November 02, 2005

Meeting Professionals International is waiving dues for one year for members in the Gulf States Chapter who have lost their homes, employment and/or businesses following Hurricane Katrina. Affected members must apply by e-mailing Sharnette Jackson at Also, MPI has scheduled a web conference titled "New Orleans: Open for Business" on Nov. 16 at noon Eastern time. Kathleen Ratcliffe, executive vice president of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau and a former chair of MPI, will speak on the status of the meetings recovery in the city. MPI will uphold its commitment to hold the January 2007 Professional Education Conference-North America in New Orleans.