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Committee Wish List

Program Committee

  • members who would like to help secure speakers and coordinate with the sponsor to facilitate their meeting (set up, prizes, etc.)

Education Day Sub-Committee

  • members who would like to help with either a silent auction or educational topic and speaker (or both) for 2012 Education Day (Sept-Oct.).

Communications Committee

  • members who can assist with Facebook, Twitter, electronic newsletter/information page, website and membership announcements.

Community Service/Fundraising Committee

  • members to help with the April 2012 Chapter Yard Sale, selling tables, promoting sale to members and public, soliciting sale items for the chapter table, making and setting up signs, helping set up on the day of, helping tear down.

Membership Committee

  • 2 member volunteers to help with a membership blitz (by phone, campus table, or other ideas) and a member volunteer to contact members whose membership is about to expire.

Central Florida Board of Directors Nominations

The Central Florida Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals is looking for leaders! Nominations are now being accepted for all eight elected positions on the 2012-2014 Central Florida Chapter Board of Directors. The incoming Chapter Board will be installed at the June 2012 chapter meeting for a term of office from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014. If you wish to be considered as a candidate, or wish to nominate someone else, the nomination form and information on the nominations & elections process can be found at the link below:

The nominations period will remain open until 5pm local time on January 20, 2012.
The chapter’s Nominations & Elections Committee is responsible for arranging and overseeing the chapter elections process. Should you have any additional questions, contact Ann Koralewski, CMP, CGMP, the committee chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 352-273-8677.
Any chapter member in good standing for at least nine months (in the category noted below) prior to nomination shall qualify for nomination to and election on the chapter board of directors:

President                                    
(Government Planner or Contract Planner)

First Vice President                    
(Government Planner or Contract Planner)

Second Vice President                
(Supplier or Associate Supplier)

Secretary                                    
(Government Planner or Contract Planner)

Treasurer                                    
(Supplier, Associate Supplier, or Contract Planner)

Directors (3)                                
(1) Government Planner; (1) Supplier or Associate Supplier; (1) Government Planner, Contract Planner, Supplier, or Associate Supplier

SGMP has made several revisions to the policies and timeline affecting chapter elections since this chapter’s last election. Key nominations & elections process deadlines this year are the following:
  • Chapter “open” nominations must open by 1/9/12
  • Chapter “open” nominations must close by 1/20/12
  • Chapter voting member created by SGMP on 2/2/12
  • Candidate campaigning period: 2/10/12 – 2/17/12
  • Member voting period: 2/20/12 – 2/27/12
  • New chapter president and chapter treasurer must attend SGMP training on 6/8/12- 6/9/12
  • New chapter board members must be installed by 6/30/12
  • Code of Ethics form (signed by all chapter board members) must be received at SGMP by 6/30/12

Central Florida Chapter Receives an "A" from National Survey!

In April 2011, SGMP conducted its first all-member survey in three years. Although designed for a national perspective, the survey also included some chapter-specific questions. A snippet of the results for our chapter are listed below. 

Chapter Grade Overall: A

Chapter Board:

I am satisfied with the access I have to chapter board members: Strongly Agree

Chapter board members extend effective support and guidance: Strongly Agree

I have confidence in the integrity of my chapter board members and leaders: Strongly Agree

Communications:

The emails I receive from my chapter are relevant: Strongly Agree

The emails I receive from my chapter are clearly written: Strongly Agree

Education:

I am satisfied with the education at chapter meetings: Agree

Finance:

My chapter’s funds are used for the good of the entire chapter: Strongly Agree

Membership:

My chapter prioritizes the recruitment of new members: Strongly Agree

Networking:

I am satisfied with the networking at chapter meetings: Strongly Agree

Newsletter:

Chapter newsletter projects a professional image: Strongly Agree

Website:

Chapter website projects a professional image: Strongly Agree

 To summarize the results, our Chapter is a healthy and strong chapter, and we excel in all that we do. Way to go Central Florida SGMP!

Congratulations! New CGMP designation awarded!

 The CGMP classes, held March 28-30, were an intense three days of study, followed by exam day on March 31st..  The 250 page training manual included topics from management and coordination of events, to risk management, with subjects such as ethics and federal budget and accounting included.  The structure of the class allowed for a lot of participation.  In addition to learning from Lisa Silverman, SGMP's Education and Training Manager, participants were able to learn from each other as well. Classes were held at the Residence Inn by Marriott Gainesville I-75  in Gainesville.  The exam was administered by Rebecca Johnson, CMP, CGMP from the Department of Conferences at the Univeristy of Florida TREEO Center. 

CGMPsm

Standing with Board Liaison Rossana Passaniti, CMP (far right) are Teri McIver, CGMP; Beth Miller-Tipton, CMP, CGMP; Sara Stallings, CGMP; Holly Paszko, CMP, CGMP; Mandy Stage, CGMP; Janet Roach, CGMP; Jhanna Gilbert, CMP, CGMP; Instructor Lisa Silverman, CGMP, Rhonda Rogers-Bardsley, CGMP; Sharon Borneman, CGMP; Carol Hinton, CGMP; Krystal Serrano, CGMP; Laurie Brown, CGMP; Shayna Daniel, CGMP; and Dori Laack, CGMP (left to right).

CGMP Benefits

Certified Government Meeting Professional

The Certified Government Meeting Professional designation ("CGMP") is designed for planners and suppliers whose work is governed by the rules and regulations of the federal government. Individuals who have earned their CGMP have obtained the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals.

In addition to demonstrating a commitment to enhancing government expertise and improving the quality of meetings, earning the CGMP has numerous personal benefits.

If you are a government planner, here are the benefits of having the CGMP designation:

  • you will earn the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals
  • you will have a clear and thorough understanding of the rules and regulations that affect government meetings
  • you will demonstrate to your agency the dedication you have for your craft
  • you will stand out against your peers without the designation for your knowledge of government meetings
  • you will bolster your career advancement opportunities within your agency
  • you will increase the exposure/importance of the government market within the meetings profession

If you are a contract planner, here are the benefits of having the CGMP designation:

  • you will earn the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals
  • you will have a clear and thorough understanding of the rules and regulations that affect government meetings
  • you will demonstrate to your employer the dedication you have for your craft
  • you will hold a competitive advantage vs. those without a designation for knowledge of government meetings
  • you will be better-positioned to build more revenue for your company
  • you will bolster your career advancement and salary negotiating position within the meetings marketplace
  • you will increase the exposure/importance of the government market within the meetings profession

If you are a supplier, here are the benefits of having the CGMP designation:

  • you will earn the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals
  • you will have a clear and thorough understanding of the rules and regulations that affect government meetings
  • you will demonstrate to your employer the dedication you have for your craft
  • you will hold a competitive advantage vs. those without a designation for knowledge of government meetings
  • you will be better-positioned to build more revenue for your company
  • you will bolster your career advancement and salary negotiating position within the meetings market
  • you will increase the exposure/importance of the government market within the hospitality industry

Questions about the CGMP certification? Contact Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

2010 Membership Survey Report

surveyThe idea to conduct this survey sprung from the 2010 SGMP Board retreat as a way to get the pulse of the membership to enhance future planning.  Meeting the needs of the membership is foremost in the mind of the Board both as a retention tool and for future membership recruitment. The survey began on June 28, 2010 and ended on July 19, 2010.  Click the icon below to get the full survey report.

Many thanks to those who contributed and took their time to complete the survey.  Your opinions matter!