Message from our President: Jim Wathen, P.E., P.L.S.
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Dear Omaha Post Members,

Wow! Our Post is on a roll. We are so fortunate to have such great volunteers!

First, I want to thank all of the Sustaining members and Fellows for their commitment. As most of you know without the Sustaining Firms and their employee support, a lot of us would not be able to attend the meetings (and have company reimbursed meals). There are events like Industry Day that simply wouldn’t succeed without company support. In addition, the Fellows are recognized as leadership contributors to SAME. The Fellows members form an advisory panel that provides tradition and mentorship for the President and the Board. They keep us between the ditches and moving down the right path. I personally recognize their solid advice and contribution to making the Post great! Also, there are many other members contributing, progressing and making a difference.

Hopefully, all of you had a great 2014 and got through the holiday meals without growing around your middle. New Year’s resolutions are something I utilize. I wish good fortune keeping all of yours in 2015 and suggest that some involve SAME – improving your career or giving back through the Omaha Post.


I mentioned in my summer 2014 message that challenges were ahead but were never a concern as our strong tradition will carry us through. The current team of officers are evidence of our leadership. The committee chairs are proactive. Let’s review a few of the many activities, with references to the newsletter pages that you can read about:

  • Student Mentoring – Regional V. P. Award to Anne Peterson (page 7)
  • Strong Student Chapter – Seminars (page 5)
  • Scholarships and Camps – (page 8)
  • Holiday Awards – Focus on Industry Day (page 7)
  • Membership Growth – New Members (page 10)
  • Sustaining Member Spotlight – Spotlight Benefit contact (page 9)

I could go on … this is an exciting time! Mark your calendars to attend upcoming events: Engineers Week is always a wonderful program, the Student Mentoring Competition is coming up and then there is Omaha Post Industry Day for those who want to build their business and improve teaming. See the Omaha Post website for the particulars and specific dates. Monthly meeting programs also have been stellar and offer Professional Development Hours; it is all part of the value for SAME members.

I hope to see you at a meeting soon. Please come up, introduce yourself, and give me or other Board members or Fellows some ideas and feedback on how we are doing. It is important to have active participation and to keep accountability in the process. However, the best part is networking and sharing ideas. My challenge to each member is to get involved and help us continue to improve.

Wishing all of you a great and prosperous spring and the rest of 2015. If I can do anything to make your membership more meaningful, let me know. If I can’t help you directly, I will make sure you get connected with someone who will help you.

Lastly, I have had a lot going on in my life with my new gig at CDM Smith. As much as I enjoy the type of work I do, it has been difficult to give the Post all I intended. Many others have taken up the slack. Members are the reason for our success. I am thankful to be a small part of that.

Thanks for all that each of you do for the Omaha Post!

Jim Wathen, P.E., P.L.S., DBIA
Omaha Post President

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Board Meeting
Field Club
10:30 AM
General Membership Meeting
Field Club
11:30 AM
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2015 Industry Day

Student Chapter Update!

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Winter 2014 / 2015
Black Hills Post Field Chapter!

In October 2009, the Black Hills Post was integrated as a Field Chapter into the Omaha Post. With the addition of four new Sustaining Member firms and 23 members, our Post membership now stands at 79 Sustaining Member firms and more than 500 individual members!

In Memory of Doug Plack

Please Contribute to the Doug Plack Memorial Scholarship Fund!

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Professional Development Hours

There are numerous ways to earn your required PDHs through SAME including our monthly lunches. Another great way is to become a Student Mentor for one of our local schools. For more information, click here.