February 2000

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The 2000 Officers’ Conference

AS WE MOVE forward into the new millennium, ASTM is proud to offer the 2000 Officers’ Conference. We all know from our business and even our personal experiences the advantages of formal training. Job training improves productivity, enhances effectiveness, and ensures success. The 2000 Officers’ Conference will offer “job training” to ASTM main committee officers and subcommittee chairmen.

The 2000 Conference will take place Sept. 18-19, 2000, at ASTM Headquarters, located in W. Conshohocken, Pa. The Conference will include sessions that address a number of topics such as:

• Balloting documents and handling resulting negative votes or comments;

• Conducting a more efficient meeting;

• Officer and subcommittee chairman’s duties and responsibilities;

• ASTM in the national and international arena;

• Strategic Planning;

• Preparing revisions for ballot, and other editorial issues;

• Technical and professional training, proficiency testing, and symposia; and

• Web-Based Interactive Standards Development Forums.

Several new modules are also being planned such as:

• New activity development;

• New millennium initiatives; and

• Legal issues and ASTM.

The goal of the conference is to enhance the leadership skills of the main committee officers and the subcommittee chairmen. Doing so strengthens the consensus process, accelerates the development of standards, and increases the effectiveness of each technical committee. ASTM leaders can learn about their responsibilities in a number of ways—through the staff manager, the experiences of fellow ASTM officers, the Officer Handbook, and their own experiences. In two days of thorough, hands-on training, all of these aspects are brought together. As stated in the 1998 conference evaluation by David L. Suits, chairman of Committee D35, “The conference exceeded my expectations. Although I have held different offices for 12-14 years, I learned many new thoughts and ideas.”

The conference will offer a total of 14 modules presented in one- and two-hour sessions. Each module is led by members of ASTM’s staff and is structured to encourage participants’ questions and facilitate interaction. Although primarily aimed at new officers and subcommittee chairmen, the conference also serves as a valuable tool for experienced leaders. While it is helpful to have information presented directly from staff, many attendees commented that an additional benefit was the opportunity to hear how other committees address situations similar to their own.

Registration brochures will be sent to committee officers and subcommittee chairmen by early March. The registration brochure will contain descriptions of each module and will enable each registrant to
select modules based on individual interest and needs. A personalized schedule will then be mailed to each individual who returns the brochure. Each committee’s membership relies on its leadership for direction and vision. This conference offers the tools and knowledge to provide strong support to your committee and to maximize its success. As the 2000 Officers’ Conference chairman, I encourage you to attend the Conference and to learn more about ASTM and the Society’s resources to assist in your standardization strategy.

By Stephen F. Mawn

Technical Committee Operations Staff Manager