In my first year as officially elected Vice President of Member Services, I am pleased to report that our membership for members-at-large (members who are not affiliated with a chapter) has almost doubled!

In April of this year while at the Meta Data Symposium in San Antonio, Texas, I hosted a dinner for the members-at-large. A record number of participants attended the Meta Data DAMA-I Symposium. During the course of dinner, some of the members in attendance brought up the idea of a virtual chapter. A virtual chapter would give us the opportunity to offer:

  • Online registration (using something such as PayPal).
  • Chapter Board Officers (President, Web Master, Treasurer, etc.).
  • A Web site exclusively for members-at-large (with chat services, knowledge transfer and whatever content we desire).
  • Our own DAMA dues which would go into our own treasury. We could use these dues to sponsor events for members-at-large, establish a meeting at the Symposium and perhaps hold another in-person meeting during the year at the location of our choice.

Many of the members-at-large agreed that a virtual chapter is the direction in which we want to go. I sent an e-mail explaining the virtual chapter idea to the DAMA-I list server approximately one month after the symposium and received a great response. There was a volunteer for President. Several people volunteered to get the Web site up and running. Now, I look forward to working with the volunteers and managing the coordination to get everything in place.
If you would be interested in volunteering for a board position or offering your assistance with the formation of the virtual chapter, please send me an e-mail. I look forward to serving as Vice President of Member Services and strive to grow and enhance our numbers and services to our members worldwide. For additional information, or if you would like to join DAMA-I, drop me a line at VP_Member_Services@dama.org or lakresl@lindakresl.com.

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
http://www.dama.org/
Austin/San Antonio The chapter meets the last Monday of January-May and August-October at 7:00 p.m. in San Marcos. For more information see www.main.org/hotdama.
Atlanta Contact Barbara Helmer, BHelmer@DataArchitects.com, for meeting schedule or visit www.dama-atl.org.
Boston E-mail Kris Chatterjee, dama_boston@yahoo.com, for meeting schedule or visit www.geocities.com/BostonDama.
Canberra, Australia Contact peter.pe.davis@centrelink.gov.au for meeting details or visit www.dama.org.au/canberra/.
Carolina E-mail Connie Cain, cain.connie@burlington.com, for meeting schedule.
Central Florida

Chapter now forming! Contact Bob Gagnon at bgagnon@neorislogistics.com for more information.

Central Virginia For more information visit www.go.to/dama-cv.
Chicago Visit www.DAMAChicago.org for meeting schedule or contact information.
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Rodney Cole, 972-693-1009, for meeting schedule or visit www.dfwdama.org.
Denver
(Rocky Mountain)
Visit www.dama-rmc.org for meeting schedule or contact Mark Dalton at Mark_Dalton@jdedwards.com or 303-334-5881.
Germany http://www.informatik.tu-cottbus.de/~thalheim/DAMA/dama.html.
Heart of Texas
(HoT Chapter)
For more information see www.main.org/hotdama or contact Wayne Miller, president of HoT at gwmiller4445@earthlink.net.
Houston Call Ted Kowalski at 713-241-2030 or e-mail chapteradmin@damahouston.org.
Iowa Visit the newly formed Iowa Chapter at www.datamodel.org/dama.
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, ceck@comm2000.it or 3923 02 2533, for meeting schedule.
Kansas City Visit www.dama.org/chapters/KC.htm for chapter information.
London Chapter now forming! Contact Brett Champlin, bchamplin@concentric.net, for more information.
Los Angeles Contact Bill Harenburg, wharenburg@aol.com, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia Contact Daniel Moody, danielm@staff.dis.unimelb.edu.au or http://www.dama.org.au/ or +61-3-9650-5100 for details.
Michigan Visit www.dama-michigan.org for meeting schedule or contact information.
Minnesota Visit www.dama-mn.org for chapter information.
New Jersey Visit www.dama-nj.org for chapter information.
New York City Please see www.dama-ny.com or call 212-439-0063 for meeting details.
Northeast Region
(New York)
E-mail registration@damane.org or call John Lucas at 516-221-5560. See www.damane.org for meeting details.
Ohio (Central) Chapter meets quarterly. Visit http://www.damacoc.org for meeting details and membership information.
Ohio
(Southwest)
Visit http://www.dama.org/SWOhio/default.htm for chapter information.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. Visit http://www.dama-phila.org/ or call 610-690- 1653 for more information.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-766-5486, or visit www.dama-phx.org, for meeting schedule.
Portland Visit www.dama-pdx.org for meeting schedule and chapter information. For more information, please contact Linda Kresl at president@dama-pdx.org.
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact Sue Bartleson, sbartleson@paychex.com, for meeting schedule or visit www.damaruny.org.
Sacramento Valley Call Judy Candlish, 916-227-3074, candlij@hdcdojnet.state.ca.us, for meeting schedule or visit http://go.to/dama-sac. P.O. Box 996, Sacramento, CA 95812- 0996.
San Francisco Bay Area Call Dan Weller, 510-272-8126, for details or see www.sfdama.org.
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, +46-8-80-22-40, or eskil.swende@irm.se for meeting schedule.
Seattle (DRMA) Visit www.drma-seattle.org for registration and meeting details.
St. Louis Please visit the DAMA-St. Louis Chapter Web site at www.damastlouis.org for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Sydney, Australia Contact Robert Arnold, damasydney@poboxes.com, or +61-2-9211-6200, for meeting and DAMA Australia conference details.
Topeka Chapter now forming! Contact Dan Roehler, 785-291-3477, for more information.
Toronto, Canada (Information Resource Management Association of Canada) Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at www.irmac.ca for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, D.C.
(National Capital Region)
Contact Jim Carpenter, carpenterj@bls.gov, or www.dama-ncr.org or call DAMA-NCR headquarters at 703-442-8780.
Wisconsin Contact Cathy Stacy, cstacy@wpsic.com, for meeting details.
Can't find a chapter near you? Check out our Web site, www.dama.org, for information about our Member-at-Large program. Send updates for this listing to vp_communications@dama.org.

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