Quite an Honor….

Quite an Honor….

Unfortunately circumstances prevented my joining nine ScentsAbility chandlers and a few parents as they packed luggage, candles, banners, and tables into three vehicles and headed to St Petersburg, FL.

Their main purpose was to be introduced to members of the National Candle Association, who presented them with an award for outstanding achievement and an Evergreen Membership in this prestigious organization.

After a short speech by Bonnie, the director of ScentsAbility, and brief words from a few of our crew at the opening ceremony, they were honored with a standing ovation.  Shortly afterwards,  a different kind of fun began as they set up a booth to display and sell their candles amongst a plethora of candle makers and suppliers including such recognizable names as Yankee Candle and Anchor Hocking.

Not only did the team sell candles, they also circulated and made connections, a task at which they excel.  Their vivacious personalities enamored everybody, and the result was an impressive number of contacts, most promising assistance with free or discounted supplies such as wicks, jars, waxes, scents and even an automatic labeling machine.

Upon their return, I asked team members what their favorite experience was.  Some said it was the closing event at the pool where they danced with old friends and new, sociaized, and had their caricatures drawn.  A few others were especially excited about the ‘free stuff’ they came home with, including flash lights, phone chargers, sunglasses and insulated lunch bags.

But no matter what the take away was for each ScentsAbility member, it was a memorable adventure, and one they are already making plans to attend next year at the NCA annual convention in Weston.

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