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SME Committees

2017-2018 Committees:
SME Scholarship Fundraising TBA, Chair
TBA, Vice Chair
Membership Retention Marsha Anderson, Chair
TBA Vice Chair
Membership Recruitment Dawn Ditrtman, Chair
TBA, Vice Chair
Summer Golf Event Adam Cooper, Chair
John Bruning,  Vice Chair
SME Excellence Awards® Mike Knudson, Co- Chair
TBA, Co- Chair
Scholarship Committee Ryan Reiners, Chair
TBA, Vice-Chair
Marketing & Public Relations Marc Rasmussen, Chair
Dawn Olmstead, Vice Chair
Pi Sigma Epsilon–PSE Liason Rand Wergin,  Chair
TBA Vice Chair 
Holiday Gala TBA, Chair
TBA,Vice Chair
SME Women in Business® Ginnie Zobel, Chair
TBA, Vice Chair
Professional Development
Roxanna McKenna, Chair
Tom Johnson, Vice Chair
Corporate Sponsorship
Tom Johnson, Chair
Jan Feterl, Vice Chair

SME Scholarship Fundraising
Responsible for conducting the annual event wherein funds are raised to support the SME Scholarship program.  Meets monthly April – September.
Holiday Gala
Committee to plan the Holiday Party for December arranges entertainment, meals.  Meets 2-3 times October – December event.
SME Excellence Awards®
Responsibility to plan, implement, conduct this event as an opportunity for SME membership and regional business professionals to acknowledge the outstanding South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year. Meets September – February event.
Membership – Recruitment
Ongoing responsibility for motivating members to recruit new members and organizing recruitment programs and prospective member gatherings.  Meets monthly July – June.
Membership -- Retention
Retention tasks including renewal reminder calls and cards, follow-up with companies when a member leaves their position, hold networking events, etc.  Meets monthly July – June.
SME Women in Business®
Responsible to plan, implement and evaluate the large-scale annual April event directed at, but not limited to women in this region.  Meets monthly September – April event.
PSE Liaison
Liaison to work with the USD Pi Sigma Epsilon Chapter, including communication, recruiting speakers and resource person, organizing “Shadow Days” and assisting with PSE projects.
Marketing and Public Relations
Ongoing committee works with Executive Staff, Board and Committees to communicate to the member and the media the accomplishments of the organization, its members and events.  Responsible to assist with Newsletter articles or other contributions.  Meets montly July – June.
Scholarship Committee
Works with area colleges, universities and schools to promote the SME Scholarship Program, evaluates the applicant, determines the recipients of the scholarship awards, and makes the presentation at the April Membership Meeting and assists SME Youth Benefit Auction committee as requested to raise monies to support scholarships.  Meets monthly October – April
Summer Golf Event – JAM (Join-A-Member)
In August includes golf (Texas Scramble Style with some creative games) and dinner.  Meets montly April – August event.
Professional Development
Lead by the President Elect and assisted by incoming presidents, this committee works hard on the speaker contracts and ensure our programs have great educational balance.
Corporate Sponsorship Committee
Lead by the 2nd Vice President, formed to contact local businesses to partner with them on sponsorship of SME events and share speaker services and costs.   

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