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President’s Address


Greetings, and welcome to the August 2017 edition of the ASCE Wisconsin Section newsletter!

Summer is upon us. I hope you are able to take advantage of the nice weather for outdoor activities, projects around the house, or relaxing with family and friends. Before we know it, we’ll be back to the short days and long, cold nights of winter, but that’s a thought for another day.

For this column, I’d like to report on two issues that the Wisconsin Section Board has been discussing, which are related to each other.

The first item is the upcoming election for Section Board members. We are having a difficult time finding volunteers to fill the candidate positions for the upcoming election. I know this is not an isolated situation, and that many of the Branches have the same struggle. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in developing and practicing leadership skills to consider volunteering, at either the Section or the Branch level. This is a great opportunity to get to know more people in your profession, and to be able to learn and share best practices that could help you throughout your career. Please contact any of the current Board members listed along the left-hand margin of this newsletter if you are interested in serving.

The second item is the consideration by the Section Board of retaining and association management firm to help with administrative tasks required of the Section. For many years, I have thought that our Section could benefit from some type of assistance, without really knowing where or how to solicit it. I recently joined another professional organization, for which the local chapter relies heavily on an association management firm for its day-to-day operations. I asked a few questions, talked to a representative of the association management firm, and decided that the Section Board should start talking about it in earnest. As I said, this issue and the first issue are related, in that our busy professional and personal lives sometimes make it difficult to make commitments. Being stretched too thin can also result in burnout. I’m hoping that, if the Section Board does pursue this avenue and retains an association management firm, that not only will burnout be reduced, but we will be able to attract more volunteers and keep the Wisconsin Section operating at a high level. The Section Board discussed this at its July 20 meeting. Whatever action the Section Board takes in this matter, we will keep you informed. The Section Board discussed this at its July 20 meeting and has decided to issue an RFP to association management firms. The Section Board has not yet committed to retaining an association management firm.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Peter Nilles, P.E.

*August 2017 President’s Message

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