Candidate for OLLI-Mason Board of Directors
Paul L. Howard

Candidateís Statement: Membership growth is absolutely vital to constantly renew our instructor pool, fill volunteer ranks, and overcome severe impacts of inflation on our budget. We must formulate sound plans for enhancing facilities and fund growth with prudent investments. OLLIís greatest strength is our classes. We need to insure that all we do strengthens our course offerings and supports the program committee and subject area program planning groups.

Paul joined OLLI in June 2006, and established the Investment Forumís website in November Ď06. He joined OLLI's Finance Committee in '07. Paul served as appointed member of the board of directors from July, 2007 - May of 2008, and will complete his third elected term June, 2020, and service of a year as Vice President. Other committee service included Nominating, Strategic Planning, Facilities, and Ad Hoc Bylaws Review.

In September, 2007, Paul organized the AV Support Committee, assisting staff with audiovisual and technology issues. Paul spearheaded the acquisition of improved video projectors, document cameras, BluRay players, videoconferencing equipment, improved sound and other capabilities for OLLIís use at all OLLI locations, including UCP, COGS and Lord of Life facilities. In 2009, he founded the OLLI Personal Computer User Group.

Paul Howard

Paul Howard - Gone Country

Paul & Jim installing speaker in TA3
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Paul has continued to serve on the Finance and AV Support Committees, and in the OLLI Computer Group. He was co-instructor for eight class sessions on the topic of home computer security in three Identity Theft classes offered at Tallwood and Reston, and also presented three sessions on country music. He designed the original 'Doc Store' website, and one devoted to Tallwood's 'lost and found' collection. The latter site was moth-balled when taking pictures of dozens of items left behind each term and turning them into web content just got old. The final straw was the same notebook turning up in the bin three times over five terms - without a name ever written inside.

During a 31 year career with Verizon and predecessor companies, Paul worked in telephone operations, management training, budgeting, real estate and spent his last dozen years before retiring with responsibility for the environmental compliance of more than 500 facilities in DC, DE, MD and WV. Along the way, he earned professional certifications in Facility Management, and Hazardous Materials Management.

A New York native, Paul received a BS in Industrial Management from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarskson University) in Potsdam, NY. A brief career in the construction industry was bisected by duty in US Army Air Defense on Okinawa, Japan during the Viet Nam era.

Applicable Experience in Organizations

Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society - currently serving as President. PATACS was formed in May 2012 by the merger of the National Capital Technology & Computer User's Group and the Washington Area Computer User Group. Combined service in these groups - 13 years as President, 22 years as Treasurer, 5 years as director, 3 years as newsletter editor, 23 years as webmaster.

National Capital Chapter, Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers - Secretary 2 years; President 2 years; Treasurer 2 years; webmaster 5 years.

Arlington County - City of Falls Church - Pentagon Reservation Ė National Airport Local Emergency Planning Committee, member - 6 years.

Clean Air Partners (Public / Private partnership, seeks to reduce ground level ozone pollution in Baltimore / Washington area) member 5 years, webmaster.

Capital Chapter, International Facilities Management Association - director 5 years; Chair of Technology committee 2 years; webmaster 3 years.

North Jersey Chapter, NRI Alumni Association (Consumer Electronics Equipment Servicing club) Secretary Ď79-Ď83.