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President's Update

In July, the Post's New Board Members for the Tampa Bay were sworn in by Mr. Alan Watt, Regional Vice President.  The new board includes: 
Vernie Reichling - President; Stephanie Thoresen - Vice President; James Butner - Treasurer; and Jeanne Germaise - Secretary; David O'Brien - Past Pre sident.  The board immediately went to work, meeting at SofW orX to conduct a Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats assessment.  Through the SWOT assessment, the board developed four strategic goals for the 2015-2016 year:  Build and develop a strong USF Student Chapter; Increase post participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Focus on increasing our post's support to the military in the Tampa community; and Increasing our recognition of achievements by Post Members. 
This mobile-friendly eNewsletter is meant to make learning about Post activities and getting involved easy.   We encourage you to actively participate and grow with us.  Your ideas are important and your time invaluable.  Looking forward to working together!


Register for our Joint FES and SAME meeting on Wed., Oct 14
October is a big month for the Post, as we have a joint luncheon meeting with the Florida Engineer Society (FES) on 14 October. Our guest speaker, Dr. Simpkins from NASA, is always entertaining.   

Plus, a brief overview on how to get and keep your Florida PE license, in light of the new PDH requirements.

Deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 5 pm! 
Learn more and Register HERE 

The University of South Florida (USF) student chapter is hosting a Yuengling Brewery Tour

Wednesday, October 14th at 6 pm. is an opportunity to interact with engineering students, many of them veterans, while learning how some of the best American lager is brewed.  There's no cost to you, and there's some beer to sample after the tour. The brewery is located at  11111 N 30th St, Tampa, FL 33612. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kyle Graveson at  It should be a cool experience, and we'd love to see you there!

Supporting our Military and Their Families 
  Our FIRST EVER Skeet Shoot at Fish Hawk Sporting Clays 

Event is on Friday, 23 October starting @ 1 pm .  Besides getting to put some lead down range, we will be raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation,(  which funds educational opportunities for the families of fallen Special Forces Operators. There is a Gun Raffle also! Click here to learn more about the raffle and how to purchase tickets.  We need sponsors, raffle donations, and volunteersRegister and learn more here

November is "Give Back" Month with Veterans Program

Prepare for a moving and informative presentation by Sgt Maj Army Jack Tilley (Ret.) during our Tuesday, 10 November Post Luncheon honoring our Veterans.   He will share details about his charity of choice: American Freedom Foundation  The post will be making a donation on his behalf.  More details to come. 

Holiday Social (Member Thank you) in 

Join us for a special member thank you event on Friday, December 11 at Hula Bay.  Keep checking our website, or look for our email for when registration opens.
Once again we'll host a Toy Drive for   Operation Home Front, (  Bring a new, unwrapped toy or activity)

Nominate SAME Tampa Post's representatives for Tampa Bay Engineers Week By November 20, 2015

With a look forward to the Engineers' Week banquet February 2016, the Relationships & Recognition committee has begun the 2015 Awards cycle for the Tampa Post. It is that time for us all to begin thinking of a Post engineer who has distinguished him/herself.   We are excited to announce that the Tampa Post will present three awards at the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Dinner event in February 2016.   Nominations are being taken for:
  • Young Engineer of the Year
  • Post Engineer of the Year
  • Student Engineer of the Year

Encouraging our Youth - STEM, Camps and Scholarships


Have you ever wanted to help with MATHCOUNTS before the competition? This is your opportunity to join the MATHCOUNTS planning committee.   If you are interested in joining the MATHCOUNTS committee please send an e-mail to Martine Fils-Aime at

Edward Turos receives SAME Tampa Post Scholarship

On 16 September, Vernie Reichling, Post President, had the wonderful opportunity to represent the Tampa Bay Post at the University of South FloridaHeart of Gold  Scholarship Banquet.  This banquet recognizes all those that contribute to USF education scholarships, and to meet the young men and women who were awarded a scholarship.  You may not know, but our post established an endowment at USF that awards a $1000 scholarship each year to an engineering student.  This year, Mr. Edward Turos was awarded our scholarship.  This is the second time that this young man competed and was awarded the scholarship.  He is an aspiring United States Air Force Officer currently with AFROTC, Foxtrot Flight Commander, 158th Cadet Wing.  He is studying Mechanical Engineering.  Please join me in congratulating Ed on this outstanding achievement!

Engineers needed to develop science project for STEM event

Do you like science and math-related projects?  Do you enjoy sharing your passion of math and sciences with students?  If so, we welcome your ideas in developing a science projects to share with students during MOSI Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) event in February.

Past Meeting Successes - thanks to YOU!
The Post's Joint Training and Education Day JTED) was a huge success, highlighted by Keynote speaker Major General Mike Jones (Ret.).  More than 100 attended the Wed., August 12th educations sessions at MacDill AFB.   Tuesday evening's icebreaker at Ulele was the perfect venue for networking.  The Post partnered with SAME National for three webinars, learning more about the programs of USACE Jacksonville, USACE Mobile, and NAVFAC SE. 

Thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, and JTED committee for a wonder event! 

USF Student Post Update

Society of American Military Engineers, University of South Florida Chapter,
State of Operations  -
Kyle Graveson, President

Since its inception as a student organization at the University of South Florida in January 2015, the student chapter of SAME has conducted 5 events involving more than 25 professionals and over 130 students. The events have consisted of information sessions, where professionals and students engage in a form of panel discussion about what it means to be a practicing engineer, resume critiques, interview training, and social mixers. The strength of the student chapter lies within the connection it has with the professionals of the Tampa Bay post. There aren't many other student organizations that can bring a group of such high caliber individuals with tons of real world experience directly to students like we can. Realizing this, most of the planning that went into the spring semester events was focused on connecting students with those professionals.   Read More

Post Operations Update

Post Treasurer, Jim Butner of Sustaining Member CH2MHill is almost complete with updating all account contacts and authorizations. The Board approved to move financials to Quickbooks process to improve access, reporting, data archive reliability and overall transparency.  

Training and transitional assistance will come from VantagePoint, a local CPA firm (Small Hispanic woman-owned business).  Vantage Point is experienced with assisting a number of non-profits and will provide assistance in the transition to Quickbooks and to complete the transition audit.

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To promote and facilitate engineering support for national security by developing and enhancing relationships and competencies among uniformed services, public- and private- sector engineers and related professionals.