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October 2005
'Jackie O'

September 2003
The Upcoming 2004-2005 Season

December 2003
IMAX Meeting Cancelled

May 2001
An end-of-season appeal: What would you like next season?

March 2001
What makes our meetings worthwhile

October 2000
Paul Beck's Work Rewarded! (At Last)

October 2000
Some thoughts from our Chairperson

September 2010
We Need Your Vote!
Revisions to our bylaws

Other than for election of officers, it is pretty unusual for SMPTE to ask you to get out and vote, but that's exactly what we're asking you to do before the fall conference in October. Fortunately, you don't really have to go anywhere, except possibly to your mailbox. And if even that sounds like too much work, you may fax or e-mail your signed proxy to SMPTE headquarters.

What's this all about? I won't go into all of the gory details, but here's the gist of it. SMPTE incorporated in Washington, DC back in 1916 as SMPE. Remember, folks, there was no TV back then. They only had this celluloid stuff with sprocket holes and there was no sound except the whir of the projector.

Well, as you well know a lot has changed between then and now. Besides the advent or maybe I should more appropriately say INvent of talking pictures, monochrome TV, color TV, HD and now 3D, a few new laws have sprung up here and there, as well.

Among them are the laws governing non-profits (any of you out there making a profit these days?). You know, 501 C (3) and all that. So it turns out some legal folks who work for SMPTE (or maybe it's the other way around) discovered that our fine organization wasn't quite up to snuff legal-wise in the eyes of the District of Columbia (and you thought DC stood for 'direct current.' That's why you're an engineer).

So, what's to do about it? Turns out that the SMPTE brass has been in a huddle for some time and they now they are about to go to the line of scrimmage with whole new book of rules.

Rules that will please all the legal eagles that perch inside the beltway.

Now, here's where YOU come in. SMPTE can't pass this wonderful new covenant without at least 1/15th of you nodding your head in the affirmative. Seems 1/15th of you constitutes a quorum. Why that is I'll never know. No matter. Your vote has never been so important. After all, you do want SMPTE to be legal, don't you? You don't want to have to skulk around in the shadows like a member of the erstwhile KGB.

Trust me, the SMPTE folks and their legal brain trust have come up with a real doosey of a plan. I forfeited an hour of my valuable time a few days ago listening to it all in webinar that spelled out the whole enchilada. Twenty pages of hand-scrawled notes and writer's cramp is my testament to that fact. Not only have they come up with a better way of doing things, they have a transitional plan to get there with the least amount of pain. All I can say is: I'm impressed.

Don't think I'm telling the truth? (Well, who could blame you?) Go to or Send in your proxy ballots well before the October 27th annual meeting!

Marty Feldman
SMPTE/New England

Posted: 15 September 2010
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor