Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

September 29 2014

October Committee Updates

Cheri Jones, CMP, Meeting Manager, Vista Productions, Inc.

Program Committee


The Sponsorship Committee

PCMA Heartland Chapter is excited to announce a new sponsorship opportunity for our supplier members. Hotels and venues who would like to collect business cards and meet potential clients at our meetings can now hold a drawing at our registration desk, and hold the drawing at some point during our meeting, if desired. Cost for this opportunity is just $150. Please note that this opportunity does not include any podium time, logos in e-blasts/newsletter, etc. We are offering this to our supplier partners as a way to maximize their attendance at our events. Please contact Kerry Kerr @ kkerr@helmsbriscoe.com to make arrangements.


Membership Committee

If you are interested in becoming part of the committee, please contact Judy Kirchmann at judy.kirchmann@conferencedirect.com.


Awards and Scholarship Committee

Applications for the student scholarship ($200) to Convening Leaders – Chicago, are due on November 10 and will be awarded by November.

In 2012 Disney Destinations and the PCMA Education Foundation developed a partnership with a goal to enrich our members careers and help them succeed in our industry.  Since 2012 they have given 63 scholarships and have just announced that they plan to extend this membership scholarship program into 2015. 

Applicants of this membership scholarship must be a meeting professional joining PCMA for the first time or have not held a PCMA membership in the past three years.  Below is the link to the application.


Read more: 
Member Scholarship & Disney Destinations


Community Service Committee

PCMA Heartland Chapter will be collecting food donations for Harvesters at our 14th Annual State of the Hospitality Industry on November 6.


Harvesters’ Need of the Month for November is PASTA, in honor of National Noodle Month! Favorite sauces (in non-glass containers) are also welcome to round out the meal. Other items needed are: canned vegetables, canned fruit, boxed meals, canned tuna/meat, peanut butter & jelly (again, no glass jars) canned soup, cereal (hot and cold), soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toilet paper.


The Heartland Chapter will also be will be sorting and repackaging donated product in the Harvesters Volunteer Outreach Center (VOC) on November 7, 1-4 pm. We only have room for 14 volunteers, so please contact Priscilla Noland if you would like to volunteer: pnoland@stfm.org or 913-906-6000, ext. 5410.


Did you know. . .

More than 200,000 people are helped by Harvesters’ member agencies annually. More than 88,000 of those helped were children.

Thanks very much from Your Heartland Chapter Community Service Committee

Emerging Leaders Committee

The Emerging Leaders Committee has been compiling a list of active and possible student groups with contact information within our chapter.


Now we need your help! We need a liaison for each school. As a liaison you would contact the school, offer to be an informed resource, help find speakers for classes if needed, and make sure that they are aware of everything that is happening in the Chapter.


We are planning a special program for students prior to the State of the Industry event on November 6, 2014. We hope to have lots of participation. In the afternoon we will offer a facility tour. Prior to the actual program, there will be a session for the students, featuring professionals from many different positions within our industry. See the brochure here: PCMA HEARTLAND CHAPTER STUDENT MEETING – Thursday, (1).pdf


Communications Committee

We are always looking for guest writers for PCMA events. We also are particularly interested in members who would be interested in assisting with revamping our social media efforts. If writing, editing, or social media is your passion, please contact Maria Arnone at maria@socialdriver.com.


A note from Cheri Jones, CMP, Vista Productions, Communications Committee member about the ALS Challenge:

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began mid-July and was started by Jeanette and Anthony Senerchia, Pat Quinn, and Pete Frates and his family. Pete played for the Boston College baseball team and was diagnosed with ALS at age 29. What an amazing journey this challenge has taken. The awareness it has spurred on for ALS is insurmountable. 


The Boston Globe it was reported that over $94 million have been raised for the ALS Association. At this point there are many folks tired of seeing video after video and challenge after challenge. I will be honest, I have watched every video that I could on my Facebook and smiled. My husband’s dad was diagnosed with ALS August 2013, so in our family, every video shows a hope for a cure. Maybe not for our dad, but for someone’s in the future.


I wanted to tell you that PCMA Heartland Chapter Officers took the challenge, too. Thank you to all those who have participated by either taking the challenge to create awareness, or by financial donation. Every second either spent drawing awareness to this disease or raising funds is important.


If you as a PCMA Heartland member took the challenge, post your video on our group Flickr page here PCMA Heartland Flickr : If you want to learn more about ALS or the ALS challenge, please go to www.alsa.org.