Dave Emerich, P.E., ASCE
Where has the time gone? It doesn't seem that long ago (8 years) I decided to become active with the board of the Mohawk-Hudson Section and here I am writing my first Presidents message to the members of this great Section of ASCE. It has also been a few months since our last newsletter to the members as we are currently looking for someone to take over our monthly newsletter. So if you or someone you know may have some interest in getting involved with Section the newsletter is a great way to get started. Please contact me if you would like to get involved. In the meantime we will try to keep our website up to date and send more regular emails to you to keep you informed.
In March, the Younger Member Group revived its activities with a beer tasting event at the Saratoga Brewing Company. It was a great event to network and enjoy great beer and food. Thank you Ted Ranslow, our Younger Member Chair, for organizing!
We have had a busy summer season which kicked off with our Annual Dinner this past April which was held at the Vista at Van Patten Golf Course on April 30th. We highlighted some the past years accomplishments, which included the Waterford Bridges being designated a National Civil Engineering landmark, the tremendous success of our annual golf outing and Toys for Tots events, and the success of our first ever Family Fun Day.
We had the pleasure to honor five new life members, one of which was able to attend the dinner. We also honored various Student Section award winners and presented Andy Jensen our webmaster, with our second award from ASCE national for an Outstanding Section and Branch Website. This year we awarded our annual scholarship to Ashley Biore, a senior at Northeastern Clinton Central School in Champlain NY. Ashley is attending Clarkson University to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering.
We also honored one of our past Presidents, Chris Lesher with this years Meritorious Service Award. Selecting Chris as this years recipient was unanimous amongst the Board. Chris' dedication to the profession, the Mohawk-Hudson Section, and his efforts through continuing education and teaching those new to the engineering field made him the obvious choice to receive the award this year.
Mark Rusinca, ASCE Region 1 Director was also on hand to once again install the incoming officers of the Mohawk-Hudson Section, which will be his last time as Director. Mark is a past President of our Section who continued through the ranks to his current position of Region 1 Director in which his term recently expired at this falls National Conference in Panama. Mark also recently retired from the NY State Dormitory Authority after 35 years of service. We wish Mark all the best in his retirement.
We had our 15th Annual ASCE Mohawk-Hudson Section Golf Outing to benefit the student scholarship award fund on Friday, July 11th at Airway Meadows Golf Course in Gansevoort. It was another great year in which we had over 70 golfers present. I would like to thank our Golf Chair, Walter Lippmann for organizing another great event.
We also have some great events coming up in the near future so keep an eye on your email for event announcements.
The fourth annual Mohawk Hudson SEI Structures Day is upon us. The date is October 22nd and we're holding it in the same venue, the Italian American Community Center at 257 Washington Square, Albany, NY. The registration deadline is October 20th, please click on the link for registration information for SEI Structures Day.
The next meeting of the Mohawk-Hudson Section is Monday October 20, at 5:30 pm at Wolf's 111 on Wolf Road in Albany. Meetings are open to all members and we are always looking for fresh faces to join us. Contact any Board member, committee or technical group chair if you are interested in getting involved, or just come on out to our next Board meeting to see what we have going on.
I look forward to another great year for the Section! Please visit our website often and keep an eye out for emails with information about our upcoming events.
I look forward to working with everyone over the next year.