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R5 Director-Elect Nominations

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The IEEE Region 5 Executive Committee is seeking nominations for Region 5 Director-Elect for 2018-19.  For this election cycle the member must come from the Region 5 West Area (El Paso, South Plains, Panhandle, Pikes Peak, Denver, High Plains, Black Hills Sections).  Candidates selected would appear on the IEEE Ballot in the Fall of 2017.  The individual elected by all voting members in Region 5 would serve as follows:

Region 5 Director Elect and R5 Executive Committee Member   2018-19

Region 5 Director and IEEE Board Member in 2020-21

Region 5 Past Director and R5 Executive Committee member     2022-23

Candidates must be of senior member grade or higher, come from the West Area, and submit the nomination form located here.  Anyone can nominate, including self-nomination. To receive consideration, the completed nomination form must be submitted to the Region 5 Past-Director, Derald Morgan, at .  Questions can also be directed to the Past Director.  An acknowledgement email will identify missing information or confirm that the form is complete and will then be placed into consideration.


The deadline for submission is January 15, 2017.

Meetup (Social Media)

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

You may or may not have heard about the social media site which has been around oh, about fifteen years. That’s a long time in social media years. I joined up years ago to get event information in my local area but recently found out that meetup groups have their own websites too. I also heard about one of our own sections, the High Plains Section, who has a meetup website of their own. That’s another innovative use of social media sites to engage members! says this about themselves on their website:

Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

High Plains officer Richard Toftness reports that Meetup makes a difference as it reaches a different demographic from the usual IEEE sites. We see a lot of outside interest in our meetings from people that follow meetup. All of our meetings are open to members and non-members.

While I’m not proposing you abandon an official IEEE website like WordPress or WebInABox (for one, you would lose vTools connectivity like officer roster and calendar event data), you might consider looking into meetup as an adjunct to twitter, facebook, linkedin, and the plethora of other social media sites. Meetup is unique in that it makes it easier for people in your local area to find your website. Who knows, you might even recruit some new members, and that’s not all bad!