Society of Government Meeting Professionals

SGMP Sacramento

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State of the Sacramento Chapter 2016

As we begin 2017, I am pleased to provide a quick report on where the chapter stands as of the end of 2016.


2016 started with 104 members and a 55.8% planner to 44.20% supplier ratio and ended the year with 132 members with a similar planner to supplier ratio. The overall membership increase was largely due to the absorption of 30 members from the Southern California chapter that shut down. Thank you to Planner Director Reba Anderson for her diligent efforts to keep membership issues on the front burner.


2016 started with bank and money market accounts in the $45,000 range and ended in the $37,000 range. The chapter's income comes from membership renewal fees, the proceeds from the annual Silent Auction, paid advertising, the proceeds from our monthly raffles, and meeting registration fees. Our expenses range from the food and beverage expenses at special events, scholarships for attending the national education conferences, regular monthly meeting room and speaker fees, as well as administrative expenses. We enjoy being one of the organizations in SGMP with a healthy budget and we use those funds to develop continued benefits for our chapter members. Thank you to Chapter Treasurer Yvonne Magneheim for her diligent efforts to pay the bills and keep the books balanced each and every month.


With the direction from co-chairs Robin Pollock and Crystal Spencer, the Programs Committee delivered ten great education programs that touched on:

- Alcohol Regulations
- Service Animals at Meetings
- Travel Safety
- 21st Century Transportation options
- Awareness of Unconscious Bias
- Wifi Network Ninja
- Negotiations
- Business Dining Etiquette
- Smooth Meetings
- RFP-Friend or Foe?

Each of these programs provided valuable information as well as core competency credits. Attendance at monthly meetings stayed steady at 25% of total membership, while this sounds low, please know that over 50% of our membership is based more than 100 miles outside of the Sacramento area. So, doing the math, that means about 50% of our local members attend our monthly meetings on average.

Upcoming program include Revenue Management, Productive Pre-Cons, Mentoring, and Technology Jeopardy. I hope everyone can attend those meetings. Watch our website for details.

Remote education avenues were developed to provide chapter members outside the Sacramento area in July, September, October and November. These ideas have been adopted by the national board, and we-this chapter- are taking credit for pushing THAT envelope!
Chapter 2nd Vice President Marie Cicogni deserves high praise for her continued efforts to place our monthly meetings in member or SGMP-supportive sites. I've never met anyone so flexible and calm as Marie when we change dates or have last minute meeting room needs.


One of this board's goals was to make this chapter more visible in the meetings industry. In 2016, we cross marketed with two local industry groups. We participated in the MPISSN annual education day and trade show by exhibiting our organization at a booth. We participated in the CalSAE Seasonal Spectacular by serving on one of their organizational committees. You may have seen yours truly on "center stage" as part of the prize patrol. THE best job at that event!

National Education Conference

More than 30 chapter members attended the NEC in San Diego. Our chapter spirit was evident in San Diego, and I believe we all came away with some valuable new information. Scholarship attendee and education session speaker Bill Amaral has been invited back this year for a repeat performance in Ft. Lauderdale.


E-blast, Thank you to Supplier Director Brenda Dobbert and Immediate Past President Dina Fong for assisting with the frequent email blasts that share “News You Can Use” including updates on upcoming programs and events, members “out and about” stories, among other items.
Web, Thank you to member Marie Ziegler for serving as our website liaison as we update often and continue to review and revise the chapter's web presence.
Social media, Thank you to member April Balestreri for fostering our social media presence.

One of the best parts of our year was acknowledging the chapter's hard working volunteers.
We were proud to give chapter awards to:

- Mary LeClaire, CalRecycle, Planner of the Year
- Yvonne Magneheim, DoubleTree Hotel, Supplier of the Year
- Crystal Spencer, Department of Justice and Robin Pollock, contract planner, shared the President's award

and scholarships to attend the 2016 NEC were awarded to:

- Marie Ziegler, Robin Pollock, Crystal Spencer, Kelly Bouchard, Tasha Wilson, Bill Amaral, and Shelly Browning,

And, last but not least, CGMP certifications were earned by:

- Crystal Spencer and
- Marilee Moon-Vanni

In closing, I offer our simple vision for the chapter's future. At the end of the term of the current board of directors, we aim to leave the chapter in good hands by positioning ourselves to participate in the development of national education conferences for 2018 and beyond, by continuing to provide great monthly education to local and remote location members, by continuing to provide stellar Silent Auction and other fund-raising events, and by continuing to market our local industry presence. This chapter depends on each of you for its continued success

Thank you, all. Please feel free to funnel any questions to any board member.

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) is a nonprofit professional organization of persons involved in planning government meetings, either on a full or part-time basis, and those individuals who supply services to government planners.
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