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Community Service

MPI Virginia’s April Community Service Partner is Avalon Center. Please help us support this great organization by bringing an item from the list below with you to our Global Meetings Industry Day event. If you are unable to attend, you can still send an item with a friend who will be in attendance!

Avalon is the regional state-recognized, funded and accredited agency for domestic violence and sexual assault, including rape and human trafficking. We serve some 600 people a year in Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Poquoson, New Kent, West Point and Charles City.

Common in-kind items of need:

·         Toilet paper
·         Paper towels
·         Deodorant
·         Over the counter allergy/cold medicine
·         Flip flops or temporary slip-on shoes for intake need sizes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
·         Air mattresses
·         Garbage bags (both “tall kitchen” and 30 gallon black bags)
·         Ziploc bags of all sizes
·         Cleaning supplies
·         Bleach
·         NEW unworn clothing
·         NEW unused full and twin-size sheets and blankets
·         NEW unused pillows
·         Feminine products
·         Full-sized shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
·         Ethnic hair care products

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Upcoming Events

MPI Virginia April Monthly Education Meeting - Global Meetings Industry Day
Conference Refugees: Why the Hallway is More Appealing than the Ballroom
April 6, 2017 | 11:00am

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg - Williamsburg, VA

MPI World Education Congress - WEC 2017
June 19 - 22, 2017
MGM Grand - Las Vegas, NV

MPI Virginia CMP July 2017 Bootcamp
July 17 - 18, 2017
Virginia Tech Richmond Center - Richmond, VA

MPI Virginia Annual Education Conference & Awards Dinner
August 16 - 18, 2017
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront - Virginia Beach, VA

CMP Conclave
November 13 - 15, 2017
MGM National Harbor - National Harbor

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MPI – VA Chapter Member Profile -  Tina Dauses

Name: Tina Dauses
Title: Manager, Corporate Meeting & Event Planning
Organization: Ferguson Enterprises

Summary of Role: Our team works with other Headquarters departments and branch associates across the country to put together meetings and incentive trips for our customers, associates and vendors. We work hand in hand with the contact from sourcing hotels / other venues and building budgets through gathering attendee information to finalizing all details and billing out the program. Our groups range in size from 25-400+ people and take place in the US and Caribbean.                                                                                                                               

Best thing about job: Fixing problems! Our days are like snowflakes – no two are exactly the same. While you’re going through the same motions – flight manifest, rooming list, registration (oh my) – there is a unique challenge that seems to present itself with each group. I enjoy finding the answers to the issues that make each program different.

Volunteer positions: n/a                

Event horror story: Anytime that someone gets injured or has any type of medical issue is always scary. Several years ago, a guest on an incentive trip had a heart attack while the group was in Costa Rica; he ended up needing to have to have surgery before he could travel home. Luckily things turned out fine, but it can be terrifying to think of being so far from home when something like that occurs, not just for the guest but for their family and friends.

Hobbies: reading, organizing (no, that is not a joke), anything Bravo TV to take my mind off the real world.   

Husband/Wife/Kids/Pets: husband, Mike – married for 2 ½ years; dog – Buster, a beagle mix who is 8; baby boy on the way, due mid-May

Pet Peeve: People not respecting deadlines; this issue comes up quite often, and it’s a constant struggle of extending deadlines where possible to be accommodating but also knowing when to draw a hard line so as not to put yourself in such a position that you cannot get out of. 

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