July 2006

In this issue...

Destination: Bermuda
by Jim Langford
President's Message
by Gary Fee
It’s All “Geek” to Me
by Anita Balamane
Managing Your Travel Business
by John Hawkes
Have we Become too Informal
by Penney Rudicil
What’s the Essence of Selling
by Bob Abrames
Hey Travel Agents where
by Ken Hall
Selling Cruises
by John Hawkes
Selling Travel 101
by John Hawkes
Can this Trip be Saved
by John Hawkes
Travel Niches
by John Hawkes
Fams & Seminars



Chapter Chats

OSSN Missouri Chapter

The OSSN Missouri Chapter welcomed Susan Durbin with Happy Vacations as the featured speaker for its June 14 meeting. Twelve OSSN agents and three new attendees enjoyed learning more about Happy Vacations and its products, as well as the networking opportunities at the end of the meeting.

Pictured in the front row (l to r) are Larry Slater, Sue Slater, and Cathy Cassidy, while standing are (l to r) Flora Armon, Sondra Harrison (the chapter's newest OSSN member!), Susan Durbin (Happy Vacations), Renita LeCompte, Dionne Stalling, Ann Winning, Fran Colter, Veronica White, Bob Colter, and Sandra Haney. Our thanks to Chapter Director Nancy Baxter for this photo!

OSSN Memphis Chapter

The OSSN Memphis Chapter held its first-ever chapter picnic at Larry and Patricia Bannister's home in Senatobia, Miss. (Patricia serves as the chapter's director.) Twenty-three OSSN agents and family members (including OSSN Eastern Regional Manager Penney Rudicil and her husband Kevin) had a great time, while Patricia's husband and son manned the grills. They enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, slaw, pasta salad, stuffed eggs, fruit salad, baked beans, potato chips, Rotel dip, and a mouth-watering array of desserts (including key lime pie, cherry cheesecake, brownies, a "cherry dump cake," and a lemon pound cake). This chapter can really cook some good food!

OSSN Hawaii Chapter

The OSSN Hawaii Chapter enjoyed a firsthand look onboard the new Norwegian Cruise Line ship "Pride of Hawaii" during a recent inaugural luncheon. The OSSN agents attended a welcome presentation at the Stardust Theater (with a preview of the show "Soul Rockin' Nights") before taking lunch in the Grand Pacific Dining Room.

During a self-guided tour of the ship after lunch, Chapter Director Marie Thom got a peek inside the Garden Villa suite, which boasts three separate bedrooms (each with its own private luxury bathroom), a living room, a dining room, a hot tub, and a private outdoor garden.

OSSN Oregon Chapter

Don't let anyone fool you -- being an OSSN chapter director is very hard work! That's why P.J. Ott (who directs the OSSN Oregon Chapter) stole a few moments away during her recent trip to Fiji for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

OSSN Home  |  Destination: Bermuda  |  President's Message  |  It's All All “Geek” to Me
Managing Your Travel Business |  Have we Become too Informal  |  What’s the Essence of Selling
Hey Travel Agents where  |  Selling Cruises  |  Selling Travel 101  |  Can this Trip be Saved
Travel Niches  |  Fams & Seminars  |  Chapter News