A Season To Refresh and Renew

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready for some Spring weather! Although winter is an important time within the growing cycle, and a very important time for our chapter with a lot happening, spring is my favorite time of year. It’s a time for refreshment and renewal, a time for blossoming and growth. In moving from winter into spring, your MPISCC Board of Directors, Chairs and volunteers began 2016 by propagating what we began in 2015 — laying the groundwork so the chapter enters spring blooming and growing as well!

The new year brought the opportunity to sow seeds of knowledge and connection within our membership. Our inaugural Weekend Education Conference at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach from January 21-23 was a great kick-off to 2016! We had some great speakers and we look forward to cultivating all of the good experiences and information as the year progresses. Thank you to the Education Team for volunteering and your hard work in putting together  such an excellent program. Thank you to all of the sponsors and hosted buyers for their contributions. And thank you to everyone who participated!

Next came the opportunity to make sure we are plowing ahead in the right direction with MPISCC’s Mid-Year Board Retreat at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel. Our leadership team got together to see how we are coming along with our business plans and objectives. I’m not sure why they are called retreats; in actuality a lot of work is accomplished! Our chapter is in a good place. We have a bounty of wonderful things yet to come. Special thanks to our sponsors: The Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel, the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Voyager, and Brian Stevens.

In early February, MPI Global launched its Annual Membership and Chapter Satisfaction Survey. Hopefully, you were able to participate. Your yearly feedback ensures that products and services are valuable, delivered efficiently and effectively, and helps our chapter to prepare future offerings. MPI uses this information throughout the year to help advance the industry and elevate your career. It is also one of the most important tools we have for capturing the thoughts of members and to ensure that we are producing programs and services that help each of you to bloom and grow.

With great anticipation and pleasure, we held our first networking program of the year in February at the newly-renovated Petersen Automotive Museum. Talk about beautiful! If it were a spring flower, the Petersen would be the most spectacular! The delicious hors d’oeuvres by Modern Art Catering, beverages by West Coast Beverage Service, music by The Replicas, lighting by AGF, plus the luster of the cars on exhibit, the newly renovated space and the exceptional members in attendance made this event a favorite. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend, I highly suggest taking a trip to the Peterson. You will find it a great space for all sorts of events, and see some interesting sights to feed your inner speed demon!


Getting ready to bud as winter turns to spring is our Meeting Planning Basics and Beyond 3-part series on February 26, March 21 and April 29 at the Concourse Hotel at Los Angeles Airport, a Hyatt Affiliated Hotel. Whether you’re new to the industry, a planner or a supplier, there is something for everybody at MPBB! You can sign up for one or for all 3 sessions. The curriculum is top-notch. And that’s not just me saying it. We have been nominated for a RISE Award for this program! It doesn’t get much better than that! Special thanks to our facilitators and our host hotel for all 3 programs! Get information and register for March and April sessions today!

To ensure strong, beautiful, lasting blooms into the future, please look out for MPISCC’s Needs Assessment coming to your inbox on March 3. As a chapter we solicit our members’ feedback about membership, communication, education, etc. This is our way to fertilize for the future. You provide the information and nutrients necessary for MPISCC leaders and volunteers to shape the chapter so that you are getting the best from your membership. Your feedback is important to us! Everyone who participates will be entered into a prize drawing!

A few rare blossoms to look forward to this spring are our Beverly Laing Golf Tournament, Wellness Day & 5K on March 14 at Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park, and our State of the Industry Luncheon with Dr. Lalia Rach in conjunction with Global Meetings Industry Day on April 12! Registration is live right now for our Golf Tournament! Hope to see you there! Look out for more information regarding our State of the Industry!

Get your garden gloves and clippers ready! There is quite a fragrant bouquet of choices that will be available as we come into my favorite time of the year!

In your service,