Giving Back to the Community

August 30, 2009

Mike at podium alternate 800X800By Michael M McCurry, CMPExperient

Last week my colleagues and I with the Chicago Experient office participated in our annual Summer Community Service Day.  As with last year, the project benefited Chicago public schools, and was sponsored by our events industry partner, the Nashville ‘Music City’ Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Experient team arrived at Manierre Elementary School at approximately 8:30am on Friday, August 21.  Our Nashville CVB Hosts, Pride Haggerty & Randy Kidwell treated us to a delicious continental breakfast to kickoff the festivities.  They also supplied us with a terrific lunch to provide  a break midway through the day.

The task was to paint the Black Iron Fence surrounding the school property.  This video will recap for you the experience.  I hope you enjoy it!

It really does feel good to help “less fortunate” people and organizations with their needs and this day, while a lot of work, was fun and rewarding.

I look forward to next year’s adventure!

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Food & Beverage Planning for a Greener and Cheaper Meeting

July 10, 2009

AHendersonWBy Amy Henderson, CMP Experient

When planning food and beverage for your convention, the first thing we generally consider is what we have to spend.  There are several great ways to ensure that you are spending somewhat less, making smarter choices and making a positive impact on the environment and the local community where your meeting is being held.
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What Difference Can I Make?

June 22, 2009

AriosBy Angela Rios – Experient

“My life is the pits!” “No one else knows what I’m going through.”  Take a look around and you can find someone who really does have it worse than you.  When people feel they have less money to spend, the tighter they hold onto to it.  It’s just human nature.  As a result, charities suffer first and are hardest hit as people see these $$ as optional and cut them first from household (or even organizational) budgets.  “Surely someone else is still giving, so who is going to miss my donation?”  But you’re missing an opportunity!  And that opportunity may not cost a dime.

 One thing people do not take into consideration when they cut back on donating is how their emotional bank account is being affected.  Donating is not synonymous with cash or physical items.  It can be you – your time working behind the scenes at a food bank, cleaning a park, or fostering a homeless animal. 

 Donations don’t have to be big bucks either.  Surely you have heard of school children who have collected pennies and turned them in for thousands of dollars or people who have donated money for city pools by using money they got from recycling cans and bottles.  These people are not looking for the spotlight. Their shining moments come from knowing they are helping others and relishing the excitement that will be felt when the end result is achieved.  It takes a lot of crumbs to make a loaf of bread, so if a lot people give a little, isn’t that the same as a few giving a lot?  The difference is – with the first scenario there are a whole lot more of people feeling good. 

 If you haven’t attended a conference where a community service activity was offered, you’ve missed out on a wonderful experience. Read the rest of this entry »