After reading the title of this column, you may be asking yourself, "What exactly does the Vice President of Operations for DAMA International do?"

Like each of the other board members, I actively participate in all of the board meetings and teleconferences. As VP of Operations, I have the responsibility of documenting each of those sessions and making those documents available to our membership on the DAMA International Web site (www.dama.org). For those meetings, I make sure that the teleconferencing services are properly set up for both for both international and U.S. attendees. I also take care of getting all teleconference needs established for any of the DAMA International subcommittees.

I also have other operational responsibilities. One very important responsibility is in ensuring that the DAMA International logo and trademark are legally protected, nationally and internationally.

Other current activities that I have been asked to perform are researching the possibility of health insurance for our membership and getting our bylaws up to date. In the past, I reviewed vendor contracts and our financial statements from those partnerships. I also serve, at the request of the president, on different ad hoc committees. For instance, I was a member of the committee that set up and oversaw the recent board elections.

The tasks other board members and I perform for DAMA International are varied and critically important to the continued successful operation of the organization. Board members are volunteers and provide various amounts of personal time in roles for DAMA International; some have done so for a number of years. I personally applaud the board members for their exceptional efforts in DAMA International's achieved success.

There are also several board members who, as I do, concurrently serve on local chapter boards. I am noting this fact to make you aware that there is plenty of room and need for your support of these organizations. I have been involved with DAMA in some manner for nearly 10 years. My participation is evidence that I believe these are excellent organizations that provide education and support in all areas of data management.

If you aren't a member of a DAMA chapter or you have not visited the informative DAMA International Web site, I urge you do so.

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 Bruce Hart, BHart@ProcessEconomics.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 877-659-4309 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 www.damacoc.org for meeting details and membership information.
Ohio
(Southwest)
DAMA Day: May 15, 2003, featuring John Zachman and Doug Eriksen. Visit www.dama.org/SWOhio/Meetings.htm for more information or 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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