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March 2017  

President's Report

Hey hey Tacoma-South Puget Sound NACE members! 

April means Springtime, Q2, and a chance of seeing that golden orb up in the sky again.

I couldn't be more thrilled with our chapter.  Membership is now over 50, which was one of our chapter's goals for 2017.   Our other major focus is Committee Development. Please shoot a quick email to if you have any interest in helping our board out with some light committee work.  An example would be: introducing a guest or new member to others during our networking/cocktail hour. See, that's not so hard. Go ahead.   :)  

On the national front,  we have NACE MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEK! See below for some great ideas on how to save money on your membership renewal.

Is your profile current? Go to and login to make updates like your website, photo, email, hyperlinks, etc.  It is UP TO YOU to make sure you profile is correct,  we can't fix that for you on the local level so please take a moment to login and double check what it out there is accurate.   

NACE Member Appreciation Week - April 10-14, 2017
Are you ready for a week of all things NACE as we celebrate you and prospective members?! Checkout each day’s events below! Feel free to forward this information to your chapter members. If your chapter is on social media, use the hash tag #NACEAppreciatesU. Encourage your members to participate throughout the week as we show our appreciation to our awesome members. More details will follow in the coming weeks to announce the daily activities.

  • Monday, April 10 - Member Crush Monday – Show your love for NACE throughout the day on Twitter. Tweet “Kiss me, I’m a NACE member” and @nacenational will randomly select five (5) NACE members to receive $50 off their renewal.
  • Tuesday, April 11 - Refer a new NACE member to join during the week of April 10-14 and receive $75 off your membership renewal – same rules apply as the current referral program (Professional member type only) You save an additional $25 off your membership renewal! New member must join and submit payment during the week in order to qualify.
  • Wednesday, April 12 - Spread the Love – NACE members will be asked to send an email to a prospect on behalf of NACE – (Download the Prospective member letter and customize it to send to a non-member explaining the value of NACE)
  • Thursday, April 13 - Throwback Thursday – NACE members will be asked to submit testimonials on how being a NACE member helped grow their business from then to now. Testimonials will be used on the NACE website, marketing collateral, and on social media.
  • Friday, April 14 - Friday Wine-down Virtual Happy Hour! NACE members are invited to join us for a virtual happy hour to get to know the NACE staff and NACE National Board. Registration details coming soon!
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Upcoming Events

More info coming soon!  Register today to save your space. 

“Spring in the Park” Bridal Panel


Relax at Oakbrook Golf Club while enjoying mini golf, apps, and drinks. Now is the time to take a deep breath before our busy wedding season begins. Our bridal panel will be moderated by Paula Lowe with South Sound Wedding & Event magazine and will feature industry professionals who have many years and experience helping brides. Let’s discuss working with brides, industry trends, what is important to consider when a bride is requesting our services, and how best to fulfill the needs of today's brides. A delicious dinner with a view of the stunning, iconic golf course will be served by Oakbrook Golf Club. Do you have some time before the meeting for a round of golf? Call or email Beth for your Tee Time and get a round of golf for $39.00.



 Oakbrook Golf Club – Venue, Food, and linens

 Merry Makers – Mini Golf

 B&G Old Fashioned - Signature Drink Jerry DeLay

 Unique – Canyon Oaks Red/White Wine

 South Sound Wedding & Event magazine Paula Lowe, Panel Moderator

 Hardcastle Entertainment – Music and AV

 DJ Adam Teigs - Panelist

 Debbie McNairy - Panelist

 Pamela Torres – Panelist

 Décor/Centerpieces/linen – TBD

 Photographer – TBD

 Dessert – Corina Bakery

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Chapter Meetings

Our April 16 meeting is in Lakewood, so be sure to join us. Register by April 13! See the home page for meeting details.

Our May 16 meeting is hosted by Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia! Program and menu to be announced.

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Member Spotlight

Trista is our newest member of Tacoma NACE. However, “new” is relative. Previously, she was a member of our chapter for about 10 years. In February she joined and has the distinction of being our chapter’s 50th member! She was recognized with a large basket of goodies and balloons at the March meeting.

“It was an honor to receive that recognition,” says Trista. “It is so nice to be back in the fold. I missed you guys. Now I can bring my assistant, so she can build relationships; it’s so special.”

Trista is the private events director at Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Gig Harbor. The golf course is private and for members only, except when the club holds golf tournaments. Trista books private events for members, plus weddings and other events for the public who rent the ballroom and/or tent.

“We have areally cool ballroom,” she says. “The windows go from the floor to the ceiling showcasing a view that overlooks the golf course; it feels like outside coming in.” Adjacent to the ballroom is a brand-new tent for receptions and dancing. It is fully enclosed and guests can walk from the building to the tent without getting into the weather. In the summertime, they open the tent on three sides.

The ballroom is the dinner or meeting location, while the cocktails and dancing are held in the tent.

“We host about 300 events a year,” says Trista. For private members, the club often coordinates and provides food and beverage for home parties.

What do you like about NACE?

“Our industry is isolated – at most businesses there is only one event planner – so Tacoma NACE offers the opportunity to get together with like-minded people,” observes Trista. “Plus we have resources – people we can talk to – who can provide more direction. We can share and collaborate solutions. We build each other up.

“I love the speakers and continuing education at the meetings. It is also great to see new spaces and to see other people working. I love going to other venues to see how they do things. Seeing wedding professionals in action makes it easier for us to refer them. And seeing the linens, place settings and centerpieces on the tables, we can see some fresh ideas that we can share with our clients. Plus we taste delicious food.”

What do you like about the work you do?

“It is always interesting and I enjoy making a difference in people’s lives,” says Trista. “Planning events is easy for me, so I enjoy being an expert in my field and helping others who need help planning their events. I love planning menus and helping to think of new and different ideas. My favorite events are weddings. I get to be more creative. It’s a lot of fun to see it come together. I also enjoy seeing how excited everyone gets. Then when the wedding reception is completed, I feel like my mission is accomplished.”

Trista works Tuesday through Saturdays, usually 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. She plans the events, and is present at the beginning of most events, then her assistant takes over the remainder of the event and manages the staff.

Trista is busy year-round, but the busiest months are during the summer.

What do you do for fun when not working?

When she’s not working, Trista enjoys attending meetings, going on wine tasting adventures and watching movies.

She and her husband have six children and 11 grandchildren – between them – and she enjoys spending time with her family. Her 8-year-old granddaughter lives with her and her husband, so Trista takes her to gymnastics, swimming, Girl Scout meetings and they enjoy going to Disneyland. She’s looking forward to the arrival of a new grandson very soon.

For information about private events at Canterwood Golf & Country Club, contact Trista Ortiz at or 253-851-1845 ext. 610.

Article written by Paula R. Lowe, public relations chair, Tacoma NACE. South Sound Wedding & Event magazine, South Sound Wedding Show, West Sound Wedding Show, South Sound Wedding Workshop.






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