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September 2008 President's
       Newsletter




Dear Chapter Leaders,
                                                                      In this issue
                                                              Canadian Leadership University
I was very pleased to meet many of you at the recent
WEC in Las Vegas. It was truly a great experience and      Asian Meetings & Events Conference
I appreciated all the warm welcomes as I join the MPI
                                                                  MPI Foundation News
community as Director of Chapter Business
Management. For those of you who I've not yet met, I       Asian Meetings & Events Conference
look forward to the opportunity very soon.                               Toolkit

I am also pleased to introduce Colette Rolling as our          Sustainable Events Webinar
new Chapter Business Coordinator.                                    Speaking Points
Please call Colette or myself if you have questions or           Future Conference Dates
need assistance. We can be contacted at: Lisa (972)
702-3076 or LSydnor@mpiweb.org or Colette (972)                 August Member Statistics
702-3041 or CRolling@mpiweb.org.

Sincerely,                                               August 2008 Membership
Lisa Sydnor                                              Statistics
Director of Chapter Business Management
                                                         Dear Chapter Leaders,


Canadian Leadership University:                          Our global membership community is
                                                         now 24,412 members.
September 12 - 14                                        Our recruitment efforts produced 506
Leaders of Canadian chapters are meeting September       New Members who joined the
12-14 in White Point, Nova Scotia for the 2008           community in August 2008. This is an
Canadian Leadership University (CLU).                    increase of 11% in New Members
                                                         compared to last year. Overall
During this three-day event, chapter leaders will come   membership experienced a slight
                                                             decrease of 95 members due to low
together to hear about the MPI global strategy, MPI          renewal rates in August.
membership strategies and an update on the MPI
Foundation activities. Leaders from around Canada            Reinstatement of cancelled members
will also be gathered to discuss how their chapters can      is encouraging with a 57% growth year
work together to create value for the MPI community in       over year. While the softness in our
Canada. A main objective of CLU is to bring chapters         renewal rates increased cancellation
together to foster our strengths and efforts to raise the    21% year over year, overall retention
awareness of our industry in Canada.                         for the August 2008 is 75.55%.
The CLU organizers are very pleased to have Katie            MPI HQ is currently working on a
Callahan-Giobbi, Executive VP of the MPI Foundation          Chapter Recruitment Campaign to
and Chief Business Architect and Junior Tauvaa, VP           recruit new members. Later this
of Membership & Chapter Business, presenting to              month, we will launch a reinstatement
those in attendance.                                         and renewal campaign to assist our
                                                             chapters with sluggish renewal rates
                                                             by our members.

                                                             Congratulations to the following
Meeting Professionals:                                       Chapters for a successful August 2008
                                                             in Membership and Retention Growth.
It's Time To Move
                                                             Top Chapters in Membership Growth:
Forward                                                      Middle Pennsylvania 15.07% (< 300
To say the meetings and events                               Members)
industry in Asia is thriving may be                          San Diego           1.15% (300-
an understatement. It's exploding.                           600 Members)
Consider that in Singapore alone                             New England          1.19% (> 600
70,000 new hospitality industry                              Members)
workers will be needed by 2011
when it completes 2.1 million more                           Top Chapters in Retention Growth:
square feet of meeting/exhibition                            Belgium           3.40% (< 300
space and 10,000 new hotel                                   Members)
rooms in two new Integrated                                  Indiana           2.40% (300-600
Resorts. And that's just one city.                           Members)
                                                             Dallas/Ft. Worth 0.76% (> 600
This is why MPI recognizes that, as a 21st century           Members)
meeting professional, it is increasingly critical that you
understand and can operate in the vital Asian                 Click Here for August Statistics.
marketplace. Meeting professionals must not only
understand the culture and business practices specific       If you have any questions, please do
to the Asia region, but also need local contacts that        not hesitate to contact Junior Tauvaa,
share their vision and understand their goals.               VP Membership & Chapter Business.
                                                             Thanks and all the best.
To meet this need, MPI is hosting the first-ever Asian
Meetings and Events Conference which will be held
in Singapore on October 24-25, 2008. With a theme
of "Move Forward," the spirit of conference is the
advancement of professionals, the MPI Community,
and the meetings industry within the Asian region to
build opportunities for mutual success.

Michael Tay, director of operations for Asia-Pacific,
enthuses, "We've assembled a solid slate of
educational and networking opportunities which will be
valuable not only to local meeting professionals, but
also for international planners with an interest in the
Asian region. We want to let our international meeting
professionals to get an insider's look at the Asian
region and realize how rich connections to this
powerful marketplace really are."

With a heavy emphasis on cultural understanding, the
slate of knowledge sessions planned for the
conference include An Inside Look at the Meetings
Industry in Asia Pacific, Leadership and Management
Styles in Asia, Multiculturalism in the Modern World,
and Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow.

The gateway to the 21st century meetings industry in
Asia opens in just two months. When that happens,
there's just one thing for a savvy meeting professional
to do: Move forward.

For more details, click here.




Chapter Grant
Submission
Deadline
The first quarterly deadline for chapter grants is
September 30, 2008. Applications are located on the
MPI Foundation website homepage. Applications
should be e-mailed to grants@mpiweb.org. If you
have any questions, please contact Marcia Whitworth
at mwhitworth@mpiweb.org.


Looking for Content for Your Chapter
Newsletter or Website?
The MPI Foundation is happy to provide content for
your newsletter or website that explains our mission
and vision as well as the many programs that the MPI
Foundation funds through generous contributions. If
you are interested in featuring an article on the MPI
Foundation, please contact Lindsay Southall at
lsouthall@mpiweb.org to obtain an article.



Asian Meetings & Events
Conference Chapter Toolkits
The Asian Meetings and Events Conference Chapter
Tools Kits are now available online. Click here to
access.



FREE Sustainable Events Webinar
Join us for our Sustainable Events webinar series, free
to members. The schedule is:

September 24
CSR: Sustainability, Marketing and Tools (Mike
Wallace, Wallace Partners)

October 1
Sustainable Meetings: Destination Selection (Shawna
McKinley, Meeting Strategies Worldwide)

October 8
Sustainable Meetings: Measurement and Contracts
(Amy Spatrisano, Meeting Strategies Worldwide)

October 15
Sustainable Meetings: Food and Beverage (Nancy
Wilson, Meeting Strategies Worldwide)

Watch Community Net News (CNN), a weekly member
care e-newsletter, for registration information.




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Member Care Team on the Road at Trade Shows in
September
The MPI Member Care team will be at two trade
shows in September.
- Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association
International's 19th Annual Affordable Meetings
National trade show,
Washington D.C., Sept. 10 - 11; booth 2062

- ITME Motivation Show, Chicago, Sept. 23 - 25th;
booth #805.
.

Calling All Risk-Takers: MeetDifferent Reconvenes
This February
MeetDifferent, MPI's experimental meeting event, will
be hosted in Atlanta, February 7-10, 2009. Log on to
www.mpimeetdifferent.org to learn more.

CMM Program Accepting Applications
The Certification in Meetings Management (CMM)
program is now accepting applications for the next
class of rising meeting professionals, set to take place
this October. To learn about criteria for admission or
apply for the program, click here.

Call for Topics and Proposals
In order to better engage the MPI community, MPI has
revised its content generation strategy for live
conference education content. For each live event,
MPI will open a Call for Topics and a Call for
Proposals. A current list of all open calls is available
on MPIWEB.

Get More Out of Your Asian Meetings and Events
Conference
In conjunction with the Asian Meetings and Events
Conference, the Singapore Exhibition and Convention
Bureau (SECB), a division of the Singapore Tourism
Board, would like to offer an exclusive Uniquely
Singapore Trip Experience to selected meeting and
event planners. Chosen participants will be invited to
preview new developments, such as the Singapore
Flyer, cultural attractions, and unique venues for
memorable dinners or luncheons. The trip will last
approximately four days and three nights, and airfare,
accommodations, and ground transportation are
included. Applications are due by September
22. Click here for details.
MPI's WEC 08 Scores Record Attendance
With more than 4,500 attendees, MPI's 2008 World
Education Congress is a history-making event. To
check out all the excitement, including session
podcasts, speaker highlights, and more, click here.

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Future Conference Dates
European Chapter Leaders Forum 2008
Prague, Czech Republic
Friday, Sept. 26 - Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008


2008 CMM (Certification in Meeting Management)
Dallas, TX
Fairmont Dallas
Saturday, Oct. 18 - Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
  The Asian Meetings and Events Conference 2008
  Singapore
  Friday, Oct. 24 - Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008

  2009 MeetDifferent
  Atlanta, GA
  Saturday, Feb.7- Tuesday, Feb.10, 2009

  The European Meetings and Events Conference
  2009
  Torino, Italy
  Sunday, March 1 - Tuesday, March 3, 2009

  The Gulf Meetings and Events Conference 2009
  Abu Dhabi
  Saturday March 28 - Sunday March 29, 2009
  Chapter Leaders Conference 2009

  2009 World Education Congress
  Salt Lake City, UT
  Saturday, July 11-Tuesday, July 14

  Institutes Program is currently being re-
  imagined. Future dates will be announced upon
  completion of the new program.




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