October always marks an important annual moment for ASJA — the fall membership drive begins. Throughout the last quarter of the year, the membership committee pivots its focus to encouraging current members to renew and new potential members to apply. It's an exciting time that always reminds us how much members gain from joining ASJA and how much they're able to grow their businesses by meeting new clients, networking with fellow professionals, and volunteering to run ASJA's stellar conferences and virtual programs.READ MORE
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In the late 1940s, after service in the Navy during World War II, my father signed on as a mail carrier at the local post office. He never left that job, working his way up from walking a route to postmaster. Bored after retirement, he worked part-time as a greeter at the local funeral home. It was perfect for him. He got to dress up and meet his friends, and on good days he got to drive the hearse. It never occurred to my father to change jobs while he was at the post office. People who did that sort of thing, drifting from job to job, were viewed at the time with some suspicion, as layabouts. More »
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