August 2018 Print

MiSGMP e-Reel


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President's Pen

President’s Pen – August 2018

In late June, the current and incoming MiSGMP board members met to facilitate a smooth transition of board members and to begin planning for 2018-2019.

A major change in our schedule of events is that the awards banquet and auction, previously scheduled in September, will now be held in conjunction with MiSGMP’s Annual Education Conference (AEC). As AEC has, routinely, been the MiSGMP event with the largest attendance, moving the auction will hopefully generate more donations as well as more bidders!

The September 12th MiSGMP meeting is still being held at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West. Registration is from 3:30-4:00 pm, the education session from 4:00-5:00 pm, and a networking reception and ‘mini’ silent auction, with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, from 5:00-6:00 pm.

SGMP has reduced the mandatory number of annual education meetings chapters must hold to six. For the past few years, MiSGMP has not held a July membership meeting and, in 2018, the January membership meeting was eliminated. This practice will continue and, as SGMP’s National Education Conference (NEC) is in Detroit, June 25-27, MiSGMP will not hold a June 2019 membership meeting.

2019 AEC … Wednesday, March 6 – Friday, March 8, at the Comfort Inn & Suites and Conference Center in Mt. Pleasant. Diane Dick and Chris Ward, AEC Co-chairs, and I recently met with Samantha Goettling, Comfort Inn & Suites, and Chris Rowley, Mt. Pleasant Area CVB – exciting plans are underway! On Wednesday, March 6, registration check-in will begin at 3 pm; the education session will be 3:30-4:30 pm, followed by an onsite networking reception and then an off-site progressive dinner, transportation provided. Thursday will be a full day of education sessions followed by the banquet and evening entertainment, and Friday will be a half-day of education sessions. Auction items will be on display all day Thursday with bidding ending Friday morning. The primary source of scholarship funding is the revenue from our annual auction. With the 2019 NEC being held in Detroit, it is the board’s intent to increase the number of scholarships so Michigan is well represented. Please start thinking about and gathering donations for the auction!

The next MiSGMP meeting is August 15, in conjunction with the Halo Showcase, this year titled Halopalooza, at Eagle Eye Golf Club. Information about the event, the MiSGMP education session and the registration link are on the MiSGMP website.

Enjoy the summer sun!


Laurie A. Nickson, CMP

President, MiSGMP

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Welcome New Members!

August Membership Report

Welcome to our New Members for May

Vicki Brown, DNR Wildlife Division
Amanda Allen, Best Western Hotel & Suites in Okemos

Upcoming Membership Anniversaries

June (there were a few missed last month)

Annette Pepper
Karalee McKinstry
Anne Wilson
Hannah Kroll


Julie Darby Martin
Whitney Haughey
Stephanie Brown
Duke Rosendahl
Lynnette Uribe
Amari Myles
Theresa Randleman


Mary Zucchero
Anissa Damon
Terese McInnis
Veronica Rogers
Angel Brewer
Carly Palmer
Selene Hahn
Michelle Khoury
Samantha Goettling
Katherine Leonard

We are still running the Ambassador Program and are looking for volunteers.  If you would like to help new members, show them around, introduce them to other members, sit with them, etc., then please let either Tammy Novak or Anissa Damon, co-Board Liaisons for the Membership Committee know.

Thank you all for your membership commitments.

Tammy Novak – Co-Board Liaison
Anissa – Co-Board Liaison
Char Alexander
Jocelyn Davis
Brenda Haight
Duke Rosendahl
Terra Brenner
Shelley Long

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Member Spotlight

Brenda Haight, CMP / Sales Manager
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

A little bit about where I grew up: I grew up in a little town in Northern Michigan called Ossineke (South of Alpena).

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere on a beautiful lake or ocean. 

Thoughts regarding the industry: The industry is always changing with new trends and technology but the relationships stay steady.  I love this industry and what makes it so great is the people.

What do you like about MiSGMP? The members of SGMP are like a family.  They are always there to help and support you personally and professional.

What do you like most about being a supplier? It is just plan “FUN.”  I love helping meeting planners achieve their goals of making memorable experiences for their attendees.


The MiSGMP E-Reel is looking for members to SPOTLIGHT!

Following is the criteria:


*Must be engaged on a committee

*Interested in sharing a little of yourself with our membership through answering a few simple questions, and submitting a photo by deadline.

If you are interested please email

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Upcoming Events

August Monthly Program + HALOPOLOOZA

August 15, 2018
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
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Eagle Eye Golf Club
15500 Chandler Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823
Venue Website

Join us for a FREE program for planners, suppliers and guests at Eagle Eye Golf Club and enjoy an excellent education program prior to the 2018 HALO Product Showcase.  Continental breakfast, lunch and admission to the HALO show is included with your FREE ticket!  The day will flow as follows:

8:30am - 9:00am  Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00am - 10:00am  Education Program (details below) 

10:00am - 2:00pm  HALO Products Showacase (lunch at noon)

Bring a coworker and enjoy some great education and new ideas to include at your next event!

NOTE: Your registration for this program automatically registers you for the products showcase so need to register individually with HALO.

A Lesson in Protocol

Lindsay KirchingerChief of Protocol & Director of Events at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation

will share the benefit of her background in business/government relations, and provide strategies for navigating the do's and don'ts of protocol in today's meeting industry. Get answers to questions like these:

1) How do I handle REPLY ALL emails?

2) When do I send a THANK YOU note?

3) What is FLAG PROTOCOL at my meeting?


GMS Core Competency: Protocol

This month's meeting is sponsored by:

At this event, you may be photographed. Photos, videos or film likeness may be used for legitimate purposes by MiSGMP for promotional purposes and/or inclusion on

Don't forget to bring your donations for:

MiSGMP Community Service July-September 2018

Refugee Development Center

Erika Brown-Binion


Their mission is to cultivate a welcoming, thriving community that collaborates with refugees and newcomers through education, engagement and support.  The Refugee Development Center (RDC) is a grassroots organization offering formal and informal learning opportunities in an open and inclusive setting. The RDC opened in 2002 because the Greater Lansing community identified service area gaps for newcomer populations seeking self-sufficiency. The common denominator in the gaps identified revolved around education, and hence, the mission of the center was born. Today, the RDC helps serve as the link between newcomer populations and the private, public, and faith-based communities of Ingham County.  Cite:

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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: Anissa Damon (517) 324-7329
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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