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The Younger Member Committee is holding a Bowling Bonanza event on Tuesday, December 13 at Strikers East Bowling Center in Raymond, NH. More details can be found on page #.

We have set a date for the Annual ASCE-NH Ski Day! Join us on Friday, January 28 at Loon Mountain for skiing and a technical presentation. Event details and registration will be released later this month.

Hello ASCE-NH and Happy 2017!

For many of us, a New Year implies New Year’s resolutions. Typical resolutions often involve becoming more organized, improving financial management skills, developing and maintaining a new gym routine, or advancing one’s professional skill set. If you are focused on the latter, I ask that you consider getting more involved with ASCE-NH. It is an easy way to expand your network and can help you establish yourself professionally. Volunteer opportunities include positions with the ASCE-NH Younger Member Group, one of our Committees, or the Board of Directors. Please contact me or anyone on the Younger Member Group or BOD for more information.

December was a busy month for ASCE-NH. The ACEC-NH/ASCE-NH Breakfast Meeting with NHDOT Commissioner Sheehan was a huge success. The event resulted in our largest guest registration in many years – about 130 guests! It is encouraging to see such high turnout at our monthly member meeting. I hope everyone who attended enjoyed the morning and was able to tour the Mt. Washington Exhibition at the Currier Museum after the event. Our meetings are always intended to benefit the members so please let me know if you have any feedback on this event.

This month the ASCE-NH BOD will not be meeting as we usually do. Instead, the BOD and Report Card Committee members will be participating in an 8-hour ASCE Public Relations University training. The interactive day-long workshop is a free service provided by ASCE National and serves as an introduction to public relations, government relations, and working with the media. This training comes before the release of the NH Report Card, which is not by coincidence – the success of the Report Card relies heavily on how much it is covered by State and local media. Our Report Card Committee has put forth a significant effort to develop the NH Report Card. Their effort would be incomplete without all of us sharing and discussing their findings with the public. I cannot stress this fact enough: it’s critical for everyone to care about infrastructure, especially legislators.

While there is no BOD meeting in January, we still have a monthly member meeting! Our Annual ASCE-NH Ski Day is happening on January 27. If you’re interested in attending, I advise you register ASAP! Registration is limited and this event sells out every year.

Finally, I’d like to thank Mirsad Alihodzic, our ASCE-NH Newsletter Editor, for everything he has contributed to our newsletter and our Section. Mirsad is retiring from the Editor’s position this month and will be missed. While we’re sad to see Mirsad go, we’re excited to welcome Cameron Stuart as our new Editor. Cameron is an engineer at Golder Associates and will be formally introduced in next month’s newsletter.

Best wishes for 2017.

Thalia Valkanos

President, ASCE-NH