SGMP Sacramento Chapter 


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SGMP Sacramento Chapter 

July Educational Event
Last chance to register for the July 7 chapter meeting  at the Holiday Inn, Capitol Plaza Hotel. Our guest speaker, Matthew Seck from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agency, will be presenting "ABC 101: Alcohol Regulations Planners Need to Know - The Road to Compliance" about the laws surrounding the use of alcohol at our events. This is a "don't miss" session. Please sign up at  http://www.sgmpsac.orgRegistration closes on Wednesday, July 6.  

Monthly Meeting Raffle
Trini Hurtado, planner member from the Department of Justice, wants you!  She has stepped up to join the fundraising committee and will be getting in touch with all members, seeking donations for our chapter's monthly meeting raffles. These raffles add to the revenues used for scholarships. The 2017 NEC will be here before you know it!  
A gift card, a live plant, a pair of theater or baseball tickets; a gift certificate for some pampering, a free lunch or dinner, a gas card, or a gift certificate for an overnight stay are all ideas that any member can bring. Please welcome her emails and support our chapter when she calls for contributions. Many thanks in advance!

Membership News

As shared recently, the Sacramento Chapter is pursuing members from the Southern California Chapter which disbanded at the end of June. In addition to the six members mentioned on the previous e-blast, please welcome the following members transferring to the Sacramento Chapter. 
  • Karen Charest, CGMP, WestEd
  • Sandra Barnhart, Hilton Garden Inn, San Diego Mission Valley
  • Raechel Prochnow, Hilton Garden Inn, San Diego Old Town
  • Roberta Van Nortrick, Los Angeles County Employees Association
  • Stephanie Bondoc, DoubleTree by Hilton, Carson
  • Danielle Magee, Dana on Mission Bay
  • Sandra Smith, Health & Human Services
  • Amber Scott, Handlery Hotel San Diego
  • Deborah Berry, Embassy Suites Los Angeles, Downey

The Sacramento Chapter Board is looking at options to provide education for these new members from afar. Ideas are welcome.

Monthly Meeting Etiquette

We always ask for your feedback about the monthly meetings and programs. Using Survey Monkey, in this writer's opinion, allows anonymity to provide critique both good and not so good. This proved true recently.

Many  comments from the June meeting's evaluations outlined a continuing concern: some attendees not respecting the monthly speakers and those around them with their idle chatter. While SGMP promotes networking, we also strive to provide informative speakers and worthwhile programs to increase a meeting professional's proficiency.  It is essential to allow  all who attend the opportunity to hear those presentations. Please keep this in mind during the business and education portions of the chapter's monthly meetings. Your enthusiasm during our networking portion is welcome.  


Members: Please exercise patience as the national office transitions to the new management firm, while making the transfers from the Southern Chapter official. If you experience difficulties utilizing the member portal at   to access invoices, pay dues, or update contact information, please contact Reba Anderson at   or Kit Gonzales at

 Chapter Program Dates

1. July 7-Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, 300 J Street, Sacramento.

2. August-No chapter meeting as your Board is working this month to map out education, logistics, and fundraisers, along with defining goals and objectives for the coming chapter year. Suggestions from members are always welcome. 

3. September 15-Julia Morgan House, 3731 T Street, Sacramento.  

4. October 6-Location and program to be determined.  

5. October 27-Silent Auction, McClellan Conference Center, 5411 Luce Ave., McClellan

6. November 3-Buca di Beppo, 1249 Howe Ave, Sacramento. Program to be determined.

7. November 30-Holiday event luncheon. Location TBD.
ACTION ITEM:  Please stay tuned and watch these e-blast notices, the Chapter's social media sites, and our website for chapter meeting dates, locations, and other information.