enhancing the knowledge and expertise of government meeting professionals

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.

2017-2018 GOSGMP Calendar

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Cancellation Policy

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

    • February 01, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Sheraton Portland Aiport - 8235 Northeast Aiport Way - Portland, OR 97220

    It’s no secret that there are many moving parts in any given meeting and variety of ways for planners to stay on top of it all. Cheryl Wierenga, Rocci Taylor, and Ashley Golden will lead a panel presentation of some of the tricks and tools that are used in the Government Planner, Supplier and Contract Planner worlds.

    Rocci Taylor, Event Coordinator & Office Manager at Oregon State University
    Rocci started planning conferences when she took the Office managers position at OSU in 1999. For over 18 years she has planned conferences for the Family & community Health program, the 4-H Youth Development program, and the SNAP-Ed Program.  

    Many people have commented on her organizational skills, and how smoothly her conferences run. Rocci loves applying her conference planning skill to family vacations and gatherings.

    Rocci’s favorite things to do are golfing and making jewelry. 

    Cheryl Wierenga, Sales Manager of Red Lion on the River
    Cheryl started her hospitality career as a catering administrative assistant with her very first task being to research port-a-potties for an outdoor event!  Now with over 15 years of hospitality experience Cheryl has fielded many unique requests, most are more curious than port-a-potties. 

    For over ten years, Cheryl has been working in the government meetings market. Cheryl appreciates the black and white intentions of government meetings but seizes the challenges that come out of the gray area. After tedious hours of analyzing how to offer the best bid possible, completing various required forms, and double checking everything, it is such a great accomplishment to win the bid!

    Cheryl received her CGMP certification in 2011, has served on the Greater Oregon SGMP chapter board and now serves as a fundraising trustee on SGMPs Gilmer Institute of Learning. 

    Ashley Golden, President of Professional & Scientific Associates (PSA)Ashley is a seasoned leader who has successfully driven company-wide initiatives for nearly 20 years. Ashley manages all facets of PSA’s operational and business development efforts, delivering time-tested and proven logistical support and management practices to customers across the Federal sector. Under her tenure, PSA has grown and thrived, expanding into new and challenging territories. Under her stewardship, PSA has built an international network of event management and logistical support consultants, so that Federal projects anywhere in the world can be supported. Her leadership has enabled PSA to support projects across the world, even in post-conflict regions. She directly assisted the Department of Commerce in expanding their Commercial Law Development Program into Kabul, Afghanistan and is now considering further expansion into Saudi Arabia.

    Ashley believes wholeheartedly in the missions and work of the customers PSA and constantly drives her team toward finding innovative but simple and accessible tools and systems to manage PSA’s Government events.  These systems have supported a number of large-scale, issue-driven events such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National HIV Prevention Conference, the GSA’s SmartPay Conference and the Office on Women’s Health National Meeting on Opioid Use, Abuse, and Overdose in Women.  


    Host Property


    Sheraton Portland Airport

    8235 Northeast Airport Way
    Portland, OR 97220

    GOSGMP Member Host: Michele Clifford, Senior Sales Manager

    • February 25, 2018
    • February 27, 2018
    • The Riverhouse on the Deschutes - 3017 N Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97703

    Possibilities Are Endless

    Mark your calendar for our 2018 GOSGMP Annual Conference February 25-27, 2018. 

    This educational opportunity will be packed with great speakers and informative sessions as well as opportunities to build relationships with others in in GOSGMP. For a sneak peek of what to expect at the conference, take a look at our draft agenda. A finalized agenda will be posted soon. 

    The conference is located at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, OR where you can immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of picturesque Central Oregon. The re-imagined hotel has been completely redesigned to provide guests with modern sophistication and world-class amenities. A relaxing location on the banks of the Deschutes River is just a preview of the natural beauty and untamed wilderness that surrounds us, beckoning for outdoor pursuits. 

    If you prefer to pay by check, please complete the conference registration form and send along with payment to:

    Christina Caudillo, Treasurer
    P.O. Box 862
    Salem, OR 97308


    Hotel Reservations
    Riverhouse on the Deschutes -  1-866-453-4480, reference GOSGMP Education Conference. Lodging is at per diem rate: $112 plus tax.

    Riverhouse on the Deschutes
    3075 N Hwy 97
    Bend, OR 97703

Past events

January 04, 2018 Putting CVBs to work for your meetings
December 07, 2017 A Night at the Museum with GOSGMP
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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