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Happy Halloween! Or All Hallows Eve!
Or day of dangerously high accumulations of sugar!
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.
Bylaws Vote (Instructions and Links to Documents)!: 
Next week, the three-year process of Organizational Design will reach a peak when you are asked to vote on the Bylaws. To be clear: if the Bylaws pass - and they must pass by a 2/3 majority of those voting - the new model will also pass. The expectation is that the new Bylaws will not be in full force until January 1, 2018.
 
The " red line" version of the Bylaws are available along with a " clean copy." The redline version incorporates changes from the feedback received during the comment period.
 
David Carl, chair of the Organizational Design Work Group (ODWG), offers his thoughts on the process as this part of it comes to a formal close. Amanda Jones, Board representative to the ODWG, offers her responses to several of themes of concerns raised during the comment period.
 
The vote will take place online. Click here for instructions. The "voting booth" will be open from Monday, November 7, 8:00am EST until Wednesday, November 9 11:59pm PST. We hope to send out a "News You Can Use" Thursday, November 10 once the election results have been verified. And don't think the synchronicity with the national election has been lost on us! We've had several folks mention that they will vote early incase they are packing to move to Canada on Wednesday.
 
On behalf of the Board and the ODWG, thank you to all members for the thoughtful (and at times passionate) engagement in this process. Whether or not this proposal passes, it is clear that our membership is active and engaged in the future of ACPE.
Beginning of Marketing Plan Development: 
As noted last week, nine supervisors and three national staff gathered with Jackson Spalding (JS), a professional marketing and PR firm based in Atlanta to engage in what they call an "excavation," i.e. a process of getting to the core of our branding message. When people ask me about ACPE's "elevator speech," I usually reply that I can give it to them but I need at least 120 floors to get through it. By the end of November, the JS team will report back to us. There are a couple of additional steps to this process, then we will begin conversations about a national conversation/process for discussing the association's name. Here's a picture of the wonderful group that gathered in Atlanta:
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Back row: Mark Hart, Dennis Kenny, Dagmar Grefe, Peter Keese, John Roch, Trace Haythorn
Middle row: Jasmine Okafor, Jo Clare Wilson, Chris Brown
Seated: Amani Legagneur, Amy Greene, Deborah Whisnand

A Poem for Reflection: 
I love this poem from Rita Dove, especially on those cold mornings where I'd rather pull up the covers and sleep for a couple more hours:
Imagine you wake up
with a second chance: The blue jay
hawks his pretty wares
and the oak still stands, spreading
glorious shade. If you don't look back,
 
the future never happens.
How good to rise in sunlight,
in the prodigal smell of biscuits -
eggs and sausage on the grill.
The whole sky is yours
 
to write on, blown open
to a blank page. Come on,
shake a leg! You'll never know
who's down there, frying those eggs,
if you don't get up and see.
Just for fun:
If you have a sense of academic life, this may make you laugh: A Short Compendium of Academic Humor.
This Week on the Calendar:
Monday, October 31 Halloween
* Reformation Day - Christianity [Protestant churches]
This day commemorates October 31, 1517 C.E., when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, eventually leading to the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Most Protestant Christian churches will mark this on Sunday, October 30th.

* Samhain - Wicca
Celebration of the Celtic New Year. The dying God returns to the womb of the Goddess in preparation for rebirth at Yule. The souls of ancestors and those who have died during the turning of the past year's wheel are remembered. Vegan Wiccans harvest nuts, the kernels of which symbolize wisdom.

Tuesday, November 1
* All Saints Day - Christianity [Western churches]
A commemoration of the lives of people, known and unknown, whose holiness and compassion toward others represent the best Christian virtues. In some Christian traditions, the following day is reserved for intercessions for the dead and is known as All Souls' Day. Latino/a people in North and Central America mark these days in connection with celebrations of Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

* Birth of the Báb - Bahá'í
Anniversary of the birth of the Báb, one of the twin Prophet founders of the Bahá'í faith, in 1819 C.E. His nineteen disciples, known as Letters of the Living, taught his religion throughout 19th century Persia. His shrine is located in Haifa, Israel. Bahá'ís suspend work on this day.

Wednesday, November 2
* Birth of the Bahá'u'lláh - Bahá'í
Anniversary of the birth of the Bahá'u'lláh ("Glory of God"), the founder of the Bahá'í faith, in Tehran, Persia [modern-day Iran], in 1817 C.E. Devout followers suspend work on this day; some begin their observance of the day on the previous day's sundown.

* Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I - Rastafari
Because Rastafarians recognize Haile Selassie (born Ras Tafari Makonnen in 1892; died in 1975) as an incarnation of God and a messiah who will lead the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora to freedom, peace, and prosperity, his coronation day as Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930 is remembered as a major festival.

Thursday, November 3
* Qudrat - Bahá'í
The beginning of the thirteenth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "power."

Saturday, November 5
* Jnana Panchami - Jainism
On this fifth day of the Jain new year, some believers begin a 36-hour fast and offer prayers and rituals in order to seek right knowledge and transcendent wisdom.
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