It’s that time of the year again. Time to get in some nominations for the 2011 PASSMN Board of Directors. PASSMN is the Minnesota PASS Chapter or SQL Server User Group.
The open call will go from October 1 through October 30. This gives you plenty of time to think about it and experience our SQL Saturday to help you decide if you want to give more back to the community.
Hopefully, it won’t be as exciting as the other elections happening across the country. On the other hand, the election could use a little more action than the past couple years. As with past years, we are looking for 5 or more candidates for our election that will occur in November.
So if you are interested in serving on the board… get nominated now. Also, you can nominate others, but they are in no way contractually obligated to run for the board.
I should probably mention a bit about what the board is. Our election process elects five people to the board. And then after the election, the new board meets to divy up the responsibilities. The roles for the board are as follows:
Chair. The Chair will develop the agenda and preside over the meetings of the Executive Board. Serve as the liaison to the national PASS chapter. Responsible for the overall planning of the organization; organizes, directs, oversees and evaluates performance to strategic plan and objectives. Ensure the policies of PASS are followed and carried out. Responsible for leadership succession planning, including nominations, the election process, and the smooth transition of the Executive Board. Coordinate ad hoc responsibilities to members of the Executive Board and ensure that position responsibilities and assigned duties are carried out on a timely basis.
Director of Program Development. The Director of Program Development shall provide strategic leadership in program development, which offers personal and professional development to members and prospective members. Schedule and coordinate presentations and presenters for the regular meetings. Coordinate with the Executive Board to determine the content of future meetings. Work with the Director of Membership to determine specific expertise from within the chapter or group, identify potential external presenters, and identify vendors for presentations. Identify potential social-gathering events outside the recurring monthly meetings. Organize catering of the monthly meetings.
Director of Membership/Treasurer. The Director of Membership/Treasurer shall collect, manage, and utilize data collected about the members of the chapter or group; shall ensure that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law; and shall serve as custodian of the records of the chapter or group; shall receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the chapter or group from any sources whatsoever, and shall deposit all such monies in the name of the chapter or group in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws; shall submit financial reports to the Executive Board at its regular meetings and to the membership at the Annual Meeting.
Director of Corporate Development. The Director of Corporate Development communicates with local dealers and vendors on special offers and support of the Chapter or group with its various programs and projects. Serve as the liaison between the chapter or group and SQL Server vendors on the strategy and execution of outreach programs.
Director of Technology. The Director of Technology provides strategic direction for the PASSMN Web site (redesign; enhancements, functionality; new product development; relationship building with third parties). Interfaces with other board members to identify Web needs specific to their areas; facilitates delivery of those needs based on priority and budget. Supports strategy and implementation of board programs via IT infrastructure. Serves as main contact to Web staff/service organization in helping to prioritize projects and focus efforts. Monitors critical dates and ensures appropriate content gets posted/updated on time. Reviews Web site regularly; monitors to see if new information is being posted (makes sure the Web site stays “fresh”). Periodically checks functionality (page loading, navigation, and valid links). Checks Web statistics. Supports special projects as determined and assigned by the board of directors.
These aren’t hard and fast roles, but we do use them to guide what work we will do and who will handle it.