Encanta Echo                           June 2020
Welcome to Edition 3 of Encanta Echo for 2020.

As days get shorter and colder, we can all see a light at the end of the tunnel and normality returning to our lives and workplaces. I know particularly I am looking forward to watching my daughter Grace get back on the netball courts so I can cheer her on, even though I think her preference would be for me to stay away!
 
This latest edition of the Encanta Echo is jam packed and thanks to all of our team for sharing a little of themselves each month to create a newsletter that people enjoy reading and for ‘keeping it real’.
 
If you had asked me at the beginning of the year if this is how 2020 would turn out I would have laughed; we had an event calendar filled for the year and were looking forward to welcoming delegates from around the world. Unfortunately, the dreaded ‘c’ word came and like many of our PCO colleagues we took a hit early March with many conferences cancelled. Fortunately, not all went down as our clients looked at 2021 and 2022 options for delivery and thanks to them for sticking with us. The delivery of these events will look different in the new landscape, but as event managers we are adaptable and agile to accept any challenge that is presented to us and allows our creative juices to flow. Our ability to pivot in such a way to deliver a safe environment for business events will now be more important than ever to ensure clients have expert advice and keep themselves protected and profitable.
 
Thanks again for taking the time out to read about what our team are up to and be sure to share some of your favourite holiday destinations to have a chance to win a great prize.

Take care and stay safe.
 
xRenee
Time to rewind
Since joining Encanta almost 14 years ago, Lexie Duncan, Director of Events, East Coast has managed numerous conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and special events with the support of the Encanta team. Below Lexie reflects on some of her most memorable events in recent years.
There has been so much diversity along the way, from PPE and wet weather gear at the largest outdoor rail event in Australia, to the glamour of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, to climate change marches through the streets of Hobart!

Lexie, tell us what has been a stand-out event for you and why? What has been your favourite highlight onsite at a conference?

 
I’m not one to play favourites, however there are a few events that have really stood out to me over the years. One such event is the Association of School Business Administrators Limited (ASBA) Conference, which took place in Hobart last year. I loved everything about this conference; the vibrant brand designed by the talented Steven Schaffert at BrandSpankin’, an incredible local organising committee, the local suppliers in Hobart,  the most interesting conference program I have been involved in, and a fabulous social program.

I can’t recall managing an event that had as many “goose bump” moments as what the ASBA Conference did – from seeing our Welcome to Country guest speaker Dewayne Everettsmith on stage with just an acoustic guitar singing his acclaimed song It’s Like Love, to watching almost 1000 school Business Administrators on their feet singing the song they had written with the help of INXS’ Ciaran Gribbin and his team from Rock and Roll Team Building. Other highlights included listening to moving presentations from speakers such as Lt. Gen. David Morrison AO, Curtis McGrath OAM and Peter Davidson, and at the end of the Conference, walking into the Gala Dinner venue, Princes Wharf No. 1, to see our vision brought to life by the brilliant Dreamweavers. These are moments I will never forget and am grateful to everyone that helped bring this event together.
Team Top 5 on  
Whether you're the 'Binge Watch-er', The 'Season Behind-er' or the 'One Who Looks Up The Ending Before Watching It', everyone loves a bit of Netflix and Stan including the Encanta Team. Here's our top 5 must see shows from around the office.

1. The Bold Type – Stan
Putting together a magazine is not an easy task, requiring a lot of teamwork to finish the job and get the publication on newsstand shelves. That's why the staffers responsible for producing global women's magazine Scarlet lean on one another as they try to find their own voices.

2. The Last Kingdom - Netflix
During their invasion of England, the Danes capture Uhtred, a young successor of Saxon earldom, and raise him as their own. Years later, Uhtred's loyalties are put to the test by the Danes.

3. Chef's Table - Netflix
Some of the most renowned chefs in the world share their deeply personal stories, inspirations, and unique styles. Each chef's discipline and culinary talent is explored while he or she prepares an awe-inspiring creation.

4. Dead to me - Netflix
Jen's husband recently died in a hit-and-run, and the sardonic widow is determined to solve the crime. Optimistic free spirit Judy has recently suffered a tragic loss of her own. The ladies meet at a support group and, despite their polar-opposite personalities, become unlikely friends. 

5. The Last Dance - Netflix
In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls allowed a film crew to follow them as they went for their sixth NBA title in eight seasons. That resulted in a stunning portrait of one of the sport's most iconic athletes and a celebrated team.
Staff Profile
Nicole Dawson
As a dedicated and detail-orientated accounting professional, Nicole has been meeting the accounting needs of Small to Medium businesses for over 20 years. She holds a Diploma of Commerce, Certificate IV in Financial Services, Certificate in Business Coaching and is a Registered BAS Agent and most importantly Nicole is the one who pays the bills!
Team Learning
East Coast Senior Event Coordinator Priscilla Matters, swapped out her tracksuit pants to record some learnings on how to better manage your emails.

Dermot Crowley from Adapt showed Priscilla how to be more effective in Outlook.
  1. Quicksteps Rules
Allow you to file your emails quickly. For example, you can send your email to an appointment if you know you need to meet with someone about that email, or you can file and task it.
 
In Outlook go to:
  1. Home ribbon
  2. Quicksteps section
  3. Select the more options arrow
  4. New Quick Steps
  5. Custom
  6. Name your quick step rule i.e. Task and File email
  7. Set action i.e. Create a task with an attachment
  8. Select add action
  9. Create second action, ‘Move to folder’ or choose ‘Always ask for folder’
You can customise these to your liking.
Support Local
Jade and her friends catch up regularly for “dinner club”, they particularly love a place that offers a feed me style menu so there are no choices to be made except which cocktail to drink first. During lockdown they introduced the Dinner Club Wheel of ISO so they all still had the same meals over their facetime chats. Last week they finally escaped lockdown and went to Kitsch in Leederville. The cocktails were back and they went for the banquet menu which was amazing! 
Destination Margaret River
Over the long weekend, Event Coordinator, Charlotte headed down south to the Yelverton Brook Eco Retreat & Conservation Sanctuary in the Margaret River region. This charming 'cabin in the woods' style property is home to Bandicoots, Possums, Kangaroos and the Critically Endangered Woylie's (a miniature Kangaroo 10" high) of which, each morning all gathered on the front patio to say hello! Charlotte and her friends managed to secure two restaurant bookings over the course of the weekend, one being Blind Corner Winery who offer alternative grape varieties such as Aligoté, Sangiovese & Pinot Grigio & styles like Pétillant Naturel & ‘Orange’ wines, alongside a substantial locally sourced cheese platter for $35pp. The second restaurant and well known favourite, Woody Nook Wines which sits among an impressive backdrop of Jarrah and Marri forest has a rustic and cosy charm and currently offers an awesome seasonal winter menu! To walk off the food the next day, a short drive to Injidup Natural Spa and Canal Rocks and pit stop at the Cape Lavender Tea House  for tea and scones in Yallingup was the perfect way to end the long weekend!
Destination Lorne
Only a few towns in from the start of the Great Ocean Road sits one of Victoria’s most beautiful coastal destinations. Lorne is the perfect mix between sunny beaches in Summer and stunning walks in Winter. At only one week old Lorne was the first Victorian destination Event Coordinator, Faith visited and it still sits as her favourite place to be staying there most weekends in summer.  If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway to support our local tourism industry here are her top 5 things to do:
  1. Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway – on your drive into Lorne from Melbourne you will pass through the Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, stop at the designated carpark to take a snap of the arch and statue to commemorate your adventure.
  2. Erskine Falls – Lorne sits in the centre of the Great Otway National Park which hosts over 10 waterfalls and lots of walking tracks. Erskine Falls is the most well know and is certainly something to explore!
  3. The Bottle of Milk –  If you're looking for a bite to eat, stop by for some breakfast or lunch at my favourite café. Their Salted Caramel Milkshake goes down a treat after a big day in the surf!
  4. The Lorne Pier – a short coastal track walk from Lorne beach, the Lorne Pier provides a great view of the town and the Great Ocean Road.
  5. Lorne Surf Life Saving Club – Finish off your weekend with a drink or coffee at the Surf Life Saving Club to support the locals!
Competition time
Tell us your favourite spot to visit and win the latest James Halliday Wine Companion Guide!

No matter which state you live in, we are encouraging all our readers to support the regions and local tourism and accommodation providers. Tell us your favourite place to visit and why? It could be your favourite winery, favourite spot for a hike or a great place for a dip in the ocean  - we would love to hear about it!

Competition closes on Tuesday 30 June 2020, the more times you enter, the more entries you receive and more chances to win!
Recipe of the month
Team Member, Nakita Rogers has been busy meal prepping her favourite Minestrone Soup recipe which she has adapted to be Vegan and Gluten Free friendly - enjoy!
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
 
Ingredients
2 medium carrots , diced
1 medium yellow onion , chopped
1 tbsp olive/coconut oil
3 cloves garlic , minced
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 cups gold sweet potato, diced
1 cup diced potatoes
2 1/2 cups diced butternut squash
1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed, sliced into half-moons or quarters
1 400gm can diced tomatoes
2 1/2 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary or oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
2 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
2 bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup gluten free pasta (optional)
2 cups packed chopped kale (thick ribs removed)
1 400gm can red or white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Instructions
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and sauté 3 minutes then add garlic, rosemary, thyme and sauté 1 minute longer.
Stir in vegetable broth, potatoes, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bring to a boil then and stir in pasta if using. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until veggies are nearly tender, about 15 minutes.
Stir in kale and kidney beans and cook until kale is tender, about 5 minutes longer. Remove bay leaves, serve warm.
 
Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy
Confuzzled?
Can you spot the missing piece? 

This puzzle was bought second hand as an isolation project and only contained 3999 pieces out of 4000 - Can you find the missing piece? We are pretty sure that finding Waldo is easier! 
Warm Fuzzy
Encanta mascots and brother and sister, Nala (left) and Simba (right) certainly keep us entertained during office hours. June celebrates "Take your dog to work day" so this month,  we are bringing our fury pals to the office! 
That's all from us - cheers!
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