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A Note From The President

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

As we approach spring, lots of things are starting to blossom, including the new January 2011 class of CMPS! On behalf of Meeting Professionals International, Potomac Chapter, I’d like to congratulate all of our members that just earned their CMP! I am thrilled that several of the new CMPs are also PMPI board members; Kumi Anzalone, Will Trokey, Tammy Kockaya, and Jason Watkins. We will be acknowledging all of our new CMPs at our upcoming April 27th Learning Experience, stay tuned for details.

Upcoming this month, MPI National Headquarters will be sending out a membership satisfaction survey. 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.

Later this month, we will share the proposed slate of candidates for the PMPI Board of Directors, for your consideration. All unopposed nominees assume the offices for which they are slated effective July 1, 2011. For those members that would like to get more involved in the chapter, we would like to invite you to join one of our committees. Please visit for committee descriptions and sign up form.

We are planning lots of great events, this month and 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 .

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News and Announcements

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!

Jessica La Vay 703.796.0085

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


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.


Congratulations to Community Out Reach Committee co-chair, Katie Hais and Chris Moore on their recent engagement!

Warm congratulations to VP of Education, Shonzia and husband, Connie Thompson who are the proud parents of a baby girl, Taylor Alexis Thompson, born March 8 weighing in at 6 lbs and 6 oz and 18 inches in length. Mom, Dad, and Baby are all doing well and enjoying their new family.


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. We will be continuing this drive through March, so if you would still like to donate please contact either Katie Hais or Laura Gardner.

We’d also like to thank everyone who donated to the 50/50 raffle at MACE. We surpassed our MACE goal thanks to both Michelle Allgauer, and Elizabeth LaChall whom donated their winnings back to the charity. In order to raise more funds and make our year end goal 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.


Let the bids begin...The MPI Foundation opened its online silent auction March 1 in efforts to raise money for research, grants, and scholarships for the meetings and events industry. Escape this summer with a luxury travel, spa, sporting, or entertainment package at a great value! Go to  and treat yourself today.

Post your summer internships on MPI Career Connections to secure the best talent available.  

MPI Headquarters hosts weekly webinars, free to members, to help them gain knowledge and be successful in their careers and businesses. Reserve your space now and watch every Wednesday at 11 a.m. CST. Can’t make every Wednesday? All webinars are recorded and archived for future viewing.

For the second year in a row, MPI has partnered with American Business Journals to produce Getting Business Done, a publication reinforcing the value of the meeting and event industry’s impact on global business.

Veleisa (Leisa) Patton
Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
Communications Specialist

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