Message from our President: Dave Packard
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Dear Omaha Post Members,

WOW! I am delighted and humbled to take the reins of this great SAME Post! A reflection back almost exactly 50 years when my dad handed me the keys to HIS brand new 1966 Ford Mustang and said, “Wanna take it for a spin?" “Don’t wreck the car, don’t wreck the CAR”!, were my only thoughts. If I can just get through the year without wrecking OUR Post, we’ll all be okay.

Recently, I returned from the 2015 Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) and Exposition in Houston, Texas. Over the course of the week, I was amazed at the positive energy this organization displays. Our outgoing SAME President, John Mogge reflected on a year of great accomplishments, but even as he was leaving the position, was already setting the stage with a forward look at the next five years. John placed great emphasis on the theme of One Society, and committed to focus areas of STEM outreach, support to veterans, relevant and vibrant programs, educational opportunities, and networking. I believe these focus areas play to the strengths of the Omaha Post.

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Interestingly, Jane Penny, incoming Society President, shared HER story within the organization. Like me (another reflection, this about 30 years ago, when my co-worker, Howard Denker, placed the Vulcan nerve pinch on my collarbone and invited me to lunch, SAME lunch. One of the best things that ever happened to me…thank you, Howard), she was “voluntold” and has never regretted her decision to engage. The resounding theme throughout her presentation to the Society membership was “say YES”! The willingness to become engaged in the great missions of this Society has provided her with opportunities of growth she’d never expected. Committee positions led to leadership positions, serving her well within the Society and throughout her professional career.

Many positive changes have occurred within the Society in recent years. A new Executive Director, Joe Schroedel, along with some great new staff and new Board, including our very own Kurt Ubbelohde as a Vice President under Ms. Penny, stand ready to support the initiatives that are proposed. Our Regional Vice President, Michelle French has already initiated succession planning by engaging Ms. Jackie Hacker (Greater Kansas City Post) as Deputy RVP for the coming year. The Society has never been stronger than it is today.

The Omaha Post has such strong traditions and the young members in this Post hold the promise for a bright future. In the coming year, I will encourage every form of participation. This Post should be represented at every national gathering. I could not have attended the 2015 JETC without the financial support of the Omaha Post (thank YOU very much). In return, please consider your own commitments to involvement in Society activities. Help support our Student Mentoring Program, the best STEM program in the nation, bar none. Join Young Members and the Student Post as we work to develop our future leaders. Be an active participant in Industry Day and explore The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) and its Critical Infrastructure Symposium. Recognize the hard work of your peers and celebrate success by nominating a worthy member for a national or local award. If you see an opportunity to participate at any level, please reach out for Post support. Our Society is as strong as its members. So, say YES…join us in returning benefits to you and your fellow members through active participation!

Dave

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