What a year 2020 has been. So many highs, so many lows, and yet we need to remember how blessed we are. We’ve just celebrated 40 years as a chapter in MPI; what an amazing accomplishment!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who attended our 40th Anniversary party at One Fourteen at Wildhorse! I can honestly say that I think there were so many highlights to the evening that I could write pages about the party. My deepest gratitude to Angela Layton, Sarah Ramsden, Dena Tidwell and Elizabeth Brock for creating an 80s-themed event complete with neon, a Rubik’s Cube cake and a DJ who made sure we all stayed on the dance floor. We cannot thank the entire 40th Anniversary committee for everything they’ve done this entire year to celebrate our chapter.

Continuing on with the party, I want to express my deepest gratitude to Don Osborn of One Fourteen at Wildhorse and his entire staff for a beautiful setting, delicious food, drinks and top-shelf service. In addition, I appreciate all of the following companies who helped donate their goods and services to the make the experience complete: RJ Young, Fadds Entertainment, Branching Out, Brown’s Florist, White Door Events, Tina Gionis Photography, Ole Red and Liberty Party Rental.

We awarded our final 2019 – 20 Circle of Excellence Award winners. Congratulations to Michael Farrell of Redstory for winning Supplier of the Year, Alyssa Pruitt for winning New Member of the Year and Natalie Norris, CMP for taking home the Planner of the Year! These three industry leaders deserve these awards for all they do to help support MPI Tennessee.

Our Chapter participated in the Fall Fest on November 17 in a cooperative effort with other meeting industry associations, and all monies and donated food went to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville. Thank you to all who gave to help make others’ holidays brighter!

This month, we were planning on having our Holiday Party at the stunning Grand Hyatt, however, Covid-19 restrictions mean that we will need to delay this event so look for that date change. Instead, we will be planning a Virtual Event on December 16 – more information to come. I look forward to seeing as many of you as I can.

Remember to count your blessings while having a peaceful and safe holiday season!