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Trace Informal Welcome to Monday Briefing, a weekly digest from ACPE Executive Director Trace Haythorn

Each week, you will receive related articles, updates on ACPE transitions, and helpful links to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
Organizational Design Interview: 
As you read this, I will have visited with seven of nine regions. I'm hoping we can schedule a webinar for interested folks from the Southeast whose meeting was cut short by Hurricane Matthew. We continue to hold all those struck by Matthew's wrath in our thoughts and prayers.
 
I recently invited ACPE President Carlos Bell, Organizational Design Chair David Carl, and Consultant Donna Dunn to sit down for an interview about this work. Check out the video on Youtube.
 
Please note this is the last week to make comments on the Bylaws. You may email ACPERedesign@acpe.edu. Thanks to those who have already taken time to comment.
What's in a name?: 
As I've traveled, several folks have wanted an update on the question of our association's name. On October 18, a group of supervisors who were invited by President Bell will come to Atlanta to meet with a firm that will walk us through a process that will not only invite member participation in determining our name but will also look at the whole of our "brand," i.e. our look, logo, color palate, style guide, communications tools, and ultimately our marketing plan. Thanks to  Amy Greene, Dagmar Grefe, Mark Hart, Amani Legagneur, Jo Clare Wilson, Dennis Kenney, Peter Keese, Deborah Whisnand, Chris Brown, John Roch, and Jasmine Okafor for their willingness to serve in this stage of the process. We'll keep you posted about the different stages of this work.
A Poem for Reflection: 
I've traveled enough lately that I've taken to putting a post-it note on the phone to help me remember where I'm waking up. It doesn't take travel to leave us in a space where we're not sure quite where we are or why we're there.
 
At the same time, few things are more disruptive than a hurricane, the combination of a tornado's wind, the seemingly endless wetness of floods, and the months of recovery that follow. Where do we go from here?
 
Disorientation is critical to the CPE process as I understand it, and Virginia Hamilton Adair captures something of this in her poem, "Where did I leave off?"

Where did I leave off yesterday?
I stood at midnight with the mouse
caught in a cornflake box and rustling slightly.
What to do next? I stepped outside
into the backdoor tangle of thorns and roses.
I did not know my neighbors.
They'd be puzzled to see a cereal box
in their backyard. Good luck,
little mouse, I said, as the box sailed high over the fence.
 
Our next mouse crept
into an empty cider tub for the sweet dreg.
I stood the bottle up, a sad, sweet jail.
Almost at once she gave birth to a litter of six.
I carried the bottle of mice to Lincoln Park
and left the job on its side, for easy exit,
under a sheltering bush. They were all
Beatrix Potter mice, dainty and lovable;
not the gross travesties of Disney.
 
                                                I was lonely
with my husband away all day at work.
But after a wild party Kentucky Derby Day,
we too began to breed in Rapley Caves, under our thicket of pipes
but not in cereal box or cider bottle.
In the first cyclone to hit the eastern mid-Atlantic coast,
we moved to New Haven in such a  deluge
that canoes passed us on the Boston Post Road, and driving into New Haven, all the elms blew down behind us. I survived a surfeit of tainted oysters
and gave birth to our first child.
He will be 55 next week.
 
Why am I telling you all this?
And for the good of the community:
As most of you know, Carrie Newcomer will join Parker Palmer to kick off our 2017 national conference in Minneapolis. Here's a sample of her work that I think is also a message to those who find themselves lost in these times: Carrie Newcomer video.
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