Membership Information

SGMP is a national association for individuals involved in planning government meetings and for the companies who provide facilities or services to those planners. Our membership includes employees of federal, state and local governments, as well as contract meeting planners, who manage government meetings on a full- or part-time basis.

Our mission is to enhance the knowledge and expertise of government meeting professionals. Our objectives are to improve the quality and promote the cost-effectiveness of government meetings.

The PNW Chapter of SGMP meets monthly and offers a wide range of educational programming throughout the year. Typically we meet between SeaTac and Olympia and meetings are planned around a breakfast or lunch. As a meeting planner you will have an opportunity to experience the properties, meet the suppliers and network with other planners.


WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT?

GOVERNMENT PLANNER
Annual Dues: $55
Meetings - $20
Individuals who are employed by federal, state, or local governments who have the responsibility for planning or implementing any type of meeting — on a full- or part-time basis — as part of their official duties.

[Employees of military and quasi-government organizations or associations where a majority of their membership is comprised of government employees may also qualify.]

CONTRACT PLANNER
Annual Dues: $140
Meetings - $20
Individuals, organizations or companies operating under contract to (and receiving payments directly from) government agencies to assist in the planning or implementing of any type of meeting.

[Contract planner members must not work for an organization that receives commission from suppliers.]

SUPPLIER
Annual Dues: $400
Meetings - $30
Companies or individuals who provide facilities and services to government or contract planners outside of direct assistance in the planning and implementation of meetings.

[Supplier members are paid by agencies/planners. Hotels and CVBs are supplier members.]

ASSOCIATE SUPPLIER
Annual Dues:
$275
Meetings - $30

Individuals, organizations or companies being compensated through commission from suppliers.

[Associate Suppliers are paid by suppliers.]

EDUCATOR/STUDENT
Annual Dues:
$25
Meetings - $20

Individuals who are students/interns or interested educators, shy are not directly involved in the planning or implementing of meetings or in the supplying of facilities or services to meeting planners.

[Educator/Student applicants may not be eligible for membership in any other category.]

RETIREE
Annual Dues:
$25
Meetings - $20

Individuals who are SGMP members in good standing at the time of their retirement.

[Retired meeting planners may not join SGMP as a Retired member. If a Retiree member becomes willfully employed and eligible for other SGMP membership, they shall forfeit their Retiree membership.]

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WHAT IS THE BENEFIT?

EDUCATION:

During the 2015-16 year the PNW Chapter will be focusing on "Essentials in Meeting Planning." The topics will include:

  • Event Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • Dressing Your Professional Best
  • Creating a Successful RFP
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Seating to Meet Your Objectives
  • Meeting Apps
  • Industry Hot Topics
  • Leadership Development
  • Back of the House - Pre and Post-con Meetings
  • Safety in the Workplace

RESOURCES:

  • Complimentary subscription to Government Connections magazine, SGMP's flagship publication.
  • Redesigned SGMP website features relevant and timely information in a user-friendly format.
  • The Online Suppliers Guide offers a searchable database of supplier partners.
  • The Planner Toolkit includes a variety of exclusive members-only benefits via our website.
  • Immediate email updates of pertinent and timely industry information.
  • The NEC exhibit hall brings countless resources for you and your planning career to one place.
  • Chapter websites provide additional and unique resources for chapter members.
  • Chapter meetings offer monthly tours of different conference facilities in your area
  • Chapter newsletters put valuable information right onto your desktop.

NETWORKING:

Chapter meetings include fantastic opportunities to build relationships with planners and suppliers alike.

For more information, please contact Robin Bammert, Membership Chair at 509-828-5518 or Jan Thor, CMP, Immediate Past President at 425-227-2127.