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Tennessee Telecomm Users Association honors members.

The Professional of the Year award, presented by the Tennessee Telecomm Users Assn., went to Paul McCullough, associate director of communications at American General Life & Accident Insurance Co., Nashville.

Paul has served on the TTUA board of directors as well as being director of the vendor and regulatory liaison committees.

Mel Dunn, director of corporate telecomm for Genesco, Nashville, was presented an award of appreciation from the membership for his work as founder of TTUA and his dedication and service on the board over the past 16 years. By the way, Mel is doing a double retirement--both from his board position and from Genesco.

Serving as TTUA's president through September 1993 will be Cindy Fielder, communications specialist with the IRS, Nashville. Vice president will be Linda Baggett, assistant director of info services for Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis; treasurer, Mindy Kurts, telecomm voice specialist, United Methodist Publishing, Nashville; secretary, Melvin Lumley, senior communications consultant, Provident Life & Accident, Chattanooga.

Brenda Wright, telecomm corrdinator for the Knoxville Utilities Board, is director of the vendor liaison and regulatory committee. Membership director is Anne Williams, telecomm manager for Miller Medical Group, Nashville. And PR director is Jay Parsons, manager of telecomm services for the TVA in Chattanooga.

Volunteerism still is a keystone for associations. A paid professional staff is still a must, but cannot replace or be a substitute for a volunteer-centered membership. Action: keep the membership involved and spread out the workload among the members.

Education of the membership is vital. Members are excellent resources as teachers and most importantly are believable by their peers. Programs within the association are more effective than outside sources and cost less and are less suspect and self-serving.

Cooperation between and among groups is crucial for survival. TAC (Telecomm Associations Council) continues to encourage cooperation within the association community by dealing with issues which are "bigger than both of us" so to speak. Especially in the regulatory area, the scheduling of annual conferences and the education of members, there is much room for cooperation.

Charles "Charlie" Dobruck

Charlie Dobruck left behind a legend of service to the user community when he died earlier this year. He was one of the keystones of the Tele-Communications Association.

The legend started the year he became a member of the Southern Chapter of TCA. From 1964 to 1983 he served on every Chapter Board position achieving, in 1983, TCA's highest elected office, Chairman of the Corporate Board. He continued working as a member of the annual conference committee as well as participating on nearly every subcommittee--all while serving TCA as an officer at the Chapter and Corporate level for nearly 20 years.

Charlie retired twice: from Hughes in 1979 where he worked on Howard Hughes' personal staff for 30 years, and in 1984 after working at White Memorial Hospital. But TCA's Corporate Board of Directors would not let him stay in retirement for long and asked him to be TCA's first Administrative Services Manager. Under his leadership, the management of TCA was brought in-house and integrated with the annual conference function into what the TCA Office is today.

TCA recognized this living legend early by presenting him with the Gene Pesavento Award in 1976 and honoring him in 1989 with the first Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Author:Underwood, Roger
Publication:Communications News
Date:Dec 1, 1992
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