HERE IS SAMPLE TEXT TO USE FOR REQUESTING AN IEEE ORGANISATION UNIT'S SPONSORSHIP OF A MILESTONE. NOTE THAT EACH SITUATION MAY BE DIFFERENT. THIS IS JUST A BEGINNING POINT.
IEEE MILESTONE PROPOSAL [docket number of milestone, if not yet known or assigned, leave blank] [working title of milestone, e.g. THE NEUTRODYNE CIRCUIT, 1922]
We are asking the [insert name of IEEE organizational units e.g. IEEE XYZ Section, or IEEE XYZ Society] to sponsor our milestone proposal. Below is some background on the proposal.
PROPOSED CITATION: This will appear on the bronze plaque, pending IEEE History Committee and IEEE Board of Directors approval. (Note that the exact wording often changes as proposals go through the submission and approval process. Obtaining IEEE organizational unit sponsorship is one of the preliminary steps.)
[Insert proposed title and plaque citation, e.g.
Neutrodyne Circuit, 1922 The Neutrodyne Circuit was invented on this site in 1922 by Prof. Louis Alan Hazeltine. It used neutralizing capacitors to eliminate the squeals and other noise that previously plagued radio amplifiers. The Neutrodyne made radios easier to tune. These improvements in performance and simplicity rapidly expanded radio use from amateur radio operators to a mass consumer market. By 1923, 500 stations were broadcasting to about two million listeners.]
PROPOSED LOCATION OF THE PLAQUE: [describe proposed location, current site owner, street address, security considerations, etc.]
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ACHIEVEMENT: [give a paragraph or two about the history and significance of the achievement being proposed.]
There are three elements to the organizational unit support of the Milestone. 1) Payment for the cost of the plaque(s), $835 + shipping (varies by location). 2) Arranging the dedication ceremony 3) agreeing to monitor the plaque(s) and to let IEEE History Center staff know in case the plaque(s) need(s) to be moved, is no longer secure, etc.
Number 3 must be done by the IEEE Section(s) in which the plaque(s) is located, however any IEEE Organizational Unit can pay for the plaque(s), and the dedication ceremony may be planned either by any IEEE entity, or by the site owner (e.g. a corporate, academic, or government organization) or combination of the IEEE entity and site owner.
WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF [insert name of organizational unit]:
[insert 1, 2, 3, from the Sample Sponsor Support letter, see link below, as appropriate]
Here is a link to Sample Sponsor support letter(s) for the different types of sponsorship from appropriate IEEE organizational unit(s)
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