Dear Fellow ICPA Members:

I am writing this message just following the January meeting of the ICPA Board of Directors. Allow me to take this opportunity to thank Kim Bradford of Orient-Express Hotels and Patrick Blangy of Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Va., for hosting the Board and HP Committee. Keswick Hall (an Orient-Express Hotel) was the perfect setting for this type of retreat. Thanks also to Susan Frei of the Canadian Tourism Authority and Grant Snider of JPdL Destination Management of Canada for hosting the final night dinner. We appreciate your support of ICPA.

There were a number of important items on the Board's agenda. Mauna Hatchett, FLMI, CMP, and the Educational FORUM Design Team are developing a valuable program for the first 60 attendees who register. Québec City and its partners will roll out the red carpet July 12 to 14 at Le Chateau Frontenac.

The Annual Meeting Design Team, headed by Brett Barrowman, has already met (twice by the time you read this) and is developing a program based on planner and HPer feedback from last year's conference. Mark your calendars for November 11 to 15 at Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas.

We reviewed and “tweaked” our Sponsorship Recognition Program for the Annual Meeting. One of our main objectives this year is to work with the HP Committee to enhance the Sponsorship Program and broaden its value. Stay tuned.

We also discussed the ratio of HPers to planners at the Annual Meeting and, based on our annual member survey, we will keep the current ratio and categories. We did agree to provide a percentage of guaranteed spots within the DMC and CVB categories for our overseas partners at the time we conduct the Lottery Draw.

Those are the highlights. The Board and HPC meet again in May, so if there are any issues you wish us to include on our agenda, please e-mail me at laverill@nationallife.com.

FORUM Plans Announced You Haven't Seen This Before

The theme for this year's ICPA Educational FORUM — Beyond Déjà-Vu — refers to the meeting's content with a nod to its location, says Mauna Hatchett, FLMI, CMP, Indianapolis Life, who is ICPA's vice president of education and chair of the FORUM.

Booked into Le Chateau Frontenac in francophone Québec City, this year's FORUM will be held July 12 to 14. With the theme, Hatchett says, “we want to give potential participants the idea that we will be covering topics that haven't been done to death.”

Those topics will include planning small meetings, tax issues for incentive meetings and awards, compliance, recreation, and technology. An Exchange session, as well as plenty of time for sharing with peers are also planned.

Registration is limited to the first 60 attendees to sign up (and Hatchett notes that 20 planners have already expressed interest!), so don't delay. Call Karen Hopkinson at ICPA Headquarters, (604) 988-2054; or wait for your registration packet, which you should be receiving soon.

“Some very special events have been planned by Le Chateau and the Québec City CVB,” Hatchett notes.

Is it “just for beginners”? Definitely not! FORUM topics will be of interest to planners with minimal experience as well as veteran planners. Says Hatchett: “Our presenters all have considerable experience in the meeting profession and will be able to address the interests and questions of planners with less experience and the most seasoned veteran.”

ICPA Chapters: Join One! Start One!

ICPA's two yearly national meetings, the Educational FORUM and the Annual Conference, offer great opportunities for learning and networking. ICPA's network of chapters carries those benefits through to the regional level. Below are the contacts for established ICPA chapters. There are regions that are not represented. If you live in a region without an ICPA chapter and would like information on starting one, contact Karen Hopkinson at ICPA headquarters in Vancouver by phone at (604) 988-2054 or by e-mail at icpa_karen@attcanada.net.

ICPA 2001 Chapter Contacts

Great Lakes Region

Jerry Schmidt, CMP
Trustmark Insurance
(847) 615-1500
jschmidt@trustmarkins.com

Midwest Region

David Bloyd, CMP
Physicians Mutual
(402) 633-1182
kawikakimo@aol.com

Northeast Region

Pat Jaworski
Sun Life Financial
(781) 446-1268
patricia_jaworski@sunlife.com

Karyn Rizzo
Sun Life Financial
(781) 446-3273
karyn_rizzo@sunlife.com

•The next Northeast Chapter meeting is set for April 10, 6 p.m., at Saybrook Point Inn. Come to discuss “Hot Hotel Issues for 2001.” Contact Pat or Karyn for more details.

West Coast Region

Ken Pickle, CPCU, CMP
Safeco Insurance
(206) 545-5852
kenpic@safeco.com

Canadian Region

Barb Giesbrecht
Great-West Life
(204) 946-7465
blgi@gwl.ca

John Roberts, CFP, CLU, ChFC
Equitable Life of Canada
(519) 886-5210
jroberts@equitable.ca

Minnesota Region

Carol Rice
Minnesota Mutual
(651) 665-3866
carol.rice@minnesotamutual.com