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August President's Letter

Thu, August 29, 2013 11:38 AM | Grace Judson

Greetings to you!

Can it really be almost August? My calendar says so. The weather says so. But my mind can't quite wrap around how fast the summer has gone.  (Whisper it ... but this means it's only three months to Thanksgiving. Yikes.)

We have a big announcement for this newsletter. 

After much discussion and weighing of many pros and cons and risk factors, we have decided that we will not have an annual Your Turn to Learn Conference this year.  The reasons are multi-layered and many, far too many to go into here, and the further we get from the decision point the more confident we are that it was in fact the right decision.

HOWEVER:  Mark your calendars! We ARE having a September Chapter event, and Jim Smith Jr. WILL be coming to San Diego to talk to us. The date is the same - September 24th - and it will be a lunchtime meeting. Specific location is still under consideration.  Of course you'll get an email with all the details. You can read more about Jim at his website,

PEAK AWARDS: If you've even been considering whether or not to apply, I urge you to email Bryan Lubic ( and let him know.  He or one of the PEAK committee members will be glad to talk you through the application process. There's no time left for delay, however, because the application deadline is Friday!

BOARD ELECTIONS: The hard work has paid off: Nancy McMonigal, our next-year's President, has put together a wonderful slate of Board candidates for her 2014 ASTD San Diego Board of Directors.  Voting starts on September 11th, and you can vote online by logging in at our website and following the link on the home page to the voting area.  If you are a Chapter member, please be sure to vote!  If you'd prefer to vote in person rather than online, there will be paper ballots available at the September meeting.  (And of course you were coming to that because it's Jim Smith Jr., right?)

I sincerely hope that you all had a wonderful summer, and are looking forward to the rest of the year. 

Grace Judson
2013 Chapter President


Volunteer of the Month: Melanie Proshchenko

Melanie is one of our long-term members of the Chapter, and has been involved in many ways over the years. She's currently the Chair of the Mentor-Protege program committee, and everyone on the Board is grateful for her calm, cheerful leadership of this important program.

Mel has also been instrumental in helping Nancy McMonigal, 2014 Chapter President, plan her strategy and recruit her Board.  

Please join me in a big thank you to Melanie for her consistent willingness to pitch in and help!

Upcoming Events

September 12:  Human Performance Alliance Mastermind

Join members and guests of San Diego leadership organizations for an informal evening of conversation, networking, and masterminding.  Click here to learn more and register.

September 24:  Join us to hear Jim Smith Jr. of JIMpact!

Save the date!  Even though we aren't holding a Conference this year, Jim Smith Jr. will still be in town to talk with us about performance improvement, inside-out "no excuses" leadership, and personal power. It's a great opportunity to hear one of our industry's leading speakers and trainers!  (Email announcement with details coming soon.)

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