August NACE Meeting
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“To advance the catering and events industry and its professionals.”
Welcome to Summer! The heat has arrived, in the weather AND in our busy schedules. I hope you're all taking some time (I know it's little and precious) to try to enjoy some of your Summer. Oh how I long for the days of my childhood when we had the Summer off to play with friends, sell lemonade, go swimming, whatever you did when you had lots of time off. In our industry in Seattle we often sacrifice our Summers in favor or making memorable weddings and events for our clients. Hopefully their beaming smiles and sincere thanks make it worth it! (And then there's the paycheck too!)
During this busy time of year, please remember to take care of yourself so that you're at your best. Get 7 hours of sleep per night, take your vitamins, keep a water bottle with you to stay hydrated, and keep some healthy snacks at your desk to keep the grrrsss of hunger pangs and irritability at bay. (I know, doctor heal thyself - me too!) And a little happy hour now and then never hurt anyone if you ask me. :-)
In the midst of our busiest time in Seattle our national office (headquartered on the East Coast where Summer is NOT peak season) hosts our annual conference. This year everyone is so busy that only 4 of your board members were able to take the time away to attend. But it will be quality over quantity this year! Attendees are me (Monica Newby), Amy Rathbone, Amanda Hawkinson, and Brian Dale. We're heading to Baltimore which is where the NACE national office is actually located to learn and be inspired along with other NACE members from across the country. The networking is priceless as we can learn so much from other that do our same jobs in other areas of the country! This year we also sold one registration to the conference at our annual fundraiser auction, and Monique Nadeau of Multicare was the generous bidder! And this year we also opened up a scholarship for a free registration to you, our valued members. This year the lucky winner of the scholarship was Amy Hatcher of Cafe Pacific Catering who is also a member of the Tacoma chapter as well as Seattle.
We're all there to represent our great chapter and graciously accept our awards when we win at the annual awards gala! This year your board worked very hard to submit for 5 chapter awards on your behalf. (Indeed, the submissions alone are a labor of love and take many hours to put together, about 15 pages of info for each one!) So please keep us in your thoughts (and on Facebook!) on Tuesday, July 22nd as the winners are announced. Last year we won 4 out of 5 which is a feat in and of itself, and this year we're hoping for 5 of 5! We're in a tougher category this year since our chapter has grown to well over 100 members so we're facing some experienced competition. But with the strides we made in programming in 2013 we feel we're up to the task. And anyway, win or lose at the gala, we have already won with a fun and dedicated chapter here in Seattle! Thank you to all of our members for making us a truly successful chapter that other chapters across the nation aspire to be like.
We'll be posting updates on our Facebook Page so please so please be sure to check in with us at www.facebook.com/SeattleNACE. Stay tuned for the results!
Greater Seattle Chapter President