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January 2019 Bluegrass Beat Print

President's Connection

Happy New Year MPI Members!
We have officially hit the middle of the term for the chapter board. We have a lot of success to celebrate from the first part of the term including fantastic monthly meeting venues, unique educational experiences, and the exposure of our chapter to potential and new members. All of this great success has laid the foundation for the membership drive. Now is the time that we need to invite potential members and those members that have fallen inactive. What a great time to build membership by showing our industry peers the best that our chapter has to offer! I encourage every member to continue to invite meeting professionals to our events.
The event of the year- the Mid America Conference (MAC) - is just around the corner. MAC is a joint venture with the Ohio chapter that features phenomenal keynote speakers and experts in industry trends. It is a must-attend in order to keep current in the industry. I look forward to 2019 and seeing both growth of the chapter and individual growth for all of our members.
Welcome 2019!


Ducan Hines
2018-2019 President    
MPI Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter


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Calendar of Events

Please join us for the MPIKBC January Meeting! Click Here to Register!

Thursday, January, 17 2019 at LEF Climbing


LEF Climbing

916 North Broadway

Lexington, Kentucky 40505

Topic: Healthy Living: What Everyone Ought To Know About Health Trends Affecting The Meetings Industry

Event Agenda:

9:00am – 9:30am Registration, Networking, Breakfast

9:30am – 10:30am Panel Discussion

10:30am Rock Climbing (Optional)

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Chapter News

Have you thought about serving on the MPI Board?

As we look to next year, we are looking for members that would like to become a part of the leadership team for the Chapter.  This year we have seen an exciting energy within the chapter and we want to build on that for next year.  Would you consider a more active role in the chapter?  Would you consider being a part of the leadership team? 

For more information, please contact Joan Minton (

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.

Stephen R. Covey, Principle-centered Leadership

Congratulations to Victoria Reid for earning a Certificate in Meeting Management!

Victoria Reid, completed and earned a Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM). The intensive 15 week program was presented in Partnership with IU Kelley School of Business Executive & IUPUI Department of Tourism Conventions and Event Management.

This master level program prepares individuals for a leadership role in the industry.  The program concludes with a real world capstone project, which was presented to professors.  Victoria’s project was on the impact of Diversity and Inclusion in Meetings.

If interested in learning more, please email

Keeneland is currently accepting applications for a new Event Coordinator position as we add to our growing team? We are excited to bring another new member on board to our wonderful team! If you are interested Apply Today!


Exciting News from the Campbell House Curio Collection by Hilton

Since July of 2018 The Campbell House Curio Collection by Hilton has been undergoing a multi-million-dollar transformation. The pool area has been converted into a new venue, a new restaurant, cafe and bourbon is being built at the front of the hotel, the old restaurant is being covered into meeting space and additional enhancements are being made to the guest rooms. With completion set for Spring of 2019 on the public spaces and the guest rooms being completed first quarter 2020, this local jewel will be one of the finest hotels in Kentucky with 250 newly upgraded rooms and just over 23,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The hotel is the perfect location, atmosphere and venue for the business and leisure travelera corporate and social event and where the history of yesterday is made into new memories today.  




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