Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 10
F E AT U R E
Reel in Great Education
WELCOME TO GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE
Welcome to the 2017 SGMP National Education
Conference and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area!
Downtime is the perfect time to immerse yourself in
Greater Fort Lauderdale, where it's all about the water.
Explore 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches,
unsurpassed scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking,
paddle boarding and deep-sea fishing. Discover the
"Venice of America" via catamaran, riverboat cruise,
luxury yacht or water taxi. Find adventure in the exotic
Everglades. Or dive into the vibrant arts and culture
scene or heart-pounding gaming. Relax at luxurious
spas, on the links or with retail therapy. Get down
to business but make sure to put some play time
on your agenda. Work hard. Play hard. And enjoy a
welcome change of pace in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
SGMP GIVES BACK
This year's Charity Chapter Challenge will benefit the
Ronald McDonald House of South Florida. Have your
members collect pull tabs from soda cans and soup cans
and turn them into the chapter. The chapter with the greatest
weight of pull tabs will receive a planner registration for a
future National Education event.
Other ways to help:
* Toiletries (hotel size or other sizes) can be collected and
presented to Ronald McDonald House.
* Financial donations by members can be made
directly on the Ronald McDonald House website:
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
is to create, find and support programs that directly improve
the health and well being of children in South Florida.
Do you have your CGMP designation? If not, register to attend the course just prior
to the conference and you can be honored on the stage during the conference for
having achieved the highest designation that government meeting professionals
can achieve. Additional pre-conference programming includes Planner, Supplier
and Protocol boot camps, as well a revamped Joint Leadership Session for Chapter
Board members. And all this is before we even get to the main event. The conference
will be kicked off by Deborah Gardner, who was recently recognized as the 2017 Top
Influential Woman by Smart Meetings Magazine. She plans to "Wake Up Government
Meeting Professionals!" The Gilmer Trustees have done a phenomenal job in locating
speakers who will appeal to newbies, as well as long-standing SGMP members.
Educational sessions will cover topics in all of the core competencies and offer up to
7 CEUs. Our closing keynote speaker is someone who will be familiar to many SGMP
members: Dr. Dale Henry. Dr. Henry will focus on change but is sure to leave us
laughing and motivated to go back to our jobs on Monday.
GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | SPRING/SUMMER 2017