Hello NYSSPE members, I hope all is well. Well, it’s that time again. The summer is over and it’s time to get back to business, starting with September meetings! This will be a year where we can really make a difference by increasing chapter participation and membership focus. Perhaps using the new event guidelines prepared by our State office with the adoption of some strategies from the book the “Race for Relevance” would be an approach we should consider. Who knows, with our student outreach plans, we may be able to land a few recent graduate engineers as well. Another focus needs to be at the college level, educating students on the opportunities available should they pursue engineering licensure. So a major goal this year is to make improvements in these areas.
Thanks to Larry O’Connor, P.E., I read Race for Relevance a while ago, and now I am convinced that we need to be proactive and employ some of these ideas in order to keep up with a changing world. Here is a quote from the book that I found of special interest: Last but not least, societies like ours need to capitalize on youth – not just as association members, but as board members. The lack of involvement by young people on boards is the main reason why both association staff and boards are so behind on technology. All boards need a mix of experience and younger members, but most association boards are all veterans and no rookies.
On another note, during the summer I met numerous times with our executive director Anthony Fasano to plan a strategy for the upcoming 2013-2014 year. When I met him at our headquarters, I was very impressed by what he and staff were preparing for the upcoming year. I was particularly impressed with the work the interns from RPI were doing. Anthony and I discussed having them present their work at the Fall Conference. I’m sure all of you attending will be impressed as well.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who could attend the June meeting in Lake Placid for making the trip. I know that it was quite a venture for many of you. I hope you all had a good time. I know I did.
Looking forward to working with all of you this year.
Keith F. Lashway, PE
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