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February 2014 Print

What You missed!

 

2013 Awards Luncheon

Our annual Awards Luncheon/Chapter Meeting was held at the DeKalb County Maloof Auditorium just a few weeks ago and if you missed this event, you missed quite a lot. New Chairs were Appointed for the 2014 Year. Winners for the Buyer of the Year and Outstanding Service Awards were announced. Scholarships were awarded and the results of the Member Get A Member Contest was revealed.

 

 

 

Manager of the Year

 

 

 

 

was awarded to Donna Kukarola, be sure to congratulate her on her winning submission. Doreen Eidmann, much to her surprise received the Outstanding Service Award. Both of these ladies will receive the 2014 NIGP Forum Full Conference Registration Package. There were no submissions for Buyer of the Year so no award was made. (Where was your application?) And last but never least, Nancy Harrison received the

 

such an awesome feast. The luncheon was absolutely divine. But that’s not the only food I want to talk to you about. If you were there, then you know I’m referring to the Feed the Hungry Food Drive. What a success this was for us! This may have been our first food drive but it should not be our last. The food and money raised was donated to a local food pantry in Morrow which helps to feed families in need. Being able to donate should in its self be rewarding enough, but you know our chapter doesn’t work that way. We love our door prizes and we love to reward our members who pay it forward. At this meeting you received a drawing ticket for each can item you brought or each dollar you donated. So naturally we had to up the ante on the prizes. Just take a look at the pictures and see how much food we collected and the  happy faces of all those winners.

 

 

Obviously if you missed this meeting we hope you will join us at the next Chapter Meeting to be held during the EXPO Luncheon Monday, March 24th. I look forward to seeing you there. - Melisa Clark, Public Relations Chair

 

 

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President's Report

As I reflect over this past year, I realize how quickly the year has passed. It feels like it was just a few short weeks ago that we were at Lake Lanier Resort being installed as the new officers of the chapter. We had an extremely busy 2013 implementing changes you, our members, requested and I am proud to report that we achieved many of our goals for last year. Our chapter earned over $12,000 in rebates from NIGP for the 3-day classes we sponsored across the state. We reduced wasteful spending by implementing a fee for members who registered for events but did not attend. We saved over $1,000 by not paying for unneeded meals and we reduced our conferences to 2 days to better accommodate the needs of our members.

As we enter the second half of our term, I am happy to welcome two new chairs to the Board; Donna Kukarola as the Conference and Program Chair and Teresa Slayton as the Membership Chair. Our 2014 Expo is just a few short months away in our new venue at the Americas Mart in downtown Atlanta. We are continuing to host our planned NIGP three-day classes throughout the state and preparing to submit our chapter’s application for NIGP Chapter of the Year.  As the Board continues to plan this year’s activities, we welcome input from you, our members and the lifeline of our chapter. Your suggestions have precipitated many changes and I expect you have many more ideas to share with us.  We have enjoyed the new friendships, camaraderie, and opportunities to grow in our professional lives.  My wish for each of you as we prepare for 2014 is that you cherish your family and friends, respect one another, always strive to be the best you can be, and never quit reaching for your goals.

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Calendar of Events

Topic

Date

City, State

Supplier Relationship Management

02/12/14 10:00 AM

1 Hour Webinar

RFP Debriefing Sessions with Vendors

02/19/14 1:00 PM

1.5 Hour Webinar

Spend Analysis 101: Introduction to Spend Analysis and Spend Management

02/25/14 1:00 PM

1 Hour Webinar

Spend 201 - Now That You Have The Data, What Do You Do With It?

03/04/14 1:00 PM

1 Hour Webinar

Negotiation is Not Confrontation

3/05/14 11:00 AM

1 Hour Webinar

The Evaluation Process in Qualitative Solici-tations

03/12/14 11:00AM

1.5 Hour Webinar

CPPB PREP CLASS

03/24/14 - 03/25/14

Atlanta, GA

CPPO PREP CLASS

03/24/14 - 03/25/14

Atlanta, GA

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Birthdays

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Call for Volunteers/Promotions

As I say to you in every issue I publish, Volunteers are essential to this chapter. As one member to another, I ask you to look within and find a piece of yourself to share. This chapter is only as successful as you make it.

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HELP WANTED!!!!!

In the last issue, I discussed the changes that had taken place within the chapter and the good things that were happening every time we got together. This chapter still has vacancies that you can fill. I en-courage you to talk to your elected board, express an interest in contributing to this chapter. As a Volunteer or as a Chair, I en-courage you to give of your time and of your talents to help this Chapter continue to move forward in the year 2014.

EXPO Volunteers are still needed.

Please contact:

expo@ganigp.org and see where you can help out and get re-certification points.

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Thank you!

Special Thanks

Davida Simpson recently joined as a Na-tional Member and on her application she listed the GA Chapter of NIGP as a refer-ral. This referral netted the chapter a cool $25. In this day and age, every $25 counts. Thank you Davida!

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2014 Product Expo & Reverse Trade Show

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