I have spoken with quite a few people who are concerned about the potential
demise of the EAC. If I've heard right, there are only four members of the
EAC at present.

The EAC has brought us many benefits, aside from the social events it has
organized, cell phone offers, Internet deals, health club access,
discounted tickets, etc. Is there a way to bring the services of the EAC to
the attention of the rest of the UCAR/NCAR community; is there a way that
we can get more staff involved, by breaking their arms, threatening their
jobs, etc.? Seriously, if people are not willing to volunteer, could
someone be hired for the job, or could someone's job include this
responsibility? These are all suggestions I have heard from other parties.

I have seen this group go from a very enthusiastic, active position to one
with no accolades, no rewards, no recognition. How could we beef up the EAC?

Answered on November 18, 1999


Unfortunately, the information that the questioner received is true. In
September of this year, the EAC membership reached an all-time low of only
four active members. After learning about the situation and with input from
several EAC members (both current and former), I discussed the state of the
EAC membership with the UCAR Management Committee (UMC). While the level of
staff participation remains insufficient to carry out all of the current
activities, the number of members has risen during the past two months.
Currently, there are 10 active members. Their names and division/program
affiliations appear below.

As the questioner so accurately pointed out, the EAC provides many benefits
to UCAR/NCAR/UOP staff. It organizes and oversees a number of activities
per year, including the Spring Fling, the Up-the-Hill Races, and the
children's holiday party. These combined functions represent more than 20
different tasks that must be completed during the year. When membership
reached a critical low, the EAC contemplated canceling certain activities.
The four dedicated members decided against taking such a step and agreed
instead to oversee multiple functions to make sure no activity was
canceled. Their expectation was that other employees soon would join the
committee and that the work could be spread among a larger number of members.

The EAC was meant to be a large group. The EAC policy, 1-1-13 [see the
UCAR Policies and Procedures Manual] states, in part, that "the EAC strives
to maintain a minimum of 20 active members. EAC members can expect to spend
a reasonable amount of their UCAR work time, with approval of their
supervisors, and may volunteer additional personal time to plan and conduct
EAC activities." To achieve this policy objective, the current membership
needs to double. I have asked UMC members to appoint at least one person
from their division or program to serve on the EAC. With their help and the
cooperation of staff, I am confident the EAC will become a healthy
committee once again.

I encourage UCAR employees to consider volunteering a small fraction of
their time to this activity. There are many advantages to being a part of
the EAC. Among these is the opportunity to interact with employees in other
parts of the organization. Any staff member or visitor interested in
obtaining additional information about the committee should contact Joan
Chiszar, EAC chair, or any other EAC member. Their contact information is
provided below. Employees may also wish to visit the EAC Web site.

--Edna Comedy, Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Employee