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

  • September 13, 2012 2:00 PM | Julie LaMarche
    The Willamette BRAVO Showcase is next Wednesday, September 19th.  GOSGMP members are invited to attend this FREE event that will showcase local event and catering services specific to the Willamette Valley. The showcase will take place at the Salem Conference Center from 11am-5pm.  Registration is available on their website.

    GOSGMP will also have a booth at the showcase, so if you know of anyone interested in joining GOSGMP, please send them our way!
  • September 08, 2012 10:00 AM | Julie LaMarche
    Do you know someone who you feel is making a difference in our Greater Oregon Chapter? If so, let us know who he/she is and why you feel they should be recognized! Nominations will be accepted each month and will be recognized at the monthly program meeting. 

  • August 29, 2012 3:00 PM | Deleted user
    The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) announced today that its 2014 National Education Conference & Expo (NEC) will be held in Portland, Oregon. The event will take place on May 6-8, 2014, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower and the Oregon Convention Center. The Doubletree by Hilton Portland will also support the meeting.

    “Our national leadership team is thrilled to announce Portland as our 2014 host city and education partner,” said SGMP national president Rob Coffman, CGMP. “We could not be more excited with the result of what was a very competitive process.” This NEC & Expo will be one of the most sustainable events in the organization’s history.

    Portland is truly a “green city”undefinedwith safe and convenient light rail transit all across town and easy access to the nature of America’s largest forested urban wilderness. Attendees will enjoy world-class art and culture, tax-free shopping and dining “fit for foodies”…all situated within the beautiful and dramatic scenery of the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascade mountain range and the Willamette Valley.

    “Portland is honored to host SGMP and its members,” notes Travel Portland CEO Jeff Miller. “As SGMP members ourselves, Travel Portland and our hospitality partners are eager to welcome SGMP members nationwide to the City of Roses and to share with you what makes Portland such a great place to meet, work and play.”

    According to SGMP acting executive director Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP, this will be SGMP’s 32nd annual conference and the first in the Pacific Time zone since 2005. “It was time to bring the Society’s premiere event back to the west coast. We look forward to working closely with the entire Portland hospitality community. ”

    SGMP provides education and training to government meeting professionals nationwide and has been represented across the state by the Salem-based Greater Oregon chapter since 1989. “The 100 members in our growing chapter are very excited,” said chapter president Carolyn B. Wence, CMP, CGMP. “We are committed to making this a successful and memorable education experience for all attendees.”

  • August 23, 2012 10:17 AM | Deleted user

    Over the course of several months the Board had searched for a low cost an online registration platform that would accept online payments.  The Board formed a committee to research options to find the best solution for the best price. 

    The committee came back with the recommendation to move forward with Wild Apricot, identifying the following benefits:

    - Low cost of $270 a year with no online payment transaction fees.

    - Free website hosting

    - Customizable event registration

    - Ability to use our own domain (

    - Additional features such as blog modules and e-mail blasts

    - No contracts

    Another perk of using Wild Apricot is they offered web hosting with the fee built into the $270 annual fee - meaning GOSGMP could discontinue our prior web hosting arrangement, equating to about a $168 savings.  Hence, the new look to our website.

    We hope that you find the new website useful and the online registration system convenient. 


  • August 17, 2012 3:00 PM | Deleted user
    SGMP is pleased the GSA listened to the impactful input from our industry and support the decision to freeze FY2013 per diem rates at FY2012 rates, since a rate decrease would have potentially resulted in the unintended consequence of driving up the costs of government meetings. We support any reasonable efforts by the federal government to implement appropriate cost-saving and transparency measures, as this is directly in keeping with our organization's objectives to improve the quality and promote the cost-effectiveness of government meetings.
  • August 14, 2012 3:00 PM | Deleted user

    The General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that government travel per diem rates for fiscal 2013 will not change on October 1st. The press release from GSA states that the move is to meet the Obama Administration's directives to reduce costs on travel expenses. A copy of the press release can be found here.

  • August 08, 2012 8:30 AM | Deleted user


     The Summer issue of our chapter's newsletter is now available. This issue features NEC recaps from some of our recipients recepients and an article on the demand for WiFi in meetings.


  • August 01, 2012 3:00 PM | Deleted user
    We are pleased to announce that registration for the first-ever CGMP Congress at The Westin Washington DC City Center on November 14-16, 2012, is now open at This event is specifically tailored to provide a unique experience for current “CGMP” designees. In order to help celebrate this new event, and in partnership with SGMP’s National Capital chapter, registration to attend the opening reception with keynote speaker at the National Archives on the evening of November 14 will be open to all members.

    For details on registration and the event, visit the CGMP Congress information page.
  • May 09, 2012 8:30 AM | Deleted user
    This issue features articles on QR codes, creating a brand for your event, and more!
  • January 31, 2012 7:30 AM | Deleted user
    Inside this issue includes cost saving tips for F&B functions, program recaps and upcoming events.

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