Date: September 30, 2003.


IEEE GOLD (Baltimore Affinity Group) Newsletter: September 2003



The Newsletter is becoming a consistent feature of the Baltimore Affinity group of the IEEE Graduate of last decade and as member participation improves we expect the newsletter will play important role in not just keeping us informed but also as a networking tool.





The Minute of the Last Meeting : By Matt Otwell



(Several members contacted me to inform that they won’t be able to make the meeting, one case was for job interview)


We had 3 members coming for the first time and had a very fruitful discussion on various issues including how best to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities that

our membership(remember it cost us some) of IEEE offer us. We also decided to invite a more seasoned member to address us on the benefits of the IEEE to us as IEEE GOLD members, many of which include career development, mentoring as well as financial advantages.


Joe Maurio  suggested we create a GOLD member database as a repository of sort for member networking. The database will contain only information that will be relevant for peer networking including career interest, and current expertise as well as social interest and activities. It will be hosted on the IEEE entity web hosting site.


The current calendar was ratified and we propose to hold at least one event before the end of the year (preferably to include some presentation). It was also decided that members can attend events with none IEEE members, including spouses and colleagues.




The October meeting of the IEEE GOLD (Baltimore Affinity Group) will be held at the Historical Electronic Museum on Thursday October 2nd, 2003 at 6:00 pm. All members are encouraged to attend as very important issues regarding the direction of the Baltimore GOLD will be discussed. Light refreshments will be provided.



We recently found out that we will require six signatures of members for proper documentation at the IEEE  and will thus crave the indulgence of those who can make the meeting to endeavor to come as we will need six signatories to complete the documentation.


We also need more volunteers with our activities and program and look forward to meeting you all.





GOLD in Other Places

The Northern Virginia GOLD held a Picnic on Saturday September 27 at the  Almond Court, Sterling VA. 



Some Resources for Engineers The IEEE Financial Advantage is one of the Many Services available to IEEE members who enjoy group rates and special discount on various services including, Mortgage, Auto Insurance, Home Owners Insurance, Health and Life Insurance, IEEE Credit Card as well as many other services that may be of benefit to IEEE members in general and all these services are available to IEEE GOLD members IEE Financial Advantage



Making the Best Use of your Membership. Membership of IEEE Societies usually cost some extra dollars yearly but comes with tremendous advantages. Each Society publishes excellent Technical Journals and other publications filled with cutting edge peer review articles that will help you stay at the cutting edge of technology. The IEEE Computer Society even have a free learning portal for Engineers who may like to hone their skill in such Technology subjects as .Net Technology, Java, C++, Project Management, Networking, Linux and many more. Taking advantage of these resources will not only save you a lot of money but also keep you relevant and updated.


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Request for Content: All members are encouraged to contribute to this newsletter, sharing information and resources that may be of use to others and recommending links, articles and even books. I look forward to your participation and a thriving community.



Wole Akpose