February 2021

President's Message:

We could all use a reason to celebrate right now, so let's celebrate love! I have never been a huge fan of Valentine's Day, but things have changed this year! Normally it is a simple home-cooked dinner in my house. But what have I learned from 2020? You celebrate the big and small things. Even if that means going bigger and bolder than usual! After surviving quarantine, working from home, and 2020 in general under the same roof, it is safe to say that there is a lot of love and appreciation to be shown this year! 

Valentine's Day isn't just for your significant other though! You get to celebrate the love you have for your friends, family, co-workers and even yourself! So, let's spread love by showing love to our local members & event industry! Dinner for Two at home? Date Night out? Flowers delivered to your door? There are options for everyone this Valentine's Day!  Be sure to check out the full list of specials below!

And if you're wondering if you deserve that box of chocolate, the answer is YES! Treat yourself! 

Jamie Adams, CPCE
Chapter President

Member Spotlight

Bonnie Ball

Bonnie is the Corporate Event Sales Specialist for HOUSEpitality Family, the talented team behind The Boathouse, Casa del Barco, and Island Shrimp Co. HOUSEpitality is a local restaurant group with a mission “to celebrate life one bite at a time.”⁣

Bonnie has been a dedicated NACE member for several years. She continues to bring merriment to every meeting, both in person and virtual! Be sure to check out #pandemicwindows on Facebook for some much-needed pandemic humor. ⁣

Thank you for all you do for us Bonnie, and for continuing to induct our new Board members at the end of January every year!! We are so appreciative of your dedication to the chapter!















Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday February 24, 2021

Trivia Throwdown Online Presents

Online Trivia


New Membership Campaign

𝘼𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭?!⁣

Do it with a NACE Membership! ⁣

We are kicking off the new year with a new membership campaign. Join now and receive 15 months of membership for the price of 12, using code 𝟭𝟱𝗳𝗼𝗿𝟭𝟮 at checkout! ⁣

Whether you are a young professional, a non-profit, or a professor for hospitality courses, we would love to have you! Learn more at ⁣

*𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘨𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘦 

From NACE National

Expiring Members

  • Extended grace period- Membership renewal grace period has been extended from 30 days to 120 days. This means your membership will continue for approximately 4 months after your renewal date without any dues payment

  • Payment plans- Members may request a payment plan for dues renewal. This payment plan can be combined with the extended grace period.

  • Membership transfer policy- Members who lose their employer-paid membership due to loss of employment will retain their NACE membership for the remainder of their membership term or 90 days, whichever is longer.

Diversity Initiative:

  • Board Statement

    • The board released a statement on June 11th regarding the ongoing injustice and racism in our country. We realize that our statement was late. We, as a board, wanted to take the time to educate ourselves, listen to webinars and podcasts, and become well informed before making a formal statement to our members. We recognize that there is a current issue and need for change within our local catering & event industry and our chapter. We WILL do better.

  • Diversity Committee

    • We have added a diversity committee which will be overseen by the Director of Membership. This group of racially diverse members will work to recruit new black members and retain the involvement of current members of color. This committee will curate black speakers to educate members on topics like racism and inequality within the event industry, promote black owned businesses and members through #unitythroughcommunity, and facilitate meaningful connections and conversations between our members.

  • Re-allocating Funds

    • Quarterly donations to organizations both locally and nationally to support BLM

      • A donation has already been made in honor of Aleya Harris to the Equal Justice Initiative. Thank you Aleya for having a candid conversation with our members about racism and allyship within the wedding and events industry. You can watch the replay here.

    • Sponsor a student member from a local HBCU, Virginia State University or Virginia Union University.

    • Updating our current and future monthly programs to include Black speakers & education as well as partnering with local Black catering & event professionals to showcase their work


We're Here For You!

When the first impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic hit the catering and events industry, NACE moved quickly to support members The National Board has enacted several resources and measures to maintain our strong, vibrant community. We have expanded the membership grace period to 120 days, introduced flexible installment plans, expanded online education, and more.