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On Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the famous groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and thus
predicted an early spring. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle plan the event each year - and take care of the weather-predicting groundhog. Phil is shown here with co-handler AJ Dereume. Photo by Mark Kolash

SGMP to Survey Members on Shutdown’s Impact

By Grant Broadhurst

Meeting planners routinely face unexpected wrenches in their plans, but federal government meeting planners recently faced – and are still dealing with – a unique challenge: a partial shutdown of the federal government.

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Miss America Lawsuit Continues While
MAO Still Looks for New Pageant Home

By Grant Broadhurst

Even as the Miss American Organization searches for its the next pageant home, the lawsuit against it continues.
Atlantic City Superior Court Judge Michael Blee opted against interfering with MAO operations and decision-making but also allowed the case to go on, Press of AC reported. MAO is facing a lawsuit brought by Jennifer Vaden Barth, Miss North Carolina 1991; former members of the MAO board; and the Miss Pennsylvania, Miss Tennessee, Miss West Virginia, and Miss Georgia state organizations who allege the MAO Chair Gretchen Carlson and President & CEO Regina Hopper “orchestrated an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of MAO.

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Former Marshall (MN) CVB Director
Arrested for Theft

By John Trager

Darin Rahm, former director of the Marshall CVB, has been arrested for allegedly stealing $256,000 during his nearly four years heading up the organization.

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Fringe Benefit Tax Repeal Gaining
Momentum in Congress

By Todd McElwee

ASAE and other members of the UBIT Coalition are meeting with Congressional offices to seek repeal of a 21% tax on fringe benefits such as free parking or mass transit assistance which nonprofits provide to employees.

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2019 E-Blast and
Turn the Page Hot Dates


Just in time for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, HOTS read the American Kennel Club is hailing the return of New York’s Museum of the Dog. The museum, which officially returned to New York on February 8 after moving to St. Louis in 1986, features more than 180 pieces of canine-themed artwork. Plus, there’s an educational area where visitors can learn about the different breeds of dog and a “virtual dog” that learns tricks based on hand signals. Unfortunately, HOTS discovered dog lovers won’t be able to bring their canine companions into the museum itself. But on the other hand, it might be difficult for the staff to enforce a “No Barking” rule.


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