The President's Meessage: May 2008

By Jim Kendall

What an awesome conference!

What can we say?

It was show time in Orlando for the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) annual conference. This awesome conference boasted great attendance, delightful entertainment, and most importantly, some wonderful training seminars that were very well attended.

We sent a lot of people home happy, with lots of cash in their pockets. For their winning entries, the graphic artists and editorial personnel picked up over $10,000. Those who attended the meetings and earned entries into the Kentucky Derby drawings went home with over $5,000. And how about Lynn Krueger? By selecting Big Brown as the winner, she doubled her earnings from her horse race contest ticket and picked up $2,000.

Congratulations to all the Awards for Excellence participants. The winners were deserving and every entry was a winner.

We continue to owe a great deal of gratitude to the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) for initiating The Leadership Institute (TLI). The programs by Rob Zarrilli, Jim Busch and Chris Dayton were an important part of this conference.

The presentation by Stavros Cosmopulos (he said to call him Steve) is one that will long be remembered. Even at the age of 81, his passion, knowledge, enthusiasm, talents and accomplishments were obvious. It was an honor to hear him speak.

Ideas on how to use the Internet were an important part of the conference as well. Thanks to Peter Jackson of the Breeze Newspapers and Preston Gibson of the Cape May Herald in New Jersey, we went home with some ideas on how to make better use of the web.

Thanks to Peter Lamb we had a great open mike session. Tim Bingaman updated us on the CVC audits and Charlie Papy, the CPF attorney of record, advised the members on rack ordinances.

Ana Pican and Albert Fiegler brought their "on the road show," Effective Ads: If you Build It ... Revenue Will Follow, and it was an outstanding presentation. This program is part of the CPF regional training, and it continues to be available for members who want to have this seminar presented at their facility.

Congratulations to Pam Slaven of Tower Publications in Gainesville. For her sales contributions to the CPF classified network, she was named the first recipient of the annual Terry Hisken Memorial Award.

Carla Floyd has served this association as a member of the board of directors for over 20 years. She has been involved in the success of CPF. At this conference she announced she will retire in June. She attended her final board meeting on May 1. For her service the board named her an honorary lifetime member of CPF. She is only the third person to receive this distinction. Dick Mandt and Milton Beckerman were past recipients.

Thanks to the CPF telemarketing reps who sell the network ads, we have the funds to pay for this conference. It cost the association over $800 for each individual who attended. Thanks for attending.

Now it is time to look ahead and start the process of planning the 2009 conference. We welcome comments on this year's conference, and suggestions for next year. E-mail them to the CPF office:

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