Anticipating the dog days of August in some parts of the world, and cold winter weather elsewhere, the IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers) hopes its members enjoy their summer and winter vacations. In the meantime, there's still a bit of work to do before heading off to the beach for fun in the sun, or off to the ski slopes.

The first order of business is the "By-laws Vote." All voting members have been sent a proposed amendment to the IALD By-laws regarding the timing of the annual and semi annual meetings. The final deadline to cast a vote is July 31, 2003, so please hurry.

Second on the agenda is the call for Fellows, for which all nominations must be received by August 15, 2003. Nominations can be sent by e-mail to nominations@iald.org, by fax to 312-527-3680 or by mail to the IALD headquarters office at Merchandise Mart, Suite 9-104, 200 World Trade Center, Chicago, IL 60654.

Members should also note that the Nominations and Elections Committee has announced a call for nominations to fill the positions of Director of Finance, Director of Marketing and Communications, one Director at Large, and two representatives to the Membership Committee for the years 2004-05. The Nomination process will begin on August 1, 2003.

The Nominations and Elections Committee would like to invite any candidate interested in an office to submit his/her name to the Committee by August 30, 2003. Nomination can be sent by e-mail to elections@iald.org, by fax to 312-527-3680 or by mail to the IALD headquarters office at Merchandise Mart, Suite 9-104, 200 World Trade Center, Chicago, IL 60654. The call for nominations will close on August 30, 2003

For more details, please review the "Call for Fellows" and the "Call for Nominations" featured in Current News on the Members Only section of the IALD website at www.iald.org