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A Note From The President

Director of Education, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)
2010-2011 President, MPI Potomac Chapter

This month we hope you plan to join us at PMPI’s Mid Atlantic Regional Conference (MACE), February 14 – 15, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center. This regional conference is a great way to learn all the secrets of the meetings industry; this incredible two-day event weaves an outstanding education program with unparalleled networking opportunities featuring a reverse marketplace. Register today at .

Also be on the lookout, at the end of this month, for a membership satisfaction survey from the national headquarters of MPI. This will give you an opportunity to express how you feel the PMPI leadership is doing and the overall health of the chapter. The national survey will hold us accountable to MPI for your overall satisfaction of our Chapter’s offerings.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the many opportunities highlighted in this month’s Potomac Connections. Continue to make the most out of your membership, stay connected and engaged and follow us on: , , and .

Galveston Island CVB

On December 31, 2010, First Night Alexandria, a community celebration of the New Year through the performing arts, was presented by Meetings & Events of Distinction, an Alexandria-based meeting and event planning company. The event showcased 17 indoor venues with more than 100 performances throughout the evening. The culmination of the event was a first-of-its kind multi media finale on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Unseasonably warm, clear weather helped attract 8,000-10,000 people to this annual Old Town New Year’s Eve party.

"This is the tenth year our company has been chosen by the First Night Alexandria board of directors to lead this wonderful event" stated Ann Dorman, CMP, president of Meetings & Events of Distinction. "First Night Alexandria attracts many City residents as well as families and individuals from around the beltway. This year we had families from Alaska and the Philippines travel to Alexandria specifically to attend First Night."

First Night Alexandria is a non-profit corporation that depends on support from the City of Alexandria, regional business sponsorships and the sale of admission tickets to produce the event. Additional information about First Night Alexandria and how to support can be found at

Additional information about Meetings & Events of Distinction can be found at



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Upcoming Events

Thoughtful Treasures: A Mailbox Project for the Children’s Inn

The Thoughtful Treasures project brings many moments of happiness to the children and their siblings. During their stay at the Children’s Inn, each child is presented a mailbox treasure each day. These items can be different things - each one lifting spirits, bringing smiles, laughter, and a wonderful surprise. It is encouraged that groups or individuals make donations of 75 items for the children’s mailboxes.

Mailbox size: 5" x 5" x 15"

Project ideas: Stickers, puzzle books, hand puppets, crayons, craft projects, etc.

Would you like to get more involved with the COC?

Please contact committee co-chairs Laura Finn Gardner, CMP at (202) 789-7063, or Katie Hais, CMP at (202) 289-3114.


ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
News and Announcements

It is easy, only costs $40, and could make a huge impact for a very grateful student.

Too often students are bombarded with the costs of tuition, books, housing, and food. With these expenses mounting, their discretionary funds for career development are diminished. Your generous support could assist a student in taking the next step towards joining the industry.

If you are interested in sponsoring a student please complete the form attached and return it to the Student Relations Committee Co-Chairs or the Association Manager.

Katie Herritage, CMP


PMPI’s Community Outreach Committee would like to thank all of our members who generously donated items for our "Thoughtful Treasure Drive," collecting small gift items for the residents and patients at the Children’s Inn at NIH. It was a great success and the families at the Inn appreciate your generosity.

We’d also like to thank everyone who donated to the 50/50 raffle at MACE. In order to raise more funds for our charity of the year, the COC is asking for donations to be given to raffle winners. This will allow all of the money collected to go directly to the Children’s Inn. Please contact the COC co-chairs if you or your company is interested in donating any gift items.

The COC is also pleased to announce its spring charity event, a "Family Dinner" for residents of the Children’s Inn at NIH. The dinner will be held the evening of April 18th. We’ll need volunteers to assist with the dinner along with donations of food, paper goods, and decorations.

Able to lend a hand? Contact COC co-chairs Laura Gardner (link to or Katie Hais (link to for more information.


For every new member you recruit to join PMPI, you’ll receive an entry into a drawing for an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood, California! When you recruit a new member, tell them to insert your name or MPI Member Number on the membership application they submit. Send an email to with the name of the new member and you’ll be entered into the drawing! It’s that easy!

So start telling your friends and colleagues about the benefits of joining could just be your ticket to Hollywood.


Just a friendly little reminder of the Shining Star Award 3rd 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 Jessica La Vay ! Take a moment to nominate ASAP – deadline for submission will be March 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.

PMPI CARES – Kaitlin Felix at 202-756-5134





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