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Rocky Mountain Chapter
"Celebration" is the word that best describes the Rocky Mountain Chapter this time of year! The
Rocky Mountain Chapter President
chapter just celebrated its Honors and Awards Gala on June 30, where six members received
Chele Clark, CGMP, center, presents the
the chapter's top honors. The third annual strategic Leadership Retreat was held July 17-18.
Presidents Awards to Mark Richardson,
CGMP, left, and MaryLou Wallace,
Six chapter members joined the chapter board for two days of strategic planning on this
AAS, CGMP, at its annual awards gala.
year's business plan. The collaboration this group displayed, and the creative ideas that were
formed, will help ensure that the Rocky Mountain Chapter keeps moving forward.
Lastly, the Rocky Mountain Chapter is celebrating its 30th year. This is a big event for us, and we will be celebrating it at our Annual
Fall Education Conference. Our theme this year is "30 Years and Still on Fire with SGMP!" The conference will be held October 30-31 in
Colorado Springs. The chapter has a number of fun activities planned over this Halloween weekend, as well as interesting educational
programs and local tours. Everyone is invited to join us as we celebrate 30 years of SGMP in the Rocky Mountain region. For further
details, visit www.sgmprockymtn.com.
- Chele Clark, CGMP, President
North Carolina Chapter
The North Carolina SGMP Annual Chapter Education Conference May 28-29 was
packed full of education, food and fun. Sea Trail Resort in Sunset Beach, NC, and
Dana Hrubik were our gracious hosts this year.
The conference started off with a community service project at the Brunswick
Family Assistance Agency's Food Bank and Family Thrift store on Thursday
afternoon. So many SGMP members volunteered that we had to be split into two
shifts and worked in two locations. We donated food items as well.
The dinner and awards banquet was a lovely event. We raised nearly $1,400 for
scholarships with our silent auction, 50/50 raffle and wine pull. Food stations were
The North Carolina chapter of SGMP welcomed its
new board at its annual conference.
set up around the room to make sure nobody went back to their room hungry.
Our evening speaker, Dr. Kevin Snyder, encouraged us to think differently as he
told us about his trip to Pike Place Fish Market and his quest to be on "The Price is Right." There was even karaoke and dancing (thanks to
Max Silver and Danielle Rivenbark!). We closed the evening by awarding the Supplier and Planner of the Year awards to Traci Burnett and
Danielle Rivenbark. We also thanked our outgoing board members and installed our incoming board members with the help of Melody Kebe,
National Past President of SGMP.
Friday was a day full of education sessions. Valerie Wallen from RTI joined us again this year for a session on virtual teams. We talked
about setting up team charters to discuss the what, how, goals, scope, timeline, resources and expectations of the team. She suggested
that your first meeting should be spent discussing the charter and letting the team make adjustments and validate it before moving
forward. We also found out it was okay to ban multi-tasking while on conference calls or in virtual meetings.
After a short break we met in our committee groups and got to work assigning new chairs and setting goals for the new year. If you
weren't able to attend the conference but would like to help with a committee, please consider joining the Special Events/Fundraising
committee. Geoff Stephens would love to have some more help.
We started our afternoon session with Melody Kebe teaching us about SGMP, including the history of the NC SGMP chapter. She
quizzed us on our knowledge about National, and most of us realized we have a lot to learn. She encouraged us all to read the SGMP
Member Bill of Rights. Following Melody, Danielle Rivenbark hosted a game of Family Feud - the dining etiquette version. Teams went
head to head, answering questions about where to put your napkins in certain situations and what to do if your silverware falls on the floor.
To wrap up the conference, a panel of suppliers and planners answered questions regarding contracts. Topics included room block
piracy, attrition, force majeure and negotiating. I left with a page of suggestions, including ranking your concessions so the hotel knows
your top five wants and booking through a CVB first for added benefits.
All in all, it was a wonderful conference. I look forward to next year's annual conference.
- Cindy Lee, Director
GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | FALL/WINTER 2015
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