engagement. Recommended procedures are discussed
in the following text.
Check the speaking request against policy as stated
in PA Regs. Your planning directive should reflect the
guidance found in the Regs and provide an adequate
measuring device to determine if a request is within the
scope of the speakers bureau objectives.
Investigate the Group
If a request is received by telephone, always ask for
a follow-up letter. Ask for information concerning the
organization (if the data in your civic organizations files
is incomplete) and the speaking engagement. Check out
the organization to be sure it is not one before which
military speakers are restricted from appearing.
Estimate the Speaking Situation
If a request is deemed worthy and within established
policy and guidance, proceed with a detailed analysis of
the audience, occasion and location. The civic
organization files should be used, and any gaps filled in
by the requesting organization.
Select and Clear the Speaker
Having estimated the speaking situation, select the
speaker best qualified and make sure he will be able to
accept the engagement. Have an alternate speaker
prepared just in case. Notify the speaker in writing after
checking his availability by telephone.
Accept the Request
When you have completed the previous analysis and
assured yourself that the speaker can accept the
engagement, notify the organization in writing. You may
initially accept the request by telephone and follow with
a letter. Provide the organization program chairman with
a photograph and either a biographical information
sketch (fig. 6-23) or a proposed introduction for the
Based on the information obtained, determine if
accepting the speaking engagement will be in the best
interest of the Navy and afford benefits for the
Myra Ganset was born in Bronx, New York, where she received her high schcol
education from Harry Vetch High School and her bachelor of science degree in
computer science from Bronx Lebanon College. She received her masters degree
in computer science from Normans Kill University in Delmar, New York.
Mrs. Ganset taught high school in Queens, New York, before serving in her first
government service assignment at the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Governors Island
in New York Harbor. During her five-year tenure there, she earned three service
excellence awards and garnered Civilian of the Year honors in 1977 for her
innovative computer programming methods.
Following several government service assignments in the New York City area,
Mrs. Ganset hosted the first syndicated radio talk show in New England dealing
exclusively with computers. Bits and Bytes was in its eighth year when Mrs.
Ganset assumed her computer programming duties at NETPMSA in June.
Mrs. Ganset and her husband live in Gulf Breeze with their nine children.
Figure 6-23.-Speakers biographical information.