VA Voice - July 17, 2017 Print

President's Report

Congratulations to everyone participating in our July CMP Bootcamp which begins today! We wish you great success as you enter your final preparation for your CMP exam.

If you are interested in attending a future bootcamp more information can be found here: November CMP Bootcamp


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Upcoming Events

MPI Virginia Annual Education Conference & Awards Dinner
August 16 - 18, 2017 (*Book your room by July 17th*)
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront - Virginia Beach, VA

MPI Virginia September Education
September 21, 2017
Quirk Hotel - Richmond, VA

Save the Date - Fundraiser Event
October 19, 2017
Richmond, VA

MPI Virginia CMP November 2017 Bootcamp
November 20 - 21, 2017
Virginia Tech Richmond Center - Richmond, VA

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

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Community Service

This year at our Annual Conference we will have an interactive community service project with Troopster (more info on them here) and we need your help in collecting some items of need to help us with our project! 

Snacks and Snack Bars: Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Breakfast Cereal Bars, Nutrigrain, Fruit Bars, KIND Bars, KASHI, Lara Bars, LUNA, Quaker Oat Bars. Mini Packs of: Goldfish, Chex Mix, Lunch Box Size Pringles, Spicy Chips

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MPI Virginia - Get to Know Your Board - Charles Waddell, VP of Membership
Title: Director of Sales & Marketing  
Organization: Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach

Best thing about job: Being able to work with an amazing team every day!                

Volunteer positions: LGBT Life Center Board of Directors, MPI Virginia VP of Membership  

Event horror story: A hurricane imploded on the oceanfront during a 150-person VIP Beach Reception that I was hosting & planning all of the details while I was at the local conference in Norfolk. I had coordinated bus transportation that got stuck on the highway, rain that blew away my tent & décor, and a chef that prepared amazing food for 50 people…not 150. Ultimately it went well, the bus finally made it (2 trips worth), the chef got creative and pulled out another 100 servings of similar items and the hurricane finally passed and everyone got to enjoy the calm after the storm. I learned a lot from this experience including: it’s the quality of the people on your team that make disasters into successes and people have long memories of how you recovered during a crisis.

Hobbies: Gardening, Yoga & exploiting Happy Hours all over the world!

Husband/Wife/Kids/Pets: Husband of 4 years (together for 16), no kids but several Morkie pups thank goodness!

Pet Peeve:  Tedious activities of all kinds. 

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