September 2018 Print

President's Report

We are in the home stretch of September and 2018 is swiftly moving toward an end.  For our North Carolina Chapter, this month has brought many challenges including surviving Hurricane Florence.  For some it was just a little wind and rain, but for others it was life changing. I pray each and every one is safe and recovering from the hurricane. 

Another fiscal and education year (2018-2019) has begun for SGMP and our first meeting quickly approaches.  Due to the hurricane we rescheduled our September meeting.  The new date is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 and I hope you will join us.  The location remains the same at the NC Judicial Center in Raleigh.  It has been several months since we have seen your wonderful faces and had a chance to meet new members.  Yes, NCSGMP is growing!  Please welcome our newest chapter members. Make sure to introduce yourselves at the October meeting.

Kelley Ann Gregory – UNC System Office – Joined June 2018
Canden Byrd – ICF – Joined July 2018
LaDonna Bethea – NC Department of Information Technology – Joined August 2018
KM Davis – Joined September 2018
Thomas Sullivan – Conference Direct – Joined September 2018

One of the goals identified by the board at our planning retreat in July was retention of members and increasing chapter membership.  We are off to a great start and want to keep the momentum going.  The best advertisement for SGMP is YOU, so invite a planner or supplier to a meeting.

Chapter Board
Your 2018 -2019 Board Members are:
Erica Quillet – President
Cindy Lee – 1st Vice President
Tarshi McCoy – 2nd Vice President
Secretary – Garret Wood|
Treasurer – Nicole Kesler
Planner Director – Lori Schwarze
Supplier Director – Myron Jones

We are looking for individuals to become committee chairs and to join a committee!  I promise it is rewarding.  More information about all of the different committees will be given at our October 3rd chapter meeting.  You will have the opportunity to sign up to be on a committee even if you decide not to be the chairperson.

Finance and Fundraisers

Our chapter has been extremely good stewards with chapter moneys.  Our chapter does one major fundraiser each year and that is the silent auction.  This will take place in November.  Danielle Rivenbark will continue as the lead on this but WE ALL can help in some way.  Please begin thinking and soliciting items we can use in the silent auction.  We will have more information on this in the upcoming weeks.  Let’s beat the Black Friday rush! 

I am excited about this quarter and all that comes with it over the next few months.  I hope to see you all in a couple of weeks.  Don’t forget to check the website calendar for the upcoming meeting dates! 

See you soon,
Erica Quillet
NCSGMP President

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Welcome New Members

As we start a new NC SGMP year, we are excited to welcome the following new members!

Courtney Forst, Supplier, Doubletree by HIlton New Bern Riverfront (January)
Jennifer Parrish, Contract Planner, Mother Daughter LLC, Jacksonville (January)
Suzanne France, Contract Planner, MDB, Inc., Durham (March)
Barbara Inabinett, Government Planner, NC Judicial Branch (March)
Caroline Lassiter, Government Planner, NC Judicial Branch (March)
Barbara Moore, Government Planner, NC Judicial Branch (March)
Ilka Solomon, Supplier, Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (April)
Vernice Whitaker, Supplier, DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront (April)
Kelley Ann Gregory, Government Planner, University of North Carolina System Office, Chapel Hill (June)
Canden Byrd, Contract Planner, ICF, Durham (July)
LaDonna Bethea, Government Planner, NC Department of Information Technology (August)
KM Davis (September)
Thomas Sullivan, Supplier, Conference Direct (September)

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NC SGMP is having its annual silent auction this fall! Last year we raised $1,832 our highest silent auction yet! Our goal this year is to make it to $2,000! We can’t do it without your awesome donations! There is no item too small. Last year we had art, hotel stays, passes to museums,  jewelry, gift baskets, catering gift cards, and even dog training! Put on your creative thinking caps!

Below is the schedule for the auction.

Items Due: November 2
Item Preview: November 16
Auction opens: November 19
Auction closes: December 7 at 5pm

To submit your donated items visit:

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As part of the Summer Board Retreat, we discussed ideas for interesting educational topics and dynamic speakers. The 2018-19 schedule of activities was tackled as a group to ensure we represented a diverse set of interests.  We regretfully had to cancel our 2018-19 kick-off meeting scheduled for September 12th due to Hurricane Florence.  It's important for members to know what goes on behind the scenes so this program will be rescheduled.  Please stay tuned for a date to be announced shortly.  For this first meeting, our President, Erica Quillet, will be hosting us at the NC Judicial Center. If you haven't registered please take a minute to do so.

Driving ahead to November 14th, Jill Denning, Per Diem Program Manager for the U.S. General Services Administration will get into the meat of Federal and State Travel Regulations.  Our host for November will be Jade Young, Director of Sales at the AC Hotel in Chapel Hill. 

2019 will be here before we know it!  On January 9th we will learn about Working With VIPs.  The host property will be the Holiday Inn Crabtree.  

Be sure to mark your calendars for these and the other 2019 meetings.  We look forward to seeing you!

March 13, 2019
Hilton Duke University, Durham
Topic: Conflict of Interest

April 10, 2019 - TBD

May 16-17, 2019
Chapter Annual Conference, Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/Concord

Remember to visit for meeting information and updates.

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Great Wolf Lodge

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Johnston County

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Fayetteville CVB

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