Have you ever pondered the question: What services does DAMA International provide to me, as an individual? During the last several months, I have been working closely with a representative group of chapter presidents, through the Presidents' Council, to identify services desired by our membership.

The first question raised by this committee was: Who are our members? Currently, we estimate chapter-based membership to be approximately 5,000 people. In addition to the chapters, DAMA also has more than 100 members at large ­ members of DAMA International who are not affiliated with a local DAMA chapter. While most of these members are from the United States, they also reside in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, France, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Historically, all of the membership information has been maintained within each individual chapter. Our inability to assess a consolidated view of membership limits our ability to provide a robust set of services to our global members. We must know who each of you are on an international scale. In response, DAMA International is beginning its effort to provide a consolidated international perspective of membership information. This task is being embraced by the Presidents' Council for system development and implementation. We hope to have the final production version available during 2001.

As we gain a further awareness of our members, our focus can turn to the larger question: What services would you, the individual, like from DAMA International? The list of tangible benefits today primarily includes various professional and conference discounts. What are the tangible benefits you would like to see? We'd like to hear your ideas. Please, communicate your ideas to me via e-mail at VP_Member_Services@dama.org, to any member of the DAMA International Board or have your chapter president voice your opinions through the Presidents' Council.

One final thought as we move into a new year, please consider serving as an officer of your local chapter or DAMA International. As an all volunteer organization, DAMA will only be strong if you participate. Please visit the DAMA Web site at www.dama.org for your local chapter contact information.

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
Austin/San Antonio Contact Neal Woods, stykman@texas.net. The chapter meets the last Monday of January-May and August-October at 7:00 p.m. in San Marcos.
Atlanta Contact Eileen Ponich, eponich@metlife.com, 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, rsmithrob@oosw.com.au, for meeting details.
Carolina E-mail Doug McCurry, Douglas_McCurry@belk.com, for meeting schedule.
Chicago E-mail Brett Champlin, bchamplin@concentric.net, for meeting schedule, or visit http://www.damachicago.org/.
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Rodney Cole, 972-693-1009, for meeting schedule.
(Rocky Mountain)
Contact Janet Schoen, 303-894-3810 for meeting schedule or visit www.dama- rmc.org.
Heart of Texas Contact Neal Woods, stykman@texas.net. The chapter meet the last Monday of January-May and August-October at 7:00 p.m. in San Marcos.
Houston Contact Sabrina York, 281-997-0613, for meeting schedule.
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, ceck@comm2000.it or 3923 02 2533, for meeting schedule.
Kansas City Contact Kevin Phelps, Kevin_Phelps@americancentury.com for more 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, +61-3-9650-5100, or danielm@staff.dis.unimelb.edu.au or http://www.dama.org.au/ for details.
Minnesota Call Dawn Michels, 651-486-4626, for meeting schedule.
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.
New York
(Northeast Region)
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.
Contact Mark Wysong, mwysong@kpmg.com, for meeting schedule.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. Visit http://www.dama.org/chapters/philly.htm or call 610-690-1653 for more information.
Phoenix Contact Stephanie Dietzman, sldietzman@srpnet.com, for more information.
Portland Call Linda Kresl, lkresl@rocketmail.com or 360-212-1179.
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact Sue Bartleson, sbartleson@paychex.com, for meeting schedule.
Sacramento Valley Call Nabil Fares, 916-657-6083, nfares@dmv.ca.gov, for meeting schedule or visit www.dama.room.net P.O. Box 996, Sacramento, CA 95812-0996.
San Francisco Bay Area Call Rose Romero, 510-304-1044, for details or see www.sfdama.org. DI Seminar see www.icmsf.com/. DAMA Day December 13, 2000.
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, +46-8-80-22-40, or eskil.swende@irm.se for meeting schedule.
Seattle (DRMA) Contact Corey Smith, csmith@kanbay.com, for meeting schedule or visit www.halcyon.com/drma/.
Spain Contact Jesus Luengo, jgluengo@at- systems.com, for more information.
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 2000 Conference details.
Topeka Chapter now forming! Contact Dan Roehler, 785-291-3477, for more information.
Toronto, Canada
Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at www.irmac.ca for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, D.C.
(National Capitol 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.

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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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