MGA SCOOP, December 2008
A newsletter for IEEE Section, Council, Subsection, and Area Chairs, Treasurers,  Newsletter Editors, and Webmasters


In order to maintain viability and to ensure that all geographic units are meeting the needs of their members, each unit is required to submit annual reports for the following items:

For questions regarding officer reporting, please contact MGA Staff  via

The 2008 Geographic Unit Financial Report and instructions are available online


At its 15 November 2008 meeting, the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board selected the following 2008 MGA Award recipients.

Also selected were recipients for the MGA Achievement, Leadership and MGA Achievement Awards. For a complete list of recipients and additional information visit the MGA Awards Web page.


Geographic Unit Treasurers should be aware that various check fraud schemes exist, and with the current financial crisis impacting the economy, fraudulent activity is on the rise.  IEEE staff has been made aware that in some instances these fraudulent checks display the IEEE name and/or logo, the Operations Center address and even an IEEE Corporate account number. Security measures are in place with IEEE's bank to ensure that IEEE accounts (including Concentration Banking Program accounts) are not in jeopardy, and should a fraudulent check be presented for payment against the accounts, it will be recognized as invalid and fraudulent, and payment denied.

In order to protect IEEE’s bank accounts and funds, it is strongly recommended that all bank statements/activity for local accounts maintained by IEEE Geographic Units or Conferences be reconciled in a timely manner, which is generally 30 days from receipt of the bank statement or its availability on-line. Failure to do so may result in the bank’s refusal to reimburse the account for the fraudulent activity.

If you receive any inquires regarding this type of activity or may think your unit’s account has been impaired by it, please call Charles Krajcsik, IEEE Financial Services, at +1 732 562 6837 or Frank Czapor, IEEE Operations Audit, at +1 732 562 6533.


There is no doubt that each IEEE Geographic Unit (Section, Subsection, Council, Chapter and Affinity Group) has dedicated volunteers who are deserving of recognition of their contributions. The Member and Geographic Activities department has several items - plaques, officer lapel pins, certificates - that can be ordered for presentation to these volunteers. Each item has the IEEE master brand and the certificates have an embossed IEEE seal. The certificates can be customized with the text of your choosing, or may be ordered blank for completion locally.

Additionally, IEEE banners are available for display at conferences or other appropriate IEEE geographic unit events. The blue nylon banners, with white lettering and the IEEE master brand are available in two sizes. The larger banner - 3 feet by 5 feet - can be customized with your unit title. The smaller banner measures 18 inches by 24 inches.

You may view images of the products and down load the order form.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna McClelland by email, phone (+1 732 562 5518) or fax (+1 732 463 3657)


A special anniversary mark has been developed to commemorate IEEE’s 125th anniversary in 2009. All materials being created for 2009 should incorporate the 125th logo in lieu of the standard IEEE Master Brand .Possibilities include, but are not limited to, publications, conference materials, sales collateral, membership materials and any other printed or electronic materials. Web sites should also carry the anniversary mark in 2009. Download the 125th anniversary mark or read about mark usage guidelines.

All volunteers are encouraged to help make the anniversary celebration a success by encouraging development of and participation in online and local 125th activities. Stay up to date on anniversary plans, list your event on the anniversary calendar, or post a message, photo or video at the anniversary Web site.


The IEEE recently announced its class of 2009 Fellows, which consists of members from around the world who have demonstrated an "extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest." They join a group of thousands of other IEEE distinguished Fellows who have contributed to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology. The IEEE Board of Directors awards the honor of Fellow to no more than 0.1 percent of the voting membership as of 31 December of the preceding year. The list of 2009 Fellows is available.  More information on the about the IEEE Fellow Program.


IEEE Member and Geographic Activities

MGA Vision - Ensure Quality Member Opportunities For Continuous Engagement

MGA Mission - Inspire, Enable, Empower and Engage Members of IEEE.  For the purposes of…

IEEE. Fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Note: This newsletter is intended for the interest of IEEE volunteers and may be shared with other volunteers. The newsletter, in its entirety or in part, should not be sent to public bulletin board systems.

Archival issues of SCOOP are available.

IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, December 2008