SGMP Sacramento Chapter 




Chapter Meeting, January 12, 2017 

 Marriott Residence Inn Downtown Sacramento

The January 12, 2017, meeting program will focus on leadership and how YOU can take a more active role in this chapter. Learn about what it means to be a board member, a committee chair, as well as a National Board Member.  Join us for an open discussion to answer burning questions and provide a forum to receive vital information in a fun and informative way.  Visit for details and registration.
The chapter continues to support WEAVE, and asks for your donations of new or gently used business clothing.  A representative has been invited so the chapter can present WEAVE with the donation monies we have raised from both the Silent Auction and the Holiday Luncheon events.
Also for your consideration is a special raffle to win one seat at the upcoming MPISSN Crab Feed/Silent Auction, February 1, 2017. 



1. The national board changed the requirement that chapters conduct 10 educational meetings a year, of which 8 needed to address core competencies.  Effective immediately, the revised policy (C-13), requires 6 Educational Meetings a year, all focused on core competencies.  Our Chapter has monthly education sessions set up through the beginning of the next administration's term (July 2017).

Additionally, this revised policy allows for educational flexibility for members outside of the chapter jurisdiction by not requiring face to face meetings. The Sacramento chapter wishes to take credit for bringing "e-learning" to monthly meetings with the "pilot" project of Facebook Live sessions for chapter members outside of a 2-hour driving radius. Please alert Kit Gonzales if you wish to participate in the January 12th education session described elsewhere in this blast.
2.  Another policy change involves the required number of board meetings.  Policy C-28 is revised to require six board meetings per fiscal year (July - June), of which at least three must be face to face meetings.  While we are no longer required to meet every month, the Sacramento chapter board chooses to continue with monthly meetings until the end of our term (June 2017).

3.  As you know the National Election process is ramping up.  A call for nominations is scheduled soon.  One the National Election results are determined (anticipated in March 2017, the chapter can begin its election process.   As Immediate Past President, Dina Fong is this chapter's election liason.  Because sitting board members may seek re-election it is important to direct your inquiries to Dina.  She can provide updates and outline procedures.
The current board is outlining each position's duties to give all members an idea of what we "really do" for the chapter.  One is listed in each e-blast and you can reference the Archive versions for past submittals.

        For this issue, we are featuring one of our two Supplier Directors. 
Brenda Dobbert says  "My role as Supplier Director is to represent the Supplier and maintain my close role on the Board of Directors.  As I transferred here from the Midwest 3 years ago, this role was instrumental in my development and knowledge of the government market in SGMP.  My term on the Board has been extremely rewarding and educational.  I participate in monthly Board Meetings and know my contributions are appreciated by my fellow team members.  We learn from each other and share many innovative ideas and continue to brainstorm on how we can be the best Chapter for our members"

As Liaison for the Communication Committee*,  I am responsible for the Email Blasts and Social Media and truly love it!"  
*Specific committee assignments are determined by each Board.

If you have not yet replied to the three short surveys that remain open until January 6, please take a few moments to share your thoughts.  One is about our overall performance as a chapter, one is for our fundraising efforts, and one is for how we celebrate future holiday seasons.  Thank you for your input! 
1: annual all-member survey:
2. Silent Auction event survey: 
3. Holiday Luncheon event survey:
2017 NEC
Hilton Marina Hotel and Hyatt Regency Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
are the designated conference hotels and offer a $118 room rate for both planners and suppliers.
-The Hilton Marina Hotel is the main hotel, Hyatt serving as overflow.  Both sites will transportation to/from the Convention Center where most NEC events will take place.
- The NEC planning committee chose the Ronald McDonald House and there will be opportunities to support monetarily a hands-on activity, and a chapter challenge that involves aluminum can pot tabs.  More information to follow from the Spirit Committee.
-The theme is "Reel in Great Education" with a fish logo appropriate for Florida, and registration and hotel room blocks are now open online.  See our website: for details.  
                        Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida



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