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Quarterly Newsletter August 2015
Founder's Message



This has been and very difficult year for me personally and I am grateful I was able to devote my time and attention to my husband and family during our crisis. I am also grateful that my GPS family stepped in and stepped up to keep everything going while I was away. It truly shows we can depend on each other in times of need and give our attention and love where it is needed most.I so appreciate all your calls, cards. flowers and messages of love and support as I lost my best friend and soul mate.He loved GPS and all of you so much and was our biggest cheerleader and fan throughout our journey. He will continue to be my inspiration as I work with our leadership to be all we can be for our membership. We can surely honor him and his memory with renewed action and efforts to always strive to make sure we are following his example of devotion and dedication. Thank you all so much and I look forward to seeing you all soon.




Debbie

 



GPS Introduces our new Mobile App.
Developed by Flea Genie. 
Jan Markley is a member of our Surprise Chapter and she has worked non stop to train our members, leaders and working with the web designers to get all our member info on the app.
Please go to this link on our website for the latest information, and all things for this app. 

Coin Wars!!!

The easiest and best fund raising idea EVER!!  Each chapter is challenged to begin collecting coins from your members at your chapter meetings. The contest runs until November 19th. MidFirst bank has pledged to match our donations up to $1000 at the Fall Expo with their Coin Truck. If we collect over $2000 they wil kick in another $250. All these funds go back into GPS to make our events and programs even better and more exciting for YOU!! The winning chapter will receive a prize to be named later.You can use your current coin boxes or create a new one. We began collecting coins on Aug 1st. The coins collected can be supplemented by any chapter fund raisers. Coin boxes will be voted on at the expo in November. Our goal is to beat last year's total by $500. 

 
Benefits of a GPS Membership
 
 
  •  Lasting and Productive connections
  •  Education Webinars
  •  Support and encouragement
  •  Bi Monthly Meetings
  •  Area Chapters
  •   Leader Support
  •   Social/Business Mixers
  •   Annual Awards Banquet
  •   Member Directory
  •   GPS Mobile App
  •   Newsletters

GPS Dues are $24 in January and July for your home chapter. Additional chapters are $12 per half year. You can pay PAY ONLINE HERE.

2015 Chapter Membership dues are to be paid in January and July. Your dues may be prorated monthly if you join mid period. Please contact your Chapter Leader if you have any questions or need more information.

Where does the money go??? Here are some of the programs and events we provide with your dues and fund raising dollars. Your executive board decides on monies spent and allocates funding for each one as needed.
 
Our fund raisers/dues income have partially or completely funded the following:
 
All mixers including food, drinks,decorations, venue fees and (if needed) speaker fees
Maintaining Chapter leader manuals
Paying a back office assistant to populate and monitor the new GPS App
Paying a back office assistant to maintain GPS website
Subsidizing the Annual Awards banquet to keep the ticket prices low
Banquet supplies, flowers,decorations, awards, printing, plaques, gifts, DJ
Mixer prizes (attendance)
GPS Store merchandise
GPS Flyers and Cards
Fundraiser supplies
Annual Expo supplies, sign cards, hole punches, balloons, tents, tables as needed
Printing costs and supplies (paper, ink, notebooks)
 
 
New member services recently added
 
GPS Mobile app
Go to Meeting video conferencing
Smug Mug Photo sharing site
Future leadership training 



 

Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Openings


 
There is a section on the website where you can register for a Grand Opening, Anniversary or Ribbon Cutting for your business. This event will be promoted on the website, and the business owner will get recognition for her business. Whether you operate your business from home OR are in a building, you will benefit from this GPS member service. Please check the website for the latest event, and come out and show your support to the business owner!! Click HERE for the Ribbon Cutting page on the website.
Founder's Message
Here are the wonderful women that have been spotlighted by their chapter members as a shining example of what we should all strive to achieve as we Give First~Share Always. These women are chosen from the chapter after they fulfill all requirements. That is consistent attendance, current on member dues and at least 6 months as a GPS member. Visit business spotlight to view this member benefit and their information.
Website Updates!!

Please join me in thanking and appreciating Melissa O'Neill Lance for doing such a great job with our website and New GPS App. She has been working very hard to make sure the information you get is correct, current and up to date.
She is currently working all our back office duties such as website updates, app administration and updates, and keeping track of all chapter updates and changes, She monitors and updates our Networking Phoenix posts as well.


She can be reached at 623-703-6872 for any questions on the above programs .Her e mail is melissa.gpsfam.assistant@gmail.com

2015/2016 GPS
Board Leadership


Phyllis Strobel~Executive Board President
Viga Moss – GPS Executive Vice President
Cynthia Fisher – GPS Executive Board President-Elect
Dona Yantz – GPS Executive Board Recording Secretary
Vonnie Warr – GPS Executive Board Past President
Deb Beckman – GPS Executive Board Treasurer

GPS Expo at Greenway High School Band and Chorus Craft Fair

Please click here to go the website announcement for our Annual Craft Fair at Greenway High School. This is a exciting  event and very well attended. Is has been held over 22 years in a row and GPS is a very solid presence!!

New Member Drive

Each chapter will be getting both GPS flyers and chapter specific cards to hand out to businesses and potential members to invite them to our meetings. We challenge each chapter to grow at least 50% by year end. This benefits both the members and GPS as a whole. Please keep these materials with you and spread the word!!

Smug Mug


Have some chapter meeting or event photos? You can upload them to our Smug Mug photo sharing site and we can all check them outII  Click this link to go the the website and share your photos.

Video Conferencing

GPS has now set up a way for us to meet without going anywhere!! This is helpful for committee's, do tells, chapter conferences, etc. Click here for the link to set up a video conference using our company log in and password. This conferencing is for one organizer and up to 5 members. This site is to be used for GPS business only please.
We are still beta testing this site, so be looking for an announcement with all log on and usage information.







 

Remember to take advantage of an amazing new feature on our website. Please click here to go the the information relating to our member events calendar. This link will show you how to post your business event and share it with everyone in GPS!!

 

Leadership 101


Many of our chapters are incorporating education into the chapter as part of their meeting agenda. We are currently working on a Leadership seminar expected to be held in Mid to Late September. This event is open to ALL GPS chapter leaders, co leaders, and members that are interested in hearing about ways to improve their leadership skils. These seminar topics and speakers will benefit and help you improve and grow your business, as well as your chapters. Please watch for announcements as we finish putting this program together. Please thank our Executive Vice President Viga Moss for her hard work on this project!!

If you would like to be considered for Leadership in GPS, please contact Debbie at 623-764-1627 to schedule an interview and for more information.

Thank YOU!!

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