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Tips, Advice and Memories From Our Long-time Chapter Members: Dale Shuter

Impressively, our Heartland Chapter has 13 members who have belonged to the Chapter 20 or more years. Their contributions to our Chapter have been, and continue to be, invaluable. We benefit from their shared wisdom, experience and advice.

In today’s edition of The Pulse, we feature one of our 20-plus-years members, Dale Shuter.

Read on to learn about her favorite author, favorite movie, fondest Chapter memories, tips for young meeting professionals, and more!

Dale Shuter, CMP

Meetings & Expositions Manager


I originally joined the PCMA Heartland Chapter because:

PCMA held their annual convention in KC in 1998 and I decided to attend since it was in town (I was living in KC at the time). After that I was hooked. Joined right there on-site. The rest is history.

The committees I have served on during my 20-plus years as a member include:

Membership, Programs, Chapter Board, Chapter President.

My fondest memory during my many years as a Chapter member is:

So many to choose from, but I think it has to be when I was given the Chapter member of the year award in 2006. I was totally surprised. It was such a great honor to be recognized by our wonderful chapter!

My advice to a young professional embarking on their event planner/meetings business journey is:

No job is too small or beneath you. And just because it is not in your job description does not mean you can’t learn from doing what is asked of you.

Other valuable resources beyond PCMA for meeting professionals include:

I think one of the most valuable resources we have are one another. Through the years I have come to rely on my fellow planners and suppliers for not only professional advice, but personal as well.

The biggest change in me as a professional since joining the Chapter is:

Just older and a little wiser.

My favorite book author is___, because:

Don’t really have a favorite author, but I love historical fiction.

The number of states in the U.S. I have visited:

All but Alaska. It is on my list of places to visit.

My favorite movie of all-time is:

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Grease us a close second).

My next splurge purchase/treat is going to be:

I have always wanted to go to Tahiti. Once we are done paying for college, that is where you will find me.

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