July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

>> Telco Marketing Peer Group Summer Conference

>> Administrative Assistant Peer Group Summer Conference

>> Office Managers/HR Peer Group Fall Conference

>> MTA Peer Group 2014 Investment Opportunities Are Now Available

>> Ultraviolet (UV) Safety

People and Companies

>> Kiesling’s 2014 Accounting Seminar

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Durant
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Chris Swanson
Janey Duntley
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

July 14, 2014: MTA Golf Day

August 11, 2014: Pinnacle Golf Day

October 9-10, 2014: MTA Fall Conference

March 23-25, 2015: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show

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Peer Group Bulletin
All MTA members are welcome to join a Peer Group

Telco Marketing Peer Group Summer Conference

August 6-8, 2014
Chase on the Lake, Walker, MN

Get up to date on a variety of topics at the Summer 2014 TMG conference. With speakers covering a wide variety of topics, you're certain to get information that you can put to use. Topics include Social Media, Branding, Messaging, Home Monitoring and Channel dropping panels, FTTH value discussion, and even Memory Improvement.

Book your Room Today! | Room block ends on Monday, July 14

Chase on the Lake
502 Cleveland Blvd.
Walker, MN 56484

Phone: 888-242-7306
Blocked under Telco Marketing/#30323 block

Classic Room: $109 per night, plus tax
Lake View Room: $119 per night, plus tax
2 Bedroom/1 bath Classic Condo: $199 per night, plus tax
2 Bedroom/1 bath Lake View Condo: $229 per night, plus tax

Learn More and Register Here

Administrative Assistant Peer Group Summer Conference

August 27-28, 2014
West Central Telephone Association Headquarters, Sebeka, MN

We are excited to announce the upcoming MTA Administrative Assistant Peer Group Summer Conference scheduled for August 28 at West Central Telephone Association in Sebeka! This is a great opportunity to attend a very informative meeting (for a very minimal cost) and take advantage of the knowledge and resources that our Administrative Assistant peers have.

To kick off the conference, join us Wednesday evening, August 27, for an informal ice breaker at Blueberry Pines Golf Club, located at 39161 US Hwy 71, Menahga, where you can meet, mingle, and connect with both old and new friends! Appetizers and drinks will be provided (dinner on your own).

Thursday morning, we will meet at West Central Telephone Association headquarters to start the day off with registration and a continental breakfast. Agenda topics include a GM Perspective, MTA update, KwikTag and Effective Communication Skills & Office Attitudes presentations. A group luncheon (included in registration) will be held at “The Hub,” followed by the afternoon open forum discussion on topics that are pertinent and important to our roles as Administrative Assistants. And, of course, there will be many door prize drawings throughout the event!

As you can see, this conference has a full agenda of interesting topics that will not only leave you with great ideas from sessions but will also allow you to network with our peers in the telecom industry. We are really looking forward to a good turnout and hope you will consider joining us!

Learn More and Register Here

Office Managers/HR Peer Group Fall Conference

September 11-12, 2014
Thumper Pond Resort, Ottertail, MN

Join us at beautiful and relaxing Thumper Pond in Ottertail, MN on September 10-12, 2014. As always, this informative two-day event will get you updates on not only industry related items, but about finding your strengths and how to use them better in a team, about how the directory business has changed and where it’s going, about hot topics in Human Resources such as recruiting and retaining employees and also to learn from David Arvig about his company in our GM perspective. Oh yeah, and we might find some time for socializing with old and new friends!

We’ll kick off the event in the bar/restaurant at Thumper Pond on Wednesday night. The tentative agenda for the daytime is available here. We’re still finalizing plans for Thursday night fun; we’ll get out more details on that as soon as we can.

Hotel rooms must be reserved by August 11, 2014 to guarantee the special event rates. Room rates are $79.95 for either a King or Two Queens. Please ask for the MTA Office Manager/HR Peer Group block when calling. Thumper Pond, 300 Thumper Lodge Road, Ottertail, MN. Call 218- 367-2000 or learn more at www.thumperpond.com.

Learn More and Register by August 29!

We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

MTA Peer Group 2014 Investment Opportunities Are Now Available!

MTA’s core purpose is to enhance the success and viability of its telecommunications industry members. You are an important part of helping us fulfill this mission. Here is your opportunity to maximize the impact of your event sponsorships for 2014.

Sponsor a Peer Group: Download the PDF or Sign Up Online!

Would you like to be added to a Peer Group listserv?
Email Jacquie at jacquied@mnta.org to be added – please specify which listserv(s) you would like to join:

Administrative Assistant (AA)
Customer Service (CSR)
Office Managers (OM)
Human Resource (HR)
Plant Superintendents (PM)
Telco Marketing (TMG)

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Safety Corner

Ultraviolet (UV) Safety

July is National Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month, so this is a great time to remind everyone of the risks associated with sun damage and skin cancer.  As we enjoy the beautiful summertime weather, we need to keep in mind several issues about the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Although we need sunshine to help our bodies produce Vitamin D, and lack of sunlight has been tied to issues of depression in some people who don’t get enough, we often forget there are dangers associated with getting too much sun. As many of us who have been badly sunburned know, UV light can be harmful to the skin and overexposure to the sun can lead to a variety of health risks. Most typically, exposure to UV rays from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer; every year in the U.S., over one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer.

There are two main types of UV light, UVA and UVB, and both types are harmful in different ways. An easy way to remember: "A" is for aging and "B" is for burning. UVA rays are the ones that can make the skin leathery and wrinkly in appearance and can contribute to certain skin cancers. UVB is what gives you a sunburn and is also responsible for other types of skin cancers. UV rays are also very bad for our eyes: eye structures such as the cornea, retina, and lens can damaged from UV radiation if they are not protected. 

Because of these dangers, when planning to be outside you must remember to protect yourself against UV rays. Here are four simple things to remember:

  1. The sun’s rays are the strongest from mid-morning to late afternoon — so stay in the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  2. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 as it will filter 93% of both UVA and UVB rays. To get the most protection, wear sunscreen even on cloudy days; if you wear light clothing, put sunscreen on under your clothes; put sunscreen on 30 minutes before you go outside; use enough sunscreen (a handful) to cover your entire body and put on more sunscreen every few hours and after you swim or sweat.
  3. Cover up with long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses. A wide brim hat (not a baseball cap) is ideal because it protects the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp. Sunglasses don't have to be expensive, but they should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
  4. Avoid burns. Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's UV rays in as little as 15 minutes but it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. Even though we all like to be tanned, tanned skin is damaged skin; so any change in the color of your skin after being outside, whether sunburn or suntan, indicates damage from UV rays.
It’s most important to check your skin regularly for changes. Check from head to toe for any birthmarks or moles which may have changed in color, size, or shape.  Also check for any new birthmarks, moles, or other marks that look or feel unusual (such as a new mole that looks different from your other moles, a new red or darker color flaky patch that may be a little raised, a new flesh-colored firm bump, a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of a mole or a sore that doesn't heal). Remember, there are no safe UV Rays or safe suntans, so if you find anything unusual, see your doctor immediately.

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People Companies

Kiesling’s 2014 Accounting Seminar

August 14-15, 2014
Marriott Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, IA
(near Iowa City)


"In It to Win It" is the theme for Kiesling's 2014 Accounting Seminar, which will be held August 14-15 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa.

Attendees can expect to learn from—and interact with—a carefully selected team of experts whose credentials have been sharpened by working with organizations like yours. No matter if you are new to telecommunications accounting or an industry veteran looking to better your business, the Kiesling seminar has topics to meet your training needs.

Registration Form – click here or visit Kiesling’s website at www.kiesling.com.

Session Summaries
See below or click here for summaries of the sessions being offered.

Early-Bird Prize Drawing
We encourage you to mail your registration form by July 14 in order to become eligible for the early-bird drawing prize of an Apple iPad Air!

CPE Credit
Earn 11 CPE credits by attending the 2014 Kiesling Accounting Seminar.

For more information, visit Kiesling’s website or contact Debbie Smith at 608-664-9110.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Kiesling Accounting Seminar in Coralville!


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