Date: Thu Aug 23 12:33:25 2007

Author: Wayne Easterling

Subject: Re: What's our mission?

Very good idea. I will contact them.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Keith Warren
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: [tap-l] What's our mission?

I would suggest contacting some of the original members. Andy G., Dick
Tony P., Zig P., and so forth. If a mission statement existed, they
likely know about it. If not, then I agree that PIRA needs to get on
Approval would need to happen at the summer meeting, IMHO.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Wayne Easterling
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 5:40 PM
Subject: Re: [tap-l] What's our mission?

I think the points you make are very good. A mission statement
doesn't need to be too long, but as you stated helps define PIRA's goals
and values.
It would be very helpful if we could get some more feed back on
the subject.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Douglas Johnson
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 12:22 PM
Subject: Re: [tap-l] What's our mission?

I asked about this a while ago and to my best recollection, there
wasn't a mission statement available and at the time, most all who
responded didn't feel the need. I still think it would be a good
idea to have one for people to read on the PIRA Website.
If I was to write one, I would have it read something like this

Sample Mission Statement:

Our mission as an organization is to explore and promote the use
of the most up to date equipment, methods, and resources available
for teaching physics in the classroom and laboratory environments.
This is to be done through active participation in PIRA, AAPT hosted
meetings, and the Tap-L listserve and in sharing our talents,
experience, and knowledge as a physics instructional resource to the
physics community.

Not the best mission statement, but you can catch a glimpse of what
the statement is all about.. When it comes to these statements, the
more people that are involved in its creation, the better the
statement will be. The advantage of a mission statement gives
everyone more focus on what is important and it helps others who are
new members, to easily adopt the same values. If the mission
statement is well written, it will inspire people to be the best they
can be! They can also be transformational! Creating growth within
the organization.

...Doug J.

>Hi Tappers,
> I was wondering if we have, somewhere in the PIRA
>archives, an official mission statement. If we do we should include
>it in our website. We might also think about having an "About Us"
>section on the web for the uninitiated. It may help with online