Welcome to the ASCE Maryland Section!
100 Years old! It really is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the members of this Section that we have reached this remarkable milestone. Allow me to begin my term, and my first President’s Message, by thanking our Board, the nominating committee, and our members for electing me to this position, as it is truly an honor. I assure you that our Centennial year will be one to remember, as we look back at what we have accomplished and also look forward to the future of our Section and our profession.
I would like to express a sincere thank you to Ray Streib, Past President, who will now be moving on to serve as Director on our Board. I have had the privilege to work with Ray over the past several years, and to serve as his Vice President this last year. Ray’s passion for promoting civil engineering is unquestionable, and his efforts to extend our outreach efforts to middle and high school students have set the standard not only for our Section, but also on a National level. I know that we will continue to grow and expand these programs so that we can continue to excite and motivate young people to want to be civil engineers. I would also like to thank our outgoing Board member Frank Kaul who has served on the Board the previous six years, in addition to the numerous years he served in various committee chair positions including Program Chair, Report Card Chair, and Newsletter Editor to name a few. Finally, I want to thank our returning Board members, new board members, and all our committee chairs who volunteer their time to support our Section.
The Centennial Committee has been working extremely hard this past year to prepare for this year and we are certainly off to a great start. Joel Oppenheimer, former Section President, has taken on the challenge of serving as chairman of the committee, and with the help of several volunteers, is certainly planning a lot of great events and opportunities for our membership.
We began in August with our first ever ASCE Family Picnic, which was held at Oregon Ridge Park. It was really nice to see so many of our members take the time to come out with their families and spend a relaxing day with one another. It was truly a fun time, including a cookout, snowballs, some bocce ball, and cornhole; even a game or two of Kan-Jam broke out. Also, the infamous DFI dessert table made an appearance (thanks again Ray). I hope this is a tradition the Section can carry on into the future.
We carried our momentum into the September meeting with a great presentation from Fred Rasmussen of the Baltimore Sun, who spoke about the history and significance of the B&O Railroad, a major landmark in the history of Baltimore. We were also joined by former Section President and ASCE National President David Mongan who was master of ceremonies for the officer inductions. It was great to see such a large turnout in September, one of the largest September crowds I can remember.
We are working to fill out the programs for the remainder of the year and information will be posted on the website as the dates and speakers are confirmed. One important note is that we have confirmed the date and location of our June Gala event. It will be held on Friday, June 6th, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. This will definitely be a must-attend event. So please, mark your calendars now!
I also want to recognize those firms who are helping to sponsor our Centennial year events. We have opportunities for Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsorships and firms names will be displayed at all our meetings and space will be reserved in our soon-to-be published Centennial Celebration Book. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Joel Oppenheimer at email@example.com.
There are some great opportunities upcoming for folks to give back to the community and extend a helping hand. We are planning several community service days, with the first on October 5th, which will include clean up in and around the Clifton Park Valve House, followed by work at the Real Food Farm. If you are interested in helping out and want more information, please contact Jeff Bugno at JBugno@bayengineering.com. You can also visit the Maryland Section website for more details.
Another new endeavor is the beginning of a Bridges to Prosperity group, thanks to Carrie Nicholson and the Younger Member group who are taking on this project. Bridges to Prosperity is an organization that provides isolated communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. Our group is just getting started, and is brainstorming ideas for ways to support this great organization. If you would like to be a part of this group, please contact Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no doubt that we have one of the best Sections within ASCE. With our membership so willing to volunteer their time, support their community, help their Section, and promote our profession, it makes me proud to be serving as President. I challenge everyone to look for ways to get involved in ASCE and to promote Civil Engineering…join a committee, participate in community service days, talk to students…there are opportunities for all, whatever commitment you are willing to make. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me!
Thanks again to all our members and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meetings!
2013-2014 President, ASCE Maryland Section
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