Monthly Educational Meetings

Meeting times and itinerary

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Luncheon Meeting Times:

Registration and Networking: 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Announcements:  11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Lunch: 11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Program: 12:25 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Wrap-up/Evaluation: 1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Thank you Gateway Marriott for hosting the April monthly meeting!

Previous Meeting Recap

Shackleton’s Crossing
by Julian Huerta

It was a lovely day at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver for our monthly SGMP Meeting. With new renovations kicking off, it looks like there will be a bright beautiful new lobby very soon to greet guests.   We were treated to a fantastic meal starting with a salad of brussel sprouts and fall greens with marmalade vinaigrette with a pancetta crisp.  The entrée today were deliciously tender seared beef medallions with roasted poblano chili, herbed potatoes and red wine sauce.  Finally the scrumptious meal was capped with a pear tart and dark chocolate truffle that was to die for.  Had our speaker not been so entertaining, we might have lost our focus while enjoying this meal!

For today’s education, we had speaker Darrell Hammond, a consultant focusing on developing teams and organizations effectiveness.   Mr. Hammond, formerly a Team USA basketball player and NBA Most Valuable Player regaled us with the tale of Shackleton’s Crossing.   Earnest Shackleton was an explorer who had a mission to cross the polar ice caps.   He and his crew, aboard the Endurance (not just a name but a motto) ventured south to explore the unknown depths of the Antarctic region.  As they sailed, the crew encountered multiple disasters as the ship became stuck in the icepack, sank, and then became lost on their way back home. As their expedition grew longer and longer, the crew looked to both Shackleton’s courage and steadfast leadership to lead them out of harm.   Shackleton was able to convince his crew to persevere and after over a year at sea was able to bring his entire crew home.

Mr. Hammond’s detail in describing the expedition had our meeting in the palm of his hand. As he normally has more time to deliver the tale we came up a bit short and when asked, we absolutely wanted to hear the end of the story.   The tale of Shackleton drives home many points to our attendees that we can take home to our individual organizations such as:

  • How resilient are you?
  • How do you handle things when they get hard?
  • Does your communication style add value and convey well to your team?
  • Aare you improving or detracting from your team?
  • What can you do to help achieve your organizations mission?

These questions can help you focus your energy on becoming a better leader for your teams as well as a better team member.   Shackleton knew what he needed of every crewman aboard his ship and had an expectation of them in a life or death situation.   While we may not deal with life and death every day, these lessons push us to be better leaders and followers.

Holiday Social
By Julian Huerta

What a wonderful way to wrap up the year with our good friends at the SGMP Rocky Mountain Holiday Social, hosted by the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park. Today’s event was a marked departure from our normal meetings with a much more relaxed atmosphere to celebrate the upcoming holidays.   We kicked off with a Committee Tradeshow to let our members know what we’re doing for them as well as giving an opportunity to join and give back to the chapter through service.  This was a wonderful way to mix and mingle with our members and get to know folks a little bit better.  As committee chairs, we’re definitely looking forward to new blood giving back to the chapter.

Today’s meeting also took some time off from the normal education sessions to welcome Michelle Milligan, our National President to speak about our new Superheroes initiative. Michelle joined us via videoconference to explain what the National Chapter is doing to drive enrollment. As we are in the middle of a push to bring more people to our monthly meetings, this was a great reminder as to how we function within the larger organization.  While there were technical glitches, Michelle definitely kept her poise and made sure we had our questions answered.  Thanks Michelle!

For lunch, we were treated to one of the best spreads of the entire year with a gorgeous buffet consisting of a butternut squash soup, short ribs, honey bourbon ham, house mac & cheese, garlic whipped potatoes, winter root vegetables, crisp herit coverts, and a wonderful egg nog station!   For dessert we had a very special treat, a demo from the  Chef of a crème brulee dessert to make at home for the upcoming holidays.   Overall a wonderful meal and my compliments to the team Fire + Spice!

We finished up the day with an ornament trade and lots of wonderful giveaways!  Bravo to our partners at the Marriott DIA for their wonderful event!

General Information and Standing Rules for Chapter Program Attendees

          • Monthly program meetings will be conducted on the fourth Tuesday of every month at each month’s established destination, with the following exceptions: the Fall Education Conference will be held over Columbus Day weekend in October; the November monthly luncheon will be held the third Tuesday due to Thanksgiving week; and the December holiday luncheon will be held the second Tuesday in December due to the holidays. An April or May monthly luncheon may not be held due to the SGMP National Education Conference.
          • Monthly program registration is $15 for Planners and $30 for Suppliers. If a member attends without registering, and if space allows, the cost will be $30 for Planners and $45 for Suppliers. Please note that walk-ins will not be allowed to pay by cash. Credit cards or checks only.  If you are using a credit card a 3% processing fee will be added.
          • The registration deadline for all monthly meetings is three (3) business days prior to the meeting (Thursday COB). Any registration received after the deadline will be charged the walk-in rate of $30 for Planners and $45 for Suppliers.
          • Should a registrant need to cancel their attendance at a monthly program, they must call (720) 508-6209 or email mail to://chele.clark@coag,gov by 2:00 p.m. the Friday before the meeting to let the Chapter leadership know that they will not be able to attend. If they registered on line with a credit card, they will receive a credit for a future monthly meeting (to be used within six months of cancellation date). If the registration was marked as a pay at the door and the registration was not cancelled in time, an invoice will be sent for payment of the appropriate registration fee. This cancellation policy was put in place to be fair to the hotel providing the meal.
          • If a registrant fails to attend a monthly program meeting, fails to cancel by 2:00 p.m. the Friday before the meeting, and becomes a no-show then they will not be allowed to attend any future Chapter program meetings/events until they pay their prior no show registration fee. The fee can be paid when registering on line or at the door the day of the next monthly meeting/event that they attend.
          • To receive a full refund from the Fall Education Conference, a written request must be submitted to the President two weeks prior to the conference. Any request for refunds received after that date will instead have the registration fee applied towards next year’s conference.
          • A Planner guest can only attend the first meeting complimentary but will be required to pay $15 for attendance at a second meeting. Supplier guests will pay a registration fee of $40 for their first two meetings. Please note that guests, whether a Planner or Supplier, must join the Chapter before attending their third meeting. Suppliers must join with one government or contract planner, unless the Chapter is in a freeze.  In that case, a Supplier who wants to join must have two government and/or contract planners to be eligible to join.
          • The host property is permitted to have additional co-workers in attendance at no additional cost to SGMP and should notify the Program Chair regarding the total number of attendees from the host property.
          • If the Chapter cancels a meeting (i.e., due to inclement weather), and a member has paid for attendance, credit will be granted up to 60 days.

New Supplier members who have replaced a former member will receive an official Chapter name tag once the name change has been verified by SGMP Headquarters.