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Welcome To The Greater Oregon Society Of Government Meeting Professionals
Improving The Quality Of Government Meetings

Since 1989, the Greater Oregon Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (GOSGMP) has been dedicated to improving the knowledge, expertise, and cost effectiveness for individuals responsible for planning and managing government meetings through education, communications, and industry relationships.

GOSGMP is one of 30 chapters of SGMP, joined together in the mission of providing quality meeting planning education, training, and networking opportunities for meeting planners and suppliers. We are a non-profit professional organization comprised of professionals involved in planning government meetings, either on a full or part-time basis, and those individuals who supply services to government planners.

My Dear GOSGMP Family,

During this time of uncertainly, let’s look to each other for support. 

I hope all your families are well and that all our members are able to secure the necessities during the Stay Home; Save Lives (Executive Order 20-12) period.

Many of our plates are piled high with new and demanding obligations while creating a new normal.  Social distancing can trigger feelings of loneliness, fear, loss and grief. Hopefully you are able soften those feeling be finding ways to celebrate the small positive moments, experiencing nature and seeing the silver lining in our new everyday life experiences.

It is important to continue to find ways to be healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. Luckily at our Annual Education Conference we learned some excellent mindfulness techniques from both Kathy Gruver and Emily Nascimento that you may choose to practice to raise your spiritual health. Also the unconditional positive regard that we in GOSGMP family have for one another; the caring and affection that is always there and available.

I would love to hear from you and how you are maintaining social distance while staying connected. I know we have so many creative members and I believe each one of you have something to share that would inspire us to connect more. Please send me an email at [email protected] with your, ideas and stories, with your approval, we will post on our Greater Oregon Facebook.

We are a family of co-workers, colleagues and peers by occupation and friends by choice. We are let’s be here for each other during this time of Social Distancing, if only in our hearts.

Be well my friends, Jacque

P.S. We are working to create virtual event in the near future, stay tune for more details.


At the 2020 GOSGMP Annual Education Conference, members enjoyed both wonderful education and entertaining activities. Sunriver was an excelent backdrop, providing a perfectly-time recharge in the Corvid-19 impacted meeting industry.
2020 GOSGMP AEC

Brett Webb's show was a breathtaking, dramatic, and energetic voyage into the potential reaches of our minds. He demonstrated how we can combine mental and emotions energies to create what we want to experience more of in our life.
BrettWebb Presentation

Debbie Dennis, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services Chief Procurement Officer, presented on contracting rules important to event planners and facilitated a lively and engaging discussion using member contracts. Debbie provided links for further study 

Andrew Phelps offered an eye-opening presentation about Emergency Preparedness, alerting most members to the fact that we are not well prepared! Janice Johnston will share her impressions on Mr. Phelps’s talk in a separate article in June.

Members caught up on last years’ life experiences and as they enjoyed spirits and a great buffet at the Annual Banquet. The silent auction and playing card raffle were huge hits and raised $4,000 for the GOSGMP Scholarship fund.  Congrats to Erica Amesbury for mounting such a successful fundraising effort!

Planner of the Year and Supplier of the Year Awards announced at the event. Michelle Bryant-Bowlin was honored with the Planner of the Year Award. An ODOT meeting planner, Michelle had a huge 2019 on the personal side as well.  She married, gave birth to a beautiful little boy and bought a house!

Michelle Tiernan, Best Western Agate Beach Inn Sales Manager, received the Supplier of the Year Award for her contributions as Chapter Communication Chair and Sustainable Meeting Guru.

Day Three brought Change-Resiliency and Stress Management lectures by Emily Nascimento and Kathy Gruver, respectively. Ms. Nascimento addressed the neuroplasticity of our brains and the need for mindfulness in our daily life to engage our mind’s potential. She led us through a calming and centering breathing technique.

Ms. Gruver spoke about the value of meditation in creating a focused and balanced approach to life’s stressors. She demonstrated a mantra method of meditation that reduces mind chatter and helps us to be calmer and more productive.

The final lunch was full of laughter and farewells as attendees celebrated with a picnic style buffet and the announcement of the 2021 GOSGMP conference location: The Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn on February 28 – March 2, 2021. 

Members wanting to work to create another memorable GOSGMP Annual Education Conference in 2021 can contact the conference committee at [email protected]

GOSGMP Conference attendees joined the Wonderland Express in an amazing effort to provide over 100 vulnerable families in the Central Oregon area with a memorable holiday experience filled with fun and laughter. To create this, a cadre of dedicated volunteers begin shopping for winter clothing and toys early in the year.  Conference attendees donated two baskets full of toys to jump start the Wonderland Express 2020 drive!