News & Notes from the President

Dear Beta Phi Mu Beta Delta Chapter Members:

I thought I would share with you some brief thoughts on the chapter's annual meeting held Thursday, October 20th at 7:00 PM in Baldy Hall on the North Campus of SUNY Buffalo.  We now have the ability to conduct our annual meetings using Skype which means chapter members can participate in our meetings no matter where they are geographically located.  Two chapter members actually participated in our annual meeting this year by Skype.

First of all, I want to thank all of the board members who were elected to office on the chapter board for their willingness to serve on the board for the coming year.  A special thank you goes out to the veteran board members who have served on the board the last two years and have expressed their great support for the chapter by offering to serve a third year.  A special welcome goes out to our new board member, Sara Brown, who stepped forward this year to run for office and get elected.  Welcome Sara!  The board is committed to giving it 110% in energizing the chapter membership so more chapter members will step up and run for office next year so the chapter can maintain its sustainability.

I thought the annual meeting came off well.  We were pleased to have a few regular chapter members attend the meeting in person as well as two members via Skype.  Thanks to Board Member, Brenda Battleson White, we were able to record the meeting and thanks to Esther Jackson, we have posted the recording on our website.  So, if you didn't get a chance to participate in the meeting, you can still listen to the meeting by clicking on the link to the recording on our website.

The best part of the annual meeting was the suggestions we received by those in attendance about how we can get the chapter membership more motivated.  I'm sure we'll consider all those ideas at our long-range planning meeting.

As your Chapter President, I'm planning on giving it my all this coming year to get this chapter energized so it's sustainable in the future.  I didn't put in all the effort I did over the last two years only to see the chapter get dormant again.  I hope all chapter members can match my effort.  All the board members are with me on this effort.  But, in the final analysis, the chapter can't continue to operate without the active participation of more chapter members.  The current board can't be expected to serve on the board forever.  With the great events we hope to plan in the coming year, I'm cautiously optimistic we can get the chapter membership more energized by the end of our year.

In connection with the above, in the near future, I will be composing an e-mail message and sending it out directly to each chapter member promoting their active participation in the chapter in the coming year.

On Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 PM, the chapter board will be holding it's annual long-range planning meeting to plan events for the coming year. Please feel free to join us by Skype at the meeting and give us your ideas for activating the chapter.  In the mean time, if you have any ideas for getting the chapter more active, please e-mail me directly with your thoughts at

Well, I wanted to keep this short but wanted to send a few thoughts about or annual meeting and the board's plans for the future.  Come back to check out new additions of my presidential notes as I plan on putting some new notes to our website on a monthly basis.  I continue to find it a privilege and pleasure to serve as your chapter president.  Please feel free to e-mail me your thoughts and ideas or share them with the board as you see fit.

Have a good fall and we'll see you at the long-range planning meeting.

James Tammaro, Beta Delta President

2016-2017 Executive Board

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Beta Delta Executive Board!  Many of the board are returning for their third year.  The returning board is thrilled to welcome Sara Brown as a Director.

Sara is a 2015 graduate and recent BPM inductee now working as a librarian with the Baltimore County Public Library. There, she focuses on outreach and programming and is especially interested in public libraries as non-commercial community gathering spaces. She is enthusiastic about our chapter’s potential and would love to be a part of helping us serve our members and the profession!

For those who considered running in 2016 but demurred, please do consider a run again in 2017.  This organization is only viable so long as members take an active service interest.

The current Executive Board can be viewed here:

The board history can be viewed here:

If you have information about past Executive Board members, please email Esther Jackson, Beta Delta Front End Developer .