If you are looking to kick start your community contributions or looking to volunteer more than what you already do, I have an awesome suggestion for you — nominate yourself to serve as IOUG Oracle RAC SIG Board Officers volunteer. You don’t need to be an Oracle RAC expert to be successful in that role but you do need to be disciplined, creative, passionate about Oracle technology and community and have a bit of time to contribute regularly. I’d advise to plan to contribute at least an hour per week.
I’ve been engaged in RAC SIG for a while — first as a member, then as webinar and conference presenter until nominated myself to become Vice-President (and got elected) and turned into President in a year. I’ve been now the President for two years (President Gorbachev just sounds so right) and it’s time to step down and pass the torch to the new volunteers. We do not elect the President but instead, VP becomes the president after a year of service and serves for another two years. VP is elected every 3 years and other board members are re-elected every 2 years. Participation in RAC SIG has been rewarding and I’ve got to know lots of new people in the industry.
I will still be active in RAC SIG as volunteer presenter as well as representative of IOUG where I serve on the board as Director of Communities. Leading RAC SIG was great foundation to become an IOUG Director.
If I convinced you to try, read on! Just remember, it’s not just getting elected but you need to commit to this role for two years and be active.
Below are the open positions and description of the roles. Besides three RAC SIG borad officers, we are also re-electing 3 regional chairs – Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Regional chairs are active in their region leading local RAC SIG activities.
The position doesn’t require RAC technology qualifications but some requires some experience organising community events and ability to lead and organise other volunteers around the world.
The International Chair is responsible for communicating between the RAC SIG and the user group or groups that are assigned to them. Specific duties include:
These duties usually take about 1 hour per week and many of the duties occur via email. This position also carries board membership and this board member will participate in monthly board calls to discuss upcoming events and any other general RAC SIG business. These conference calls are scheduled at a time that works well for all board members (usually the second Tuesday of the month).
The candidate should have good knowledge of Oracle RAC technology and have experience organizing online content. For example, on his/her own blog or other community organisations. This is a great position to begin your contributions to Oracle community.
The librarian chair manages the content of the RAC SIG website, as well as the volunteer RAC SIG librarians who are willing to help out. The librarian chair works closely w/ the website chair who will coordinate the building of enhanced functionality to support these needs. Specific duties include:
These duties usually take about 1 hour per week and almost all the duties occur via email, so they can be done at almost any time. This position also carries board membership and will participate in monthly board meetings to discuss upcoming events and general RAC SIG business. These meetings are conference calls that are scheduled at a time that works well for all board members.
The person should be well organised and able to timely manage webinars schedule. The position doesn’t require significant RAC technology qualifications but the emphasasis is on being able to regularly manage webinar schedule. This is a great position to start volunteering in the community.
The web seminar chair handles the RAC SIG webcast series. Specific duties involve:
These duties usually take about 0.5-1 hour per week and almost all the duties occur via email, so they can be done at almost any time. This position also carries board membership and will participate in monthly board meetings to discuss upcoming events and general RAC SIG business. These meetings are conference calls that are scheduled at a time that works well for all board members.
The Regional SIG Chair is responsible for coordinating RAC SIG events and contacts in their geography, and must be based in the region. Specific duties include:
These duties usually take about 0.5 to 1 hour per week and many of the duties occur via email. This position does not include board membership. The activities of Regional SIG Chairs will be collected and reported to the board via the International Chair.
If you have any questions on what it means to be volunteer at the RAC SIG board, let me know of contact any of the existing officers.
The nomination will close at the end of August and then RAC SIG membership will vote in September. Dont’ get discouraged if you didn’t get elected in the first year — it took me twice to be elected. Good luck!