Sunday, July 31, 2016

President's Blog - July 2016

Dear Chapter Stakeholders –

In this edition of the President’s Blog:

  • Speaker Ideas
  • Director of Volunteers
  • VP of Finance Board Position
  • PMI-Tucson Bylaws
  • Book Buzz

Speaker Ideas

VP Programs is a challenging and exciting position because the incumbent is responsible for securing speakers for our three monthly meetings.

We could use your ideas for speakers and/or topics. Do you know someone who has an interesting project management story to tell? Are you aware of someone who has some valuable lessons learned to share?

If so, please contact Jason Falter ( at your earliest opportunity!

Director of Volunteers

I am thrilled to announce that Neil P. Jones has become our new Director of Volunteers! Neil joined the Chapter in May, and when he did, he knew he wanted to make a difference straightaway. We had the perfect role for him: Director of Volunteers. The Board is excited to have someone manage the volunteers and volunteer opportunities. Any volunteer opportunity the Board has will be funneled through Neil and posted in PMI’s VRMS (Volunteer Relationship Management System) for all to review. He’ll also ensure opportunities are announced at regular Chapter meetings.

Welcome to the Chapter, and thank you for your immediate contribution!

VP Finance

As many of you are aware, we have a vacancy at the VP Finance position. I’m pleased to report another recent transplant to Arizona (and the Chapter) has volunteered to assume this role. Julie Sharpless is no stranger to Tucson or to PMI, having worked at Raytheon for a number of years before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina. Now she’s back and ready to get involved!
Although the Board has reviewed her impressive resume, they have yet to meet her. So, we’ve approved her on an interim basis to allow the Chapter and the Board to get to know her better, and also to enable Julie to assess if this role is the right fit for her. If you meet her at a regular Chapter meeting, please introduce yourself and make her feel welcome!

PMI-Tucson Bylaws

As discussed in the June 2016 President’s Blog, the Bylaws are ready for your review and vote. If you’re a member of the Chapter, then you received an email requesting you to vote on the proposed revisions by 8 August 2016. Please don’t miss your chance to weigh in on this important document.

Book Buzz 

We’ve had a recommendation to adopt Ava S. Butler’s Mission Critical Meetings: 81 Practical Facilitation Techniques book as our next selection. Many of you may recall that Ava presented at our February dinner breakfast meetings in Tucson. She has graciously agreed to attend our next Book Buzz meeting on Saturday, September 10th to discuss the book, its ideas, and other topics related to meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the author and (most importantly) learn a few things about how to improve the efficacy of your meetings.

See you soon!