The DAMA Presidents Council took advantage of their presence at the Orlando DAMA Conference to share ideas. Twenty members of global chapters brainstormed issues. The overall plan was to elicit ideas from the presidents in the morning and present those findings to the DAMA International (DAMA-I) board for feedback. In previous years, the presidents took more of a listening role as the board reported their direction and strategy. This year, I decided to have the chapter presidents meet alone for a few hours to allow for freedom of expression and free flow of ideas.

Professional facilitator and DAMA member Shelley Lieberman moderated the session. Her three-prong strategy was to define the chapter goals, brainstorm issues and formulate questions and suggestions. The Presidents Council came up with the following major issues and recommendations:

Vendor Relations: Chapters need to clarify their relationships with vendors and understand their role. Should we be vendor independent?

Chapter Growth: Chapters need to draw more workers with a strong spirit of volunteerism. This can be supported by notifying a member's business manager about the value he/she adds to DAMA. Chapters should align their mission statement with DAMA-I's and build on the strategic and tactical thinking of members.

Chapter Membership: How can we increase membership? What can DAMA-I offer to support that effort? We should consider standardizing member types.

Financing: We need to understand what benefits DAMA-I offers in order to entice new membership. Should we be member-driven or event-driven in our efforts to increase revenue?

Speaker Tours: We should take advantage of speakers' services offered by DAMA-I. This means that the speakers should be listed clearly with information concerning their latest engagements.

Finally, the presidents voted on an action plan to meet more than once a year. Their next event will be a conference call prior to the Wilshire Conference in November. Then, there will be a face-to-face meeting for those attending the November Wilshire Conference. Finally, they will meet again next May at the Los Angeles Conference. Future meetings will be more focused, with one topic per meeting.

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
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
Atlanta Contact Barbara Helmer,, for meeting schedule or visit
Boston E-mail Kris Chatterjee,, for meeting schedule or visit
Canberra, Australia Contact for meeting details or visit
Carolina E-mail Connie Cain,, for meeting schedule.
Central Florida

Chapter now forming! Contact Bob Gagnon at for more information.

Central Virginia For more information visit
Chicago Visit for meeting schedule or contact information.
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Rodney Cole, 972-693-1009, for meeting schedule or visit
(Rocky Mountain)
Visit for meeting schedule or contact Mark Dalton at or 303- 334-5881.
Germany http://www.informatik.tu-
Heart of Texas
(HoT Chapter)
For more information see or contact Wayne Miller, president of HoT at
Houston Call Ted Kowalski at 713-241-2030 or e-mail
Iowa Visit the newly formed Iowa Chapter at
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, or 3923 02 2533, for meeting schedule.
Kansas City Visit for chapter information.
London Contact Simon Dunford,, for more information.
Los Angeles Contact Bill Harenburg,, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia Contact Daniel Moody, or or +61-3-9650-5100 for details.
Michigan Visit for meeting schedule or contact information.
Minnesota Visit for chapter information.
New Jersey Visit for chapter information.
New York City Please see or call 212-723-3045 for meeting details.
Ohio (Central) Chapter meets quarterly. Visit for meeting details and membership information.
Visit for chapter information.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. Visit or call 610-690-1653 for more information.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-766- 5486, or visit, for meeting schedule.
Portland Visit for meeting schedule and chapter information. For more information, please contact Linda Kresl at
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact Sue Bartleson,, for meeting schedule or visit
Sacramento Valley Call Judy Candlish, 916-227-3074,, for meeting schedule or visit P.O. Box 996, Sacramento, CA 95812- 0996.
San Francisco Bay Area Call Dan Weller, 510-272-8126, for details or see
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, +46-8-80-22-40, or for meeting schedule.
Seattle (DRMA) Visit for registration and meeting details.
St. Louis Please visit the DAMA-St. Louis Chapter Web site at for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Sydney, Australia Contact Robert Arnold,, 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 for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, D.C.
(National Capital Region)
Contact Jim Carpenter,, or or call DAMA-NCR headquarters at 703-442-8780.
Wisconsin Contact Cathy Stacy,, for meeting details.
Can't find a chapter near you? Check out our Web site,, for information about our Member-at-Large program. Send updates for this listing to

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