Allen Kinsel on the Summit Program Committee

Allen Kinsel (Blog/Twitter), PASS Summit 2009 Program Committee Manager and a 2009 PASSion Award winner, wrote a great blog post recently recognizing and thanking many of the wonderful volunteers on the Summit 2009 Program Committee. We second (and third and fourth!) the thanks, and want to add an additional thank you to Allen as well for his tireless dedication and hard work!


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As Chair of the Nominations Committee, I would like to congratulate our new board members for the 2010/2011 term. Brian Moran, Managing Partner for Solid Quality Mentors, and Jeremiah Peschka, PASS Group and Chapter Leader, will be joining the PASS Board of Directors, while Thomas LaRock continues his board service for a new term.

In total, 578 community members cast votes for up to three board candidates. Brian and Thomas garnered 423 and 419 votes, respectively. Jeremiah received 313 votes, and Matt Morollo received 253 votes.

Newly elected board members will have an introductory meeting with the current Board of Directors at PASS Summit 2009. They will officially begin serving their term on January 1, 2010. For more information about the elections process, see the
Elections 2009 page.

Thanks to all the applicants and candidates in this year's elections, as well as the dedicated PASS community for being so invested in the process. Your involvement will ensure that PASS continues to go from strength to strength. Congratulations again to our new Directors-at-Large!

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Welcome to the New PASS website

The new PASS website is finally here, albeit in BETA format for now. We’re really proud of this initial effort and would love your feedback on what you see so far. I absolutely recommend you look through our wiki white paper section – it’s a great knowledge sharing medium that showcases white papers authored by many members of the SQL Server community and even allows you to create your own wiki white paper.

The PASSTips section is also highly worthy a perusal even if you’ve just got a few minutes. Here we’re highlighting recordings of great SQL Server tips and tricks that can be used to enhance your everyday work life. You can also be the star of your own show and submit your own PASSTip if the mood strikes.

The goal of this new site is to foster an even greater sense of community for PASS members. This is the true difference between PASS and other user groups – allowing you to connect, share and learn from your peers in either a virtual or face-to-face environment. Do you think we’re succeeding on this front? Please let us through all the various feedback forms peppered throughout the site.

Keep in mind, this is only the start. The website is only going to get better and better as we add more functionality like PASSPorts which will allow members to share information about themselves and connect with other members; forums for live discussions on various topics; and so much more. Stay tuned!

PASS Marketing Team

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