40th Anniversary Celebration

40th Anniversary Task Force is working hard on upcoming celebration activities.  Below you will find a sampling of what is in the works. 

Donate Now  In honor of the 40th Anniversary support SGMP with a special $40 donationAll donations help fund National Education Events as well as the Society as a whole.

Member Stories   What SGMP has meant to our Members throughout the Year!!!

Celebration Kitchen A fun social media push to give members and suppliers a way to showcase your culinary skills and/or promote your venue properties. To participate, we will ask you to record a short themed video with these themes: The New and Revamped Lunch Box (May), What’s in your Picnic Basket (July), and America’s Favorite Meal 40 Years Ago (October). 

August 2-6, 2021 - To celebrate SGMP’s 40th Anniversary, we are continuing the “Celebration Kitchen” social media event with the theme, “What's in Your Picnic Basket?” We will be highlighting SGMP members with a virtual showcase of their amazing culinary talents by featuring live and recorded show-and-tell videos on social media throughout the week of August 2-6, 2021. Members can record short videos (15 minutes max) to be shared on social media.  Join in the fun!!!

June 1-4, SGMP launched the 40th Anniversary Celebration Kitchen with Lunchbox Madness. During Lunchbox Madness: The New & Revamped Lunchbox we highlighted members with a virtual showcase of their amazing culinary talents by featuring recorded show-and-tell videos on social media throughout the week.   Take a look!!!


Online Chapter Scrapbooks  To view the Chapter Scrapbooks Click here

Chapters are invited to compile history, photos and memorabilia in an online chapter scrapbook for all to share.  For Rules & Regulations click here. 

Please note that we have heard your request to extend the deadline for the submission of the scrapbook.  We extended the date to November 15th so that we are able to have them all displayed by end of November. 

As a sample please enjoy the Scrapbook of the 40th Anniversary Task Force!!!  We will update it throughout the year. 



ZOOM Virtual Background Represent the 40th Anniversary Celebration all year with the Zoom Virtual Background picture. 

Anniversary Cookbooks Join us in creating SGMP's 40th Anniversary Cookbook! This keepsake cookbook will capture memories of our favorite dishes so they can be passed on to future generations. The Gilmer Institute of Learning Fundraising Committee would appreciate your favorite recipes for our upcoming cookbook. Ask your chapter members, family, friends, local chefs, and dignitaries for their favorite recipes. The more recipes we collect, the better our cookbook will turn out. The proceeds from our cookbook will assist in sponsoring members to attend future SGMP National Education Conferences. Deadline for submitting a recipe and/or an ad has been extended to  Monday, November 15th . Learn more on our blog.

Please contact Wayne Callis, SGMP’s Gilmer Institute of Learning Trustee, at wcallis@visitnorfolktoday.com with questions.

Download the recipe form and advertising information.

Show your support by placing an advertisement or Well Wishes in our 40th Anniversary Cookbook. This is a great time for SGMP chapters, CVB’s, individuals, and hotels to wish SGMP a Happy 40th! Advertisement space is limited and will sell out fast!!

40th Anniversary Ruby Run 

In celebration of SGMP’s 40th Anniversary we are hosting an in-person and virtual run.  
Registration will remain open until September 15th.

In person race will occur on September 22, 2021
Cost: $40 Optional t-shirt available for $25 + $7 shipping
  • 5:00am:    Registration Opens & Packet Pickup in South Hall 2
  • 5:45am:    Registration & Packet Pickup Closes
  • 5:45am:    Race Announcements
  • 6:00am:    4.0K Starts
  • 7:30am:    Run Closes
  • 9:30 am:   Times posted
  • 12:00pm:  Awards presented during General Session luncheon
Overall Winner - fastest time

Top Male/Female Overall
The Virtual Run is an excellent opportunity for those who would like to participate in the 40th Anniversary Ruby Run but are unable to attend in person.  You are encouraged to share your photos with us so we can post them on our social media outlets.