Chapter Awards Program

Chapter Awards Program

The Colorado Chapter’s Awards Recognition was established in 1989 under President Lynette Schick and was originally part of the September educational conference. Carl Thompson and Sandi Lynn, National Board officers, were in attendance.

In 1990 and 1991, the awards recognition was held at the June meeting and was a very special event. In June 1992, the Awards banquet became a weekend venture and held in our mountain properties. Families were highly encouraged to attend. Friday nights were usually get-togethers; Saturday activities were planned or just time for families to roam the sites of the city. The formal banquet and recognition was held on Saturday evening with music and dancing.

Themes were given to our awards weekends:

YEAR

THEME

1995

Denim to Diamonds

1996

50s

1997

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

The Awards Committee usually begins preparing 10 months prior to the event. In April, nomination forms are sent to Chapter members in good standing asking them to nominate an individual they feel should earn the recognition of Outstanding Planner of the Year and Outstanding Supplier of the Year. The Chapter President awards the “President’s Award” to an individual who he/she feels has done exemplary service for the Chapter.

Outgoing Board members receive gifts of appreciation, which are chosen by the Chapter President.

1992

Board members received monogrammed plaques

1997

Board members received monogrammed clocks/business cardholders

1998

Board members received monogrammed wooden desk/pen sets, depicting the Colorado Rocky Mountain/SGMP logo

1999

Board members received personal monogrammed wooden pens in a habndsome wooden holder engraved with the SGMP/RMC logo

2000

Board members received monogrammed blue desk plaques, depicting the Rocky Mountain SGMP logo

2001

Board members received monogrammed white acrylic desk plaques plus a personal gift from the chapter president

The Chapter President may also give a personal note of thanks and gift to the Board of Directors. Committee chairman are recognized for their dedication with Certificates of Appreciation. All members who have served on committees receive Certificates of Appreciation.

In August 1997, since the awards weekends were not as profitable as anticipated, and attendance became lower each year, the Board approved to move the awards banquet back to the June monthly meeting, being a more formal occasion. The Board felt that when a member receives a special award, it’s more rewarding to have all Chapter members share in their joy. Starting in June 2009, the Awards Gala was once again moved to being an evening reception.

Honors and Awards Gala Themes

2015

Ebony & Ivory

2014

25th Anniversary

2013

Night of the Oscars

2012

A Knight of Celebration

2011

Night with the Stars

2010

21st Annual Black &White H&A Gala

2009

20th Annual H&A Lunch "Growing Together"

2008

?

2007

18th Annual H&A Gala

2006

17th Annual H&A Gala

2005

Annual Awards Luncheon

2004

15th Annual SGMP Awards Night

2003

14th Annual SGMP Awards Night

2002

13th Annual SGMP Awards Night

2001

12th Annual SGMP Awards Night

2000

11th Annual SGMP Awards Night

1999

10th Annual SGMP Awards Night

1998

1997

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

1996

50s

1995

Denim to Diamonds

1994

1993

?? Theme; held in the mountains; weekend event

1992

?? Theme; held in the mountains; weekend event

1991

Held at the June chapter meting

1990

Held at the June chapter meting

1989

First SGMP Awards event; part of the September educational conference

YEAR

OUTSTANDING PLANNER OUTSTANDING SUPPLIER PRESIDENT’S AWARD

2015

Pamela Temple, CGMP Kim Hawks, CMP, CGMP MaryLou Wallace, CGMP
Mark Richardson, CGMP

2014

MaryLou Wallace, CGMP Mark Richardson Kim Hawks, CMP, CGMP

2013

Mary Williams, CGMP Shannon Dempsey, CHSP Mary Williams, CGMP

2012

Claudette M. Ferris, CAP-OM, CGMP Karen Davis Kimberly Forte

2011

Chele Clark, CGMP Kimberly Forte Chele Clark, CGMP

2010

Mary Williams Joseph Powell Linda Walters

2009

Joanne Kanost, CMP, CGMP Karen Davis Leslie Navarro, CMP

Karen Davis

2008

Kimberly Pease Angela Blackstock Angela Blackstock

2007

Kay Bothwell, CMP Gia Joko 2006/2007 Board of Directors

* Kimberly Pease

* Gia Joko

* Mary Williams

* Angela Blackstock

* Leslie Navarro, CMP

* Linda Walters

* Joann Kanost, CMP, CGMP

* Barbara Guest

2006

Barbara Guest ReBecca Dillahunty, CMP Kay Bothwell, CMP

2005

Linda Schmitt Steve Ferency Terri Trevino

Cathy Pergola, CHSP

2004

Dr. Cynthia Vannucci, CMP Cathy Pergola, CHSP Terri Trevino

Barbara Guest

2003

Kay Bothwell, CMP Christine Huffington, CHSP, CMP Claudette Ferris CPS

2002

Claudette Ferris CPS Christine Huffington, CHSP Sydney Hoskins

2001

Kay Bothwell Sydney Hoskins Lynette Schick, CMP

2000

Linda Schmitt Susan Cecere-Fisher, CHME ReBecca Dillahunty, CMP

1999

Henrietta Cullinane, CMP Melinda Welling Claudette Ferris CPS

1998

Claudette Ferris CPS ReBecca Dillahunty, CMP n/a

1997

Rasa Eglite Darsey Gordon Lynette Schick, CMP

1996

Cindy Nelson, CMP Alan Cardenas CHSP Linda Schmitt

1995

Diane Caponera Charlotte Corvi Margaret Martin

1994

Lynette Schick Elizabeth Lyons Claudette Ferris CPS

1993

Pamelia Nixon Tom Pickering Ted Davis

1992

Alyson Sneddon Tim Litherland Claudette Ferris

1991

Margaret Martin Philip Levy Deb Guerrie

Tim Litherland

1990

Len Hooper Lil Pfaff Tim Litherland

1989

Lynette Schick Philip Levy Cynthia Askew

Outstanding Planner,Supplier, President’s Award

In June 1998, the Chapter Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, with 73 in attendance, which included spouses, guests, and bosses. Neale Brown, news anchor for KUSA-Channel 9 TV, was our emcee and introduced the committee chairmen and presented the outstanding awards.

At the 2001 Awards Banquet, the Chapter was honored to have as its Master of Ceremonies actor John Ashton. Colorado State Representative Debbie Stafford gave the official oath of office to the new Chapter officers.

At the 2002 Awards Banquet, the Chapter was honored to have Colorado State Representative Debbie Stafford as its Mistress of Ceremonies, who also gave the official oath of office to the new Board of Directors.

In 1998, the Chapter created two new awards: New Member of the Year and Company of the Year.

Criteria for the New Member of the Year included: a) nominee must be a member in good standing and have joined within 18 months of nomination date, b) nominee must be an active member of a committee, c) nominee may not be a member of the Awards Committee and d) nominee must have attended a minimum of three meetings.

Candidates for the Outstanding Planner, Outstanding Supplier and New Member of the Year had to submit their qualifications: a) professional achievements, b) contributions to SGMP, c) participation in other community, civic, or other voluntary or professional organizations and d) continuing education credentials, awards, honors.

Criteria for Company of the Year included: a) nominee must be a property/company which holds SGMP membership, b) nominee must provide a consistently high level of customer service, c) nominee must maintain a superior overall atmosphere and quality of product and d) nominee’s representative must have demonstrated active involvement in SGMP. Their qualifications also included having to list how many SGMP functions they hosted or had participated in.

Qualifications for all candidates were reviewed by three judges not affiliated with SGMP but were in the meetings/travel industry.

And the Winners Are:

YEAR

NEW MEMBER OF THE YEAR COMPANY OF THE YEAR

2015

N/A Grand Junction CVB

2014

Grace Nied, CGMP Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

2013

Angelia Meaux, CGMP Hilton Ft. Collins

2012

N/A Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs

2011

N/A (Veteran Awards were given out to members and properties) The Brown Palace & Spa

2010

Joseph Powell (Supplier) Crowne Plaza Colorado Springs

Rachel Carmen (Planner)

2009

N/A Holiday Inn Denver Lakewood

2008

Chele Clark Golden Hotel

2007

Raya Waldron Millennium Harvest House Boulder

2006

Diane Burdette-Lincoln Breckenridge Hospitality & Lodibng/Great Divide Lodge

2005

Kristin Duncan, CHSP Renaissance Hotel Denver

2004

Carolyn Israel & Janet Cowley Denver Metro CVB

2003

Cathy Pergola DoubleTree Hotel Denver Boulder

2002

Amy Rezvani, CHSP Keystone Resort

2001

Michael DuBe Holiday Inn Southeast

2000

Kay Bothwell Regal Harvest House

1999

Ronda Morrow Holiday Inn Northglenn

1998

Alethea "Bunny" Osburn Holiday Inn Southeast

In May 1998, the Chapter also initiated the “Silver Plate Award” (later changed to “Culinary Award for Excellence”). Criteria for this award includes: a) nominee must have demonstrated the most creativity and culinary talent in their presentation at a monthly SGMP meeting, b) meeting must have been held from the previous May through April of the current year and c) property where the annual award dinner and/or conference is held is not eligible until the following year.

AND THE WINNERS for the “CULINARY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE” ARE:

YEAR

CULINARY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

2015

Wellshire Event Center

2014

Sheraton Denver Tech Center

2013

DoubleTree by Hilton Denver Stapleton & Renaissance Denver Hotel

2012

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

2011

The Warwick Hotel

2010

Millennium Harvest House

2009

Doubletree Hotel Denver Tech

2008

Warwick Hotel

2007

Doubletree Denver North

2006

Marriott Denver West

2005

Sheraton Denver West

2004

Marriott Denver West

2003

Doubletree Hotel Denver Tech

2002

Admas Mark Hotel Denver

2001

Holiday Inn Northglenn

2000

Holiday Inn Southeast

1999

Holiday Inn Southeast

Honors and Awards Gala 2011

In 2011, the Chapter presented the first “Veteran’s Awards” for those members who have provided ongoing support to the chapter since (or before) 1995:

  • Cheryl Blanton-Chisolm
  • ReBecca Dillahunty, CMP
  • Claudette M. Ferris, CPS/CAP,CGMP
  • Joann Kanost, CMP, CGMP
  • Sharon Kirts
  • Leslie Navaro, CGMP
  • Stephanie Samano
  • Lynette Schick, CMP
  • Linda Schmitt
  • Mary Williams, CGMP

These properties were also recognized for their ongoing support of the Chapter prior to 1995:

  • DoubleTree Hotel Denver at Stapleton
  • Experience Colorado Springs
  • Visit Denver
  • Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
  • DoubleTree Hotel Denver North
  • The Stanley Hotel
  • Red Lion Denver Central

A GEM award was presented to Mark Richardson (for his support of the Chapter).

A “Star” Recognition Award was presented to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for its ongoing continued support of Chapter members/leaders for the past 20+ years.

An “Honorarium” Award was presented to Melody Kebe, CGMP, past SGMP National President, for her ongoing support of the Chapter.

“GEM of Our Society” Awards

Beginning in 2008 a “GEM of our Society” Award was created by the Chapter Board to honor members for their outstanding commitment and dedication who actively contribute to the success of the Chapter. Recipients of this Award are:

November 18, 2014 Cynthia Ross; Shannon Dempsey
June 2014 Lynette Schick, CMP
February 2014 MaryLou Wallace, CGMP
November 2013 Mary Williams, CGMP
July 22, 2008 Kim Kobetz (Hawks), CMP
September 23, 2008 Donan Horii
October 2008 Carolyn Bentsel, SGMP Membership Services Manager (via USPS delivery)
October 2, 2010 Stacy Long
June 28, 2011 Mark Richardson
April ? 2012 Chele Clark, CGMP
Kim Hawks, CMP, CGMP
June 26, 2012 Steve Ferency,CGMP