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It’s hard to believe we are heading toward Thanksgiving, but, here we go into the holidays. A few things that I am thankful for this year include my family, all my new friends and the fact that once again, with the very capable assistance from Ron Kingston (our super lobbyist), we have managed to keep some of the most negative legislation away from our industry. Make sure to read Ron’s article about everything that has been accomplished—you will not only see the value of your membership dollars, you may even be inspired to join our Political Action Committee (PAC) and get involved in the fight.

In addition to our PAC successes, we are dedicating this issue to all the award winners from our annual Saluting Our Stars Breakfast. I was so impressed with all the nominees and award winners and want to thank our management companies for participating and honoring those who continue to help all of you in your success. So many people that surround you on a day-to-day basis never get noticed, thanked or honored, and I am proud to be a part of making sure that there is a place and time where we are able to thank them for all they do for our industry. So be sure to take a look at all the pictures and congratulate them on their nomination and/or award.

Now, have you heard about the Civic Center project going on at City Hall? I just attended a presentation with the two finalists who are vying for the right to build out this project. Not only are they approaching the project from different design perspectives but the services and focus of amenities, retail and residential opportunities are stunning. This revitalization of the downtown area will be a welcome and beautiful addition to the downtown area and will provide a whole host of new reasons to visit our area. There are going to be a few more opportunities to see and hear from the design teams as they begin to enter into the public comment phase, so if you have any thoughts or comments on the project, you might want to keep an eye out on when these opportunities will come about.

Here are some dates to remember and things to put on your to do list before the end of the year:

1) Our 2015 Annual SourceBook is open and waiting for your advertisement. Be sure to contact Tom Heller to get your ad in before it closes out. Some NEW things to look for:

a. Look for our NEW Page flipper. It will be much easier to find your ad and listing with this new tool.

b. More links in more places. What does that mean? Well, we are going to be sending out the link to both this magazine and our SourceBook to three to five new sites so that we can get the word out about these great resources.

c. Getting into the SourceBook keeps you in front of decision makers for the whole year. This one-time payment is certainly worth the expenditure. We are the ONLY Association who puts out a SourceBook and we don’t want you to miss out.

2) Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 4 — the Annual Holiday Party to benefit the children of Interval House. This safe haven for domestic violence continues to provide housing, counseling and support for victims and their children. AACSC has supported this organization for many years and we are proud to continue that tradition. The only thing we ask is that you bring an unwrapped new toy and we will deliver it to them the following day. Nothing is greater than to see a child smile on Christmas morning.

I wish you all a peaceful, safe and happy holiday with your family this month. No matter how you celebrate this time, I hope you think about what you have, how you can bless others and honor your family and friends.

So I leave you excerpts from a poem called “Beginning Today” by Penny White:


Beginning today I will no longer worry about yesterday.
It is in the past and the past will never change.
Only I can change by choosing to do so.
Beginning today I will look in the mirror and
I will see a person worthy of my respect and admiration.
Beginning today I will cherish each moment of my life
Beginning today I will open my mind and my heart.
I will welcome new experiences.
I will not expect perfection from myself nor anyone else: perfection
does not exist in an imperfect world.
Beginning today I am responsible for my own happiness and
I will do things that make me happy… pleasure can be found
in the most simple of gestures.
I will change what I can and the rest I will let go.
I will strive to become the best me I can possible be.
Beginning today. And every day.

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