Tue, 3 Aug 1999 09:58:31 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Tue, 3 Aug 1999 09:59:34 -0400
From: "Rhea T. Eskew, Jr." <>

To: All Members of the Optical Society of America
Re: Proposed Merger with SPIE


Your Vote Will Decide!

Very soon an historic vote will take place. Members of OSA and SPIE will
be asked to decide whether they are willing to merge the financial assets
of these two major societies in order to form a new organization that will
have a structure that is as yet only partially defined, and that is
currently without a formal name.

Arguments in favor of such a merger, presented by the OSA/SPIE Joint Task
Force on Unification, can be found at
.html. An alternative viewpoint, endorsed by a substantial number of OSA
and SPIE members, favors increased cooperation between these two societies
without a formal assets merger. Arguments in favor of this alternative
plan can be found at
Please note that you are NOT being asked to vote on whether the two
societies should cooperate; rather you are being asked to vote yes or no on
the full asset merger.

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the merger plan. We urge you to
carefully consider both sides of the argument, and then vote.

Proxy forms will be arriving in your mailboxes by about August 6 (US
members). For a proxy to be counted, IT MUST BE RETURNED BY SEPTEMBER 14.
You may also vote in person at the Society's business meeting, to be held
Wednesday night of the Annual Meeting: September 29, in Santa Clara CA.

Important note: if you change your mind you may rescind your proxy and vote
in person at the business meeting, but your proxy is not valid after
September 14. If you do not return your proxy, the only way to vote at the
Annual Meeting is to attend the business meeting, which will take place in
the evening after all of the Vision&Color paper sessions have concluded.

A merger will take place if it is supported by a 2/3 majority OF THOSE WHO
VOTE. The future of these two societies is in our hands. We urge you to
consider the issues, and return your ballot as soon as you receive it.

Ken Alexander, Chair of the Vision & Color Technical Group
Rhea T. Eskew, Jr., Chair of the OSA Annual Meeting 2000
Stephen M. Burns, OSA Fellow, former Chair of the Vision & Color Technical
Mary A. Johnson, OSA Fellow, former OSA Board Member
Robert Massof, OSA Fellow, former OSA Board Member


Rhea T. Eskew, Jr., Ph.D. +
Dept. of Psychology, 125-NI +
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