JANUARY 2016 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGEMark's

Happy New Year! It's time for resolutions and renewals. As you renew your ASCE membership, I like you to double check that you paid section dues along with national dues. Some may say, "What has the San Diego Section done for me lately?" This is a fair question. What do your Section dues allow us to do for the members?

First, we support many of the programs that you participate in or benefit from:

  • Region 9
  • Life Member Forum
  • Younger Member Forum
  • SDSU & UCSD Student Chapters
  • Pipeline Group
  • Transportation Group
  • Geotechnical Institute
  • Imperial Branch

Other activities are part of each of the section board members responsibilities. Randy Hill, Director A, is starting a new Institute and working with Mark Hill, Secretary, to offer a seminar or two with a reduced fee for section members. Craig Shannon, Director B, is working with the Life members, APWA and the National Engineers Week Committee. Kimberly Wender, Director C, is working on community outreach and looking to find champions for the Friends of Infrastructure and Government Relations Committee. Taryn Kojsling, YMF Director, keeps the board updated on the YMF events and activities. Cory Jones is an active general member and is helping the board to output another Infrastructure Report Card. Cory is looking for other members to help him.

We also subsidize the cost of our luncheons for section members, for public agency members and students. We realize the reality that the public agency members are not reimbursed for the lunch or membership costs so we make it affordable to encourage their attendance.

Other things we do as a Section include:

  • Tours of Projects during construction or at completion, behind the scenes tours of historic or iconic places. Last year we toured the California Tower, Petco Park, and SeaWorld. Many thanks to Ron Halbert for organizing and volunteering to spear head our tours.
  • The Annual Event Awards program is May 19 this year at The Dana Resort on Mission Bay and is organized by Jeff Cooper, Vice President. The theme is California Dreamin'.
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