Next month’s meeting in New York
Times are not all that easy, and in difficult times it’s often a problem to find good ways to relax, to be among friends simply as friends, to lean back, have a drink and a bite of something good and out of the ordinary to eat, and maybe even play a friendly game of cards, if the spirit so moves.
Have I got good news for you!
All of the above are firmly planned for Sunday evening, December 7th.
Our NAIR meeting at The Mayflower Hotel on Central Park West in New York will begin at 6:00 PM and go until 10:00 PM . . . at least. The first two hours will consist of an open (yes, that means you won’t need your wallet or purse) bar and a phantasmagorical array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres that will take your mind off your problems. The idea is, of course, for reps to go back to their territories and publishers back to their offices in an upbeat, can’t-lose frame of mind.
And, for some, the best is yet to come. Permission has been secured for those of us who so wish to engage in a friendly game (or games, if need be) of poker. One absolute rule: NO MONEY MAY APPEAR ON THE TABLE(S). Otherwise, it’s traditional dealer’s choice — unless, of course, that gets out of hand.
There will probably be a few minutes devoted to a more formal meeting, but we’ll keep it all as brief as possible. The whole idea is to relax among friends and prepare for the onslaught of a whole new season.
Hard to imagine anyone’s missing this one on purpose, isn’t it? And publishers, you are not only invited, you are urged to attend. As you can imagine, it would be very useful if you’d e-mail me if it looks as though you’ll be able to come. It would be criminal to run out of goodies, whether solid or liquid.
Spring election of NAIPR officers
Every other year our bylaws require us to have an election of officers and board members. The timing of the Spring 2004 meeting will be decided at the above meeting. Some time before that, ballots will be mailed out to every rep member whose dues are up to date. They will be returned to me and counted, and the results announced at the Spring meeting.
All this is by pleasant tradition, as well as by law. What is a far less pleasant tradition is that individuals must be begged, bullied or otherwise importuned even to consider taking on an elective office. We need a president, a treasurer, and a secretary. We also need a board member for each of the six US territories, plus one member-at-large. With the exception of the president, no one needs to spend more than a few minutes a month in addition to the two board meetings a year held during sales meetings.
Please let me know of your willingness to serve, or serve again. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels.