As my year as chairman draws to a close, I stand in awe. I am
in awe of all of ASTMs members who make this Society the living
organism that it is. I am in awe of the work you accomplish in
committee and the dedication you show to the continued improvement
of the lives of our fellow citizens through the development of
consensus standards. Finally, I am in awe of the staff, their
professionalism, and their pride in the organization.
As chairman I have visited and conferred with most of our committees.
I felt welcome in every room I visited, even though I was usually
interrupting a very full agenda. Thank you. I shared with you
my thoughts on the direction the Society is taking in the world
of standards development. We discussed, sometimes at length, the
leadership role of ASTM in the development of standards for the
global market place. You responded enthusiastically and positively
to the ideas put forth.
In my meetings with you, I placed great emphasis on the international
positioning of the Society. This involved discussing several aspects
of our international concerns and efforts. For example, one of
the reasons I met with many committees was to follow up on a letter
that I sent to each executive subcommittee in January, asking
you to think carefully about the use of ASTM standards as the
source documents for ISO standards. Im grateful for the insightful
discussions that followed from that letter. With professionals
from more than 100 countries participating in ASTMs consensus
standards process, our standards being used around the world,
and ASTM managing more than 200 TAGS for ISO committees, it is
well for all who participate, whether domiciled in the United
States or abroad, to recognize and consider ASTMs strategic place
in the world standards community.
After the April Board meeting, I was happy to be able to report
to you at the Committee Weeks that the ASTM Board of Directors
voted to refine our organizations identity with the new logo
and tagline ASTM International: Standards Worldwide. I believe
this change reflects your thoughts as you expressed them to me
about ASTMs standing in the world. This change is much more than
a gesture. It is a recognition of the role the Society plays in
the worldwide fraternity of standards development organizations.
[Look for information on the official launch of this new identity
in the January issue of SN.]
On the operations level, this was a fantastic year for the Society.
This was the year that our considerable investments in electronic
publishing and information technology bore fruit. All of the volumes
of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards have now been converted to
HTML, allowing electronic revision as well as considerably reducing
the production costs of the books. This was also the year in which
sales of the Book of Standards on CD-ROM has continued to increase.
Electronic balloting became a reality this year. As of the May
Committee Week, every committee and subcommittee ballot could
be distributed electronically. An increasing number of committees
are taking advantage of this time-saving way to manage ballots.
I want to congratulate the staff that has pulled these and other
operations-level initiatives together during my year as chairman.
So, as the saying goes, Camelot ends. I want to wish you the
very best for the forthcoming holiday season. I need to express
my sincere appreciation to all the members and staff of ASTM who
have wished me well during the year and who have made this year
easy for me. You are the reason that ASTM continues to provide
meaningful standards that address the concerns of todays marketplace,
protect the environment and the public health, and improve the
quality of all our lives. Thank you.
Donald E. Marlowe
Chairman of the ASTM Board of Directors
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