The President's Message: It's Time to Add *Conference* to Your Calendar!
Conference time is just around the corner and it's time to place September 28-October 1 on your agenda.

Discover the Treasurers of More Sales and meet new friends by attending the annual joint CPF, SAPA and IFPA conference scheduled at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando.

The conference committee members have placed "Leadership Skills" at the top of the list. When it comes to leadership, there is always room for improvement. The keynote session will be "Dare To Lead" sponsored by The Citadel College in Charleston, S.C. The theme of the college's mission is "to educate and develop principled leaders" in all walks of life.

The Citadel has built a reputation around the world for its academic distinction and the quality of leadership it helps develop.

If you attend you will improve your leadership skills, get ideas on social media marketing, have the opportunity to be part of a publishers' mini summit, attend a session on how to print money, learn from an "everything digital" panel, attend a media buyer panel discussion, win some money at the three-minute idea exchange and have tons of fun.

The fun will include a Thursday night reception with DJ Denny Rogers and a Friday night reception with entertainment by the Trop Rock Junkies. The band was started by Steve Tolliver, a former CPF and SAPA vendor, who now performs around Florida and other places.

The good news is that despite declining classified revenue, the CPF board of directors has approved charging only $59.50 per room per night for up to two nights so that members who publish the network classified ads can attend. The conference will end Saturday afternoon. If members wish to stay over on Saturday night, they may do so by paying their own room cost (which is $129 plus taxes) for the additional night.

One of the highlights for CPF members will be the annual "Awards for Excellence" awards ceremony. Once again this is our opportunity to honor the talent of the graphic and editorial personnel of this association. Entries are due at the CPF office by August 3.

Despite this being a joint conference, CPF will have its own session for the "Awards for Excellence" presentation, using the format we used last year. The rules, categories and entry forms to enter this year's awards competition are included in this newsletter (below).

Another cost-cutting measure by the board in 2016 has been to cut the annual CVC audits from once a year to every other year. CVC President Tim Bingaman assures us that this measure will not affect any decisions by major advertising agencies. For those that use the audit information, the key is to keep CVC and CPF posted of any circulation changes.

The conference registration is included in this newsletter (below) and also available online at www.communitypapersofflorida.com. Fill it out and send it in and we will see you in Orlando.

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