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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - Oct 29, 2013
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DISA Leader Speaks at Breakfast

In October, the chapter hosted a breakfast seminar featuring guest speaker Scott Baker, director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC), Gunter Annex. The event was hosted at Wynlakes Country Club and generated a full house of various industry and military personnel. Baker presented his optimistic views regarding the benefits of local community partnerships to work toward common business goals and joint success. The recent partnerships between DISA, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, local utility companies and other River Region organizations were one of the examples Baker used to show how communities working together could reap joint benefits and rewards. He also mentioned that although obstacles tend to have negative connotations associated with them, benefits are also present to those who hone in on the positives and do not overlook opportunities. Baker stressed the importance of teamwork and grasping opportunities proactively, as opposed to waiting for the ideal situation to present itself. By recognizing existing opportunities and engaging as a community to plan for the future, society can leverage future successes. After Bakerís presentation, Charisse Stokes, director, chapter Education Foundation, spoke briefly about the growing successes of the local Macon County Career Technical Programs effort to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the forefront of education. Macon Countyís Career Center boasts a Microsoft certified instructor, opportunities for software development and training automotive technology programs and many other opportunities. The chapterís Education Foundation provides funding for this excellent academic program via various grants including, most recently, a Robotics Donation and Science Teaching Tools Award for a combined total exceeding $7,000. The chapter was honored to have some of Macon County staff attend the breakfast and thanks Scott Baker for donating his time to speak at the function.

Event Photographs:

Scott Baker, director, Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, speaks to October breakfast attendees regarding the positive benefits of community teamwork.
Scott Baker, director, Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, speaks to October breakfast attendees regarding the positive benefits of community teamwork.
Baker (l) networks with Maj. Gen. Bowen Ballard, USAF (Ret.), after the breakfast in October.
Baker (l) networks with Maj. Gen. Bowen Ballard, USAF (Ret.), after the breakfast in October.
Charisse Stokes (2 from l), director of the chapterís Education Foundation, welcomes Dr. Melvin Lowe (far l) and Macon County Career Tech instructors Christopher Clark (c), William Turner (2 from r) and Tracy Stacy to the October meeting.
Charisse Stokes (2 from l), director of the chapterís Education Foundation, welcomes Dr. Melvin Lowe (far l) and Macon County Career Tech instructors Christopher Clark (c), William Turner (2 from r) and Tracy Stacy to the October meeting.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Taylor Gardiner
334-314-6763

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