October marks the beginning of autumn, a time to prepare for an upcoming year with new challenges. For DAMA, a new season is a time of renewal and change in leadership at both the chapter level and in DAMA International. I have personally served as a DAMA officer for nine rewarding years, first with the San Francisco DAMA chapter and now with DAMA International. DAMA service has brought me tremendous professional benefits through innumerable contacts and exposure in the industry. It has provided me opportunities to meet and learn from the world experts in Information Resource Management (IRM). Additionally, through participation in DAMA, I have made many lasting friendships with fellow professionals dedicated to a common goal: improvement of data management practices and data quality. Together we have experienced enormous pride and satisfaction at seeing an expanded awareness, understanding, competence and effectiveness for practitioners in our field.

I invite you, DM Review readers and data management professionals, to join me in the rewards and benefits of DAMA service, whether at the local chapter level or with DAMA International. Each organization has various board positions calling for different skills and interests, as briefly described below:

Education programs ­ Collaborating with renowned experts and practitioners to arrange quality educational events and working with academic institutions to establish certification in our industry.

Publicity and Communications ­ Publishing newsletters and developing other communication mechanisms for keeping the membership and public informed about DAMA activities.

Industry Services ­ Working with vendors of relevant data management products and services in connection with events and programs to benefit our constituents.

Finance and Treasury ­ Stewarding the resources of DAMA and funding its activities.

Online Services ­ Building and running Web sites, e-commerce and similar endeavors for the advancement of our profession.

Member and Chapter Services ­ Directly supporting our membership either one-on-one or through development of new chapters all over the world.

Presidency ­ Exercising executive skills to keep the organization running smoothly and lead it on a positive path toward meeting strategic goals.

I strongly urge you to consider joining and participating in a DAMA organization near you. Contact me (president@dama.org) or your local chapter for more information. If there is no DAMA chapter near you, we can help you start a chapter with other like-minded professionals in your area. I am sure you will find the DAMA leadership experience a very rewarding one.

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
Austin/San Antonio Chapter now forming! Contact Attila Finta, Attila@dama.org, for more information.
Atlanta Call Carol Knight, 770-392-0456, for meeting schedule.
Boston Email Kris Chatterjee, Kris_Chatterjee@gillette.com, for meeting schedule.
Brisbane, Australia Contact Paul Fendley, paul.fendley@dnr.gld.gov.au, 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, robsr@acslink.net.au, for meeting details.
Carolina E-mail Doug McCurry, Douglas_McCurry@belk.com, for meeting schedule.
Chicago Brett Champlin, bchamplin@concentric.net, for meeting schedule, or visit http://www.damachicago.org/.
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Rodney Cole, 972-699-6240, for meeting schedule.
(Rocky Mountain)
Contact Janet Schoen, 303-758-3030, ext 209 for meeting schedule, or visit: http://www.dama- rmc.org/.
Houston Contact Contact Sabrina York, 281-997-0613, for meeting schedule.
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, ceck@comm2000.it or 1-3923-02-2533, for meeting schedule.
Kansas City Contact Erik J. Brokaw, 816-774-7425, for more information.
Kentucky Tri-State Contact Pat Lavigne, 502-560-4598, for meeting schedule.
London Chapter now forming! Contact Brett Champlin, bchamplin@concentric.net, for more information.
Los Angeles Contact Bill Harrenberg, wharenberg@aol.com, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia October 18-20: 4th Annual Australian DAMA Conference. Contact Daniel Moody, +61-3-9650-5100 or danielm@staff.dis.unimelb.edu.au< /A>, for details.
Minnesota Call Dawn Michels, 651-486-4626, for meeting schedule.
Nashville Brian Jones, 615- 748-1421, for meeting schedule.
New Jersey October 14: Data Administration at Johnson and Johnson, Carol Delbene. November 11: Vendor Day. Visit http://www.dama-nj.org/for chapter information.
New York City Please see http://www.dama-ny.com/, for meeting details.
New York
(Northeast Region)
E-mail info@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 Contact Sam Hughes, shughes@eesus.jnj.com, for meeting schedule.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. Visit http://www.dama.org/chapters/philly.htmor call 610-690-1653 for more information.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-766-5486 or visit http://www.dama-phx.org/, for meeting schedule.
Portland Rita Wheeler, 503-321-6495, for meeting schedule.
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact Toni Lynn Johnson, datacons@frontiernet.net, for meeting schedule.
Sacramento Call Cortina Martinez, 916-654-9596, for meeting schedule, or visit http://www.dama.net/.
San Francisco Bay Area December 8: DAMA Day 99. Call Rose Romero, 415-394-0900, for details.
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, +46-8-80-22-40, or eskil.swende@irm.se, for meeting schedule.
Seattle Contact Thom Harrington, thohar@safeco.com, for meeting schedule, or visit http://www.halcyon.com/drma/br conf/brs.htm.
Spain Chapter now forming! Contact Jesus Luengo, jgluengo@at-systems.com, for more information.
St. Louis Please visit the DAMA-St. Louis Chapter Web site at http://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 event details.
Topeka Chapter now forming! Contact Dan Roehler, 785-291-3477, for more information.
Toronto, Canada
Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at http://www.irmac.ca/ for information about upcoming meeting and event details.
Washington, D.C.
(National Capitol Region)
Contact Jim Carpenter, carpenterj@bls.gov, for meeting schedule.
Wisconsin Contact Ed Lance, 608-242-4100, elance@amfam.com, for details.

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