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Apr. 16, 2015

Online auction opens Tuesday, April 21 — Donations still welcome
The Gilmer Institute of Learning online auction will be opening on Tuesday, April 21, for any and all SGMP members, family and friends who would like to support scholarships and continuing education of government meeting professionals. Online auction items include stay packages (California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Washington, D.C. and many others), jewelry and purses, specialty baskets, golf gear, children's toys, framed photography and much more!

In addition to the online auction, there will be a live auction following the Sam Gilmer Awards Banquet at the 2015 NEC & Expo on Wednesday, April 29. The live auction items include an African safari (valued at $5,950), "Stay and Play in San Diego" ($2,400 value) and a "Taste of Texas" ($1,800 value).

It is not too late to feature your location or show your support of SGMP by donating an auction item! Complete the donation form on the website (click "Read More"), and return it to today. More

6 ways hotels are keeping guests fit beyond the gym
Road Warrior Voices
Staying fit when you're always on the road can be daunting. Luckily, there's great portable workout gear available, and if all else fails, there's an app for that. However, if you know where to stay, you won't need to bring anything extra with you to stay in shape. An increasing amount of hotels are are weaving fitness into the guest experience, in a number of different ways.More

TSA boosts marketing for Pre-Check but will hold tighter to the rules
Associations Now
The Transportation Security Administration's expedited security program, which allows trusted passengers to clear checkpoints with limited inconvenience, is popular with travelers. But that popularity, along with a recent security breach, has led the agency to announce that it will bend its rules a lot less.More

Q&A: SGMP's Brett Sterenson on government meetings
Connect Your Meetings
Brett Sterenson has had a front-row seat to the volatile world of government meetings over the last decade. In addition to running his own business, Hotel Lobbyists, which provides third-party conference site selection for coordinators including government meeting professionals nationwide, he's also coming up on his second term as a board member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals.More

Behind the boom of new hotel brands from major chains
The Associated Press via Skift
Travelers once relied on big-name hotel brands to signal the kind of experience they could expect. People knew what Holiday Inn, Hilton, Hyatt or Marriott meant. Familiarity bred a sense of comfort. No longer. The world's 10 largest hotel chains now offer a combined 113 brands at various price points, 31 of which didn't exist a decade ago.More

Download the mobile app for the 2015 NEC & Expo
SGMP's mobile app for the 2015 National Education Conference & Expo is ready to download on your iPhone, iPad or Android! Apple and Android users can search for the app in the iTunes store or Play store.

After downloading the app, log in with your registration code by tapping on the Attendees icon and selecting Sign In. Input your registration code and either the name or email you used to register. If you do not have your registration code, use the "Retrieve it here" link to have the code sent to you.

Once installed, you'll have instant access to awesome features, like the full event schedule, contact info of other attendees; social sharing on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; detailed info about speakers, exhibitors and sponsors; notifications of important updates; and more. We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2015 NEC & Expo in Minneapolis, April 28-30! More

Guide to meeting industry certifications
Meetings Net
There's an alphabet soup of certification programs open to meeting planners. Learn what those acronyms on your colleagues' LinkedIn profiles mean — including the Certified Government Meeting Professional designation — and how to get them yourself.More

Study: What young exhibitors want
Successful Meetings
Numerous surveys and studies have analyzed the preference of young professionals who attend meetings. A new report published this week by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research and the Society of Independent Show Organizers, however, take a look at the preferences of young professionals who exhibit at them.More

Think before you post: Here's the new federal-workforce guidance on social media
The Washington Post
Federal employees would be wise to ponder before posting and to think through their tweeting in order to avoid running afoul of government ethics policies, according to newly released guidance from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.More