President’s Message

Larry BuechelGreetings Fellow Civil Engineers!

It is with great pleasure that I write my first message to you as Branch President. My term started at the beginning of the month and runs through September 2018. I’d like to extend a few words of thanks to Ken Mika, who has just completed his term as Branch President. Ken has been an incredible asset to the Branch over the years, and we are lucky to have had him leading our organization for the last year. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to draw from his experience and insight while serving my term as President. Thank you, Ken.

A few of the areas I hope to focus on during my term are expanding overall branch membership, improving our success at transitioning student chapter members to associate members following their graduation, and increasing participation in monthly member meetings/events. Look for information on these initiatives in the coming months.

Our Branch organizes and hosts several activities throughout the year – from the YMG’s STEM Expo, to our monthly member meetings, to our Scholarship Awards Dinner, to the Brewer Game outing, and the Annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Outing. I encourage you to participate in as many of these activities as you can. They provide an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge of our profession and network with fellow engineers in the area. We are also in need of volunteers to serve on a number of Branch committees, so if you are interested in becoming more involved in Branch activities, please contact me or any of the other Branch Officers for more information.

One special event our branch is scheduled to host this year is the ASCE Wisconsin Section Spring Technical Conference in mid-March 2018. An ambitious group of branch members are already busy planning that event. Stay tuned for more details on the conference in the coming months. The biennium for professional engineer licensure in Wisconsin concludes in July 2018, so we all will need to accumulate our required professional development hours (PDHs) by that time. This conference will provide an
excellent opportunity to obtain those needed PDHs before the end of the biennium.

I am looking forward to a successful year for the Branch. Our members are its greatest asset. Please find a way to get involved in one of the Branch activities mentioned above, or one of our many other events. As I mentioned above, we are always in need of volunteers to work at our events or serve on one of our boards or committees.

Thank you and I hope to see you at one of the Branch member meetings, or perhaps one of the other Branch functions held throughout the year.

Sincerely,
Larry Buechel
lbuechel@wm.com
*October 2017 President’s Message

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