GPSEG exists to promote the professional and business interests of senior executives by providing for the exchange of business ideas and contacts; facilitating the sharing of knowledge, best practices and resources of the region; providing educational opportunities to members and the community on topics of interest; supporting members in career transition; and developing cooperative programs with other professional organizations in the region. In doing so, we have created a set of Bylaws to govern us. The current copy of our bylaws is available here.
GPSEG Conflict of Interest Policy
Members of the Board of Directors of the GPSEG, officers, members of our Leadership Team (Subgroup Chairs, Co-Chairs and Vice Chairs as well as GPSEG Committee members), volunteers, and key employees are required as part of our Federal Tax Status to annually notify GPSEG of their adherence to our Conflict of Interest policy. The current copy of our Conflict of Interest Policy is available here.
GPSEG Guidelines to E-mail Etiquette
When we communicate, whether in person or online, we expect others to observe certain rules of behavior. As a member of a professional group like GPSEG, we expect courteous and professional behavior in all e-mail communications. Here are some helpful hints:
Clearly summarize the contents of your message in the subject line.
Properly titled messages help people organize and prioritize their e-mail.
Unless absolutely necessary, don't use CC to copy your message/reply to everyone.
Use BCCs when addressing a message that will go to a large group of people who don't necessarily know each other.
Keep your messages short and focused. Few people enjoy reading on their computer screens, fewer still on the tiny screens in cell phones, pagers and other mobile devices that are becoming increasingly popular. Recipients tend to ignore long messages.
Use care when sending attachments. Users of most wireless devices don’t have the software required to open an attachment, such as a Word document or spreadsheet.
Avoid using all capital letters. USING ALL CAPS MAKES IT LOOK LIKE YOU'RE SHOUTING! IT'S ALSO MORE DIFFICULT TO READ.
Don't write anything in an e-mail that you wouldn't say in public. Anyone can easily forward your message, even accidentally. This could leave you in an embarrassing position if you divulge personal or confidential information. If you don't want to share something you write, consider using the telephone.
Don’t use emoticons, as your intent may be misunderstood. Emoticons are typically used in personal e-mail and are not considered appropriate for business. Avoid sending e-mails to large numbers of people unless you have a serious reason to do so.
E-mail broadcast to many recipients may be considered spam. In professional situations, avoid any outward religious statements, jokes, funny stories, etc., that may be perceived as wasteful or offensive by others.
Always be courteous -- nasty e-mails should be avoided.
As a courtesy to your recipient, include your name and contact information at the bottom of the message.
To make sure your message isn’t compromised by misspelled words, use your e-mail software’s built-in spell checker.