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July 1997: Volume 12, Number 6

President's Corner

By Bev Russell

h, my last President's Corner for the TUG 1996-1997 year. My time as president is drawing to a close... Our election of directors, as always, was held in May. This year, there were two retiring directors - Vaughn Dragland of Eclipse Technologies and Ron Campitelli of Simmonds Technologies. There were two new candidates for elections - Gerry Hoffe from Saville Systems and Alkarin Sachedina from Mattel-Fisher Price. These two individuals were acclaimed into office. Thank you, Vaughn and Ron, for your dedicated service on the board and we look forward to your continued participation as TUG volunteers. Welcome aboard Gerry and Al! At the July board meeting we will elect our officers for the upcoming year. I must say I have enjoyed my year as President and look forward to serving on the board of directors for the new year.

Our meetings this year have covered such topics as the Event-Driven Programming, Year 2000 Meets the AS/400, Java, Client Access and Win95, Disaster Recovery and VisualAge for RPG to name a few. We saw record attendance at the joint IBM-TUG presentation last fall with Khalil Barsoum and Frank Soltis. The TUG Education Conference (TEC), "Exploding the AS/400 Barriers" was widely attended and proclaimed by all to be a great success. TUG successfully experimented with panel sessions in the afternoons with a CISC to RISC migration panel in September and a Lotus Notes panel in November. We held our first (of many, we hope) one day session with Janet Kruger.

Our newsletter blossomed into a full colour magazine and our membership grew. All in all a successful year and a great team of AS/400 fans to be a part of. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this organization and thank you to all the volunteers who make this group so successful.

A special thanks goes out to Wende Boddy, our Association Manager, without whose help and support our meetings and events would not run as smoothly or efficiently. Have a safe and happy summer. See you in September. T < G