February 2015

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Hello. As 2015 is now underway, we wanted to provide you with a list of potential networking and volunteering opportunities tentatively scheduled for this year. We are always looking for members to assist with various outreach and chapter activities that need to be completed. You may be asking yourself, what is in it for me? Listed below are several benefits for volunteering your time to help the Baltimore ISSA chapter out.

1.Volunteering provides a chance to learn new skills. Carol K. is reading up on creating a unique hash tag this weekend. Learning about social media (Twitter) may help Carol add to her resume. Please email Carol at V_P_Professional_Development@issa.org if you would like to be considered for the new position known as Director of Publicity.

2. Helping others learn and encouraging our youth feels great. Rewards are not always monetary. Encouraging a student can be your chance to pay it forward. This is especially beneficial for recent graduates or new members in the security field.

3. Camaraderie. Social outings like our field trips can be a chance to form a new friendship with others in the IT field.

4. CPE’s. Working for the club can generate CPE’s that can be used to maintain your certifications. Currently, we need our website updated and possibly redesigned. Does anyone have a experience in web design that could assist us with updating or redesigning our current website?

5. You can volunteer for just a single event or on a regular basis. A variety of items exist that we could use assistance with. These items include writing a blog article, greeting members at the door or assisting with the setup/cleanup at chapter meetings. If you see a position aching to be filled, talk to one of the board members.

Our current calendar of events include several opportunities for networking and volunteering. Listed below are some of the events tentatively scheduled.

February 26 – Ales and Tails at Jailbreak Brewery with two board members.(Carol and Kevin) 3:30 to 7pm. March 21 – A Saturday in March we will tour the Jailbreak Brewery @ 3pm. Cost is $10 and includes the tour, beer sample and a take home glass. Visit the link below for more information and

to purchase a ticket. http://jailbreakbrewing.com/event/issa-baltimore-brewery-tour/

April – possible UMBC student event at the University April 15 – MAISC conference at NIST May – Picnic or Field trip anyone? Volunteer to help arrange and lead a trip in May. June 7 – STEM event at Howard Community College

July – This date is still tentative. We are looking to plan a trip the Hoover building in DC. Currently, we are waiting for a response from Infragard to see if we can have a joint event. http://www.crimemuseum.org/crime-library/fbi Cost – $18 for admission plus travel

Feel free to send the Board of Directors an e-mail for further information or if you are interested in volunteering for any of the events.

Kevin Drury ISSA – Baltimore Chapter Secretary