Greetings from the Gilmer Institute of Learning: 
The National Education Conference Online and Live Auction are the Society of Government Meeting Professionals largest fundraising events to benefit The Gilmer Institute of Learning Scholarships. While the auction will take place in Norfolk, VA during NEC 2018, you can get involved and participate from anywhere! 
All Bidding will be done through a cell phone or computer.  Auction participants can bid from anywhere, anytime before the close of the auction right from their own device.  This means, the auction item will be promoted to ALL members and potentially their friends and family.  Download bidding instructions (PDF) .
Place Your Bid in Our Online Auction

Participate in our online auction with 65 exciting items from which to choose by visiting: You can join in the fun whether you attend NEC or not! Proceeds  benefit SGMP scholarships. We will open the auction for bid on Wednesday, May 30, at 8am EST through Thursday, June 7, at 12:30 pm EST.

Place Your Bid in Our Live Auction
Item #1: Hawaiian Vacation
  • Three nights at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
  • Two nights at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel a Luxury Collection
  • $1,000 VISA card(s) to use for selection of airline/airfare of your choice
The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel is situated on a prime stretch of the legendary Waikiki Beach and offers travelers a picturesque retreat in the center of it all. Modern, sophisticated and recently refreshed, the Sheraton Waikiki resort immerses guests in local charm and elevated island style, ensuring an unforgettable vacation for all. Soak in breathtaking ocean views from 80% of guest rooms and suites, dine at an array of award-winning restaurants or make a splash in the first-of-its-kind "Superpool."
Located in the true heart of Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian is the most coveted spot on Waikiki Beach.  The Royal Hawaiian offers private beachfront cabanas and luxurious guest room showcasing unrivaled panoramic views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
Restrictions none listed
Valued at $3,740
Donated by: Willie Clay, Marriott Hotels and the SGMP National Board
Item #2: M Resort and & Casino Las Vegas
  • Two (2) night stay
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Dinner for two (2) in Anthony's

Experience luxurious accommodations, unrivaled personalized services and non-stop entertainment and excitement at this elegant resort spa and casino, situated on the south strip Las Vegas, close to Interstate 15.

The M Resort Spa and Casino provides everything needed for a memorable stay. Relax with a massage from the full-service spa, enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the 8 on-site restaurants or take advantage of live nightly entertainment. The hotel also features a spacious gaming floor, complete with slot machines and card games.

Guests at the M Resort are provided with access to nearby top-rated golf courses. Luxury shopping is also only minutes away, and easily accessible with the hotel's shopping shuttle service. The hotel also provides a free shuttle service to the nearby McCarran International Airport.

Based on availability; valid until June 7, 2019
Valued at: $730
Donated By M Resort Spa & Casino

Item #3  Louisiana SGMP Chapter Package -  includes 7 overnight accommodations!
  • Bourbon Orleans Hotel - one night stay (Sunday to Thursday night only)
  • Wyndham Garden Hotel - 2 night stay, complimentary breakfast buffet, $50 credit at Bayou Bistro for Dinner
  • Home2 Suites - 2 night stay in one-bedroom suite
  • ACE Hotel New Orleans - 2 night stay with 4 breakfast vouchers, 2 drink vouchers and 2 Stumptown Coffee tokens
  • The Myrtles Plantation - Ten (10) History-Mystery Tour Passes at the "most haunted plantation in America"
  • TC Barrett Photo Art - "French Quarter Rooftops"
  • Bayou Rum
  • Louisiana Northshore Corkscrew
  • Explore the Northshore Magazine
  • Louisiana Kitchen Culture Magazine
  • New Orleans Visitor's Guide
  • Louisiana Life Magazine - Conservation Issue
  • New Orleans Jazz Notebook
  • Louisiana Official Inspiration Guide
  • GrisGris Towel
  • Ca C'est Bon Bowl and Potholder Set
  • Lena Prima CD
  • Power Bank Charger
  • Rex Carnival Krewe Koozie
  • Picnic Basket
  • Schwing's Oyster Recipe and Pewter Oyster Tray
  • Louisiana Makin' Groceries Assortment: Cajun Gumbo Base, Cajun Brown Gravy Mix, Oak Grove Jambalaya Mix, Louisiana Fish Fry Company Fruit Cobbler Mix, Louisiana Fish Fry Company Chicken Fry Mix, Louisiana Fish Fry Company Shrimp Fry Mix, Tabasco Hot Sauce, Zatarain's, Jambalaya Mix, Zatarain's Blackened Seasoning, Don Chachere's Cajun Seasoning, Community Coffee, Louisiana Fish Fry Jambalaya Mix, Tabasco Chili Starter
Restrictions:  All hotel certificate's expire June 2019; Bourbon Orleans Hotel - one night stay (Sunday to Thursday night only)
Valued at $1,450
Donated By Louisiana SGMP Chapter

I tem #4:  A (4) Night Ezulwini  African Safari for 2 guests
This package is inclusive of:
  • 2 nights at the Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge
  • 2 nights at Ezulwini River Lodge
  • All meals (both international and South African influences)
  • Local beers & house wines, teas & coffees,
  • 2 big five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) safari game drives daily including fabulous sun-downers (a delightful wine/beverage and snack stop out in the bush at sunset during the evening game drives)
  • Wine tasting in the Ezulwini wine cellar with the hosts of Ezulwini sharing the rich history of the lodges and exploring amazing wines of South Africa.
  • A special welcome basket awaits your arrival including some special items for the safaris to take home to remember your time at Ezulwini.
  • To see what others are saying about Ezulwini go to Ezulwini Trip Advisor reviews and visit
Valued at: $4,800
Donated By Ezulwini Lodges                                                         
  Item #5:  Artwork of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player - Masters Flag
  • Autographed With Added Inscription Of Years They All Won The Masters Championship
  • Custom Framed In Cherry Wood Frame with 2 Official Masters patches
  • (1) 8x10 Black and White Vintage Photo of all 3 golfers and custom nameplate.
  • Signed in the following manner: "Arnold Palmer 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964", "Jack Nicklaus 1963, 65, 66, 72, 75, 86" and "Gary Player 61-74-78"
This is a museum quality item and very rare as Mr. Palmer, Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Player all added the years they won the Masters Championship.
Valued at $2,500
Donated by: Mark Richardson, CGMP
Send questions to:

Mark Richardson, CGMP

Cheryl Wierenga, CGMP