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F E AT U R E THREE CHAPTERS S CELEBRATE 30 YEARS IN 2015 GMP was created in 1981 in Washington, D.C., with one board of directors holding regular meetings and serving a nationwide membership with no chapters. As interest in the organization spread, leaders began to talk about expansion. By the end of 1985, four chapters had formed: Chicago, Seattle (now Pacific Northwest), Colorado (now Rocky Mountain) and Springfield (which became Heart of Illinois, now disbanded). Three of these chapters are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. Here is some history of each of these chapters. CHICAGO Submitted by Sandi Lynn, CMP, and Dr. Ethel Crisp, CMP The year 2015 marks the 30th year of existence for the Chicago chapter. In recognition of this anniversary, former chapter presidents were asked to weigh in on their term in office: Sandi Lynn, CMP (1987-1989) (2014-2016) - Back to the future! Having served in the beginning years of SGMP and now in the 21st century, those terms in office, though decades apart, gives witness to ongoing similarities in the basics of planning government meetings. The chapter excelled with national honors for most increased membership and hosted the first national conference outside of the Washington, DC area. In 2015, the chapter is working to expound on and expand the educational reach of government meetings. Dr. Ethel Crisp (1989-1991) - The focus: membership recognition. The alliances: Meetings Quest Tradeshow, International Travel and Meeting Exhibition (IT& ME) Shows, Destinations Showcase, and Chicagoland Forum's Holiday Showcase. Recognition and awards went to outstanding members. Professional development opportunities excelled in skill-building, knowledge sharing, innovative techniques for recruitment and retention, and promoting an increased awareness of the organization. Phyllis Hartford (1991-1994) - Chapter meetings were at their height. Government planners and were busy booking meetings and hotels were filled with government business. The Chapter focus on donations served the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the AIDS Awareness Foundation. I cherished that period of my life; it was most memorable and rewarding. Michael Bloom (2003-2005) - The time: Post-9/11. It was a period when government travel was especially crucial to suppliers. The board of officers included several past chapter presidents, and I welcomed their wealth of knowledge and Chicago Chapter President Sandi Lynn with former national board president Rance Willis in this undated photo. expertise to fulfill SGMP's mission and goals. The focus: Education programs which subsequently earned national recognition. The chapter received a Program of the Year Award at the national conference where our large contingent of members celebrated in custom Hawaiian shirts. We looked good! Cathy Piwowar (2005-2007) - A rewarding experience. Our greatest accomplishment: The chapter's hard work to continue and excel in education at our meetings. The Chicago chapter won second place for Program of the Year at the National Conference in Denver for "Treating Uncle Sam Like a Vanderbilt." Dr. Vernon Spears (2007-2011) - An epiphany of ideas and networking with a wealth of individuals in the hospitality industry from the municipal, state and federal sectors. The highlights: Developed creative education programs. Developed creative fundraising ideas and enhanced the treasury. We proudly sponsored the entire board plus chapter member scholarships to represent Chicago at the National Education Conference. The experience was enlightening and enhanced our personal and business lives! 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2015

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
It’s Legal. You’re Honest. But Are You Ethical?
Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Make It Right
The Ins and Outs of Setting Per Diem
Three Chapters Celebrate 30 Years in 2015
2015 SGMP National Education Conference & Expo
Supplier Strategy
Finances & Budgeting
Meet a Member
CGMP Corner
National Updates
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index

Government Connections - Fall 2015