Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 21:52:18 -0500 From: "William B. Harrison"
Subject: Membership Development Committee Report To: r3-excom1998 To: IEEE Region 3 Executive Committee From: Bill Harrison, Region 3 Membership Development Committee Chair Subject: Membership Development Committee Report Date: 15 January 1998 Jim Howard's accomplishments in Membership Development will be a hard act to follow. Jim, as the IEEE's Membership Development Chair, will lead the MD effort for all regions, including ours. I hope Region 3 can help Jim in his awesome task. I am just beginning to glimpse the "opportunities" involved and to see what a fine job Jim has done for Region 3. Please help me identify people throughout the region you think could help Region 3 meet its Membership Development goals and objectives. The draft Region 3 Goals and Objectives presented in Huntsville in November included the following under the heading of MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. Downright scary! GOAL: Increase Student Member transition to full membership. Increase member retention. OBJECTIVES: 1a. Publicize awards in local newsletters 1b. Increase nominations for each Region 3 award (by 1998: seven/award; by 2000 one/area/award) 1c. Initiate at least one new Educational Activities Award and one new Professional Activities Award in 1998 and one EA Award in 1999. 1d. Increase Region 3 Senior Members to 10% of Institutes's 1e. Increase Region 3 Fellows to 7% of Institutes's 1f. Have each Section personally contact members in arrears 1g. Encourage and support formation of Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) groups in Sections - develop 50% participation in 1998 and 70% in 1999. 1h. Initiate an aggressive student program in each Section that reverses the negative student membership trend. This should include programs that publicize and promote the reduction of the cost of student membership. Monitor results and report to EXCOM and RAB. Before we can go very far accomplishing goals and objectives, we need to assure that an MD officer has been appointed for every Section. Area Chairs -- HELP! According to Jim Howard, the IEEE Membership Development Committee (MDC) has undertaken a "4 R's based on 4 I's" initiative to promote Recruitment, Retention, Recovery and Recognition based on Information, Identification, Innovation and Implementation. This initiative is taking a critical look at all IEEE membership activities. As a part of this initiative, the IEEE MDC will be meeting in in Baltimore on 29-22 February 1998 to deploy training strategies, to share best practices, and for operational planning. I plan to attend the Membership Development meeting. I propose that Region 3 demonstrate its commitment to membership development goals, objectives and tasks by sending a second attendee to the Membership Development meeting. Teamwork and backup are required if we are to make a dent in the Region's membership development aims. Thanks for your support of this crucial activity. As Jim Howard has said, "Members constitute the lifeblood of the IEEE and its Societies".