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A Special Interest Group (SIG) is an affiliate group of the Society that is established around an emerging areas of technical interest. SPE membership is not required to join a SIG, and SIGs do not have representation on Council. A list of SIGs can be found at www.4spe.org/special-interest-groups-and-scope.
A Section is an affiliate group of the Society that is established around a geographic territory. Each Section has a representative on Council. A list of Sections can be found at www.4spe.org/list-sections-territory.A Student Chapter is an affiliate group of the Society that is established within an educational community. Only student members may join a Student Chapter. A list of Student Chapters can be found at www.4spe.org/technical-groups/student-chapters.
Following are examples of Council activities:
- Vote on changes to SPE’s governing documents (Bylaws & Policies);
- Consider issues statements or present an issues statement for consideration for Society action or changes to governing documents;
- Approve the annual budget and operating plan;
- Elect officers of the Society – specifically the President-elect, Senior Vice President, and Vice President
- Vote to Charter new Sections, Divisions, or Student Chapters; or disband inactive Sections, Divisions, or Student Chapters
- Participate in Society-level committees to carry out objectives of the annual Operating Plan.
- Communicate Society-level information to the Section or Division Board of Directors they represent and provide reports to the group membership.
The time and location, and link to supporting materials for the next Council meetings are posted to the Leadership Resources webpage at www.4spe.org/spe-leaders-and-volunteers.
Opportunities to recognize individuals for their contributions to the Society of Plastics Engineers or the plastics industry include Honored Service Member and Fellow of the Society, respectively. Note, these recognitions are Society member grades, not awards.
International Award – recognizes lifetime achievements in the fields of polymer science or polymer/plastics engineering.
Business Management – recognizes an individual who made a significant business achievement in the fields of plastics materials, processing, processing machinery and equipment, design and engineering. This could include establishing a new business, achieving significant growth in an existing business, or creating new jobs.
Education Award – recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in the field of plastics education, through teaching, mentoring, and outreach.
Research/Engineering Technology Award – recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in the fields of polymeric material development, processing, design, the innovative application of polymer engineering principles, and/or the fundamental understanding of the science of polymeric materials and their behavior.For more information about these awards, visit www.4spe.org/annual-awards.
Contact Sue Wojnicki (+1 203 740-5420; email@example.com) in SPE’s Events Department to request conferencing support information.
Groups producing a TopCon will have a contracted partnership with the SPE Event Management Department. This contract includes the financial agreement, and details terms of services such as marketing, registration, on-site support.
A MiniTec (Mini Technical Event) is a half-day to two-day event that is organized by an SPE group or groups. MiniTecs generally contain a single session (or technical track). MiniTecs may include a reception and/or keynote presenter but do not generally have additional events. MiniTecs are considered regional events and should not be marketed more than ~150 miles from the event location.Groups producing a MiniTec do not have a contracted partnership with SPE. Some Headquarters services are available through the Leadership Services Department.
If your group is a Section or Division not based in the United States you may still be required to file information with your government. Confirm with your local government if filing is required.
Each group’s rebate amount is determined by a formula that distributes the net amount based on the group’s members.
Note: To be eligible to receive its rebate, the group must meet the rebate requirements set forth in the rebate policy. The rebate policy can be found at www.4spe.org/sites/default/files/002.pdf.Additional information about rebate eligibility and the confirmed payment amounts can be found at www.4spe.org/ld/treasurer-resources#5.
As a business rule, only certain position holders have automatic access to a group’s membership data: President/Chair, President-elect/Chair-elect, Secretary, Councilor, Newsletter Editor/Communications Chair, and Membership Chair. If you do not hold one of these pre-authorized positions, authorization from your group’s President/Chair is required.
If you have a change to your member record, log into SPE website and select “My Information” to view and update your profile.
Members who want to reach out to a large audience can join SPE on Facebook or LinkedIn. A link to both groups is on the SPE website.
Completed forms are received and implemented by SPE’s eServices Department.
Leaders can provide information about their event by using the Upcoming Events submission form, at www.4spe.org/forms/group-event-web-update-form.
|Leadership Roster worksheet [link to http://legacy.4spe.org/communities/ld/Materials/leadershiproster.xls]||June 20|
|Goals & Workplan summary [link to http://legacy.4spe.org/communities/ld/Materials/goals_plans_template.doc]||September 1|
IRS 990 forms [link to http://www.irs.gov/charities/]
applies to US-based groups only
|SPE Financial Report [link to http://legacy.4spe.org/communities/ld/treas_files/FinancialReport.xls]||November 15|
If there are services not listed here that you would like to have available to your group, contact Tricia McKnight (+1 203 740-5430; firstname.lastname@example.org) in SPE’s Leadership Services Department to discuss your request.
A complete directory of services and resources is available online at www.4spe.org/ld/leadership-services.If there are services not listed here that you would like have available to your group, contact Tricia McKnight (+1 203 740-5430; email@example.com) in SPE’s Leadership Services Department to discuss your request.
Information about how Headquarters can help with elections is available online at www.4spe.org/ld/leadership-services under the Operations / General Information category.Contact Tricia McKnight (+1 203 740-5430; firstname.lastname@example.org) in SPE’s Leadership Services Department for more information.
Contact Tricia McKnight (+1 203 740-5430; email@example.com) in SPE’s Leadership Services Department for more information.
A complete directory of resources is available online at www.4spe.org/ld/leadership-services, under the Event / Conference Planning & Technical Programming category.If there are services not listed here that you would like have available to your group, contact Tricia McKnight (+1 203 740-5430; firstname.lastname@example.org) in SPE’s Leadership Services Department to discuss the nature of your event. She can advise if additional support is available.
Charges to your account are paid up front by SPE Headquarters and then re-billed to the group. Because group accounts are combined with all SPE teleconference activity, the per-minute charges should be better than rates you would find when applying for service on your own.Contact Tricia McKnight (+1 203 740-5430; email@example.com) in SPE’s Leadership Services Department for more information.
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