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Just Say E: APEGGA Education Foundation is On-Line
This is the most recent installment of a regular PEGG column on the
APEGGA Education Foundation.
BY DENNIS BROOKS,
APEGGA Education Foundation
It is not surprising that APEGGA members are very computer literate and
make great use of this technology, including the Internet. Still, it may
surprise you to know just how much APEGGA's website, www.apegga.org,
does get used.
In the month of July alone there were over a million hits on this site!
And within the site, the Education Foundation page has notched nearly
600 hits since recording began on May 5 of this year. This usage of our
site is very gratifying and it will be interesting to follow its growth
in the months ahead.
You may not know that APEGGA's site has about 3,000 pages. And that with
that kind of volume, it needs its own Web developer, in the person of
Barbara Jensen. I have visited quite a few sites and I personally feel
she has done a fine job creating a site that is easily navigated and contains
a lot of information sought by members.
The site has some special features for our Foundation. In addition to
listing the basics, such as our mission, objectives and director membership,
it contains news items. Most of these are reprints from The PEGG, but
other items will be appearing which are of current interest.
The APEGGA Education Foundation Board has approved publication of the
highlights of its meetings. In this regard, note that the board has agreed
to revise the Millennium Scholarship Terms of Reference, to be ratified
at the September meeting.
A key change will be the increase of the scholarship to $1,500. Its terms
of reference and application form are now on the website, under the scholarships
tab. You will see there that for this first offering, the application
deadline is extended to Sept. 30, 2001.
A major reason for this article is to get the message out to life members.
Because they don't pay membership dues anymore, they don't see the message
seeking donations on the annual invoice.
But they can still make a donation to the Foundation -- through the wonders
of electronic mail. Regular members can use it too, rather than wait for
Simply enter the APEGGA website, and click the "On-Line Payment"
selection on the right-hand side. You will be presented with a logon screen
with instructions 1-2-3. Following these gets you to the Member Self Service
Centre Menu where, down the list, you will see "make a donation."
Clicking there brings up the screen for credit card payment. Note that
this is a secure site.
Finally, I bring to your attention our "Opinions Wanted" survey
under the Education Foundation button. This survey is NOT accurate 19
times out of 20 since it fails all tests for sampling -- not random and
not adequate sample size! It is in somewhat the same category as the early
computer predictions of the Presidential race held in Florida -- close
It is intended to give us some feeling for member views on somewhat controversial
subjects. For instance, the one on publishing amount category of donations
indicates that members are quite divided on this subject. The next step
will be more detailed study through focus groups or larger surveys.
The computer has given us a powerful tool to get information and to do
business. So, see you on the Web.