PMI Montgomery County Newsletter

October Newsletter

Our next dinner meeting is October 7th
at Normandie Farms Restaurant in Potomac, MD

TOPIC: Get Along with Anyone, Anytime Anywhere
Creating enduring connections with others is a life-long endeavor. Good relationships are vital to our well-being and make a big difference in our effectiveness with customers, co-workers, family and friends.

PRESENTER: Arnold Sanow
Co-author of "Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere ... 8 keys to creating enduring connections with customers, co-workers - even kids" will share tips tools and solutions to build instant rapport, relationships and connect with customers and co-workers.

Good interpersonal skills and building positive connections with both colleagues and customers are the foundation for everything we do. In fact, according to a study by Harvard and Stanford University only 15% of your success in career in reference to building trust, ensuring cooperation and getting more done will be due to your technical skills and 85% will depend on your communication, emotional intelligence, people skills and your ability to get along.

No matter how well people get along, even a slight improvement in communication, understanding others, client interactions and teamwork can greatly enhance productivity, effectiveness, client relationships and contribute to a positive work environment.

Get Along books and Get Along Memory Cards will be available for sale.

Arnold Sanow, MBA, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional - highest earned designation by the National Speakers Association for excellence. Less than 850 CSP's in the world) works with companies and organizations to build stronger customer and workplace relationships by improving verbal, interpersonal and organizational communication. He is the author of 6 books to include, "Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere", is a frequent guest in the media (CBS evening news, USA today, Wall Street Journal, ABC world news, etc.), has delivered over 2,500 keynotes and workshops worldwide and was recently rated as one of the top 5 best "bang for the buck" speakers in the USA by Successful Meetings Magazine.



Upcoming Elections for Board of Directors
There are four positions coming up on the Board of Directors in December.  It’s not too early to begin thinking about whether or not you would consider serving in that way for the coming term.    Each term is two years, starting January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2017.  The upcoming open positions are:  President (requires prior 2 years of PMI Montgomery County Board experience), VP of Membership, VP of Programs, and VP of Communications.   Below are descriptions for the positions for elections in November:

  • President:  The President shall be the chief executive officer for the CHAPTER and of the Board, and shall perform such duties as are customary for presiding officers, including making all required appointments with the approval of the Board.

  • VP of Programs:  Responsible for the development and delivery of programs relating to project management for each scheduled Chapter dinner meeting.  There are two VP of Programs with only one up for election now.

  • VP of Membership:  Responsible for the development and maintenance of the CHAPTER membership plan that assures continued growth through aggressive recruiting and partnering with major Montgomery County, MD employers. The VP Membership will also be responsible for the development and implementation of a retention plan.

  • VP of Communications:  Responsible for the CHAPTER’s web site, LinkedIn communications network, and other Chapter communications as needed.

If you are interested email a 300 word description of why you would like the position to by September 25th.

Table Sponsorships Now Available for Monthly Chapter Dinners
After a successful pilot, the Montgomery County Chapter is now offering Table Sponsorships at our monthly dinners at Normandie Farms Restaurant in Potomac, MD.

Monthly dinners are held the first Wednesday of the month eight times per year. 

For a full table sponsorship, the cost is $500, and offers 10 seats to be used by guests of the sponsor, regardless of whether or not the guest is a member of the chapter. In addition to the seats at a table, recognition of the support for our chapter by the sponsoring organization will be included in announcements and table signs.

Members and friends of the chapter - in order to make this program a success, please encourage your employer to become a sponsor. You may even be included in their guest list!

To sign up as a sponsor, please contact the VP of Communications by email at:

Many upcoming training opportunities are available such as:  Action-Oriented Leadership, PMP Prep, and another great PMI Montgomery County MD Symposium on October 6th.  More details on these and other training opportunities are located under Education.

PMI-MC Toastmasters Club #1163128: PMPs - See How Fun Earning PDUs can be!
Our Toastmasters Club is sponsored by PMI-MC and is intended for PMPs. We are approved by PMI to issue PDUs. Meetings are at Walter Johnson High School at 7 PM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Earn 1.5 PDUs per meeting.  For more information see the Toast Masters site.

PM Day of Service Volunteer Recruitment Underway
There is a need for 60 volunteer project managers from the DC metro area chapters who are committed to use their project management and leadership skills to serve their community. These volunteers will staff the Project Management Office (PMO) to plan and manage the implementation to ensure that the Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS) is a success.  Your help is needed!
PMDoS is a one day problem-solving event where nonprofits are matched with subject matter experts on marketing, human resources, strategy, finance or technology challenges. Together, participants will discuss and diagnose a critical problem and then scope out a project to help address and overcome the issue. This activity will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King Day).  For more information, visit:   
If you have any suggestions or questions please contact me at:

Thank you for being a member!

Peggy Stroncek, President PMI Montgomery County Chapter




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