July 2013 

 A Message from Your Chapter Chairman, Benjamin Rabe, CEM 

Dear Colleagues,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. It is my pleasure to present to you the latest news for our chapter.

The Midwestern Chapter provides connections for members by producing easy-access events and networking opportunities for our members. Local chapter events promote year-round engagement for the trade show and event community and contribute to the development of strong relationships among members. It is at the chapter level where grass roots membership growth takes place. Furthermore, many chapter members experience valuable educational and networking opportunities that help them build and foster professional friendships in their hometown.

We rely on our individual members to set, lead, and execute the mission and goals of the chapter. In order to continue to provide the best networking and education opportunities to our trade show and event community, we need your help! We invite you to take part in a committee. Help us build the future of the IAEE Midwestern Chapter.

Committee members connect at different times of the year typically around a common event or function. Volunteer for a committee that meets and works during one of your slower times during the year.

Committees are led by the Board of Directors and center on the following areas:

Communications and Social Media Engagement
Education Programming
Fundraising & Sponsorship
Membership Engagement
Special Events including
Indoor Sports in February
Golf in September
Holiday party in December

Serving as a committee member will help you foster professional friendships and provide you with an opportunity to grow in your career. If you are interested in getting more involved, please contactme directly.

Also, if you are interested in applying for a position on the Board of Directors, please access the application form here

- Benjamin  

This Quarter’s Highlights

HUG Chicago 2013

Choose Chicago partnered with local hospitality professionals, including our members, and various City of Chicago organizations to produce the second annual Hospitality Cares Chicago HUG event on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Chicago's hospitality community came together for a day of service and development,

June Educational Program with Association Forum of Chicagoland

On, Monday, June 17, our chapter partnered with Association Forum of Chicagoland to present “An Insider’s Guide to Working with A Convention Center”. Attendees learned how to master the art of making meetings memorable. From creating noteworthy menus to successfully managing meetings and exhibitions at convention centers, the Convention Center Convo offered a unique, hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience to understand the real keys to planning successful convention center events.

Chapter Charity Spotlight

About the Chicago Hornets:

The Chicago Hornets are a Youth Sled Hockey team consisting of kids ages 5 to 20 who have physical disabilities yet are determined to play ice hockey. As almost all children do, they want the opportunity to participate in sports and feel the camaraderie of being part of a team. In some cases it's not even to play hockey; for some, it is their only freedom outside a wheelchair or walker.

The program is completely free to all of the children. Funding is from gracious donations from people like you and 100% of the money collected goes directly to equipment and ice time.

The program was started eight years ago by JJ O'Connor, a former hockey player who sustained a catastrophic accident in a hockey game, to give these children a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the sport of hockey.

Check out the YouTube page to see these young athletes in action.

If you are interested in learning more about the Hornets, or would like to become involved (and possibly play in a game) please contact our Chapter Charity committee chair, Pam Nutting

Upcoming Events

July 10, 2013 – Educational Program & Networking Event with MPI-CAC 
 INDUSTRY XCHANGE: The Unlimited Possibility of Meetings

September 9, 2013 Midwestern Chapter Golf Outing

September 25, 2013 – Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting
Release Your Inner Nerd: Online Tools and Apps to Increase Productivity and Awesomeness 

December 4, 2013 – Midwestern Chapter Holiday Party and Educational Program - Is Your Exhibit Floor Fascinating?

December 10, 2013 – Midwestern Chapter Reception at Expo! Expo!

Click here
to see details on all of our upcoming events! 

Thank you to our
2013 Sponsors


Choose Chicago 


Global Experience Specialists


Convention Data Services 


COBO Center


Valley Expo & Displays 



Fern Exposition & Event Services

Travel Planners








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