President's Call to Action


Dear Chapter Members,

With the early wild fire season we remember the losses of homes and businesses many in the travel community and families
suffered last year.  You have all received appeals for support from many hoteliers and small operators here in California impacted
by the various fires.

Good news is the reopening of the Mariposa Grove at Yosemite, after three years of protective development.

Some of the Hawaiian hotels are offering guests the opportunity to support in person or financially the planting of indigenous
trees to the islands.

Last fall during our Hawaii Product Seminar, the participating agents donated enough to plant 100 trees through the Hawaiian
Legacy Reforestation Initiative.  Some of your Chapter funds at work as well.

Yes, I have neglected sending newsletters out for a few months.  Like you, our office has almost been undone by so much new
business.

So here are some important reminders:

1.  VOTE IN THE ASTA ELECTION.  It is important.  Be thoughtful and vote.

2.  SACRAMENTO -- Chris Minoletti and I joined the representatives from So Cal ASTA, Orange County ASTA, WESTA, Signature,
Ensemble, Virtuoso, USTOA, SYTA, PATH, and Travel Leaders at our annual meeting in Sacramento.

We had a meeting with the Insurance Office I can describe as interesting.  We continue to question why California agents have
some limitations on what we can advise our passengers regarding the purchase of travel insurance that other states do not have.
The only public comment I can make is their office is very secure.

In April we thought there would not be any serious concerns affecting our businesses this legislative year.  That was April.  We
have a planned conference call next week to discuss several new bills and proposals that do affect our businesses particularly.
I will keep you advised of any decisions or policies the joint California Coalition of Travel Organizations makes.  It is never dull
serving on this committee.

3.  HAWAII PRODUCT SEMINAR OAHU OCT 24-29  Antonio Paez, our Executive Director, advises there are a few spots open.
OWNERS--if you have a young or new agent, this is one of the best ways to bring them light years ahead in professional
development.  We have watched new agents of all ages suddenly "get" what it means to be a real travel agent during this
rigorous program.  Contact Antonio for an application.  And it is so much fun.  Rigorous.  But fun.

4.  ASTA GLOBAL CONVENTION Washington DC August 21-23.  Deadline to book the convention hotel is July 24.  Frankly, this convention just gets better and more professional each year.  Rich content is included and if you can take the moment to catch
your breath do consider enrolling.

Best wishes to you all.

Marilyn


Marilyn Zelaya
Chapter President
 

BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENT                           Marilyn Bell Zelaya

PAST-PRESIDENT                  Scott Pinheiro

VICE PRESIDENT                   Chris Minoletti

TREASURER                           Paul Demers

SECRETARY                            Audrey Cooper

CHAIR, ASTAPAC                     Paul Taylor

AT LARGE REPRESENTATIVE  Maureen Dinnocenzo

ASTA GOVERNMENT
AFFAIRS COMMITTEE             Les Burger

CHAIR, HAWAII
PRODUCT SEMINAR                Paula Quon

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR            Antonio Paez

Upcoming ASTA Events
We hope you'll join us at one of our upcoming shows!

Upcoming Chapter Events:
 
HPS/Oahu -
October 24/29, 2018

"Cruise Night".-
November 15, 2018 - Basque Cultural Center, So. SFO

 

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