Member's source for the latest SGMP and GOSGMP news and updates.

  • February 04, 2014 5:15 PM | Cari Stear
    It has been a very successful fundraising year lead by GOSGMP Board Member Kristin Wood!  We have to date raised $2900.00 through our Stay & Play Packages and we are now on our final package, the beautiful Oregon Coast!  Please help us raise as much as we can on this final package by sharing the Stay & Play link on your Facebook page and other social media avenues.  With these additional funds we are able to give out more scholarship money to our members for the 2014 NEC here in Portland!

    Thank you to our Fundraising Committee who has helped secure items for these packages and thank you to all SGMP members that have promoted and purchased raffle tickets!

  • April 18, 2013 10:38 AM | Julie LaMarche
    In April we had a couple of gentlemen from CIS (Citycounty Insurance Services) walked us through crisis management for events.  John Zakariassen, CIS Senior Risk Management Consultant, and David Nelson, CIS Public Safety Manager, presented “Meet Prepared: Contingency Planning for Your Event.” 

    Here is a copy of the handout from that session: A Quick and Easy Emergency Plan Audit.
  • April 18, 2013 10:18 AM | Julie LaMarche
    In March GOSGMP members had the opportunity to hear from Bob Pike, Attorney and President of Environmental Inc., on “What’s New in the ADA.”  Mr. Pike provided our group with a comprehensive resource, “Accessible Meeting Events and Conferences Information – Resources – Checklists Manual”. 
  • March 09, 2013 7:01 PM | Julie LaMarche
    Why join GOSGMP? Checkout our infographic for the answer!
  • February 28, 2013 1:16 PM | Julie LaMarche

    Have extra shoes in your closet?  Bring them to the next meeting! Starting in March and running through our April monthly meeting, we will be teaming up with the Shoeman Water Project.

    The Shoeman Water Project is a national organization which collects donated shoes – any kind (heels, tennis shoes, flip flop etc for men, women and children) and exports them to the streets vendors in places like Haiti, Kenya and South America.  The funds from exporting the shoes are then used for clean water programs in those communities around the world.

    The secondhand shoes are a valuable product for street vendors to sell at affordable prices.  The end users are people who do not have shoes and cannot afford to purchase new shoes.  The shoes protect the new owner’s feet from foot abrasions, parasites and mites.

    Funds generated from the export of the shoes provide well drilling rigs, water purifications systems and hand pump repairs for people who thirst for fresh, clean drinking water.

    We will have collection bins at the next meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Puller at Mount Bachelor Village Resort, 541-388-7801 or
  • February 01, 2013 1:00 PM | Julie LaMarche
    We're pleased to announce the results of the recent elections for the 2013-2015 GOSGMP Board of Directors. Congratulations to the newly elected board. \

    2013-2015 GOGSMP Board of Directors 
    President: Carolyn Wence, CMP, CGMP 
    1st VP: Michelle Adams 
    2nd VP: Cheryl Wierenga, CGMP 
    Secretary: Jan Johnston, CGMP 
    Treasurer: Cari Stear, CGMP 
    Planner Director: Julie LaMarche 
    Supplier Director: Kristin Wood 
    Supplier Director: Traci Gilges 

    The new board will be installed at the June meeting and will officially take office starting July 1, 2013.
  • January 16, 2013 9:32 AM | Julie LaMarche

    The conference registration deadline has been extended to January 25th; however, the hotel reservation deadline is still January 19th to secure a room at the reduced block rate.  The full agenda is now available, as well as program descriptions and speaker bios.  

    Registration Cost:

    • $100 - Planner Members
    • $300 - Sponsoring Supplier Member
    • $350 - Non-sponsoring Supplier Member

    Highlights of the agenda include "Hotel Contract Negotiations" lead by Sean O'Day and JoAnn Ghelfi, where they explore the common issues that arise when planners and suppliers work together to finalize contracts.  Sean and JoAnn want to know if our planners have any examples of contract clauses that they have received from the hotel side that have caused issues for them.  They would also like to know if our suppliers members have any problems with clauses from their contracts that provide problems negotiating with planners.

    Submit submit your feedback to JoAnn Ghelfi at by January 28, 2013.

    Send your Conference Registration Form to Kim Blanding, Conference Chair at GOSGMP, PO BOX 862 | Salem, OR  97308

    Join us next month at the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn in Newport!

  • November 07, 2012 8:51 AM | Julie LaMarche
    If you're like me, you left last week's program with additional questions regarding our government ethics laws.

    The Oregon Government Commission has a list of webinars scheduled for this month on a variety of topics including:
    • Conflict of interest
    • Executive Sessions
    • Introduction to the Ethics Statues
    • Gifts
    • Use of Office
    Plus opportunities to talk with a trainer about any ethics questions you may have, and the opportunity to hear questions asked by others.

    To view the November calendar of scheduled webinars, click HERE.

    For a copy of the handout of the scenarios with the answers & explanations from November 2nd's program, click HERE.
  • November 01, 2012 8:58 AM | Deleted user

    Nominations are now being accepted for all eight elected positions on the 2013-15 Greater Oregon Chapter Board of Directors, including:

    1. President
    2. First Vice President
    3. Second Vice President
    4. Secretary
    5. Treasurer
    6. Directors (3 positions)

    The incoming Chapter Board will be installed at the June 2013 chapter meeting for a term of office from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. Nominations will be accepted through midnight, November 20, 2012 and are to be submitted to Lila Duncan, CMP, CGMP, Nominations Committee Chair, at

    Nomination information is available on our website at, but are also listed below:

    Official Call for Nominations

    Nominations Form

  • September 26, 2012 10:09 AM | Julie LaMarche
    We're pleased to announce the 2012-2013 calendar of programs.

    2012-13 Educational calendar.pdf

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