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APRIL 2015 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGEimg SFitzwilliam

With all that is happening this year during our San Diego Section Centennial, I wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on some of the Section Board of Directors activities.  It has been an interesting year so far with some great opportunities.  Your Section Board, along with many additional volunteers from the Section, has been working hard to make this a successful Centennial celebration.

I attended the 2015 National Engineer’s Week (NEW) Awards Dinner on February 27th.  It was great to see engineers from different fields coming together for one event.  In addition to the numerous civil engineers from ASCE, who hosted the event, there were chemical, electrical, mechanical, and aerospace engineers in attendance.  The committee chair, Jeniene Knight, worked with engineers in many fields in San Diego to put on a successful event.  One of the key messages throughout the evening was to pass on what engineers do for society and encourage children and young adults to become engineers.  We had a great showing from the Younger Member Forum and the three San Diego universities (SDSU, UCSD, and USD).

As mentioned in previous President’s messages, March 6, 2015 was the California Infrastructure Symposium and Region 9 Awards Dinner.  This is Region 9 (California) event that took a great deal of volunteer support to put together under the direction of our committee chair, Jim Frost.  This was great event in the San Diego Hall of Champions and the Air & Space Museum in historic Balboa Park.

Every year your local Section puts on 9 member luncheons with interesting guest speakers and an annual awards event celebrating the engineering projects in San Diego and Imperial Counties.  Our Imperial Valley Branch of the San Diego Section also holds monthly luncheons and held their first ever awards event this year.  These luncheons give our members a chance to network and interact with other professionals in our community and learn from our guest speakers.  Last month we cohosted the APWA luncheon on March 12 at the Handlery Hotel.  Recently, we have worked hard to make it possible to pay for your luncheons and other activities by credit card to make things easier for our members. 

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