February 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Dear Colleagues, Sustaining Firms and Friends:

I hope that everyone has been successful at all those great 2017 resolutions.  I was glad to see 2016 over and have looked forward to the start of 2017 so I can have a fresh start on some of my personal and professional goals.  I have found several to stretch myself, my company and our Post.  Change and the curveballs of life being ever present I have not succeeded yet, but we all have over 86% of the year left to achieve our plans.

I want to thank our new 2017 officers for their willingness to either step up for a new challenge or continue in their service to the Post.  I am looking forward to having some more time to focus on our local needs in the coming year.  I think that we have a great group of board members who are ready and willing to hear the desires and needs you have for your post so we can better fulfill your expectations.    

February being our shortest month is also one of significance.  This is the month where in 2017 Arizona turns 105, we celebrate those most special to us personally, we remember some of our Country’s greatest leaders and it marks the month that I start preparing my spring vegetable garden.  This year my son started Cub Scouts so the next 10 February’s we will be busy preparing for the Pinewood derby.  I am starting some STEM training early with my 8-y old and it is exciting to see him understand aspects of friction and potential energy. 

I appreciate all of you that attended our meeting last month.  It was great to catch up with Sabrina Smith (Director of Contracting – VA) and her team.  It was great to learn about the changes at the VISN and how internally they are managing the boundary change. 

Hope you are all planning to visit with us this month and getting excited for our upcoming events discussed in more detail below.



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Calendar of Events

February Luncheon

The February Luncheon will be held at the DoubleTree Inn in Tempe on Febraury 23, 2017 from 1130 to 1300. The address is 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ. Registration is open and available on the Post website.

The winning team and finalist for Best Team Effort from Maricopa Wells Middle School will be presenting their Future City display by discussing their solution on how to make the world a better place. Please join us as we enjoy their creative engineering solutions for a better tomorrow!

2017 Tres Rios Nature Festival, 4-5 March 2017, 10am-4pm

This is a fun and eductional event for the whole familiy. It will be held on Sturday and Sunday, March 4-5 from 1000 to 1600 daily at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Recration area. Free activiteis incliude kayaking, archery, bird watching, canoeing, fishing and entertainment. More information can be found at the event website at www.tresriosnaturefestival.com.

Phoenix Post Industry Day- 27 April 2017, 7am-2pm

Join us for an exciting day of information, education, and networking at the SAME Phoenix Post Architecture/Engineering/Construction Industry Day.  We’re bringing together Government officials and contractors on Thursday, 27 April 2017, at the Double Tree by Hilton in Tempe, AZ.   Our dynamic agenda includes requirements briefings by the US Army Corps of Engineers – Los Angeles District, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the US Air Force.  During their respective presentations, these agencies will be addressing issues and special projects that will be a priority during their Fiscal Year 2017 buying season.  And we’ll be briefed on the latest changes in federal laws and statutes affecting contractors by a nationally-known attorney.  A highlight of our A/E/C Industry Day will be an inspiring presentation from a SDVOSB, WOSB, who is rapidly making a name for herself in the construction industry.  She’ll be speaking during the networking luncheon, which will also serve as our Phoenix Post April monthly meeting.  And we’ll receive a technical briefing by an A/E Sustaining Member firm on the latest innovations in 3D modeling.  Registration will kick off at 0700, and we’ll be finishing up at 1400, so that we can all beat the rush hour traffic home.                         2 PDH Credits

Phoenix Post Spring Golf Tournament, 28 April 2017, 11am-5pm

The primary source of funding the scholarships that the Phoenix Post awards each year are the golf tournaments held each spring and fall.Not only do these events support an extremely worthwhile cause, they are a great time for networking and camaraderie with our friends and colleagues.

The Spring 2017 Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Falcon Dunes golf course. Registration begins at 1100 with a shotgun start at 1230. At 1700 we will get together at the club house for awards and prizes. Please see the Post website for  registration. 

2017 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo (JETC)

The 2017 SAME National JETC will be held on May 23-25 in Columbus, OH. Additional details are availalbe on the National SAME website.

 If you are interested in sponsoring any of the Post's events, please feel free to contact Marilyn Zenko- Marilyn.Zenko@terracon.com.

Have a topic idea? Are you a Sustaining Firm and would like to provide a capabilities briefing at our next luncheon? Contact Marilyn Zenko!


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Congratulations to Bruce Preston on his election and acceptance as Phoenix Post Treasurer. Bruce is an active member of the post and has extensive experience as Treasurer of non-profit organizations. Welcome to the Post Board of Directors Bruce.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Golf Tournament

With the Spring Golf Tournament right around the corner we are looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of this event. If you are interested please contact Kerwin Kortman at (602) 390-0593 or via email at kdk@kortmaninc.com.

We are also have the following sponsorship opportunities:

    1. Prize Sponsor $150 each
    2. Hole Sponsor $250
    3. Longest Drive Sponsor $250
    4. Closest to the Pin Sponsor $250
    5. Hole in One Sponsor $250
    6. Lunch Sponsor $500
    7. Combo Package (4some + sponsor)  $580

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