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  1. 1. Glory Martin, Editor Vermont Association of Educational Office Professionals September 2011 Points of Interest: President’s Message Glory Martin• 73rd Annual Fall Conference Agenda & Registration Here we are again! Another school year has begun. And what an exciting beginning some of us have had! I hope• Awards & Recognitions everyone is safe and dry from all the flooding.• Community Service Project This newsletter is packed full of information this time for the Conference around. We’ve got our 73rd Annual Conference coming• Scenes from the NAEOP up on October 28 & 29 at the Stoweflake Conference Conference in Charleston, SC Center. After reviewing the evaluations returned from previous conferences, we have seen similar responses WELCOME BACK!! of the difficulty of attending conferences due to lack of coverage at the office and more technology workshops were wanted. The VT NEA Days no longer exist and those were the days we normally scheduled the conference on. So we thought we would try something new! With it being late October, we have all been busy for a couple of months (or more) and could use a relaxing break, right? Why not enjoy a nice evening at the Stoweflake….. dinner, meet friends, get a little pampered and experience a day filled with technology training. Exclusive details are inside this newsletter. I hope you will take this professional opportunity to the fullest. With the conclusion of this conference, it also marks the end of my term as President. I have had a wonder- ful two years serving as your president. I have, yet again, grown professionally and have learned so much. I would highly encourage anyone to step up and become involved with the Association. Rather it is becoming a member on the board or being a part of a committee. This organization is the only group around that targets our profession, as far as working with schools and children. I know there are lots of great people out there with great ideas to share. Get involved! And get others involved! Keep this organization strong! Speaking of my term ending, means it is election time. You should have received a ballot in the mail to vote for one person in each office. You can either vote for the name listed or write in a candidate. Please be sure to return these to Cheri Goldrick by October 7, 2011. If you are a member and did not receive a ballot, please contact Cheri at 802-626-6451 or Again, I would like to thank each of you for a great two years and your support while I was president. Even though I will be on the board as Immediate Past President for the next term, I still plan to be very active in both the local association and the national association for years to come. I rely on colleagues through both organizations to help me with questions, concerns or support in my position. Hope to see you at the Stoweflake! Glory
  2. 2. PAGE 2 VERMONT ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL OFFICE PROFESSIONALS Backpack On my back a pack I carry In it, all my treasures. Its what I need So I can be One class higher! Crayons, ruler, scissors too, And yes a little Elmers glue Paper, pencils, in my bag… Wonder what made mom so sad? Trapper keeper, nice and neat Will it really stay this clean? On my back a pack I carry In it, all my treasures! Today Ill be Just watch and see One class higher! ~ Shelley PlumMeeting Etiquette Gary M. Smith, founder of Chatgris Press in New OrleansA good business meeting is one where all the players show courtesy and respect. This approach conveysa simple message: We’re all professionals here, so let’s have a productive meeting.The topic of business meeting etiquette has no established rules on holding courteous meetings. So I’vegathered what I’ve learned from my own experience into the following commandments.1. R.S.V.P. When asked via phone, email, or electronic calendar to attend a business meeting, be sure to reply if a reply is re- quested. Some meetings are structured and spaces secured on the basis of expected attendance.2. Come Prepared. Always bring something to write on as well as to write with.3. Abstain from Electronics. As the notice posted at the beginning of films in movie theaters requests, “Please silence cell phones and pagers.”4. Pay Attention. Listen to the issues the speaker addresses, the questions from the attendees, and the answers provided. You do not want to waste meeting time asking a question that has already been asked.5. Attend the Entire Meeting. Leave only when the meeting is adjourned. Leaving before the end of the meeting—unless abso- lutely necessary and unless you have prior permission—can be disruptive to other attendees and inconsiderate of the speaker.6. Dress professionally for the meeting. Don’t forget about climate control. Dress in layers if it’s cooler. If it’s too warm in the room, you can remove a layer.
  3. 3. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 3 2011 Vermont Association of Educational Office Professionals Student Scholarship WinnerMeredith attended high school at Springfield High School in Springfield, VT. Throughout her high school career, she became involvedin many different activities. She was the 2010 class treasurer all four years. During her junior year, she organized and participated inthe first ever Powder Puff football game as a fundraiser for her class. Meredith was a member of the National Honor Society andtreasurer of the National Technical Honor Society. She stayed active playing on the varsity field hockey all four years and was on thevarsity softball team for three years. Outside of school, Meredith swam for the Tiger Sharks of Claremont, NH and danced on a com-petitive hip-hop dance team for Starz Dancers Studio in Newport, NH. She was also a dancer for The Dance Factory in Springfield, VTand participated in the annual production of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” which is a fundraiser for the Springfield High School drama pro-gram. She also participated in the annual Apple Blossom Cotillion helping to raise money for scholarships. Meredith is currently attending Wagner College in Staten Island, NY where she will be a sophomore. She is an accounting major and plan on getting her Bachelors degree of Science, then her Masters Degree the next year. Meredith also intends to sit for the Certified Public Accounting exam in the hopes to become a CPA. Her freshman year at Wagner went very well and finished both semesters on the Dean’s List, where students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher. She stays involved while at Wagner, has a work study job and is an active member of the Wagner College Field Hockey Club. In her sophomore year, she plans on getting even more involved, possibly joining a sorority and the Wagner College Dance Club.Meredith Ward - “I want to thank the VAEOP for awarding me the Marion Wood Congratulations Meredith and good luck with yourScholarship. It is scholarships like this one that make it financially possible for future endeavors!students like me to attend college.” 2011 VAEOP Administrator of the Year VAEOP is proud to announce Mr. Rich Tulikangas as the 2011 Administrator of the Year. Mr. Tulikangas has served as the Executive Director of Linking Learning to Life, Inc. since it’s inception in 1997 with the University of Vermont, Burlington School District and the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce as a school to career organization and merger as the new non-profit in 2002. Mr. Tulikangas is a leader in education and employment, always striving to serve the students of Ver-mont for over 30 years. He works with his staff to develop and implement a professional development plan. He is always availablefor staff to answer questions or concerns they may have.He is an excellent role model! Congratulations Mr. Tulikangas! We are proud to bestow this prestigious honor to you.Congratulations to Karen Aubrey! Congratulations to Karen Aubrey for receiving her PSP at the 2011 NAEOP Annual Conference held in Charleston, SC on July 20, 2011.The Professional Standards Program (PSP) is a voluntary program established by the National Associa-tion of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP) to encourage educational office professionals to growprofessionally.The program is designed as a series of five levels in Option I and nine levels in Option II. The awardingof a certificate based on education, experience, and professional activity recognizes each level ofachievement in the program. The current highest-level certificate must be recertified five years fromissue date or upgraded according to the guidelines to be considered current by NAEOP. Karen AubreyA member who holds the Advanced III, Option I, or Associate Degree or higher under Option II is quali- Caledonia North Supervisory Unionfied to apply for the distinction of Certified Educational Office Employee (CEOE).
  4. 4. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 4 2 VAEOP 73rd Annual Fall Conference October 28 & 29, 2011 Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center, Stowe, VT AGENDA Friday, October 28, 2011 3:00 p.m. Check-in time at Stoweflake & Registration 3:00-5:00 p.m. Hospitality Suite Open 5:00-6:00 p.m. Beginner Dance with Karen Amirault 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant 8:00 p.m. “Personal Opportunities” - Mary Kay, Partylite, and networking in the Hospitality Suite Saturday, October 29, 2011 7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration/Morning Snack 8:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome - Glory Martin, VAEOP President Flag Presentation/Pledge of Allegiance Introductions Inspiration - Gayna Warren, CEOE, NAEOP Presidential Advisor Keynote - Kathy Lech, CEOE, NAEOP Immediate Past President Business Meeting Administrator of the Year Apple Awards Installation of 2011-2013 VAEOP Board - Kathy Lech, NAEOP Reflection from Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. First Workshop - TRIAD Consulting 12:00-1:15 p.m. Lunch & Entertainment (Mt. Mansfield UHS Dance Team) 1:15-3:30 p.m. Second Workshop - TRIAD Consulting 3:30-4:00 p.m. Closing/Raffle/Distribution of Attendance Certificates
  5. 5. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 5 2 VAEOP 73rd Annual Fall Conference Registration October 28 & 29, 2011 Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center Stowe, VT REGISTRATION FEE: $80/pp (includes $20 2011-12 VAEOP dues + lunch** + morning & afternoon breaks)Name_______________________________________________ Home Phone_____________________________Home Address_________________________________ City_____________________ State_____ Zip_________Employed at__________________________________________ Work Phone_____________________________Work Address__________________________________ City_____________________ State_____ Zip_________Email Prefer mailings at: (√ one) Work____ Home____** Dietary Restrictions:There will be a Board dinner and social networking events on Friday evening, October 28, at Charlie B’s Pub and Restau-rant. If you would like to join the Board for dinner, please check here and you will be added to the reservation. YES, please include me for dinnerPayment Information: __________Enclosed is a check payable to “VAEOP” for $80.00 __________Enclosed is a purchase order (# ___________) for $80.00 ** REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 10, 2011 **Send form & Payment to: Karen Aubrey PO Box 77 Sheffield, VT 05866
  6. 6. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 6 N! Are You Ready for BRING IT O VAEOP²? Visit VAEOP² = Another Exciting Opportunity Personally & ProfessionallyIt all begins on Friday, October 28 with Check-In at 3:00 p.m. at the Stoweflake Resort. Come visit the VAEOPHospitality Suite for more information about the conference, questions you may have, and gather for socializing.Take part in a Beginner Dance Class with Karen Amirault.Have dinner along with the VAEOP Board at Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant. Benefit from networking with othercolleagues.Do you want a new “look”? Play with mineral make-up; find your perfect lipstick shade, plump up your lasheswith one of four mascara formulas. Return later to the Hospitality Suite for a Skin care presentation from MaryKay. Also smell and taste all the comforts of home. Crisp and spirited scents will lend a rousing refreshmentto your life personally and professionally… Be enveloped in the splendor from Partylite/Two Sisters Gour-met!On Saturday, start with a morning snack and the Annual business meeting. Hear from NAEOP representatives,recognize Apple Award recipients and the Administrator of the Year, and experience the installation of the2011-13 VAEOP Board.Our workshops will be presented by TRIAD Consulting. TRIAD shows people how use technology tools with-out letting them get in the way of productivity. If you are looking for training that pays for itself immediately, at-tend this conference.The day will wrap-up with closing remarks and a fabulous raffle….wait to see these prizes! This is a conference you are not going to want to miss!
  7. 7. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 7Microsoft Office Training for Educational Professionals Presented by TRIAD Consulting LLCTRIAD is a microcomputer solutions provider with a special focus on education. TRIAD Consultinghas trained hundreds of school staff members to become Microsoft Office experts in their dis-tricts.Training OverviewThe principal partners of TRIAD Consulting, LLC, Gini Courter and Annette Marquis, have exten-sive experience in personal computer software application training, database design and systemsimplementation. In addition to being the authors of over 25 computer training books for Sybex,Inc, the largest independent publisher of computer books in the world, the partners are engagedin various projects that keep TRIAD on the front-edge of technological advances.Our conference workshop time will be dedicated to tips and tricks to maximize productivity usingMicrosoft Office products. This will be an interactive training designed to provide useful tips andto answer questions from participants regarding Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. If you’verecently transitioned from Office 2003 to 2007 or 2010, or if you’ve been a 2003 user for years,you may have a challenge you’ve never found a solution for. This is a perfect opportunity to askthe experts in a setting where everyone will benefit!Visit the TRIAD website ( for additional information about ourtrainers.About The Owners Annette Marquis, MSW Annette Marquis has over 15 years executive management experience in health care and non- profit organizations and over 10 years experience providing software training and writing user documentation. She combines her experience of office systems, her friendly writing style, and her knowledge of technology to provide practical, applicable technology training and information.Gini Courter, MBAGini Courter has designed and implemented computer training programs and databases for a multitude of schools,colleges, businesses and other organizations over the past 15 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge about how toeffectively design, implement, and enhance technology in any size organization.
  8. 8. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 8September 22, 2011Dear VAEOP conference guest:During your stay, be sure to immerse yourself in the world-class Spa at Stoweflake, New England’s most cele-brated Spa. The 50,000 sq ft Vermont-inspired spa and wellness center has been voted Elle Magazine’s “Top14 Spas”, Forbes Magazine, “Top Ten Hottest Hotels Spas"—among many other awards and accolades.The spa features signature treatments including Maple Sugar Body Polish and Jasmine Honey Vichy—as wellas a wide range of massages, facials and wraps. Spa treatments also include use of the spa’s unique hydro-therapy soaking pools, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and private sanctuary lounges for both men andwomen.The use of our Walking Meditative Herbal Labyrinth is encouraged to complete your Spa experience.Because of the spa’s popularity, it is crucial that you pre-book your treatment to guarantee the time thatyou prefer. Appointments are taken on a first call, first service basis— we will extend at 20% savings on ALLservices for the guests of the VAEOP conference October 28-29, 2011. Call us today at 802-760-1083.Please ask for myself and I will assist you with scheduling services.We look forward to seeing you soon.Warm Regards,Mara PoulosSpa Sales ManagerStoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa1746 Mountain RoadStowe, VT 760-1083 ext: 5531
  9. 9. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 9 VAEOP 73rd Annual Fall Conference To be held at . . . . Room Rates $149/night (single or double) this discounted rate Rates: may be extended for the entire weekend for conference members All rooms feature work desk with complimentary internet access (some high speed, some wireless), coffeemaker, bathroom with hair dryer and Spa at Stoweflake amenities, iron and ironing board, Spa bathrobes and AM/FM/CD alarm clock radio.Your stay includes the following: ◊ Use of Stoweflake Sports Club and grounds ◊ Top-of-the-line fitness facilities and equipment, indoor and outdoor heated pools, outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, and racquetball/squash court; ◊ Private nine-hole, par three golf course, practice range and greens; ◊ Tennis courts ◊ Access to The Spa and Salon at Stoweflake (see page 8 for discounted savings) ◊ Fine dining ◊ Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant, Poolside Café and Winfield’s Bistro
  10. 10. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 10How to Register1. Complete registration form, enclose check/Purchase Order and mail to Karen Aubrey by 10. October 102. Contact The Stoweflake Resort at 802.253.7355 or 800.253.2232 by October 1 for reserva- tions.3. Share this information with colleagues!Traveling to the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa1746 Mountain Road (Route 108), Stowe, VT 05672 USAFollow I-89 to Vermont Exit 10, Waterbury/Stowe/Rt. 100Directions from RT 100: Turn right onto Route 100 at the end of the exit ramp and continue on forapprox. 11 miles. Turn left at the blinking red light in the village of Stowe onto Rt. 108 (MountainRoad). Continue on Rt. 108 for approx. 2 miles - the Stoweflake will be on your right. The Special and Urgent Needs (SUN) - Irene Recovery grant round was created to address the short-term needs of nonprofits directly impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Please note that this grant round is open to nonprofits that sustained damage from Irene as well as nonprofits facing significant resource challenges in providing services for those affected by Irene. We recognize that Vermonts nonprofit sector is an integral part of our communities and our state, and that many nonprofits in Vermont lost facilities and materials at a time when their services were needed most. It is our hope that this fund will help ensure that nonprofit organizations get the support they so urgently need. We help people give to the causes they love. Thank you for making a donation to help Irene relief and recovery efforts in Vermont. Bring a Check to the conference The Vermont Community Foundation P.O. Box 30 Middlebury, VT 05753 Please make your check payable to the Vermont Community Foundation with the name of the fund to which you are do- nating (SUN-Irene) written on the checks memo line.
  11. 11. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 11 Pumpkin Squares With Cider Caramel Sauce Packed with vitamin-rich pumpkin, these lightly spiced cake squares are a delicious autumn treat. Our recipe calls for canned or fresh produce (see our recipe for pumpkin puree), and the batter is a cinch for young chefs to mix up. Kids will also learn a candy-making technique as they prepare the cider caramel sauce, a not-too-sweet complement to the cake. Ingredients FOR THE CIDER CARAMEL SAUCE: • FOR THE PUMPKIN SQUARES: • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed • 1 cup sugar • 1 tablespoon cornstarch • 1 1/2 cups flour • 2/3 cup apple cider • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder • 2 tablespoons heavy cream • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda • 1 tablespoon butter • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice • Salt to taste • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 3/4 cup vegetable oil • 1 (15-ounce) can of pumpkin or 2 cups fresh pureed pumpkin • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten • Ice cream for serving (optional)Instructions 1. Heat the oven to 325º. Grease a 9- by 13-inch baking pan and set it aside. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first six ingredients for the squares. Add the oil, pumpkin, and eggs, and whisk until the batter is evenly blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. 3. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 min- utes. Remove the pan and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 1/2 hours. 4. Just before serving the cake squares, make the cider caramel sauce. In a medium-size saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar and cornstarch. Add the cider and stir well to dissolve the other ingredients. Cook the mixture over medium-high heat, whisking con- stantly, until large bubbles form around the perimeter of the pan, about 3 minutes. Re- duce the heat to low and allow the sauce to continue to simmer until it thickens, about 2 minutes more. 5. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk in the cream and the butter. Let the sauce cool slightly, then taste it and add a pinch of salt, if necessary. 6. To serve the dessert, cut the baked cake into 3-inch squares and top each with a scoop of ice cream, if you like, and a drizzle of warm cider caramel sauce. Makes 12 squares and about a cup of sauce.
  12. 12. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 12 VAEOP MEMBERSHIP FORM Membership Year: October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012 New Member ($20.00) Renewal ($20.00) Elementary School Secondary School High Education Administration/Business Special Services/Guidance Department of Ed. Vocational/Technical Education Other:Name:Home Mailing Address:Work Location/School Name:Work Mailing Address:E-Mail: Work Phone:I prefer to receive mailings at: Home Work Return this form with check payable to VAEOP to: Brenda Blodgett VAEOP Vice President River Valley Technical Center 307 South St. Springfield, VT 05156 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL OFFICE PROFESSIONALS P.O. Box 12619 • Wichita, KS 67277-2619 • 316/942-46822 • FAX 316/942-7100 B New B Renewal B Active Membership $45 B Institutional Membership $80 Membership Application B Retired Membership $25 B Corporate Membership $55 Continuous Membership B Associate Membership $45 B Magazine Annual Subscription $25 (12 full months) B Magazine Annual Subscription (Retired) $10 All fees must be paid in U.S dollars Dues are not deductible as aName: charitable contribution forHome Phone: Office Phone: income tax purposes.Address: B Elementary B Middle School/ Jr. HighCity: State Zip: _________________ B SecondaryFax: E-mail: B High Education B State Department B AdministrationRecruited by (Name): Glory Martin, President, Vermont AEOP B Career & Technical Ed. B RetiredB Check Enclosed B VISA B MasterCard B Other (Specify):Card Number __________________________ Expiration __________________ _______________________Signature _________________________________________________________
  13. 13. GREEN MOUNTAIN ECHO PAGE 13 NAEOP 2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE Charleston, South Carolina July 18-22, 2011
  14. 14. Vermont Association of Educational Office Professionals Visit our website! Glory Martin, Editor Addison Northwest Supervisory Union 48 Green Street, Suite 1 Vergennes, VT 05491 802-877-3332 October 7, 2012 Return Ballot for 2011-13 VAEOP Executive Board October 10, 2012 Register for VAEOP Annual Conference October 28 & 29, 2012 73rd VAEOP Annual Conference Stoweflake Conference Center January 15, 2012 PSP Filing Deadline March 23 & 24, 2012 Northeast Area Professional Development Days Stoweflake Conference Center, VT May 15, 2012 PSP Filing Deadline May 16, 2012 VPA/VAEOP Spring Conference Lake Morey Inn & Resort July 9-13, 2012 NAEOP Annual Conference/Institute Costa Mesa, CA The Vermont Association of Educational Office Professionals (VAEOP), founded in 1938, is the only professional association for educational office personnel in Vermont. It is our belief that educational office professionals are an important link in the total educational program of each student and we are proud to be members of the educational team. The purpose of VAEOP is to encourage educational office professionals to attain high standards of performance through professional growth, and to advance recognition of the vital role they play as members of the educational team. VAEOP Executive BoardGlory Martin President Addison Northwest SU 877-3332 gmartin@anwsu.orgBrenda Blodgett Vice President River Valley Technical Center 885-8303 bblodgett@rvtc.orgKaren Wheeler Secretary Addison Northeast SU 453-3657 kwheeler@anesu.orgKaren Aubrey Treasurer Caledonia North SU 626-6100 Kaubrey@cnsuschools.orgDianne Marcotte Region I Chair Vergennes Union High School 877-2938 dmarcotte@anwsu.orgRhonda Gilman Region II Chair Lyndon Town School 626-3209 Rgilman@cnsuchool.orgCally Clifton Region III Chair Berlin Elementary School 223-2796, Ext. 121 cclifton@u32.orgTammy Moyer Region IV Chair Poultney Elementary School 287-5212 tammy.moyer@rswsu.orgPat Cahill Region V Chair Windsor Southwest SU 875-3365 pcahill@wswsu.orgCheri Goldrick Past President Lyndon State College 626-6451 cheryl.goldrick@lyndonstate.eduDianne Jaquith Advisor Barstow Memorial School 773-6926