The successful “Dare to” campaign has led to an increased awareness to MPI Netherlands members, across the boundaries of their reach, of their own boundaries and how to challenge them. A strong retention rate and a successful national conference were the results of relentless enthusiasm and efforts by volunteers to make things happen. Challenges were in the area of funding and sponsoring the activities.
MPI Netherlands chapter changed its theme. Tref & Overtref in Dutch means, Meet & Exceed in English, where the idiom of Tref also has a triple connotation of “to reach & touch on a deeper level” and “a chance or unique opportunity”. The Board did a tremendous job in changing the fundamentals of governing. They focussed on running the association as a business. With funding having been identified as the number 1 obstacle in growing the chapter, a strong focus was laid on that business principle before expanding volume.
With the strong fundament built in the previous terms the new Board for 2009-2011 is ready for “The Next step”. To be able to maintain and grow our position in the local market MPI NL is now taking charge and responsibility to grow over the growing pains of a voluntarily ran organisation. We, as a chapter want to grow substantially. To do this properly and sustainable is to professionalize our chapter organisation.
We therefore decided to develop a 3 year plan to guarantee a financial sound and prosperous future for MPI in The Netherlands. This 3 year plan gives us the opportunity to hire a professional Executive Director (ED), get him to work to find means to fund the professionalization of MPI NL.
The first year we will present a budget with a deficit of 15.5k EUR. This budget enables us to hire an ED (8 hours per week x 42 weeks per year). The ED will focus on retrieving sponsorship in the first year, actually to fund the next year. Over the three year period we will completely compensate the deficit, leaving us with the original equity again. From that moment on we will have established the new budget levels, including the paid ED position.
To professionalize as an organisation, does not only mean getting funds and hiring staff. We aim for a shift to a more strategical Board in the next years and a tactical ED and paid secretariat. We reformed our Board to a small Board consisting of five board positions; President, VP Finance, VP Education, VP Membership and VP Communication. We have taken out the layer of Directors (except for the Director of Special Events (NL Conference)) to ensure flexibility and accountability.
Preparing Meeting Professionals for the Future will be the main theme for MPI for the coming year. In this year when we celebrate our 15 year anniversary, where we focus on added value to members and potential members. In this uncertain time we take the responsibility to put our profession on the map and educate in any possible way our (potential) members.
Vision MPI Netherlands
To build an enriched Dutch Meeting Industry Community
To exceed in growth (knowledge and members); value (members) and authority
Values - As a chapter we:
- Are member centric
- Quality driven
- Forge powerful partnerships with our members, headquarters and other groups
- Respect 5 values: Clarity, Openness, Respect, Integrity and Cooperation
Theme for 2009-2011: Preparing Meeting Professionals for the Future
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