First, we owe a huge THANK YOU to Mr. Dave Packard for his leadership, dedication, and service to the Omaha Post over this past year while serving as our Post President. Our "Distinguished Post" continues to thrive thanks to the efforts of leaders like Dave, our many volunteer board/committee members, our industry partners, our public entities, and military involvement. Dave adeptly brought this diverse team together to achieve amazing results again last year... an accomplishment for which we can all be proud. Also, I'd like to thank our group of distinguished SAME Fellows who so actively support and participate in SAME mentorship, education, training, and professional development programs; sharing their experience, insight, and enthusiasm with our team to the great benefit of our Post. I would also like to take this opportunity congratulate Capt. Michael Blount, USN (Ret) for being sworn in as the new National President of SAME, and Ms. Jackie Hacker for being inducted as our Regional Vice President.
The SAME Omaha Post is special and unique in many ways. We can all be inspired by the sense of volunteerism, the hard work, and the many contributions made by our membership back to the community of Omaha and to the profession of engineering. We have a very strong network of trusted industry partners, technical experts, public entities, and military engineers who are committed to selflessly serving our Nation in order to collaboratively find solutions to our national security infrastructure challenges. This collaborative network of professionals exists because of your involvement, engagement, and support to the SAME Omaha Post; please accept my personal gratitude for all that you do to make this an organization that is value added for our members, for our profession, for the people that we serve, and ultimately for our Nation.
We have one of the most comprehensive and mature STEM Student Mentoring Programs in the Nation. This is certainly a treasure for the Omaha community and an enduring legacy of our Post. We have engineering professionals serving in our organizations now who were students in our mentorship programs 20 years ago; who attended engineering camps sponsored by us; who received scholarships from us to earn engineering degrees; who now serve our profession and our Nation. I'd ask that we all evaluate our capacity to ensure that this program continues to thrive and endures to produce another generation of engineering professionals who possess a sense of patriotism and service to our Nation.
We are a society of professionals; architects, engineers, scientists, builders, entrepreneurs, public servants, and service members. We are unique, and we are only successful because of the proactive engagement with each other as a society for the common good of our profession and our Nation. Our "value proposition" for our members, as well as our prospective members, is the essence of why we serve. It is incumbent for all of us to understand why it is important to give back to our profession; why it is important to take a proactive role in mentoring future engineers and scientists; why it is important to give back to the communities that enable our success in many ways, and why a strong, collaborative public/private/academic/military network is so important to the enduring success of our Nation. So as we continue to strive to make our network strong, to make our contributions relevant, and to make our investments of time and treasure value-added to our Nation and to our members, we should also take time to remind ourselves of the value of belonging to SAME and our role as members in creating this value.
Finally, we enjoy phenomenal external relationships with our field chapter in Rapid City, our Student Chapters at Iowa State, UNL, and UNO, our academic and military partners, our sister SAME posts in the region, and with our National HQs. Our new executive director, BG(Ret) Joe Schroedel, is serving as an agent for change with a new SAME National Strategic Plan as well as the establishment of the SAME Foundation. As a Distinguished Post, we should aspire to embrace the positive changes that are ongoing in our organization nationally, continue to be leaders in our profession, and continue to foster these very important external relationships.
Thank you again for all that you do to serve our Nation and make our Post successful; we certainly could not be successful without each of you.
COL John W. Henderson, P.E., USA
SAME-Omaha Post President 2016-2017
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In an effort to better acquaint our Post with small business members, time for a Small Business Spotlight has been added to the monthly meeting agenda following the Sustaining Member Spotlight presentation. The Small Business Committee is looking for small business members who would be interested in presenting their business to the membership. If your organization is interested in this opportunity, please email Dan Taylor, Post Small Business Liaison, at email@example.com for more information.Back to Top
Mary McKernan touched the lives of her co-workers, associates and friends around the industry. She was a long time SAME member and our Omaha Post treasurer. Mary started her career with USACE Omaha before spending 18 years building the federal program at HDR.
Everyone that knew Mary has a story. We invite you to share those stories and memories. We'll collect them in a book to honor our truly amazing, truly missed, teammate and friend.Back to Top
Large-Small Business Mentorship Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Small Business Council held a Large-Small Business Mentorship Roundtable Discussion on Oct. 20th, 2016.....Back to Top
UNO SAME Student Chapter Fall Semester Social Event
September 7, 2016
The UNO SAME Student Chapter hosted a fall semester social event September 7. UNO students from a variety of disciplines gathered at the Peter Kiewit Institute for food and networking...Back to Top
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.Back to Top
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!Back to Top