Past Accomplishments, Future Goals and a Challenge for You
Dear Younger Member Enthusiasts,
Welcome to the new year! My name is Serge Haddad and I am honored to serve as your new CYM Chair. We are 3 months into this fiscal year and a lot has been accomplished.
First and foremost, I want to congratulate three Younger Member Groups (YMGs) that are on the brink of becoming official YMGs: Inland Empire Branch and Columbia Branch which are both from Washington State (Region 8) as well as the Northern New Mexico Branch (Region 6).
At the October ASCE Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, younger members had strong representation. We organized several sessions including CYM Networking Roundtable, Life After Graduation, and Engineering the Infrastructure Conversation - Fulfilling Vision 2025.
We are also very proud to announce that several CYM sponsored promotional videos will be making their debut on your local YouTube channel as well as ASCE events throughout the year. Be on the lookout, some of you may have made the final cut.
In December, we hosted a webinar about Public Speaking best practices. Approximately 60 members logged in and learned techniques to mentally prepare, organize content and engage the audience during a presentation.
CYM also added a new member to our family. Allow me to introduce you to Leslie Payne. Leslie is ASCE’s new Director of Student and Younger Member Programs within the Member Communities Division at ASCE Headquarters. She has been with ASCE for 5 years, and was the Senior Manager for Pre-College Outreach. Daryl Morais held the post before Leslie and I have to say he did a phenomenal job. We really look forward to working with Leslie this year and for years to come.
I didn’t think of a good segueway to change topics here, so I’ll just continue by giving you a challenge. If you haven’t done so already, go out and volunteer for an officer position in a non-engineering organization. Why? Simple! To help spread the message of Civil Engineers, to make connections and build relationships in your community, to show the public that engineers are outgoing, engaged, and creative participants of society.
I’m proud of my involvement in non-engineering organizations such as Rotary International. One guiding principle I learned as a Rotarian is the Four Way Test.
“Of the things we think, say or do
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”
The Four-Way Test is an ethical guide for Rotarians to use for our personal and professional relationships. Imagine if we all applied this test in our personal and professional lives. What a great way for us to supplement our pursuit of enhancing the quality of life. So go out my friends, spread the good word of engineering and absorb fresh ideas from others.
Also, make sure to attend the Western, Central, and Eastern Younger Member Councils, the Presidents/Governors Forum, and the Legislative Fly-In in Washington DC. These are great events and an opportunity to rub elbows with civil engineering rock stars, like yourselves.
What are our goals for the year? Funny you should ask. CYM will focus upcoming activities around the following goals and objectives:
Increase membership and participation of Younger Members in Section/Branch and Institute activities.
Increase Younger Member attendance at the ASCE Annual Conference, Younger Member Council meetings and other National and Regional Conferences.
Facilitate voicing of Younger Member issues and concerns at the Society and local levels of ASCE.
Foster participation of Younger Members in the public policy arena.
Design and implement professional development programs for Younger Members.
Improve channels of communications with Corresponding members, Younger Member Contacts, other ASCE committees, and the general membership.
Develop, maintain, and promote programs to continually serve Younger Members.
Serge Haddad, P.E., M.ASCE
Chair, Western Geographic Representative
Committee on Younger Members, ASCE
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