Report on Life Member Activities

I. Administrative Status of R8 LMAGs at 2018 :

  • No R8 LMAG is recently dissolved
  • Our Region has the highest number of active LMAG : 13
  • 23% of total R8 Sections have LMAG : more effort has to be done for increasing this percentage. Efforts are started with Sweden Section (LM counts 100)
  • N° total of meetings for R8 LMAGs : 32,( highest : 10 from France LMAG),

II. Milesones Activities in R8 in 2018 :

  • Many LMAGs in Sections in R8 participate with the History Committee to propose IEEE Milestones, Examples :
    • A milestone plaque was unveiled at Dundee University in Scotland on Thursday 5 April, 2018 at the university laboratories where Spear and LeComber carried out their experiments which led directly to the world of flat screens and smartphones we live in today
  • A dedication ceremony was held on September 6, 2018 to honor an Engineering Milestone: The French Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, 1898. IEEE President James Jefferies unveiled two plaques (English and French versions) honoring the Cable at the French Cable Station Museum (FCSM) in Orleans, MA.
  • The LMAG of France Section is working now to propose the Storage Battery (Plante, 1859) and Transformer (Gaulard/Gibb, 1881) as IEEE Milestones.

III. Meeting of LMAG Chairs in Neuchatel, Switzerland, September 5th 2017.

  • The LMAG Chairs from Benelux, France, Italy, Lebanon, Slovenia, Switzerland, and UK & Ireland held a meeting on September 5th 2017 to coincide with the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Swiss microelectronic watch industry, at the Microcity Centre in Neuchatel. This was the second meeting of LMAG Chairs in Region 8. The first one was in Basel on 20 August 2010
  • The continuing loss of older members was a matter of concern in most Sections and needed to be addressed urgently. Among the proposals discussed were ways to improve the quality of service for older members, a possible review of the criteria for qualification as a Life member, and the need for wider inclusion of older members in Life member activities.
  • A proposal for the involvement of Life members in IEEE’s Humanitarian Activities (e.g. the IEEE SIGHT programs) was also discussed. These are expected to be especially of interest to retired members: it was agreed that Sections should be encouraged to begin recruiting volunteers from their Life and retired members for specific projects in their local communities under the SIGHT program.

IV. Life Member Committee Task Force on Life member activities.

  • A small task force set up by the IEEE Life Member Committee has been working on the problem of engaging Life members more actively. Some proposals being discussed include improving communications with Life members, informing them of new advances in technology, and re-vitalising LMAGs. One potentially significant proposal argues for the active involvement of all members in the pre-retirement age group in Life member activities. This would help to boost the number of volunteers and active members in LMAGs, making LMAGs viable even in Sections with very few Life members. The Task Force is due to complete its work shortly and will report to the next LMC meeting.
  • In summary, the current focus of the IEEE Life member community must be on proposals to raise the level of member involvement so that older members are motivated to remain as members. The challenge to MGA is to offer an attractive menu of activities and services with particular appeal for older members.