30 May

vTools Events Release coming

Upgrade Announcement – On June 7, 2017 vTools will be undergoing system upgrades.

Starting Wednesday, 7 June 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT (UTC-4) vTools.Events will be inaccessible.

The latest release of vTools.Events (v6.1.1) will be upgrades to provide a calendar option in the registration email confirmations.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Please contact the vTools team at mga-im@ieee.org if you have any questions or concerns.

09 Jan

vTools.Events version 6.1 has been released

On 22 December 2016 Events version 6.1 was released.
Events 6.1 introduces the following usability and interface enhancements :

  • Events is now integrated with vTools.eNotice so that you can create and send meeting announcements without having to re-enter your event information. Events announcements includes a new option – “Create eNotice from Event’. When selected, a new eNotice opens and the announcement details are copied.
  • Correction of draft results when selecting sort by column.
  • The registration form includes text indicating the payment will be made in PayPal when the event includes pricing.
  • The registration form email address tooltip indicates the email address provided will be used to send registration confirmation.
  • Corrected a defect when deleting menu items. User will be able to delete all menu items, if desired.
  • Events will inform the user of the deletion of pricing if the user disables registration. When a user sets the registration start and end dates to the same value, this disables registration. The system will warn the user that this setting will disable registration.
    Additionally, if there is pricing set up for the event, the system will warn the user that this setting will also delete all pricing. The user will have the option to cancel the change or disable registration and delete pricing, if applicable.

  • About page includes correct link to Events tutorials.
  • Correction of draft search to return all draft events in the results when ‘Draft’ option is selected.
15 Dec

New Events – eNotice Integration is here

We are happy to announce the integration of Events with eNotice is available for all your events and meetings.

With this new feature, you can create an eNotice using the meeting information entered in vTools.Events.

Follow these steps:

  • View your meeting or event in vTools.Events
  • Select the new option “Create eNotice from Event
  • The contents of the meeting will be copied into a new eNotice.
    The eNotice message will include all of the key details of your announcement including

      Title and image, if applicable.
      Header, if applicable
      Date / Time
      Description
      Contact email
      Extra Contact Information, if applicable
      Footer, if applicable
      Location info and map
      Registration link, if applicable
      Registration Information (dates and menu items not pricing info found in the tooltip) , if applicable
      Agenda
      Speaker – Display Name and Topic and image if applicable
  • Edit the eNotice, if needed. This includes message content, filters (mailing target audience, grade/status).
  • eNotice automatically assigns the mailing target audience using the organization selected (HOST) on the meeting/event.
  • Submit the eNotice – SEND EXPRESS rules will continue to be enforced.

Click here for more information – Events-eNotice Integration.

13 May

Accepting Credit Card Payments

Functionality for accepting credit card payments for Regions 1-7 is made possible by a joint effort between IEEE Concentration Banking Program and vTools.   It enables Sections, Chapters, and Affinity Groups that are using vTools.Events to accept credit card payments for meetings and have funds deposited directly into the Organizational Unit’s (OU) Concentration Banking account.

 

If you are interested in using this option for your OU and you do not have a Concentration banking account, you can read more on the IEEE Concentration Banking Program web page or contact concentration-banking@ieee.org

 

Deposits to a local bank account can be made available for OUs in Regions 8, 9, and 10 per special arrangement. Contact mailto:mga-im@ieee.org for additional information.

 

Benefits of this service are multi fold:

* It allows OUs to start offering small sale credit card payments if they have not been able to do so in the past.

* It reduces cost to OUs, since outside vendors often charge high fees for small sale credit card payment services.

* It centralizes credit card payment processing and provides benefits associated with such consolidation: better accounting and record keeping, integration with Concentration Banking System (CBRS) when appropriate, and improved security.

 

Please note the following rules and fees for using the credit card payment functionality:

* This functionality is not meant to be used for large events, such as conferences. If there is a need to process payments for a large event please contact MCE Sales to get started.

* The fees for each credit card payment are the following: 2.2% of the total amount charged + 0.30 US Dollars; * Payments are deposited into the Organizational Unit’s Concentration Banking account in Regions 1 – 7. Deposits to a local bank account can be made available for sections in Regions 8, 9, and 10 per special arrangement. Contact mailto:mga-im@ieee.org for more information.

* Fees for credit card payments should be included in the L50 report on Sch IV under line 5.60 – Other General & Management expenses;

* Volunteers are responsible for issuing refunds when necessary using IEEE Concentration Banking or local bank checks (applicable to Regions 8, 9, and 10 if not using Concentration Banking);

* Volunteers are responsible for complying with any local and federal tax laws and regulations;

* Even though vTools Events uses PayPal as the payment clearing house, there is no access to the PayPal accounts;

* Payment reports are available from vTools Events and the Concentration Banking System.

* Organizational Units cannot use their own PayPal accounts for this functionality.