I’m writing to keep everyone posted on some exciting events and opportunities the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region has coming up this summer. On Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 7 pm, Vice Chair Greg Sachs will be hosting a barbecue at his home in Baltimore County; this is a save-the-date, so look for full details closer to the event. In addition, we’ll be hosting social dinners in DC and in Baltimore this summer, to be scheduled after this year’s pride festivals.
Which brings me to my next point, which is our organization’s planned presence at both the Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, June 10, and the Baltimore Pride Festival on Sunday, June 17. The Capital Pride Festival is held on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 4th and 7th Streets, NW, while the Baltimore Pride Festival is in Druid Hill Park. Each festival lasts from 11am until 6pm, and we’d like to have two people on duty at all times. That means we need to fill 14 person-hours at each festival, and we need your help. The Pride Festivals comprise our best chance to build our membership each year. We are preparing a range of materials, including membership forms, brochures, and copies of the national newsletter, so you’ll have all of the information about the organization right in front of you. We’ll also brief you on the main talking points. And if you haven’t been able to be as involved with NOGLSTP-CR as you would like to be, we’ll make sure to pair you with someone who has more familiarity with our activities.
I am coordinating our volunteer schedule, so please e-mail me directly with your availability. You can let me know a specific period of time you’d like to sign up for, or a maximum amount of time and a range during which you’re available. We currently have staffing needs throughout the day at both festivals, but we are in particular need of assistance between 1 and 4 pm in DC. This is also a great opportunity to get a friend, co-worker, or partner involved in NOGLSTP; if you bring in a second person to work a shift with you, it satisfies twice as much of our needs and gives you reliable companionship during your shift. Please include your full name and the full name of any other person who would be staffing with you, along with a contact phone number at which we can reach you during the day of the festival. I look forward to hearing from you soon, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible with a confirmation of when you will be volunteering.
I also have updates on some previous events. Back in March, NOGLSTP-CR participated in judging at the Anne Arundel County Science and Engineering Fair, where we gave our $400 first place award to Jack Andraka, a 15-year-old student who developed a more sensitive and less expensive test to detect pancreatic cancer in its early stages. We were delighted (but not surprised) this past week when we learned that young Mr. Andraka won the Intel Science and Engineering Fair’s top prize of $75,000! And, finally, the proposed bylaws amendments were passed unanimously by the quorum of voting members who attended the business meeting earlier this month, and the updated bylaws will be made available on the NOGLSTP-CR Yahoo! group. Among the changes is the name of the office I hold, which brings me to…