In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name
Maybe it’s the kids in costumes and the coming of Thanksgiving, but I couldn’t help seeing our profession through a harvest lens this month. After all, a big part of the SEAOSD mission is analogous to sowing and reaping (of knowledge, rather than crops). I love this proverb of William Blake’s, because it reminds us of two things: First, when you are starting out on a new endeavor, you should take the time to learn what has worked before; and second, when your efforts have borne fruit, don’t forget to pass on the knowledge to others, so that they may understand the path to success.
If you’ve got small kids, and you’ve read (or remember from your own youth) the story of the Little Red Hen, you can appreciate the “concentrated power of will” that our committee chairs sometimes must rely on to recruit members and inspire the work that leads to a rich harvest. This month’s message is dedicated primarily to giving thanks to two people who have put in work as committee chairs.
Karyn Beebe’s work with APA (the Engineered Wood Association) led her into our Sustainability Committee. After a few years volunteering, she took on the role of Co-Chair (with Jim Conley) in 2016. Her energy and enthusiasm for sustainable design and structural engineering helped the committee to attract a number of nationally-known and respected speakers to present at committee meetings, bringing their knowledge of materials, sustainable design principles and ratings systems to our membership (including me!). Under Karyn’s leadership, the local committee contributed to the state-wide Life Cycle Assessment study. Along with Tony Court, Karyn worked with the state committee to co-author the paper “Sustainable Design: It’s the Least You can Do!” for the 2017 SEAOC Convention. Karyn would like to say “thank you” to co-chair Jim Conley, as well as to Tony Court for his continued support and membership in the committee. She may be bowing out from her leadership role, but Karyn will continue to participate in the committee as new leaders evolve the activities and mission of Sustainable Design.
Wayne Brown served on the Existing Buildings Committee for 5 years, with 3 of those years as chairperson. During that time, EBC worked with the City of San Diego to understand and endorse ASCE 41, started an inventory of vulnerable buildings, and expanded the Safer Cities survey into San Diego. Although we’re proud of this local effort, please don’t overlook the contributions he and his committee made at the state level: including assisting with the implementation and interpretation of the new CEBC, publishing guidance on moment frame bracing in soft story retrofits, and guidance on how to use and interpret the “10% rule”, which is still a work in progress. Although Wayne did some heavy lifting, he had a lot of help, including major contributions from Ali Fattah, Tony Court, and Peter Maloney. Peter will be taking over the role of chairperson. Please consider volunteering to help Peter as the EBC takes its work to the next level: crafting ordinances in San Diego for vulnerable building types.
Thank you, Karyn! Thank you, Wayne! Not only have you made a difference during your time as leaders, you’ve shared knowledge so that we can continue your work.
The flip side of the harvest, and the first part of that proverb, is sowing. This month, SEAOSD has undertaken the start of our own local committee on Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3). Chris Cobb, Luvelyn Benitez, and Karen Huntington are spearheading this effort. Come to our November meeting, and hear from Hayley Dickson, who has been working with SEAONC in the formulation and launch of the SE3 project at the state and national level. As engineers, we are committed to data-driven solutions, and although this revolves around the personal (rather than technical) side of the business, the most valuable assets for any engineering firm are the people who work there. Come to the meeting, learn about what the project has found. If you’re interested, get in contact with Chris or Luvelyn, and be a part of this next generation effort. It’s “seed time”, let’s go!
If you’re new to the SE3 project, check out the short video SEAONC put together:
If you would like to get involved in a committee or project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Executive Director, Heather Caya at email@example.com.
I hope to see you around.
Steven Crook, S.E.
New Members for November
Scott Stoeckinger ~ Student
Matthew Seidel ~ Student
Azeez Aderounmu ~ Student
Chelsea Kemmerrer ~Member
Marisol Rivas ~ Student
Ryan Swenson ~ Industry
Kim Kha ~ Student
Isabel Cushman ~ Student
Elseh Lakhani ~ Associate
Laith Quntar ~ Associate
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September 5, 2018
Dear Potential Sponsor/Donor:
The Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD) incorporated as a non-profit corporation on October 2, 1967, and has been serving San Diego Structural Engineers and the community ever since. Our mission is to advance the structural engineering profession through the improvement of the quality of design and construction; to assist the public in obtaining professional structural engineering services; to promote natural hazard mitigation; to provide continuing education and encourage research; to provide Structural Engineers with the most current information and tools to improve their practice; and to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession.
On behalf of SEAOSD, I would like to formally invite you to participate in our advertising and sponsorship program. Attached is our updated Advertising Policy that outlines a wide variety of options to choose from to fit your specific needs. Given our association comprises over 300 members, this is an excellent opportunity to promote and reach out to the local engineering profession. This includes job forum postings, displaying your business card in our Professional Directory, adding your company logo to our website, sponsoring one of our monthly member meetings, or participating in our annual golf tournament each spring. There are also several sponsorship packages you may want to consider that offer discounted rates with a packaged deal.
I would like to emphasize that as a non-profit organization, your continued support is vital for our association to uphold our mission and advance the structural engineering profession. This includes the ongoing work of our local and state committees ranging from structural standards development, sustainable design, public relations, advising local government, and business forum activities. SEAOSD has also been heavily involved with student organizations, including job shadowing programs, awarding student scholarships, as well as hosting an annual “Student Night” that provides a unique opportunity for local college students to meet design professionals and learn more about the structural engineering profession.
If you would like to take advantage and benefit from these opportunities while also helping to strengthen our association, please contact our Executive Director, Heather Caya, at (619) 733-2734 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the Annual Sponsorship Program extends during SEAOSD’s fiscal year from July 1 to June 30, and a 10% discount is available for all sponsorship payments received by September 30, 2018.
Thank you again in advance for your support of our association.
Steven Crook, S.E.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO
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