GBTA Chicago Chapter - July Newsletter 2020 Print

President's Report

I hope all of you are doing well and that you and your loved ones had a great 4th of July. A few things have changed for us since our last newsletter: The state of Illinois moved to Phase IV allowing some normalcy back in our lives, the Annual GBTA Convention has been canceled for 2020, and recently announced Dave Hilfman will be the interim CEO for GBTA. I am excited about Dave’s appointment and confident he will turn around GBTA with his leadership, integrity, and inclusiveness coupled with his legacy footprint within our travel industry. 

On behalf of the Chicago Chapter Board, we welcome Dave Hilfman. We are ready and thrilled to work with him and wish Dave the best of luck in his interim role.

Many of you received my email about how the Chicago Chapter is governed and how the allegations made against Scott Solombrino do not represent our values or how we conduct our Chapter business. I am very thankful for the past Chicago Chapter Presidents and Board Members for all their great work over the past 50 years.  Because of them we have established for our Chapter a strong non-profit Illinois Corporation that has its own Board of Directors, by-laws, mission, and financial accountability.  We also have in place Core Values and one I would like to address specifically is our Code of Conduct. The Chicago Chapter strives to maintain an association that is free from illegal discrimination and harassment of any kind including sexual harassment or bullying. Any such misconduct whatsoever by any Board Member or Chapter Member will not be tolerated.

Chapter Announcements:

  • A survey was recently sent out to help us plan the remainder of 2020. Topics include the 2020 Board Elections, the September Golf & Croquet Outing, and the December 50th Anniversary Event. Please provide your valuable feedback and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 health risks and utilize our survey results to decide the appropriate course of action for the remainder of the year.
  • Please join us for our next Zoom Series meeting on July 28th featuring Chicago CRED (details below).  
  • As a reminder, we are in an election year. Elections are currently scheduled to be hosted in November. The survey results will help us determine our next steps. 


I hope you and yours all stay healthy and I wish all of you a great July.


Thank you,

Bonnie Brabb
President, GBTA - Chicago Chapter


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A Heartfelt Thank You

As a Board, we understand how difficult this time is and we know there is so much going on in each of our lives. We are so thankful for our loyal Membership.

The Board and the Chicago Chapter are here to support all Members who have been impacted by the global pandemic. We know we will rise out of this together and have a stronger community as a result.

Now, more than ever, we are committed to keeping you engaged, continue to educate, and elevate the entire hospitality industry. We will get through this together... #hospitalitystrong

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July Member Survey

Please click the link below to take the survey to help us decide the course of action for the 2020 Board Elections, the September Golf & Croquet Outing, and the December 50th Anniversary Event.

We truly value your feedback and thank you for your support. 

(survey ends July 16th)

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Community Outreach

As most of you know this year we are celebrating the 50th Birthday of our very own Chicago Chapter!

Not only are we celebrating our 50th but we are also celebrating the birthdays of the children who live at Lydia Home which is our charity partner for 2020 and 2021. We started our Lydia Home Birthday campaign in June, and so far we have had 15 of our 196 members participate in sending birthday cards. On behalf of the Community Volunteer Committee we want to give a big thank you to those who helped in spreading some joy to these children who don’t get to celebrate their birthdays as most children would.

During these times it may be challenging to find ways to give back to the community by volunteering due to social distancing, but this is a great way you can still give back right from your home. This could even be a craft activity for those of you who have children, or perhaps you like to express your own creativity by making a birthday card yourself. Whichever way you would like to participate is your choice and I can guarantee your one card to a child will brighten their day more than you can imagine.

We are calling on all members to help spread happiness to participate in the Lydia Home Birthday Campaign and to celebrate with us by sending a birthday card(s) to the children of Lydia Home*. The list for July and August are listed below with the children’s name, age, birthday and gender. The cards may be sent to the address below.

Lydia Home
4300 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60641

July Birthdays
July 9 
July 12 
July 27
July 31 

August Birthdays
August 3 
August 12  
August 19 
August 20 

To send a card(s), please email Sam Smotzer ([email protected]) for the names and ages of those celebrating

If you wish to learn more about how you can become involved with the Community Volunteer Committee please reach out to Sam Smotzer at [email protected] or Angela Sciortino at [email protected].


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New Career Opportunities

Provisur Technologies, Inc. has a job opening at their Chicago office!

Job: Travel & Expense Administrator:

Oversee and provide full-cycle support associated with employee travel and expense reimbursement. Interact with internal and external stakeholders and service providers to ensure compliance with Provisur T&E policy and procedures.  Work closely with Finance to drive efficiency and cost savings through analytics, reporting, auditing, and training.  Assist in keeping all department functions and processes aligned with standard accounting practices and internal controls.  Work with TMC to add value to the organization through vendor negotiations, best practices, and compliance.

The perfect candidate for this position will report to one of our very own Chicago Chapter members – Sharon Varel. Please click on the link below for job description and apply now if you are interested!

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In Case You Missed It

Thank you Allied Council and Chicago Chapter Members who joined us for last month's networking zoom meeting!

We had a great time catching up with our fellow Chicago Chapter Members, and we even had a lucky winner who won a $50 Amazon Gift Card - congratulations Frankie Cigler from Omni Hotels!

Keep an eye out for our next Virtual Networking Opportunity in August 2020

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Zoom Meetings:

July Zoom Series Meeting: Chicago CRED

July 28, 2020
11:00 AM CDT - 12:00 PM CDT

Zoom Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, July 28th from 11am-12pm as we highlight a local Chicago Organization, Chicago CRED, that makes a difference in many lives.

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August Zoom Series Meeting

August 27, 2020
2:00 PM CDT - 3:00 PM CDT

Zoom Meeting

More information coming soon, check back here for details.

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2020 In-Person Events*

*Scheduled In-Person Events For 2020 Are Subject To Change Due To COVID-19 Restrictions

Thank you to the folks who completed our survey in May regarding how comfortable you feel about the upcoming in-person event schedule. As things continue to evolve we have sent out another survey to gauge new levels of comfort. Click here to take the survey and help us determine the appropriate course of action for the remainder of 2020 in-person events.


Golf & Croquet Event

September 14, 2020
11:00 AM CDT - 5:00 PM CDT

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club
1400 Poplar Creek Drive
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

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Q4 Holiday Charity Event

December 02, 2020
3:30 PM CST - 8:00 PM CST

The Dalcy
302 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

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