Letter from the President

Dear NATCAP Members,

Right now, many of us are talking and thinking about elections and leadership.  We are watching and wondering what is going to happen in our nation, in our agencies, our work places.  I want to ask you to think NOW about the NEXT election that you may participate in – the SGMP NATCAP Chapter Board election which will be held in the Spring 2017.  A new board will begin July 1, 2017 with a two-year term.   Now is the time to consider if you are ready to participate in SGMP NATCAP!  This commitment should not be taken lightly.  Your board works tirelessly to seek out speakers and host venues; organize special events, fundraisers and charitable opportunities.  Our goal is always about serving our members: how can we engage you in learning and networking?  How can we help you in your careers? 

I recall when Cindy Barner first encouraged me to consider joining the NATCAP Chapter Board.  I had three kids under the age of 5 and I was working almost full-time and I said “no way!”  Instead I joined the Programs Committee which allowed me to participate in monthly phone calls to discuss our ideas for speakers and topics to bring to NATCAP.    Later, I was asked to be the co-chair for Programs Committee providing regular support to the Board Liaison and managing site selection for monthly meetings.    The leap to Board Member was a big one for me and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity.  My children are a little older now and I am proud to tell them where I am on those evenings away from home when I am networking with our members or leading a Board meeting.     I am leading an organization that I believe is critical to the government meetings industry and that has played an integral part in my personal success as a government meeting planner.   Volunteering while balancing family and career is POSSIBLE.  I will not say it is easy, but it is worth it!     Leading a volunteer board and association chapter has been an invaluable skill-building opportunity for me professionally and personally.  Additionally, I have made countless connections that make my job easier and more rewarding.   Those connections have resulted in business opportunities to partner with other contract planners on proposals and new business and awards.    After the SGMP National Board completes its election cycle, Cindy Barner will be announcing the call for nominations for our next NATCAP Chapter Board.  I hope that you will take the time NOW to consider serving on the NATCAP Chapter Board.    If you are interested and want to know more, please contact me or another Board Member.    We will be available to answer questions and share our experiences.   

Happy New Year! 


Jesse Strauss, CMP, CGMP, CVEP


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