SGMP Sacramento Chapter 




Sacramento Chapter Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 
 Doubletree Hotel Sacramento
2001 Point West Way (across Arden Fair)

 "Ready, Set, Grow" A Mentoring Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator: Garland Preddy, CGMP, SGMP Education & Training Director


Please join us for a special meeting on mentoring. Having a mentor can provide an edge in today's complex and often highly competitive world and is the key for developing and sustaining a satisfying professional career. Serving in the role of an advocate, a mentor can help a mentee navigate the terrain of a specific industry, providing knowledgeable and strategic advice, helping to empower, motivate, and build confidence. Organizations committed to mentoring report the ability to manage change more effectively, prepare the next line of leadership, and attract the most qualified of candidates.

We will have a lively panel discussion featuring senior level executives who will share powerful stories of the impact mentoring has had on their personal and professional lives. Learn how to find a mentor or become a mentor and the many benefits to both. Discover strategies in developing a high-quality mentoring program for your teams and hear how to make the most of your mentoring relationship.

Registration begins at: 4:15 p.m. with the meeting scheduled from 4:45 - 6:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, please go to our chapter website at

MPI Sacramento Sierra Nevada Boot Camp
MPI Sacramento Sierra Nevada's Meeting Planner Boot Camp returns on
February 21, 2017. This one day nuts-and-bolts introduction to essential meetings industry basics is a must-attend event for new planners and those with meeting planning as part of their jobs.

This event sold out last year and space is limited again, so click on the MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter website for details and to sign up now.
Registration prices go up on February 14, so don't delay.  
It's not too late to register for the Certified Government Meeting Professional class that is coming to Oakland on March 2-5, 2017. The CGMP designation is designed for planners and suppliers whose work is governed by the rules and regulations of all factions of government. Individuals who have earned their CGMP have obtained the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals.
To be eligible to take the course:
  • You must be an SGMP member in good standing for six months or
  • Be a member with more than one year of experience in the hospitality industry.
The $595 registration fee includes the three-day training sessions, the CGMP handbook, and the exam. In order to sit for the exam, you must attend all three days of the course. Rebates for successful completion of this course are available for members from the Sacramento chapter.

For details and registration information, go to
Registration closes Wednesday, February 15 

Bunco Night-March 16
Join us for an evening of games, raffles, and refreshments at the Holiday Inn Express Cal Expo from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Open to chapter members and non-members, Bunco is easy to learn and fun to play.
Cost is $20 for pre-registrants and $25 for walk-ins, space permitting .
Registration will be opened soon.
Chapter Scholarships
Chapter scholarship information will be posted soon on our website and our Facebook page. Don't miss an opportunity to apply and earn a scholarship to attend the NEC in Ft. Lauderdale in June. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 6.

Board Responsibilities
In this continuing series, the Board is sharing "what we really do" for the Chapter.  
This edition talks about the Chapter President's role. Kit Gonzales, CGMP, is the current Sacramento Chapter Board President and shares her perspective below.

Officially, the Board President serves as the main point of contact for official chapter business, and serves as liaison between the Chapter and the National Board and staff. There are frequent communications and conference calls with the National Board or subcommittees that require participation, action, or decision.
In reality, this President:
  • Oversees the day-to-day chapter business and committee activities.
  • Develops the agenda and runs the board meetings. (Those meetings foster all chapter activities, committees, communications to and with chapter members, and policies and processes (e.g., awards, scholarships, etc.).
  • Composes communications for the members.
  • Serves as ex-officio member of all chapter committees (except Elections).
  • Participates in the development of the agenda and facilitates the monthly chapter meetings.
  • Maintains the "education for remote members" Facebook Live private page which includes monitoring active membership status of all involved.
  • Sets up the monthly surveys and composes the evaluation reports.
  • Files the on-line monthly report to the national office (currently 31 questions)
The rewards are as discussed at the January chapter meeting: pride in SGMP, developing very good friendships with the other eight board members, working with the national staff; and, I, too, get to hold the credit card. 



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