What Is? IEEE Sections Congress The Sections Congress provides a means for Sections representatives to netowrk among themselves and with IEEE leaders. It also serves as a forum for member ideas and recommendations about and for IEEE activities. The following description is taken from this year's brochure. "Each Sections Congress, held every three years since 1984, has provided the IEEE Section leadership from each of IEEE's ten Regions a priceless opportunity to impact the future of the IEEE. Sections Congress is the ideal place to network and share knowledge, providing a means to increase leadership skills and a working knowledge of the IEEE. It is also a venue for expressing opinions and concerns through Recommended Actions, which will be used by the IEEE Boards to guide the Institute into the 21st century. "The goals of the l996 Congress reflect the theme of Ideas for the Future, and are three-fold: to provide a means for the attendees to become familiar with the resources available and the means to access them, maximizing their abilities as IEEE volunteer leaders; to create an environment conducive to the sharing of ideas, concerns, and solutions, both during the Congress and after; finally, and perhaps most importantly, to serve as a forum for Section representatives and other local leaders, enabling them to voice - on the behalf of the collective membership - the ideas, issues, and recommendations which will impact on the development and growth of the IEEE, reinforcing its vitality and relevance to those it serves. "In addition to the individual growth and networking fostered by the Sections Congress, there are more far-reaching results. The caucuses will generate specific, practical Recommended Actions. On Monday morning, during the Closing Ceremony, the delegates will have the opportunity to assign a priority level to each of the Recommended Actions through the balloting process. The results will be announced as part of the ceremony, and will be delivered to the IEEE leadership for implementation in strategic planning for the future of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc." Dan Jackson reports that past Congresses have been attended by representatives from about three-quarters of the Sections - world-wide, and that the recommendations are taken very seriously by the IEEE leadership. David Livingston represented the Virginia Mountain Section at the congress in Denver on November 1-4 and will have a report in the next (January) issue of the Newsletter.