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Mice Net : August 2008
issue no. 54 August 2008 from the ceo In this newsletter and issue of mice.net you will note thankyous to our supporters, sponsors, committees, members and staff in regard to our recent annual conference in Alice Springs. I echo each of these thankyous. I also look forward to welcoming our valued MEA members to our annual 2009 conference in Adelaide between April 5 – 7, and I can already see signs of an inspiring event. During the MEA 2008 conference the BECA (Business Events Council of Australia) Summit was held concurrently. This group of industry leaders discussed and workshopped many relevant issues for the industry as a whole. As MEA is a highly supportive member of BECA future issues of this newsletter shall update you on the progress of the summit findings. Please note: whilst BECA will continue to have industry summits they may not always run concurrently with the MEA conference. As a MEA member you have representation on BECA through MEA’s four representatives being: Rhona Walker AFMEA, MEA Chair; Linda Gaunt, MEA CEO; Roslyn McLeod OAM, AMM, AFMEA, meetings manager representative; and Kate Smith, meetings manager representative. If you have any issues that you believe should be taken up at BECA I urge you to contact one of these member representatives. MEA is currently, with the assistance of valued industry representatives around the country, reviewing both its award and accreditation programs in the months of July and August. I welcome your input and advise if you have any relevant, positive suggestions towards the future of these initiatives please direct them to myself. Linda P Gaunt Chief exeCutive OffiCer All over red rover By Conference Chair, Scott Lovett In the blink of an eye it is all over! The MEA 2008 Annual Conference staged for the first time in Alice Springs was by all accounts a resounding success. A total of 517 attendees made the journey to the centre of Australia to join with their industry peers to share their stories and share their knowledge for three days. Thanks must go to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules and invested their time and money in this most important industry event. In times of such global shifts the face and dynamics of business is changing at a rapid pace and as such the need for a strong and united industry association event is even more critical. To our sponsors, especially the Alice Springs Convention Centre, Staging Connections and IML, a big thank you. It is simply impossible to run these events without the enormous sponsorship and assistance you provide. I would encourage every one in the industry to support all of our sponsors in the same way that they have supported us. Running an industry event for your peers, especially in such a unique location as Alice Springs, requires an enormous amount of work from a number of people. Our local host committee who crafted one of the best social programs in years must be congratulated – especially for the magical night at Ooraminna, memories of which will remain with many of us for years to come! The program committee headed by Lynn Fairbrass must also be congratulated for putting on an inspiring, relevant and thought-provoking speaker program. Last and by no means least the conference team at MEA must be congratulated, as always the conference impacts all MEA staff, and their work towards this conference went well and truly above and beyond the call of duty. We now hand the baton to Adelaide who I am sure will host a most successful conference in April 2009. Good luck and best wishes for the year ahead and I look forward to seeing everyone again in Adelaide next year. - Scott Lovett AFMEA mice.net 131