While many ASUG members utilize edu-cational resources such as the Annual
Conference and group meetings, some overlook the convenience and value
of geographically based ASUG Chapters. By connecting SAP users on a local
level, Chapters have emerged as a growing source of information exchange
in the US and Canada.
Originally established to expand
and improve ASUG's level of member service, the number of ASUG Chapters
has nearly doubled since 1998. Most Chapters meet every 3-4 months at
the nearest SAP regional office or at a member company facility. Meetings
are run on an informal basis, led by volunteers from ASUG member companies.
General presentations and specific areas of interest or general presentations
are typically the focus of discussions.
"To ensure that our attendees benefit
from the meetings, we provide
an informative general topic for discussion and include SAP in the planning
process," said Director of Chapters and Wisconsin Chapter Chair Jim
Maciolek of Briggs & Stratton Corporation. "The intent is to
share experiences associated with the software, and to use this forum
to initiate associations with area organizations for future interaction,"
Between Chapter meetings, a variety of
venues keep ASUG members connected. Chapter-specific discussion forums
help establish best practices for existing and start-up groups and encourage
ongoing dialog, including networking opportunities, between members. Chapter
jump pages via asug.com allow prospective members to explore upcoming
meetings, contact the Chapter leadership, and express interest in joining.
This service helps connect interested parties with appropriate Chapter
As the popularity of Chapters grows, ASUG
often fields questions on the benefits of starting or participating in
a Chapter, including:
- What are the requirements to form a Chapter?
Ten or more ASUG company members (Installation or Associate) from a
specific geographical area may, upon approval of the ASUG Director of
Chapters, form a Chapter for the purpose of advancing ASUG through informational
exchange. Chapters are formed based on sufficient customer willingness
to serve as leaders/volunteers.
- Who can attend Chapter meetings?
To participate in an ASUG Chapter meeting, one must be a representative
of a current Installation or Associate Member Company in good standing.
- Who is eligible to serve in a leadership capacity?
Installation Member Companies may hold any leadership position within
the Chapter. Associate Member Companies may hold a leadership position,
with the exception of Chair and Vice Chair.
- What are the responsibilities of Chapter leadership?
Most Chapters have a Chairperson, Vice Chair, and Secretary. Chairpersons
are responsible for representing the needs specific to their group,
while operating within the guidelines of ASUG's bylaws, policies, and
procedures. The Vice Chairs assist the Chair, and Secretaries are responsible
for minutes and communicating meeting information to ASUG Headquarters.
- What support does a Chapter receive from ASUG Headquarters?
ASUG Headquarters will assist in the initial startup of a Chapter, create
and manage a Chapter page on asug.com, and distribute notices via e-mail
regarding Chapter activities.
- I know there is interest in a local ASUG Chapter, but how do I
contact ASUG members in my area?
Headquarters can assist in identifying interested companies and
will work with leaders to establish a Chapter.