September activities included the association’s Annual Family Fun Night, nearly a dozen chapter meetings, and a Leadership Conference as it gears up for an educational autumn and begins making plans for 2018.
On August 31, ASA-Northwest held its 8th Annual Family Fun Night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, WA.
According to ASA-Northwest President/Executive Director Jeff Lovell, "We had over 140 members join us for our 8th Annual Family Fun Night, and it's always great to see the kids getting foul balls, laughing, and enjoying the game. It was a beautiful evening to watch the Rainiers win 3-to-2 on our own private party deck. We enjoyed BBQ buffet with hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips, and ice cream bars."
The association also hosted 11 chapter meetings along with a Leadership Conference last month. Rod Stephens with The Stephens Law Firm presented "Washington State Mandatory Sick Leave and Employment Practices Review" to six ASA-Northwest chapters, teaching attendees how to comply with I-1433 and the consequences for those who fail to comply. The Pierce County Chapter received its update on Sept. 7, the Whatcom/Skagit Chapter heard Stephens' presentation on Sept. 12, and the North Sno-King Chapter received its education on Sept.14. The Yakima, TriCities and Spokane Chapters each had an opportunity to discover this valuable information on Sept. 19, 20 and 21, respectively.
On Sept. 12, the Vancouver/Portland Chapter learned the importance of online reviews for generating more business from Greenhaven Interactive's Dave Parkhurst, who delivered an encore presentation to the Olympic Peninsula Chapter on Sept. 19.
On Sept. 13, the Eugene Chapter enjoyed a tour of Lane Community College with dinner, an OR shop Licensing Bill Update, and a Chapter Planning Session. The evening ended with Lovell's ASA-Northwest Update. The South Sno-King Chapter met on Sept. 21 for a seminar titled "Use Tax for Dummies---Do You Know All You Need to Know?" which was presented by John Glenn, Revenue Auditor of the WA State Department of Revenue.
The Southwest WA Chapter held its monthly meeting on Sept. 25 on "Telephone Tips and Techniques for Tomorrow," which included references from and a free copy of "Go For No," written by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz. Leon Martin of Auto Tech Services also covered emotional connections, words to eliminate, and words and phrases to employ.
ASA-Northwest held its 2017 Leadership Conference on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA. The preceding evening included the association’s Reception and Taco Bar, a networking opportunity. Following breakfast on Saturday morning, ASA-Northwest members spent the day addressing industry-related business topics as the association educated attendees on best practices and how to improve their businesses. The event concluded with dinner and a hosted bar. The conference was sponsored by Benefit Consultants Northwest, Integrated Claims Management, Interstate Batteries, AutoZone, RLO Training, Bolt On Technology, Perpetual Business, and LKQ Corporation.
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