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The important news of POD is all around what I write here. Elections for new members of the Core Committee will be in process or completed by the time this issue hits the street. Planning is well underway for an exciting Annual Conference in Berkeley, California next October 14-16. The Task Force on Membership is working diligently on membership retention and growth and mix. A Research Committee operates. So, too, a Professional Relations Committee. And Regional Representatives. And an Executive Committee. We've even a journal, by Juno!
The important message in all this is that POD is working relatively efficiently as a formal organization. But, is POD a "Network" as advertised? And can it exist as a network given its formal life and structure? These are pertinent questions. Thoughtful persons on the Task Force on Membership have raised them. Like many people, they associate the concept of "networking" with informal relationships independent of any organizational base. Clearly, in this view of things, POD looks much like a typical professional association. So, they doubt the concept's validity for us.