SEP 2014

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m TAMPA, Fla.—Shimmering white lights, long-stemmed glasses and freshly pressed tablecloths greeted members of MPI Tampa as they entered the doors to one of the most talked about events of the year. They gath- ered to salute their fellow members. And they dressed to impress. Clad in stylish white wardrobes, partygoers knew this "Light the Night" White Gala had a special purpose. "We're celebrating our volunteers tonight," said Margaret Williams, CMP, "or as we call them…shining stars." As the president of this thriving chapter, Williams is quick to rattle off the long list of attributes she feels makes these members so worthy. "Our chapter was voted number two for member engagement and ranked in the top 10 globally for member satis- faction," she said with a smile. To pull off these standings, volunteers are not only key—they're crucial. Tampa's ro- bust membership—340 and growing—is proof that this chapter is doing something right when it comes to attracting and keep- ing members happy. "Every one of our programs this year was accredited for CEU units," said Presi- dent- Elect Jim Engelmann, adding that he's poised to continue the chapter's suc- cess by embracing change. "We're going to trying new programs we've never tried before to appeal to the new generation of planners." ■ She didn't just serve the tables at the MPI chapter gala—she was the table. On Site Report By Mary Haban { } Letʼs hear how you honor volunteers. MPI Tampa Honors Shining Stars With Stylish Gala

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