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A Note From The President

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

Over the next month, PMPI is offering you a variety of opportunities to help you excel in your job. Come discover how to hone your facilitation skills during our next Grab and Go Series or share best practices and learn from your peers at our upcoming roundtable discussions breakfast. And if you just need some time to relax this summer, and would like to go on a "free" summer vacation then, read below to find out how PMPI can you help you win a trip to Hollywood. And finally please come out and celebrate with us at the Evening of Stars on June 16 to honor our industry peers. 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
Attendee Interactive Services
Kingsmill Resort
News and Announcements

SHINING STAR AWARD – 4th Quarter Deadline – Nominations must be received by May 15.  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 who help make your lives easier with our chapter tasks and responsibilities. NOMINATIONS WELCOME!

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.  The deadline for submission is May 15, so get your nomination in early! Jessica La Vay 703.796.0085



Sure, you’ve seen us in the teal aprons "winking and blinking" for your 50/50 donations, but did you know any of you can join us representing our chapter to communities in need? Our 2011 designated charity, The Children’s Inn at NIH, has been a reciprocal joy.

One Monday evening in April, nearly a dozen of us teamed up to host a delicious dinner for families of patients undergoing serious treatment at the world class National Institutes of Health. The Inn is a remarkable attempt to provide a home away from home in a time of stress.

The plan worked! 70+ guests were chattering and coming back for seconds at our colorful Spring themed dinner. Pie, ice cream and a souvenir toy made for extra smiles and kind remarks.

Thanks to all who participated and those who supported through donations. Join us next time and add to your PMPI "army of allies" while working for other’s welfare.

Cara Tobias Ingram

Portland in D.C.!


NOW it is time to start the process of finding the Charity of the Year for PMPI's 2011-2012 Year! If you have a Charity that is near and dear to your heart please think about nominating it for our Charity of the Year!

Information Required: Name of Organization, Mission or description of organization, contact name and information, and website. Please also list potential activities or ways we might be able to partner with this organization for the year.

All nominations must be submitted to Laura Gardner at by May 20th!



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. 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.

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

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5950 NW 1st Place - Gainesville, Fl - 32607
800-369-6220 x3463 - direct 352-333-3463


You recently received an email request to complete a survey about your membership experience with Meeting Professionals International. Please note this is different than our chapter satisfaction survey.

As a valued member of the Potomac Chapter we’re asking that you make time to make a difference and respond to the 2011 Membership Satisfaction survey because your input goes directly to international headquarters.

In a short 10 minutes you can provide your insight, and insure that MPI knows what you value most as an active member in this world-wide association. Input from previous surveys helped guide MPI to redesign conferences, create the professional development portal and increase the investment in education.

Please make time and respond today. You could win a free membership renewal or free registration to the 2011 WEC in Orlando, Fla.

Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Marriott Hotels of New Orleans
PMPI Strategic Partners





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