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Our mission is to enhance the knowledge and expertise of government meeting professionals. Our objectives are to improve the quality of, and improve the cost-effectiveness of, government meetings. SGMP is the only national organization in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to government meetings. SGMP delivers our membership value of education, resources, and networking to our nearly 2,000 members through 19 chapters nationwide.


March Education and Networking Meeting & Lunch

March 9, 2023

Register to attend the Monthly Education and Networking Meeting being held March 9  in Gonzales, La. The meeting will be held at the Clarion Inn Conference Center.   The speaker will be Garland Preddy, CGMP and she will present about Ethics for Meeting Professionals.  

The Spring Community Involvement Campaign is underway!  Bring peanut butter to donate at the March meeting for the Spread the Love Campaign!  Donations may also be made by Feeding the Pig using the Sponsorship tab above.

Education on Demand

  • Did you know SGMP National and the Gilmer Institute of Learning offer exclusive webinars, at no charge, to SGMP members as a membership benefit?
  • These high-quality industry education opportunities are eligible for pre-approved Contact Hour credits toward CGMP recertification.
  • Many of these webinars are available on demand for viewing at your leisure. Check them out here

Chapter Policy Manual is Ready! 

The Louisiana Chapter Board Members approved the Chapter Policy Manual at the October Board Meeting.  It is ready for your review now!  Thanks to Allison Landry for all of the typing and editing!  Thanks to Carolyn Barrett for all the reviewing and revising!  The Board worked long hours to develop and implement the Policy Manual.

SGMP La Awards Announced at Annual Conference Luncheon

Watch the video here.  The members of SGMP La volunteer their time each year and serve on the Membership Committee, Community Involvement Committee, Fundraising Committee, contribute to the newsletter, and recruit new members.  Once a year we recognize members for their commitment to achieving the mission of the SGMP La Chapter.  The award recipients for 2022 were announced at the Luncheon held during Annual Conference:    

Melissa Lee Boyd, Planner of the Year

Willma Harvey, Supplier of the Year

Carolyn Barrett, President's Award

Allison Landry, President's Award

Connie Lanier, Program of the Year

Catherine Jensen, Novice Planner of the Year

Taylor Beard Stanley, Novice Supplier of the Year

LaBella's Catering, Silver Spoon Award

Elizabeth “Betty” Joseph, Program of the Year

Marriott Courtyard in Covington, Venue of the Year

Visit Baton Rouge, Venue of the Year

Allison Landry, Recognized Recruiter

Susan Shaffette, Recognized Recruiter

We were very fortunate to have four sponsors for the Annual Conference and Award Luncheon Louisiana River Parishes, Visit Kenner, Louisiana Northshore and Team Dynamics, LLC.  We appreciate your support!

Chapter Operations Plan 7/22 to 6/23

The Board Members reviewed and revised the Chapter Operations Plan for July 2022 to June 2023.  The  goals and objectives in the plan guide the Board Members as they strive to  achieve identified tasks critical to Chapter success.   Read the Plan

Two SGMP La Members to Join National Board

Congratulations to SGMP La Members Susan Shaffette, CGMP with Team Dynamics, LLC and Zondra Jones, CGMP with Louisiana Northshore on being elected to serve on the SGMP National Board.   Zondra and Susan will serve on the National Board as Directors from July 1, 2023 to  June 30, 2025. They will be sworn in June at the National Education Conference (NEC)  being held in Bloomington, MN.

Registration is open for the SGMP National Education Conference in June. Learn more about SGMP NEC.  

Recent Awards for  SGMP La Chapter

The Louisiana Chapter was recognized for Chapter Operations Merit at NEC held in Pittsburgh in June 2022.

The Louisiana Chapter was recognized for  Chapter Operations at NEC, which was  held in Huntsville, Alabama in September 2021

Learn more about National SGMP


Contact US

SGMP Louisiana

P.O. Box 84285

Baton Rouge, LA 70884

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