At the midway point in my term as the bi-state President of SEAKM, I am very excited to work with an outstanding Board of Directors, and our local chapter leaders, to help our organization grow on the momentum that we have carried on from last year! Even though last year was a difficult year in terms of not having the ability to do in-person meetings or continuing education, we have thrived creating various avenues to provide content to our membership. This includes several virtual presentations, revamping of the SEAKM website, and setting the blocks in place to create this first quarterly newsletter, as well as a new LinkedIn profile. Last year we also started the Mola Model Initiative, which was our vision of helping to educate the concepts of structural engineering to various schools throughout the local area with the help of a grant we received from NCSEA.
First, I would like to give a huge thanks to all of our board members and chapter leaders that have volunteered their time in helping to foster a positive and helpful environment for our SEAKM leadership team! With the first monthly meeting in September being a great success and having pulled together all the original founders for SEAKM for the first time in 20 years for an in-person/hybrid virtual presentation, we have already shown that we’re ready to have a great 2021-2022 membership year! I would also like to thank our SEAKM Administrator, Meredith Carr, for bringing a whole new element and energy to our organization with her extensive background working with several similar organizations in her past. We hope to create some new tools of communication for our members to be informed of our upcoming events and activities.
This year, I really want our focus to be on bringing more “bang-for-your-buck” to our entire membership and helping to grow our membership by multiple avenues. We started to discuss this last year throughout the start of the pandemic, and I am starting to see this vision come together with all the ideas that the board members have brought to the table. I also wanted to thank the membership for taking the survey that we put together at the 2020 annual conference. The primary theme from the responses was that the membership would like to go back to regular in-person meetings asap and follow a similar standard of lunch meetings as in the past with some additional social events throughout the year. We will certainly look to go back to that format as soon as we can get over the blunt of the Delta variant, and will also be trying to create events that bring a social aspect as well. Please be sure to get your SEAKM notebook if you haven’t already as this was an anniversary token for your membership.
Lastly, I wanted to wish everyone a great and successful year and look forward to hosting an in-person conference in 2022 again!