The Rocket Blast

The Rocket Blast - August 2017 Print

Welcome New Members

On behalf of the Rocket City Alabama Chapter membership and board, we extend a warm welcome to Belinda Stanley with the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Birmingham and Sonia Albers with the Westin Huntsville who recently joined our chapter.

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Calendar of Events

"Networking With National", Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

Huntsville will host the Society of Government Meeting Professionals National Board of Directors Meeting October 5-7 and the Rocket City Alabama Chapter of SGMP will host "Networking with National" on Thursday, October 5 from 4:30pm-6:00pm at the Von Braun Center. Members and prospective members have a very unique opportunity to get to know SGMP National Board of Directors and learn more about how to maximize their membership through the experience of our expert leadership team. Details are being finalized and sponsorship opportunities considered. Check back daily for updates and look for an email soon! 

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Member Minute

Marie Arighi, CMP, CHSP, Honored as the 2017 Sam Gilmer SGMP Supplier of the Year Award at the June 2017 National Education Conference in Fort Lauderdale!

Rocket City Alabama SGMP Chapter member, Marie Arighi, was recognized at the 2017 SGMP National Education Conference in Fort Lauderdale as the National Society of Government Meeting Professionals Supplier of the Year. It had been two years since a supplier was recognized for going above and beyond in their service to the Society, so Kimberly Forte, the 2015 honoree presented the award to Marie. This is the highest distinction offered by SGMP to a supplier. Tecumseh Deloney, CGMP, CMP, our Chapter Liason to the national board, was honored as the 2017 Sam Gilmer SGMP Planner of the Year. The Rocket City Alabama Chapter members appreciate everything Marie has done and continues to do for SGMP locally and on a national level to develop and grow the Society.

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It is time to nominate and elect a new Board of Directors for the Rocket City Alabama Chapter of SGMP. We must have a Nominations and Elections Committee of 2-4 members as soon as possible to start the process, which begins in October. 

Elections for our Rocket City Alabama Chapter of SGMP's Board of Directors will take place in January. The current board's terms will end on June 30, 2018 and the newly elected board members will take office July 1, 2018 to serve two year terms. We welcome anyone that is interested in serving on our board! Please know that we will work hard to make the transition as easy and seemless as possible. Interested members are welcome to start attending our monthly board meetings or conference calls. For a list of officers and their responsibilities click HERE!

Please contact if you are interested in volunteering a small amount of time for our upcoming board election. This is a vital task to ensure the success and strong future for our chapter. Anyone running for office, should not serve on our Nominations and Elections Committee. The purpose of this committee is to oversee the nominations and elections of our board and to make sure that everything is carried out according to the bylaws and policies of SGMP. 


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SGMP Headquarters

SGMP is looking for member volunteers for the following committees, in order to achieve future goals of the Society:

  • Membership Committee
  • 2018 NEC (National Education Conference) Task Force
  • 2018 NEC (National Education Conference) Sponsorship Task Force
  • 2018 Joint Leadership Session Task Force
  • Education


Click HERE! Deadline to sign up is Sept 8!

This is a member-only benefit giving our members the unique opportunity to work with government meeting planners and suppliers from all areas of the country! 


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Past Educational Programs

State of the Society by Michelle Milligan, SGMP National President and Rocket City Alabama Chapter Revilatization Project Presented August 22. We're All a Piece of the Puzzle!

We made great strides at our first Membership Meeting of 2017! Members came ready to serve forming a six-person Marketing Committee to help revitalize and grow our chapter, Barbie Baugh volunteered to fill our vacant Planner Director Position on our Board of Directors, and others volunteered to serve on other committees. 

On August 22, members of the Rocket City Alabama Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals attending our monthly chapter meeting each received puzzle pieces as they signed in. Jennifer Middleton gave an update on membership, future plans and Marie Arighi showed Michelle Milligan's NEC State of the Society video during lunch. After lunch, we discussed the state of the Rocket City Alabama Chapter and the need for revitalization through retention and recruitment. A Marketing Committee was formed and six members volunteered to serve. Their first conference call was that very week and they are excited to share the plans with us very soon! Other members volunteered to serve on our Membership Committee, which should be very busy with new members as a result of all of our committee members' hard work. Barbie Baugh volunteered to serve as Planner Director for the remainder of the term and was approved by National Headquarters. We'll be inducting her as our new board member at our next event. If you're interested in getting involved, please email

Thank you to all who volunteered to serve our chapter. We're looking forward to a great year! 

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**For Sponsorship Opportunities contact Marie Arighi, CHSP, CMP, Treasurer at 256-551-2379 or at