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									Volume 3, Issue 10                                                                                                    April 2009

P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635                                                           

             First Coast Flash
                             F I R S T     C O A S T             C H A P T E R ,                I A A P

                                                 President’s Place
  • President:
                                     I would like to congratulate each any every reader of this newsletter. In the month of
     Iris Ojeda
                                     April, since 1952, we have celebrated Administrative Professionals throughout the
  • Vice President:                  world. This year, the week of April 19th through April 25th is the week we all look
    Keri Kidder                      forward to. Specifically, Wednesday, April 22nd, is the celebrated day that our bosses
  • Secretary:                       normally do wonderful things for us.
     Shirley Durrant CPS/CAP
  • Treasurer:                       This year, I hope that they are honoring you by either joining you or sponsoring you to
     Brenda Deavers
                                     attend our luncheon at the Deerwood County Club.
                                     Julie Smith and her team have secured a great venue with an awesome speaker for our
  • Audit & Scholarship              day of celebration.
    Kathy Lynch CPS/CAP
  • Awards/Recognition &             Hope to see each of your bright faces there.
    Debbie Latek
  • By-Law & Standing Rules:         April has also seen the University of Florida’s 24th Annual Administrative Professionals
    Shirley Durrant CPS/CAP          Conference and Expo. The First Coast Chapter has sponsored the presentation of a
  • Certification & Programs         Boss of the Year (BOTY) and Assistant of the Year (AOTY) program. This years
    Patti Reed CAP
                                     BOTY, Heidi Hanes, VP and District Manager for Kelly Services, was nominated by
  • Community Service:               Debb Stewart, her administrative assistant. The coveted Assistant of the Year award
    Keri Kidder
                                     was won by our own Patti Reed CAP. You can see more information and pictures on
  • Membership, Ways & Means:        page 7 of this newsletter.
    Julie Smith
  • Newsletter:
    Denise Pusateri CPS/CAP          The Spring Seminar was held on Saturday, April 18th in Cocoa Beach. The winner of
  • Parliamentarian
                                     the 2009 Florida Division Annual Meeting Raffle was announced. JoAnn DeLarm CPS
    Linda Montonera                  was in attendance and was thrilled to have won. Congratulations to JoAnn and look
                                     forward to seeing you in Orlando the end of June. More information available on page
  • Hospitality
    Debbie Lynott                    8 of this newsletter.
  • Public Relations
    Keri Kidder                      At the end of this month, “IAAP is Cruizin’ to Mexico”. I hope to be first on board!
  • Student Chapter:
    Patricia Garrett, FCCJ           2010’s Cruise Destination has been selected. We are headed to Key West and the Baha-
  • Website:
                                     mas departing from Jacksonville. We are looking for names for the cruise. The winner
    Jan MacLean, CAP                 will be selected on board our Cozumel cruise and will win a $50 credit off the cruise
                                     price for the cruise they name. All pertinent information can be located on our website
  If you are interested in serving
  as a committee chair or helping
  on a committee, please contact
  Iris Ojeda.              

                                                                                                Iris Ojeda
                                                                           First Coast Chapter President
P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635                                                                 

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                       Vice-President’s Voice:
                                         Happy Easter and Happy Earth Day!

         Ronald McDonald House-
         Can anyone help??? I need:
         Single serving cookies, chips, crackers, granola bars and attraction (zoo, movie etc) tickets for the families. Please
         bring to our meetings and I will get them from you. I am volunteering in the RMH Wolfson Children’s Hospital ICU
         Family Room on Sunday mornings. I welcome families and friends into the room where they can sit and relax, watch
         TV, have a snack, play games, and just take a few moments away from the bedside of a critically ill child. If you have
         a free 4 hours why don’t you come and volunteer with me?

         Catty Shack Ranch-
         Catty Shack has been invited to march in the St. Augustine Easter parade on Sunday April 12th! This is the 54th year
         for the parade. I am so excited that I get to walk with this group and hand out treats for the kids. The parade starts at
         3:00pm on Easter Sunday and is a great outing for the family! We will wind our way through the streets of this his-
         toric city. Come join us and see the big cats in the parade. See you there!

         Chair Positions Still Open- See any Board Member with Questions
         There are many open committees starting in June. Try your hand at:
         • Community Service
         • Public Relations
         • Historian

         You DO NOT have to have any experience in any of the above to chair a committee. It is easy, fun and assists
         our Chapter. Please call me if you are interested in any of the above. I may even start calling you!!! Thanks to
         all of you for making our Chapter such a success!

         Diversity Pins-
         Don’t forget we have our Chapter Diversity pins still for sale. The guest speaker at our
         May 19th meeting will be speaking on Diversity. What a great way to show her how important
         it is to all of us by wearing our pins. The pins are $5.00 each and they are wonderful.
         Contact me if you are interested!

                                                                                                                   Keri Kidder
                                                                                                                   Chapter Vice-President
P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635                                                     
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                          Secretary Selections:
 Years ago, I was working for my husband; we sold truck tops all over the United States. I did whatever he
 needed me to do. Along with the bookkeeping, I occasionally had to drive a truck. One day in 1973, me and my
 three little girls (ages 2, 4 & 6) were making a delivery of truck tops from Illinois in a two-ton truck, with a 36 foot
 flatbed loaded with toppers to Iowa City, Iowa. Good help was hard to find, and we had a sale, and it needed to
 be delivered, there was no one but me available to make the delivery – so off we went, me and my babies three.
 I could drive anything, having owned a ’57 Ford, driven jeeps and trucks and U-Hauls of all sizes…

 but I did not really know about an extra gas tank – so, as we were approaching a small uphill climb in this flat
 state, we ran out gas in one of the two gas tanks. I flipped the switch, it did not catch. I flipped it back again, not
 knowing which way was going to make it cross over to the full tank. We started rolling backwards, even the girls
 knew that if we slipped back much we would jack-knife and crash, tumble over in that truck with our valuable
 cargo – daddy’s business – we had to deliver it – it meant money in the bank! I flipped the switch several times,
 I either was going the wrong way, or we did not have gas in the second tank…we continued to roll backwards
 and the flatbed was screeching of metal…I flipped again, and prayed.

 It caught. We had gas. We stopped rolling backwards and started on up the hill. We all screamed in unison,
 “there ain’t nothin’ we cain’t do”! We knew we were in this thing together! We often think back to those crazy
 days and know there is not a thing we can not do! We just know it!!

  The IAAP membership has this attitude!!!
  WE as a chapter have many achievements, we have applied and not won, the fact remains,
  we have applied for Avery and Office Team Awards annually. WE started a student chapter,
  and have granted a $500 scholarship. WE won membership recruitment awards, and
  chapter excellence awards! WE have hosted impact meetings, offered certification study
  groups and skills classes, along with some remarkable programs. WE try everything!! WE
  just know “there ain’t nothin’ we cain’t do” - like cruise to Bahamas or Mexico!! {Next month
  we will list all our awards, to date – you’ll be impressed.}

                                                                                     Shirley Durrant CPS/CAP
                                                                                     Chapter Secretary
 P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635                                      

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                                           My Résumé
1. My first job was working in an Orange Juice factory, but I got canned. I couldn't concentrate.

2. Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the

3. After that, I tried to be a Tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it -- mainly because it was a sew-
sew job.

4. Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory, but that was too exhausting.

5. Then, I tried to be a Chef - figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn't have the

6. Next, I attempted to be a Deli Worker, but any way I sliced it I couldn't cut the mustard.

7. My best job was a Musician, but eventually I found I wasn't noteworthy.

8. I studied a long time to become a Doctor, but I didn't have any patience.

9. Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory. I tried but I just didn't fit in.

10. I became a Professional Fisherman, but discovered that I couldn't live on my net income.

11. I managed to get a good job working for a Pool Maintenance Company, but the work was
just too draining.

12. So then I got a job in a Workout Center , but they said I wasn't fit for the job.

13. After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as a Historian - until I
realized there was no future in it.

14. My last job was working in Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old

P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635                                    

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                        Yard sale yields $230 for Scholarship!
         This year’s yard sale held Saturday, March 21, 2009 was a real family affair - Patti
         Reed brought her husband and her daughter, Jamie Lee. Thanks for the tent and
         chairs! Iris Ojeda brought her son, Richard, Julie Smith brought her grandson,
         Andrew, (her son Derk, and his wife, Sherry dropped by also) and Shirley Durrant
         brought her daughter, Dee Dee. Others that brought items for sale and/or worked the
         sale itself, were: Linda Montonera, Patricia Garrett, Linda Johnson, and Donna

         Thanks to all for making this sale a success!!!!
P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635                                                     

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                                We Are on YOU TUBE!!!!!

     Deborah Davis & family make video!! A contest was announced by IAAP International in “IAAP
     Connections”: “This year we'd like to have a little fun with APW and we need your help. Workplaces
     around the world need admins. Their hard work and dedication keep offices functioning. We know
     that and you know that but we want the world to know it, too. Show us! We want you to submit your
     short video showing us what happens to the office when the admin or admin staff is gone. The rules
     are easy…Make your video less than two minutes. Make it memorable. Entrants can submit their
     videos at: …We're offering a fantastic prize package…Prizes will
     be announced…April 22, 2209”.

     We challenged Deb to enter based on her comment during the February Chapter Meeting
     Presentation by On Call, (thanks Ilona for having this speaker. She and Donna Burtnett brainstormed
     ideas, but ultimately Deb and her family: husband, Robert, daughter, Ayana, and son, Daidren com-
     pleted the video, a skit with dolls, at home. Deborah pre-wrote a script; they read their lines a few
     times, then read them aloud without filming; then read them and shot the video! The most time-
     consuming chore was making the miniature office space, Deborah said. April 7, Deb emailed to say
     “I posted my video clip…enjoy!”

     This is so great – her video did not make anyone in the office appear inept, but showed that where
     there is a problem, there is a solution – and an admin is the one that solves problems! She leaves a
     reference manual for co-workers with frequently asked questions, etc. when she is out!!! She enti-
     tled the manual “O.M.G. the Admin is O.U.T.” {Oh, my goodness, the admin is out until tomorrow}
     Deb states: “The video clip is as requested by IAAP Connections, it is less than 2 minutes and more
     than that, it’s memorable!” (she thanked Donna Burtnett for all her support) The chapter is grateful
     to Deb and her family for their entry. We will keep membership posted about the contest results.

                               One Sentence Contest Entered
     “In the eighties, secretaries could not wear slacks; we were coffee-making, dictation-taking, type-writing,
     boss-pleasing worker bees and in the nineties administrative professionals have apparel-freedom, com-
     puter-wisdom, project-completion, and talent-recognition, like never bee – fore!” was sent in by yours
     truly, did anyone else submit an entry? Tell us what you sent!! We will let you know what sentence
P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635                                                         

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                             UNF Administrative Professionals Expo
                                   at the Prime Osbourne
         Our 3rd Annual event was a great success. Office Arrow
         accepted applications and with their assistance, our win-
         ners were selected.

         Boss of the Year, Heidi Hines, Vice President and District
         Manager for Kelly Services, Jacksonville District, was
         nominated by Debb Stewart, Debb explains that Heidi
         oversees six Kelly offices with a total of 50 employees in
         addition to here duties with the Jacksonville Chamber of
         Commerce, the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, The
         Rotary and many other community projects. In addition to
         her heavy workload, Heidi is the mother of 5 children,
         which includes a set of 4-year old twins. Despite her
         numerous commitments, Heidi is always available and
         supportive of her employees and encourages training and
         continuing education. “She inspires all of us to “go the
         extra mile” and challenges us to outperform each and
         every year”, says nominator Debb Stewart.                                 Boss of the Year Winner
         On behalf of the First Coast Chapter, congratulations                           Heidi Hanes
         Heidi!                                                              Vice President and District Manager
                                                                             Kelly Services– Jacksonville District

                                                                      Assistant of the Year was nominated by Shirley Durrant
                                                                      CPS/CAP. We are proud to announce that our own Patti
                                                                      Reed CAP was chosen as the winner of this exclusive award.

                                                                      Patti and her manager, Renee Johnson, attended the event at
                                                                      the Prime Osbourne. Renee was very proud of Patti and in-
                                                                      dicated that she deserved this prestigious award.

                                                                      Patti is a wonderful and dedicated employee of Washington
                                                                      Mutual along with her many duties in our chapter. Patti is
                                                                      the Programs and Education Chair for the chapter and has
                                                                      done a fantastic job in bringing wonderful programs for all of

                                                                      Congratulations Patti, we are all extremely proud of you!

                       Assistant of the Year
                         Patti Reed CAP
                       Executive Assistant
                       Washington Mutual
P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635                                

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                                    And The Winner Is:

          JoAnn De Larm CPS, from the USF Chapter purchased the winning ticket
          during the Spring Seminar on Saturday, April 18th.

          As her smile indicates, she was Thrilled as due to the economy, she was
          unsure whether she would be able to attend the 2009 Florida Division
          Annual Meeting.

          Congratulations to JoAnn and we will see you at Division in June!
P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635     

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                                  To all
P.O. Box 19635, JAX FL 32245-9635
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                          Upcoming Events

                          Tuesday, April 7      Chapter Board Meeting

                                                UNF 24th Annual Administrative
                          Wednesday, April 15   Professionals Expo @ Prime Os-

                          Saturday, April 18    Spring Seminar, Central Brevard

                                                Chapter Membership Meeting
                                                Program: Nutrition & Fitness
                          Tuesday, April 21
                                                Angella Blackledge, Certified Personal

                                                First Coast Chapter 3rd Annual
                          Wednesday, April 22   Administrative Professionals Luncheon
                                                Deerwood Country Club

                          Tuesday, April 30     IAAP Cruising to Cozumel

                          Tuesday, May 5        Chapter Board Meeting

                          Sunday, May 10        Happy Mother’s Day

                                                Chapter Membership meeting
                                                Program: Diversity, Presented by
                          Tuesday, May 19       Laura Zablah, Director of Human
                                                Resources, Citi Group
                                                New Office Elections

                          Tuesday June 2        Chapter Board Meeting

                                                Chapter Membership Meeting
                          Tuesday, June 16      Program TBD
                                                New Officer Installation

                                                            CERTIFICATION NEWS ….
                                                            Future CPS & CAP Exam Dates and Deadlines
                                                            Following are the dates and deadlines for future CPS
                                                            and CAP exam administrations:
                                                            Exam Dates:       Deadline Dates:
                                                            May 1-2, 2009      Feb 13, 2009

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