The President's Message

February 2015

by Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo, President

Established 1987

"Promoting the Harmony of Computer Education, and Camaraderie"

(Immediate Past President James Brown is substituting for President Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo this month. — Editor)

With the beginning of the new year, many responsibilities come into focus; the main concern that involves the computer club membership is the coming election of the board of directors. I refer you our CIPCUG website, where the by-laws of our organization are listed. The election usually takes place in the month of May, and our fiscal year begins July 1.

There are both elected and appointed members of the board. The elected members are president, vice president/program chairman, secretary, and treasurer. The immediate past president is an automatic member of the board. The appointed members are technical adviser, Web page editor, TOE editor, membership chairman, and reviews chairman. The ex-officio members are CIPCUG ISP signups, sound equipment technicians, publicity chairman and SIG coordinator.

All the elected positions are up this year. The president serves a two-year term, which ends this year, and cannot be elected to a consecutive term. We have been quite fortunate that just about everyone on the board is dedicated to their tasks and usually will accept re-election.

This year we must choose two positions. President Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo will transit to the immediate past president’s chair. We must also elect a secretary. Our immediate past secretary, Diane Mortensen-Henderson and her husband, Bill, are moving out of the area. Diane has served admirably for eight years, and we will miss her greatly. We wish her and her husband the very best.

The responsibilities of the president are varied but not difficult. The primary duty is presiding over the business portion of the general meeting and leading the board meetings for the various reports that may be on the table. If other issues should arise, the entire board will assist. Certainly you are not required to be technically astute. However, with the exposure come benefits — you will become more technically aware, you may have the opportunity to go to conferences, you may be presented with the opportunity to receive software of value. So every opportunity has its pluses and minuses; however in this case the positives far outweigh any minuses. It is the board’s hope that volunteers for these two positions will come forward and submit their names for nomination and election. -Jim Brown,
DC, ACN, Immediate Past President

Happy computing!