After a one-year hiatus, the famous Flatlanders Weekend returned to National Life of Vermont's Montpelier headquarters. This "reverse fam" is National Life's way of saying thank you to suppliers the company has worked with recently. Attendees stay at Hopkins House, the company's charming guest house.

Pictured, front row, from left: Kim Bradford, Orient-Express Hotels; Roxanne Kohlhof, KSL Resorts; Shari Wallack, Worldwide Cruise Associates; Marian Gardiner, Insurance Meeting Network; Patti Mottolese, Destination Hotels and Resorts; middle row, from left: Carol Brock, Hilton International; Jennifer Chapin, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts; Mike O'Connor, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts; Jack Gage, The Broadmoor; back row, from left: John Jeffrey, Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Mario Villalobos, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises; and Lynn Averill, National Life of Vermont

Noted * Mohegan Sun, a casino in Uncasville, Conn., that is in the midst of an $800 million expansion that will turn it into a resort and gaming complex, recently announced that it is requiring all its conference services staff and senior managers to earn a CMP or CMM within a year. The property will underwrite the application and examination for qualified managers and directors.

* Planners faced with shrinking lead time for high-end meetings of up to 25 people might consider a new service from Starwood's Luxury Collection. Executive Meeting Services guarantees a response to your request within 24 hours, and that's just the beginning. Your contact stays with you throughout the meeting, and can arrange airport transfers, food and beverage, AV, software consulting for programs such as PowerPoint, entertainment tickets, restaurant reservations, and room amenities. Call (877) MEETING.