January 1, 2021
Welcome to 2021!
We started 2020 off strong with three chapter meetings utilizing two new locations (CTU and Marriott Rockrimmon). We introduced new "micro events" such as Wine, Women, and Collaboration and sold out a PM led tour at the Blackhat Distillery. PMI unveiled a major brand update that resulted in a new color scheme, updated chapter logo, and ultimately a major upgrade to our website.
Then the pandemic hit and everything changed.
In the face of unprecedented challenges and constraints, the volunteer based PPRC leadership team worked hard to keep our chapter moving forward.
During the pandemic, we were able to hold 6 chapter meetings online and offered 9 PDUs. (Overall, we held 9 chapter meetings and offered 14 PDUs for the year.) We had over 700 registrations for the virtual meetings. An unexpected benefit was that the online format allowed us to connect with chapter members from distant parts of Colorado, along with PMI peers from Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and Florida.
Our military outreach program also transitioned to virtual and provided uninterrupted support to our military members and their families. GoTo Meeting and Zoom also allowed PPRC to offer PMP study groups, a virtual coffee event, and Wine, Women, and Collaboration virtual gatherings.
We are grateful that we were able to adapt to virtual formats to keep our members connected.
Having said that, we can't wait to see you in person again. A major focus for 2021 will be for us to meet safely in person. Back in October, our leadership team had hoped to meet in person at the upcoming January meeting. Then Covid cases in Colorado dramatically rose and El Paso county escalated to "red" status, causing us to move back to virtual for now. At this time, we don't know when our first in person event will take place - but know we are diligently working towards that goal.
The January meeting has historically been our PPRC Vision / Board Introduction and Member Appreciation event. Due to having elections for open board positions through the end of December - we are going to move the Vision / Board intro to February. We have also decided to combine the member appreciation event with our first in person chapter meeting (TBD).
Check the Events calendar on our website for upcoming events! We plan on continuing to have our chapter meetings and will also look to add other ways for members to connect.
I am looking forward to the new year and working with our amazing leadership team to make PPRC the leading project management resource in our community.