Letter from the President

Dear NATCAP Chapter Members,

I hope that everyone had a great summer! As we start sending our kids off to school, it's time to start thinking about your SGMP Education. Your NATCAP Board met earlier this month to review the final year of our term. We focused on areas of member engagement and education for the year.

It was announced this week that the New England Chapter would be closing. Some of those members are joining the NATCAP chapter. We are nearing 500 members of our chapter and our footprint is from Fredricksburg, VA to the South, Maine to the North and as far West as Pittsburgh. We also have a few members from our now-closed Chicago chapter. This does not include the suppliers and planners that join us from the rest of the country. That said, we discussed member engagement quite a bit. How do we want to go about doing that?

  • Our Membership committee is focused on managing the 30/60/90 day expiration dates to remind members to renew.
  • We are considering options to broadcast our meetings outside the DC Metro area for those that live in the outlier areas of our chapter
  • Continue to provide excellent education speakers and topics
  • Fun and engaging networking events!

 

We have a steady 50-75 people that attend our local events, but we would love to see that number go up!

Another great way to engage our membership is to get them involved with the organization. A great way to do this is to join a committee! If you are interested in joining a committee and help to form chapter activities, please follow this link to get committee info and Board Liaison contact details: Committees. I encourage you to consider joining a committee. This is an organization run by volunteers and participating on a committee is a great way to stay engaged, meet other members. We will be holding new Board elections in early 2019. I invite you to consider if a role on the NATCAP Board is a place for you.

We have set our program topics for the year and our Programs Committee is working hard on securing speakers! Keep an eye on this page for chapter meeting announcements.  We have also set our networking events for the year. We are planning an Oktoberfest for October. More information will be posted about this soon. Finally, we will be hosting our Annual Holiday Celebration and Silent Auction in December. If you are interested in donating to the Silent Auction, please reach out to Cheryl Gordon.

Please be sure to register for the upcoming September Chapter Meeting. You can register here: Register Now!

Sincerely,

Erika Noyes, CMP, CGMP

SGMP