In August 1995, the Chapter formed its first Public Relations Committee. Press releases were sent monthly to various newspapers: The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Denver Business Journal, Stateline (a Colorado employee newsletter), announcing our monthly chapter meetings and special conferences. These notices were published in the calendar sections of each newspaper on the Monday prior to the monthly meeting. Meeting notices were also sent to Meetings in the West, a meetings publication from California. Announcements were also sent to the media in Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico to reach our members in those outlying states.
In 1997, the Chapter participated in Kid’s Cafe, part of Network for the Needy, and members volunteered one day a month serving hot meals to kids who came from needy families. It was quite a rewarding experience for all those who volunteered.
In October 1997, the Chapter was the fourth SGMP Chapter to have its own web page: www.osburn.net/sgmp. The Web page included the names of the Board members, a complete copy of the newsletter, membership information, and information on the annual education conference. The Web page was created and updated by Gary Osburn (the husband of one of our Chapter members). In October 1998, the Chapter web page was changed to: www.colosgmp.org, and in 1999, it was changed to www.sgmp-rockymt.org to reflect the Chapter’s new name. In July 2002, the Chapter signed a contract with a new Webmaster.
2007 – Chapter Public Relations Committee chair, Raya Waldron, has been actively advertised our Chapter in the Colorado Department of Health & Environment newsletter, the Colorado Statesman, and the Golden Sentinel. Since January 2007, we added our Chapter events in the community calendar sections of the Westward Magazine and The Denver Post. On June 30, 2007, Anne Frye, Linda Walters, and Kimberly Pease, attended a Denver Federal Executive Board training event at the Arvada Performing Arts Center and set up our Rocky Mountain Chapter information booth. This event was attended by 300 federal employees. Anne, Linda, and Kimberly handed out more than 150 brochures to prospective members inviting them to attend one of our luncheons and get to know our Chapter.
On September 6, 2007 – CJ Beasley gave a briefing on the Chapter’s mission to members to the Denver Federal Executive Board at their monthly meeting. This meeting was attended by Executive level managers (GS15’s to SES) from the following federal agencies: Fish & Wildlife Service, General Services Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Defense Finance Accounting Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, The Office of
Personnel Management, Denver Metro Combined Federal Campaign, The National Business Center, Rocky Mountain Cooperative Administrative Support, Health & Human Services/Administration for Children and Families, Western Management Development Center, The Corporation for National and Community Service, Defense Contract Management Agency/Lockheed Martin, and the USDA Food & Nutrition Service. CJ handed out our Chapter brochure and spoke to the group about what SGMP can do for their federal organizations as far as a return on their investment in our membership.
October 2008 – Destination Colorado and Colorado Meetings + Events Town Hall
Kimberly Pease and Chele Clark participated on a panel consisting ofin-state and out-of-state meeting planners representing various segments of the meeting industry.
Fall 2008 – The Chapter had an article in the Denver Federal Center’s Community News giving a synopsis of SGMP and upcoming Chapter events.
December 2008 – An article on SGMP was published in the Colorado “Stateline” magazine.
December 2008 – The Chapter’s Public Relations Committee announced that Chapter Supplier members/properties could purchase a banner to advertise on the Chapter’s website.
December 2008 – An article entitled “Meeting Planning 101” was published in the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration’s December issue.
SGMP’s Rocky Mountain Chapter has been a member of the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado (MIC) since 2000. The Chapter is one of 13 member associations. MIC is a coalition of professional meetings industry-related organizations. Its underlying purpose is to strengthen the relationships among participating organizations through increased communication. MIC hosts an annual educational conference that the Chapter sponsors and exhibits at as well as members participates in.