2019 Earth Hour

Please join the City of Virginia Beach and the world by participating in EARTH HOUR 2019 taking place this Saturday, March 30 at 8:30 p.m.

There are many ways to participate – both BIG (with parties and activities!) and small (just turn off non-essential exterior lighting).  For a list of local participants (including the Convention Center) and to be recognized with the City of Virginia Beach, please sign up HEREhttps://www.vbgov.com/earth-hour.  If you have questions, please contact our City of Virginia Beach event organizer, Mark Podolinsky at 757-385-5630.


To learn more about this worldwide event, go to the website at this link:  https://www.earthhour.org/

YouTube video link:  https://youtu.be/wQ6S-pkbgB0

Employee Spotlight – Jacki Perry

  1. Employee name: Jacqueline Perry (Jacki)
  2. Where were you born and where is your hometown? Born in Blossburg, PA and hometown is Virginia Beach
  3. What division and position do you work for? VB Convention Center, Operations Assistant
  4. How many years have you worked for the CVB? 13 ½ years
  5. How many years have you worked for the City of Va. Beach? 13 ½ years
  6. What is the best vacation you’ve been on? Years before my husband and I moved to Key West, he won the Ernest Hemingway look- alike contest at Sloppy Joes in Virginia Beach.  Anheuser Busch flew us round trip to and from Key West for the yearly finals contest.
  7. What is your favorite thing to do in the wonderful City of Virginia Beach? Just about everything. That’s why I do staycations.
  8. What is your favorite quote? “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt” – Abraham Lincoln
  9. Do you have an office nickname? If so what is it? Yes,  “The Glue”
  10. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I caught a 750 lb. blue marlin in 2000 and a replica hangs on the wall at my home.
  11. What do you like to do for fun? Fish Ruddee Inlet or Ocean, swim (beach or pool), jog at the beach, cooking, gardening, computers, sewing, surfing, reading, walking our dogs, jeeping
  12. What is one thing you cannot resist? Helping someone out.
  13. What is on your bucket list? It’s a small bucket list – I’m looking forward to dusting off the surf board and exchanging my hard top for my soft top on my jeep. (soon)
  14. What is your hidden talent? Nothing hidden. My talents are listed above J

Site Inspections


Representatives of the Portuguese Water Dog Club (PWDC) where in town on Wednesday, March 13 for a site inspection of the Founders Inn & Spa Tapestry Collection by Hilton. The site inspection included an assessment of the Pungo Ferry Landing Boat Ramp recreation area for the water trial portion of the event. The event needs two trial areas with a 35’ wide shoreline and two separate lanes reaching out 60’ from shoreline to test specific water skills of each dog. Pictured here is Marlene, with PDWC, who is testing the waters on fairly nice day in March. If PWDC books, it is anticipated the PWDC National Specialty Show will bring 1400 room nights to Virginia Beach in August/September of 2020.


Also attached are a few pics of a resent site inspection of the Sheraton and Wyndham hotels with representatives from Faith Landmarks Ministries from the Richmond, Virginia area. The group is looking for a location for their 2020 Women’s Retreat in March. The retreats is expected to bring in 300 people to Virginia Beach.

Dean Jones First Grandson

This is a picture of Zayton, Dean Jones shared of his first grandson, who was born while Dean managed the CCEF conference at the VBCC in October 2018.


Dean Jones, CMP, is also the director of conferences and events with the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA), in Indianapolis.

Monsters on the Beach Tickets Now on Sale at VIC

Monsters on the Beach Tickets now on sale at VIC.  Ticket price is $20 plus $2 service for general admission – price good until May 12th, cash or check only.  Price will go up on week of event if tickets are still available. VIC is selling limited amount of tickets.  So buy your tickets now – this event sells fast! For more information, go to www.Liveonatlantic.com