Thursday, August 25, 2016

President's Blog - August 2016

Dear Chapter Stakeholders –
In this edition of the President’s Blog:
  • Professional Development
  • Board Vacancy: Vice President of Finance
  • PMI-Tucson Bylaws
  • Book Buzz
  • Speaker Ideas
  • Presentation Materials

Professional Development
Last month, PMI-Tucson was fortunate to gain a transplant from the San Diego Chapter, Ty Chang. In California, he served as Vice President of Professional Development, and was instrumental in the success of that Chapter’s program. Thankfully for us, he’s ready to assist the PMI-Tucson Chapter in the development and implementation of Professional Development program here. (At this time, PMI-Tucson Bylaws do not provide for a Vice President of Professional Development role, so Ty has been approved by the Board to function as our Director of Professional Development.)

I am very excited about this because I know it’s something our members will value.

Of course, the launch of this ambitious project will require volunteers to support. Be on the lookout for opportunities posted to VRMS: We’ll need a Course Director, Course Manager, Course Coordinator, and several Course Instructors. (Volunteers may claim PDU credit for their efforts.)

Please welcome Ty to our Chapter, and be sure to contact him ( if you have ideas about this initiative!

Board Vacancy: Vice President of Finance
Unfortunately, our proposed Vice President of Finance had an unexpected personal situation arise and she had to withdraw from consideration. If you’re interested in serving on the Board, please review the VRMS posting for the position, and/or contact Neil Jones ( or Eve Cran (
PMI-Tucson Bylaws
Final news item regarding our PMI-Tucson Bylaws – the recent revisions have been approved by our membership. Thank you for taking the time to review our old and revised Bylaws, and then for voting to approve them. If you missed the opportunity to vote but still want to review the Bylaws, they are located on the PMI-Tucson website under About Us\Bylaws.
Book Buzz
Quick reminder about Book Buzz! We’ve had a good response to this quarter’s selection: Ava S. Butler’s Mission Critical Meetings: 81 Practical Facilitation Techniques. Please join us on Saturday, September 17th at Caffe LucĂ© (4205 N. Campbell) to discuss this book – with the author! Ava has graciously agreed to attend, so don’t miss this opportunity to further explore the topic of meeting efficacy with the author! Register on the PMI-Tucson Events page.
Speaker Ideas
We’re always interested in ideas for speakers -- please contact Jason Falter ( if you have suggestions.

Presentation Materials
Looking for the materials presented by a speaker at one of our meetings? If the speaker provided permission to post them, they can be found on the PMI-Tucson website under Chapter Members\Presentations.
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By the time this blog is published, classes will have started at the University of Arizona. Many of you know that I am an adjunct lecturer of Project Management at the school. My schedule this term is Tuesday and Thursday evenings, so unfortunately I will not be able to attend any of the Tucson dinner meetings until the end of the year. I regret this inaccessibility, but as my schedule permits I will attend other PMI events. If you have an idea for the Chapter, wish to volunteer, or ask a question of me, please do not hesitate to contact me at I look forward to hearing from you!