Pineapple Express Newsletter
We have been hard at work for you all year long. We've had a very successful year in building up our membership and improving our member benefits with lots more work ahead for 2018. I want to thank all of our current board members for their assistance and hard work this year. It takes a team and we've had a productive year working together.
Here are few highlights from 2017:
Implemented new payment processor on our Website to make it easier and more efficient for you as a member when registrationing / paying online. We've also enabled the ability to take cards at the door for meetings - this is a by exception option though as it slows down checkin - most efficient if you can pay in advance online. We hope that you have found our new site to be informative, helpful and of value to you as a Member. We will continue to work on improving the information provided, as well as improve our communication with you as a member. We just need you guys to open / read your emails from us to keep you informed. :~)
Our Membership Committee has been hard at work and has helped grow our membership to 87 paid members which is just 3 members shy of doubling our 2016 membership. This is our second year in a row to grow our membership by nearly double, so THANKS to all who joined or renewed in 2017 and I look forward to seeing you back again in 2018. We'd LOVE to hear how we can serve you better, so please share your ideas with us! Just reply to this email!
Heard several excellent speakers this year, including an update from Sally Warden regarding the Alabama Bicentennial for Madison County. Our 2018 Speaker lineup is quickly getting booked, so stay tuned as we get our schedule entered on the site in the coming weeks. If you have any special requests for speakers or educational opportunities, please reply and let us know!
Our Special Events Committee worked together to create a couple different Social Gatherings for us this year. Look forward to more opportunities to come in 2018! Any opportunity we can get together and learn more about each other's business and find opporutunities for you to work together and collaborate on local projects is a HUGE member benefit! Thanks to all who attended / participated this year!
We brought back our LARGEST and MOST FUN Charitable Event ever this year, the Taste of Huntsville. It is always a lot of work to put this event on, but the rewards are even bigger! This year our two charities were Serving Hope Inc and Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center. We'll award them their proceeds at this year's Annual Pineapple Awards Dinner along with all of our Food and Beverage Award WINNERs, so get registered and join us for a great night of FUN and Celebration!
NOMINATE your Favorite Hospitality Service members for a Red Ribbon or the coveted Pineapple Award! It's that time of year when we recognize the outstanding professionals that help continue to grow our Hospitality Industry here in the Huntsville / Madison County Area! Please see our Awards page for complete details and get to nominating!
SCHOLARSHIPS: One of the major member benefits of our organization is the opportunity for our members and their children to apply for Education Scholarships that total up to $3,000! In 2016, the HMCHA Board voted to add a scholarship for one member to attend the STS Marketing College Program. In 2017, the HMCHA Board has voted to extend this program to add one more scholarship in 2018 and one more in 2019, so we will have a total of 3 members attending each year by 2019. This is a very exciting opportunity to grow your Marketing knowledge and skills to help continue to grow your company's reach, as well as improve the visibility of the Huntsville / Madison County Area! Don't miss out on applying for these coveted scholarships! DETAILS HERE These will be awarded at our Annual Pineapple Awards Dinner, so get registered now!
Continued to use our Members Support Group on Facebook where members can collaborate and share news and announcements and to help facilitate communication amongst our members. If you haven't joined the group yet, please request access here. This is for MEMBERS only, so please jump in and JOIN us as a member if you aren't already!
Our next upcoming Event is our Annual Pineapple Awards Dinner. We're celebrating our 21st year and hope that you plan to join us! Register online to reserve your seats or table and be sure to invite all your Hospitality friends to join you! If you'd like to attend at the member rate but are not yet a member, please go ahead and JOIN us as the cost to join for the remainder of 2017 will offset the additional cost for a non member for 1 ticket! Great deal!!
One last request, please join us on our Social Channels and help us get the word out about all of the various Hospitality happenings going on in Huntsville / Madison County area. We'll be working on collecting information from each of our Member Properties to share, so be sure to connect with us online.
Thanks and we'll see you at the Annual Pineapple Awards Dinner!
|Libby Webb, Pres HMCHA
Owner/Partner, New Market BBQ
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Be sure to register for our upcoming meetings, so you'll have them on your calendar in plenty of time to attend. We look forward to seeing you soon!
You'll have the opportunity to RENEW / SIGNUP for Membership during the Meeting Registration process, so if it's easier for you to make payment at that time, feel free to select it during checkout. Let us know if you have any questions. (256) 756-7530
21st Annual HMCHA Pineapple Awards Dinner
January 23, 2018
5:30 PM CST - 8:30 PM CST
Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa
800 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
Join us for a great night as we celebrate with all of our fellow hospitality friends as we recognize our Leaders, Winners, and Scholarship Recipients!
We'd love to hear about the Community Service Projects you may be working on or others that we as a group could get involved with. Please submit your Community Service Projects to our Events Coordinator Gennifer Gordon at [email protected] and we'll help spread the word to our members.