Chapter History

Highlights of the chapter's history:

1990 - Hosted the SGMP National Educational Conference.
1995 - Won "Newsletter of the Year". Sadie Rogers, Atlanta Chapter Founding Member and former Chapter President, was elected President of the National Board of Directors for 1995-1997.
1996 - First Chapter Educational Conference conducted in Savannah, Georgia.
1997 - First Regional Educational Conference with the Florida Capital Chapter and the Tennessee Chapter in Macon, Georgia.
1999 - Atlanta Chapter developed its first Strategic Plan.
2000 - Lynette Schick, National SGMP President, spoke at the Fourth Annual Regional Educational Conference in Athens, Georgia. Won the Membership Award in San Diego at the National Conference.
2001 - The Chapter took its meeting "on the road" to Huntsville, Alabama. Silent Auction broke the record, bringing in over $5000 for the Scholarship Fund.
2002 - Inaugural "Patrons and Partners Night" to recognize both our supportive employers and our spouses / partners. Peach Beat won 2nd place for 2001 newsletter of the year and a special award - "The Emeril Lagasse 'BAM' Award for 'Chef's Corner'"
2003 - Peach Beat won 3rd place for 2002 Newsletter of the year.
2004 - Peach Beat won 3rd place for 2003 Newsletter of the year.
2005 - The Atlanta Chapter and the Central Florida Chapter partner to sponsor the 2005 Southeast Regional Education Conference (SREC) in Tybee Island, Georgia.  140 attended this conference. The Atlanta Chapter led all chapters in a monetary donation to the charity supported at the National Conference in Sacramento, California. ROI: Chapter generated $5.1 million in business for Atlanta Chapter Suppliers.
2006 - The Peach Beat Newsletter won Newsletter of the Year (1st Place) for the 2005 newsletter editions in national competition at the National Conference in Denver, Colorado. Darryl Arancio received the Sam Gilmer Award (SGMP's top honor) as the Supplier of the Year at the National Conference in Denver. The Atlanta Chapter celebrated its 20th year in existence!  Vickie Grace, one of the founding members is still an active member.  Go Vickie!
2007 - The Atlanta Chapter became the second largest chapter in SGMP with 219 members, surpassing the Sacramento (CA) Chapter!  The only chapter larger than Atlanta:  NATCAP (DC). Ruth Harris, CMP, CTAS, CGMP, receives the Sam Gilmer Award (SGMP's top honor) as the Planner of the Year at the National Conference in Atlantic City.
2010 - The Atlanta Chapter officially changed it name to the Georgia Peach Chapter which better reflects its diverse membership.  Members are from all over the state of Georgia and not just the metro Atlanta area.