ICEA New Member Welcome



Welcome to ICEA. We are honored that you are joining our
organization.

I would like to tell you a little about ICEA and give you a few tips
about our mission and how we operate. As I am sure that you know
by now ICEA is composed strictly of engineers who are employed
by cable manufacturing companies. These companies are
sponsors of the association. The association has a long history of
purely technical work. Individuals who are involved in sales,
pricing or order placement are strictly prohibited from being
members.


The Insulated Power Cable Engineers Association (IPCEA) was
formed in 1925 by a group of power cable engineers. The purpose
was to write recommended practices, testing procedures and
standards for the manufacturing and use of insulated power
cables. IPCEA evolved into three separate sections- Control and
Instrumentation Cables, Power Cables and Portable Power cables.
In 1979 communications cables were added and the name was
changed to the Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA) with
C&I, Power, Portable and Communications cable sections. The
organization was later reorganized into two Divisions – Energy
Cables and Communications Cables with sections under each. The
Energy Division retained its C&I, Power and Portable sections
while the Communications Division was further subdivided into
the Copper and Fiber sections.


The association meets quarterly starting on the first Monday of
every third month (March, June,  September and December). The
third meeting of each year (September) is the annual meeting
which includes “field events” and a Wednesday night awards
Banquet. We encourage you to participate in both. This meeting is
normally starts the 2nd Monday of September to avoid conflict with
Labor Day
.

The quarterly General Meetings are held on Wednesday morning
of meeting weeks. The Energy and Communication Meetings are
held immediately after the General Meeting. At regular quarterly
meetings an Association Reception and Dinner is held on Tuesday
night. Please join us.


The association maintains a website – ICEA.net. General
information is maintained in the public area of the website. A
separate members only area contains member rosters, meeting
schedules, agendas, meeting registration information and meeting
minutes. The Constitution and Policy manual are also available in
the member area. Your user name for login is your firstname
lastname (all lower case no spaces). Your password is the same. If
you wish to have you password changed please email a request to
the secretary.


Upcoming meeting registration information will be posted to the
website by week four of the meeting cycle. Minutes of the
previous meeting will be posted to the website by the sixth week
of the meeting cycle.
If you find any errors or items which are unclear on the website or
if you have any suggestions for improvement please email the
secretary.


A few rules should be pointed out.

1.        Each Sponsoring Company must designate one voting
member for the association and one voting member for each
division and section they wish to be represented in.
2.        Each Sponsoring Company may designate up to three
alternate voting members for the association and each division
and section. At any meeting where the sponsor voting member is
not present one alternate should identify himself to the meeting
secretary.
3.        Each Sponsoring Company shall designate one dues payer
who will be responsible for processing the annual dues invoice.
4.        The sponsor’s dues are invoiced annually on September 1,
due October 1, late on January 1 (voting rights may be cancelled)
and past due on May 1 (membership cancelled) If the membership
is cancelled the sponsor will be required to pay a reentry fee and
all back dues to be reinstated.
5.        Voting privileges are dependent on attendance at section
meetings. A sponsor representative must have attended at least 2
of the last 4 section meetings to have voting privileges at the
section meeting or on letter ballots issued during the subsequent
meeting cycle.
6.        Vote Counts- Each letter ballot requires a minimum return
and a minimum affirmative vote. It is essential that your vote be
returned to have a valid vote. If you do not have manufacturing
capability or expertise on a particular subject please submit an
abstaining vote when you receive the ballot.
7.        Meeting registration forms and fees should be submitted
prior to two weeks before each meeting. Failure to do so will
require a higher onsite registration fee.


The association develops, publishes and maintains 3 types of
documents

1.        Test Procedures – designated as  T-xx-yyy where xx is a
publication number and yyy is a project number
2.        Recommended Practices – designated as  P-xx-yyy
3.        Standards – designated as  S-xx-yyy

A complete listing is maintained on our website.


The work of the association is conducted primary in Working
Groups (WG). Each draft is voted on by the WG members. You are
encouraged to participate in all WG’s in which you have interest
and/or expertise. Once the document is fully developed it is voted
on by the section. After it receives approval it may be sent to
IHS/Global Engineering Documents who provide publication
services for us. ICEA members receive a 50% discount on all ICEA
documents purchased from Global. Standards may also be
submitted to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for
approval as the American National Standard (ANS). NEMA acts as
our ANSI Secretariat. Some of our standards are then approved by
and then joint published with ICEA and NEMA (non utility power
standards) or ICEA and TIA (fiber standards)


The association is governed by the Executive Committee. The
committee is composed of a President elected annually from the
general membership, a 1st VP from each Division, a 2nd VP from
each Division and a member at large from each Division. Legal
Council and the secretary are non voting members of the
Executive Committee. The President and 1st and 2nd Vice
Presidents are elected by the members at the Annual meeting. The
members at large are appointed by the Executive Committee prior
to the Annual meeting.


The Secretary/Treasurer is hired by the Executive Committee to
provide administrative support, plan meetings, maintain the
financial books and maintain the website.


Should you require any help becoming a part of our association
please contact the Secretary/Treasurer (tonyhall@icea.net) or any
officer. We welcome you and look forward to a long productive
partnership.



PAH 3/6/06



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