March 2021 Print

President's Report

Greetings to all my fellow NCSGMP members! We have survived the year 2020 and all the obstacles that it threw in our paths. We are still standing and are beginning to flourish in this new year. We have sprung forward in time, congress has passed a $1.9 trillion-dollar economic stimulus package, bars are open longer and thousands of North Carolinians are vaccinated daily. The light is getting brighter and brighter at the end of the tunnel. I commend each and everyone of you on juggling the chaos of teleworking and homeschooling while maintaining your mental health. Many of you are still working from home, and some like me, are back in the office either part-time or full time. Life is moving on and our chapter of SGMP is as well.

Thank you to all that have continued your membership and have attended our virtual meetings. Membership within chapters across the country continues to be a hot topic as membership numbers have seen a slow decline during the pandemic. We have lost several great members due to layoffs, and career changes, but we are holding steady. Our chapter currently has about 34 members and we are confident that number will continue to increase. Our virtual meetings have been informative and fun as we learned how to manage our stress while balancing work and life, played some very cool virtual games during our most recent meeting and even had virtual coffee with our fellow Northern Lights chapter.

This is an election year for board our positions and we have had several great nominations. Nominations closed on March 12, 2021 and the new board will be announced in the next coming weeks. I encourage you to get involved in the chapter so we can keep our chapter strong and vibrant. Consider joining a committee or even being a committee chair. We would love to have you.

It has been my pleasure to serve as the North Carolina Chapter President. I am not sure when we will get together in person again, but I look forward to seeing each of your smiling faces in person in the near future. In the meanwhile, I hope to see your smiling faces virtually!

Best regard,

Erica M. Quillet
NCSGMP President

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Past Meeting Summary

February Meeting Summary


Summary by: Teletha Rodriguez, Visitor Information Counselor, Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Work-Life Balance class was informative, covering a range of subjects. Ms. Densie discussed stress triggers, self-care, centering, setting boundaries, and accepting the current situation.

We learned that there are both good and bad stressors, ways to identify the signs of negative stress and alleviate it.  Exercise, deep breathing exercises, centering, and taking breaks are great ways to combat the negative impact.

Setting boundaries and expectations for oneself and others is crucial. Discussing this prevents misunderstandings and allows each member to take responsibility for utilizing their time to complete tasks for those working from home and homework for children.

The most helpful point for me today related to the acceptance of the situation. Because working from home is new, the stress associated with the unknown can cause you to become overwhelmed and depressed.  Allocating specific hours for work and family responsibilities will significantly decrease anxiety and stress.  

The questions that lead to acceptance are as follows

  1. What am I doing?
  2. Why am I doing it?

The next questions prepare you for success

  1. What am I required/expected to do?
  2. Am I prepared to do the task?
  3. What do I need to do to meet my requirements?

To view the entire video visit the link here: 

March Meeting Summary

Let the Virtual Games Begin! 

Summary by: Danielle Rivenbark, CTE Professional Development Consultant, NC Department of Public Instruction 

If you missed the March meeting you missed out! We had so much fun playing games AND learning why playing virtual games are important for teams. Whether you've been a team for awhile, or you're a new work team using games to get to know your colleagues can be so beneficial to generate comarderie, get to know one another, and let off some steam. 

There were lots of games to be played and if nothing else, we got our bodies moving on our treasure hunt! You can see who was competitive! *Ahem* 

To view the entire video visit the link here: 

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Calendar of Events

  • April 8, 2021 - 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
    • NCSGMP Monthly Meeting - Leadership Topic
    • Speaker: Jolie Busby, East Carolina University
    • Virtual Meeting
  • May 18-20, 2021 - National Education Conference
  • June 17, 2021 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    • NCSGMP End of Year Wrap-Up
    • 1 hour speaker (TBD)
    • 30 minutes Planner and Supplier of the Year Awards
    • 30 minutes Incoming/Outgoing Board Transition
    • Virtual Meeting

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Election Timeline

  • Chapter membership online voting opens on March 25, 2021
  • Chapter membership online voting closes at 5:00pm ET on March 31, 2021
  • Chapter election results are announced to entire chapter by April 2, 2021

*Make sure to check your spam for the voting ballot. 

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This year NCSGMP is offering one (1) scholarship for $199 for a planner or supplier to attend the National Education Conference to be held May 18-20, 2021 in Huntsville, AL.

Scholarship recipient can choose to attend in person or virtually. Please submit your scholarship application using the form below.

Please note that the scholarship recipient must be present for the entire conference and will be asked to write up a summary after the conference for the newsletter.

Application due: April 16, 2021

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Membership Report

20 planners
7 suppliers
4 other members (retirees/students)

31 total members

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Member Anniversaries

Diana McCullers - Celebrating 14 years as an NCSGMP Member
Erica Quillet - Celebrating 6 years as an NCSGMP Member

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Budget Update

Budget Information

Balance as of February 26, 2021: $3,679.74


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Committee Descriptions

Make the most out of SGMP!

Get involved!!

Communications Committee

From posting on social media, to sending emails, to making newsletters, this committee needs your expertise!

Community Service Committee

If you're passionate about giving back to the NC community, we need your ideas and drive to make a difference. 

Honors, Awards, and Nominations Committee

Award season is always a fun time! Want to be part of selecting our scholarship winners, and planner and supplier of the year? This is the committee for you!

Membership Committee

New people want to see friendly faces! You'll get to meet our new members and get them involved in our meetings and plugged in to the chapter. Also, don't forget reminding our existing members to re-up their membership too!

Programming Committee

Want to shape our education? Know some great speakers? Join the programming committee to help plan our chapter education calendar. 

Fundraising Committee

We need someone with fresh ideas for raising money! We hope that we can find someone that wants to increase our fundraising goals to join this committee.

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2020-2021 Publication Dates

Issue 4: Summer 2021

Content due: June 18, 2021
Publication date: June 25, 2021

If you have content you would like to include in a newsletter please email it to [email protected] 

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