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Our meetings offer excellent education, skill building, and networking opportunities and are usually held the first Thursday of every month from 11:30am-1:30pm.

2016-17 GOSGMP Chapter Calendar

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Cancellations received more than 72 hours in advance of the event will receive a full refund of registration fees received. Registered attendees with cancellations received less than 72 hours from chapter event start date will be charged the full registration fee and prepaid registration fees will not be refunded. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on an individual basis to be voted on by the current chapter board.

Upcoming events

    • December 07, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Portland Art Museum, Stevens Room, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm - Join us for a special docent-led tour of the museum just for GOSGMP attendees (additional $15 ticket fee)
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – GOSGMP Holiday Meeting 


    Enjoy an evening of art, networking and community service at the museum.  This will be an evening social focused on connecting with other GOSGMP members in a beautiful facility while learning how to incorporate community service activities into your events and workplace. Several local non-profits will be there to talk about their organizations and discuss ways in which we can support their missions while creating a bond within our participant community through community service. Light hors d’oevres will be provided along with a cash bar. Raffle tickets can be purchased in cash or through donations. Donations can include new or lightly used children’s books, food donations (canned items, peanut butter and almond butter (low or no sugar), rice, tuna, pasta, cooking oil etc…), pet products, or cash donations to one of the charities below.

    Featured Non-Profits:
    The Children’s Book Bank (
    The Children’s Book Bank began when Founder and Executive Director Danielle Swope decided to find a way to give the stacks of books her children had outgrown. Inspired by her own experiences as a Teach for America teacher and a parent, Dani wanted to ensure that her children’s books got into the hands of kids who might not otherwise have books of their own at home.  She contacted a local Head Start program that was happy to receive her family’s books and took her kids on a field trip to deliver them.  Within a week her phone was ringing off the hook with people looking for the “Book Lady” and asking to sign up for her “program.”  Clearly, the community had a need for books!  After a few pilot book drives, it became clear that the community ALSO had a supply of books to give.  The missing piece was a sustainable system to get the books off shelves and into the hands and homes of kids in need.  The Children’s Book Bank was created to fill that void by engaging the community in collecting, sorting, and distributing donated children’s books.  Since becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2008, The Children’s Book Bank has organized over 10,000 community volunteers to channel over 650,000 books into the hands and homes of over 50,000 children in need in the Portland area.

    Oregon Food Bank (
    Today, Oregon Food Bank collects food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources. They distribute that food through a Statewide Network of 21 Regional Food Banks and approximately 970 partner agencies serving all of Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Their mission is to elimate hunger and its root causes…because no one should be hungry. 

    It seems like a big job, and it is. We absolutely couldn’t do it alone. But, distributing food is not the entire job. Like we said – we do things differently in Oregon.

    Meals on Wheels (
    Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America through our network of more than 5,000 independently-run local programs. While the diversity of each program's services and operations may vary based on the needs and resources of their communities, they are all committed to supporting their senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes.

    Portland Rescue Mission (
    Founded in 1949 by John Van Diest Sr., Portland Rescue Mission opened its doors to provide salvation and hope to people in need. Since then, the Portland Rescue Mission has had a tireless commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction and despair in the lives of hurting people in need. Today, they still offer emergency services of food and shelter at their original downtown location at the Burnside Shelter. And they’ve expanded those services to include 24/7 restrooms, showers, clothing, mail service, referrals and community activities in the Guest Care Center. Thanks to generous community support, they’ve expanded their ministry to include a wide range of programs designed to meet a hurting person at their point of need and help them toward their journey home.

    Oregon Humane Society (
    The Oregon Humane Society rescues, heals and adopts more than 11,000 pets each year. We never place a time limit on how long cats, dogs and other pets stay at our shelter. OHS relies on donations to support our adoption, education, and animal cruelty investigation programs.

    Portland Art Museum
    1219 SW Park Avenue
    Portland, OR 97205

Past events

November 02, 2017 Using Twitter and Facebook to promote sponsors at your event
October 05, 2017 Drawing the Lines: An Oregon Government Ethics Review
September 07, 2017 What can GOSGMP do for you?
June 01, 2017 How Suppliers and Planners Can Negotiate to Get What They Need in an RFP
May 04, 2017 Update - ADA Compliance Issues
April 06, 2017 Managing Change; How Change Impacts the Meetings Industry
March 02, 2017 Partnering with your CVB
February 12, 2017 2017 GOSGMP Annual Conference
January 05, 2017 Crisis Management for Events
December 01, 2016 Newest Technology Affecting Your Events
November 03, 2016 Working Styles, True Colors Business Communication Skills
October 06, 2016 Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Incident
September 01, 2016 Giving and Receiving Feedback
June 02, 2016 How Prepared are You if an Emergency or Natural Disaster Happens?
May 05, 2016 Take Your Room and Table Sets to a New Dimension AND the Annual Dessert Dash!
April 07, 2016 Sedentary Work
March 03, 2016 Oregon Government Ethics Overview
January 07, 2016 Beat Burnout! Feel Better, Improve Relationships and Get More Done
December 03, 2015 Doing Business with the Government Using ORPIN
November 05, 2015 Don’t Take the Wind Out of Your Sale – Understanding Planner Supplier Relationships
October 01, 2015 Five Pillars of Leadership to Influence and Engage People
September 03, 2015 Speaking Clearly, Listening Intently: The Art of Communication
June 04, 2015 Dealing with Bandwidth Issues
May 07, 2015 Food Trends in Meeting Planning
April 02, 2015 Contracts
February 22, 2015 2015 GOSGMP Annual Conference
February 05, 2015 Working with Convention Services Managers
January 08, 2015 Extend Your Reach With Social Media
December 04, 2014 Relationship building
November 06, 2014 Navigating diversity issues in our world
October 02, 2014 Meeting nightmares and solutions
September 04, 2014 Meet Prepared: Contingency planning for your event
June 05, 2014 Smart Phone Apps and Virtual Meetings: Why your attendees expect a mobile event app
May 01, 2014 Planning Large Scale Events
April 03, 2014 Business Roundtable - How to Create Your Own Conference Toolkit
March 06, 2014 Meetings: The Greenest Approach
February 04, 2014 Stay and Play in Oregon
January 27, 2014 GOSGMP Annual Conference
January 09, 2014 Time Management: How Do Planners Do It All?
December 10, 2013 Stay and Play in Oregon
December 05, 2013 A Cultural Perspective: Learn Cultural Competency Tips when Planning your Meetings
November 07, 2013 Putting your CVB's to work for your meetings
October 08, 2013 Stay and Play in Oregon
October 03, 2013 Ethics and Etiquette in Meeting Planning - A Broad Overview
September 05, 2013 September Monthly Program: Planning Healthy Meetings
September 04, 2013 Stay and Play in Oregon
August 05, 2013 Stay and Play in Oregon
June 06, 2013 ORPIN: Doing Business With Government
May 02, 2013 Breaking the Cycle of Overwhelm
April 04, 2013 Meet Prepared: Contingency Planning for Your Event
March 07, 2013 What's New in ADA
February 10, 2013 GOSGMP Annual Education Conference
January 03, 2013 TSA - What is this?
December 06, 2012 Do You Need Per Diem? Understanding How Hotels Manage Inventory
November 02, 2012 GOSGMP Bandanna/Gigi Hill Bags
November 01, 2012 November Monthly Program: Government Ethics Statues
October 04, 2012 October's Monthly Program: Change Management, Embracing the Inevitable Reality
September 06, 2012 September Monthly Program: Your Meeting Budget
August 19, 2012 Fun-O-Rama FUNdraiser

Education handouts from past meetings - find them here!

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