Edit: Well, I didn't get elected, and at this point, seeing who won (great choices in Angela, Stephanie, and Jason) and what else I have going on between now and the end of the year (presentations, grand childen being born, etc), I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. Usually the phrase "maybe next year" is cold comfort to the people who were not (as the election site so elequently uses) top vote getters, but in this case, I think we can all be happy that the top vote getters will do a great job for PASS and that we have more time to do other community activities. So, see you maybe next year.
Starting today you can vote for your choice
for who should be on the Nomination
Committee for SQL PASS (or perhaps some previous day if you aren't reading
this on the 13, and if it is after noon on the 23, well, tough). There are 12
people who are up for vote with 3 slots available so this should be fun. There
are a few people I know quite well on the list, and a few I don't really know
at all. Looking at their qualifications I think one thing stands out. You
probably can't make a bad choice. One of them is myself, and this is a job I
did once in the past, and is something I feel like I am somewhat uniquely
qualified to do from 11 years of working with PASS members and board members
The job is helping to pick who will get the
chance to run for the Board of Directors for PASS by vetting the people who
apply (according to the PASS
By-Laws, Section VIII.3, assuming I am reading it right.) So, the fact is,
your choice ought to be somewhat based on how your idea of a board member
matches up with our ideas. Of course, it will be a team effort and there is
So let me tell you the criteria that I
personally have always hoped to find in board members.
Professional level technical skills
(primarily SQL). The
last thing we need is people who know nothing of what we do simply trying to
make a name for themselves with the concept of a professional group like ours.
We need people that understand what it is they will be representing. They don't
have to be experts by any means, just solid skills, probably demonstrated in
Strong leadership qualifications. Ideally, we will get
people who have led groups of people before. Not everyone who would be a great
Board Member will live near enough to a SQL user group to be involved, so this
could mean technical management, local government, and volunteer work for
charities, church leadership, or even being a team leader. A big plus is that
the person should be able to communicate well publicly to unify the community
of PASS through the good times and the times that are opposite to the good
History of volunteerism. Possibly just with
PASS, or possibly with some other type of organism. The person ought to know
what it means to work for not a buck.
History with PASS. Even if for just a
reasonably short period of time, the person should know enough about PASS that
they aren't just blindly trying to join at the top. Attendance at a conference
or two would be a good bonus so they know what it is about but not everyone can
afford to attend, even if they were comp'd the entrance fee.
Ideas on what they think PASS should be like
and how they can help get it there. (Perhaps) obviously we all expect that
candidates aren't just campaigning because they think it sounds cool. They have
a desire to move PASS toward some better future.
Over the years I have put my name in the hat
a several times for the board of directors, and twice was cut by the Nomination Committee, and the one time I was a candidate I lost. The funniest part of that
year's Summit for me was that I was sincerely relieved when Kevin Kline sat me
down and told be I had lost. I did not (and still do not, really) have the
strong leadership qualifications needed to be on the Board of Directors.
However, like most any longtime volunteer, I feel like I have a solid
understanding what kind of kind of person inspires me as a volunteer. (Hence
If you look at the 5 qualities, all of them
are solidly focused on community. If you agree with my vision of what a PASS
leader should be, vote for me. I promise to make sure the candidates are up to
the high quality that you expect. If you don't agree (or perhaps just didn't find my black and white photo to your liking), vote for someone else, everyone seems quite solid as members of this committee.
If I don't
get elected...there is less work for me to do, and I will have more time to
server PASS and the SQL Community in any other way I can.