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profit trade association affiliated with the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB).  Our membership is comprised of over 325 companies across Central Texas area with a workforce of over 8,000.  Our jurisdiction encompasses Greater East Bell County including the cities of Temple, Belton, Salado, Morgan's Point, Troy, Academy, Holland and Rogers.


We are governed by an 11 member board of directors of which a majority must be builders including our Board President.  We have two full-time professional staff, an Executive Director of Government Relations and an Executive Director of Operations. Our offices are located at 12 N. 5th Street, Temple, Texas. For more information, please contact us 254-773-0445 or e-mail us at

The NOBLE Youth Leadership Conference

The NOBLE Youth Leadership Conference will be held July 23-27, 2005 in conjunction with the NOBLE National Conference.  The youth Leadership Conference Schedule is as follows:  


Saturday, July 23, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Youth Registration

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Youth Conference Orientation
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. NOBLE Youth Initiative Reception

Sunday, July 24, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Youth Registration
7:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Worship Services (Optional)
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   Exhibitors' Reception   

Monday, July 25, 2005
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Youth Registration
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Workshops A1-A3

  • Workshop A-1
  • Workshop A-2
  • Workshop A-3
    Presented by the Tavis Smiley Youth 2 Leaders


Noon -1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Workshop A-4
    Presented by the Tavis Smiley Youth 2 Leaders
3:00 p.m. -5:30 p.m. NOBLE Youth Project Development Sessions
7:15 p.m. Depart for Host City Reception
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Host City Reception

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Youth Registration
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Youth Activities (Ages 5-12)
9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Workshop B-1 - SAT Preparation
    Presented by the Princeton Review
  • Workshop B-2 - Preparing for Your Financial Future:
    The Smart Money Program
    Presented by FDIC 
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • The Law and You
    Presented by the Central Virginia Chapter of NOBLE 
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Workshop B-3 - Leadership: Let's Tap into Your Developing Resource
    Presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Wednesday, July 27, 2005
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Youth Registration
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Staging for the Memorial March
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Memorial March (Youth will wear the official Youth Conference Shirt)
Noon - 5:00p.m. Youth Activities (Optional)
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Workshops C1- C3

  • Workshop C-1
  • Workshop C-2
  • Workshop C-3
    Presented by the Tavis Smiley Youth 2 Leaders
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. NOBLE Youth Banquet & Dance

All youth must be registered to participate in the NOBLE Youth Conference.  Youth activities are designed for young people between the ages of 5-17. 


Important Update:
Attention all Chapter Colleague, effective January 1, 2006 we will NO longer accept any new Colleague membership applications. Any current Colleague members who wish to renew will have ONE  full term for 2006-2007.   (eg. has an expiration of March 31, 2006 he/she will be allowed ONE more renewal April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007).  

To renew your colleague membership for 2006-2007 click here!



President's Message
Are you an expert who speaks professionally? If you are - then you belong in CAPS!


It’s my honour to welcome you as the Toronto chapter President for 2006. We are committed to providing world - class services for the Professional Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator.

We’ve got a terrific year planned for 2006.The leadership team of
CAPS Toronto works together to bring you the tools you will need to grow your speaking career. We provide valuable networking opportunities with other North American professional speakers through our meetings and special events and valuable on-line and audio resources. Our goal is to equip our members to exceed their clients' and audiences expectations – every time!


Mission Statement


To raise the profile and professionalism of our members.


We value:


  • Connection
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Professionalism 

What is CAPS?

We are professionals who make our living through the business of speaking, training, or facilitating. At our monthly meetings, professionals in the speaking business are invited to share industry insights, tips, best-practices and experiences with CAPS members and guests. Professional speaking skill development is just one of the topics highlighted at our meetings, programs, special events and in our newsletter. Our aim is to constantly improve ourselves, our businesses and the lives of our clients.

Benefits of CAPS Toronto Membership 


'Speaking well' isn't enough. To be really successful, entrepreneurs need to:


  • Improve their sales and marketing techniques. 
  • Watch and learn from other professional speakers
  • Get information about speaking trends and best-practices
  • Be connected to NSA (the National Speaker’s Associaiton, an international group of professional speakers)
  • Network with senior speakers and seminar leaders

If you’re located in the Greater Toronto Area, your best location to learn how to take your speaking or training business to the next level is CAPS Toronto, the largest Canadian chapter!

To contact our Board of Directors click here!  To visit the CAPS Toronto website - click here!


On behalf of CAPS Toronto, it is my pleasure to warmly welcome you to our community and invite you to join us at our next event. When you get there, introduce yourself to any one of the leadership team...we’d love to help you achieve the success you want!

Peggy Grall, President
CAPS Toronto Chapter


Colorado Restaurant Association Members Dish out  Great Summer Meals and Deals! Dine Out Often this Summer!


Bastien’s  Restaurant, 3503 E. Colfax Ave (Colfax at Madison), 303-322-0363:  The patio is open with twofers served on the patio all summer long.    The patio is can be reserved for a relaxed business meeting, poker parties and birthday parties, especially for those turning the big Five-0 to show ‘em you’re still a kid at heart.  Among summer beverages, the Pomegranate martini, lychee martini and cucumber martini are the latest martinis to join Bastien’s drink menu.  There’s also pitchers of Sangria and beer for long summer afternoons and evenings with old friends.  Join Bastien’s e-mail list and receive monthly specials.  This month’s special: Will’s Chix Stix to start off the dinner. Then choose an entrée: 10 oz. Sugar steak, Monkfish poached in orange juice with a mushroom sauce, 12 oz. Thai pepper steak, 8 oz. filet mignon, or grilled shrimp. Each entree is accompanied by either soup or salad and potato.  Then accompany your meal with either a beverage (one cocktail, or one non-alcoholic beverage, or one glass of wine) or dessert (any of our house desserts) all for $19.37.  Join the mailing list at or visit


The Black-eyed Pea, 15 restaurants in Colorado including the cities of Aurora, Broomfield, Denver, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Englewood, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Littleton, Loveland, Northglenn, Parker, Pueblo:  Enjoy a Tuacarita on the Black-Eye Pea summer drink menu, plus “Tastest Great to Me!” summer dining specials for $9.99 and include a selection from the Black-eyed Pea Classics menu plus dessert.  The Black-eyed Pea is best known for its comfort food, but has incredible salads, too.  Look for the opening of Black-eyed Pea’s catering department.  For restaurant addresses and other information visit


The Blue Jay Lodge & Café,  22332 Hwy. 145, Placerville , 970-728-0830: 

Patio dining as well as daily lunch specials, plus specials each night all summer long.


Briar Rose Restaurant & Bar, 109 Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge, 970-453-9948:  The Briar Rose has a large deck surrounded by seasonal flowers off its bar/lounge that features mountain views. Happy hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and reservations are accepted for dinner in our Victorian Dining Room. 


Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant, 1000 Osage St., Denver, 303-534-9505:  The Roofgarten of Denver’s historic Buckhorn Exchange restaurant is open providing the perfect setting to dine amid flowers, trees, an Old West chuckwagon and special lighting.  With summer here, the Roofgarten is open for evening dining, during Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., and for special occasions, seating groups of 25 to 60 for lunch or dinner.  New on the summer drink menu are the Pomagratini and Pomarita which use pomegranate liqueur.  The Buckhorn offers free parking for Rockies games.  Park in the Buckhorn’s parking lots and take RTD Light Rail’s “C” Train to Union Station, just steps away from Coors Field. Light Rail’s Osage Station is right across from the Buckhorn.


The Butcher Shop Restaurant, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-2484:  Beautiful deck for summer dining on Burgess Creek, complete with the sound of bubbling waters.


CapuVino, 728 S. University Blvd., 303 282-4914:  Enjoy daily specials on the patio which hosts live music, wine tastings and is available for private parties.  Daily happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. when 10 wines are featured for $3 and draws are $2.50.  There’s even free food on Wednesdays.


The Celtic Tavern, 1801 Blake St. in Denver’s LoDo,  303-308-1795:  Patio open for drinks and dining nightly.  Every Thursday Night the Celtic offers a  Prime Rib Dinner for $14.95, plus has daily lunch and dinner specials.  Happy Hour Monday through Friday when premium Well Cocktails are $2.50.   The restaurant’s full menu is available for takeout.  Every Saturday night, the Andrew James Band plays.


Chad's Grill, 275 Union Blvd. Lakewood, 303-988-5666:  Chad’s has two outdoor patios plus daily drink specials.  Enjoy Chad’s margarita and martini menus, 16 draft beers, an eclectic wine list and full bar service.  Chad’s menu features certified Angus beef, pastas, salads, rotisserie chicken, sandwiches and snacks.  The entire menu is available for takeout.  Look for wine and art shows, live music at this casual dining spot.  Visit


The Cork House Wine Restaurant, 4900 E. Colfax Ave (Colfax & Eudora)., Denver, 303-355-4488:  Join your friends on the Cork House’s beautiful tree-shaded patio where Happy Hour is offered every afternoon from 3 to 6:30 p.m. when all call martinis are $3 and all call cocktails at $2.  Plus, wine by the glass is half price during Happy Hour.  Reduced-price appetizers also available.  Happy Hour pricing also is in effect late on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight.


Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, 719-685-9000:  This Manitou Springs favorite is now open for patio dining.  Visit:


Drakes Restaurant,  220 S. Lena, Ridgway,  970-626-3113:  Patio dining with an incredible mountain view, plus 10 percent off dinners served before 6 p.m., and $1 off martinis before 6 p.m.  The menu is available for takeout.  Visit


Elway’s, 2500 E First Ave. in Denver’s Cherry Creek North, 303-399-5353:  Elway’s patio is the perfect place to sip summer drinks and enjoy the Second Annual Elway’s Summer Music on the Patio which kicks off Wednesday, June 14th at 7 p.m. with Opie Gone Bad. Local guitarist Robert Eldridge warms up the crowds every Wednesday night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Headliners play from 7 to 9 p.m. during concerts sponsored by Ketle One Vodka, Mount Gay Rum, Corazon Tequila, Charbay Vodka and Colorado Expression Magazine.   Other scheduled performers include: June 21, The Railbenders (country rock); June 28, Chris Daniels and the Kings; July 12, Soul School (R & B); July 19, The Indulgers (Irish rock); July 26, Pete Martinez (country); Aug. 2, Hazel Miller.  Visit


Fontenots Fresh Seafood and Grill, Downtown Winter Park, 970-726-4021:  A large deck with lots of  sunshine and gorgeous mountain views awaits visitors. Open for lunch and dinner every day. A great menu of frosty blender drinks , handmade margaritas,and cocktails. Locals say it’s the best deck in town.


Foodies, 721 Granite St., Frisco, 970-668-3163: Patio dining available, plus   Apres’ menu, tasting menu, plus wine education and wine tastings throughout the summer.  Foodies offers a wide selection of wine by the glass (more than 30) and specialty beers.  The restaurant will pack gourmet picnics featuring meat, cheese, bread, and condiments for gourmet picnics and has a large selection of half bottles of wine.  Check out the in-store winemaker events being offered all summer long.  Visit

The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, 303-697-4771:  The Fort’s patio overlooks
the Denver city lights and is open seven nights a week for cocktails, appetizers and desserts.  Enjoy the Fort’s most popular summer drinks, The Fort's Prickly Pear Margarita and 1840 Hailstorm Premier Julep.  And on the 4th of July, The Fort will be salute the nation’s founding fathers by having its cannoneer fire off the 1800s cannon.  Visit

The French Press, 34295 Hwy 6 #C-1-B  Edwards,  970-926-4740:  Enjoy patio and sidewalk dining along Edwards Riverwalk.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.  The restaurant has a 160-bottle boutique wine list. Visit the restaurant’s web site at



Fritz Alpine Bistro, 195 River Run Road, River Run Village, Keystone, 970-468-1420:  enjoy Summer drinks specials, as well as a screwcap wine special featuring the  WineFritz trademarked tool.  With more than 250 wines, the Fritz Alpine Bistro is the  2004, 2005 and 2006 Wine Spectator Award winner.  Open seven days days a week for lunch, apres and dinner, plus wine and cheese tastings every Friday and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. for $10 per person.  Look for Wine Pairing and Winemaker dinners throughout the summer and enjoy live jazz every Saturday evening with the Peter Krainz Trio and special guests.  Visit


Golden Burro Café & Lounge, 710 Harrison Ave., Leadville, 719-486-1239:  The historic Golden Burro Cafe & Lounge, which was established in 1938, is offering a full line of summer entertainment in its banquet room including dinner theatres, melodramas, Olde Tyme Photo sessions, cultural performances and musical performances.  There’s sidewalk dining under an awning overlooking Harrison Avenue where summer drink specials include Burro on the Beach - 21 oz. pineapple juice, orange juice and raspberry vodka with a splash of Campari.  Take out menu is available from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and is posted on the restaurant’s web site along with the entertainment schedule. The Golden Burro also offers box lunches for those wanting to take tours on Leadville's train ride or other events.  Visit


Great Northern, 8101 E. Belleview, Denver, 303-770-4741: Great Northern’s beautiful patio has 100 seats with umbrellas at every table and is open for lunch and dinner service as well as cocktails.   The restaurant offers daily lunch and dinner specials, reduced price appetizers during happy hour 7 days a week from 3 to 6 p.m.  Great Northern beer is brewed at the Keystone restaurant and select wines are served by the glass.  Great Northern’s entire menu is available for takeout and picnics.  Look for several promotions throughout the summer including live music on Saturday evenings, complimentary beverage “samplings” of select products by local distributors, themed dinners paired with wine or handcrafted beers, educational spirits seminars and many additional events. Visit our website where events will be posted.


Jose’ O’Shea’s, 385 Union Blvd. Lakewood, 303-988-7333:  Dine on one of Jose’ O’Shea’s two patios – the dining room cantina is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and cantina patio from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.  Enjoy light salads and finger foods as well as the restaurant’s full menu.  Sip Mexican beers served with limes or a tropical drink special. Dozens of foods are prepared for takeout such as homemade Guacamole,  tacos and fajitas.  There’s live music on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. on the patios ranging from Mariachis to harpist.  Look for the Rubber Ducky Margarita with a numbered prize on each one.  Visit


Kohnami Sushi Restaurant, 7673 N. Union Blvd/Briargate Blvd.,, Colorado Springs,  719-599-8689:  Kohnami’s menu is always changing as its creative chef, Jung Kew, creates new and stunning presentations as he has for the past eight years. Family owned and operated, the atmosphere and food at Kohnami is exquisite.  Enjoy sushi, rolls, beef, chicken, homemade homemade dressings and sauces including Teriyaki and Barbecue.  Takeout food available for picnics.  Fifty percent of Kohnami’s business is dedicated to takeout, including special occasions such as weddings or lunch and dinner business meetings.  View scenic Pikes Peak from the restaurant’s bar.


Las Margaritas Uptown, 1035 E. 17th Ave. at Downing in Denver, 303-830-2199:  Las Margaritas Uptown offers two large outdoor patios open for lunch, Sunday brunch, Happy Hour, dinner and late night dining.  Reserve the East Side Patio for private lunch, happy hour or dinner parties with a minimum of 25-30 persons.  A lunch special menu features 10 lunch lite entrees as well as our regular house menu and is served served Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Dinner is served nightly featuring a special Coastal Dinner Menu as well as our complete regular menu.  Treat yourself to Late Night Patio Dining in Historic Uptown Denver, until 1 a.m. every night.  Patio Happy Hour Specials include After Work Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. featuring $1. off drink specials and on Friday a Free Mexican Munchies Buffet.  Late Night Every Night after 10 p.m., enjoy two for one on all our Margaritas and Draft Beers.  Ice cold buckets of Mexican beers are always on special at $12.  Sunday Brunch Buffet features Mexican & American Brunch Favorites, Wonderful Desserts and Outdoor Patio Dining 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit


McCormick's Fish House and Bar, 1659 Wazee St., 303-825-1107:  Patio dining available.  McCormick’s menu changes daily so look for new items, including summer drinks on the bar menu.  The entire menu is available to go.  Visit


Mead Street Station, 3625 W.32nd Ave., in Highland Neighborhood at 32nd and Lowell in Denver, 303-433-2138:   A new summer dining and drink menu includes some light, fruity and refreshing cocktails -- perfect for the outdoor patio. There’s live local entertainment five nights a week with no cover charge.  Join Mead Street Station’s 10th anniversary celebration, June 12 to 17 when for an entire week, the restaurant will have customer-appreciation specials on food and drink, plus giveaways and special music performances. On Saturday, June 17th, Mead Street Station will be part of the 24th annual Highland's Square Street Festival.  Visit


Mezcal, 3230 E. Colfax Ave., 303-322-5219:  Check out the patio that seats 30 and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Summer specials include two Happy Hours – the first from 4 to 6 p.m. and featuring $1.25 Pabst Blue Ribbons, $2.25 Tecates, $2 well drinks, $4 30/30 Margaritas, and $4 Mojitos; and the Late night Happy Hour 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring $1.25 Pabst Blue Ribbons, $2.25 Tecates, $2 well drinks and $1 award-winning tacos.  Friday happy hour features tequila tastings from 4 to 6 p.m.., on the first Thursday or every month, there’s Beyond Joses first Thursday-- a Free Tequila tasting for Women, including giveaways and recipes.  Tequila dinners are held each month featuring menus by chef Sean Yontz.  Mezcal offers an assortment of catering packages

Mirepoix, inside the JW Marriott at 150 Clayton Lane, 303-253-3000:  Enjoy the redesigned patio, complete with a fire pit and lounge seating where live Latin jazz will be featured every Thursday night.  Lounge and Patio Appetizers include Spicy Chicken Confit Bites, Crab Cake Puppies and Mushroom Fondue.  There are wines by the bottle available for $20 an under along with a summer drink menu featuring Pomegranate Martinis and Mint Juleps.  Henry Butler will be playing on the Mirepoix Terrace June 23 and there will be live jazz every Thursday through Saturday.  Visit


Morton's The Steakhouse, 1710 Wynkoop St. in Denver, 303-825-3353 and  8480 E. Belleview Ave. Greenwood Village, 303-409-1177:   For Summer Drining, try Morton's Grilled Trio at $59 per person. This grilled summer sensation includes Morton's Center Cut Filet, Sesame Encrusted Yellowfin Tuna (with spicy soy ginger sauce), Two Colossal Grilled Shrimp, Grilled Asparagus
Caesar Salad or Morton's Salad, Morton's Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake or Signature Creme Brulee.


Nick-N-Willy's Take-N-Bake Pizza, Several locations throughout Colorado including the cities of Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Castle Pines, Evergreen, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Louisville and Silverthorne:  The homespun Colorado pizza restaurateur is promoting BBQ Chicken Pizza on the grill throughout the summer with a great half-price offer on a large Nick-N-Willy’s BBQ chicken pizza made with an olive oil glaze, a special blend of mozzarella and cheddar provolone cheeses as well as BBQ chicken breast with fresh chopped red onions and a hint of cilantro.   The  promotion runs through August.  Why heat up the kitchen when you can cook the pizzas on the outside grill.  Barbecuing instructions come with the BBQ chicken pizza or instructions for the Outdoor Grilling Method on the Nick-N-Willy’s web site at

North Modern Italian Cuisine, 190 Clayton Lane, Denver, 720-941-7700:  The patio is open open every day for lunch and dinner dining and the full menu is available for takeout.  Visit


Old Chicago has 25 locations in Colorado including the entire Denver-metro area, Boulder, Longmont, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Silverthorne and Grand Junction.  There’s patio seating available at most locations and nothing says summer like the savory flavors of BBQ, including Honey BBQ Wings, Honey BBQ Chicken Salad, Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich or the Chipotle BBQ Pork Calzone.  Old Chicago has a new Summer Drink line-up featuring four new summer cocktails including the O.C.I.T (Old Chicago Iced Tea), the Metropolitan, the Sunset Beach and a Lynchburg Peach Lemonade.  Old Chicago has four new non-alcoholic drinks, including the Lemon Dew Shake (featuring Mountain Dew), the Little Big Cookie Shake, a Berry Good Lemonade and the Old Chicago Mists which infuses Sierra Mist with, a variety of tangy fruit juices.  Since cold beer is perfect on hot summer days, in honor of our 30th Anniversary, Old Chicago will also host an Anniversary World Beer Tour Mini-Tour that will feature 10 different beers perfect to quench your thirst.  Old Chicago’s full menu is available To-go and the restaurant is known for its late-night menu.  Visit


Paris on the Platte, 1553 Platte St., Denver, 303-455-2451 and Paris Wine Bar,  1549 Platte St., Denver, 303-217-5805:  Both the coffeehouse and the wine bar have outdoor seating with the coffeehouse not only having a sidewalk patio but a  back patio as well.  Both offer full menu takeout items for summer picnics.  The Paris Wine Bar has a daily happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and After-Midnight specials on all wines already opened.  Paris Wine Bar has a monthly wine tasting on the third Monday evening of every month. A different wine or group of wines are every month. Tastings are $15 per person and include appetizers. Call the Paris Wine Bar for details.  Visit and


Pearl Street Grill, 1477 S. Pearl St., Denver, 303-778-6475:  The restaurant’s patio has been voted Best Patio two years in a row by AOL.  Summer Sippers are $4 and include House-Made Sangria(white or red), Mojitos, Cucumber Coolers (house infused cucumber vodka with white cranberry juice, soda water and fresh lime), House Margaritas, and Champagne.  Cocktails include Bellinis, Kir Royals, Mimosas and Pointsettias (champagne and cranberry juice).  The Pearl Street Grill is at the heart of  Old South Pearl Street monthly artwalks held the first Friday of every month; and Farmers Market on Sundays,  through October 29. Pearl Street Grill's Patio and restaurant is available for parties up to 50 people any time of the year.  Visit


Randolph’s Restaurant & Bar, 1776 Grant Street, Denver, 303-318-7272:  The patio is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.   Enjoy patio during Happy Hour, too, --  Monday to Friday, 4  p.m. to 6 p.m.   The terraced patio not only provides the perfect spot for alfresco happy hour but also perfect views of the Colorado sunset reflected off the buildings of Downtown Denver.  Randoph’s summer menu is refreshing and light but heavy on local and seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Named one of  “Denver’s Best Happy Hours” by 5280 Magazine, Randolph’s is the perfect place to enjoy classic cocktails or Randolph’s signature cocktail the Denver Rosebud (Pomegranate puree, peach and cranberry vodkas, splashes of vanilla and citrus in a sugar glazed glass with fresh raspberries) in an elegant backdrop reminiscent of the Warwick New York in the late 1920s.  Picnic offerings are available on request and on Fridays, enjoy live jazz band. This year, Randolph’s rotates three bands and on Wednesday and Thursday Nights has a piano bar featuring Ellyn Rucker.  Visit


Restaurant Kelly Liken, Gateway Building @ 12 Vail Road in Vail, 970-479-0175:  The restaurant is running a progressive special for diners during which your first visit if a 20% discount on the entire bill regardless of how much or little you buy -- even if it’s just a cocktail.  On you second visit, receive 30% off your entire bill, then 40% off your entire bill on your third visit and 50% off on your fourth visit. Kelly’s summer cocktail list is better than ever and include’s her tomato consommé martini that has fans begging for spring time.  Restaurant Kelly Liken is the perfect location for a rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding reception.


Rock Bottom Downtown (16th Street & Curtis), 101 16th Street, Denver:   The patio has open access to the 16th street pedestrian mall where guests can enjoy the Beer of the Day for $2.50.  Every Friday night Music at the Bottom will be held on the front patio, with festivities starting at 4p.m. and music starting at 7 p.m.  Here’s the lineup; June 2:  DKO; June 9:  FJP & The Kings; June 16:  June 23:  Hazel Miller; Rose Hill Dr.; June 30:  Jakarta;  July 7:  Chase N the Dream;  July 14:  Yo Flaco; July 21:  Wendy Woo;  July 28:  Nina Storey; August 4:  Matthew Moon;  August 11:  Chris Daniels & the Kings; August 18:  Dotsero; August 25:  DKO.    Every month Rock Bottom taps a new brew on a Thursday night, with the brewmaster handing out free glasses to anyone in the bar from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Visit


Rock Bottom South Denver (Near Park Meadows Mall), 9627 E. County Line Road:  The patio is open complete with with umbrellas for shade where guests can enjoy happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to closing.  Happy Hour all day Sunday.  Food specials are included with $2.99, $3.99 & $4.99 specials.  During Happy Hour there’s $2.50 beer of the day and $2.95 house wine and well.  Twice a month, Rock Bottom South Denver will celebrate summer with Patio Parties that include grilled food, live music and handcrafted beer! Festivities start at 5 p.m.; music at 6 p.m.  Here’s the lineup: Thursday May 18th: Fredi & the Soul Shakers (Tapping of Sub Zero ESB); Thursday June 1st: Zebra Junction; Thursday June 15th: Oakhurst (Tapping of Overhead Cream Ale); Thursday June 29th: Zebra Junction; Thursday July 13th: Clamdaddy's (Tapping of American Dream Rye-P-A); Thursday July 27th: Fred & the Soul Shakers; Thursday August 10th: David Booker Trio; Thursday August 24th: Clamdaddy's (Tapping of RockVar);  Thursday September 14th: David Booker Trio (Tapping of Rocktoberfest). Every month Rock Bottom taps a new brew on a Thursday night, with the brewmaster handing out free glasses to anyone in the bar from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Check out the website for details,


Rock Bottom Westminster (104th and Hwy 36), Westminster, Call ahead seating 720-566-0198:    Enjoy the patio.  Happy Hour every day from 4 to 6 p.m. in the bar which includes food specials.  Every Tuesday is Pint Night with  your favorite handcrafted beer served in a Pint Glass you to take home. Cost is $4.49; refills are $2.49, day of purchase.  Rock Bottom Westminster, Rock Bottom

Downtown and Rock Bottom Denver South, will serve such new summer drinks as:  Frank’s Marga-jito: Blending two crisp, refreshing tropical favorites, this cooling cocktail starts off like a Margarita and ends up like a Mojito. Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila with Monin Mojito Mint, fresh lime juice and lemon-lime soda.  Rock Bottom Bulldog: A brewery twist on the Colorado classic. Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka, Starbucks coffee liqueur, combined with cream and cola.  Peach-Mist Sangria: This refreshing white sangria gives wine a cool boost. We combine Chardonnay, brandy, Monin Peach with lemonade and fresh oranges.  Sexy Bex: This Vogue Magazine featured, deliciously sweet martini combines Cointreau Orange Liqueur with orange and raspberry vodkas, vigorously shaken with orange and cranberry juices and garnished with a cherry orange flag.   Rock Bottom offers beer  to go in 22 oz bottles, gallon growlers, 5

gallon keg and 15.5 gallon keg. 


Sansone's Bistro, 5969 S University Blvd., at Orchard in Greenwood Village, 303-794-4026:   Happy hour held at Sansone’s full bar featuring two for one drinks.  Bar menu features tapas style dining.  Sansone’s packs the perfect picnic – everything but the ants – at $14 per adult and $7 per child.  Picnic offerings include: Italian Meats & Cheeses Picnic - Picnic basket filled with choice Italian meats, savory cheeses, loaf of fresh baked bread, fresh fruit, and homemade cookies. Great with a bottle of wine and your special someone.  Picnic in the Park - Great for two, or an entire family. This picnic basket is filled with roasted or fried chicken, Dijon potato salad, bread, baked beans or green salad with your choice of dressings, homemade cookies, brownies, or our very own pie, and choice of Soda.  Sandwich Basket - Choose from a variety of sandwiches; Turkey, Ham, Italian Meats, Chicken Salad and more. Pair those with our Dijon potato salad, cherry peppers and pickles, your choice of homemade cookies, brownies, or our very own pie, and soda.  Or, pack your own basket by choosing from several of menu items for both lunch and dinner.  All picnic baskets  include plates, cutlery, napkins, glasses, bottled water/soda, and table cloth.  


Steuben’s, Restaurant, 523 E. 17th Ave., Denver., 303-830-1001:  The patio is open for lunch, dinner and drinks seven days a week, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.  The front of Steuben’s features garage style doors that can be opened, to extend the summer dining experience into the dining room. Along with a full menu featuring American classics, Steuben’s will feature a nightly special, every day of the week.  Specials include, carne adobada, king crab, prime rib, and pan roasted lobster.  Steuben’s drink menu features something for everyone; cocktail classics such as the Manhattan or The Flyin’ Hawaiian, new recipes like The Cherry Cola and Patio Lemonade, and brunch specialties like the Bloody Mary, Bellini and Champagne Cocktail.  House made malts, milkshakes, lemonade and sweet tea are great for the whole family.  Steuben’s offers its entire menu for take-out.  Menu items especially good for a summer picnic include; fried chicken, bbq brisket, the Maine lobster roll, and the vegetarian chilled anti-pasta sandwich.  House made cupcakes, cookies, and pies can also make a picnic great.  Visit


Strings, 1700 Humboldt St., Denver, 303-831-7310:  Strings has an outdoor patio that seats up to 40 people and offers a special patio & bar menu that has great food for under $10, in addition Strings Spring & Summer Lunch & Dinner menus. Every Monday through Friday Strings offers a Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. when a special Elixir menu has martinis and specialty drinks for $5.  Strings' 20th anniversary will be celebrated the week of July 16-22 with different activities and events every night of that week.   Throughout the summer, Strings offers half-off of half-bottles of wine every Tuesday night.  And every Sunday is Mile High Night, featuring a four-course dinner menu for $52.80 per couple or $26.40 per person.  Visit


Tanglewoods, 1552 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, 303- 670-2263:  Patio is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and for drinks and tapas Tuesday through Sunday.   Each Sunday, Tanglewoods features its "Sunday Family Dinner". This Family Dinner is available, along with the Entree menu, from 3 to 8 p.m., and is Monthly Themed. June will feature a New England Style Sunday Family Dinner,

including a Father's Day Clambake. July will be Southern Cuisine and August will be a menu from the Islands.  Each month, Tanglewoods features "Wine Flights” – an  an excellent opportunity to sample a variety of wines and compare like styles from different vintners.  Acoustic music is featured each Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings in  the bar. The best acoustic performers in the foothills are seen on a regular basis performing a mix of Acoustic Rock, Bluegrass and Folk.  Menus, specials, Music Schedules and more are available at



Happy 60th Birthday GPA!

GPA's  Birthday will include many activities and everyone is invited to participate. Send us your memories and the events you think are high points for GPA. We would love to publish them.

To celebrate our year with the community we are planning "A Day In May" and asking each Region and Division to implement a day of service to the community on either May 4, 2007 or May 5, 2007. Our celebration will be a grand Birthday Party on Saturday evening during the Annual Meeting in Atlanta in May at the Loudermilk Center. Please plan to attend. By the way, our Annual Meeting is in May because during Dr. Cecil Harbin’s presidency (1961-1962) the meeting was held in Athens in the winter during an ice storm. Because of this, the Board decided to change the meeting to May in order to avoid inclement weather.

Because presents are important for birthday parties, we welcome gifts to GPA from all of you in the form of donations of a multiple of $60 depending on what you can afford. Please send your presents early along with a birthday card so we can use the cards to decorate the office with birthday cheer for all to enjoy. We will then have a permanent donor plaque placed in the Board room to remember everyone by name who gave a present to GPA.


Trish Muniz
VP of Finance


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May 2008

Laura Steckler - Rubenfeld Synergy Method®

Laura-Hope Steckler Ph.D., C.R.S., R.S.M.T.  is a Clinical psychologist, body-psychotherapist, somatic movement therapist and dancer.  Her body psychotherapy modality is the Rubenfeld Synergy Method®.   American born and trained, she now lives and works in the UK.  She works in a chronic pain service in the National Health Service and sees clients privately. 


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Executive Director’s Column - Ira M. Rubins, CAE

Spring 2007


“Inspiration From Within”



          The 2007 APRA Educational Conference and Trade Show is fast approaching and this year’s theme, Inspiration From Within, is a timely reference to the core values that all of you bring to parks and recreation.  There is already a wealth of up-to-date information on the events, socials, speakers, and educational sessions scheduled for the conference on the APRA website.  I’d like to briefly reflect, however, on some things you won’t find there.  AJ Rico and Wayne Barnett, your conference co-chairs from Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, have been putting their “inspirational” minds to work since before last year’s conference.  They, along with Lisa Sommer, attended most of the 2006 conference planning meetings and were an important part of the entire conference process.  Tucson’s Director, Fred Gray, has been 110% supportive of their efforts and is committed to providing a truly “inspirational” experience to conference attendees.

          Joel Weeks, your 2006 President from Show Low, and Jeff Spellman, APRA’s Vice President from Phoenix, continue to devote many hours helping APRA stay in the forefront of recreation, health, wellness, and natural resource issues.  Their inspiration comes from the community they serve, and the core belief in the value of parks and recreation to our overall health and wellness.

          Additionally, your APRA office staff members, Terrie Britton and Brenda Coover, are both inspired by the dedication and commitment of the membership and are inspirational to work with.  These individuals are just the tip of the iceberg of inspired APRA members who help make your association the exciting and effective organization that it is. 

          From a personal perspective, most of you know by now that I completed my doctoral work in Public Administration at ASU this spring.  I have been inspired by the members of APRA almost daily during my studies.  Your dedication to the populations you serve in your communities, whether it’s the youth, teens, adults, Boomers, or aging seniors, was a factor in my persevering through the Ph.D. program to a successful conclusion.  I did learn much in the six years that it took me to graduate.  One thing that will stay with me is that it takes both inspiration from within as well as support from without to succeed in life.  I was fortunate to have been blessed with that outside support both from my bride and partner Cathie at home, and from the APRA staff and members at work.

          So I challenge you to take your “Inspiration From Within” and combine with your support from without and start on your own journey of inspiration.  Make plans now to attend this year’s APRA Conference in Tucson.  You can book your room at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort today through the APRA web site, and conference registration will be open by the end of May. 

Social Worker of the Year: Pam Berkwitz, LICSW (Chair, Minnesota Coalition of Licensed Social Workers); presented by George Baboila, Member, NASW-MN Governing Board

The following are comments submitted by George Babiola on his nominations form, which he shared with Annual Conference attendees prior to presenting Pam her NASW-MN 2007 Social Worker of the Year award.

Pam Berkwitz, MSW was nominated for Social Worker of the Year because she truly embodies the ethos, and demonstrates success, in all of the criteria areas for this award.

Pam has chaired the MN Coalition of Licensed Social Workers since March 2002.  For the past two years she has been a driving force in the efforts to rewrite the standards which all social workers licensed in Minnesota will adhere to.  These efforts include working with the Department of Human Services Task Force to ensure clinical standards are uniform across all licensed mental health providers.  Her tireless work across many disciplines has led to the current legislative bill which will strengthen professional licensing requirements to be, as one national advocate states, “a model Social Work Bill for all states in the country."  She has deftly negotiated varying views and reactions to this proposal in a way that has garnered support throughout the state.  Her hundreds of hours of work on this effort have all been voluntary.  This work has culminated in the passage of the bill sitting by the Minnesota State legislature, shortly before Pam received her award.

Beyond the coalition, Pam is also a strong presence in her work environment.  Pam has been on the clinical staff of Minneapolis Jewish and Family Services for the past 5 years.  Her colleagues and supervisors hold her in high regard.  She provides mental health services to individuals, couples and families across the life span with a strong emphasis on chemical dependency issues.  She has organized a NASW ethics training at her work site to ensure licensure compliance for her colleagues.  In 2006, she established a social work presence at the Herzl Jewish Camp on a voluntary basis which was so successful they have been invited back again for the summer of 2007.  She also works closely with social work field placement students at her agency.  She has taken on a leadership role in her work setting around clinical issues relating to chemical dependency and will often volunteer to give talks in the community on CD issues.  A supervisor states that she is highly regarded across disciplines and, quoted a case manager, "I love to work with her" in collaboration on shared clients.

Pam recently worked closely with her supervisor to organize a group of 25 coworkers to participate in the Walk for the Cure this past Mother's Day, to honor a colleague and her daughter-in-law. 

Pam is also active on committees at her synagogue.

Until you get to know Pam’s history, one thinks of her as a lifelong social worker - yet her career shifted midlife from corporate lobbying.  The Coalition and social workers across Minnesota have benefited from the marriage of Pam’s lobbying expertise and social work values and ethics.  

Pam completed her MSW in 1994 from the College of St. Catherine / University of St. Thomas.  She has also served on the Board of NASW at its secretary.  Her dedication to the profession and its growth, her service to clients, and her support of the agency she works for all demonstrate the characteristics one looks for in a candidate for Social Worker of the Year!




Ideally, a well-constructed poster will be self-explanatory and free you from answering obvious questions so that you are available to supplement and discuss particular points of interest.

Successful poster presentations are those which have appropriate content and clarity.

CONTENT: Have you provided all the obvious information? Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your material? Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions?

In addition to a title/author label and abstract, most successful posters provide brief statements of introduction, method, subjects, procedure, results, and conclusions. Ask yourself, "What would I need to know if I were viewing this material for the first time?" and then state that information clearly.

CLARITY: Is the sequence of information evident? Indicate the ordering of your material with numbers, letters, or arrows, when necessary. Is the content being communicated clearly? Keep it simple. Place your major points in the poster and save the nonessential but interesting sidelights for informal discussion. Be selective. Your final conclusions or summary should leave ob-servers focused on a concise statement of your most important findings.


Posterboards will be provided.  They are white 48" wide X 36 " high foamboard.  They have 12" wide left & right panels and a 24" wide center panel.  They sit on a table top and fold the way the cardboard science fair poster boards do.  You can bring your presentation in one continuous sheet, cut or creased in three panels, or use individual sheets of paper.  We will provide tape & push pins, for mounting.  We will also have scissors and accessories for trimming, cutting on site. 

There will be time on Saturday morning to set up your presentation.  You may also bring your own posterboard if you wish to have your presentation set before the convention.  Just keep the physical size parameters approximately the same.


Posters are judged and the top three presentations in both the research and literature review categories will receive $50, $25, and $10 awards.  The top three presenters in both categories will have their abstracts published on the MOPA website.

CONTACT:   If you need more information, please contact Stacy Ogbeide, Student Coordinator:,  or Ellen McLean, Executive Director: or 417-429-2650. 



Please call 202-783-4120 or email for tickets and if our FAQ do not address your concern. You can also purchase tickets online.




Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Do you have to be present at the drawing to win?

A1. NO, you do not have to be present!


Q2. So does that mean I can sell the tickets to anyone? Even non-PBUS Members?

A2. Absolutely, the idea is to raise money for PBUS, and there are not many times when we can raise money from outside the organization, so this is a great opportunity!


Q3. If I win will my room have a view?

A3. YES! The suite will have a balcony with a view!


Q4.  Can I buy all the tickets I'm supposed to sell?

A4. Absolutely! The more tickets you have the better your chance of winning this fantastic prize!


Q5. I didn't get any tickets to sell, when can I buy some?

A5.  We will be selling raffle tickets at the Midyear Meeting so you can pick up your tickets there, OR call me right now and I'll mail you some!



Member since 2005

Elan Pharmaceuticals – Clinical Program Manager

                     Chapter: LA/ Ventura


New chapter, new job

I relocated to Thousand Oaks, California from Seattle two years ago, where I first learned about and joined AWIS. I enjoyed their newsletters and resources. So, when I moved to the LA/Ventura County area, I looked for a local chapter. With 11,000 employees on site (where I used to work), and many academic institutions nearby, I was surprised there wasn’t a local chapter. And I thought, there has to be a wealth of women in science here. About 10 women have been really dedicated in helping me start up the LA/Ventura County Chapter.


Our first event was great. We had about 60 attendees. Almost 20 of these women battled 40 miles of traffic to get here. We featured a panel of women who were at high levels in their career across different parts of industry. The whole event went by way too quickly, though. We all had so much to discuss! And people stayed longer than we anticipated they would for the networking part. The whole thing was a success.


I actually think the process of forming a new chapter has been helpful to my career. It has given me added confidence and increased my team building skills. Over the last month I’ve received two job offers, and will be relocating to the Bay Area in August. I think the experience of starting up this chapter has been a critical factor in my ability to present myself and my skills. I am looking forward to becoming involved with another AWIS chapter in the Bay Area.


AWIS was an outlet

When I joined AWIS, I working in industry but missed having a forum or outlet to express my interest in science. I wanted to continue getting that stimulation in science. Plus, I wanted to meet other women in science.


As a mentor for my alma mater (The University of Washington Alumni Association), I am often asked for networking resources, job postings, and I almost always refer them to the AWIS Web site.


100% committed: work and family

When I look around me and see who gets promoted, often times it seems it’s still men or women who don’t have families. I have a family. Wives and mothers tend to be ambitious women in both our professional and personal life. It’s not one or the other for us. I don’t give less to my organization just because I have a family. Sometimes, that’s not recognized. At our recent AWIS LA/VCC meeting, one of our panel participants mentioned a subtle form of discrimination against women with families: when meetings are scheduled for 7 AM or 6:00 at night; those are just difficult times for people with kids, for anyone really.


2011 Symposium Session Proposal Information

Next Symposium Committee Meeting - Tuesday, November 9th - 11:00am EST / 10:00am CST

Items for Review:

1) Proposals at a Glance - Click here for a spreadsheet, recapping each proposal received. (xls) (Note: the information in light green on the first tab is new information compiled from the peer review group feedback.

2) Survey Results from 2010 Providence Symposium - Ratings/Comparisons between sessions (xls)     Open-Ended Comments (xls)

3) Additional session & track ideas (no formal proposals yet) - Click here (doc)

4) Speaking Proposals: Click on any track to view the appropriate proposals.

Management & Leadership
Operations & Techniques
Sales & Marketing



District 1

District 1 - Linda Woods - 800-506-0704 -  lwoods@pageinc.o


District 1

District 1 - Linda Woods - 800-506-0704 -  lwoods@pageinc.o


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