(Jill Gostin and Kathy Land)
The Atlanta Section is proud home to 700 members of the IEEE Computer Society. However, no Computer Society Chapter meetings have been held for the last several years. Attempts by the Section officers to find volunteers to take over chapter leadership for the CS Chapter were unsuccessful. One of Jill Gostin's goals as 2012 Atlanta Section Chair has been to re-start the local CS Chapter. To this end, she became the Acting Chair of the CS Chapter, and started planning meetings. Ms. Susan (Kathy) Land, Division VIII Director and a former Computer Society President, agreed to come speak at the kick-off meeting. The meeting was held on 8 September; 35 attendees registered for the event and 25 attended. Ms. Land's talk gave attendees a better understanding of IEEE and specifically of the benefits of CS membership. The meeting was viewed as successful by those that attended, and many ideas for upcoming meetings were discussed. Several attendees offered to help with Chapter events. The next meeting of the Chapter will be held on 23 October, with a presentation on Advantages and Risks of Open Source Software. The future of the Atlanta CS Chapter is full of promise and growth opportunities!