Dear AITP Region 18 Member,

Welcome to the this month’s edition of the AITP Region 18 CommuniGram. We will keep you informed on a regular basis of current news and upcoming events around the region. Be a contributor for your chapter. To submit a short article, send it via email to Harvey Schoenman at

President’s Corner


Please be sure to register for Fall Leadership Retreat in Pittsburgh (see below).

Carolyn Walters
President, AITP Region 18

Contributor’s Corner

Has anyone gone to a one-day conference or seminar lately? The prices are outrageous; usually in the $300-500 range. The Fall Leadership Retreat, which runs just over one day, is a veritable bargain at only $129 for members ($139 for non-members). The Leadership Retreat is on Nov 7-8 in the Pittsburgh area right across the road from a brand new outlet mall opening this coming Labor Day. Details are available on the 2008 Leadership Retreat website, We have rearranged the sessions so be sure to re-visit the website. Presentation abstracts and speaker bios coming soon.

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Has everyone branded their website with a favicon? What!! You didn’t read the Favicon article in the Information Executive submitted by your favorite hard-working editor? If you missed it, you can still see it at It explains what a favicon is and how to get one on your website.


– Submitted by: Harvey Schoenman, Pittsburgh Chapter


Technology professionals receive awards

Lakemore, Ohio –

It was in 1951 that Harry S. Truman was President of the United States. A three-bedroom home cost $9,000 and a new Ford listed for $1,480, postage was 3 cents and a loaf of bread cost 16 cents. Joe DiMaggio retired from baseball. I Love Lucy premiered and peace talks began in Korea.

In Chicago, a group of machine accountants got together and decided that the future was only beginning for the TAB machines they were operating. They were members of a local group called the Machine Accountants Association (MAA). The technology was new; something few people understood and managing this new technology was a skill that even fewer people possessed. The machine accountants recognized the need to form a professional support group, a national association, to address the growing issues of this new technology.

In December 1951 the State of Illinois granted a charter and the National Machine Accountants Association (NMAA) was founded. Today the group is known as the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).

The Akron Chapter of the AITP holds meetings the last Tuesday of every month except July, August and December at Lindsey’s Amber restaurant in the Tri-County Plaza, Lakemore. The meetings include technical sessions, networking/social times, dinner, business meetings and guest keynote speakers. At the May meeting awards were presented for achievements. Lifetime Awards, which includes a lifetime membership, were presented to Barbara Shaver and Nick Regopoulos.

Shaver is a Springfield Township resident and is retired from the Abbott Laboratories headquarters (near Waukegan, Illinois) where she was a Regulatory Specialist. She has many firsts in her career with AITP including: first female member and chair of a committee, first female elected as a board member and officer as well as first female president and international director of the Akron Chapter.

Shaver transferred from the Akron Chapter when her career took her to Topeka, Kansas and again, she transferred to the North Shore Chapter in Chicago, Illinois when her career placed her with Rand McNally.  She was a Board member with North Shore, but a career change interfered again when she moved into the Waukegan, Illinois area.

Now retired, Shaver is back in Springfield Township (having moved there over 30 years ago) and heavily involved with the Akron Chapter.

Regopoulos works for ComDoc, Inc on Massillon Road. He joined the Akron Chapter in 1979 and is currently Chapter Vice-President. Receiving the Bronze Award was Robert Logan, Canton an Assistant Professor Kent State University, Salem. Receiving the Double Diamond Award were Mary Jane Scruggs, Stow a Contractor and David Lisle, Akron employed by Alta Via Consulting. Presenting the awards was Darlene Gerber from Geneva who is a member of the Northeast Ohio Chapter, an Association District Director and chairs the Association Awards Committee.

For more information visit the local chapter Web site .

2007 Award Winners
Barb, Bob, MJ  & Nick
Barb Shaver
Nick Regopoulos
Barb & Nick
Bob Logan
Double Diamond:
Mary Jane Scruggs

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Award presentations by Darlene Gerber

– Submitted by: Barbara Shaver, Akron Chapter


Upcoming Events

Date Chapter Topic Speaker Location
Chapter Events
Akron Summer break – see you in Sept
Charlotte Summer break – see you in Sept
Hampton Roads Summer break – see you in Sept
Northeast Ohio Summer break – see you in Sept
Aug 30 Johnstown First Annual Student Scholarship Golf Outing Indian Lake Golf Club
Aug 9 Pittsburgh Annual Student Scholarship Golf Outing Butler’s Golf Course
Richmond Summer break – see you in Sept
Aug 14 RTP Business Intelligence University Club, Raleigh
Aug 21 Tarheel Project Management Michael Wharton Foothill Brewery, Winston-Salem
Aug 13 Wheeling Search Engine Optomization Justin Seibert Wheeling Park White Palace
Region Events
Nov 7-9 Pittsburgh Region Leadership Retreat Multiple speakers Pittsburgh – Washington, PA


For details on any of the above events, please visit the applicable web sites – click on applicable active chapter link below.

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