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
Conducting a more efficient meeting;
Officer and subcommittee chairmans duties and responsibilities;
ASTM in the national and international arena;
Preparing revisions for ballot, and other editorial issues;
Technical and professional training, proficiency testing, 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 waysthrough 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 ASTMs
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
select modules based on individual interest and needs. A personalized
schedule will then be mailed to each individual who returns the
brochure. Each committees 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 Societys resources to assist in your standardization strategy.