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As we prepare for our slate of AFP Cape Fear Programming for 2018, we want your feedback on how we did this year. Your feedback is highly valued and will be used by the Program Committee to decide where we focus our time in the year to come. 

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Upcoming Chapter Program 

Rick Olsen Being Your Organization's Best Advocate:

Further Developing the Traits of a
Successful Resource Development Professional
with Dr. Rick Olsen

Wednesday, December 13th
8am Networking
8:30am - 9:30am Program
New Hanover County Arborteum

$10 for Non-members
Free for AFP Members


If you're like most people, the end of the year goes something like this: You choose a problematic behavior that has plagued you for years, and vow to reverse it. In fact, you can think of two or three undesirable habits—make that four or five. Thus begins the litany of imperfections to be perfected commonly known as New Year's Resolutions.

Resolutions to change, whether it be work-related or personal, seldom work because they center on the type of person we regret being.  We need vision, not regret. Our list of resolutions also overwhelm our ability to focus.

The My One Word challenge is simple: lose the long the list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick one word that represents what you most hope for in the year ahead. This process forces clarity and results in focus.

Each December, our AFP Cape Fear Chapter attempts to present a program that allows us to look back with some purpose and look ahead with hope.  So, come and join us on Wednesday, December 13 at 8 AM at The Arboretum to hear our presenters speak to this challenge.

Change is possible, but focus is required. So pick just ONE WORD.

RACHEL OLSEN is a speaker, teacher and personal coach who helps people find their focus and create forward momentum.  She has authored a book with Port City Church Pastor Mike Ashcraft called My One Word, the women's book It's No Secret, written for the Huffington Post Religion blog, edited Encouragement for Today, and contributed to the NIV Real Life Devotional Bible. She speaks at conferences and women's events across the nation.  With a master's degree in communication studies, Rachel is on faculty at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington—where her husband Rick is her boss.

RICK OLSEN, PHD is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Communications at UNCW. Outside of teaching in the department, his research projects are typically rhetorical/critical analyses of popular culture artifacts. He has authored entries in an encyclopedia of popular culture and sport, published research on MTV, the NBA Draft, the TV show Desperate Housewives and the popularity of SUVs among others.  He has facilitated communication training and been a keynote speaker for numerous off-campus groups.  When he's not working, he enjoys making music with his band mates, playing basketball, and most importantly, trying to be a husband and dad that is worthy of the family he's been blessed with. 


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