I have some questions regarding your latest newsletter, dated August 18, 2004. I am emailing these to you, as well as posting them in a moderated-only forum at my HighRankings.com forum. (Link to be posted in the email.)
I hope that you will take some time to respond to me either personally (on the record) or in the forum thread, as many people seem to have the same questions and concerns that I do, as well as some others.
Here are my questions based on the information in the Aug. 18th newsletter:
- SEMPO forum in beta
- looking for moderators (email email@example.com)
Where's the forum? Can we see it and test it? It's in beta so it must be up somewhere. What do the moderators need to do? How many do you need?
- Membership levels being reviewed
- Volunteers from SES contacted and being put to work
- committees that are active or being formed: education, b2b, Europe, Japan,
I didn't download the pdf, but it appears that it's the minutes of the boring San Jose meeting.
That's a GOOD thing to send us. Tell us what it is in the newsletter so that we know!
What does membership levels being reviewed mean? An increase in dues? Less categories of membership?
- Lawyer engaged to review operations; preliminary review completed
- Governance documents in legal review
Why was a lawyer engaged, and what did they find in the review? There must be something in writing there, why can't members see it, or at least know what it's all about?
What are governance documents, and why are they being reviewed?
- Identification of types of management structures completed
- Job description posted on sempo.org (www.sempo.org/jobs.php)
- members asked to provide candidates for position (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is good and was discussed in San Jose. Has the job been advertised anywhere else? I would imagine it's going to need to be out there on job boards and in newspapers. They're looking for a professional, it's not something we can just email info in with our friends' names. So tell us more about this job candidate search.
Give me the job description and we'll post it here at the forum and in my newsletter. (Although I doubt we have the right target audience.)
- Election committee formed of member volunteers (new members welcome to committee)
- By-laws will be modified and legally reviewed to reflect new process
- Board of Directors election process will being developed based on new by-laws
- All new processes will be communicated to members
This all sounds really promising! I'm surprised they didn't give more detail here. Tell us what the duties of the election committee will be. Good to know the new processes will be communicated to members, but when and how?
- Advertising campaign launched August 2nd
What media did the ads go out to? How much did it cost?
interviews, analyst briefings and editorials
- members to be notified when research is posted on sempo.org
- intention and direction of research announced
Heard about this at the SJ meeting too, which was good to know.
And then it ended:
I did look in the members only section of the SEMPO site, but didn't seem to see any actual new info to see the progress.
If a SEMPO representative could simply elaborate on these things and address my concerns, I know it would at least go a long way towards giving you the extra time you need to take care of the matters at hand.
I was anxiously awaiting this last newsletter which is why I was so disappointed to see it was just a table of contents.
Many of us really do want to stick up for you SEMPO. Give us a good reason to! Please answer these basic questions from your members and the SEM community at large. (There may be others to come.)