Hello PCMA New England!
I cannot believe that we are about to close the 1st quarter of 2018! It seems like just yesterday that we were all gathered for our Annual Meeting at the Revere Hotel celebrating our 2017 successes and raising money for the Don Lawrence Scholarship, Marisa’s Mission and other chapter initiatives through our most successful auction in recent years. I am very excited to serve as your President this year and your Board and Committee Chairs have been hard at work since our November retreat designing you a year of excellent education and engaging networking opportunities.
The Chapter is already off to a great start! Over 100 New England members kicked off the new year by amplifying their engagement at Convening Leaders in Nashville where we experienced world class education, networking opportunities and entertainment in the great Music City. It also provided some of us an excuse to delay the start of our New Year’s resolutions (thank you Nashville-Style Hot Chicken)! Additionally, our Social Committee provided a cure for cabin fever in February with our first complimentary chapter social of 2018 at the all new Kings Seaport. It was a great night to get out, mingle, do a little bowling and check out one of the newest venues to open in the bustling Seaport District.
We are quickly approaching our first of four educational opportunities of the year and are very excited to be partnering with MPI New England for the first time ever for our Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) event! This event will take place on April 12th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and will feature an interactive session designed by travel safety expert and recently retired L.A. Police Department Detective Kevin Coffey to help you better understand meeting and event risk considerations, as well as the importance of having a crisis management plan in place. If you have not already registered, then be sure to check out the section in this newsletter where you can click on the registration link. If you cannot make it in April have no fear as our Education and Program Committees are already hard at work planning our next meeting slated for the end of May. Keep an eye on your email for more details in the coming weeks.
As many of you know, we have selected Marisa’s Mission as our charity of choice in 2018 and a portion of all our fundraising efforts throughout the year will go to this incredible organization. Their mission is to respond to the needs of individuals diagnosed with cancer in our area through a multifaceted supported approach with the goal of helping patients and families lessen their stress and financial burden. Please reference this newsletter, our chapter website and future meeting announcements to see how you can help support or even get involved with this special cause.
This is your organization and as your Chapter Leaders we are here to help ensure you get the most out of your PCMA membership. I encourage you to be engaged in 2018 by attending our events, volunteering to serve on a committee or simply sharing your ideas with any one of us so that we can continue to amplify our chapter to the next level.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you on April 12th and at all other future 2018 events!
Jason Ward, NE Chapter President
Seaport Hotel & Seaport World Trade Center