Government Connections - Winter 2014 - (Page 25)
Another Successful Rocky Mountain
Chapter Fall Education Conference
BY CHELE CLARK, CGMP
PRESIDENT, SGMP ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER
"Ride the Rail to SGMP Education"
was the theme of the Rocky
Mountain Chapter's Annual Fall
Education Conference. This year
the conference was held at the Little
America Hotel in Cheyenne, WY.
The chapter board and fall education
conference committee put together
a well-rounded conference for all
attendees to enjoy. The day-anda-half conference was a mixture of
education, networking, fun and local
history. More than 40 chapter members
attended. We also had two SGMP
members from Texas join in on the fun.
Jim McCormick, a national speaker,
author and professional skydiver, opened
the conference with how to "Exceed
Terminal Velocity." He wowed the audience
with slides of the different skydiving
formations he participated in and noted
that he started skydiving as a way to face
his fear of it. Dean Savoca, M.Ed., BCC,
of Savoca Performance Group presented
two very interesting and educational
sessions; a panel of our chapter supplier
members shared their thoughts on "Return
on Investment," and Grace Nied, CGMP, of
Grace Nied Consulting had the audience
participate in an activity that discussed
various meeting planning challenges.
This proved to be a very fun activity!
Two speakers discussed the history of
Cheyenne. Darin Westby, a volunteer for
the Cheyenne Frontier Days, entertained
the audience with tales of how Cheyenne
puts together "The Daddy of 'em All"
rodeos. He talked about all of the
details that go into making this event
successful each year. At lunch, we had
a local historian talk about Cheyenne's
history. For a small town, it is very rich
in history, and Cheyenne has the ability
14 members in attendance at the Hyatt
to change itself to meet the changing
times. We also had the pleasure of
visiting the historic Train Depot and
barbeque style dinner and country
western dancing. The attendees were
The Houston Gulf Coast Chapter has
dressed in their best Western boots
continued its membership growth in the
and hats and enjoyed an evening of
first two months of the current fiscal
Museum for the opening reception.
The conference closed with a
dancing, dining and networking. As the
sun set on the Wyoming prairie another
successful Rocky Mountain Chapter Fall
Education Conference came to an end.
year. A net growth of five members (a
5.9 percent increase) since July 1 gives
them 36 members.
Our next Fall Education conference will
Cascade in Vail, CO, in October, and I am
inviting all SGMP members to join us!
The Greater Oregon Chapter will be
be held October 10-11, 2014, at the Vail
hosting its 2014 regional education
conference on January 14 at
The National Capital Chapter hosted
Registration is open for this event
another CGMP course and had
through January 10, 2014.
the Holiday Inn Portland South.
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Government Connections - Winter 2014