The Motivation Show--the combined 26th Incentive Travel & Meeting Executives (IT&ME) Show and the 65th National Premium/Incentive Show--hits McCormick Place in Chicago again this year, October 13 to 15.

Also returning--for its 21st year--is the PGI Pizzathon (by invitation only), set for Wednesday, October 14, 7 p.m. until closing, at the Hangge-Uppe bar in Chicago's Rush Street area. PGI's Wednesday-night party at IT&ME is known as the best place to kick back, eat pizza, and dance the night away with industry colleagues. New this year: karaoke. PGI, based in Arlington, Va., is a group of companies, including destination management companies, trade show organizers, and production companies, that offers a one-stop-shop for meeting and incentive planners taking programs worldwide.

The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) plans a slew of educational seminars at IT&ME on topics such as performance improvement and hiring incentive travel suppliers. Again this year SITE is a sponsor of the Intra-Industry Networking Reception October 12 at a new location--the Hyatt Regency Chi-cago. For tickets, call (212) 575-0910.*

Insurance Notes * A recent study by the Life Insurance Marketing Research Association revealed that even though the opportunities for U.S. households to buy life insurance have increased, a smaller percentage of households--12 percent--actually bought life insurance in 1997 than in any year previously studied. Further, the percentage of households meeting face-to-face with an agent also declined, down to 23 percent from 33 percent in 1990 (the last time it was measured). For more on the study, The Changing Face of Distribution, contact Cheryl Retzloff, LLIF, ACS, project director, at (860) 258-7738.

* The following insurance conference planners earned their Certified Meeting Professional designation this year: Kelly McElroy-Hickson of the National Association of Insurance Women in Tulsa, Okla., and Mariann Elaine Ward-Wilson of The Hartford Life Insurance Company in Middletown, Conn.

* The National Speakers Association named Karen Lewis Clarke program manager for the Million Dollar Round Table in Park Ridge, Ill., as its 1998 Meeting Partner of the Year.

Coming Up * October 26 to 28, Chicago, Life Insurance Marketing Research Association Annual Meeting. Call (860)298-3959.

* November 9 to 13, Rancho Mirage, Calif., Insurance Conference Planners Association Annual Meeting. Call (604)988-2054.

* December 13 to 16, Acapulco, Mexico, Society of Incentive & Travel Executives International Conference. Call (212)575-0910.