National Wellness Instituteis offering a free webinar on Thursday, July 15th at 12N, "Exploring the Integration of Employee Wellness and DEI." For more information, please click HERE.
"Meetings Today" offers a long list of free on-demand and live webinars, as well as articles and EHandbooks for meeting and event planners. A current EHandbook being offered is "A Hybrid Meetings How-To." Check them out HERE.
Troy Chamber of Commerce is offering several webinars featuring Brenda Meller, Chief Engagement Officer of Meller Marketing, about the power of LinkedIn and Zoom. On July 12th at 9AM, "6 Tips on Using LinkedIn for Business Development" is being offered. "Winning at Zoom" is being offered on July 20th at 11AM. More information and registration for both events is available by clicking on the webinar titles.
Journeys with Janefa
Janefa James is a new employee here at Meeting Coordinators, Inc. She is also new to the State of Michigan and the Detroit Metro area. Janefa will be introducing us to some of the interesting places she is exploring here in the Detroit area. Watch for her explorations in our monthly newsletter and on MCI's social media. If you have suggestions about places to visit, please email Janefa at email@example.com.
Monroe Street Midway opened its doors about a month ago in downtown Detroit. Located east of Campus Martius and north of Cadillac Square, it is Detroit’s first and only outdoor roller rink! Monroe Street Midway offers a roller-skating rink, four half court basketball courts, food trucks, concession stands, and more.
Walking up to the entrance the bright fence around the space will automatically put a smile on your face with its inviting artwork. All of the artwork and murals on the midway were done by local Detroit artists Sheefy McFly, Phil Simpson, Olivia Guterson, and Jessica Care Moore. Visitors can get two hours of free parking by stopping at the skate-rental booth for parking validation.
The Monroe Street Midway is fun for the whole family with plenty of seating and affordable prices with free entry. The venue is open every day of the week. Reservations are recommended for skating and skate rental, especially on the weekends. Skating lessons are even offered on Fridays for newbies. You can expect different daily themes such as R&B Tuesdays and Throwback Thursdays. With rotating food trucks, as well as concession stands, you will be able to find something for all of your food needs.
For more information on the Monroe Street Midway, please click HERE.
July volunteer opportunities are posted and Oak Park Warehouse is back for volunteer opportunities!!! We also have new locations for our Forgotten Harvest on the GO! - Pop-Up Pantries - Food Distribution. Please check out the list below.
Forgotten Harvest on the GO! POPUP PANTRIES (Various Locations)
Volunteers are needed to help with the distribution of emergency food boxes throughout Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County. This is an outside volunteer opportunity. We will need volunteers to help collect information, direct traffic, and place boxes and groceries into trunks. Please click on the location to sign up.
Volunteers are needed to help pack emergency food boxes that will be distributed through Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County. This opportunity will occur from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM or 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. CLICK HERE to sign up.
OAK PARK WAREHOUSE
Volunteers are needed to re-pack nutritious food into family size portions destined for the table of those in need. Volunteers will also help with clean-up of work area at end of shift. This opportunity will occur from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM or 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. CLICK HERE to sign up.
Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of farm tasks from harvesting vegetables to building picnic tables and everything else in between. CLICK HERE to sign up.
Back to Business:
Face to Face
How many faces do you see hidden in the branches on this drawing of a tree? Three? Four? The actual answer is 10. Can you spot them all?
It is really so fantastic to see my calendar filling up with in-person meetings. There are still a number of Zoom meetings on the calendar, but the balance is beginning to shift. It does not mean that Zoom meetings will be eliminated. I will say that in many circumstances Zoom meetings will be the new preferred method. Before the pandemic no one knew of Zoom…at the most we were using Facetime, but that was typically reserved for family & friends that were out of town. Now for short committee meetings I will be recommending Zoom (or Microsoft Teams). The old “conference call” is still useful; however seeing people’s faces on the screen is so much more personal. What has been your experiences with Zoom? I found that when someone actually moderated the calls and developed an agenda, they were successful. When they are “open mic night” they seem like skits from Saturday Night Live!
How many of you have transitioned from working from home into now working in the office? Our team at Meeting Coordinators, Inc. is doing a mix of both. With that in mind, I thought you might enjoy the below cartoon too:
"No, I'm not familiar with the dress code...but I'm pretty darn sure that jammies aren't on it!"
Happy 33rd Anniversary
Meeting Coordinators, Inc.
Where does the time go? I am so enormously proud to announce that as of this month we at Meeting Coordinators, Inc. have been in business for 33 years. I moved to Michigan from Washington, D.C. after working for an international membership organization. I was receiving so many inquiries from Detroit area professionals asking me where they could hire a logistics expert like myself. I was referring them to colleagues in D.C., Chicago, New York or LA. Obviously there was a need, so with a deep breath I took the plunge and opened Meeting Coordinators, Inc. to fill that need in 1988. The entrepreneurial life is certainly not for the faint of heart…it can be a rollercoaster ride but worth every high and low along the way. Our business during COVID-19 like most had to layoff staff and run lean and mean but we are once again riding on up. I am so incredibly grateful to my clients and staff for their flexibility and stick-to-it-iveness to get us through this pandemic. Last month I told you that in honor of July’s title of National Ice Cream Month we will be hosting a staff ice cream social. Maybe we can find some “champagne ice cream." Thank you for all your support. CHEERS!
Speaking of support and getting together, let’s golf. Meeting Coordinators, Inc. is planning the following golf events which are open to members and non-members. We are also looking for donations. Should you have logo items you would like inserted in the goodie bags, please let me know.
In every great association or company there comes a time when a conference, seminar, sales meeting or special event must be arranged. Utilizing the services of Meeting Coordinators, Inc. will not burden your employees or volunteers with countless overwhelming logistical tasks. Meeting Coordinators, Inc. has a staff of experts to manage the day-to-day operations of your organization and also create professional events to exceed your every expectation.