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Implementing 21st Century Meeting Techniques

Joe Aldridge
USITT President

Only one week on the job, and already I am being pressed to earn my keep! Change brings new challenges, and the first I am encountering is finding a method by which the membership can have access to the information it needs in order to be well-informed about the operations of USITT.

With the recent Bylaws changes, the number of Board meetings has increased from two per year to four. Traditionally, before the passage of the new Bylaws, the USITT Board meetings occurred twice a year with Board members meeting at the Annual Conference and again in conjunction with LDI.

In order to accommodate the additional meetings, we have embarked on twice yearly, web-based meetings. This is a new venture for us, and we are in the process of refining the procedures/parameters so that, just as with the face-to-face meetings, the web-based meetings are open to the membership at large.

If you have a desire to attend the next web-based Board meeting, you will be able to do so with a little bit of instruction which will be provided by Shannan Hoerger in the USITT National office. The meeting will take place on Friday, August 13 with a start time being 1:30 p.m. EDT. All members should have received an e-mail confirmation of the time and invitation to the meeting from The meeting will last for approximately 90 minutes, depending upon the depth of discussion. The agenda will be announced before the start of the meeting.

Those interested should contact Ms. Hoerger at for details. Be aware that Roberts Rules of Order will prevail and the conferencing system being utilized will allow for questions and comments via instant messaging from observers to the moderator -- me! We will need to know of your intent to join us by Wednesday, August 11, 2 p.m. EDT. This will allow us to make certain that appropriate arrangements are in place to accommodate everyone.

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