CHAPTER NEWS

November 2021

President's Message:

I don't know about you, but I am glad that October is over! October was a longggg month, but we made it! I have a lot to be thankful for this month and one of them is making it through October! I hope November allows you all to relax. I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family during the upcoming holidays. I hope you all are able to spend quality time with your loved ones.

I can't wait to see you all at our upcoming monthly meeting. It is going to be a great time to see all of our vendor friends before the holidays & celebrate making it through the crazy fall event season! It is also the perfect time to celebrate our chapter as we plan for the upcoming year and elect the 2022 Board. I am excited for the candidates and their dedication & plans that they all have for our chapter & our members! 


Jamie Adams, CPCE
Chapter President

Member Spotlight

Miranda Bricker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Miranda Bricker, and I'm the Director of Sales at Dover Hall! Dover Hall is a refined English Tudor-inspired estate located in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, just about equidistant between Richmond and Charlottesville. Dover Hall operates as a turn-key facility, offering use of the spacious venue and surrounding grounds, artisan culinary and beverage programs, and in-house rentals to bring distinct and memorable events to life. We happily host expertly executed events (wedding, corporate, and social) year round - thanks to our 33,000-square foot estate house! - but my specific speciality is the curation of our high touch weddings, client relations, and luxury services.

From NACE National

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. 

 

 

 

 

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