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President's Pen

President’s Pen – February 2018

Baby, it’s cold outside…and not just in Michigan! Many of our SGMP colleagues across the country are experiencing the joy of cold and snow that we celebrate every winter! I hope you are all staying safe and warm on these blistery days, and that your meetings and properties have not been negatively impacted.

MiSGMP has many exciting opportunities in 2018 – 10 innovative, informative monthly education sessions; our Annual Education Conference (AEC) March 7-9 at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City; the first-ever Knowledge Quest on June 20th in Frankenmuth; and our annual banquet and auction on September 12th at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West. Information is shared on the MiSGMP website and through member emails. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or any board member.

MiSGMP provides scholarships to our AEC and to the National Education Conference (NEC). Scholarship applications for AEC are available on the MiSGMP website, along with the AEC brochure. The AEC scholarship application deadline is February 16th. Scholarship applications for NEC will also be available on our website, likely in mid-to-late February. The 2018 NEC is June 5-7 in Norfolk, VA. Scholarships offered by MiSGMP to AEC and NEC are completely funded by our September auction and our December mini-auction proceeds – thank you to all who generously donate items and to all bidders!

The next MiSGMP monthly meeting is Wednesday, February 21st at the Lansing Center. Please join us for another interactive court case. February’s topic is To Sue or Not to Sue: A Case of ADA Compliance. Visit the MiSGMP website for details and to register.

I look forward to seeing you in February!

Laurie A. Nickson, CMP

MiSGMP President

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Welcome New Members!

January Membership Newsletter Report

  While we gained two members, our membership remains the same with 144 as we lost two members in December   2017. 

Please help the Membership Committee in welcoming our new members:

  •          LaTonya Spearman, Eloquets
  •          Christine Lincoln,MPHI

We will have one new Supplier in the coming month:

  •          Bernadette Benkert, Muskegon CVB

We currently have two Suppliers on the Wait List:

  •          Angela Morgan, Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
  •          Kathryn Sheridan, Detroit Marriott @ the Renaissance Center

We had one Supplier transfers:

  •          Sam Goettling, Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn took over for Tom O’Connor.

The MiSGMP Membership Recruitment Incentive Program officially launched in December. 

Here are the details:

  •          Members who recruit a minimum of 3 new members, from December through August, will receive the Recruiter Award, identifying their outstanding commitment to MiSGMP, at the annual MiSGMP Annual Awards Banquet.*
  •          This recognition will be given annually to members who support the mission of MiSGMP through membership recruitment.

                 To participate, one must

  •          Be a current member of MiSGMP in good standing;
  •          Serve as a MiSGMP Ambassador; and
  •          Recruit a minimum of 3 new members in the specified time period.

                Recruiter Award Details

  •          All members who recruit a minimum of 3 new members, in the specified time period, will receive the award.
  •          Each award recipient will also receive a Recruiter ribbon to wear at all MiSGMP events until the next year’s Annual Awards Banquet.
  •          The member who recruits the most new members, in the specified time period, will receive:

Top Recruiter Award, a Recruiter ribbon; and Complimentary registration for the Annual Awards Banquet.

                 *In 2018, the MiSGMP Annual Awards Banquet is September 12, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West.

Superhero’s Campaign - Nationals:  We have five Michigan Chapter members who are on the Superhero’s board:

  •          Char Alexander
  •          Anissa Damon
  •          Amanda Peppo
  •          Tammy Novak
  •          Chris Ward

Michelle Fink from Arizona and Chris McLaughlin from the National Capital are currently tied for 1st place as the top Superhero Recruiter, with 5 recruits each.

My SGMP Professional Home Campaign – Nationals:  This campaign ended on December 20, 2017.  The results are as follows:

  •          1st - Louisiana Chapter - Complimentary Planner Registration to the upcoming NEC,
  •          2nd - Tennessee Chapter - $300 stipend, and
  •          3rd – North Carolina Chapter - $150 stipend.

SGMP as a whole welcomed in 121 new members in four months!

Thank you to everyone for your membership commitments.  If you have ideas you’d like to share on membership, please feel free to reach out to one of your Membership Committee members. 

“Keep on Recruiting”

  •          Tammy Novak, Board Liaison
  •          Amanda Peppo, Chair
  •          Anissa Damon, Member
  •          Jocelyn Davis, Member
  •          Duke Rosendahl, Member
  •          Shelley Long, Member

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MiSGMP 2018 Annual Education Conference

 2018 MiSGMP Annual Education Conference


March 7-9, 2018

Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City MI

Great Wolf Lodge

Get ready to “Bust Your Meeting Move!”

We are going to “Whip it” in Traverse City!

Grab your Rubik’s Cubes, Pac Man, and MC Hammer pants

and get ready for a “Whammin” good time! 

Be There or Be Square!

When you are registering you will have three options for transportation. 

Dude, like totally choose one. (example below)

Select you departure time:

4:45pm Buses departs for Grand Traverse Commons Tour, Welcome Reception & Dinner

6:45pm Bus departs for the Welcome Reception & Dinner

9:00pm Bus departs for Pub Crawl


Click here to download the Conference Brochure: 




Click here to download the Scholarship Application: 

Please review scholarship eligibility here: 

Annual Education Sponsorships Are Available

For more sponsorship information please contact: Heidi Schmitt

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Upcoming Events

To Sue or Not To Sue: A Case of ADA Compliance

February 21, 2018
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
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Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
Venue Website

To Sue or Not to Sue: A Case of ADA Compliance

Presenters:  Laurie A. Nickson, CMP, Specialist, Office of Great Start, MI Dept. of Education; Director of Professional Programs, MI Association for the Education of Young Children;  President, MiSGMP with MiSGMP members as the lawyers, plaintiff, defendant, and witnesses!

A simulated court case with our very own Judge Laurie presiding. Hear about concerns and issues from the perspectives of the plaintiff and the defendant including the reasons, rationale and perceived impact of alleged ADA compliance violations. Attendees will serve as jurors, deliberating and determining the verdict!  We will learn ADA compliance, about impact of possible ADA violations and we will be able to identify and address ADA issues prior to an event.

Core Competency:  Logistics

Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48933

This meeting is sponsored by:



$25.00 Member Government Planner
$30.00 after 5:00 pm February 16
$15.00 Earlybird rate before February 14

$25.00 Member Contract Planner
$30.00 after 5:00 pm February 16
$15.00 Earlybird rate before February 14

$35.00 Member Supplier
$50.00 after 5:00 pm February 16
$25.00 Earlybird rate before February 14

$25.00 Member Educator/Student
$30.00 after 5:00 pm February 16
$15.00 Earlybird rate before February 14

$25.00 Member Retiree
$30.00 after 5:00 pm February 16
$15.00 Earlybird rate before February 14

$25.00 Non Member Planner
$30.00 after 5:00 pm February 16
$15.00 Earlybird rate before February 14

$35.00 Non Member Supplier
$50.00 after 5:00 pm February 16
$25.00 Earlybird rate before February 14

$25.00 Non Member Educator or Student
$30.00 after 5:00 pm February 16
$15.00 Earlybird rate before February 14


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Get involved. Build your network!

MiSGMP Committees

Committees are comprised of members of the Board of Directors and the Chapter membership. Each committee develops a plan that outlines the committee’s objectives and the steps for achieving those objectives. Committees meet as needed to complete tasks.

Advertising/Sponsorship Committee
Responsible for website and email advertising, soliciting sponsorships for special events and marketing the chapter brand.
Board Liaison: Stacy Yerby (313) 303-1909
Board Liaison: Heidi Schmitt (616) 233-3557


Annual Education Conference Committee
Responsible for the planning and implementation of the Chapter’s Annual Education Conference.
Board Liaison: Chris Ward  (517) 374-6848

Communications Committee
Responsible for monitoring all publications and communications of the Chapter, including but not limited to email, website and social media.
Board Liaison: Karalee McKinstry (989) 460-1704
Website: Karalee McKinstry (989) 460-1704

Community Service Committee
Responsible for planning and implementation of Chapter’s charitable activities.
Committee Chair: Amanda Toy  (517) 377-1405
Board Liaison: Heidi Schmitt (616) 233-3557

Education Committee
Responsible for soliciting proposals for regular monthly meeting sites and speakers. Also responsible for determining, establishing and promoting the educational programs of the Chapter.
Board Liaison: Annette Pepper  (517) 374-6848

GMS Certificate Committee
Responsible for overseeing the implementation of the GMS Certificate Program.
Committee Chair: Tracy Sproul (517) 346-6339
Board Liaison: Debbie Kopkau  (517) 327-2587

Honors and Awards Committee
Responsible for the development and implementation of an awards program giving recognition to Chapter members who have significantly contributed to the objectives of the Chapter and to the Society.
Board Liaison: Diane Dick  (517) 327-9261

Marketing Subcommittee
Responsible for promoting the Chapter and the Society to interested parties as well as connections with partner organizations.
Board Liaison: Stacy Yerby  (313) 202-1909

Membership Committee 
Responsible for the recruitment and retention of Chapter Society members.
Committee Chair: Amanda Peppo (248) 453-8711
Board Liaison: Tammy Novak (517) 887-9444

Nominations and Elections Committee
Responsible for identifying members interested in running for Chapter Board positions. The committee’s function is directed by the National Board’s process for elections. The Immediate Past President chairs this committee. Meets every two years.
Board Liaison: Debbie Kopkau  (517) 327-2587

Registration Committee
Responsible for completing registrations for all members and guests at monthly meetings.
Board Liaison: Diane Dick  (517) 327-9261

Scholarship Committee
Responsible for distributing, accepting and awarding of Chapter scholarships, including AEC and NEC.
Board Liaison: Stacy Yerby  (313) 202-1909

Special Events Committee
Responsible for Chapter functions that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Education Committee, i.e. annual banquet and auction, installation of officers, road rally, and other fund raising events.
Board Liaison: Laurie Nickson  (517) 351-4183

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