22:1 (2007:03) President’s Corner

February 13, 2007 at 4:30 pm | Posted in President, President's Corner | Leave a comment

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Denise Novak, NASIG President

VOTE!!   March is NASIG election time!   This year a Vice President/President Elect, Treasurer and three Members-At-Large will be elected by you. Please take the time to vote and encourage other members to vote.   The Nominations & Elections Committee has worked very hard to present us with a slate of candidates for NASIG offices. As soon as you receive your ballot, mark it and pop it into the mail before it gets lost in the shuffle of all the other paper we deal with every day. There will be Bylaws measures to be voted on this year too, so it will be doubly important for you to send in your vote.

It has become increasingly difficult to find candidates to run for the office of Vice President/President Elect. It’s been stated many times that NASIG is a volunteer organization that depends on its members for leadership.  The Executive Board realizes that the commitment of time and energy is enormous. The board has become increasingly concerned with this issue.  A number of ideas have been discussed to try and mitigate the reluctance many of you have about agreeing to stand for this office.  The Executive Board would like to hear from you, the membership, why likely candidates for the office of Vice President/President Elect will not accept a nomination for this position.  We also need suggestions to remedy the situation. That’s why the brainstorming session at the 2007 NASIG Conference in Louisville, Kentucky will concentrate on this issue.  Please plan to attend this discussion on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 4:00 pm.  Your comments and ideas are essential for the continued success of NASIG as the premier serials organization in North America.

Now for some quick news about the upcoming annual conference which is just around the corner.  The Executive Board is pleased to be able to hold the cost of the conference to the same rate as 2006.  Louisville, Kentucky, is a wonderful city and both the Program Planning Committee and Conference Planning Committee have been working tirelessly to get an outstanding program and conference ready for you. As soon as the website is ready there will be an announcement on NASIG-L.  This is just one more reason to keep reading those messages on YOUR listserv, NASIG-L. Register early and don’t forget to make your room reservation at the SAME time!

Membership renewal experienced some changes this year.  There will be NO paper renewal reminders.  This year, the Database & Directory Committee was able to implement the process for online renewals.  It is working beautifully!  Special kudos should go to the Database & Directory Committee, the Treasurer and all of those who worked on this project.   If you have not renewed yet, please do so at http://www.nasig.org/forms/membership/renew.html. You will be amazed at how easy it is.  You can still print out a copy and mail it with your dues if necessary.

And lastly, I’m thrilled to report on some exciting news from the Site Selection Committee.  After several years of requests to hold the annual conference at a resort, we have found a location that meets the requirements for affordability, location and functionality.  We are going to the Tapatio Cliffs Resort (a Hilton property), Phoenix, Arizona, in June 2008.  The rates are an unbelievable $125 plus tax for a single or double room.  The whole place is beautiful, the rooms are huge and the meeting space will allow for the feel of a college campus with the amenities of a hotel.  Mark your calendars now! The dates of the conference are June 5-8, 2008, with possible preconferences on June 4 and 5.

As you can see, we have been keeping busy this fall and winter.  Please don’t forget to vote.  I look forward to seeing all of you in Louisville, Kentucky!

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