By Shelli Vasser Gilliam, CMP, SEPC
Happy summer! It's a time to relax and rejuvenate, take a much-needed vacation with family and friends, and enjoy the sunshine and beach.
Summer is also a time of renewal for MPI, as July is the beginning of the new fiscal year. For those who attended Evening of the Stars in late June, you witnessed the new board take its oath. We have established expectations for this term and are moving forward with new ideas and strategies to achieve our goals.
I am writing on behalf of the Membership team, which includes Recruitment, Retention & Recognition and Engagement & Outreach. We need you and are committed to making this a banner year for the chapter. We not only want to remain the second largest MPI chapter; we want to be No. 1 in exciting, new programming/education, fun networking opportunities, member engagement and outreach. We want to continue to strengthen our relationships with industry partners, acknowledge their support and encourage you to support them and buy MPI Potomac. “Rep” your favorite industry partners on social media. We need everyone to drive the “Why MPI” message.
Allow me to introduce YOUR Membership team:
Krysten Douglas, board director, Recruitment (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Phil Rappoport, board director, Retention & Recognition (email@example.com)
Kat Kimpton, board director, Engagement & Outreach (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shelli Vasser Gilliam, VP, Membership (email@example.com)
Your membership and active involvement are critical. We have many options that allow you the flexibility to contribute during the day, evening, weekend or whenever is convenient for you. Soon you will hear more information about Summer Sizzle, our annual networking event and committee fair that will be held in late August. You'll have an opportunity to scope out all the committees during the event. In the meantime, reach out to Krysten, Phil, Kat or I about getting involved.
MPI Global is running a Summer Community Challenge & Referral Campaign from July 1 through Aug. 31. If you refer a new member during this timeframe, they will receive a discount when they select preferred or premier membership, and, as the referring member, you will receive a $25 credit toward your next membership renewal. Let’s dive in, make this fun and save on your next renewal at the same time. More member incentive details are at MPI.
Our membership team is available to review information with anyone interested in joining this awesome organization. Get social with us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Let’s spread the news and talk about “Why MPI” through original posts, shares, 1:1 meetups, blogs or whatever channels work for you. Let’s create some buzz.
Together, we will grow this chapter, increase engagement, retain members and continue to give back to our regional community by supporting education and experiential programs for the next generation of hospitality professionals.
Your chapter needs YOU!
Shelli Vasser Gilliam, CMP, SEPC
MPI Potomac 2019-20 VP, Membership