I really like the months of September & October. It is that time of the year when the Texas summer is behind us, weather in Dallas is more pleasant (at least in the evenings) and I usually travel less. It also the month when I tend to get more structure and rhythm in my daily life especially with the schools having started after the summer break.
It is also the time when the process to become a PASS Board Member kicks in high gear. My applications are done. If you want to take a look at it, click here.
This is my 2nd attempt at trying to get on the PASS Board. Last year I finished fourth after all the final votes. This year, I just hope to go one rank higher – a step in the right direction and hopefully not the other way around.
Some folks asked me, if I am asking for trouble by putting myself on the ballot again. The answer is NO. I addressed this on my blog after last years elections, and I still stand by it ( Copy pasted below ).
I am striving for a greater cause, to make PASS an organization that can help people with their SQL Server careers, to make PASS relevant to its chapter members, to make PASS an organization that every SQL professional in the world wants to be connected with. Just because I did not get elected or appointed does not mean that these causes are not worth fighting. Giving up upon failing the first time is simply not in me. If I did that, what message would I send to those who voted for me? What message would I send to my kids?
At the end of the day, I am a volunteer. I am here of my own free will, to give back to the community from which I have gained so much from; not the other way around. My will power is strong and even stronger is my desire to do whatever it takes to make PASS more successful. This experience has made me tougher than ever before, because in the eyes of the 781 ballots cast for me, I meant something.
It is a wonderful time to be associated with the SQLPASS community. If you are not a PASS member, I suggest that you become one right away. You might not be able to vote this year but you will be able to next year.
Click here to register to become a PASS member.
Find a local PASS chapter and reach out to their leadership team. Join the next Chapter meeting. I am sure the folks in the local community would welcome you.
Going back to my election campaign for this year…
You can read about myself, my platform and my career highlights here. And while you are there, do check out the other candidates as well. They all are standing up for some really good causes. Pick the 3 candidates who you think would represent you when the ballot comes out tomorrow.
Last year, during my campaign, I asked people to join a call and so they can directly ask me questions. The first few calls went great and I got a few interesting questions out of that, I am going to do that again this year.
So I will have a call every Tuesday and Thursday between now and when the elections are over. The call will be at 7:30pm CST. So if you have a question you would like to ask me directly, I hope to see (hear) you there.
So the schedule will look like
Thursday – 9/27/2012 – 7:30pm CST
Tuesday – 10/2/2012 – 7:30pm CST
Thursday – 10/4/2012 – 7:30pm CST
Tuesday - 10/9/2012 – 7:30pm CST
Thursday – 10/11/2012 – 7:30pm CST
For all days, Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7400 and Access Code: 303134
I know this time might not work for everyone. So if someone wants to schedule a call with me directly, I would be glad to do so. Please send me an email to ‘ sri at ntssug dot com ’ and I would be glad to schedule a call directly with you.
In closure, I would like to say, Thank you for all that you do for the SQL Community. Thank you for caring about the SQLPASS elections. Thank you for taking time to read my blog. Now it is really that time of the year and all the candidates need you to vote, so please go vote ( when the ballot comes your way on 9/28/2012).