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What a way to start the new year!  I attended the PAII conference in Charleston, South Carolina this January and met so many wonderful innkeepers!  I was also presented with my Certified Interim Innkeeper certificate that I achieved last November from the Interim Innkeepers Network president  – how exciting!  But there is nothing more rewarding than helping an innkeeper discover that they can take time away from their business or help an owner keep their B&B open while they locate a permanent innkeeper without disrupting their cash flow and income.  So many stopped by the IIN booth to learn more about our services than we have ever had in the past. I personally had several immediate inquiries for interim innkeeper help which confirms how important our services are!  I hope to have a full schedule this year and so far, it’s looking good.

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It was such a pleasure to watch Scott Watson from The Magruder House B&B teach us about table settings for guests at the IBBA conference.  Whether it be informal, formal or a buffet setting, Scott had some great ideas to show us at his table.  Between the friendly competition of neighboring table, Mr.’ napkin-folder’ and Lynn from the Irish Inn trying to get him to sign up for a James Bond evening, I hope Scott gets a chance to rest up before returning to his elegant B&B in the Kankakee River Valley to take care of his guests!

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Another visitor to the IIN booth was Myrna and Joseph Hauser from the Market Street Inn.  They own a victorian home with 13 private rooms in Taylorville.  I hope they have an opportunity to use an interim innkeeper/innsitter because I would love to give them a break and work at this place!   Myra was very sweet and generous with her kindness.  It sounds like Mr. ‘Go-Fer’ is kept quite busy keeping the place up to snuff!

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I had so much fun and learned alot with Jeff and Monika Sudakov from the Chestnut Street Inn that I am still recovering!   Jeff taught a session on napkin folding that was quite spirited and boy, is he fast!  Monika’s session was on garnishing 101.  Between her knife, her torch and some Balsamic vinegar, she can whip up some mighty good-looking stuff!   They are both wonderful contributors to everyone’s success in this business and it’s evident how much they enjoy their work.  It was so nice to see their passion for life!  I hope I get to stay at Chestnut Street Inn soon!

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I also got to meet Andrea Dahmer of  The Davie School Inn.  She and her husband, Gary, have 11 suites and were voted in “Top 10 Inns of Illinois” and have the largest suite sizes in Southern Illinois!   They are located along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Gary will make what you like for breakfast and deliver it when you want to your suite!  Sounds like the kind of place I would stay at for a long while.

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I was so happy to have met Mary and Marty O’Donnell from the Barrington House B&B.  I had a great conversation with Marty on the 2nd evening discussing our similar employment from the past.  Then I got the chance to sit at their table for lunch on the last day.  They are the proprietors of a restored 1894 home with 5 rooms in the Historic District of Barrington.  I’d love to visit this place!

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Since I’m 1/2 Irish, I had no problem getting to know Brian and Lynn Moore McCreery from The Irish Inn.  They don’t mind kicking their heels up every now then either!  They have a ‘James Bond night’ promotion that Lynn worked very diligently to get people excited about.  Sure sounds like a good time to me!   Brian’s Scotch-Irish accent won me over right away.  They dare anyone to finish their full Irish breakfast that they serve at their stone & log chalet in the Shawnee National Forest.  Count me in!

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