Opening and Closing Statements for General GroupMeetings

OPENING:
As Members of Connect to Success PDX –

It is our Vision to support each member in achieving her highest potential both professionally and personally.

Together we help each other create and maintain sustainable businesses and incomes
through soulful practices, in return creating businesses that matter in the world.

It is our Mission is to empower women sole-entrepreneurs as soulful business owners and community leaders.

We do this by supporting each other, utilizing our talents and gifts, connecting members with community leads and networking links, continuing our education via training, and inviting in future members who share similar core values.
CLOSING:
As Members of Connect to Success PDX –

We leave here tonight, knowing the strength
that comes from the support of our sister sole-entrepreneurs.

We carry with us out into the world,
the core values we hold dear in our soulful business practices.

Committing to these soulful values, we know the
positive influence we can have on those we connect with –
be it clients, future clients, businesses, and within the community.

When we dedicate ourselves to creating sustainable
businesses and incomes based on these soulful practices,
we create businesses that matter in the world.

Thank you for showing up tonight.
Thank you for your valuable input and support.
Thank you for being a vital part of this highly inspirational group
of women who are dedicated to doing business differently.
Thank you for helping to make each of us at Connect to Success a
better woman, friend, and entrepreneur

 

General Meeting 06/24/2015

Connect To Success – General Meeting

Beth convened @ 6:04pm at Riverside Golf & Country Club, Portland,

Members Present: Beth, Fellene, Nancy, Mary, Cinda, Lisa, Jennifer, Lynne

Members Excused: Kerri, Barbara, Lori

Treasurer Report: Current Balance $761.80, Receivables due $600 for Retreat speakers and Holiday Party expenses.

Jennifer is presenting Retreat locations: Alton, Columbia River Hotel, Columbia Gorge Hotel, Edgefield. Please make sure to read and reply to her emails on your top choices.

Dates to be decided: 10/11 – 12 or 10/4 – 5, 10/18 – 19

Speakers to decide: Dana Corey, Kathy England, Susan Sokol Blosser, Cinda Lonsway, Vanessa Van Edwards, Carolyn Campbell…ADD JENNIFER’S SHEET
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Special Guest Speaker: Dana Corey, Modern Relationship Expert

Dana shares her 3 Secrets for success in lots more money in business and lots more Love at the same time!!

She is presenting – 3 Damaging Decisions Women Business Leaders make in their Relationships that impact them from the Bedroom to the Boardroom!

Personal story: booming business, good marriage and then all of a sudden things begun to erode. She didn’t want the vicious circle to continue, so she hired a coach and quickly learned…”How I relate anywhere is how I relate everywhere!! ”

Two intentions and 3 secrets to share with us:
1. Know more about ourselves
2. Find the answer to the Biggest Challenge

Dana has all of us write down a personal challenge that is preventing us from more money and more love right now in our life. She wants us to imagine One year from now and to think about what could make a difference to create a win a year from now.

Lean in…The biggest mistake is women are blaming everybody else! If we are putting the blame on others and at home, then we are carrying that to work!! We aren’t allowing others to show up as capable partners…STOP BLAMING, COMPLAINING, WHINING! Find appreciation and honor those who we are directly working or loving. Try a Complaint diet!

Actively pursue acknowledging the positive attributes in everyone we are around!

Lean in….Second Secret…you are not really listening, not actually listening to the unsaid or background, unspoken wish. As women we think we already know. The best way to communicate is to listen for their highest intentions! Fear, guilt, worry, wants love, etc

Third Secret: Most damaging decision is NOT MAKING A DECISION! Paralyzed from wondering what to do next…When we make a decision it is leadership and helps us become intentional by making it appear like a practiced dance in perfect rhythm and a with seamless orchestra with ease. Confront our own beliefs and comfort zones. Good relationships like good business makes for an easy flow. Are you a good boss for yourself and would you follow yourself as a leader worth following.

POWERFUL QUESTION FOR HAVING A BIG LIFE: What do I want? Close your eyes and imagine yourself where it’s all worked out…analyze the daily, honest, ruthless …and make decisions! Be responsible for your own life! A computer cannot function outside of its operating system, we as humans have those same circuits!!

Keeping asking yourself….WHAT DO I WANT? Daily!  image

Lisa read Closing Statement:

CLOSING:
As Members of Connect to Success PDX:

We leave here tonight, knowing the strength
that comes from the support of our sister sole-entrepreneurs.

We carry with us out into the world,
the core values we hold dear in our soulful business practices.

Committing to these soulful values, we know the
positive influence we can have on those we connect with –
be it clients, future clients, businesses, and within the community.

When we dedicate ourselves to creating sustainable
businesses and incomes based on these soulful practices,
we create businesses that matter in the world.

Thank you for showing up tonight.
Thank you for your valuable input and support.
Thank you for being a vital part of this highly inspirational group
of women who are dedicated to doing business differently.
Thank you for helping to make each of us at Connect to Success a
better woman, friend, and entrepreneur

Next meeting before summer break:

Thursday, July 9: Regular Meeting (Last regular meeting for the summer and you can bet it will be a special one!!!)
Location: Riverside Golf and Country Club; 8105 NE 33rd Drive; Portland, OR
Time: 5:30-6:30 Social hour; 6:30 to 8pm Meeting Fabulousness
Menu will be emailed to you in advance so we can all order ahead.

Elections to be discussed as part of next meeting agenda!

Success Board notes (make sure to give a pat on the back for our members achievements!)

Lisa – Named Top 100 Advisors in Portland by U.S. News & Money

link: http://money.usnews.com/financial-advisors/advisor/lisa-brumm-2834764

Beth – Tucci restaurant named by Willamette Week in several Top categories.  WW hardly ever recognize non-Pdx businesses  also Gruntworks and Primier Realty named by Pdx Business Journal Top in their industries too…BIG KUDOS TO FAB MARKETING,

Fellene – two new clients through referrals of existing clients for all of her professional and good work.

Jennifer – Two new clients for her organizing skills and Lisa is hiring her for an outside color consultation of her entry and deck/landscaping matching & blending

Cinda – Angel readings are becoming more relevant and meaningful to her and demonstrating more clarity for her clients!  Positive vibrations are needed more now.

 

 

 

General Meeting Minutes 5/31/15

CTS General Meeting

Members Present: Fellene, Linda, Kerri, Lynne, Nancy, Beth, Jennifer, Mary, Lisa

Guest of Lisa: Amy Civica, Amy in Your Kitchen, Personal Chef

New Member: Lori Arneson, Skin Spa Salon

Excused Members: Cinda, Barbara

Beth convened our meeting @ 6:40pm at the Oregon Wine Reserve, Lake Oswego

She Reminded us of the next three meetings before our six week break for summer are as follows:

Thursday, June 25: Regular Meeting
Location: Riverside Golf and Country Club; 8105 NE 33rd Drive; Portland, OR
Time: 5:30-6:30 Social hour; 6:30 to 8pm Meeting Fabulousness
Menu will be emailed to you in advance so you can order ahead. Isn’t that efficient? Menu pricing is very reasonable. We will have a private room with wait staff to deliver meals and to order drinks from.

Thursday, July 9: Regular Meeting (Last regular meeting for the summer and you can bet it will be a special one!!!)
Location: Riverside Golf and Country Club; 8105 NE 33rd Drive; Portland, OR
Time: 5:30-6:30 Social hour; 6:30 to 8pm Meeting Fabulousness
Menu will be emailed to you in advance so we can all order ahead.

Board Elections are coming up in late September

Educational Presenter: Jim Hillas, Small Business Attorney

“Fail Proof” Contracts for the Small Business Owners

It takes a team to run a business. And have a professional team at the ready.

Recommend Professional Team should include CPA, ATTORNEY, BUSINESS INSURANCE AGENT, FINANCIAL ADVISOR

CONTRACTS: what to include and why…

A contract is a written agreement between to parties on expectation that outlines scope of work in detail. Should include these three areas.

1) Scope of work in detail that specifics exact work and provisions of service.

2) The price includes how much, when it’s due, and what if the buyer doesn’t pay, consequences or fees. Incent people to pay ahead with discounts, or fees or percentage of outstanding balance at specific dates. Scheduling payments as certain phases are completed throughout a lengthy project.

3) Termination clause: what types of events that you can pull out of a project or determination of when to clearly cut off. Walk away clause or language in your contract.

As the signer of a contract be careful of Indemnity clause, where others fault can hold you liable if a problem creeps up.

Fee shifting or attorney fees for prevailing party. Could end up paying for both sets of fees if you loose. It may deter frivolous lawsuits.

Choice of state of law…forum or venue clause to enforce or litigate in another state.

Alternative dispute resolution clauses…binding arbitration, friendlier mediation, etc.

Jim will have a free 30 minute consultation and has a flat rate fee structure available based on scope of work. He will let you know ahead of time the fee and type of work he can assist with proactively.

General Meeting at Chart House on 3/26/15

Connect to Success General Meeting – 3/26/15

New Location – Chart House

Meeting convened – 6:22pm by Beth, President

Members Present: Nancy, Linda, Fellene, Jennifer, Beth, Mary, Lisa, Kerri,

Guest: Debbie Geller, Core Abundance Group – Project Manager, HR and Administrative Manager who implements and gets things done collaboratively for you and your business.

Excused Absences: Cinda, Lynne, Barbara

Beth kicked off the meeting with a Great Welcome…We are celebrating a special occasion. It represents a higher level of our commitment to ourselves, our businesses and propelling it all to a higher levels.

New calendar for the dates and locations! As follows: (picture to be inserted to email)

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The Chart House has a walking path just on the North end of the restaurant and a Totem Pole carved in 1957. It was in view to our meeting and is symbolic; which is a blessing on our new surroundings and commitment to our businesses!

Mary passed out a opening statement on Vision and Mission of CTSPDX, in which she video taped while we all read it in unison. She assisted in making it a special commemorative honor with tea light candles for our Opening Ceremony to help celebrate our new location..

Opening statement here:

As we gather together in this new space, may we always remember that:

It is our Vision to support each member in achieving her highest potential both professionally and personally.
Together we help each other create and maintain sustainable businesses and incomes through soulful practices, in return creating businesses that matter in the world.

It is our Mission to empower women sole-entrepreneurs as soulful business owners and community leaders.
We do this by supporting each other, utilizing our talents and gifts, connecting members with community leads and networking links, continuing our education via training, and inviting in future members who share similar core values.

May this new space hold in it’s essence our vision and our mission.

May this new space support us in our dreams to grow, reach for the stars, and above all keep Love in our hearts.

Nancy motioned to approve Jan 22 and Feb 26 meeting minutes and Mary seconded….Minutes approved.

Retreat location was discussed ….Lisa suggested Camp Cascade

2015 Retreat Committee was formed for ideas/details. Retreat & possible Topics discussed for a speaker, such as business focused, sales, marketing, technology, communications. An idea was suggested that we have one outside speaker/present and one presentation from our members in coordination.

Success Board from each member was verbally offered as follows:

Nancy – has two refis and two purchase and is swamped! Send good energy here way!

Linda – Main gigs with her 80’s band are comin up and she is excited to share her new photos in marketing efforts from Kerri!

Fellene – Has some good new projects like World Forestry Center and has been research and time to spend on this effort. Finished a project for “Refresh a baby”.com…a product where her client has made a universal nipple for bottles no matter where you are…water bottles, juice bottles, etc.

Jennifer – de cluttering Katherine Delaney’s new work space, has a new client six weeks so far in de cluttering an area…send some energy to her in working with an eight person team of organizers, team leader has issues, so she is asking for move forward in a positive way.

Beth – four clients have paid her late and had to fire a client recently. She has some new clients like World Class Wines, Tucci Restaurant, and had has some good comments about showing up early and prepared. Needs energy to help get her last two clients to pay up

Mary – building up her YouTube page and creating videos by way asking her clients for questions so she can discuss solutions. Concentrating on making videos…goal is to make one a day. Needs cool ideas for videos.

Lisa – Many new clients are helping to make it a great start to the new year. I hired an awesome new assistant who is detailed oriented and getting organizational systems in place to prepare for growth.

Kerri – wonderful couple months which is generally slow for photographers….thanking Linda for being creating and choosing her to d o her recent marketing photos. Big compliment since Linda has used a famous PDX photographer who she knew and bought equipment from when Kerri was starting out. Likes our support and appreciates our expertise.

Guest: Debbie Geller – has heard a lot about CTSPDX from Julie who was her mentor. Launched Core Abundance Group, to help admin and organize documents that a CPA in finishing taxes. She has gained experience in helping her husband who does payroll for big corps. She has HR and managed in property/casualty industries. She is the implementor to get jobs, projects completed. She feels that’s she meets her objectives and is meticulous in her duties. She has a son starting Kindergarten.

Fellene: Google is changing their search test on a mobile friendly manner. Check your website or check with her for the new algorithm

Meeting Adjourned @ 8:12pm

General Meeting with Educational Guest Speaker on 2/26/15

Connect To Success General Meeting 2/26/15

Meeting convened @ 6:18pm by Beth

Thank you to Lynne Grigsby for offering her large conference room @ Windermere Realty located 6443 SW Bvtn – Hillsdale Hwy. Portland, 9722

Discussion on the Mixer and all of the guests that were there and connections made. Jennifer offered to assist Lynne in follow up Thank Yous to our guests and membership inquiries.

Members present: Cinda, Lisa, Nancy, Mary, Beth, Lynne, Jennifer, Fellene, Barbara

Excused absences: Kerri, Linda

Board will meet on Monday 3/2/2015 to discuss all of the potential future meeting locations and determine growth of our membership. Bringing top ideas back for vote to our group.

Guest Speaker facetime live on screen…

Virginia Maddan, Comfortable Structure Orgainzing Solutions – Guest Educational Speaker

Website: http://comfortablestructure.com/

Bio: Virginia Maddan is an efficiency expert helping entrepreneurs and small business owners put thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours back into their schedules every year.
She’s able to see the places in your business where you’re literally leaking time, energy, and money and quickly and efficiently solve those problems. She’s supported executives at some of the top technology firms in the Bay Area.

Intro:
Efficiency and Technology to avoid Leaking in Your Business –

Magnify your efficiency in your business and marketing. Finding more work and life balance takes a little planning and structure. Virginia found her gift of efficiency and helping people who are not born with that skill. As a child, she helped her father clean out the basement and was highly motivated by moving her sister out of her bedroom. Motivation helps makes and seeks solutions to build in efficient progress.

1st rule of Efficiency according to Bill Gates ” Automation to increase productivity is to magnify one’s efficiency”

2nd Rule according to Virginia “Trust that it will unfold as you progress”

The PERFECT system is the one that you will use.

Where are you now? Take a mental trip around your office. Piles of paper? How do you feel when you check your email? Are you on top of all of your projects? Her goal is to find you more time, paper filed, more time for you, easily managing, thrilled with apps and tools you are using in 6 months!!

Systems: choose them that fit your purpose and personality. Should be seamless, natural and will create more productivity and make you excited. Use technology that allows to be nice to your future self!

Apps for mileage recommendations:

www.hustlebox.us ( app to your car to track mileage and sends a text and asks you whether business or personal).

Www.Milebug.com (app you enter odometer reading and by categories)

To implement it always sounds like a lot of work up front and you feel like you have to do it all yourself. Those are people who have a hard time to change habits. Tips to take control of your time:

Tip #1. It takes more mental energy to jump from one task to another…So organize and connect with finishing each task to completion

Tip #2. Watch for traps: Setting reminder and alerts cause distractions. Use reminders for only Top Priority tasks. Not every task needs prompting and ie interruptions.

Schedules and managing with apps:

Www.timetrade.com or www.youcanbookme.com = integrates google calendar and syncs with CRM apps
Most business have inefficient systems even though they have the technology.

Virginia’s offer: Get control of your business Ina strategy session, where she will assist you in finding systems that you will be excited to use and creat more efficiency. Discover steps for success. Plan to get out of “Overwhelm” through a one on one call to help find that one thing you will not want to go unfound.

Www.comfortablestructure.com…book your call session for all CTS Members

Q & A from each present members

Meeting Adjourned 8:12pm

Connect To Success Meeting Notes 1/22/2015

CTS Meeting NotesCTS General Meeting-

Meeting called to order by VP Jennifer Campbell @ 6:15pm

Excused absences were Beth (way to go for having business tonight) and Linda ( take care of your cold for tomorrow night!)

Members present: Fellene, Lisa, Jennifer, Kerri, Cinda, Barbara, Lynne, Mary and Nancy

Overview of the Board Meeting- Amended and made sure that the Board is correcting the most recent By-laws. Cinda, Barbara and Fellene believe that changes were already made when they were Officers in the past before this newly elected board. Fellene to find the most current revised By- laws and to send to Lisa.

Jennifer mentioned and encouraged to come to the Mixer. Mixers are part of our member attendance requirements since they are included as regular meetings. Please ensure that you contact Jennifer if you cannot attend, or your absence will be unexcused. Next Mixer is Feb 12th at Vie de Boheme in collaboration with BraveHeart Women. Bring at least one guest please.

Treasurer Report – 11/13 and 1/8th reports have been posted to the CTS Website, and did not go to everybody via emails.

Group decided to table to the next meeting for the approval process once Secretary (me) gets the correct email address.

Membership Report – Lynne wants to suggest that we each make an effort to bring guests who might be prospective members and /or clients. Also, it was suggested that during the Mixer evening we take a few moments to formerly address the group to Welcome everyone and to self-introduce the MEMBERS.

Treasurer’s Report – $556.23, with two checks written ( one to cover deposit for Mixer of $100; which we will get back) Old Business: Jennifer described BraveHearts mission statement and purpose of collaborating together to grow our membership.

Virginia Madden on Feb 26th is confirmed to skype our group as part of our Education quarterly activity. Jennifer read her Bio to give us some idea of who and how she can provide a good cirriculum.

New Location: ideas put forth and people are checking on various places like; – AquaRiva, Elephants Deli on Corbett, lucky Lab, Buffalo Gap, and various McCeniman’s Lynne is checking on her conference room at Windermere on Beaverton/Hillsdale Hwy to be the temp space for our Education meeting for Virginia Madden. Committee formed to find our New Meeting location….Jennifer, Cinda, and Lisa

Mary wants to know who wants to go as a CTS Group on Feb 13th Opening Night to support Francine Raften in her play “Calendar Girls”. Let her know by Friday, Jan 23rd to get tickets.

Member Focus: JENNIFER CAMPBELL, THE ART OF ORGANIZING She is asking of us to help her find clients as soon as possible. She would like us to think about good input and ideas or introductions to people who can use her services. She has been in business for 10 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. She also is a Certified Coach. Jennifer is a hands on, roll up her sleeves and doesn’t mind getting dirty. She has resources to assist and loves to provide clients solutions. Consignment places, Mary is receiving checks periodically from items that Jennifer helped her find a guy who sells on EBay…Caring Transitions is Jerry’s business. He is an Associate Member of NAPO Good referrals are homeowners, small businesses, home-based businesses, people who need to downsize their home or work spaces. Getting rid of clutter. Redesign living or work space that are overwhelmed. She can help with a paper management system. She can learn what you need and is an expert in keeping it simple. Closets; she cannot necessarily gethelp in giving discounts on closet systems, however she does collect coupons at retail stores to find good products with some discounts. She has great Resources for removing and disposing of items… Kitchen and Garage organizing especially for Spring. Jennifer’s passion and expertise is Art space design and organizing. $75/ hour…one session is three hours. She can usually come up with a set price based on the amount of work involved per project. Age of her clients range from 30’s up to 80’s. She has helped older folks move into a living facility. Advertising for Jennifer’s possibilities..Craigslist is not ideal, Oregonlive has classifieds, Offer Up, Angie’s List. Willamette Weekly, Nancy can advertise in her newsletter, MAC, Production Media Co ( email intro to Jennifer by Lisa). And Lisa to bring her to the Mixer or ask her to be part of our group. Barbara suggested for Jennifer to contact retirement centers/communities or support groups for eldercare. Charbooneau, Marywoods in Lake Oswego, Hillside Manor, Fairway Village in Vancouver or Sommerset, Neighborhood newsletters, McLoughlin Place in Milwaukie as a speaker.

New moon manifesting with Cinda – What do we want to manifest for this quarter? Planting our seeds for the new year. It is very significant because this is the darkest of dark…in two weeks we plant, watch grow and harvest. Truth is being exposed and it is extreme chaos. Crap is getting exposed like kitty litter. Speak and live in your truth. If bad stuff gets revealed through complete exposure, then it will hurt and smell bad! If chaos is happening to you, then calm down and tap into the universe energy. Make sure you are taping into less drama, then It will settle down. We have a week and a half, then what is being revealed is what your true intentions that is we planted and nourished earlier. Keep planting, nourishing and harvest your truth.

Impromptu Business Tip by Lynne – Just look clients in the eyes and send your positive energy out. It is like magical mist and they will feel it and respond favorably.

Closing statement by Mary – Thank you!

Meeting Adjourned by Jennifer @ 7:32pm

General Meeting Notes – Jan. 8, 2015

Happy New Year!

Connect To Success New Year First Meeting

Beth convenes the meeting at 6:26pm

Present tonight: Beth, Nancy, Barbara, Kerri, Linda, Jennifer, Mary, Cinda, Fellene, Lynne

Members’ Word of the new year for 2015:

Beth – Ask (Last year’s word was Believe)

Lisa – In the Zone

Nancy – Request (Last year’s word was Bold)

Barbara – Focus (Last year’s word was Jump)

Kerri – Successful (Last year’s word was Productive)

Linda – Serve (Last year’s word was Gratitude)

Jennifer – Relationships (Last year’s word was Connected)

Mary- Energy (Last year’s word was Growth)

Cinda – Trust (Last year’s word was Leap)

Fellene- Synergy (Last year’s word was Enhance)

Lynne – Pay Attention (Last year’s word was Organize)

Treasurer’s Report:  approx. $474
Dues need to be paid as of now for the Quarter

Membership: Meet Up has groups to tap into, like Conscious minded groups. We need to look for people in industries such as, Publicists, Small Business Atty, Healthcare Professionals, etc

CHIFOO – Fellene is using Meet Up to spread the word.

Debbie Geller who is a BookKeeper.  Will be a guest of Kerri’s.

New Business:

Wayne Dyer is coming to Portland on April 19th, tickets are limited and are $175 until March 19th, then they will increase $225. Cinda, Jennifer, Linda, Mary, Bethh will attend if you want to join them at the Convention Center at a designated place to sit together.  Anita Moojani will be joining him.

Braveheart Women would like to have a Mixer with us.  They have 20 members.  Feb 12th is a suggested date to have a joint Mixer.  We will need to have a location and coordinate. Barbara moves to have the mixer, Nancy seconds…Jennifer will give us direction.

Beth met a women who is a Business Efficiency Expert…how to consolidate systems as an Educational component for us.  Beth will try to get Virginia Madden to come Jan 22nd meeting.

Member Focus:  MARY BURGER, COMPUTER DIVA

New direction for her business, due to a tremendous growth in her spirituality by incorporating those values.  Mary went through a Soul Progression, which lead her to work with Arch Angel Michael.  Following her spirit guides and her big turning point was during the October retreat.  Heart centered work brought her to Energy.  She went to an Energy Healing four days after the retreat.  Her new role is to be the Technology Computer Healer…clean up and also irradiate the low energy of the user of the computer.  She is incorporating a new methodology of asking for help from Arch Angel Michael (who aids in energy and technology) .  She took a virus class over two days.  Malware comes organized crime groups from Eastern Block countries who profit from creating it.

She developed a packet of sodalite stones to help protect the user from bad energy and the to the computer to receive the bad energies from the user.

Celebrating her 8th year in her business.

She wants to share her process and internal scope of how she is evolving towards building her business and practices in helping her new and soon to be new clients.  She gave us a gift – A Sodalite stone to help with our technology and positive energy.  She is looking to be able to incorporate more of herself and her divine angels in healing computers and malware for her clients.

Closing of the meeting:

Cinda is bring our meeting to a close, beautifully!

Meeting Adjourns @ 8:14pm

 

General Meeting 11/13/14 via Conference Call due to snow

Present:  Mary, Beth, Jennifer, Nancy, Linda, Lisa, Fellene, Lynne, Cinda, Barbara

Excused: Kerri

Call to Order 7:04pm by Beth

Previous Meeting’s notes were approved without objections or changes.

Thanks to Jennifer for helping to set up the conference call in.

Treasurer’s Report has an approx. amount @ $350

Holiday Party Update – Dec 11th @ 6pm to be hosted by Mary Burger in her home in Vancouver, WA.  All Evites were sent out to ll current and former members.  Bring a side, dish or dessert with your RSVP.  BYOB and an Exchange $20 gift.

New Business:  A recommendation was made to our current members to go to LinkedIn, FaceBook, and other social media to like and recommend each other’s services and positive comments to show support and help broadcast our businesses whenever possible.

Lisa will begin a ROSTER list for contacts and member directory purposes.

Main Agenda for tonight’s meeting is to have each member state their 6 week goal.  To wrap up all activity before year end and what we each can set our goal to accomplish it.

Jennifer:  Art Opening of 16 new pieces @”Reclaim IT” Gallery.  2 Art Shows, Dec 5, 6 ,and 7th.  Facebook sharing is encouraged.  She wants to take time to focus on Marketing for her Organizing business and for new clients.  Posting Jewelry on Estsy and to wrap up Office and paperwork.

Fellene:  Starting 3 new projects, 2 in heavy industry and 1 Health-Centered non profit.  She is appreciating the variety of her clients and excited and ready to work with Lynne.  She is asking for support in expanding marketing, more promos to extend her market reach and to gain more clients.

Mary:  Is realizing that new and shifting energies are helping her become more focused on her purpose and has big new developments that she wants to share with us at the next New Year meeting.  She is feeling guided towards a big revelation in her business and personal life. Wants more divine guidance.

Lisa: To wrap up her outstanding business pipeline before Thanksgiving and to handle a 25% increase in new business by year’s end.  Very excited to be so welcomed in CTS PDX and cannot wait to help serve and support each and every member.

Beth: Acquiring Facebook clients and new clients are helping her close 2014.  Some traveling for clients and excited to her business expand.

Lynne: Is excited to begin new project with Fellene with her business online presence in the next 6 weeks.

Cinda: Concentrating on creating a successful workshop @ New Thought Center.  Feels at complete ease and in alignment with the new CTS Board members for the new year.  She is thrilled to have opportunities to continue her work as an Inspirational Speaker.

Linda: A tough room to play and fill is coming up @ Wilf’s.  She is personally finding her personal value and wants to begin giving back through Charity and opportunities to do it.

Nancy: Reaching out to grow her incomeShe taught CE classes to a group of 14 Realtor’s; which gave her 4 new Realtor’s to help her get more buyers.  She can offer 4 mortgage programs. Certified to handle Native American loans, new construction in Marysville, WA and is thinking more positively going into the new year.

Barbara:  Pretty clear in communication with Trevor.  Linking to a post on Facebook and is making good efforts in outreach to many companies to get sponsors and monetary backers that she decided to ask; in which she received $300 in donated paint from Sherwin-Williams in a give-away for children’s spaces.  Rejuvenating her public speaking activities and getting more content for her blog.  Design clients to wrap up the details .  She has gained 2 new remodels for mid-January.  Nationwide “Yes Spaces” that gets her a designer discount.  Going to do one new Brave thing every weekday for the rest of the year.

Cinda and Mary wrote a new Closing Statement and read it to our group.

Meeting Adjourned

General Meeting Notes 10/23/14

Connect To Success Members Meeting

Meeting convened and Call to Order by Beth at 6:19pm

Excused Absences: Nancy Kinzer, Barbara Miller

Unexcused Members: Irene O’Conner,
(Please notify our new VP Jennifer Campbell in advance if you cannot attend to be excused)

Members Present: Cinda, Fellene, Linda, Jennifer, Kerri, Mary, Beth, Lisa

Beth opened with ideas/agenda proposals from the Board’s Meeting and Notes.

Approval of the previous meeting minutes was made by Jennifer and second by Linda…all members present approved with Cinda’s corrections.

AMENDED CORRECTIONS will be uploaded as follows: The workshop Cinda is doing on Nov.9th at New Thought Center is a Heart Centered Workshop, similar, but not the same as the TinMan workshop, 12:30 to 3:30 $33. Open to everyone.

Also: (on the last sentence about Cinda 😉 I am more than happy to be the representative of our retreat, not just my section, but most certainly Shannon’s as well. So if questions arise, I am more than happy to bring into the conversation what we learned at the retreat. Not really holding anyone accountable.

Looking to find Entrepreneurs to join our membership: Bookkeeper, CPA, Insurance, Commercial and Business Insurance, Attorney, Cupcakes, Winery, Beautician, Spa, Home Appraisers, Literary Agent, Entertainment Agents/Atty, Virtual Asst, Tax Preparer,

Treasurers Report: Bank balance $225, plus INCOMING A/R will be $ 215 totaling to $440

New Business: Barbara’s idea was to use remaining funds for education instead of Xmas party catering. Perhaps we could decide a portion of the remaining funds for a main course dish for all attendees, then the other funds to be used for education.
Forming a Holiday Party committee…volunteered were Linda, Jennifer and Mary to make decisions for the final food arrangements.

Presentation of new meetings for future agendas:
Members requested to utilize the CTS private Facebook page for personal and business updates. Keep your fellow CTS’ers in the know.

A Success Board was unveiled. Members are encouraged to arrive during the social hour to record your business successes! Success Board 10/23/14 imageThis doesn’t take time away from our meeting time for each person to have their kudos, but rather a way to record and journalize our accomplishments through the next year. The Success Board can be digitalized too, so we can post it in the minutes, as well as on CTS Private page for comments and shout outs!

Strategic business Mixer Meetings were suggested where we meet 2x a year with other Women’s Networking groups for additional cross networking and new membership alignments. An ideal fit is women’s groups who may share our vision and mission.

Mary Burger will be our first Member Business/Resident Expert Spotlight speaker for 11-13th meeting in a unique way…more about the who, what, why and make us think about more in how to support that member. One Resident Experts (current members) will present at most regular member meeting that doesn’t already have an outside educational speaker. Check in with Jennifer to pre-arrange your own time for the coming calendar.

Business Tips & Tricks will be added to the agenda from time to time- one quick tip to share from a member per meeting to showcase some ways so we can give more service to our membership. Contact Jennifer before the meeting if you have something you’d like to share.

We need your ideas and wants on who to include in the topics for educational speakers for the coming year. Send those to Jennifer.

Ending of meetings would be to wrap up and pull our energy together for the conclusion of our time spent together.

Proposing an Opening statement and a Closing statement. Mary and Cinda present the following: (to be voted on in our next meeting Nov 13th)

Submitted by Cinda and Mary for review…

OPENING:

As Members of Connect to Success PDX:

It is our Vision to support each member in achieving her highest potential both professionally and personally.

Together we help each other create and maintain sustainable businesses and incomes
through soulful practices, in return creating businesses that matter in the world.

It is our Mission is to empower women sole-entrepreneurs as soulful business owners and community leaders.

We do this by supporting each other, utilizing our talents and gifts, connecting members with community leads and networking links, continuing our education via training, and inviting in future members who share similar core values.
CLOSING:
As Members of Connect to Success PDX:

We leave here tonight, knowing the strength
that comes from the support of our sister sole-entrepreneurs.

We carry with us out into the world,
the core values we hold dear in our soulful business practices.

Committing to these soulful values, we know the
positive influence we can have on those we connect with –
be it clients, future clients, businesses, and within the community.

When we dedicate ourselves to creating sustainable
businesses and incomes based on these soulful practices,
we create businesses that matter in the world.

Thank you for showing up tonight.
Thank you for your valuable input and support.
Thank you for being a vital part of this highly inspirational group
of women who are dedicated to doing business differently.
Thank you for helping to make each of us at Connect to Success a
better woman, friend, and entrepreneur.
Additional thoughts to add to the agenda…time for ERs, issues or time for opportunity to bring up concerns…so we can bring it up. Cinda states that a perfect time to slot this for would be to bring it up as an intention to be solved from our members or ideas to be expressed at the Tin Man time. Urgency or group intention to be brought up during Tin Man and before closing. Spontaneous issues are ok…if you do want to bring it up in advance, then let Cinda know so she can remember to bring it up if needed.
Next meeting is Nov 13th

Cinda and Kerri wish to close the meeting with their thoughts from the retreat…Kerri believed that her Tin Man brought about a new booking for 14 yr olds portraits and on10/9 after CTS night of last meeting, she got a text to cancel the very next day. She answered the text in the morning to give time for her to channel her YES…Kerri was trying to see if she was using her YES or NO correctly. Kerri asked for a deposit and to reschedule, which she stuck to her conviction/courage for the ask. She has not since heard from this client, but her process from the Tin Man during this particular job allowed her to be courageous and a huge learning curve that allows her to value her time and energy involved. Remembering what Shannon and Cinda had said during the retreat, Kerri was assuming that that call was under a positive intention. Cinda stated that when you find alignment it is naturally lead by a divine event. The minute we speak and put it out to the world, it will happen and we don’t see the big picture until it fully enfolds. Moments can be viewed as where it resides in your body…listen and feel the alignment and to be better prepared for a future experience. Positive Intentions happen on both sides…it may not be yours which reflects the power of your Tin Man. If it was divinely meant to be for Kerri, then she wouldn’t have to force time to make it happen. Kerri was overbooked and she would not have been able to give it the attention it needed, so since it didn’t happen then that was not meant to be. Trust your NO. Kerri is better prepared to expand her business when the next client asks for teen group portraits.

New Moon tonight and at 1pm a Solar Eclipse and Solar Flares …David Palmer, Astrologer says now is the time of looney bins turning into THE FREEDOM. Focus on yourself…those who are experiencing pain, then bring it out in the open and you will more likely have less suffering. Expose it to yourself first. Ask for forgiveness…we are experiencing an era of karma. New Moon is about planting seeds and you want to be free from your past stuff, then plant your wishes/intentions/ seeds of forgiveness and watch to become a whole new person. New Moon is the darkest part of the month and harvesting under a Harvest Moon in night is the history of our ancestors. Go tonight and state for yourself the new seeds… “These are the seeds I wish to plant and see my future in the harvest”…bury it, burn it, open your front door and invite it. Results or starts will take shape in two weeks to be able to see it begin and to take formation in happening.

Lisa read the proposed Closing written by Mary and Cinda

Meeting adjourned at 8:01pm

10/09/2014 Meeting Minutes

10/09/2014 CTS Member Meeting Minutes –

Connect to Success first new year meeting call to order @ 6:11pm

New Board:
Beth Erlendson- President
Jennifer Campbell- Vice President
Lynne Grigsby – New Membership Chair
Mary Burger – Treasurer
Lisa Brumm – Secretary

Members Present: Cinda, Jennifer, Barbara, Lynne, Beth, Kerri, Lisa

Excused Members: Nancy, Mary, Fellene, Linda, Irene

New President, Beth’s statements: She thanked the group for the honor of allowing her to lead the group for the next 12 months. She is committed to providing an experience that will serve all in growing our business through education, sharing and collaboration. The board is meeting the following Monday to discuss new options for the meeting agenda.

Notes/Comments from the Mixer at Irene’s business and co- hosted with Linda:

· 2 guests attended and they have been thanked via email.

· A request was made that in the future, when a Mixer is planned and is concurrently held on the same date as one of the member’s evening business event or showcase, that we be more flexible and try to combine these type of events especially when they are social in nature. (I.e., Jennifer’s Art Opening)

Marcia Solberg has respectfully resigned from CTS. Her presence will be missed and we wish her well.

Mary forwarded the Treasurer’s Report to Beth and she read them. (See Attached report for review)

Fourth Quarter’s Dues are now payable to CTS. Send to Mary or make arrangements with her directly.

New Business:

Holiday Party: It was suggested and discussed that perhaps the $400 allocated for catering the group holiday party be instead earmarked for future educational training and that the party would be a potluck instead.

Linda has a performance coming up at Wilf’s on Oct 18th and wishes for as many that can make it.

Business Killer Executive workshop luncheon held by Lisa Brumm on Oct 15th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at One SW Columbia St, 4th floor conference room. CTS Members are invited to participate. 6 way to avoid mistakes that can kill your business are presented in an educational format.

New Thought Center in Lake Oswego – Cinda has been asked to be a guest pastor/speaker on Oct 26th

Workshop on Nov 9th Cinda will also be presenting her “Tin-Man, Heart centered work”…she will be sending out information on the details. Who is she presenting this to? Is this to our group? Is this a follow up from the retreat.

CORRECTION AMENDED…The workshop Cinda is doing on Nov.9th at New Thought Center is a Heart Centered Workshop, similar but not the same as the TinMan workshop, 12:30 to 3:30 $33. Open to everyone.

The President recognized and thanked Nancy and Irene for planning a great Retreat! She also thanked last year’s board members for their service to the group.

Jennifer has just been accepted in a new show called “Reclaim It” to be held in November. Out of a field of 300 applicant’s, she was one of 12 selected for the show! We need to go and support her if we can. She will get to show 12 Assemblages. More details as she gets it.

Kerri shared two huge opportunities in photography have come just this week and she had Cinda especially on her mind since the retreat. Magical things are happening.

Secretary to pull together everybody’s contact info for a formal roster. (Mostly because I want it to be in my cell phone contacts.)

Lynne is volunteering to do flowers and decorating for a non-profit “Lines for Life” and is looking for houses or locations, like Hawaii or Mexico to include in auction packages.

EWomennetwork has event next Wed, Oct 15th…check out Beth’s post

Open Discussion for our new year’s calendar:

· Suggestion to add to CTS Once a month or quarter we add in 10 min for outside activities/extra curricular to be more balanced in business and personal.

· Next meeting on Oct 23rd board will be presenting next year’s agenda and how we want our next few meetings for this year.

· Last meeting Nov 13Th suggestion…let’s each tell the group what it is we individually want or needs for the coming year.

· Another suggestion is for a presentation on how to use and what the differences are between Public vs Private CTS ON FB. Also protocols to be used in corresponding to the group vs personal opinions in direct format. Technology help is needed for all, plus new members!

· Resident Expert presentations are needed in meetings is suggested:
· Overall expertise is highlighted per member for 20 minutes for all members to understand and be focused on their business details – Strategic Business Partnership

· Speakers for 3 times per year to do presentations, Business Attys, etc

· Should Mixers be more meaningful and value added to bring guests. Perhaps an abbreviated meeting or mix with other networking groups to tag team. Where information can be given to guest or pros petite members.

· Bring your personal Goal setting ideas for next year and Cinda will support us and hold us accountable from her teachings from the retreat.

CORRECTION AMENDED…  Also: (on the last sentence about Cinda 😉 I am more than happy to be the representative of our retreat, not just my section, but most certainly Shannon’s as well. So if questions arise, I am more than happy to bring into the conversation what we learned at the retreat. Not really holding anyone account.

Absences were discussed…four per year excused is the maximum allowed. Discussion centered on reasons, tracking and business-related excuses. CTS is the priority and those that do not find the time to be at meetings need to examine if they feel they are getting value from the group. Multiple absences would seem to indicate that the member feels they are not getting enough value from the organization to warrant making it a priority for their business development and growth. Each Profession has a reserved spot and if multiple absences occur in a year, then a conversation will be had for authentic discussion.

7:56 pm…Meeting is adjourned