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YOUR COMMUNITY Cleaning the World World Education Congress (WEC) delegates will go offsite to process soap at Clean the World’s headquarters. The effort is just one of seven social initiative projects available at WEC (July 23-26 in Orlando). Clean the World collects, recycles and distributes hotel soaps and bottled amenities worldwide to help stop the spread of preventable diseases. In just two years, the organization has distributed more than 8 million soap bars to children and families in nearly 45 countries, and it boasts more than 1,000 hotel partners in North America. Following a stirring presentation by Executive Director Shawn Seipler at the 2010 WEC in Vancouver, Clean the World entered the th Canadian marketplace. The results were immediate: More than 400 pounds of soap were collected during WEC on behalf of Clean the World, and an additional 2,000 pounds of soap were collected in the first two months of operation in Canada. Since the start of this relationship, Clean the World has opened two recycling centers in Canada—one in Vancouver and the other in Toronto. The Vancouver recycling facility, which serves Western Canada, was established with help from a US$5,000 donation from the MPI Foundation to Mission Possible, a downtown Vancouver charity that helps empower the homeless and disadvantaged. The Toronto recycling operations center was established by Clean the World through a partnership with Turtle Island Recycling and serves the central and eastern portions of Canada. The latest development in the relationship between Clean the World and MPI is the advancement of the former’s meeting industry partner programs, designed to assist planners with implementing sustainable practices during the RFP process. The CSR initiative turns meetings into life-saving events in which host properties and event attendees play a role in the collection and shipping of soaps to the Clean the World headquarters, where the materials are processed and distributed to communities in need. Strikes For Tykes Think of the Children T The MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter set a new record by raising US$11,000 to b benefit Sammy’s House in Austin. On March 31, the chapter hosted a bowling fun fundraiser known as “Strikes for Tykes.” Sammy’s House is a nonprofit organization that provides services for children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed delayed. Sammy’s House operates a child development center, a respite care program and a thera equipment loaning program. therapy fall s Last fall, someone broke into Sammy’s House and stole computers and caused major damage to the school. The Austin community turned out to help Sammy’s House replace its losses, but the school was still struggling for funds. The MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter stepped in to help and hosted its third annual hospitality bowl-a-thon—with 23 teams and 112 participants— to benefit the charity. 86 one+ 06.11 > Business Value of Meetings Got value? Your company expects you to measure your business merit, or it will soon. MPI will launch its Business Value of Meetings study at AIBTM (June 21-23 in Baltimore). If you can’t make the live session, rest assured. The MPI Foundation and AIBTM will present four webinars to help you: • Understand the types of value companies expect from their meetings, and the measures you can employ to determine that value • Learn what opportunities exist for you to implement best practices within your organization • Review case studies of mishaps to avoid in understanding the business value of meetings, and learn what you can do to protect your company from attempting strategies with poor results • Examine how companies around the world determine and allocate budgets to measure and improve the business value of meetings ■ Business Value of Meetings Research - Part I Date: TBD Start Time: 11 a.m. CST Presenter: Bill Voegeli Member Price: FREE - Non-Member Price: US$50 ■ Business Value of Meetings Research - Part II Date: Wednesday, July 6 Start Time: 11 a.m. CST Presenter: Bill Voegeli Member Price: FREE - Non-Member Price: US$50 CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT ■ Business Value of Meetings Research - Part III Date: Wednesday, Aug. 24 Start Time: 11 a.m. CST Presenters: Bill Voegeli Member Price: FREE - Non-Member Price: US$50 ■ Business Value of Meetings Research - Part IV Date: Wednesday, Sept. 21 Start Time: 11 a.m. CST Presenter: Bill Voegeli Member Price: FREE - Non-Member Price: US$50

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + June 2011

One + June 2011
Energy of Many
Paradigm Shifts, Part I
Ask the Experts
Web Watch
Recognizing Individual Excellence
Sound Off
Art of Travel
River Mason
Top Spots
Plan It Forward
Great Thanking
Running on Defaults
The New Mobile Workforce
World Wide Open
Higher Education
Progress Through Technology
Step by Strategic Step
Meeting Rxcitement
Tame Social Media Chaos
Meeting Against Meat
Re-Designed for the New Rules of Engagement
Industry Insights
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again

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