PGM
International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.

NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT

Thank You for Supporting Our Pi Gamma Mu International Membership Directory!

I am delighted to hear reports that members have been receiving their copies of the magnificent “Pi Gamma Mu international membership directory” in the mail. Harris Connect has advised us that 86,067 members will be in the biographical, school, and geographical sections of the directory, and 179,622 members will be listed in the alphabetical section. With 7,249 members providing extensive biographical information and 17,000 members already receiving our electronic newsletter due to Harris Connect providing member E-mail updates for our listserv, the success of the project is already being felt in major ways.

For the first time in our history, we are planning activities for alumni/ae at our next Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention, which will be held on October 20-22, 2011, in the Washington D. C., area. Our organizational history has been updated in the directory, and we are now able to contact lifetime members on a large scale. The project was not without challenge! The membership application forms that you filled out when you were initiated were sent to Harris Connect over vast distances so that Harris Connect could enter your data into an electronic data base . Our officers and staff were in continual communication with Harris Connect as the project progressed. Angie Dailey at Harris Connect has been an extremely effective project liaison. Our board and staff supported the project, which involved extensive planning and overtime work. We are grateful for our staff’s dedication. All our files are currently electronically preserved and updated for the first time in our history.

Directories are major financial undertakings, and the ultimate success of the project depended on the support of our membership, as we needed a sufficient number of copies of the directory to be ordered in a difficult economy at levels meeting Harris Connect’s expectations. Did our members care about Pi Gamma Mu enough to support the project? Harris Connect had advised us that some projects fail, and the development of many organizations’ directories is discontinued if participation is not substantial enough to warrant the completion of the project . This project was a major test for the Pi Gamma Mu international honor society. Our members and faculty advisers responded by ordering directories and providing updates of their contact information. Our staff responded with “overtime” efforts, and our board fully supported the directory and our desire to communicate with members at a level never before possible.

The critical point was at an early stage in the project, when “proof of concept” must be negotiated with Harris Connect. At this stage, the president of the organization must convince key corporate officers at Harris Connect that the project will succeed and has membership support. Harris Connect had already gathered some data. The total backing I received from our staff members; our student, alumnus/a, and faculty members; and the members of the international Board of Trustees enabled us to negotiate the project to completion.

I now thank all of our members, board, and staff as well as Harris Connect for a successful project. We have a great future ahead. Without your active involvement, we would not have a marvelous membership directory, copies of which are now arriving at the homes of our members . We deeply appreciate those who ordered directories and took the time to update their information for our directory. In the last five years, at a time when many honor societies have been experiencing difficulty, we have grown from 123 active chapters to over 150 active chapters. It is the unique spirit and “can do” attitude of our members, board, faculty advisers, and staff that have enabled us to succeed in this important project and many other undertakings. Our Pi Gamma Mu Flag is waving high in celebration!

Gordon Mercer
Pi Gamma Mu International President

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