Making A Difference
Why Should I Volunteer
This Year?...Page 6
Economic Impact on the
Hospitality Industry...Page 14
Annual Golf Classic...Page 20
volume 29 . issue 5
Building a Rich Global Meeting Industry Community
A message from
was a huge hit!
News & Views
Beth Ciampi shows
how you can make
on the Hospitality
Winning the Race
Town Hall Meeting photo courtesy of All Events Photography
Yes, Even You Can
Make a Difference
Clicks of the Trade
Alisa Peters shares
her favorite sites
Those Who Give
Highlights the people
and organizations that
support the MPI
Chicago Area Chapter
keeps you up to date
on what’s happening
with your colleagues
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Laurel Rhoads McCarthy,
From the President
Make Sure To Take Time for Yourself
As I reflect back on a phone call I received from a friend last November, I often ask myself,
What if? Unfortunately the call was to say that my friend’s wife had passed away after losing
the battle of her life to cancer. How unfortunate that so many of us have similar stories to
share. Please know that the intent of this message is not to start you off on a sad note, rather
to share with you where my inspiration for this month’s message came from.
Isn’t it true that so many of us have started our week by saying ”I can’t wait until Friday!” or
better yet, “If I can just get through this month, I know things will get better”. I think we have
all been there and I for one can admit to thinking and saying these very words. Let’s be honest,
we all are challenged with the number of hours in a day in which to get our job done, care for
our family and make time for our friends. And how many of us are challenged with doing the
job of two? Not to mention multi-tasking, meeting deadlines, and having our to-do list change
throughout the day. How are we really expected to get everything done and make everyone
happy, let alone make time for ourselves?
So you are probably asking yourself, where is she going with this? My message to you this
month is to please make and take time to step back and reflect on what is really important
to you. What will happen if you don’t get that report completed by midnight or the contract
signed by the end of the day or the 50 prospecting calls completed by the end of the week?
Guess what? It will still be there in the morning. Sure, there may be some consequences based
on your tardiness, but the reality is you will be up against similar tasks again. The question is
did you take the time to leave early to enjoy your son’s baseball game or your daughter’s first
dance recital or even meet your spouse or friend on time for dinner or a movie?
So, what’s important to you?
This month’s issue of News & Views is about ”Making a Difference and Volunteering Inside
and Outside of MPI”. What makes you feel good in addition to spending time with friends and
Prior to my volunteer work with MPI, I served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big
Sisters in upstate New York, where I found the work we did to be extremely rewarding for the
children in our community. Trust me I am not suggesting that volunteering is the right niche
for everyone; I just know that I have been personally fulfilled with both of my volunteer roles
in these organizations.
Please consider challenging yourself this month by making time for you!
Laurel Rhoads McCarthy, CMP
VISION - Build a rich global meeting industry community.
MISSION - Make our members successful by building human connections to:
Knowledge/Ideas • Relationships • Marketplaces
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From the Committee Co-Chair
Make a Difference!
As many of you know, Meeting Professionals International and its 69 chapters and clubs can
attribute many of its successes to the thousands of volunteers who are dedicated to this organization.
Many organizations other than MPI share the same value of having volunteers
who help them strive towards their missions. And it’s not just organizations that benefit from
volunteers; it could be neighborhoods, local business or even your family.
A couple of Sundays ago my sister, boyfriend and I went to my elderly neighbor’s house to
take wallpaper down in her bathroom - a nice way for us to volunteer our time. Well, little did
we know that this wallpaper party would turn into a ten-hour day of completely re-doing the
bathroom in hopes to get it ready for her “Lady’s Lunch Day” she was hosting at her house the
following Tuesday. First, we had to take the wallpaper down, scrape the wall, skim coat the
entire room with putty and sand it smooth. After cleaning up the dust, we primed the walls
and then finally painted. She didn’t realize that it would involve so much work and tried to
tell us she didn’t mind if it wasn’t finished. We knew deep down though that we had to get it
done so she could feel confident as the hostess. It may sound like I am tooting my horn, but
my point is even though it may be a challenge trying to help someone else, you are making a
difference in that person’s life.
As busy as we are in our hectic work weeks, thinking about volunteering might seem unrealistic
to some. With a little time management and motivation, volunteerism is not as troublesome
as one may think and the gratification is immense. With that being said, we are dedicating
this issue “Make a Difference…inside and out of MPI” to our volunteers. Ted Miller will
discuss how anyone can make a difference by highlighting some of our chapter members who
volunteer outside of MPI. We will also be looking at the success of our volunteers inside MPI
including Cindy Wood’s inspirational list of some of our committee achievements throughout
the year. Sally Magallanes, CMP shares of those who are of poor health, yet still find joy in
life by doing simple things for others. Want to volunteer but don’t know where to get started?
Jennifer Knop can help by highlighting places to volunteer around Chicago.
Chicago Indoor Racing
As stated before, a chapter’s success, especially MPI-CAC, relies greatly on its volunteers.
This is why we would like to share with you an important change, MPI’s new Chapter Business
Model and how to measure a chapter’s success. You may also want to check out the
Membership Committee’s campaign, a simple way to help the success of MPI-CAC.
As always we encourage feedback, whether it is an article idea or a suggestion regarding the
newsletter we would love to hear from you! You can email me at email@example.com
or Misty Lichter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Why Should I Volunteer
Why should you volunteer this year? I’ll give you three good reasons: Making a difference, overcoming the scarcity mindset
and learning a few new tricks. In researching my new book (Saving The World At Work), I learned that people who
volunteer for community or employee development programs find more life satisfaction and grow as professionals. At
first, I wondered if it was just coincidence. When I interviewed several serial volunteers, I found out the truth: Good is the
The first benefit of volunteering is the psychological benefit of finding meaning and purpose. If you volunteer for a community
program, you’ll be able to make a real impact with your time and talent. You’ll get the feeling that your skills are
being put to good use, and you’ll want to grow even more so you can magnify your impact.
Many of our greatest achievements in life (outside of our family) happen when we offer ourselves to help others succeed.
Whether you are taking part in an MPI project or a mentorship program at work, there are tremendous opportunities for
you to get involved with something bigger than yourself and your day to day responsibilities. Viktor Frankl, the author of
Man’s Search For Meaning, believes that when we feel a sense of purpose, we don’t suffer from fatigue or boredom. That’s
why I always suggest that people join something when they are down in the dumps or lack energy.
The second benefit of volunteering is also psychological – it reprograms you to believe that there’s enough (time, stuff,
etc.) to go around. During these tough times, we feel like we are surrounded by scarcity, being asked to do more with less.
Eventually, this scarcity mindset will make us non-cooperative and competitive with others. It can even bleed over into
our personal lives, causing envy where there should be respect. Volunteering, much like giving to charity, is an exercise in
giving ‘till it hurts. When you give time, you realize you still have time left over to finish your other obligations. You realize
that scarcity is a choice you make, much like choosing to feel abundance.
The final benefit of volunteering is that is teaches you new skills. Many volunteer projects are underfunded and lack traditional
resources you are accustomed to at work. This will make you very innovative and remind you how to bootstrap a project
with your bare hands. You’ll figure out how to beg, borrow and steal resources to make your volunteer project work and
these new techniques will come in handy during the next year – when your work budgets shrink to non-profit levels.
No matter how you slice it, volunteering is a good practice that can enrich, educate and inspire you. Besides, what else
were you going to do with your spare time? Tim Sanders - www.TimSanders.com
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2008-2009 Board of Directors
Laurel Rhoads McCarthy, CMP • Krisam Group
Chrissy Ward, CAE • Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Peggy Pissarreck, CMP • American Bar Association
Jane Matteson Mundell, CMP
Association of Legal Administrators
Alisa Peters, CMP, CMM • Chicago Indoor Racing
Vice President-Leadership Development
Jamie Shamhart • Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts
Char Shada, CMP • Experient, Inc.
Immediate Past President
Joyce Paschall, CMP, CAE • Association Elements
Gayle Bonforte, CMP • McDermott Will & Emery
Pamela Formento, CMP • American Society
of Plumbing Engineers
Mary Friel • Four Points Sheraton O’Hare
Jeff Gassaway • Tampa Bay / St. Petersburg Clearwater CVB
Katherine Horky, CMP • Accenture
Maureen Larson • Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Cherai Lewis • Projection Presentation Technology
Sean Lynch • NHS
Frances Maxwell • BI, The Business
Barb Quigley, CMP • The CVB Source, Inc.
Beth Whitman • Executive Director
Gabrielle Nicolini • Association Manager
2008-09 News & Views Committee
Beth Ciampi • Program Coordinators
Misty Lichter • Chicago Indoor Racing
Jeff Gassaway • Tampa Bay / St. Petersburg Clearwater CVB
Beth Whitman • MPI Chicago Area Chapter
Edward Fox Photography
Layout and Design:
Dimitri Papadimitriou • Meeting Expectations, Inc.
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Fresh from the WEC
Peters, CMP, CMM
Chicago Indoor Racing
So… I thought I would share some “Clicks of the Trade” courtesy of the fantastic World Education
Congress (WEC) in Las Vegas that I just got home from. Hand picked from my favorite
sessions, I hope you find these sites as valuable as I did!
Mind Mapping Software… Diabolical!
Have a project you are stuck on, an organizational chart that looks like two balls of yarn that
got into a fight, or brainstorming sessions that end up leaving you more perplexed than when
you started? Try mind mapping software! Google it or check out the link below to some of the
more popular versions that integrate with your existing Microsoft Office Suite. These systems
put your thoughts into visual reality allowing you to be more creative, collaborative and to simplify
your life. www.matchware.com/en/products/openmind/default.htm
Douglass Rushkoff… My new favorite author, teacher and documentarian
I have been to the last six PEC’s and WEC’s and this past one in Las Vegas was by far the most
superior in breakout session content. The single best, most educational, brain stimulating and
candid session was held early on Monday morning. Log on to his site and read his blogs (I could
honestly waste days reading his stuff) or buy one of his books (I just ordered “Get Back in the
Box”… a hilarious answer to requests for consulting that he has received from companies that
outsource everything and produce nothing.) His simple question, “What do you do?” resonated
with me. He is a genius and the single best resource I came home with from WEC.
Commoncraft.com… Complicated Stuff… In plain English!
Commoncraft specializes in making complex ideas simple to understand through the use of
video in a whiteboard and paper format they call “Paperworks” that is designed to simplify any
product or concept. Current popular videos right now explain RSS in plain English, Wikis in
plain English, Twitter in plain English and Blogs in plain English. Need to understand something
but don’t want to go to the confusing IT crew? Log on here! www.commoncraft.com
TripIt… Your Master Travel Organizer
So this one is cool kids… You e-mail TripIt your travel plans, no matter where you booked.
TripIt builds you a master itinerary with all of your travel plans on one document. You can then
share, print and access your plans from anywhere. You can automatically include the weather,
maps, restaurants and hotels into your plans and can access your itinerary from your mobile
device. This tool is now used by 76 of the Fortune 500 companies, was a nominee for the 2008
Webby awards, a LunchPad 2007 Web 2.0 Summit Finalist, and a Top 40 Finalist in the Tech-
Crunch40. And yes… it’s FREE! www.tripit.com
Looking for a Inspiration or a New Speaker?
Want to hear some great speakers presenting on a ton of topics (actually just about any topic
you can dream up) by simply logging on to a site and watching a set of videos? Looking for a
new face, voice or name? Looking for a topic for your next keynote or general session? Looking
for inspiration or humor – personally or professionally? No, this site isn’t the cheap version of
United Airlines. But you have likely logged on and then exited out without realizing the jewel
you stumbled on to www.ted.com
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AHere’s the latest changes and updates on people
we know, or should get to know, in the meeting industry
As we begin the fall season, it’s com. INTD allows
back to school for some, new jobs meeting planners
to connect directly
for others and a variety of important
changes for a number of colleagues
and companies. Keep up and tour guides.
to date and read on!
It also provides
People on the Move…
Melissa L. Garski was recently promoted
to National Sales Director of US Poker
and Casino Parties. Previous positions
include a Texas Hold’em Dealer, Midwest
Operations Manager and Regional
Sales Manager. US Poker and Casino
Parties is a nationwide company, but recently
opened a Chicago office. Melissa
is a new MPI-CAC and Golf Committee
member. Please contact her at (312) 479-
5052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Website at www.uspokerseries.
com. Congratulations, Melissa!
Barbara Miner, CMP, long-term MPI
member, has retired from her career at
Sara Lee Corporation. Barbara is a former
MPI-CAC board member, served
She always acts
as a true professional,
time with new
to Barbara for
MPI is all about—learning, networking
and caring. Next time you run into Barbara,
please wish her well and exchange
those friendly MPI greetings!
Alison Ray, CMP formed International
Network of Travel Directors (INTD)
in 2008 and launched www.intdonline.
a network for
and freelance opportunities. The
site offers the latest in website technology
and up-to-date industry information.
Please contact Alison at (800) 353-5651
or email@example.com. Congratulations—it
should be a win-win for all!
One of the local and national faces of
the Certified Meeting Professional program
(study group co-chair, facilitator
at CMP Conclaves, etc.), has changed
brands and locations!
ken, CMP, is the
new Director of
Group Sales at
the Sofitel Chicago
recently, he was
Director of Sales
and Marketing at
the Hilton Garden
You can reach Will at (847) 928-6921 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website
at www.accor.com. Kudos to you, Will!
Companies in Change…
Francine Marketing Inc. is pleased
to announce the recent relocation of
its company. The new headquarters is
205 West Randolph Street, Suite 2110,
Chicago, IL 60606. Please make note of
this mailing address and the phone/fax
numbers: (312) 419-0123 and (312) 419-
0124. For more information on this topnotch
incentive and awards company,
go to www.francinemarketing.com. Best
wishes to Francine Pepitone, CMP and
HeresChicago.com and the Trade
Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA)
recently formed a strategic alliance to
provide education, collaboration and
outreach to benefit their respective audiences.
HeresChicago.com is now the
featured directory, via banner advertisements,
on TSEA.org, as well as a main
sponsor of its monthly newsletter. TSEA
members will receive free admission
to HeresChicago.com’s meetings; local
event planners can also attend the hospitality
industry biannual “BASH” and
TSEA’s monthly networking programs.
Jim Grillo, CMP, President of HeresChicago.com,
believes TSEA is a perfect
match for his organization’s members.
Please visit www.hereschicago.com and
NYC & Company hosted a special event
for some top Chicago-area customers,
with a reception and the opening-night
screening of “Sex and the City” (Muvico
Theaters, Rosemont). The movie, filmed
in New York City, provided viewers with
exposure to many of its attractions. This
event also introduced NYC & Company’s
new Midwest contact, Kimberly
Klytta, Regional Director, National Accounts.
Kimberly is excited to represent
the Big Apple. She can be reached
at (847) 685-0705 or kklytta@nycvisit.
com. Cheers to all!
Chicago Indoor Racing
Chicago Indoor Racing has a new six
million dollar facility opening in Addison
in about a month can accommodate
groups of up to 800 (there is one single
meeting room designed to hold up to
300 with up to 7 expansive breakouts!)
with its 105,000 square feet of space and
will have the same speed, adrenaline
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and health competition that made their
first one popular but with one exciting
new addition! It now also features CyberSport.
The owner of the Whirlyball
franchise in Chicago brought a concept
into that building that is the same mix
of bumper cars, lacrosse and basketball
that made Whirlyball popular but with
lighter cars, joystick controls and state
of the art game playing on three courts
within the building. Each court has a
private lounge that can accommodate
up to 75 guests and if the entire area is
rented, it can host groups of up to 400
alone! 2381 W Army Train Rd, Addison
IL 60101. Log on to www.ChicagoIndoor-
Racing.com for details!
Didn’t we just mention Jim Grillo,
CMP? Jim has been selected to serve on
the 2008-2009 Student Faculty Advisory
Council for MPI International. Prior to
this, Jim served for four years on the MPI
International Membership Committee.
He is also a Past President of MPI-CAC.
Drop him a line at Jim@hereschicago.
com. Way to go, Mr. Grillo!
Lots of news to share for Chicago-based
CONTACT/CHICAGO! Jane Koenig,
Vice President, recently passed all the
requirements for the Destination Management
Certified Professional (DMCP).
CONTACT/CHICAGO is also excited
to be the only Association of Destination
Management Executives (ADME)-
accredited DMC in Chicago. Finally, the
company just celebrated its 30-year anniversary
in July. Please contact Jane
Koenig, DMCP at (312) 902-4300 or
email@example.com. The website
is www.contactchicago.com. A round
of applause to Jane and CONTACT/
Congratulations to MPI-CAC Immediate
Past-President Joyce Paschall, CAE,
CMP, on her appointment to MPI’s 2008-
2009 International Chapter Leadership
Committee! Joyce is a true leader and
mentor, having served on the chapter
board twice, involved in numerous committees,
as well as the entire meeting/
association industry. We know she will
be an asset in her new role. Joyce can be
reached at her personal e-mail address
of firstname.lastname@example.org, as she is
taking a break from her work schedule
to consider new career avenues.
Frances Maxwell and husband, Brandon,
were pleased to welcome their second
daughter, Ella Madison Maxwell on
March 18. We know Ella’s mother is even
busier now as she continues in her role
as an MPI-CAC Board Member and Account
Executive at BI, The Business Improvement
Company. Send congratulations
com. Best wishes to all!
Keep the Chatter coming! Send your
news to email@example.com or
are always welcome in jpg or bmp
format; they will be inserted based on
space availability. The higher the resolution,
the better you will look!
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In this issue of News & Views the topic is Volunteerism
both in and outside of our industry. I thought about having
one of my lunch interviews with someone who actively
volunteered outside the MPI realm and offered their
time to good causes. As I was mulling over who I could
talk with, it dawned on me that I was eating lunch at my
desk (again) and thought about my own volunteer time
that I find so rewarding and thought, for once, I’d turn
the questions on myself!
I moved to Chicago in 2000 indirectly from South Carolina
where I grew up. In the true spirit of Southern Hospitality,
I’ve always liked helping people, which often
means I’m volunteering for this cause or that. There are
so many good causes that need help in a multitude of
ways. One of the first organizations I learned about after
moving to Chicago was the Human Rights Campaign
(HRC). So often I felt helpless as their
primary need is monetary. As you
know, not many folks in our industry
can become rich from doing our job.
I decided, then, that since I couldn’t
actually ‘give’ money I could help in
making money and I volunteered my
skills as an event planner. For the
next seven years I produced the
HRC-Chicago gala dinner and while
I may not have been able to donate
the cash, I played a big part in the
financial success of the dinners.
“Unless there is blood and a crash cart involved, it’s going
to be OK that your coffee break is a little late.” Time
and crisis management go hand in hand with both professions
and I think comparing “emergencies” in both
fields has helped me keep a healthy perspective on the
urgency of situations.
I have felt rewarded in both careers as in both I find myself
able to help people in need. Granted the situations
and locations are different, but in the end, people have
been helped. I always encourage others to donate their
skills to help worthy causes. What we do may not be on
the forefront of a charity’s list of needs, but show them
how to save money on a contract and they’ll be your
friend for life! Go volunteer, make a difference and you’ll
be rewarded by making a difference.
This past March I began working for
the Urban & Regional Information
Systems Association (URISA). I don’t
think I’ve ever been busier in my professional
life even when being a part of
planning 12,000 attendee conferences
during my time with American Academy
of Pediatrics. As I look back over
the positions and events I’ve worked
with, it’s been quite an experience with
many lessons learned. People may not
know that I changed careers 12 years
ago as I used to be an ER nurse. It was
a big change, but I’ve been amazed at
the skills I was able to take from one
career to the next. My joking motto is
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Economic Impact on the Hospitality
Industry (Second & Third Quarter 2008)
In this down-turned economy, many areas of business have
been negatively affected. How are the harder times impacting
the hospitality industry? Chicago-based Hall & Associates,
Ltd, the premier hospitality executive recruiting firm,
has been conducting in-depth research over the last year.
Based upon recent field-survey results, most participants
are being challenged by the current state of the economy
and don’t anticipate seeing an end until summer 2009 or
even winter 2010.
Over 40 hospitality-industry leaders in properties/corporations
from North America and the Caribbean gave feedback.
This group included a publicly-held hotel company
with over 10 brands in its global portfolio, niche-management
companies, individual resorts, urban properties and
suburban, luxury resorts. Executive-level personnel participating
are GMs, EVPs, SVPs, COOs and DOSMs. The survey
received a 43.5% response rate, considered excellent by
current testing standards.
Summary of Findings
The majority of statements below reflect what business
people might expect, yet another important factor was revealed.
While business may be slowing prior to the election,
and some suppliers may put off certain decisions until after
it, none of the key industry leaders believe the outcome of
the election will be an issue.
• Rising gas and food prices are having a negative impact
• There has been a reduction in short-term pick up
• Business and seasonal travel has declined
• Staffing cuts will average 5% across the board
• Middle managers and operations will be hardest hit
• As a strategy, most hoteliers will consolidate and
enhance sales and marketing to get through this
challenging economic period
Economic Impact of Higher Gas and Food Prices
The vast majority (85%) indicated their property or corporation
is feeling the impact of higher gas and food prices. A
lesser number (15%) believed it has not affected them.
Reduction in Short-Term Pick Up
A high number (64%) indicated they have seen a reduction
in short-term pick up as a result of these market influences;
36% have not.
Slowing of Long-Term Pace
Less than half (48%) stated these market influences
have slowed their long-term pace; 26% have not and 26%
Hall and Associates, Ltd
Biggest Economic Impact
Decreases in business and seasonal travel (48%) and increases
in fuel and food prices (37%) are the issues that will
have the biggest economic impact in the next 12 months.
Meeting strategic-growth objectives (5%), and the ability to
find and place qualified talent (5%), were key issues; 5% selected
“none of the above.”
Economy Change in Direction
The majority (75%) indicated the current economic downturn
will change direction in summer 2009; 10% said fall
2008 and 10% winter 2010; 5% are not feeling any impact.
A high level (69%) anticipated staffing cuts to get through
this economic downturn; 31% do not foresee the need to
Severity of Staff Reduction
A fairly-high number (42%) indicated a 5% cut in staff overall;
27% believed there will be none; 16% are looking at 10%;
10% stated 2% and 5% are looking at more than a 10% cut.
Position Hit the Hardest
Close to half (47%) indicated middle management and operations
will be the hardest hit, while 26% stated no positions.
The executive level was not addressed.
A large number of the hospitality leaders (48%) will consolidate
and enhance sales and marketing efforts to get through
this challenging economic period; 16% intend to implement
drastic expense-cutting measures; 10% plan to hire stronger/more
experienced leaders; 5% propose implementing
a wage/hiring freeze and 5% will cut prices and/or offer
special discounts. However, 16% stated they are not yet feeling
In summary, the results showed the following trends and/
• Focus on a long-term approach to drastically cutting
expenses instead of staff, as the latter could lower
• Year-end revenues are forecast down about 4%. To
date, the corresponding Earnings Before Interest,
Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) has
been recovered by reviewing expenses such as office
supplies and similar non-critical items.
continued on page 15
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• Contingency plans developed at the beginning of the
year are just now seeing appreciable implementation…
the front-half of the year was strong.
• Clients are moving to more short-term bookings with an unwillingness to
commit to a contract 6 to 18 months out.
• Premium leisure business is way down and corporate travel is lower.
• The booking window continues to decline for personal travel. There is a
need for strong sales professionals to work from their home offices.
• It is taking longer to get decisions from meeting planners.
For more information and continued updates, please go to
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Making a Difference
Yes, Even You Can Make a Difference
Individuals and Companies that Volunteer
Starwood Hotels and Resorts
It is often thought that volunteering takes a lot of time
and one might question what they will get out of it anyway.
MPI-CAC has several members who give freely of
their time to other organizations and show that there
are many ways that you can also have fun. Let me show
you how some of our members have given their time and
really enjoyed it.
Misty Lichter from Chicago Indoor Racing has been
working with the National MS Society to benefit children
of parents who have MS. It is not uncommon that
families can be rather strapped for cash because of
this disease and unfortunately the children miss out on
many activities. Chicago Indoor Racing reaches out to
these children and gives them an activity that they may
have heard about but never thought they could do. Misty
gives these children the opportunity to imagine they are
Mario Andretti or Danica Patrick speeding around a
raceway. She did not have to do this or get her company
involved to make a difference, but she did!
Polly Pancoe, our Hot Rooms Girl, described a program
she has been involved with through the Chicago
Convention and Tourism Bureau known as the Chicago
Greeter. In Polly’s own words; “There’s a program for
all Chicago fans (those of us in the tourism/meetings industry)
called the Chicago Greeter. Sign up info is available
at www.chicagogreeter.com. This new Chicago office
of tourism program asks volunteers to show off the
city they love to visitors in 2 hour time slots. Here’s the
• You pick the time you’re available for a visit
• You pick the areas of your expertise-what you’d
like to highlight for the visitor
• You even select how far in advance they should
let you know about your visit
By doing this, you also get energized about our city as
you see it through the eyes of a newcomer. It can help
you realize just how special some of the things are that
we often take for granted.”
Mary Gallo from the Starwood Luxury Division gives
her time with a group known as the Off The Streets
Kids. This organization relies completely on private donations.
Mary assists the organization with two of their
events and uses her connections to secure donated hotel
stays that are part of their silent auctions.
If you want to get to know people in your neighborhood,
being a sports team coach will make you a lot a friends.
My sport is soccer. Jeff Clampitt with Starwood Hotels
and Resorts coaches baseball. My neighbor, Laura Falls,
coaches volleyball and Dan Henneberry does football.
Now coaching a team takes a lot more time and does require
a set schedule. Remember that if an adult does not
volunteer to be the coach, the kids do not get to play.
If you look along many highways, you will see signs with
a variety of company logos. There are groups of people
from these companies that pick up trash and debris
from the roadway on a regular basis. Some of these
groups also report on the condition of the road to IDOT
so repairs can be made and burnt out lights can be replaced.
This is an easy way to spend an afternoon and
makes a lasting impact on our city and environment.
There are several organizations where you can volunteer
and have a lot of fun. The YMCA runs four programs
designed to give you structured time with your child. I
was involved in two of them, Indian Guides (Father-Son
group) and Indian Princesses (Father-Daughter group).
Through the 16 years I was involved in these groups I
was a Tribal Chief several times, which meant it was my
year to be in charge. Thank goodness I had my wife to
help me with the craft projects we did!
The whole idea behind volunteering is that it can be fun,
you can learn many things and teach those who need
your knowledge. You may also get to know a lot of people
in your neighborhood you otherwise would never
meet. If you are not giving something of yourself to help
your community right now, I challenge you to take a look
around you and find an area where you can make a difference.
If you are just too busy, then make a donation
to an organization trying to help those who have far less
than we all do. Either way, GET INVOLVED
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YBlessed Are Those Who Give
Years ago a young man thought he had his whole life
to live. But he became ill with tuberculosis (TB)—a lifethreatening
disease with no cure. He lost a brother and
sister to TB. The man was confined to various sanitariums
for five years. Five years! During this long period,
other young men were fighting in World War II. He gathered
names of soldiers around the world and wrote them
letters. They wrote back. He continued writing, although
severely weakened by his disease, and found out his letters
were the only ones received by some soldiers. The
young man also started the sanitarium’s first newsletter
written for and by the patients. There was real news, humor,
cartoons and op-ed pieces. Patients could keep up
with what was going on in their institution, as well as the
world. This man went on to survive TB and continued to
help others throughout his life.
As an avid nature lover, he often collected fall leaves,
cattails, gourds and especially, pinecones. These items
were carefully pressed, preserved and given to people
as decorations. The pinecones however, became his
legacy. For over 40 years he diligently collected and
hand-painted each one with red, green, gold, silver or
blue glitter paints, starting the project each summer. He
gave cones to family, friends and others. In his early 80’s,
he painted many more, and carefully hand-tied a piece
of yarn and small inspirational booklet to each one. The
pinecones were distributed to his church and various
nursing homes where they were placed on residents’
meal trays as Christmas gifts. During the last months
of his life, he began the project earlier than usual and
prepared 400 beautiful cones. The ones not donated became
cherished items and the family distributed them
at his funeral.
A wonderful, caring woman also loved to give to others—
especially home-cooked food. She loved to bake and
sew. Later in life the woman was widowed, and shortly
thereafter, lost most of her vision—she was legally
blind and could no longer drive, work or read recipes.
Arthritis made it difficult to use her hands as she once
did. But she could still bake and sew (as long as someone
threaded the needle). She created special quilts for
her six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three
stepchildren and their four children as well as many
others. Each piece of fabric was lovingly stitched and a
Making a Difference
matching pillow was created to go with the quilt. Did her
eyesight improve? No. Did the arthritis in her hands go
away? No. But this didn’t stop her as these projects were
labors of love—often taking many months to complete.
As the oldest of eight children, this special woman remains
the person her “younger” sisters (70+ years) call
for comfort and wisdom. She listens, cries and prays
with them, and sends cards and hand-written letters to
the special people in her life.
So, who can you write to? (Many soldiers are still in active
duty.) Who can you call who needs comfort? What
talent/hobby do you have that would bring joy by using
it for others? Is there anyone in a hospital that needs a
friendly smile and hope? Blessed are those that give…
Volunteers Make a Difference!
MPI-CAC’s Board of Directors would like to
acknowledge and thank the following volunteers
for their outstanding work:
Dave Irvin, CMP
Trump Hotel & Tower
CMP Study Group
Will Renken, CMP
Sofitel Chicago O’Hare
CMP Study Group
Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort
American Bar Association
Communications Special Project
This Program is Sponsored by:
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Making a Difference
For those that prefer to pick and choose when they have time, there are two great organizations that allow you to
If you’ve been inspired by some of the volunteer stories, and are now ready to make a difference, the first step is to
figure out where to begin. Luckily, in the Chicago area there are a lot of options!
do just that. The first is Chicago Cares (www.chicagocares.org) which publishes a monthly calendar of volunteer
opportunities that span many different focus areas and occur at a variety of times to suit even the busiest schedule.
Another option is One Brick (www.onebrick.org) that shares a similar vision in asking volunteers to commit to only
one volunteer activity at a time. You can volunteer as often or as seldom as your schedule allows.
If you’re looking to make more of a lasting commitment to volunteering, the first step is to figure out where your
interests lie. Do you enjoy gardening? Check out the opportunities with the Chicago Botanic Garden (www.chicagobotanic.org)
or The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has options spanning the natural world (www.naturemuseum.org).
And speaking of wildlife, for those that would prefer to involve their pets in their volunteering activities, Paws for
Patients (www.paws4patients.org) has opportunities with hospitals and senior centers for pet therapy or helping
children with reading problems. These activities require training. If you’d rather help animals without involving
your own, check out local animal shelters such as PAWS Chicago (www.pawschicago.org) or the Anti-Cruelty Soci-
ety (www.anticruelty.org) for options.
Another option is to help hungry families through organizations like the Greater Chicago Food Depository (www.
chicagosfoodbank.org), or through a local food pantry such as the Lakeview Food Pantry (www.lakeviewpantry.org).
For anyone that’s interested in picking up a hammer, paintbrush, or even a shovel, to help a family build their home,
you don’t have to travel out of state to help. Habitat for Humanity (www.windycityhabitat.org) has projects in Chicago
that need volunteers as well.
If sports are your thing, there’s an event almost every weekend that could use your help. From setting up tents to
passing out water or handing out goodie bags, check out the race calendar compiled by the Chicago Area Run-
ners Association at www.cararuns.org and match up your free time with a race that benefits a cause that means
something to you.
Alternatively, there are hundreds of local chapters and charities that hold fundraisers throughout the year. A quick
online search of your cause will most likely direct you to a website with volunteer opportunities at special events
or in the charity’s office, all depending on how much time you have to commit. Some examples include National
Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.msillinois.org), American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), Susan Komen Race
for the Cure (www.komenchicago.org), Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.leukemia.org), AIDS Foundation of
Chicago (www.aidschicago.org), and the list goes on.
Finally, don’t forget your local library as a resource for volunteer opportunities as well. Both the library itself and
reading and teaching ESL classes need volunteers to make their programs work (www.chipublib.org).
Hopefully this list is enough to get you started in finding a way to give back to your local community.
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Making a Difference
AMPI-CAC “Runs on Volunteers”:
You Can Make a Difference
A volunteer is someone who gives their time, energy
and talents to others, expecting nothing in return. Volunteers
must have an open mind, be willing to embrace
wisdom learned from others and also let the experience
of volunteering lead to personal inner growth.
Over 1,300 members strong, MPI-CAC is the largest
chapter in MPI. It was not built by one person alone,
it was built by many people coming together to volunteer
their time and energy and share their thoughts and
There are many opportunities for members to develop
their leadership skills, enhance their industry experience
and expand their networks by participating on a
committee. The strength of volunteers coming together
is evident in some of the many chapter accomplishments
made this past year. Some examples include:
The Membership Committee awarded seven grants in
2008 totaling $3,275; represented our Chapter at seven
tradeshows in Chicagoland area; provided registration
support at every MPI-CAC event and grew membership
to exceed 1,300 members!
The Golf Committee has approximately 40 volunteers
that work throughout the year to put on our chapter’s
outing. Their tasks are widespread from marketing, enlisting
sponsors to planning the logistics of their events.
American Association of
Without everyone coordinating their efforts, they could
not host an event as successful as the golf outing and
evening reception. It is this total effort that demonstrates
the difference that volunteers make.
The Student Affairs Committee doubled student membership
through on campus and classroom recruitment
efforts. MPI-CAC has one of the largest student membership
bases at 60 students! They were also awarded a
$5,000 Grant from the MPI Foundation to fund two student
memberships including registration fees for MPI-
CAC educational events, a credit at the MPI bookstore
and a stipend to cover educational expenses at their college.
This project will be the “test pilot” for the international
organization. Pending the project’s success, MPI
Headquarters will use this program as a template to
launch a nationwide scholarship program!
The Special Events Committee hosted the Holiday Party
which was one of the largest fundraising and highly attended
MPI-CAC events that continues to grow each
year. Last year over 400 people attended the event!
The Board of Directors and Committees help to build the
foundation of this great organization. There is nothing
more gratifying than giving back to your profession and
knowing that your contributions will help to strengthen
the future of the meetings industry. What are you waiting
for? Get involved in MPI-CAC today!
ITME/MPI-CAC Joint Luncheon with Tim Sanders
Wednesday, September 24, 11:15am - 1:15pm | Grand Ballroom, Level 1, McCormick South
Saving The World At Work
What can you do to help your company go beyond making a profit to making a difference?
There is a revolution happening in the business world where companies will compete based on social innovations. Consumers,
talent and investors are gravitating to companies that achieve high levels of social responsibility towards people,
communities and the environment. The key for companies to thrive during this new era of business is to innovate how they
do business and achieve high levels of employee participation.
Pre-registration for the Industry Luncheon is $60 MPI-CAC Members, $80 non-members; At the door is $75 MPI-CAC Members,
$95 non-members. Don’t miss the meetings track during the Motivation Show. Register at www.motivationshow.com.
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The Annual Golf Classic
was a Huge Hit!
I don’t know what was better, the 13th annual MPI-CAC’s
Golf Classic and evening reception or the weather. I think
it’s too close to call. The weather was great! The golf and
evening activities were incredible. This year’s event was
definitely another successful one. Everyone enjoyed themselves
and like every year, it continues to grow.
and asked plenty of questions. One attendee summed up
the event very simply with “It was informative.” Another attendee
said, “In the first 15 minutes I learned several things
I had not thought of.”
continued on page 21
With this years event we added a few
new twists. Included with the golf or
evening reception registration was a
free golf event seminar which was offered.
Prior to the evening reception at
the annual golf classic, Paul Campbell
of The Golf Event Company conducted
the seminar and covered topics including
pre-event budget planning, course
selection criteria and how to select the
correct format for the clients or guest.
Fifteen people attended the seminar
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Las Vegas with a two night stay, $125 credit at the Little Buddha
and two show tickets!
A special thank you goes out to all of our sponsors. Without
you, the day would not be the same. Your contributions to
our events are greatly appreciated. We thank you and look
forward to seeing you out there next year. A heartfelt thank
you also goes out to all of our volunteers. Without you, this
event would never be.
Last but not least, save the date: June 22, 2009 at Indian
Lakes Resort. We’ll see you next year!
On the golf course, we launched the new sponsorship
award. Voted on by the golfers, the award was given to the
sponsor with the most exciting hole. This year’s winner was
awarded to Loews Hotel. Next year, it could be you. Our
low ball winning foursome went to the Westin Bonaventure
The evening reception was a huge hit right out of the box
(golf lingo). The food was great and the entertainment, as always,
was a big winner (gambling lingo). The silent auction/
raffles offered many exciting prizes that were bid on by all.
Our grand prize was donated by the Palms Casino Resort,
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TTown Hall Meeting –
Recipe for Success
Hard Rock Cafe
The inaugural Town Hall Meeting wasn’t all business on July 21 at Kendall College, but a time for close to 100 members of
the Chicago Area Chapter to hear from our new President, Laurel Rhoads McCarthy, CMP, and do a little “recipe swapping”.
Our guest speakers included Junior Tauvaa, Vice President of Membership, from MPI Headquarters in Dallas, and
Beth Whitman, the Chapter’s new Executive Director. They provided us with the ammo we needed to kick off the Chapter’s
new year. We learned that MPI membership overall is up from last year by 7.9% and the Chicago Area Chapter continues
to be the largest Chapter in the world with over 1,300 members!
Aside from the gorgeous display of finger foods presented by the aspiring Chefs at Kendall, the most talked about recipe
was the “recipe for success” with the new Membership Campaign. The membership committee presented their goal to
recruit over 200 new members by July 2009 and reward the current members who contribute the most.
During the event, John Potterton, CMP, Past President, hosted the “Bright New Idea” and “Value of Membership” Boards.
Members were given Post-it notes and had the opportunity to share fresh new ideas for the Chapter, as well as the value of
their MPI-CAC membership. This feedback went directly to the board of directors so your ideas can be heard.
We also learned that the Chapter website is in the process of being redesigned with the hopes of being more interactive
and informative for members. Envision a one-stop shop for industry information and MPI news, career opportunities and
Members had the opportunity to participate in a lively Q&A session, meet the new board of directors and take a special
tour of Kendall College. Thank you to all who participated in the Town Hall Meeting!
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Your Future is Showing
Bay Resort & Spa
MPI’s annual World Education Congress (WEC) took Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
and Las Vegas by storm August 9-12, 2008. Billed as the largest WEC ever,
this year’s conference hosted a record breaking attendance of more than 4,300
WEC 2008 provided ample opportunity to party Vegas style from the start. Hosted
by Caesar’s Palace, the opening night reception displayed the cool elements
of air, light and water in the form of floating and ice-carved buffet displays, performance
artists and video projections. The hit of the evening, however, was
hiding just down the hall –a red hot DJ was in residence, helping party-goers to
work off desserts, prepared a la minute by a team of pastry chefs… only a few
feet from the dance floor!
The opening general session featured a touch of comedy and magic, and a review
of the past year by MPI President & CEO Bruce MacMillan and immediate
past Chairwoman Angie Pfeifer, CMM. MPI Chairman Larry Luteran detailed
the future of MPI, emphasizing that “the growth of chapters is critical and of the
most value to our members.” Luteran also announced MPI’s new RISE awards
program. RISE, which stands for Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence,
will have seven annual awards in three categories – organizational, individual
and community achievement. The first RISE award will be presented at WEC
2009, with the full program to be presented at WEC 2010. Keynote speaker Dr.
Patrick Dixon, described as Europe’s premier futurist, discussed the future of
meetings, indicating that passion and emotion is our driving force. He implored
attendees to “make a difference every day with the time meeting attendees give
us,” as well as to maintain a “life-life balance” and to make every day count.
WEC 2008 was truly one for the numbers: Over 110 educational sessions, 10
“Café Conversation” groups and 5 Book Club meetings allowed ample opportunities
to learn and network throughout the three days of WEC. 600 exhibitors
and a new two-day format of MeetingPlace resulted in one of MPI’s largest
tradeshows on record.
Between educational opportunities, attendees found many social and networking
activities. The Rendezvous Las Vegas reception, to benefit the MPI Foundation,
sold out the House of Blues Sunday night with the rock of Fifty Amp Fuse.
Earlier that evening the Chicago Area Chapter members convened at Joe’s Seafood,
Prime Steaks & Stone Crab for our annual WEC networking reception.
To end the conference, a preview of WEC 2009 was hosted by Salt Lake City,
allowing participants a spectacular glimpse of the culture, history and beauty
of Utah that will provide the backdrop of next year’s conference. The closing
reception was as anticipated, a rocking Vegas-style party on the Mandalay Bay
Beach, capped off with a stellar performance from Illinois’ very own Styx. After
the last notes of “Renegade” hung in the air, a dazzling fireworks display filled
the sky above -- sending WEC attendees off into their future.
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OLeadership: A to Zed
On the morning of July 15th, MPI-CAC kicked off the first Leadership Meeting of the year with an awe-inspiring breakfast
spread, provided by the host venue, ZED 451. Jamie Shamhart led the way as our fearless VP of Leadership, along with
Pamela Formento, Director, and Erin Seal, Chair of the Leadership Development Committee.
There was a quick, but insightful discussion about leadership styles. The Warriors won with the Diplomats coming in a
close second. There were a handful of Architects and Visionaries amongst the group as well. The lesson: each role has a
vital place in the leadership of our chapter. What category might you consider yourself as a leader - in your workplace or
the larger community? Why not consider bringing that to a leadership role within MPI-CAC? Some food for thought.
Next, MPI-CAC President, Laurel Rhoads McCarthy, CMP, shared her vision for our chapter in the year ahead. She then
introduced our new Executive Director, Beth Whitman. Beth gave a detailed presentation about the many ways which
Meeting Expectations, MPI-CAC’s newly contracted association management company, will add value and provide assistance
to chapter leaders.
The meeting ended with an overview of the Leadership Binder, which included information on the standard processes
and policies for our chapter. Resources include: Chapter Calendar, Instructions for Business Plan and Committee Goals,
Budget, Sponsorship, Forms & Templates, Meeting Procedures, etc.
There was a lot to cover in four hours, but the overwhelming feedback was that this meeting set the tone and prepared our
leaders for the year ahead. If you have not yet joined a chapter committee, visit the MPI-CAC website and sign up to get
involved. This is the first step in developing as a chapter leader. We welcome you to become a part of this dynamic group
of chapter leaders that has made this chapter the largest in the world!
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2008 Women’s Leadership Conference:
“Winning the Race” Key Success Strategies
for Today’s Career Woman
Catering & Special
Events by Phil Stefani
Are you winning the career race? Or just running in circles? In order to stay on top of your game you need to hone your
skills, know the playing field, be better than your opponent and look out for your team all at the same time. Introducing
the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference “Winning the Race” Key Success
Strategies for Today’s Career Woman.
November 11, 2008
Where: Chicago Marriott
Downtown Magnificent Mile
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Tiered fees, based on
Visit www. mpicac.org for details
Like an athlete, we should constantly be striving to push past our limits, to meet
new challenges and better ourselves. The Women’s Leadership Conference on November
11th is an excellent opportunity to do just that. Sit in on dynamic sessions
addressing the issues that most impact our lives and careers today: professional
development, financial stability, personal growth and community involvement. In
recognition of this historic election year, listen to the panel discussion “Women in
Politics.” And for a little fun, get a first look at upcoming trends in business attire
during the luncheon.
Since we all have very busy lives, all of this educational programming, networking and
career development are compacted into a one-day conference. Look forward to returning keyed up; full of new ideas and ways
to improve both our careers and personal lives. After all, it’s time we stopped running in circles, and started moving forward!
See you on November 11th at the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference “Winning the Race” Key Success Strategies
for Today’s Career Woman at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.
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AMeasuring Chapter Success through
MPI’s New Chapter Business Model
As the 2008-2009 fiscal year begins for the Chicago Area Chapter, you have a new President and a new group of volunteers
leading the way. With the new year, comes excitement about new opportunities and next steps to help make the chapter
even better than the year before. This excitement fits perfectly with the work going on at the international level of the organization.
We are continually improving the member experience by taking things to the next level. Whether we are talking
about educational conferences, tradeshow networking or chapter experiences, we plan to elevate our offerings and
increase the member experience.
You may have heard the Chicago Area Chapter leadership discussing the new chapter business model that MPI Headquarters
has rolled out. This new model is MPI’s way of helping chapters move to the next level. The most exciting thing
about this model is that it was created by your fellow peers in the industry. We asked last year’s chapter leaders, past
chapter leaders serving on the International Chapter Leaders Committee and chapter facilitators to help us co-create this
model. The result was truly amazing. Since January, we have been rolling out the finalized model to chapter leaders for
the official launch which occurred on July 1st. To date, we have received a very positive response to the new model which
is attributed to the fact that it was co-created by chapter leaders themselves!
The new chapter business model has three key components that are outlined below:
Meeting Professionals International
1. Chapter Minimum Standards: The first component of the model focuses on chapter compliance. Over the years,
MPI has developed a list of items that chapters were required to complete in order to operate as an MPI chapter.
This list included requirements such as holding a minimum of six educational programs and submitting a chapter
budget to MPI Headquarters. At this time, we recognize that one-size no longer fits all and have therefore reduced
the minimum number of standards on this list. Chapters will no longer be held accountable for simply hitting
deadlines associated with compliance; they will be charged with keeping their members satisfied in the means that
best serve them.
2. Chapter Metrics: We will transition our focus to four key areas we believe correlate to chapter success: net member
growth, membership satisfaction ratings, levels of member engagement or participation, and chapter financial
management. Each of these metrics provides a framework within which each chapter can self-define its own goals
and objectives that best fit their chapter. These four metrics will help ensure that chapters are improving their
education levels, satisfying their members and improving their operating procedures from year-to-year.
3. Incentive, Rewards and Recognition: Lastly, each
chapter is being asked to set its performance
objectives to complement the new chapter business
model measures, and each will be rewarded and
recognized for doing so. An incentive list has been
developed for those chapters that meet and/or
exceed the goals set forth by them at the beginning
of this fiscal year.
The Chicago Area Chapter’s Board of Directors has worked
hard to develop their metric goals within the four areas
referenced above. A few highlights include: a net member
growth of 6%, an increase in attendance at education and
networking events and higher member satisfaction scores.
Please ask your chapter board for more specific details on
how they plan to execute against these goals. As a member
of the chapter, we hope that you see a direct correlation
between this new model and your increased satisfaction
with the Chicago Area Chapter! Expect great things from
them this year.
1. Net Member Growth
Goal is to grow membership by 6% over last year to 1,400
members by June 30, 2008 members (from 1,321 on
June 30, 2008).
2. Membership Satisfaction
Goal is to increase overall membership satisfaction
ranking on the annual member care survey (coming out
approximately February 2009) to 4.95% (from 4.85% in
Goal is to increase cumulative attendance at educational
and social events by 4% over last year to 1,232 attendees
at educational events and 1,362 attendees at social events
(from 1,185 educational / 1,310 social in 2007-08).
4. Chapter Financial Management
Chapter Financial Management
Goal is to adhere to chapter board-approved budget +/- 5%.
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SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2008
September 10-11, 2008
Affordable Meetings - National
Location: Washington, DC
Contact: HSMAI, (914) 421-3213
September 16, 2008
GMC-PCMA Quarterly Meeting
Location: Crowne Plaza
September 23-25, 2008
IT&ME – The Motivation Show
Location: McCormick Place
September 24, 2008
MPI-CAC – Annual Motivation Show
Location: McCormick Place
November 1-5, 2008
International Congress and Convention
Association – 47th ICCA
Congress & Exhibition
Location: Victoria Conference Center
Contact: ICCA, +31 20 3981902
October 18, 2008
MPI-CAC – CMM Program (Global
Certification in Meeting Management)
Location: Dallas, Texas
November 11, 2008
3rd Annual MPI-CAC Women’s Leadership
Location: Chicago Marriott Downtown
October 22, 2008
Meetings Quest – Chicago
Location: Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Contact: Meetings Quest,
November 9-13, 2008
Financial and Insurance Conference
Planners – Annual Conference
Location: Fiesta Americana Grand
Contact: FICP, (312) 245-1023
November 15-19, 2008
Florida Encounter – Annual Meeting
Location: Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa
Ponte Vedra, Florida
Contact: Florida Encounter,
November 16-18, 2008
Association of Corporate Travel
Executives – ACTE Canada
Location: Sheraton Centre
Contact: ACTE, (703) 683-5322
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From hosting a chapter board meeting to discounting food and beverage or décor at events, the numerous ways that MPI-
CAC’s sponsors provide their support is vast but the results are the same – being a vital component of MPI-CAC’s success.
Success as a financially stable organization that provides timely, cost-effective professional development, educational and
Thank you to the following companies that supported chapter programs and activities held during late June 2008, July 2008
and early August 2008. Remember – BUY MPI! Thank you to…
Las Vegas Convention &
Mike Tarr . (312) 861-0711
Lettuce Entertain You
Maureen Larson . (630) 369-9800
Dean Jeffrey Catrett
Mexico Tourism Board
(312) 228-0517 x15
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Joanne Trudeau . (312) 245-0034
Highland Park Country Club
Jason Aslanian . (847) 432-8048
The Meetinghouse Companies
Deborah Borsum . (630) 641-0600
Chicago Party Rental
Valerie Braun . (708) 485-8688
The Golf Event Company
Paul Campbell . (312) 432-9346
Rhonda Drury . (312) 266-6178
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Ted Miller . (312) 970-2912
Bill Buchelt . (630) 960-1400
Greater Houston CVB
Jim Owczarzak . (630) 237-6051
Matt Hourihan . (626) 584-4262
DuPage County CVB
Lisa Landers . (630) 575-8070
The Sol Group Corporation
Mary Paz Ramirez . (630) 237-6051
Eric Johnson CMP, CMM
Lauren Fahrer . (312) 332-6670
Carey Limosine Chicago, Inc.
Kurt Kuepel . (847) 768-6840
Kalahari Waterpark Resort
Michelle Short . (608) 254-3257
Alana Zeiger . (312) 268-8209
Robin Dugmore . (914) 481-8594
Hilton Chicago Indian
Bob O’Connor . (630) 671-5006
Chicago Convention &
Lisa Meredith . (312) 567-8569
Grand Geneva Resort and Spa
Brenda Dobbert . (630) 694-5910
Cordevalle, A Rosewood Hotel
Julee Midden (408) 695-4560
Meetings and Incentives
Dan Tarpey . (773) 851-0908
Kim Dellinger . (937) 247-5156
Sheraton Towers Chicago
Kate Nawracaj . (312) 329-7008
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
Julie Berry . (630)694-5910
St. Louis Convention and
Douglas Dvorak . (312) 923-2471
Amelia Roper . (312) 540-3303
Red Rock / Green Valley Ranch
Mari Goodwin . (702) 797-7747
Kevin Boland . (312) 932-4306
Sharon Young . (312) 396-2223
Kim Augustyn . (312) 595-5053
Wendy Berg . (312) 476-6151
Friends of the Chapter
Millenium Hotels & Resorts
Calum McLean . (630) 420-0212
Five Star AV
Rick Van Dyne . (630) 236-8712
Adam Harris .(847) 412-6609
Minding Your Business, Inc.
Kelly Kruchko . (312) 870-7112
Golf Invite, Inc.
Tim Atkinson . (630) 657-5700
All Events Photography
Jeff Brown . (773) 777-0011
Christy Lange . (847) 372-1568
Guy Parker, CMP . (847) 948-8768
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Thank you to the following
companies that have shown their
support of the chapter through
the silent auction at the
2008 Golf Classic:
Allegro Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
Amalfi Hotel Chicago
AmericInn and Holiday
Arrowhead Golf Club
Avenue Hotel Chicago
Bolingbrook Golf Club
Brunswick Carol Stream
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
Chicago Northshore CVB
Doubletree Downers Grove
Eaglewood Resort and Spa
Edward Fox Studios
Elmhurst Art Museum
Grand Geneva Resort
Graue Mill and Museum
Hilton Suites Chicago/Mag Mile
Hilton Suites Oak Brook Terrace
Holiday Inn Carol Stream
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
Holiday Inn Select Naperville
Hollywood Blvd. Cinema Bar &
Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook
Illinois Beach Resort
Kohler American Club
La Quinta Resort and
Club – California
Lincolnshire Marriott Resort
Lucky Strike Lanes Lombard
Mandarin Oriental Miami
MGM Grand Detroit
Oakbrook Hills Marriott Resort
The Palms Hotel and Casino LV
Sheraton Chicago Hotel
Sheraton Chicago Northwest
Sheraton Gateway Suites O’Hare
St. Charles CVB
Tony and Tina’s Wedding
US Poker & Casino Parties
Westin Chicago Northshore
Westin Lombard Yorktown
West Suburban Limousine
Windy City Fieldhouse
Zanies Comedy Club/
Pheasant Run Resort
Want to see your name on this list? Consider the Partnership Opportunities that the chapter offers to
connect with professionals from the Chicago-area meetings and hospitality industry. To learn more, visit the
Sponsorship section at www.mpicac.org or contact the headquarters office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 721-8908.
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TMPI Chicago Revs-Up
The MPI Chicago Area Chapter is kicking off an initiative to gain 200 new Members by the Fall of next year. The Member-
Get-A-Member campaign named “Driving for Success” will feature monthly gas card give-a-ways, for members who bring
in new members, and will also include a grand prize of a GPS navigations system! “We are putting our members in the driver’s
seat with this campaign” said Ann Murray, Membership Committee Co-Chair. “Member-Get-A-Member programs
are an effective way for current members to hand-pick colleagues who aren’t involved, get them to join, and bring in new
blood and fresh ideas to an organization.”
There is an old saying, “none of us is
smarter than all of us”. By adding new
members, MPI-CAC can add wisdom
to the group, bring in new revenues
and energize its committees. Another
great reason to get involved is while
you are helping the group you could
be helping yourself. With the price of
gas these days, who wouldn’t want a
little extra help filling your gas tank or
a handy device to get you where you
want to go?
In the coming weeks we will be emailing
you more about the Member-Get-
A-Member Campaign as well as sending
tools to help you share information
about MPI to potential members. In
the meantime, if you have any interest
in sponsoring the campaign, or have
questions on how to be more involved,
please call or email Patrick Snyder at
312-893-5890 or email@example.com.
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