As my time as Preston Trail President comes to an end, I wanted to reflect on some of the accomplishments and future goals of our Chapter. I officially became a member of Preston Trail back in 2008 and immediately felt welcomed by the members and their hospitality and willingness to find various ways to get me involved. The first role that I took on was updating our monthly newsletter that we used to print/email to folks – although this was a small role, it provided me an opportunity to get involved in the Chapter and provided a foundation for my relationships and passion for serving TSPE locally. Since then I have served in various roles in the Chapter and am grateful to have been a part of molding our Chapter to what it is today. As busy professionals, it is easy for us to get tied up in the day-to-day work that we do but as engineers I feel we have an obligation to promote, protect, and uphold the integrity our profession… I do this through my involvement in TSPE.
This past year, I am extremely proud of some of our recent accomplishments:
- Increased discussions and communications by our Preston Trail State Director, Jeff Frison, P.E. to keep members up to date on what is happening at the State and National level.
- Continued success in our Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition and the amazing schools, coaches, and students that we are able to host.
- Awarding $3,000 in grants to local high schools for use in programs targeting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
- Improvement in our partnership with the TSPE Dallas Chapter in the planning and execution of our annual Engineer’s Week Banquet where we are able to award an outstanding Engineer and Young Engineer of the Year.
- Increased participation by our membership in State-led events such as “PE Day at the Capitol”
- Implementation of new Chapter social events throughout the year to provide additional opportunities for networking.
These accomplishments would not be possible without the commitment of our board members, committee chairs, and various volunteers serving the Chapter.
As we transition leadership in our Chapter over the coming months I would make a call for more folks to consider getting involved. We will continue to do good things, but new ideas come from new minds. Our members and guests are busier than ever in these strong economic times – How can we better keep folks engaged in issues that affect us? How can we continue to increase our commitment to our local future engineers? How can our Chapter help to better grow young engineers professionally? These are obviously open-ended questions, but I would encourage you to think about them. TSPE recently adopted new core values to align with those of NSPE: Champion, Guide, Advance, and Unite. Every single one of these core values can be applied to the great work our Chapter and TSPE will continue to do, but those values are all initiated by people and not by any organization, company, or group.
TSPE Preston Trail Engineer of the Year
TSPE Preston Trail Young Engineer of the Year
It is that time of the year again! We are accepting nominations for the Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the year awards for our chapter. All we need from you is the name and contact information for the person you nominate. We will take care of the rest!
If you would like to nominate a colleague, please email their name and contact information to Greg Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations are due by October 31, 2016
Please remember, all nominees for the Young Engineer of the Year award should be 35 years old or younger.
It’s not too late to register for our upcoming September Luncheon which will be held on Thursday, September 15 with registration starting at 11:45 am.
Jenna Covington, PE (NTMWD)
We are excited to have Jenna Covington, PE of North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) discussing “Building a Better World Through Collaboration.”
General Chapter Updates & Announcements:
- SAVE THE DATE: The 2017 TSPE Preston Trail MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition has been set for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the University of Texas at Dallas. Please contact our Mathcounts Chair if you are interested in volunteering with planning efforts.
- SAVE THE DATE: The 2017 TSPE (Preston Trail & Dallas Chapters) E-Week Banquet has been set for Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Plano Centre.
A big thanks to everyone who attended our August luncheon this past Thursday where we had Lani Marshall, PE of TxDOT PEPS give a presentation on upcoming TxDOT procurements and common mistakes made for SOQ’s submitted.
We also had our State Director, Jeff Frison, PE, provide an update to attendee’s about NSPE’s on-going efforts to protect design professionals against limitless claims from contractors.
Are you interested in getting more involved in the Preston Trail Chapter? We have a couple committee positions available – please get in contact with one of our board members if you are interested.
TSPE Preston Trail Board Meeting – August 18, 2016
SAVE THE DATE for our next monthly luncheon scheduled for September 15, 2016 where we will have Jenna Covington, PE of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) as our guest speaker.
The TSPE Preston Trail Board wants your feedback on our programs!
SURVEY LINK: http://tinyurl.com/zos4hox
This feedback allows us to coordinate monthly speakers to discuss topics that interest you!
SAVE THE DATE
August 18, 2016 @ 12PM
Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson
August Preston Trail Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Lani Marshall, P.E. (TxDOT Procurements and Common Mistakes)
It was a busy month for the Preston Trail Chapter! Thank you to everyone who came out to welcome our new board members, hear from Reza Shirmanesh with DART, and congratulate our scholarship awardees.
Reza Shirmanesh, Senior Project Manager with DART
Prior to our next luncheon in July, we will be holding a Board Planning Retreat Meeting to discuss some of the goals of the Chapter over the next year. If you are interested in getting more involved with the Preston Trail Chapter, please let us know as we have several committee roles to fill in the coming months.
Presentation of the Past-Presidents Plaque to Greg Peters, PE
We will have Kevin Solco, Regional Administrator for FAA, as our guest speaker at the July luncheon so be on the lookout for the registration reminder.
We are happy to roll out our new & improved Chapter website! The new website has been set up as a blog which is directly linked to our social media. All updates to our website will be automatically shared on our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter feeds.
Please take a look around and make sure you follow us on your preferred social media: