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Why Can’t We Be Friends? Written by Alicia Moneyhun | VP Sales, Planner Hero

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Why Can’t We Be Friends? Whether it is introducing planners to hotels and venues, meeting my counterparts from around the world, or even just connecting two people I know for no other purpose than I think they could benefit from knowing each other, connecting people is my passion.

Register for our annual PCMA fundraiser at The Collective today!

Register for our annual PCMA fundraiser at The Collective today! This year we are taking on a new theme, Bid and Quiz! The PNW Chapter is hosting a Knowledge Bowl in a funky new venue. It's hip to be square these days, take all that knowledge bouncing around in your head and win a trophy for your team.

Congratulations to Carol Riddle!

Congratulations Carol Riddle who was one of the recipients who was awarded the PNW PCMA scholarship for Convening Leaders 2020.

Indemnification Need-to-Knows

By Barbara Dunn O’Neal, and Matthew E. Misichko For annual meetings, tradeshows or large conventions, nonprofit organizations enter into many contracts with third-party vendors to provide services such as staffing, audiovisual and transportation. All contracts for goods and services should include indemnification, an important risk management tool — and one that many in the meetings industry don’t entirely understand.

MPIWSC is offering our member rates to PCMA members if they register by April 1st

Planning Events Worthy of a President Presented by Franny Starkey Done well, events are tools used to achieve a greater goal, otherwise it’s just a waste of time and money. The job of any planner is to conceptualize and execute programs that have an impact on the message being delivered and the people being engaged and activated. After more than a decade planning events in politics for Governors, US Senators and the President and First Lady of the United States, Franny Starkey (former Senior Advisor and Director of Scheduling & Advance for Michelle Obama and current COO of Imprint Group), leads this session and shares the most important lessons she’s learned in her presidential planning career that can be embraced and applied for corporation and association planners across the country.

The Intersection of Industries, Ideas and Interests. Six Take-aways from Convening Leaders.

The Intersection of Industries, Ideas and Interests. Six Take-aways from Convening Leaders. Convening Leaders has always been a place for meeting new people and building friendships. Each year PCMA takes the idea of creating connections to a new level and this year, the education and experiences crossed boundaries of industries and ideas, appealing to attendees’ broader interests.

Registration is open for the PCMA Chapter Program in Spokane!

April Program SAVE THE DATE EVENT DETAILS Thursday, April 18 11:30am -1:30pm Davenport Grand Hotel Spokane, WA AGENDA 11:30am - Registration/Networking 12:00pm - Lunch 12:30pm - Presentation 1:30pm - Conclusion REGISTRATION Meeting Planners - $25.00 Members - $50.00 Non-Members - $65.00 Students - Complimentary *Valid Student ID Required

Hosted Opportunities Funds from the Pacific Northwest Chapter are closing soon!

Hosted Opportunity! Funds from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of PCMA are available for the following: • 2019 PCMA Education Conference: June 25-28, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) • 2020 PCMA Annual Meeting, Convening Leaders: January 5-8, 2020 (San Francisco, CA) o PNW Planner Full Ride Scholarship to Convening Leaders o Partial Funding - Annual Meeting Convening Leaders • Membership Dues Application Due: Friday, March 15

Risk 360: Developing an Emergency Plan

Creating an emergency plan can seem overwhelming, but at the Risk360 conference Alan Kleinfeld, CMP, CMM, director of Arrive Management Group, reminded the audience that they were not alone. The following resources cover everything from a framework for your written plan, training programs on first aid and medical equipment, and companies that you can call on for expert advice.

You won’t want to miss the February Education Program with Kati Quigley – Registration is open!

Creating Guiding Principles with Kati Quigley, Senior Director, Marking, Microsoft Business Applications & Industry Life changes constantly as does your professional aspirations and career. Even with this constant change, finding your grounding principles will help guide you in your life choices and enable you to navigate through the twists and turns in life. Learn how I created mine, what they mean to me and how I apply them. Through this, you will hopefully discover your own and start to leverage them to be your own authentic self.

In 2018, PCMA PNW Chapter celebrated their 25th Anniversary which included a few inaugural Board Members in attendance.

In 2018, PCMA PNW Chapter celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a toast on October 10th which included a few inaugural Board Members in attendance. The PNW Chapter of PCMA, representing members from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana, is dedicated to serving the meetings and event professionals with continuing education and community service. While not the largest chapter of PCMA, they are certainly the most tenacious; starting with those individuals who represented the inaugural board. They have produced many leaders, created exciting new programs and utilized technology to better serve their members.

End of Year Recap from our Chapter President

This is my final month as President of the Pacific Northwest chapter and I have been reflecting on all the wonderful events the chapter has hosted this year and the many successes. I hope you were able to attend at least one event this year and had at least one takeaway. My hope is that you were able to apply this takeaway personally & professionally.

Chapter Reception at Convening Leaders Pittsburgh 2019

Come Network with the members of the PNW chapter that are attending PCMA Convening leaders. This event is complimentary but make sure to sign up ahead of time. Convening Leaders Chapter Reception Sunday, January 6, 2018 4:30pm – 6:30pm Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh PA 15219 Sky Room

Visit Tula Bene Pastaria + Chophouse nestled in the luxurious Tulalip Resort Casino.

For Italian-inspired house made pastas and steaks, visit Tula Bene Pastaria + Chophouse nestled in the luxurious Tulalip Resort Casino. Savor mouth-watering lobster ravioli or ricotta gnocchi, or a Tula Bene 16 oz. New York steak. To accompany your meal, add an Italian wine such as a robust Sangiovese or sparkling Prosecco, or a handcrafted cocktail. Top off your meal with a delicious dessert, including traditional white cholate budino. Dine in a casual and comfortable setting reminiscent of an Italian pastaria and “godere” (enjoy)!

Bid and Putt – FLASH SALE

48 Hour Flash Sale Register for our annual PCMA fundraiser at FlatStick Pub in South Lake Union today and take advantage of the discount. Cheerleaders only $20 dollars + a wine tree raffle ticket Teams get a 20% discount (5 team members per a team) Just use the following codes before the end of the day on Friday, October 26. Cheerleader Code: Cheer20 Teams Code: Team20

Diners, Drive Ins and Dives!

Guy Fieri was in town this summer sharing with the world the delectable hand-dipped, double-fried Korean style chicken from Seattle’s own Bok a Bok. This new restaurant is enjoying early stardom and it it’s no wonder with its seriously delicious unpretentious food. Kimchi mac and cheese anyone? Now in three locations - Capital Hill, White Center and Burien, in the heart of Seattle Southside. Now just one more reason to explore Seattle’s Backyard.

Planners Choose Seattle Southside!

The vote is in! Meeting planners agree that Seattle Southside is the perfect place to hold your next event. Just minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport, the region is super accessible for attendees that fly, as well as drive. Let your attendees skip the Seattle traffic-congested commute and get right to Seattle Southside.

Congratulations Leslie Dunn!

On behalf of the PNW PCMA board we would like to congratulate Leslie Dunn on the birth of her baby girl. Welcome Eloise Ruth Dunn made her arrival on September 4th at 6:30 PM 7lbs 7oz and 19 inches long.

25th Anniversary Celebration/October Program

Dollars are being spent on events! Lots and lots of dollars. Attendees are paying for access to valuable information to be more successful, to enrich their lives, and to increase their education. Clients are paying to create opportunity and experience for attendees. Don’t let a roll of the dice dictate ROI for the attendee or the client.


Please join us for an evening networking and fun at our 2018 Bid Event from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday, November 7th at Flatstick Pub. There will be putting and a silent auction (sponsored in part by Gesture), the ever-popular Wine Tree Raffle and a few select live auction items that will only be available onsite! The proceeds will help fund our PNW Chapter charitable efforts and our 2019 scholarships and education programs. And remember: you do not have to be a PCMA member to attend – everyone is welcome!

Save These Dates!

Mark your calendars for the upcoming PCMA programs. The 25th Anniversary Program is October 10th at MoPOP and the Annual Bid & Putt Invitational Fundraiser is November 7th at Flatstick. More information and registration coming soon.

Mid Year Message From Our President

As we enter the 2nd half of 2018, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the success we have had so far this year. Our chapter has produced 3 great events including our 1st annual Hospitality Symposium which was a huge success. Additionally, our chapter membership has held steady this year, but we have seen a slight increase in our Business Event Professional membership, which is so important to the health of our chapter overall. And finally, our communications team has produced a wonderful new blog which I encourage you all to check out on a regular basis.

Bid and Putt Call for Donations

Call for Donations the PNW Chapter of PCMA for our Bid and Putt Invitational, which will be on November 7th from 4:30pm-7:30pm at FlatStick Pub South Lake Union in Seattle is our chapter’s largest fundraiser of the year. Every contribution to and participation in the auction is what makes the event a success. All featured auction donors will be supporting the cause as well as gaining exposure for your business. Your company name will be on program signage at the event and leading up to the event and your company will be highlighted in an email to all attendees following the event that will thank our sponsors/donors.

Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Opportunity – Application Due August 24th Scholarships from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of PCMA is available for the following: • 2019 PCMA Annual Meeting, Convening Leaders: January 6-9, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA) o PNW Planner Full Ride Scholarship to Convening Leaders o Partial Funding - Annual Meeting Convening Leaders • Membership Dues For More Information & To Apply

Encourage an Outstanding Colleague to Apply for PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties Award

Encourage an Outstanding Colleague to Apply for PCMA's 20 in their Twenties Award 20 in their Twenties is designed to engage the best and brightest in the Business Events industry in the world. These individuals will have a PCMA platform to showcase their talents and how they will shape the meetings industry of the future. Deadline to submit applications: Friday, August 10, 2018

PCMA PNW Chapter Program July 19th at Hotel Interurban – REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Are you registered yet for the PCMA chapter program? Learner Outcomes: Identify three key differences between staged experiences and movements; Explain why the era of "blind" attendance is ending and how personal values will impact decisions to attend you events in the future; Describe how a concise Organizing Principle drives better design decisions and investments.