I don't know about you, but I am a civil engineer because - cliché as it is - I want to change the world. I am thrilled that not only is that happening in my 8-to-5, but I am doubling up on it after hours. And you're helping! Let me explain.
This summer, I got my ASCE ducks in a row. I invited committee chairpeople to continue serving the Section in their roles. I added some new chairpeople to the mix. We have two new executive officers rounding out our experienced board - Judy Bennett (AECOM) at Secretary and Ted Howard (PS Construction Fabrics) at Treasurer. Together, this group will embody the following
Society Mission: Deliver value to our members, advance civil engineering, and protect the public health, safety, and welfare.
Did you notice the order of words in that Mission statement? It is intentional. ASCE believes that we will effectively protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by advancing civil engineering, which will be done by first delivering value to our members.
That's You. First!
You'll see this mission play out as we continue to make ASCE more beneficial to our Members. The lion's share of that effort is through our Professional Meetings. Whether it is the PDHs, the networking with clients, the stay-in-the-know factor, or even the food and drink, we know you attend for different reasons. Almost all of these meetings will happen on the third Thursday of the month and we'll vary the times and venues to accommodate as many people as possible.
But that's not all! We will also support:
- A Younger Member Group revival with four to five planned events this program year
- The University of Akron ASCE Student Chapter as they host the Ohio Valley Student Conference in April 2019
- Continued outreach through youth programs such as judging and providing awards at science fairs
- Our ASCE Ohio Council as they produce an Ohio Infrastructure Report Card
- The Sponsors that help us lower individual ticket prices for professional meetings
- And more!
We hope you'll take us up on this offer. Attend a meeting, participate on a committee, and spend some time with us. You won't regret it.