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I AM bored of DIRECTORS!!!

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I know. That is a bit much. But really… didn’t it make you read this?

We are receiving a few volunteers for the next Board. FINALLY. Look for an email from us concerning how to cast your vote. Thanks!

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Sponsored Panorama Trip to Myranmar

From the desk of Benjamin Porter:

Dear Friends,
I just returned from my second trip to Myanmar, and it was wonderful to be there!!! It is a very interesting time of change for country, if you have been following the recent news.
Here is the link to some of the photos I made in Myanmar on this trip:
http://fotobenjamin.smugmug.com/gallery/22150715_cj9Sk6/1776421413_hBkkt73

***See details below about how to access the photos and view them as a full screen slide show.

I firmed up my plans to lead a tour(s) to Myanmar in the Fall. My new company for these excursions is Small Footprint Travels. We will be small, honor the local culture,  and leave few footprints, if any at all!
The first tour to Myanmar is scheduled for October 18-31, 2012. It is timed for us to be at the Phaung Daw U festival on Inle Lake. Four Buddha images are rowed around the lake on a tour of other pagodas in the various villages.  It is a beautiful and magical time to be there.
We will visit other amazing places in Myanmar such as Mandalay, Bagan, Yangon, and have the option of  a hike and home stay in a tribal village.
I am awaiting the final prices for the tour, but I want you to have the dates so that you can mark your calendar.
If the October dates are not convenient for you, I will consider offering a second tour in mid-November (yes, we would spend Thanksgiving in Myanmar!) to coordinate with the Taunggyi Balloon Festival. Let me know if November is your preference.
I will limit the tour to a small group of 6-10 people plus myself and a guide/driver. We will photograph, enjoy the  food (cooking class offered), and the local culture. You do not have to be a photographer to join us, or perhaps you would like to improve your camera skills. I will be available to help you with your photography.
Each day will be structured to also allow free time within stimulating and beautiful environments.
As soon as I have the final prices, I will send you them to you ASAP, as well as how to register for the tour.

***To see the slide show, I encourage you to double click “Fullscreen” on top right hand side of the photo page. If you want a quicker viewing without reading captions, it will take you about 7 minutes on the “Fast” mode. Scroll your cursor over the image and the thumbnails of the images will appear. Above the row of thumbnails on the lefthand side is the speed setting for you to choose. If you want to read the captions, select “Medium” and the slide show will take about 15 minutes to view. I hope you enjoy them!

At this time contact Ben Porter directly for any questions or to receive more up to the minute updates about this planned trip. If you try to reach him via the IAPP’s contact us page I will try to forward those messages in a timely fashion. But you can click him name to create an email to him: Ben Porter

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Call for Entries

The EPSON International Pano Awards 2012

Over US$25,000 in cash and prizes!

Enter online at www.thepanoawards.com

Need more info?

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Member’s Only: PANORAMA PDF posted

The pdf of the latest PANORAMA has been posted and is available to members via the Member’s only section. We have pdfs of PANORAMA’s dating back to 1997!

If you haven’t received your PANORAMA, and you ARE a member please drop me a line (webmaster). We have had a few “not at this address – return to sender”. A good reason to keep your contact information updated… please go into your member profile and UPDATE your addresses.

I will be trying to “remail” those PANORAMA’s next month, but I need corrected addresses!

 

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Hot off the presses

PANORAMA, The Journal of the IAPP – Volume 28

Just off the presses and into our member mailboxes… If you haven’t received yours: contact the web mistress with a PANORAMA in the subject line.

FYI: You may notice a difference in the content. With the addition to the monthly online newsletter, the PANORAMA will no longer concentrate on technological or hardware based informational articles. That content is better served up to you on a monthly basis in the e-Monitor for inspiration and freshness. Nobody likes old news! The PANORAMA will only contain information of the most recent conference, photos, ads from our loyal sponsors, and Winning images from the two contests that we sponsor.

Nasty fine print: Member’s only! 

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Panoramic Photography Tour of Burgundy Vineyards

Denis TremblayWant to have a fantastic working vacation in Burgundy, France? Join Denis Tremblay today. Registration open to the first 60 people.

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Promises kept…

You spoke, we listened. Last year we had to make the difficult decision not to PRINT the PANORAMA. We received mixed comments and total understanding. But all in all, everyone missed the traditionally printed PANORAMA. This year, the conference ended up in the black; & we are thrilled to announce that we  took the PANORAMA to press TODAY.  The tentative mail drop date is January 6, 2012. Watch your mailboxes! If you have moved or do not have your address in your member profile you will not receive one in January. Please go to the Member Profile section and update your information so we can get one in the mail to you after February. (Drop a comment here to let me know you have updated your contact information.)

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Interested in Ben Porter’s Sponsored Cuba trip?

If you have any interest in going to Cuba with Ben, let him know TODAY!

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Board Officers invitation

It is that time of year when we think of celebrating the Holidays.  It is also time to think about the needs of your IAPP.  We are approaching the time to elect new officers and directors of your Board.  We need members to volunteer their services in order to maintain the viability of our Association.  We must have members willing to step up to assist in running IAPP and planning future activities.  This does mean that we need you to offer a few hours each month to work on tasks as determined by your President and Officers.  So in this season of giving, please give a serious thought toward volunteering yourself as a nominee for a Board position, either as an Officer or Director.

 

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Board meeting blurb

Tonight we had a nice board meeting. A couple of quick notes:

  1. The conference was not only enjoyable but profitable as well.
  2. We are coming to the end of this Board’s tenure and need replacements.
    If you wish to volunteer, contact John McCarthy 
  3. We are planning the next conference in the great NW. If you want to volunteer to be on the planning committee contact: Glenn Cope
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