One of the things that I have noted about the Data Management Association International (DAMA-I) over the last several years is the growth that it continues to achieve. This growth can be seen clearly in the number of attendees at conferences and certainly in the strength of the curriculum at those conferences. However, the growth that is more stunning to me is in the recognition DAMA-I has and continues to achieve throughout the information management world.

Recently, I attended a seminar in a state other than my own. The seminar offered discounts to DAMA-I or local DAMA chapter attendees. In the past this was a rarity, but it is becoming more and more commonplace. This should not be stunning, yet it does demonstrate the stature and strength that DAMA-I has achieved. This is most certainly good news for the local chapters.

The seminar's registration table presented flyers from local DAMA chapters announcing their upcoming meeting events. When I conversed with those in attendance, I found people either asking about joining or thinking about organizing a local chapter.

This stature has not been achieved easily, nor has it happened overnight. It has taken the combined hard work of the DAMA-I board and the local DAMA chapters. The international and local boards are comprised of professionals such as yourselves who volunteer their time and energy to make positive things happen. Without this dedication, DAMA-I would most certainly begin to lose all that has been accomplished to date.

While my primary function is keeping DAMA-I on the straight and narrow and ensuring that the bylaws, trademarks and administration of internal operations are correct and current, it is also important to actively participate at board meetings by offering opinions and information in support of the efforts of other board members.

DAMA-I's growth will only continue with involved membership in local chapters and DAMA-I. As a contributing member of the community of data management professionals, DAMA-I needs your support as a member of the organization. As other board members have written previously, visit the DAMA-I Web page at www.dama.org, and if you are not already, consider getting involved. If a chapter does not exist in your locale, you can join as a member- at-large. You cannot make a difference if you do not participate.

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.
Boston E-mail Kris Chatterjee, Kris_Chatterjee@gillette.com, for meeting schedule.
British Columbia, Canada Call Peter Kho, 604-666-3027, or e-mail khop@vcn.bc.ca.
Canberra, Australia E-mail Rob Smith- Roberts, rsmithrob@oosw.com.au, for meeting details.
Carolina E-mail Connie Cain, cain.connie@burlington.com, for meeting schedule.
Central Ohio
(Columbus)
Visit www.DAMACOC.org for meeting schedule or contact information.
Central Virginia Contact Ryan Slye, ryans@suntrust.com, for more information or visit www.goto/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, presdient of HoT at gwmiller4445@earthlink.net.
Houston Call Ted Kowalski at 713-241-2030 or e-mail chapteradmin@damahouston.org.
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.
Kentucky Tri-State Contact Pat Lavigne, 502-774-7425, for more 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.
Nashville Contact Bryan Jones, 615-748-1421, for meeting schedule.
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 516- 221-5560 for meeting details.
North Florida Chapter now forming! Contact Susan E. Stelzmann, stelzman@mail.irm.state.fl.us, for more information.
Ohio
(Southwest)
Visit http://www.dama-oh.org/ for chapter information.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. Visit http://www.dama.org/chapters/philly.htm 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 DAMA Day 2002 ­ – Meta Data featuring Michael Brackett, Len Silverston and Peter Aiken, August 13th, and an all-day Meta Data Tutorial on August 14th presented by Michael Brackett. 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 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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