Outgoing Message from our President: Dave Packard
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In the words of Jimmy Fallon (cue the music): Thank you, Omaha Post, for functioning so well in spite of my continued presence throughout the past year…

Truly, the past year has been pure pleasure for me. In fact, I’ve told anyone who cares to listen that this was the easiest position I’ve ever held in the Society, due to the hard work of a great Board and supporting committee chairs and members. This Post is awesome!!

In reflection, it would be easy to beat myself up for the things I wish I’d have more time to do, but I am so proud of the work we HAVE accomplished. First, we’ve fulfilled the mission of the Society and have been awarded Distinguished Post having achieved all 5 Streamers, 3 with Distinction. The Society’s recognition of our willingness to do what we say we should do is a reflection of this Post’s commitment to this Society’s Mission Statement, Vision, and Goals of the Strategic Plan. It is what sets us apart from other professional organizations and is only accomplished by the work of dedicated members. Thank you so much for that effort. My personal favorite Omaha Post accomplishments continue to be:

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SMP:  A world-class mentoring program that introduces the great potential of our combined professions to an impressive number of middle and high school students throughout the region. I’ve seen other STEM programs and have yet to find one that delivers the quality of experience of the Omaha Post SMP. Thanks Anne Peterson and Bill Glismann and the host of volunteer mentors, judges, and teacher sponsors!

Industry Day:  This annual event continues to draw high levels of participation from the large private industry and public agency membership located throughout our region. Face-to-face meetings offer fantastic interaction in a very personal way. In addition, professional development units give licensed professionals a chance to gain precious credits toward maintenance of their credentials. The revenues generated by Industry Day support our Post’s activities throughout the year and increase the funding levels available for scholarships. Thanks Cybil Boss, Christie Murray, and Bruce Little for many great years of support to this wonderful event.

Monthly Programs:  The life blood of this organization lies in the high quality monthly General Membership Meetings which are well-attended by Individual and Sustaining Members. The meetings are great networking events and give members insight into the workings of the Society. The Omaha Post invites Sustaining Members to give 3-minute Sustaining Member Spotlights, allowing us to share information about our private partners. Our monthly programs are informative and offer Professional Development Units. Finally, a monthly raffle is held to supplement scholarship fundraising…it is painless and fun! Thanks to Joe Shields and Bob Todd for arranging great programs and setup, Barb Tozser and Dean Peterson for registration duties, and Adam Plack for the scholarship raffle.

Annual Post Awards and Holiday Program:  It is so important to recognize the accomplishments of people in an organization like ours. While the Society sponsors a national awards program, the Omaha Post established an annual celebration of our own accomplishments. We consider work that might not fit into specific national award categories and the event is a way to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor during the holiday season. Thanks to Jodi Vaccaro for helping recognize great work by great people!

UNO Student Chapter:  This year, the University of Nebraska-Omaha Student Chapter achieved a significant milestone with the receipt of the Distinguished Student Chapter Streamer. The award recognizes the best student chapters across the U.S. that promote mentoring of students, organize K-12 outreach programs promoting careers in engineering, host interdisciplinary events, and volunteer for community service. It is good to have a vital Student Chapter again and we were fortunate to have had strong leadership by UNO Student Chapter President Tim Chavez. Thanks Jessica Batterman and Tim Chavez for your positive energy.

Resilience:  One of the most challenging yet most critical roles the Omaha Post can play is in support of emergency preparedness and infrastructure resilience. While disaster response often falls on the shoulders of federal, state and local agencies, SAME Sustaining Members can provide significant resources. The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) Council is the latest iteration of an organization established in 2001. Brec Wilshusen has worked tirelessly with TISP at local and national levels to promote relationships between the Omaha Post and regional emergency response partners. Currently, he is working to move from theoretical to practical applications of resilience actions. Thanks Brec!

Relationships:  The small business community represents one of the strongest resources within our Society. It is reflected in the popularity and attendance numbers at the SAME Small Business Conference, which is nearly double that of JETC. In the last year, the Omaha Post has initiated efforts to provide direct member values to the Small Business community, thanks to Dan Taylor, our Small Business Liaison.

Membership:  As we approach the centennial year of SAME in 2020, Joe Schroedel has challenged the Society to increase public agency participation, currently in the range of 30%, to 50% by the centennial. The Omaha Post has begun that process by reaching out to other public agencies at all levels (federal, state, and local). Special thanks to Jeff Sorenson for leading that effort.

Scholarships:  The Omaha Post already has a strong college scholarship program, primarily based on scholastic excellence and supporting those studying in architecture and engineering professions. However, the cost of education continues to increase, which requires the Post consider the size of our contribution to existing recipients or work to establish additional scholarships, including needs-based awards. We are fortunate to have a strong advocate in Adam Plack, so special thanks to Adam for your continued enthusiasm.

The Inner Circle:  I would have been totally helpless without the selfless contributions of two key associates. Thanks to Mary McKernan, Omaha Post Treasurer, and VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Natasha Hartley, Omaha Post Secretary, for everything you did to keep this organization solvent and on the tracks!

So, no significance in the order of the items listed above. Know that everyone has equal standing in my eyes. I’m sure I could have kept this really simple and just said thanks and so long, but that just isn’t my way.

Best,

Dave

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Aug 11
2016
Board Meeting
Location:
Field Club
Time:
10:30 AM
General Membership Meeting
Location:
Field Club
Time:
11:30 AM
Speaker:
Steve Wolf, Community Engagement Director
JEO Consulting Group Inc.
Topic:
Risk Awareness Communication – A Model for Flood Risk Reduction Community Outreach
Sustaining Member Spotlight
David Roels, General Manager
Kaiyuh Services, LLC
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Sep 8
2016
Board Meeting
Location:
Field Club
Time:
10:30 AM
General Membership Meeting
Location:
Field Club
Time:
11:30 AM
Speaker:
Aaron Lawrence, GISP, Woolpert
Topic:
Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Planning, Design and Construction
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*Dates subject to change.
2016 Industry Day Presentations

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The Great American Flag Project

As Presented at the June Meeting

June 9, 2016

“The Great American Flag Project is working on something amazing to honor Ole' Glory and those who have fought to protect us and what she stands for.”

This project aims to create an American Flag 60' x 30' out of Lego® Brand interlocking plastic bricks.

Click here for more details and to see how you can participate.

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Student Chapter Updates!

Hydrologic Engineering Presentation

March 28, 2016

The UNO SAME Student Chapter hosted a presentation on Hydrologic Engineering on March 28...

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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!

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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.

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