Strategic Planning


I have been asked to activate the Strategic Planning Committee for the
Orlando IEEE Section, and I want to invite you to be a part of this
committee. Jorge Medina has indicated that he is willing to serve as well,
and since he heads the Bylaws Committee, he can be invaluable in helping us
to understand our charter as it now stands.
Robert Pirela tonight outlined his agenda for revitalizing the Orlando
section, including getting more publicity (letters to editors by members,
press coverage of our events, meeting listings in the Central Florida
Business and perhaps Orlando Business Journal) and visibility both for the
profession and for the section, pushing for more members to upgrade to
senior member status (compiling a list of fellows and senior members for
reference by those upgrading members seeking references will be a useful
first step), better relations with the student branch and more involvement
so that graduating students will see a reason to upgrade to full membership
upon graduation, promoting more attendance by GOLD members at section
functions, returning to paper mailings of the Section Notes for members who
prefer to get their meeting information that way (some sections in Region 3
report success with a monthly postcard listing all the meetings for the
month in a line or two each), and an expanded awards program, which will
not only recognize members who have made contributions to the section but
can also serve as a news 'peg' to get short articles and photos in the
Our PR Committee should invite press coverage of the annual awards banquet
program, at UCF on April 12.
A recent Membership Development Retreat in Princeton, NJ, yielded many
ideas for promoting membership, including an 'elevator speech' to preface
each section/chapter meeting -- so-called because it won't last more than a
minute. There should also be membership materials at each section/chapter
meeting. This raises another question: who is our Membership Committee
chair now? Jorge gets the SAMIEEE database updates, but is the newsletter
editor rather than membership chair.
A member at tonight's meeting mentioned the networking aspect of meeting
attendance -- helping in job hunting through knowledge of other members who
may know where the jobs are, and how to contact the engineering managers in
a company rather than sending resumes to the 'black hole' of the HR
department. While section meetings won't become job fairs, the networking
attraction increases geometrically as the meeting attendance grows.
We have chapters falling idle (e.g., UFFC <what happened to Don
Malocha? He was the first activist in this society chapter and went on to
be an officer of the society itself.>, SMC/RA/CS, and earlier VT) so need
strategies to revitalize them. New chapters are possible, such as a joint
EMC/EMS -- which would require six members of each to support a
petition. This latter was discussed at tonight's Excom meeting.
Please advise me of your willingness to assist in this valuable effort, and
of any ideas you may be willing to offer to help. I see the initial stage
as brainstorming -- we don't want to crush the germs of new ideas by
dismissing them as unworkable as they are offered; sometimes one person's
idea will trigger a refinement by another person, so that synergy will
result in a better strategy than anyone's idea all alone.
Looking to hear from you,
George F. McClure
Ph. 407-647-5092
Fax 407-644-4076
1730 Shiloh Lane
Winter Park, FL 32789


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