Government Connections - Fall 2015 - (Page 21)
F E AT U R E
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.
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
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2015
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
Finances & Budgeting
Meet a Member
Government Connections - Fall 2015