“Above and Beyond” Founder’s Award presented by Judith Ann Kirk
Thank you, past recipients, especially those that continue to be a part of NAPO-CT. Along with all NAPO-CT members, I wish to express how grateful I am for all you have done to keep NAPO-CT alive and active. You have been, and continue to be, a positive impact — Above and Beyond expectations and well deserving of the honor.
2121 – Hum…??? Stay tuned and be present at the May meeting for the announcement and presentation.
2020 Leslie Raycraft
2020 recipient, Leslie Raycraft, is no stranger to hard work and lots of learning. After only a few years as a member Leslie volunteered to be on the Board of Directors taking on the role of Treasurer of which she knew nothing about keeping our finances in order on QuickBooks. She learned and continues to learn. In 2019 she also took on the huge challenge of organizing our community outreach program, Journey Home — from helping to come up with a good recipient to soliciting sponsors, to designing the floor plan and flow of the warehouse, to organizing everything from beginning to end, even the great after-work party! Of course, she’s also a lot of fun to be with and always willing to help anyone with anything.
2019 – Seana Turner
2019 Founder’s Award went to Seana Turner. What can I say? Just googled her name and you will get over 325,000 results which go on and on, page after page. Many of these pages are directly about our Seana and her organizing business and contributions to NAPO-CT. And many are responses made on other peoples’ blogs. Seana is a spark plug that ignites all of us into action. She was the instigator of NERCPO back in 2015. It was a pleasure to honor Seana. She is a strong part of NAPO-CT’s success.
2018 – Tom Larson
2018, Business Partner, Tom Larson of Just Dump It was honored. Tom has been an integral part of every NAPO-CT event from regular meetings, to Vendor Fair, to GO Month, to NERCPO, to contests makeovers, and to summer and holiday socials. He also served on the Board of Directors. He is the first to say, “I’ll be a part of that!” And, we love the orange shirt and truck!
2017 – Susan O’Connell
2017, Susan O’Connell received the Founder’s Award for her commitment to NAPO-CT and her dedication to NERCPO. The success of this regional conference since 2015 is directly attributed to her unfailing energy and go-get-them attitude.
2016 – Matt Baier
2016, our esteemed Past President, Matt Baier received the honors. Over the years, he has become a leading example of taking his business beyond a solo entrepreneur and teaching team approach to anyone that listens. He shared his graphic talents by producing the entertaining and informative clip on our website home page. For those who have been a part of the summer contests, you know that when Matt blows his whistle, we all jump into action.
2015, Beth Schlater was honored for her commitment as Communication Director. Beth took control of our website out of the costly hands of the developer, reconstructed its layout and content, made it possible to relinquish the expense of outsourcing our database, and established an electronic communication system to benefit all of us. She set the stage for our present-day website and communication system. Beth has since taken a full-time position with one of her clients and is no longer a NAPO member.
2014 – Jennifer Burke
In 2014, Jen Burke, NAPO-CT long-standing secretary, was recognized. Many years ago, Jen picked up the legacy left behind when two prominent members passed away and two other board members resigned mid-term and moved away. Huge gaps were left on NAPO-CT Board. It was a sad and an exceedingly difficult time, yet Jen confidently grasped the baton and tightly held on until 2020 when she decided it was time to pass it along. Thank you, Jen for all your hard work and commitment to NAPO-CT.
2013 – Sandra Wheeler
In 2013, Sandra Wheeler received the accolade. Sandra gave much to the growth of NAPO-CT throughout the years. She has held multiple Board positions–Director of Communications, Vice President, President, Past President and again Vice President to fill the void. Sandra also shared her knowledge on Feng Shui at a regular meeting and NERCPO. She has a quick smile and helping hand for anyone who asks.
The first recipient of the Founder’s Award was Karen Bryant – better known as KB. She was a powerhouse to our chapter as she took over the reins of revamping an archaic website on a non-existing budget. KB is no longer a part of our association as she took a full-time position with a past client. She is still friends with many of us and will always be remembered for her dedication to NAPO-CT.
How it all began
As the founder of the CT Organizer’s Informal Group in 1995 and eventually NAPO-CT chapter in 2003, I wanted to establish an annual honor to an individual who had gone Above and Beyond in commitment to NAPO-CT. Choosing one individual is not easy. It had to be someone who took a huge step forward in his/her contribution to the growth of NAPO-CT. Each recipient has outstanding qualities of compassion and commitment. I am proud to be able to showcase their contributions. ~Judith Ann Kirk.
What does it take to be the recipient of the NAPO-CT Founder’s Award?
- A desire to give back to others
- A spirit of gratitude
- A person who knows how to grasp the moment and contribute in unique ways that makes things easier for others
- A willingness to step up and take on a task that you may not be particularly skilled at doing, but know it has to be done
Criteria for NAPO-CT Founder’s Award
- Active member for a minimum of 3 years
- Attends meeting regularly
- Gone “Above and Beyond” in contribution to NAPO-CT