What Is? The Virginia Coordinating Council The Virginia Coordinating Council (VCC) is a unique entity created to provide a means of bring all the IEEE sections in Virginia into a single cohesive group. The VCC consists of the Virginia Council, which is the four sections in Virginia in Region 3, and the Northern Virginia Section which is in Region 2. The representatives from the Central Virginia Section, the Hampton Roads Section, the Richmond Section, and the Virginia Mountain Ssection who serve on the Virginia Council are on the Virginia Coordinating Council as well. Two members from the Northern Virginia Section serve as representatives to the VCC. The VCC normally meets immediately following the Virginia Council meeting, and the Northern Virginia representatives sit in on the Virginia Council meeting. There are no other geographic councils in IEEE which cross Regional boundaries. The VCC was created to provide a single entity to consider state wide concerns of all IEEE members in Virginia whether in one of the four sections which are in Region 3 or the one section in Region 2. There was no possibility of getting Northern Virginia into Region 3 because of its orientation toward Washington, DC. It is a member of the National Capital Area Council of Region 2 in the same manner that the other four Virginia Sections are members of the Virginia Council. The VCC represents many more IEEE members than the Virginia Council because Northern Virginia has more members than the other four combined. This is helpful in some lobbying efforts in Richmond on behalf of all electrical engineers. The VCC also provides a good vehicle for cooperation and coordination among all Virginia IEEE members. Every now and then the Virginia Council will hold its meeting in the Northern Virginia area to help in this regard. The chairmanship of the VCC rotates between the Chair of the Virginia Council and a representative from Northern Virginia. As you can see from my explanation the VMS participates in the VCC only through the Virginia Council.