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January 2012

Volume 31, Number 5

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Board Corner - Membership

What does the membership committee do? Get new members, right? True, but you might be surprised at all that the membership committee does for our chapter. Click here to read more.

Education & Events

Kick off the New Year discovering how Boring Meetings Suck! Jon Petz is a dynamic, interactive motivational speaker. Enjoy his fresh content and learn how to create more engaging and effective meetings by applying Jon's take-no-prisoners approach to boring meetings that suck the time and energy out of your organization. Click here for more information and to register.

Community Outreach at Stray Rescue St. Louis - Man's best frien
d needs your help! Join MPI St. Louis Area Chapter to walk the dogs and clean out the apartments on February 4th at 9:00 a.m. With over 150 dogs it takes many volunteers to accomplish this task and now that the weather is cooler, the more volunteers they have the longer the dogs get to walk. This is a big plus for them because an exercised dog is a happy and more adoptable dog! Click here for more information.

When did the MPI St. Louis Area Chapter hold their first trivia night? This is a little trivia teaser in preparation for our annual trivia fundraising night. The 5th Annual Trivia Night will be held on Friday, February 17th at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. Put on your thinking caps and come out to support the annual trivia night! This year's theme is Mardi Gras, so come dressed in your best costume for a chance to win prizes! Don't forget your beads! Registration includes complimentary self-parking, complimentary hors d' oeuvres, and beer and wine for three hours hosted by Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. Cocktails will be available for purchase. In addition to the trivia fun, there will be our annual silent auction with amazing items. All funds from the event support the education sessions provided to our chapter throughout the year. We need your support!

Bring your smart friends, family members or co-workers for a chance to be the 2012 Trivia Champions! You can register as a float of ten or as an individual participant. Click here for more information and to register!

Donations are still needed for the silent auction. If you are interested in donating an item, please contact Ashley Carey or Christine Topp.

Chapter News

CMP Study Group Forming
A CMP study group is forming to prepare for the Summer 2012 exam. The first study group meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 17th, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at MAC Meetings & Events. We’ll review the CMP application process and answer questions about the application, exam, blueprint, and anything else you might need to know. The group will then meet every other Tuesday through the exam date in the MAC offices on the Landing. For more information or to join the study group contact Emily Lemons at or (314) 584-6016.

Member News

Salute to the Stars

Pamela Cashman
Event Coordinator
Supplies Network
Click here to read more.

Welcome New Members!
MPI St. Louis Area Chapter would officially like to welcome our newest chapter members!

Rita Abney
National Sales Manager
Paramount Convention Services, Inc.

Nick Frolos
Media Images, Inc.

Steve Mackenzie
VP, Global Sales

Dave Nelson
National Sales Exec.
Paramount Convention Services, Inc.

Mary Slay
Slay Event Management & Consulting

Casey Unger
Staff Training Coordinator

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