SGMP Sacramento Chapter 


News You Can Use-September 8, 2016  

SGMP Sacramento Chapter 


Have you registered yet? 
September Chapter Meeting: September 15, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
You Do Not Want to Miss this meeting, it will Change the Way You See Things! 

Planning fully accessible meetings and events might, at "first glance," seem overwhelming, but with proper planning can become second nature to suppliers and planners alike. Join us in this interactive session, "When Service Dogs are Attendees Too" presented by Shari Roeseler, Executive Director of the Society of the Blind.

You will have the chance to meet with service dogs and navigate your way by using vision simulation glasses to understand how the world is experienced by someone with a visual impairment. 

We guarantee to raise your awareness of disability diversity, as well as the barriers that limit participation by persons with visual disabilities.

Come prepared to be "blindsided."  Audience participation highly encouraged!

Along with this powerful hour of information, there is Yesworking and Networking at the charming Julia Morgan House, 3731 T Street.
Registration is open until September 14, 2016: 

NOTE: This meeting is scheduled outdoors in the shaded patio garden area. Alley parking is very limited, please consider carpooling and please do not park on the residential street.

Silent Auction Time! October 27, 2016   5:30 - 9:00 PM
The McClellan Conference Center is the place to be to enjoy the "Royal Gala" annual Silent Auction event.
Enjoy a fun-filled evening including dinner, raffles, silent auction, live auction, and a chance to win $500 cash through a special raffle. The event is open to everyone so bring your colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family.
SGMP will also be supporting a local Sacramento charity, Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE).  Look for the designated raffles to support this deserving charity. 
Please see the pledge letter and pledge form on our website at
to donate to the always popular Silent Auction!

Suppliers:  Please submit your donation as soon as possible to meet the deadline for listing in the program.
For questions or further information, please contact:
Kelly Bouchard at or Tasha Wilson at

We look forward to seeing you there! Wear purple!

MORE DATES TO SAVE for upcoming chapter meetings:
October 6, Lake Natoma Inn, Folsom
November 3, Buca di Beppo, Sacramento (Arden)
November 30, December Holiday Luncheon, location TBD
January 12, 2017, Residence Inn by Marriott, Sacramento
February 24-27, 2017, CGMP class, location TBD (tentative)
Interested in attending the next SGMP National Education Conference (NEC) in June 2017 in Ft. Lauderdale? There are opportunities coming soon  for both national and/or a chapter scholarships to support your travel and registration costs.    

Evaluation criteria for national scholarships is based upon volume of meetings planned or executed while chapter scholarship criteria includes contribution and service to the local chapter during the past 12 months prior to the scholarship award.   

While the scholarship application period has not opened yet for the 2017 cycle, we want to remind you that there is only one more quarter left this year to serve on a committee or two in order to fulfill scholarship eligibility requirements. Committees that can use volunteers are listed below as well as the contact person.   
  • Registration (Yvonne Magneheim)   
  • Silent Auction (Tasha Wilson/Kelly Bouchard)   
  • Programs (Crystal Spencer/Robin Pollock)   
  • Communications (Brenda Dobbert/Dina Fong)   
  • Membership (Reba Anderson)   
We would love to have the Sacramento Chapter well-represented at the NEC. As many of you have heard via presentations from previous scholarship recipients, the NEC is a time of professional development with good education as well as a time to meet new colleagues and see old friends.   

We encourage you to get involved with the chapter and apply for a scholarship to the NEC.  Feel free to contact any board member or fellow chapter members who have gone through the scholarship process with any questions or for more information.   


1. Photos are taken at chapter meetings and chapter-sponsored events and may be published on the chapter's website, e-blasts, and marketing fliers. Objections may be filed with any board member. 
2. In addition to registering ahead of the meeting, it is also important that you sign in when you arrive. This helps our registration volunteers keep track of attendance, so we can give out contact hour certificates to attendees. 
3. Member SuppliersThe chapter will have a table available at upcoming regular monthly meetings to display your property's brochures/fliers. We just ask that you take back any leftover items at the end of each meeting.
4. You may notice changing photos on the home page of our chapter website. We will be highlighting properties to thank them for hosting our monthly board and chapter meetings.
Members, Out and About
Move over Coffee, Today is a Day for Champagne
Crystal Spencer, CGMP  
Did you know that whatever a Girls Weekend trip motive is, that group is a force to be reckoned with?  A few years ago, an AAA study showed that girlfriend getaways generate about $5 billion annually for the travel and hospitality industry.   
Girls Weekends are usually organized among women who know each other and have a history together. Many don't see each other often, and with busy lives in the hospitality industry, such a getaway is the perfect opportunity to relax, reminisce, reconnect, and create new memories.  
Murphys , a quaint little town in the Sierra Nevadas, often called the "Queen of the Sierra," was the perfect place for such a group of chapter members to do just that . An ideal location for a girls weekend, Murphys  is alive with art galleries, 23 wine tasting rooms, live theater, eclectic shops, fine restaurants, and towering, stately elm trees which provided a canopy of green, enhancing the historic charm and ambiance of the town. Universal thumbs up from the group!
There's something unique about the support among close female friends and what I found when I traveled with these friends was that I was a braver, more adventurous person and my friends are the ones who bring out the best in me.  
Women so easily lose track of themselves as they assume new identities - becoming a mother and wife silently eclipses dancer, author, athlete, and globetrotter. In establishing habits and routines, we find ourselves making concessions and compromises that dims the hopes and dreams we used to have. But our friends remember: They remind us about our passions and push us to focus on our own values and plans. They ask us if we're happy and know when we're not being honest. Friends question how we are doing--and really want to know.  
Reconnecting with old friends requires that you catch them up on your life, the things that have been hard in the last year, and the moments you loved most. We f ind ou rselves reflecting on the kids we were when we first met in this industry and the women we have since become.  For some of us, this is the first time we've taken a break from work and family all year, and the first time we've given ourselves space to think and be present;  we have discovered it is lovely and necessary in every possible way. William Shakespeare once wrote, "A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow."  
Our quick trip helped me hit the reset button and reminded me that a few simple days away from the norm with good friends provides a renewed sense of energy and purpose. So today, as I sit at home contemplating all the ways our recent trip benefited us, I think to myself, move over coffee, today is a day for champagne!

I lift my glass in a silent toast to my girlfriends.  
Julie Moore, Stephanie Wilkes, Becky Haupt, Nina Lemke, Dana Ohmann, Crystal Spencer, Karalee Adams, and Theresa Ferrini.


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