Region 3 Members,

This is your Monthly Member Communication – July 2021 Edition

Hello, Region 3.  This summer is really heating up! Hopefully you will have an opportunity to attend some outdoor Bar-B-Ques and enjoy some fireworks this holiday weekend. There are a few noteworthy announcements and two upcoming meetings this month, see below. Sections will soon begin to start hosting meetings and in-person socials again.  Don’t forget to share pictures of our events and invite your friends and co-workers. We are continuing to update our IEEE Region 3 website Region 3 website and post to our social media platforms, so make sure that you are linked to stay up to date on the happenings in and around your area. Please browse through the announcements and virtual meetings below and join us if you can. 🙂


July 2021 – Region 3 Upcoming Virtual Meetings & Announcements

Announcement: W4MOV, the IEEE MOVE Radio Club (see announcement below for meeting later this month)

Hopefully, most of you are already familiar with the IEEE MOVE project. In short, it is an emergency support project that has been designed, supported, and operated by IEEE volunteers for more than five years. You will find a lot more information at this site if you need it,

Contact Grayson Randall with any questions.

Announcement: 2021 “New Normal” Project Funding available. Region 3 has approved funding for developing projects that engage our members; facilitates interaction between Section, Chapters, Student Branches and the community; and focuses on the theme of “New Normal”.  Up to $1,000 is available to each team that submits an approved application.  See details at the Region 3 website

Stay tuned to see the results of the applications selected. Contact Grayson Randall with questions.

Announcement: the MGA Training Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Volunteer Leadership Training (VoLT) Program and will begin accepting applications for the program on 1 June 2021 through 21July2021.  The VoLT Program prepares IEEE volunteers for leadership roles in their local units and beyond. The program’s key goals are to: 1) Accelerate volunteer’s knowledge of the IEEE’s organization, products, services, and resources; 2) Help volunteers understand their roles within their local units and within the entire organization; and 3) Create a succession tool that develops and prepares future IEEE volunteer leaders.

Since the program’s launch in 2013, over 350 volunteers graduated from the program. Our VoLT graduates represent all 10 IEEE Regions and over 100 Sections. For your reference, attached is the list of graduates from the 2020 class. A list of all graduates since 2013 can be found here. The volunteers who graduated from the program took the time to undergo the training, knowing the commitment involved. We hope the result will be a more energized, well-informed, and engaged volunteer for your Section and Region. Applicants will be notified of their application status mid- to late-August.

More information about the VoLT Program, including application requirements, can be found in the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) (you may be prompted to log in to the CLE with your IEEE account). Questions regarding the program, please let us know at

Announcement: The second HAC/SIGHT Call for Proposals HAC/SIGHT Call for Proposals will be open from 12 July – 16 August. This Call will primarily be focused on COVID-related challenges, but if you have a project that will meet a pressing need in your community (not related to COVID), you can submit that as well.

This year, HAC is offering an additional engagement opportunity for IEEE members. You can now serve as an HAC/SIGHT project proposal reviewer by clicking this link: serve as an HAC/SIGHT project proposal reviewer, and use your expertise to help select the best projects to make meaningful changes to local communities around the globe. Please use this link to apply: apply.

You can watch the HKN Connection podcast session recording here session recording, or listen to the audio version on the HKN podcast website. The first-ever IEEE HAC Global Summit will be held on 10 November, 2021. The HAC Committee is currently developing the event program and more details are upcoming.  For any questions regarding HAC, please contact Tamseel Syed at:

Announcement: Congratulations goes out to the Jamaica Section for the implementation of a Pandemic Project in their community! Please see publication highlights of their Pandemic Project – Desk Sneeze Shields handover ceremony at the link below. For more information on this project, contact Sharlene Brown at:


Thursday – July 8th, 2021 (7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT) Region 3 MOVE

Bi-Monthly IEEE MOVE Weather Team Meeting, By: IEEE MOVE Weather Team

From June 1st through November 30th, the IEEE MOVE Weather Team meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. The team will provide real-time, quality meteorological information to the MOVE team, to aid with the safe deployment and travel, to and from disaster areas of operation. When not providing direct mission support for the MOVE team, the Weather Team will facilitate educational opportunities for students, and the general public, in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with an emphasis on qualified citizen weather observing programs, such as the National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program, NWS CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network), NWS COOP (Cooperative Observer Program, and CWOP (Citizen Weather Observing Program).

Meeting number: 130 034 0137 Meeting password: pWgCvhEm323 Join from a video system or application Dial Dial In Number +1-415-655-0002,1300340137## United States Toll 1-855-282-6330

Virtual Meeting Link:


Monday – July 19th, 2021 (4:00pm – 6:00pm CST) Alabama Section

Substation and Grid Digitalization, By: Leslie Holloway/ABB

Substation and electrical grid digitalization is one of the major changes in distribution networks, turning data into information. Such changes are made possible by upgrading to digital devices, upgrading horizontal communication protocols to IEC61850, implementing remote access communications to run remote power management/HMI and SCADA systems to cloud applications. Digitalization is seen in several applications and segments such as Power utilities, industries, renewables and infrastructure.

Registration Website Link:

Virtual Meeting Link:

Region 3 is still working hard and playing harder during the summer months.  Have some fun in the sun and join us virtually in a technical meeting or conference.



Sonya Dillard, Chair

R3 Member Communications Committee