Fall Means Election Season

While it’s not officially Fall yet, it is definitely Election Season. Elections for the PASS Board of Directors opens up on September 17, 2015. Campaigning starts today with the announcement of the Official Slate of Candidates.

It’s a great slate and it will be hard to choose. I appreciate all the hard work the NomCom has done to provide us with such a great list of candidates. Please take the time to read each candidate’s application. This is the first year the NomCom scores have been made public. Members of the NomCom spend countless hours researching, interviewing and agonizing over how the scores are reached, so pay attention to them.

PASS has also come up with some community events for you to get to know your candidates. Take advantage of them to help you make your decision.

This is your community. Do your research then cast your vote. This is your opportunity to make a difference.

2014 NomCom Slate is Amazing

Serving on the Nomination Committee (NomCom) is such an honor. One that I was lucky enough to experience two years ago. It allows me to give back to the community that has given me so much over the years and continues to give back on a daily basis. This year’s NomCom will also be tasked with “streamlining the process for involving and evaluating candidates and with enhancing opportunities for community engagement in the elections.” I am very excited about this opportunity. When I served two years ago, I thought there was room for improvement in the process and it looks like this will be my opportunity to see if I can make a difference.

This year’s slate is a great one. There are former Board members, chapter leaders, former NomCom members & some very outstanding volunteers. I am excited to see there are so many taking an interest in their community. Please do your research on each candidate and make the choice that is right for you, then get out there and VOTE! It’s your community. Voting opens June 3 and closes June 6.

Will You Vote?

Voting is one of the many privileges that I have as an American citizen.  It’s a privilege that most Americans take for granted today.  My dad always used to say, “If you don’t like something, change it.”  That’s exactly what voting allows us to do.

What does voting have to do with SQL Server?  Starting on September 25th, everything.  The Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) Board of Directors elections start that day.  There’s a great slate this year.  Congratulations to all who made it through the Nomination Committee (NomCom) and my sincere thanks to those volunteers on the NomCom for all your hard work to get us to this point.  The rest of the work is up to you, the PASS community.  Will you do your hard work to make sure we have a great Board of Directors?  Will you read about each candidate and their platform?  Will you take the time to vote?

Voting is a very personal thing and I don’t normally share this kind of thing with other people, but after personally witnessing the energy and PASSion that Allen Kinsel puts into our community, I feel I need to state publicly that he has my vote.  I have worked with Allen in the past so it is a very easy decision.  That doesn’t mean my work stops there.  There are still two more seats available and I need to do the work to make sure that I select the right candidates who will represent what is important to me.

Voting itself is easy, takes less than 5 minutes of your time, but will you do the hard work to make sure the issues that are of concern to you, as a community member, are being addressed?  I urge you to read about the candidates and their qualifications and then VOTE!  It’s your community.