Fall is a time of transition which couldn’t be truer this year than ever before. As we evolve toward a new phase in the global pandemic, and as the leaves turn and temperatures fall, I encourage you to consider engaging with ASCE Maryland in new ways. If you haven’t attended an ASCE event in a while, especially in person, you may be pleasantly surprised at the value a face-to-face conversation with colleagues will bring in a world that has been bursting with screen time over the last two plus years. For those who have been steadfast attendees of our events, thank you and please share your experiences with others encouraging participation in support of our mutual success. Many of you may have considered becoming involved as a volunteer leader but haven’t yet taken that next step to express interest. Our organization thrives on volunteer leadership; please consider sharing your interest and we will work to find a mutually beneficial role.
Your Section officers have been hard at work over the last two and a half years adapting to the environment that we have been dealt through virtual career fairs, PDH trainings, and happy hours to continue member engagement. We reduced Section dues by 20% early in the pandemic to help ease the financial impact of membership and have kept dues low while everyone’s expenses have only increased. As we return to in-person events we strive to maintain the same price for our events in the face of rising costs to provide consistency in our programming. We are continuing to offer value added, free, virtual trainings focusing on building “soft” skills to make us all well-rounded engineers.
As I look forward to the coming year, I have several goals that I’ll need all our member’s help in achieving. I believe strongly in talking about goals and sharing them to not only be accountable but to help bring their achievement to fruition.
Over the next year I aim to achieve the following:
Achieve a cumulative total of 1,000 attendees across all section-wide events including the Catoctin and Eastern Shore Branches, the four institutes, and the Younger Member Chapter
Improve collaboration with Student Chapters through increased communication and holding one collaborative event with each of the four student chapters in the Section
Fully staff our volunteer committee chair positions through identifying and fulfilling leadership for each committee
Expand the variety of educational topics through our monthly in-person professional development events and supplemental virtual events
Please don’t hesitate to connect via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering, have questions about our Section or simply have a recommendation for ways we can better engage our 2,000+ members. If I can’t answer your question, I’ll find someone who can.
Charles W. W. Mitchell, III, PE
ASCE Maryland President