Another one Bites the Dust!
It’s hard for me to believe, but nearly a whole year has passed since my first newsletter article hit the presses! This month is the end of the year for the San Diego Section of ASCE. With the closing of the year, a new set of officers will be inducted, a new budget will be approved, and the annual cycle will begin again. As we say goodbye to the Board officers who served last year, I want to express my gratitude to all of the volunteers who served ASCE San Diego Section members so selflessly, including those who serve the Section; Region 9, the Imperial County Branch; the Geotechnical, Pipeline & Environmental, and Transportation Technical Group officers; the local and national committees; and the Student Chapters. These un-sung volunteers put in many hours, sometimes without recognition. Most do it for the enjoyment they receive in serving others. Please consider what part you might have in the future.
As I finish my term as President of the San Diego Section of ASCE, we are moving into our 100th year. Our Centennial Committee is working hard on the events that will take place throughout the year to celebrate Civil Engineering in San Diego, and the benefits afforded to our community because of the jobs we do. This is an exciting time for ASCE members, and I hope you will take some time to reflect on why you decided to become a Civil Engineer, and make a renewed commitment to your goals. If you have ever wanted to take part in ASCE, now is the time to act. Please contact Cathy Riley, me, or any other Board officer, and we will put you in touch with the appropriate person to guide you to your area of interest.
Recently the ASCE San Diego Section Board has been looking for ways to increase participation. The first step was to identify potential members, and encourage them to join. If you recently received a telephone call from Cathy Riley, I want to let you know that on behalf of the Board, we are hoping you will renew your membership and get involved. It will be good for your professional development, your career, the Community, and of course, the Section’s bottom line! We rely on Member dues for a significant portion of our budget, so we need your support. Thank you for renewing your membership.
It has been an honour for me to serve as the President of the ASCE San Diego Section President. I hope the organization is a little better for the efforts the entire Board has put in this past year. As the Past-President, I will be looking for nominees for Board positions for our next election. If you are interested in serving in any way, please let me.
I hope to see you at our next luncheon meeting on September 22, 2014. It will be a great opportunity to network with your fellow ASCE members, talk to any of the new officers about your goals for next year, and find out what part you would want to have in our organization next year and beyond.
Tim Shell, P.E.
San Diego Section President, 2013-14