MPI Heartland Chapter Newsletter:
October 2020 
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Message From the President

Hello MPI Heartland Chapter! It is hard to believe that it is already October. However, March and pre-pandemic also feels like a lifetime ago. Our chapter has been busy hosting chapter meetings, virtual trivia nights, and keeping up with the vast amount of free education offerings from MPI Global. Our chapter has now successfully hosted two hybrid chapter meetings with education and networking components. Our virtual trivia night was a big success. If you missed out, there is a re-match happening next week on October 21. It is guaranteed to be a great time. Great job to our education and social teams!

MPI Heartland’s membership team has been busy connecting with each of you on options for renewing your membership, checking in about how we can best help you, and featuring you in our Monday Member Spotlights! Reach out to Kelly Smith if you’d like to be featured on our Facebook page on an upcoming Monday. If you or your company are struggling with how you’re going to be able to renew your MPI Membership, please be sure to reach out to our Membership team & they share all of the potential resources available. Be on the lookout for more information on our chapter’s scholarship opportunities soon. Or, check out our website to apply today!

Finally, we could always use more time, talent, and treasures in our chapter. If you’d like to get more involved in volunteering for an hour per month, know of a company that would be a perfect sponsor, or would like to donate a raffle item for an upcoming chapter meeting or the annual meeting, please do not hesitate to reach out. We love the enthusiasm and energy our chapter continues to have. Keep up the positivity and we will bring this industry back stronger than ever!



Joan Kranovich
MPI Heartland Chapter President

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Discounted 2020/2021 Partnerships

The MPI Heartland Board of Directors cares. They have listened to the concerns of our vendor partners and understand marketing budgets have been slashed. We also know that it’s still necessary for you to reach your target audience – meeting and event professionals.

That is why the MPI Heartland Chapter is offering sponsorships at a 50% discount through December 31, 2020! That’s right, purchase your sponsorship any time before December 31st and receive 50% off! All the benefits are the same. MPI Heartland Chapter events continue.

Take this opportunity to showcase your brand, products, and/or services without missing a beat. Click here to view and download the 2020/21 Partnership form.

Questions? Contact Denise Hoffman, CMP, Event Management Professional at or (515) 334-1049.

We’re looking forward to partnering with you!

New dates. New format. The same innovative experience you expect from WEC. #MPI’s World Education Congress Grapevine has been rescheduled to November 3-6, 2020. Join us in Texas for the live, in-person event or through the all-new digital live experience. Don’t miss this amazing event where we will reunite for recovery and re-ignite our profession! 
Register risk-free today at

Donate Today to the
MPI Foundation

If willing and able, please consider donating to the MPI Foundation as thanks for the unwavering support during these critical and unprecedented times. They have been able to provide grants, scholarships, and emergency relief funding to chapters and individual members in efforts to successfully recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more>>
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Resources for Recovery

MPI has the resources meeting and event professionals need throughout this period of recovery, including the invaluable WEC Grapevine, November 3-6. New MPI members get $125 off new premier or preferred planner/supplier memberships with promo code “RecoverWithMPI.”
Join MPI today at

Maintaining Your Membership Profile

Sadly, many members may be experiencing employment interruptions which means contact information may have changed.  We encourage those with changes to go into their MPI profile to update their contact info. This will ensure continued access to resources and updates during this trying time.

COVID-19 Statement and Resources

Stay informed, connected and safe. Let MPI be Your Trusted Meeting & Event Resource. Get industry updates, access FREE educational offerings, Podcasts, etc.
Learn more at

Membership Updates

Current Enrollment
as of October 1, 2020:

96 Members


The Heartland Chapter will award up to $2,000 in scholarships per year. Applications for scholarships up to $500 are available for submission. Visit our website for more information and to complete an application.

The Heartland Chapter will award scholarships to assist members with their membership dues or assistance with the registration fee to attend the Chapter's Annual Meeting.

Have you seen our Monday Member Spotlight on Social Media?  Each Monday we will feature a different member on our social media so we can connect with each other when we can't meet in person.  If you are interested in being a spotlighted member please reach out to VP of Membership Kelly Smith at
October Anniversaries

1 year:
Lila Plambeck (10/02/19)

2-5 years:
David Fast (10/23/18)
Valerie Shoemaker (10/18/18)
Kelly Smith (10/12/18)
Rita McClain (10/19/16)
Denise Hoffman (10/26/15)
Lori Dowd (10/12/15)

16-20 years:
Barb Reynolds (10/29/04)
For the remainder of October, receive $100 USD off new membership or $75 USD off renewal for Planners or Suppliers using code: TrustedResource2020. 

You can still Refer a Friend and receive $50 cash in your pocket from the Heartland Chapter and a $25 credit from MPI Global toward your membership renewal. (Must note referring members MPI membership number in application)

Event Updates

Save the Date
November 17, 2020 – Rewind Hotel, West Des Moines, IA
January 21, 2021 – Stokes Grill and Bar Downtown, Omaha, NE
April 8, 2021 – Global Meetings Industry Day*
May 2021 – Annual Meeting, Des Moines, IA*
July 15, 2021 – Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront, South Sioux City, NE
*Exact Locations and Dates TBD

If you are interested in hosting one of our TBD locations, please email VP of Education Deandra White.
IA vs. NE MPI Heartland Trivia Challenge - Grudge Match

Join your MPI colleagues for the MPI Heartland Virtual Trivia Challenge via Zoom.  The Grudge Match!  Iowa members will challenge Nebraska members in our new and improved Jeopardy-style format.  
The challenge includes the following categories: 

Current Events
Celebrity Trivia
80’s Hairbands
Iowa Trivia
Nebraska Trivia

Plan to attend and show us what you know!

The winner will split the winnings with MPI. 


Reconnect & Recover
Connecting Through (Virtual) Teambuilding

In today’s environment when teams are spread out and people are craving connections, teambuilding is more important than ever.  Teambuilding doesn’t have to be scary, intimidating, or costly – it should be fun and energizing, getting teams to better understand each other and work towards a common goal.

  • Discover what’s “in” and what’s “out” in the virtual teambuilding arena
  • Take some ideas back that you can use with your team now
  • Learn some resources to help you build activities for your group
MPI Craft Share Social Call for Presenters

During COVID-19 have you discovered any hidden talents? 

The MPI socials committee is planning to host a Zoom Social in December and we want members to share any craft projects they’ve done (including a short demonstration) during the pandemic. If your craft or talent is something people could replicate for the gift-giving season, even better.  

Please email any member of the socials committee for more details on becoming a COVID Craft Share Presenter in December. 

MPI Socials Committee:
Mary Cason
Gina Swackhammer
Sarah Wonder
Jolene Davis

Sponsorship Opportunities Available 
We are looking for chapter sponsors for 2020/2021!

If you are interested please visit our website and download our sponsorship information form.
MPI Heartland Chapter
Tracy Schorle - Chapter Administrator

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