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Use vTools.Meetings for more than just submitting reports

vTools Meetings is more than a place to file your unit meeting (L31) reports. The meeting scheduler feeds multiple sources, making it possible to publicize your meeting worldwide. RSS, iCal, and XML feeds are also available for custom data delivery. The meeting registration module enables Sections, Chapters, and Affinity Groups to accept credit card payments from meeting attendees and have funds deposited directly into the organizational unit’s (OU) Concentration Banking account. If you are interested in using this option for your OU and you do not have a Concentration Banking account, you can learn more on the IEEE Concentration Banking Program Web page or e-mail Concentration Banking.

Deposits to a local bank account can be made available for OUs in Regions 8-10 per special arrangement. E-mail MGA Information Management for additional information.

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Welcome new members in your Section and invite them to attend an orientation webinar

IEEE Section Chairs and Section Membership Development Chairs receive a monthly e-mail notification regarding newly joined members in your Section. The current list of new members (those who joined in the past 30 days) is available through SAMIEEE, your volunteer analytics tool. The report provides member contact information: name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, type of membership (traditional, e-membership), Societies joined, grade, and reasons for joining IEEE.

Welcome these new members to your Section and encourage them to register for a 30-minute live New Member Orientation webinar. These webinars are typically scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month, either 9:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar includes an overview of IEEE membership, access instructions for member-only benefits and services, and a question-and-answer session.

E-mail Denise Maestri with questions about the new member orientation webinars.

Learn about the resources available on the membership development portal.

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Get involved in IEEE Future Directions initiatives

IEEE Future Directions is your resource to emerging technologies within IEEE. The team has identified specific technologies as primary focus areas and has established them as formal initiatives to engage IEEE and the general public. For each initiative, you can find a wealth of knowledge, resources, and opportunities to participate. Visit each featured portal for access to upcoming conferences, news articles, technical papers, related standards, professional organizations, and academic programs. To get involved in the initiatives and to stay informed, please join the free technical communities available.

Get involved and learn more about IEEE Future Directions (

Current Future Directions events include:

The 2nd annual IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) is taking place 14-16 December 2015 in Milan, Italy. The organizing committee seeks contributions on how to nurture and cultivate IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of society. The submission deadline is 15 June.

Learn more at the IoT World Forum Conference Web site.

IEEE Smart Cities is one of IEEE’s important, multi-disciplinary, cross-platform Future Directions initiatives. It spans multiple IEEE Societies and is designed to be a trusted voice in smart cities for the engineering, computing, and technology communities around the world.

The first annual IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2015) is taking place 25-28 October 2015 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The theme is "Smart City for Sustainability." This is the premier conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. Original and innovative contributions in smart city research and advanced implementations and deployments are sought for technical sessions. The submission deadline has been extended to 15 June.

Learn more at the Smart Cities Conference Web site.

View the IEEE manuscript guidelines.

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Nominate Yourself or a Colleague for Upcoming Volunteer Positions

IEEE Technical Activities (TA) is looking for volunteers with the necessary leadership and organizational skills to impact the future success of the organization. Currently, we are accepting nominations for these positions:

  • Vice President Elect, Vice President, Past Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities (2017-2019)
  • Member, TAB Finance Committee (2016-2017)
  • Member, TAB Management Committee (2016-2018)
  • Members, TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee (2016-2017)
  • Members (6), TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee (2016)
  • Members, TAB Periodicals Committee (2016-2017)

To learn more about these positions and their nomination deadlines, or to nominate yourself or someone else, visit the Become a Technical Activities Volunteer page.

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Section Vitality Dashboard

The Section Vitality Dashboard provides Section and other organizational unit leaders a monitoring tool that provides real-time, top-down status view of their section vitality metrics.

To view the tools below, you must have prior access to that tool. All Dashboard links require you to have SAMIEEE access. Use your IEEE member username and password to enter.

Access the Section Vitality Dashboard here.

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About this Newsletter

The Society Chapter Briefs Newsletter is a bi-monthly communication dedicated to sharing information of interest to IEEE chapters to assist them in their communications and support efforts to their chapters.

Some articles may have been compiled from internal IEEE communications, as well as Society newsletters.

Apology from the Editor

The editor apologizes to those who may have experienced difficulties navigating links in articles that were posted in the April 2015 Chapter Briefs Newsletter. – Liz Parascondola.

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Contact Liz Parascondola, IEEE staff, for information.