Still Time To Support Send Me On Vacation with a Year End Contribution

Cathy Backus (right) attends SMOV Think Pink Bermuda Cruise.

Cathy Backus (right) attends SMOV Think Pink Bermuda Cruise.

Send Me On Vacation — a philanthropic group supporting breast cancer survivors — teaches us that vacations have the power to profoundly change the lives of breast cancer survivors. Send Me On Vacation provides survivors with a vacation experience that serves as a catalyst, bridging the physical treatment of cancer with the emotional healing process needed for complete recovery.

The group has just completed a Think Pink Bermuda cruise on NCL in October and is hosting a second cruise beginning on November 30th to Mexico on Carnival Cruise Line. During the stay in Bermuda, SMOV conducted two workshops at The Bermuda Cancer Center for more than 40 local survivors.

The last cruise was amazing, says SMOV Founder, Cathy Backus. “It totally exceeded my expectation. We had 35 people onboard and spent 7 days facilitating workshops, transforming survivors into Mermaids and memorializing the moment with a photo shoots.”

The cruises are the organization’s hallmark program called “A Mermaids Journey.” They provide a much-needed vacation for SMOV recipients and an opportunity to engage in programs that accelerate healing. Once a year the Mermaid’s Journey experience is offered as an empowerment retreat to the public to assist women in connecting to their inner mermaid. Thanks to Sponsor-donated accommodations the money collected from attendees goes toward fundraising. Last year the event was sponsored by SFX Preferred Resorts and Vidante.

Make a donation online at sendmeonvacation.org or email Cathy@sendmeonvacation.org to donate a week or air miles.

DORS–Christel DeHaan’s efforts to save futures!

Can we find a woman to admire more than our own beloved Christel DeHaan? I don’t think so! Read her letter to me:

One of the most gratifying aspects of my role as Founder and CEO of Christel House is sharing student success stories. Our kids around the globe are accomplishing great things and their lives are being transformed.

On June 5, we celebrated another milestone – this time for adult students in our Dropout Recovery School (DORS) program. On that day, twenty graduates – aged 18 to 56 – received their high school diplomas, including a mother and son.

Our students’ stories are unique, and their reasons for having dropped out of high school vary. But, all demonstrate important qualities that point to their future success, including a strong work ethic, determination and perseverance.

I applaud their courageous efforts, and thought you would enjoy this short video of our graduates telling in their own words what Christel House means to them.

 

How can you get the most from ARDA in 2015?

Lena Combs

Lena Combs, CPA

I asked my clients at Averett Warmus Durkee (AWD) CPAs how they plan to get the most from their participation in the Washington, DC-based timeshare trade association, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). One of the firm’s partners, Lena Combs, says she and another partner, Tom Durkee, are fully committed to another year of service to the to the timeshare industry through volunteer work with the Over the years, the two have increased their participation by taking on an ever-escalating workload, which now includes four ARDA committees.

“I find the HOA Outreach Committee very interesting,” says Combs. “Its programs are focused on providing resources and education to legacy resorts. Another committee I particularly enjoy is the Meetings Committee, even though it’s hard work. We meet three times a year and spend many, many hours working on formulating content for the annual convention educational sessions, both before and during our meetings as a group.”

“Participating in ARDA’s leadership requires attending meetings several times a year, speaking at industry conferences and writing articles about our area of specialty for Resort Trades, Developments magazine and other publications,” adds Lena. “But it’s well worth it as we grow our own knowledge and expertise while helping improve the business environment for the industry.”

Tom serves on the Finance and Research committees. These two have learned that greater involvement in the trade association gives them access to decision-makers from the major development and management companies. A supplier looking to do business with this select group of professionals can expect to increase networking opportunities by participating in ARDA committee and council meetings.

Carrie Vandever appointed social media director

Carrie Vandever, Resort Trades Social Media Director

Carrie Vandever, Resort Trades Social Media Director

February 2, 2015 – Resort Trades, the news journal mailed to a nationwide subscriber base of almost 7,000 resort professionals, and its online news source – ResortTrades.com – are pleased to announce the appointment of Carrie Vandever as Social Media Director.

Vandever has been instrumental in building an online presence for ResortTrades.com that receives almost 5,000 unique visitors per day and indexes over 11,000 pages, or 86+ gigs, of data. She was one of the earliest social media experts in the timeshare industry when she operated the company’s previous site, AskMANDO.com.

“ResortTrades.com and our social media sites are updated throughout each day with relevant, timely news,” says Resort Trades Managing Editor Sharon Scott. “Carrie’s work is essential to our commitment to keep our readers informed. In turn, this ‘socialization’ provides our advertisers with the ultimate avenue to educate resort managers and developers about their products and services.”

“ResortTrades.com has amassed a unique archive of information that is unparalleled in the industry,” adds Publisher Tim Wilson. “We have stored every press release and print edition that has been posted or printed since 1997. Given this tremendous volume of materials, ResortTrades.com’s archives are undisputedly the most complete repository of the industry’s history in existence and include biographies of industry pioneers, the famous “Women in the Industry” series, supplier/vendor information and much more.

About Resort Trades
The Trades was established in 1987 and distributes approximately 7,000 print copies monthly to every U.S. vacation ownership resort, to a voluntary subscriber base of resort professionals of all walks and at all the industry’s important conventions and conferences. Along with the publications online social media activities and ResortTrades.com, the entire enterprise adds value to the industry as a whole with an enormous volume of informative content to assist resort operators in running their properties more efficiently, raising revenues more effectively and making better-informed buying decisions. www.ResortTrades.com.
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