The many benefits of IEEE membership are featured monthly in the IEEE Member Benefits Bulletin, an e-newsletter sent the third Monday of each month to those with an e-mail address on file with IEEE.
Launched last October by IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, the newsletter describes member benefits, products, and services, and provides an index to them with links to more information. The December issue, for example, provides details about memberNet, IEEE’s online member directory, and explains how the service can strengthen members’ networking opportunities. Members who have submitted a profile to memberNet can search for, among other connections, members with similar technical interests. More than 4000 members have shared their profiles so far.
Each issue also highlights selected articles from the latest issue of IEEE Spectrum and new videos being broadcast on IEEE.tv. Another regular feature is the IEEE T-shirt Giveaway, sponsored by the IEEE Merchandise Store. Every month, five randomly selected members get a free T-shirt; the winners’ names are published in the next issue.
In addition, the newsletter runs reminders about promotional programs that you may have missed, such as the free e-book offered by IEEE-USA to members who renew their 2009 membership. Members may choose from Innovation Conversations: The Innovation Process; Career Planning Guide: How to Achieve Greater Satisfaction and Impact at Work; and Engineering the Art of Negotiation: How to Handle Your Boss. Don’t worry if you missed the offer. The March issue will include a reminder about how members who “re-upped” can get their free books.
The bulletin was suggested by the 2007 Membership Development Committee as a way to raise awareness and boost the use of member benefits. The newsletter also reduces the number of e-mails members receive by consolidating benefit announcements that would otherwise be distributed separately.
If you’re not receiving the bulletin, it might be because your contact information in IEEE’s files is not current. To update your record, visit myIEEE at http://www.ieee.org/myieee.
For more information about the IEEE Member Benefits Bulletin, contact editor Nick Lehotzky at email@example.com.