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Thanks to Our Chapter Volunteers for All That They Do!

I cannot believe that it has been over a month since our in-person program, BD Live Swap on March 11, 2020. Within two days of that program, events around the City of Boston were canceled, and a few days later, we were all making plans to work from home. By March 17th, we could only order takeout, and we all realized our heroes are not only nurses, police, and firefighters, but those stocking store shelves, delivering food, MBTA drivers, and teachers. Essential services were asked to stay open, but it turned out those services did not include the movies, hair salons/barbers, or golf courses (I’ve had one pandemic meltdown and can honestly say it wasn’t because I couldn’t get a pedicure). And worst of it is watching our fellow members and friends who have found themselves or loved ones sick or unemployed.

While it might seem that what we all know and love to do is threatened, we’ve also learned a LOT. We’ve got video conferencing nailed, as well as how to look good on a video conference (angles and lighting). It is probably the truth that we are all communicating more now than ever, and sometimes with people we haven’t talked to in years! We’ve also learned how to cut our significant other’s hair and sew masks (thank you, YouTube!).

All of this said, your SMPS Boston Chapter volunteers have been working hard and have postponed or reimagined all remaining March through June events. Our Communications Committee has been instrumental in making sure the word gets out about programming changes, in addition to coordinating member and sponsor blog posts, and sharing member news. We’ve held two Virtual Happy Hours, our annual Bootcamp has been reimagined as a virtual series, and this week is our Annual Town Hall for volunteers, which will be held via Zoom. For a complete listing of our programs, visit our website: www.smpsboston.org

As you might have guessed, the one event we have not been able to reconfigure is our Awards Gala. This event is one of the highlights of our programming year. It is a time to dress up, socialize and celebrate all the fantastic marketing work your firms do. The Special Events Committee had some big plans for us, which are on hold until 2021. However, this doesn’t mean that we will not be celebrating our award recipients in 2020! Please continue to submit your website updates, holiday pieces, videos and other marketing collateral. We want to celebrate YOU, even if it’s not in person.  Stay-tuned to learn how your dedicated, creative Special Events Committee plans to celebrate you. For more information on award categories and how to submit, visit our page here: https://smpsboston.org/awards/call-for-entries 

To say that everyone has stepped up is an understatement. Your chapter volunteers haven’t rested once. They continue to care about every member, asking how they can best serve each of you during this time. As we continue to rethink the remainder of this year’s program year, let us know what resources or programming you want. Reach out to me directly at sking@masselec.com. SMPS Boston and all our volunteers are here for you.

In the meantime, let’s give our volunteers a virtual high-five and round of applause. They deserve it.

Communications

Sabrina Bauer, Director

Virginia Steigerwald, Chair

Amanda Alcamo

Kaytee Casey

Kelly Brolin

Christina Cuevas

Allison Flood

Paul Garabedian

Troy Krause

Jamie Medeiros

Kristie Norris

CPSM

Karyn Tirabassi, CPSM, Director

PJ Roscoe, CPSM, Chair

Hilary Beisheim, CPSM

Jamie Gannon, CPSM

Tracey O’Connor, CPSM

Kim Smith, CPSM

Steph Tyll, CPSM

Membership

Abby Iorio, Director

Jessica Harris, Chair/Interim Director

Kim DiGiovanni

Rebecca Heavey

Shannon Koop

Kara McLellan

Laura Murphy Badessa

Molly Romano

Melissa Shaffer

Kelly Stinnett

Outreach

Chuck Raymond, CPSM, Director

Beth Musacchio, Chair

Ziomara Ayala-Mendoza

Doreen Bennett

Jordan Guadalupe

Annie Langlois

Marsha Miller

Jennifer Monroe

Theresa Palid

Professional Development

Kristin Armitage-Chobot, Director

Kelly Auld, Chair

MaKayla Allen

Cathleen Martin

Kristie Norris

Sarah Shields

Programs

Sarah Duval, Director

Leena Kent, Co-Chair/Interim Director

Lateffa Curry

Katya Kovbasa

Staci Liu

Matt Mattson

Special Events

Britt-Anya Bursell, Director

Kelly Brolin, Co-Chair

Lindsay Accardi, Co-Chair

Kate Beckman

Kelly Cohane

Sarah Hiers

Julia Hoggin

Jackie Kamel

Rachel Kirby

Britany Partridge

Brittany Sampson

Aaron Shenette

Jen Tulipani

Executive Committee

Suzanne King, CPSM, President

Lisa Frisbie, Incoming President

Valerie Puchades, CPSM, Past President

Kirsten Papagni, CPSM, Treasurer

Andrew Beaton, Secretary

Suzanne King

Author

Suzanne King, CPSM is the Marketing Manager at Mass. Electric Construction Co. and the President of SMPS Boston.

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