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Milligan Reports on SGMP State of Society; SGMP members and Chapters Honored

SGMP held its State of the Society event on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. SGMP National President Michelle Milligan, MSW, LMSW, CGMP, led the event in which she shared a report on the Society's current strategic plan, effects of COVID-19 on those goals, and what she foresees for the future. The event traditionally occurs at the Society's National Education Conference, but was held virtually this year. A number of honorees were also recognized.
State of Society UpdateSGMP held its State of the Society event on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. SGMP National President Michelle Milligan, MSW, LMSW, CGMP, led the event in which she shared a report on the Society's current strategic plan, effects of COVID-19 on those goals, and what she foresees for the future. The event traditionally occurs at the Society's National Education Conference, but was held virtually this year.

Strategic Plan Progress and Highlights

Milligan reported the SGMP National Board has a strategic plan in place and progress was being made toward each of the goals this year. But the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. Milligan discussed each area of the Society's operations with a forward-looking outlook for a positive future, despite setbacks associated with COVID-19. The following are the highlights by Strategic Goal.

Goal 1: Grow membership to 2,200 by 2024

The National Board has extended dues renewal grace periods to 90 days and is reviewing a new option to help members experiencing financial challenges. More details will be announced soon. The leadership and Society as a whole are aware many members may be on furlough or have lost their jobs because of the effects of COVID-19.

Goal 2: Be the premier resource on government meetings

SGMP is expanding its educational offerings with twice-a-month webinars. Some of these will continue to be complimentary to members, however, some webinars will carry a small registration fee to help SGMP offset expenses associated with the trainings. 2021 NEC is scheduled to be in-person next May, but that could change based on the pandemic recovery. Ninety-one members this year earned their CGMP designation. SGMP will be piloting a virtual CGMP class in July and then schedule new classes for members who would like to earn their CGMP designation.

Goal 3: Strengthen chapters

SGMP, for the first time in several years, held the Joint Leadership Meeting (JLM) in January as an in-person training to equip chapter leaders with new skills they can draw on to strengthen chapters. Currently there are 19 chapters; earlier this year, unfortunately the North Texas chapter closed.

Goal 4: Build financial and organizational sustainability

In part because of the loss of conference revenue and some slow membership dues renewals attributed to the coronavirus, the Society's expected revenue is down, which means the National Board has elected to draw from reserves and institute planned budget cuts to ensure the Society's sustainability. We are grateful for all of our chapter leaders, national committees, and national task force members whose involvement has made our Society thrive.

Top Young Professionals Under 37

Milligan continued the meeting by congratulating the Top Young Professionals Under 37. The program, in its second year, recognizes individuals with proven leadership skills and a dedication to the betterment and sustainability of SGMP. Members were nominated by their peers and honorees were selected by a panel of industry professionals. The Top Young Professionals Under 37 for 2019-20 includes the following government meeting professionals:
Nadine Edwards
Shannon Gallagher, CGMP
Jean Kim
Laura Lange, CGMP
Taylor Mauldin Wagner
Lauran Peoples, CGMP
Carly Sanford
Christina Saragnese, CGMP
Theresa Thomas
Ashley Wray
 

Chapters with Big Anniversaries

Milligan also recognized chapters that celebrated a milestone anniversary this year and those that will be celebrating a big one in the next fiscal year:
Greater Oregon 30th Anniversary - November 2019
Michigan 30th Anniversary - January 2020
Pacific Northwest 35th Anniversary - June 2020
Texas Lone Star Capital 30th Anniversary - January 2021
National Capital 35th Anniversary - April 2021
 

Membership Campaign Awards

SGMP National Vice President Annette Wallace, CMP, CGMP, and National Director Carolyn Wence, CMP, CGMP, announced SGMP's membership campaign recruitment and retention awards.
 
As part of the Soaring with SGMP campaign, which kicked off last fall, the following chapters were recognized:
 
Chapter Awards Recruitment – Highest Percentage
First place: National Capital Chapter
Second place: Golden State Chapter
Third place: Florida Capital Chapter
 
Chapter Awards – Highest Percentage Retention
North Carolina Chapter
 
Chapter Awards – Best Retention Initiative
Louisiana Chapter
 
Wallace and Wence kept the honors rolling by sharing the SGMP All Stars Circle Awards. This initiative recognizes the individual efforts of members who recruit new members. Sixty-three members were honored with referring at least one member to join SGMP. The top membership recruiters on the planner and supplier side include the following:
 
Top Planner Recruiter: Lisa Mendez, National Capital Chapter
Honorable mention: Giuseppe Sanfilippo, CGMP, Golden State Chapter
 
Top Supplier Recruiters
Christina Saragnese, CGMP, National Capital Chapter
Marie Arighi, CGMP, Rocket City Alabama Chapter
 

Gilmer Institute of Learning (GIL) Induction

Past National President Sandi Lynn, CMP, inducted the FY2020-21 Gilmer Institute of Learning (GIL) trustees. A vital part of SGMP, the GIL provides support to our members and chapters through educational opportunities, certifications, training, resources, scholarships and funding. Three of the members were elected earlier in the year; one member, Charnitamy “Char” Alexander, CGMP, (Lansing, MI) was appointed to the GIL this month to fill a vacancy after Chele Clark, CGMP (Denver, CO), retired.

The GIL trustees inducted include the following:
  • Henry H. Harper, III, CGMP (Richmond, VA), education and programming trustee.
  • Jeanne Larson, CGMP (Minneapolis, MN), education and programming trustee
  • Lorie Jaegers, CGMP, CTA (Columbia, MO), fundraising trustee
  • Wayne Callis, CGMP (Norfolk, VA), fundraising trustee
  • Robin Bammert-Toth, CGMP (Spokane, WA), scholarships and certification trustee
  • Char Alexander, CGMP (Lansing, MI), scholarships and certification trustee
  • Michelle, Milligan, MSW, LMSW, CGMP (Detroit, MI), advisory chair
  • Garland Preddy, CGMP (Lewes, DE), operations chair
 We look forward to greeting all of our members again in person at the 2021 NEC to be held May 18-20, 2021. Mark your calendar now!
 

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