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29 Feb, 2012

Letter from the President - Winter 2012

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We are well on our way into 2012 and the DC Chapter of SMPS is prepared to continue our Strive for Excellence! With the continued support of dedicated, hardworking chapter volunteers, we have the resources to provide top notch educational programs and networking opportunities to help you achieve your goals and get the most out of your SMPS membership.

The DC Chapter is now offering 12 month programming. As some of you may already know, the SMPS fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31. In previous years, our programs (Principal’s Roundtable, Lunch Programs, Education Programs, and Special Events) would be generally offered from September to June while the months of July and August would typically just consist of a few informal happy hours to keep members connected throughout the summer. The Board of Directors decided to implement the 12 month programming in response to the request made by the members via a previous membership survey. The Board agrees that even though many of us take summer vacations and schools are out, we are all still hard at work and always looking to attend programs.

We are also excited to announce that we are planning, for the first time ever, two joint programs with the Maryland Chapter. The first program, which took place on February 22 at the University of Maryland, was a lunch program consisting of an esteemed panel of experts from several leading Healthcare organizations within the region. We had record breaking attendance at this program with over 200 attendees! The second program, which is still in the early planning stages, will consist of a full day of educational sessions geared towards the junior to mid-level marketer. Details are soon to come.

Other exciting things that are happening in our chapter include:

  • Establishment of a new Community Outreach Committee
  • Special membership promotions
  • Sold out Principals Roundtable, Education and Lunch programs
  • Increased participation in our Guru Guidance mentoring program
  • Free to member monthly webinars
  • Free to member Social Media education sessions and Tweet Chats
  • 2012 Marketing Communications Awards - Information coming soon!

Please be sure to visit our website frequently as we are continually adding content about upcoming events/programs and making various announcements. This is going to be another fantastic year for the DC Chapter!

I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event!

Joe Monahan, CPSM, President, SMPS Washington, DC