As incoming co-chair, can I reinforce Dirk and Erik’s message about renewing your subscription to the section and encouraging any benevolent ASA member friends to join. Dirk and Erik have appealed to your competitive spirit but I prefer appeals to self-interest! Many of you may not realise that the number of panels the section can run depends on the number of members we have by the end of September. If you think you want to come to Chicago and present a paper – or even just listen to a lot of interesting papers – then boosting membership is absolutely critical. If we don’t have the slots, we can’t accept the papers. For a lot of us that means we don’t get our fares paid and who wants to miss out on all the excitement of ASA in one of the world’s great cities. I love Chicago and I want to share it with lots of you – please help the co-chairs to help you by getting as many people signed up as possible by September 30.