I was at the meeting (which was a phone conference) and I am a member of SEMPO, just a lowly exec. individual member and as far as I recall I didn't attend any anointing ceremony however I did send an email to say I'd like to be included - does that count?
Although no-one was specifically tasked with taking minutes, I'm happy to pass on the salient content:
Attendees were:From the US
Debbie EvesonIn the UK
Paddy Bolger - top-pile.com
Jason Cartwright - gcdm.co.uk
Simon Collingridge - bizcomservices.co.uk
Edward Cowell - neutralize.com
Debbie Everson - searchmar.com
Richard Gregory - corporemglobal.com
Colin Irwin - spex.co.uk
Barry Lloyd - makemetop.co.uk
Martin Murray - interactivereturn.com
Phil Robinson - clickthrough-marketing.com
Andy Atkins-Kruger (webcertain.com) wanted to attend but was unable
(NB: These notes are in my words and are not a verbatim transcript.)
Everyone introduced themselves and explained why they were involved in the meeting and what they were hoping to achieve - all confirmed they were paid up members and there was a mixture of exec individual up to circle members.
A general discussion was held about the growing groundswell of concerns being raised on this and other forums about SEMPO's communications and approach to growth. One aspect of the discussion was on the issue of voting for committee members and similar, Barb Coll explained the difficulties involved in arranging a vote in new geographies when new members are joining every day and there are no local representatives to co-ordinate the affair. She also explained that at the moment it may be argued that SEMPO is not yet in a position to arrange voting for this when they are still completing all their bylaws however SEMPO were very happy for each individual geography to select their committee by voting if a leader were to step forward to push this through (as happened in Japan). Given the current climate no-one was too enthusiastic about putting themselves forward for this in the UK - I can't think why!
The discussion touched other topics including:
The prospect of arranging road shows to help promote SEM. Barb Coll stressed that in doing so SEMPO was not to take away from the value of SES and other similar conferences.
SEMPO's needs to make sure it pushes information about SEM to other people in the world, not just the geographies where it has members
The UK doesn't have to be a carbon copy of SEMPO US.
There was general concern over the level of negative communications from SEMPO UK members and this needed to be addressed.
The issue of whether the group should be referred to as a committee at the moment was discussed and the general feeling was that it was too early to make the group formal yet, and there was a general desire to involve the other UK membership in ratifying anything. As such it was decided that for now, the group will be referred to as the UK Working Group
It is up to this working group to start the SEMPO ball rolling in the UK. To do this it was agreed to get the group together to look at arranging a UK membership meeting/communication/discussion (virtual, online or physical) and the working group would discuss what the agenda for that meeting/communication/discussion should be and how it would best approach the formation of a ratified committee.
No date has been fully set for the Working Groups meeting yet, although September 30th is on the cards at the moment, location TBC. As yet there are no indications for when, how or in what form the larger UK membership meeting/communication/discussion will be.
Simon.Added content after initial post
Also discussed was the fact that there was a budget available for the UK, not huge, but there was one - no figures were discussed at this stage. This was raised during the discussion about how to approach raising the profile of SEM.
Edited by Jill, 15 September 2004 - 08:31 AM.