President’s Message – June 2024

President’s Message – June 2024

Summer is nearly here, but it feels like just yesterday we were getting speakers lined up for the year ahead. My year as your president has really flown by and it has been so much fun! I hope you’ve received valuable take-aways from the programs we had and that the speakers sparked creative ideas to fuel your efforts. I hope you gained meaningful associations in your network of professional friends and found some inspiration from things shared in conversation over an SME dinner or at one of this year’s high performance seminars. Most of all I hope you’ve enjoyed a lot of laughs and look forward to our continued progress, as together we gain new insights and skills to increase our professional development and knowledge for all things sales and marketing.

At the June meeting we will do a bit of celebrating as we gather for fellowship and fun to enjoy the annual SME Member Appreciation dinner. Be sure to have your reservation turned in before the end of May. Click here to RSVP. It will be a victory celebration for one lucky member. Who is going to win the membership contest? Will it be you? And who will be named 2nd and 3rd place as we announce the final outcome of the membership contest? It isn’t too late to get in on the action. Bring a guest or get someone to join SME before June 4th and you’ll have points added to your score. The board agreed to review any membership applications right up until the last day possible, so you can accumulate additional points for the contest.

The Scholarship Committee has been meeting to review applications for SME’s scholarship award. Thank you to all who have contributed throughout the year to the monthly raffle to help make this scholarship award possible. We can look forward to meeting the new scholarship recipients next September. It is always exciting to hear about their aspirations as they consider their potential career journey. I feel proud that together we are able to provide this scholarship opportunity. There really is very little else in this world that you can give someone that is more life-changing and impactful than a good education. It not only lifts the person, but also their family and the community where they live. The more educated our citizenry, the better the world is for all. What a neat thing for all of us to be doing together.

Thank you for electing these officers for the 2024/2025 board: President: Richard Kelly, President Elect: Jared Hitchens, First Vice President: Irene Haws and Treasurer: Karon Lee. And congratulations to Ben Coates, Kerri Mosinski, and Jeanny Sharp for being elected to serve a 3-year director term on the board. The board will meet soon for a planning retreat and several of the committees will continue to meet over the summer break. But as a reminder here – we will not have monthly dinner meetings in July or August. When we meet again over dinner it will be early September.

We are considering next year’s calendar of speakers, the venue and many other things to continuously improve SME and bring greater quality to our members. To that end, we are taking a survey to learn if there is a preference of venues where we hold our dinner meetings and also if there is a preference for the 1st Tuesday of the month or the 2nd Tuesday of the month for the dinner meetings. Please be watching for this survey to arrive in your inbox. Please complete this short survey before the June 4 dinner meeting. Venue survey

I want to thank everyone who has helped me in so many different ways over this year. I appreciate each of you and am thankful for the fun and good memories we made over these last few months. Richard is making plans for a very exciting year ahead.

Kind regards to all,


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