SMPS Tampa Bay - The Beginning

Marilyn: Why did Carol and I decide to start the Tampa Bay Chapter? Because the drive to Orlando for events became more challenging, and we had enough interest in advancing in the industry in the Tampa Bay Area to sustain a very successful chapter. And we were right! Congratulations SMPS 20 year anniversary. We are proud to be a founder of this chapter. 

Carol: The original chapter alternated meetings between Tampa and Orlando and occasionally met in Lakeland. The I-4 drive limited the number of folks that were able to travel across the state for meetings. (Yes, I-4 was even a nightmare back in the olden days!) We had a core group that would make the trip each month, but it became apparent that location was limiting attendance. One evening, after indulging in some really tasty libations (yes, there was drinking involved), Marilyn and I discussed starting a Tampa Bay chapter. We presented it to the core Tampa group, found 15 members willing to change their membership to the Tampa chapter, created a board of directors and collected $100 from each to fund the start-up. The rest is history!

See why SMPS Tampa Bay has been so valuable to Marilyn and Carol as well.

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