Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Charity Begins at Home

Speaking of charity, if you are attending the Annual Meeting - are you planning on going to Party with a Purpose (PWAP)? You can buy individual tickets and all the funds raised go to three different organizations: PCMA Education Foundation, PCMA Network for the Needy committee and a local Seattle charity.

This year the charity we selected is The Moyer Foundation's Camp Erin. Camp Erin is a grief camp designed for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, friend or loved one. It is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun, camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support -- facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. The Moyer Foundation partners with local hospice and grief counseling organizations in the communities where the camps exist. Because these organizations are seeing and treating grieving children everyday, they act as the natural registration points for Camp Erins in those communities. Support from The Moyer Foundation and local communities ensures that Camp Erin is free to all campers.

Find out more about this exceptional charity at: http://www.moyerfoundation.org/events/erin.aspx

Be sure to view the video to see for yourself the good work that they are doing.

We hope to see you in Seattle having a good time at PWAP - tickets are $95 - send me a note if you have any questions! http://www.pcma2008.org/content/party-with-a-purpose/39


Charity Giving

At this time of the year I always look for a charity to donate to. If you're like me you also get great joy from helping people and families in need. I found a great online resource called Charity Navigator - below are some of their more interesting/helpful links I found.

Tips for Holiday Giving: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=666

Food Banks: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.results&cgid=6&cuid=18

Charities Helping the Homeless: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.results&cgid=6&cuid=28

Social Services: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.results&cgid=6&cuid=29

Reminders Before the End of the Month

November 29 is fast approaching and if you didn't already know this - that's the last day for advance registration for the Annual Meeting. After 11/29 the registration fees go up $100 - so register now to save some cashola!

If you are already registered for the Annual Meeting-be sure to take advantage of two very useful tools - PCMA Connect and the Personal Planner. Each serves a specific function - PCMA Connect to get you networking and Personal Planner to set your schedule for the Annual Meeting - which sessions you want to attend, etc.

Traffic is picking up on PCMA Connect - I'm up to 127 contacts - each someone who is attending the meeting and with whom I have something in common with. Get on PCMA Connect today to start your Annual Meeting networking. And don't forget - it will stay open for the whole year - to keep you connected long after the Annual Meeting closes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

December Events...

There are a few events coming up that PCMA will have a presence at - here's a recap - stop by to say hi if you are at any of them:

Holiday Showcase 2007 - December 11, 2007 @ Hyatt Regency Chicago
Stop by and say hi - our table will be located throughout the event near the luncheon room.

Chicagoland's No. 1 Business Services and Meeting Sites Exhibition brings together the best in learning, networking, and business connecting all in one day and all in one place.

TAKE TIME TO LEARN! An array of learning experiences designed to increase your knowledge base and acquaint you with some of the best new ideas in the field. From the Knowledge Lab to Center Stage Speaker Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier, there is something for everyone!

TAKE TIME TO MEET! The Showcase Reception and Lunch provide a high-energy environment for maximum networking! Re-connect with friends and colleagues and meet new ones. This year, Chicago's own Redmoon Theater Company will delight and entertain with their unique style of inventive visual language. These events promise great food, great company and a great time!

TAKE TIME TO DO BUSINESS! The Showcase Exhibition is the mid-west's largest collection of hospitality and business service vendors. More than 800 of the best and brightest reps in the industry are waiting to meet you. Come prepared to do business, win great prizes and have fun!

Register today at www.holidayshowcase.org

Expo! Expo! - December 11, 2007 @ Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Booth - 1043 - Show Hours 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the single, face-to-face meeting in the exhibition industry that offers a wealth of education sessions and networking opportunities designed to enrich your personal and professional career. Exhibition and event managers from around the globe gather with suppliers in the exhibition industry.

Expo! Expo! is open to members and non-members who would like to increase their knowledge of the industry, network with their peers, and learn of the vast new products, services and options available to help make their event one to remember.

For info: http://www.iaee.com/events/expo/

The Inaugural West Coast Medical Device and Bio/Pharmaceutical Meeting Planners Forum - December 10-11, 2007 @ Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

You will find PCMA at a booth at this new Forum on the West Coast with a special focus on medical device and small pharma/biotech meetings. The program features detailed case studies from some of the industry's leading organizations and provides you with the information you need in order to maximize the value of your medical device and bio/pharmaceutical meetings.

If you are an executive or senior level director from the medical device, biotech or pharmaceutical with responsibilities or involvement in the following areas: meetings, conferences, exhibits, marketing events, conventions, procurement, speaker relations or CME - this event might be of interest to you.


Talking Turkey

With Thanksgiving just a week away, I have to ask myself, "where in the heck did this year go?" I am constantly amazed at the quick passage of time...I'm sure I'm not alone here.

We are about 40 days away from our Annual Meeting (Jan 13-16 in Seattle) - and the finishing touches are going on the event. This is my first Annual Meeting with PCMA and so I am watching from the sidelines as our Meetings & Events team works effortlessly through the details, the hassles and the issues that are inherant in a major event.

For my team - this is a HUGE part of the year for us as we are focused on recruiting new members who are interested in attending the Annual Meeting - as well as serving all our current members who are renewing and interested in learning about what's in store for 2008.

For our Student members - this is a big time too - as they are all joining us again - 400 of them in October alone - holy smokes!

Stay tuned for more updates....