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A Note From The President

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all of our members that just earned their CMP! 

Click here to view all members of the July 2010 CMP class!

Our chapter has so much to look forward to in the months ahead! PMPI’s 8th Annual Monsters Bash will be a fun night of networking with friends, celebrating, and competing for prizes that will be awarded for the best costume.

Our November 17th Learning Experience, planned for your professional development, will provide us with the knowledge to enhance our leadership skills.

I hope you will make the most of your membership by participating in the great programs provided by PMPI, and continue to invite and engage prospective members. Stay engaged and connected by following us on , , and .

Michelle Allgauer, CMP, CMM, CAE
Director of Education, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)
2010-2011 President, MPI Potomac Chapter


Galveston Island CVB

By Kristus M. Ratliff
Consero Group LLC; Co-Chair, Member Engagement/ Member Care

As Co-Chair of the Member Care Committee, I often encounter members who want to meet new people, get involved in the industry and grow professionally. They understand that their PMPI membership and chapter participation is key to their professional development. Unfortunately, crazy travel schedules and overwhelming to-do lists often prevent these members from capitalizing on the professional opportunities available through PMPI.

Committee participation is usually the best way to concurrently make an impact, learn, and network. Members often assume that committee involvement requires a huge investment of time. That is so untrue! Here are five committee participation ideas, each featuring a high membership ROI and a low time commitment.

1) Write One Email and Increase MACE! Participation. Volunteering for the MACE! Marketing Committee could mean as little a time commitment as writing one e-blast (email message) this fall or winter. E-blasts are the most impactful marketing channel for MACE! So if you want to make a huge impact on driving participation to the flagship meeting industry conference in the Mid-Atlantic Region, but only have a tiny bit of time to spare, the MACE! Marketing Committee is for you.

2) Increase Your Professional Exposure by Writing An Article for the Potomac Memo. The Publications Committee is always looking for fresh content. If you are looking to increase your exposure in the industry, writing an article is an easy way to quickly introduce the Memo’s readership to your ideas, and name!

3) Mentor an Aspiring Meeting Professional. Through participation in the Student Relations Committee you can make a huge impact in just one hour a month. Many students need help with resumes or simply want a mentor. In that hour, you can help a student reach their career goals. This is the epitome of high ROI: low time commitment committee participation and a huge return.

4) Use Your Facebook and LinkedIn Networks for Retention Research. The Retention Sub-Committee is a section within the Member Care Committee responsible for contacting PMPI members prior to their membership expiration. They single handedly contact every PMPI member once per year. If you have a lot of online contacts, you can quickly help the Retention Committee each month by utilizing them to contact members whose memberships are expiring but cannot be reached because they have changed jobs, or simply because there was a typo in their email address or phone number. Remember, the membership belongs to the individual, not the company... if you or a colleague change jobs, let us know. You are still part of the PMPI neighborhood.

5) Help the Community Outreach Committee Raise Money for the PMPI Charity of the Year. An easy way for new members to get involved is to sell the 50/50 raffle tickets before every meeting. You will learn more about the Charity of the Year, help increase the overall amount of money raised, quickly meet more of our PMPI members and get to wear a fabulous green apron (maybe the apron isn't fabulous, but it is fun!).

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Upcoming Events
The Community Outreach Committee will be collecting items to Stock the Pantry at The Children’s Inn at NIH at PMPI's Monster's Bash.

Please provide nonperishable items such as:

  •  Canned fruits and vegetables
  •  Soups
  •  Individual boxes of cereal
  •  Rice
  •  Kids snack items (fruit snacks, granola bars)
  • New kitchen supplies such as spoons spatulas, mixing bowls, and pots and pans are also needed.

And for all you planners out there starting your holiday shopping early, be sure to pick up a gift for this year’s Angel Tree. The COC is conducting a gift drive for the residents of the Children’s Inn. Drop off locations will be conveniently located in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Please refere to the FEATURES SECTION below for GIFT IDEAS for the 2010 HOLIDAY WISH LIST!!

Contact COC co-chairs Laura Gardner or Katie Hais for more information on how to give back to the community.





November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Please support the fight against lung cancer by participating in Breathe Deep DC, a 5K walk on Sunday, Nov. 7th at 9 am on the National Mall.

Although lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States, accounting for 30% of all cancer deaths, lung cancer research funding lags far behind other cancers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding innovative lung cancer research and supporting people affected by the disease. Please register online by November 5th to walk, form a team or make a donation at

For more information contact or Tammy Kockaya, Logistics Chair, at


The MACE! Marketing Committee is looking for anyone with a love for words and an hour or two of free time this fall  (on your own schedule!) to write up the brief‐yet‐critical e‐blasts to advertise MACE! to planners and suppliers. Please contact Sheerin Vesin ( if you’d like to jump on the bandwagon of this great committee!

When: February 14 & 15, 2011
Where: Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD

News and Announcements

If you are planning to take the January 8th CMP Exam, then attending the weekly course is a great way to prepare by engaging with experienced CMP facilitators in a small group setting. Courses are held each Monday through December 13 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at the Marriott by Courtyard Chevy Chase, 5520 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda MD.

For more information or to register, please contact the Co-Chairs for the Industry Designations Committee, Sekeno Aldred, CMP at or Deanne Davis, CMP at


Every two months, members of our Community Outreach Committee throw a Birthday Party for the ladies at the Calvary Women's Shelter. It is a fun event with Pictionary, Food, and Birthday Gifts.

The next two parties are:

- October 28th (Starts at 6:30pm)
- December 9th

If you want to attend, or help contribute please contact Michele Battaline at

For more information on Calvary Women's Shelter click here


Just a friendly little reminder of the Shining Star Award 2nd Quarter Deadline! Our Chapter isn't at the top of MPI for no reason...we have fantastic and engaged members!

Please take a minute to think of your committee members that help make your lives easier with our chapter tasks and responsibilities.

Please review the PMPI Shining Star program with your committee members and help us generate nominations for many of our very deserving volunteer members.

Download the form, complete it, and send it to Jennifer Haire! Take a moment to nominate ASAP – deadline for submission will be December 15th - so get your nomination in early!

Don’t forget that PMPI CARES! Go to the website to contribute funds towards PMPI Cares or to apply for scholarship. PMPI Cares lends a hand to our chapter members who cannot afford to attend the monthly professional development events and education opportunities due to current economic conditions.

Jennifer Haire, CMP
(703) 684-4877


The MPI Foundation’s generous support has helped students all over the world achieve their dreams of higher education. For more information on the scholarships or to apply, visit

If you can identify the place in the photograph, simply submit your answer and your name will be entered to win in a random drawing!


Please click on the links below for details on advertising via our website,, and/or our print materials, like the Potomac Memo.

Website Media Kit

Print Media Kit
Interested parties should please contact Naylor LLC below:

Heather Ciocca

Naylor LLC - We Build Image
5950 NW 1st Place - Gainesville, Fl - 32607
800-369-6220 x3463 - direct 352-333-3463

Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
PMPI Strategic Partners



Please visit our website at to learn more and register for all of our events,
as well as information about the resources we have to offer you.