Autumn 2002

Geoff Stone

Dear Member,

This is my first time as the BCS Oxfordshire Committee Chairman and I look forward very much to working with the newly elected members of the committee in sharing the tasks of running the branch.

Membership of the British Computer Society for our branch continues to be very healthy: you may be interested to know that you are one of over 800 members living and working in the Oxfordshire area. It does not take very much imagination to appreciate the possibilities this offers for networking with fellow professionals.

We look to encourage membership of the BCS and now could be a good time for you to encourage non-members among your colleagues to consider joining. Every month the committee hears more about new initiatives from Head office to provide better services to members and ensure the BCS is a significant force in industry. The enhanced BCS Web site is one initiative to provide greater value to the membership, look out for more information on these developments now and the future.

Again this year we have a fascinating range of talks organised by your committee at the usual venue in the Wolfson building, Oxford University.

We tried a ‘meet the committee’ evening last year for the first time and found it to be so successful we have planned another two. This will be at a central Oxford pub, please see the program card for more details. Please come along and meet me, my colleagues on the committee or other members, just for drink and chat, or to make suggestions and ask questions in a relaxed environment.

In response to interest to get involved and to support our increasing workload the committee has grown a little this year and I am pleased to warmly welcome my new committee members for 2002/2003.

We always welcome comments and suggestions. If you cannot make it to any one of the meetings let us know you are out there and visit the Oxfordshire Web site or send us an e-mail. Support your committee: we are working hard to provide an interesting program, so please tell us what you think.

Geoff Stone
BCS Oxon Branch Chairman 2002/3