SMPS Oregon’s First Fireside Chat

On Wednesday, December 16th, SMPS Oregon held their first Fireside Chat! Aside from this being an event to catch-up with our colleagues, it was also a time to reflect on 2020 programs, raise donations for Rose Haven, and to hear from some special guests.

SMSP Oregon President Angie Cole and Membership Director Leah Lukrofka kicked-off the evening with an introduction to our in-kind sponsor, Stoller Family Estates. Earlier that week, all attendees received a sampler of five different wines to accompany the discussion. Although many folks may have considered themselves wine connoisseurs prior to the event, Michelle (of Stoller Family Estates) was gracious enough to explain each wine’s history and what we should be tasting with each glass.

Soon after we received a special visit from Matt McFadden from SMPS Headquarters. Matt joined us to go over the recently refurbished smps.org membership page and mysmps.org websites.

Helpful tips:

  • Membership page now contains quick links, resources and guides in one area.
  • New “Sector Communities” in the online community generate sector-specific discussions.
  • Check out the Market Research Library for articles or the Free Learning Labs.

The rest of the event was dedicated to discussions about the chapter’s future! Some of the main points were:

  • So far, we have raised almost $2,000 for Rose Haven. If you’d still like to donate, please visit the Rose Haven site, we will be collecting until Thursday, December 31st!
  • SMPS Oregon and our west coast sister chapters will continue offering free, virtual programs to members, with an emphasis on professional development options to kick off 2021. Look for upcoming webinars to be shared with the Chapter.
  • Our Chapter is financially healthy, and even generated small profits from non-members joining our events. Transparency will continue to be a focus of our chapter and priorities.
  • Our newest initiative is the Monthly MVP Award to recognize chapter members who are going above and beyond in helping SMPS achieve their goals. Check out December’s MVP!

After using the Wheel of Names to select recipients of ten gift card prizes, we broke into discussion groups. Here it became obvious that our members are invested in their work, sharing best practices, and contributing to the various roundtables. A few members discussed the benefits of the Business Development, Balancing Act, and Communications focused roundtables in particular, saying the opportunities for professional growth, connection, friendship, and immediate feedback are unparalleled.

Thanks for joining us all and we look forward to seeing you in next year’s Fireside Chat’s and programs. For a list of upcoming events, visit SMPS Oregon Events!

To our members: we thank you for the support, understanding, and inspiration you’ve given our chapter this year.

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