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MEMBERSHIP NEWS Headquarters Staff Executive Director and CEO Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC How YOU Benefit from Volunteering By Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC be where it is today without the help of generous, smart volunteers like you. Because people have come together for a common cause, our Society is able to grow in membership and value. If you are not currently volunteering on some level within the organization, now is the time to get involved. While the Society will benefit leaps and bounds from your contribution, you will benefit even more both professionally and personally. There are many ways you can volunteer your time, energy and expertise to SGMP. The Society benefits from members serving on national boards, chapter boards and committees, along with more behind-the-scenes volunteers who contribute articles, compile chapter newsletters and maintain the chapter Web site, among many other roles. SGMP relies on members to serve in these capacities so that the staff can focus on meeting members’ educational and professional needs. This is how SGMP benefits. What do you get out of the experience? If you ask people why they volunteer, most would say that it is a way for them to give back to their profession. You get to share your talents and expertise with others and it gives you a feeling of satisfaction knowing you are contributing to the greater good of the industry. This also leads to increased exposure in the meetings field, new connections with other experts and increased self confidence. You are wanted and needed! Volunteering also can positively influence your climb up the career ladder. According to a survey by TimeBank, 73 percent of the 200 businesses surveyed stated they would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without; 94 percent of employees who volunteered to learn new skills benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary or being promoted. Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to expand your work portfolio, develop marketable job skills and add to your resume. This is a relatively risk-free environment where you can test yourself—try something you have never tried before such as chairing a committee, speaking at a chapter meeting or organizing a cha pter charity event. Make an impact. SGMP is your platform where you can make a difference. Volunteer to ensure progress, not only within SGMP, but also within the meetings industry. For more information on where you can apply your skills and expertise, contact SGMP Executive Director and CEO Charles Sadler at or 703-549-0892. G SGMP WOULD NOT Deputy Director Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP Director of Conference Services Chris Middleton, CGMP Membership & IT Manager Mike Downard, CGMP Program and Events Manager Mark Harvey, CGMP Executive Assistant Nick Stanley, CGMP Accountant Anna Marie Stewart GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | SPRING 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2010

Government Connections - Spring 2010
President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Go Figure
Going Places
Education Edge
That’s Technology
Travel Tips and Trends
Supplier Strategy
Plan Green
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
Event Security Tips
Unconference 101
Ethics are Elementary
In Memoriam
SGMP Nation
Membership News
Conference Connection
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Spring 2010