historical Society · 540 Water St., PT · 385-1003 · jchsmuseum.org · Open Daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March to September. When Kate Burke, Marketing Director for Jefferson Healthcare, scheduled a FAM Tour at Jefferson Hospital (now part of the Swedish network), I was excited to receive first-hand information about the local Continued on Page 7

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Tour: Volunteers get a look at hospital facilities Continued from Page 6 Port Townsend healthcare facility because it is one of the first questions many people ask who are looking to relocate. “How is the healthcare in the area?” Jefferson Hospital became a district hospital in the 1970s. It is the largest public employer in Jefferson County. It’s a small, 25-bed hospital with what is possibly the best view of Port Townsend and Admiralty Inlet. 25 beds sounded small to me, so when I let my skepticism show, Kate told us about the many specialty clinics surrounding the hospital creating a campus-like feel. Jefferson Healthcare is pushing toward preventative medicine and wellness within the community,

instead of solely focusing on symptom treatment. It offers free seminars with top rated doctors on how to get healthy and stay healthy. April 7 the hospital will be offering a runners’ symposium with lectures about the mature runners’ heart, how to train for a race and how to run without hurting your joints. Rhody Run, here we come! That said, the same services folks may have been receiving are still available and excellent. They are proud that their Radiology unit uses the most up to date technology which means their equipment puts out the lowest dose of radiation on the Olympic Peninsula. They offer Swing Bed and Home Health for post-procedure patients to ensure that you continue to get quality care

Jefferson Healthcare welcomed Port Townsend Visitor Center volunteers. Healthcare is something many people ask about when they are thinking about relocating to Jefferson County. even after you’ve gone home. They are especially proud to be the first hospital in the country (yes, you read that right) to have the Birth Friendly Designation. This is the combination of the Mother Friendly and Baby Friendly Designations. Jefferson Healthcare

is only the fifth hospital in Washington State, and also one of the smallest hospitals to obtain the Baby Friendly Designation. Have your babies there. But wait, you say you don’t need to go to the hospital? Consider this, Jefferson Healthcare

Governor addresses tourism summit The 3rd Annual Washington Tourism Alliance Summit and Day in Olympia was Tuesday, March 12. WTA was pleased to have more than 200 tourism professionals from around the state at the summit to learn about the state of our industry, our most recent statewide visitor impact numbers and the WTA’s legislative agenda for short and long-term tourism funding. Governor Jay Inslee gave an inspiring welcome address about the importance of the tourism industry on jobs and the

economy in Washington State. To see a video of his address, please go to youtube. com/watch?v=xJA3LtujI8&feature=player_ embedded. Jeff Chew, board member from the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau and co-owner of videOly, produced the video. Fifteen people represented District 24 at the summit and were able to speak with Sen. Jim Hargrove, Rep. Kevin Van De Wege and Rep. Steve Tharinger about why tourism matters here on the Olympic Peninsula. A reception was held at the

Governor’s Mansion at the end of the day, giving everyone time to mingle and meet Mrs. Inslee. If you’d like to know more details about the WTA, and its plans for both short-term and

long-term funding to market Washington State, please contact Christina Pivarnik, WTA board member, and marketing director for the City of Port Townsend at christina@ pivarnik.com.

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Let’s count the ways chamber membership helps your business How do you benefit from membership? Let us count the ways Connecting with your community and getting to know fellow businesspeople is the most powerful benefit of belonging to your chamber of commerce. Nurturing these relationships helps build your business even as you involve yourself in issues important to you. Here are a few of the ways you can benefit from chamber membership: You belong to THE

business organization that matters! Know that your membership helps support and promote all the businesses in our community. Weekly Monday luncheon meetings at the Elks at noon are a perfect opportunity to mingle and bolster your business network. Monthly Chamber Mixers, the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., are a great place to socialize with community members, and you have the opportunity to showcase

Chamber contacts Chamber Staff Executive Director Teresa Verraes director@jeffcountychamber.org Event Coordinator Laura Brackenridge admin@jeffcountychamber. org 385-7869 VIC Manager Karen Anderson info@jeffcountychamber. org (360) 385-2722

Past President Fred Obee The Leader Vice President, Records Molly Force N.D. Prosper Natural Health Vice President, Finances Jake Beattie NW Maritime Center Vice President, Outreach Jordan Eades Hope Roofing

President Dominic Svornich Kitsap Bank

Vice President, Membership Cammy Brown Peninsula Legal and Secretarial Services

President Elect Amanda Funaro NW Maritime Center

DIRECTORS Heather Bailey Jefferson Healthcare

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Judy Cavett Fairwinds Winery

Debbie Wardrop Resort at Port Ludlow

Suzy Carroll Uptown Nutrition

Jennefer Wood Maestrale

Craig Downs Chimacum School District

Carol Woodley Hadlock Motel & Hadlock Realty

Justin Jackson Middletown Dreams: A Pin Bar

Advertising Sara Radka The Leader 360-385-2900

Austin Henry Altas Technologies Vi Koenig Port Townsend Laundromat & Self Service Car Wash Nancy McConaghy Coldwell Banker Mari Stuart Community Enrichment Alliance

The content of this publication is prepared by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce for its members. We welcome submissions. If you have news to share, send articles and photos to director@jeffcountychamber.org or mail to 440 12th St. Port Townsend, WA 98368.

your business by hosting a mixer. Read the monthly newsletter to keep abreast of pertinent topics facing our business community. Enjoy contributing your own business news to share with other chamber members by submitting an article. Weekly e-Letter updates are a quick and easy way to keep updated with chamber activities and business news. Use the online networking tools pro-

vided by the chamber, including Facebook and Twitter. Join the chamber’s Ambassador Program. Become a cheerleader and promote the chamber in the community while socializing with likeminded and fun chamber members. Visitor Information Center volunteers can direct business your way! Contact VIC manager Karen Anderson to schedule a Familiarization Tour for the volunteers to come see your business.

Braswell to speak at Chamber lunch Walter Braswell, USPS Senior Business Solutions Specialist, will speak to the chamber April 8. As a Business Solutions Specialist for the US Postal Service, Braswell consults with an average of 350 businesses a year as a Sales and Logistics consultant. He helps companies balance their acquisition media mix, their logistical streams of fulfillment, and their retention outreach programs. Supporting a company’s ability to fine tune their processes, he nurtures development of a healthy business environment. The greatest contribution a Business Solutions Specialist brings to the table is the ability to listen and bring clarity and focus to the goals

Braswell presented by clients. By creating a positive, respectful rapport with all levels of a clients growth team, his ratio of success continually exceeds expectations. Be sure to hear Braswell speak at the chamber luncheon. He is full of great information about how your business can succeed.


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