This is a blog post that should have been published about 3 weeks ago.  Better late than never I suppose….

With all endings there is a beginning.  I’ve written previously about deciding to take on a different role within the PASS organization in 2012.  I’m excited to say that I convinced the leaders within the BOD to let me have a chance at leading the Global Chapters portfolio.  What does this mean to the two of you reading this?  Likely not much but, to myself and a few hundred chapter leaders and regional mentors I’m hoping it means the beginning of a great run of imrovements to the Chapters program within PASS.  For the past weeks I’ve been working very closely with our wonderful Community Evangelist Karla Landrum (Blog|Twitter) and her counterparts within PASHQ to learn everything that I possibly can about what our chapters are doing, and what they need to grow and thrive.  What I’ve learned is somewhat what I already knew and can be summed up in 4 words!

We have unmet needs!!

After staffing the Community Evangelist role last year it appears as though some of the pain points with running a chapter have been alleviated however, it seems as though there are still plenty of places that could use some improvement.  One of the first things I have attempted to do is to get approval to spend PASS IT time on improving the suite of tools we provide to make managing a chapter easier.  While I have a list of things I’d like to see these tools become based on feedback I’ve personally received from my friends in the community, I would like to encourage all PASS RM’s & CL’s to get in contact with me though any means available.  I’d like for every PASS Chapter Leader/Regional Mentor to list the top 2-3 things they’d like the chapter tools to do that would make running their chapter easier and send those to me.  I obviously cant say we’ll address everything but, this year I intend to see to it that we address as many as possible.

Connect Share Learn

While this is the simplified version of the overall PASS mission statement, it is applicable here as well. I want to encourage you to reach out to me and connect, in order to share your successes and pain points in leading a PASS chapter so that hopefully we can each learn from it.  My contact info is at the top right of this page, connect with me on linked in and drop me an email to bend my ear if you’d like to talk about anything remotely related to SQL Server, PASS Chapters or the SQL Server Community at large.  Ill be “the guy” trying to keep the ship on course for at least the next calendar year and I plan to make the best of it.