May Chapter Meeting a.k.a. NAPO-WDC Awards Bash!
Over 60 NAPO-WDC members gathered on May 7, 2012, for the May chapter meeting which is historically celebrated as our awards night. It’s a night to mingle with old friends, make new connections and relax while soaking up the chapters’ accomplishments over the past year. And, of course, find out the winners of the coveted Corporate Partner of the Year, Professional Organizer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards.
2011 MARCPO Volunteers
Director of Programs, Pierrette Ashcroft, headed up the planning committee and truly gave attendees a fabulous evening. The party was held at Timpano in Rockville, MD and kicked off at 7:00 pm with networking and cold beverages. President Janet Schiesl read out a list of chapter accomplishments “by the numbers” which were collected from many chapter members. Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, MARCPO Chair, recognized all of the MARCPO 2011 committee members.
Chapter member, Erin Doland, provided excellent comic relief as our very own professional organizer/stand up comedienne! Her gentle pokes at the world of professional organizing brought lots of knowing laughs. OK, maybe there were a few hilarious, pointy barbs in there as well but it was all in good fun!
Erin Doland – Our Comedian for the Night!
Interspersed with segments of networking was the acknowledgement of GO Month volunteers, the Veteran Project volunteers, outgoing board members and the swearing in of new board members.
Several new awards were given out to the following members: Perfect Attendance went to Jackie Kelley; Quiet Volunteer went to Eileen LaGreca; Social Media Star went to Kim Oser; Fabulous Freshmen went to Stephen Bok and Tiffany Mensing; Best New Idea to Susan Kousek (for the White Elephant Sale being held at the June meeting); We Can Always Count on You to Silvia Balderas-Saari and Janice Rasmussen; Shining Star to Katie Mazzocco.
Finally, the evening’s most eagerly anticipated awards were given out. B-Thrifty and Shelf Genie tied for Corporate Partner of the Year. Maria White was named Professional Organizer of the Year and Heather Cocozza was named Volunteer of the Year.
The lucky winner of the drawing for a complimentary NAPO-WDC membership for next year was Andrea Hancock.
Food, fun, an adult beverage or two, and the camaraderie of spending a relaxing evening with NAPO-WDC colleagues, this year’s awards bash had it all.