The ODTUG Board of Directors met on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, to elect the Executive Committee members for the ODTUG Board. My congratulations go out to the winners of this election process. The Board has once again elected me as President (my final year on the Board due to term limits – although I can re-enter the election process in the fall of 2013 – and my fourth as the President). I look forward to the challenges that the organization will undoubtably face in the next 12 months, and also serving alongside the rest of the Board and the new Executive Committee.
Elected for the first time to the ODTUG Executive Committee, Monty Latiolais will be serving as the Vice President of ODTUG. Monty is currently starting his third year as a Board Member for ODTUG, and has served in varying capacities and on various committees while on the Board and even before he became an ODTUG Board member. Monty will be a great addition to the Executive Committee, and as I spoke to Monty just after the conclusion of the election process, he is very excited about his newly expanded role within the organization. Based upon his track record of success so far within ODTUG, I expect nothing but the same type of results from him in this position.
Barbara Morris, left, and Monty Latiolais, right
The 2012 Secretary is Bambi Price. Bambi has served as Secretary for ODTUG before, and most recently, last year as the Vice President. Bambi is committed to ODTUG expanding its reach into global markets, as evedenced by our participation in the InSync conference and hosting our very own SP conference in Sydney, Australia last year. Bambi will continue to serve the organization proudly and represent you, the members as well.
Dave Schleis, Bambi Price, and husband Frederick Price
Rounding out the Executive Committee is the 2012 Treasurer, Jerry Ireland. Jerry returns to the ODTUG Board after a one year absence, and also returns to an Executive Committee position. Jerry has served as Vice President before, and is returning to another familiar slot for him on the ODTUG Board as Treasurer. Jerry brings much user group experience, and real world experience and expertise back to the Board. His financial knowledge will be well served in this role on the Board.
Jerry Ireland, pictured here at a dinner with Debra Lilley in 2009
So, what to look forward to in the next few weeks? Well, the ODTUG Board will be gathering for their winter face to face meeting in a couple of weeks. This will take place at the 2012 KScope conference location, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country resort. We’ll be setting the direction of the organization for 2012 and beyond, all the while familiarizing the entire Board with the conference location. Look for some more information about what to expect at KScope12 to come from the ODTUG Board Members, as everyone will be spending more than 3 days at the resort.
A smaller group of the Board will then leave directly from the Board Meeting and head to Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores, CA for the annual IOUC Leaders Summit. This summit hosts the leaders from user groups across the globe. Oracle provides the conference location and setting, and the leaders talk directly with Oracle to learn things beneficial to our members for the year. In addition, perhaps the greatest benefit is that the user group leaders take advantage of this opportunity to network with other user group leaders, to learn from each other, and to work with each other for the benefit of the overall user community. Who benefits the most from this event? That’s right, it’s you, our members.
Look for more updates on these and many other ODTUG initiatives in the next few months.
Oh, have I mentioned that you really should be making your plans to attend KScope 12 in June? Find the details here. We are experiencing tremendous interest in the conference, and registration is going well. We anticipate that we will completely fill up the hotel, so make your plans and reserve your room today!
One last thing to mention as we start 2012. We want to continue to provide you with the best Oracle Content around so if you would like to present a webinar please contact Lauren firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get our calendar filled up.