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JUMP ON IT: Registration opens March 19 for the PCMA 2012 Education Conference, to be held on June 10–13 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, on San Antonio’s famed RiverWalk. For more information, visitwww.pcma.org/educon.

MEET EDUGATE

PCMA has launched a new digital platform called EduGate that allows speakers and others to submit every- thing from full-blown proposals to great ideas for education sessions—material that, if approved, will become part of a searchable database. EduGate recently debuted as a platform for collecting Convening Lead- ers 2013 session proposals and ideas, but it’s designed as a per- manent resource, eliminating the need for speakers to resub- mit the same proposals for mul- tiple events. Not only will the

portal speed up the proposal-evaluation process, the data- base also will give staff, program committees, and chapter leaders a place to find high-quality education programming. Find EduGate atwww.pcma.org/edugate.

Mark Your Calendar

PCMA Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement Washington, D.C. May 2

PCMA Education Foundation 2012 Partnership Summit Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. May 17–20

PCMA 2012 Education Conference San Antonio June 10–13

See You at These Industry Events

GIBTM (Gulf Incentive, Busi- ness Travel & Meetings Exhibition) Abu Dhabi March 26–28

ACTE Global Education Conference San Francisco April 22–24

IMEX Frankfurt, Germany May 22–24

BE DEMANDING: Whether you’re catching something you missed or revisiting a favorite session, content broadcast as part of 2012 Convening Leaders is available when you want it at www.pcma.org/2012CL.

CSR, BY THE NUMBERS

When you tally the the combined CSR initiatives at PCMA 2012 Convening Leaders in San Diego, you’ll find that attendees did a lot of good: More than $35,000 in contributions were made during the PCMA Education Foundation Annual Giving Campaign, which supports education, research, and scholarship ini- tiatives, and also will benefit San Diego’s Monarch School, which educates students affected by homelessness. Record-breaking attendance at Party With a Purpose on the USS Midway raised funds for Reality Changers, which provides scholarships and other assistance to first-gener- ation college-bound students. Teams from Tourism Vancouver and Vancouver Conven- tion Centre powered stationary exercise bikes, cranking out smoothies for attendees and making “smoothie- match” donations to the Foundation for drinks consumed. Ninety people participated in Hospitality Helping Hands, doing painting and other projects at the Community Coaching Center, or putting together hygiene kits and baby baskets for Family Health Centers of San Diego. More than 270 registrants participated in a program that helped offset PCMA’s carbon emissions.

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CHAPTER CORNER Great Volunteers From the Greater Midwest

Outstanding contributions of Greater Midwest Chapter (GMC) members were recognized at the GMC Chapter Leadership Day and 8th Annual Awards Luncheon, held on Jan. 26 at The Renaissance Chicago O’Hare. Volunteers were presented with: President’s Award, Sandy Reynolds, CMP, Meetings & Events USA LLC; Outstanding Service to Chapter Award, Michael M. McCurry, CMP, Experient Inc.; GEM Award, Mary Ridderman, CDME, CMP, CHSP, Discover Kalamazoo; Pillar Award, Bill Martin, Experient Inc.; Richard A. Daignault Award, Mark Henry, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; and Robert Donovan Award, Lora J. Di Padova-Tannehill, CMP, American Society of Neuroradiology.

STELLAR TRIO: Awards Chair Katherine O’Bryan, President’s Award winner Sandy Reynolds, and 2011 GMC President David Almond.

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