Fall 2017 Newsletter Print

Post Report

Welcome to the SAME Phoenix Post Fall Newsletter. We have had many exciting events since our last newsletter and many more are lined up for the coming months. Past events include a fun-filled family outing to watch the Diamondbacks play, the Change of Commands for both the Luke Air Force Base Civil Engineer Squadron and Contracting Squadron; participation in the Engineering Camp program, and of course the very fun and successful fall golf tournament that raised funds for the Post Scholarship fund. Upcoming events include our monthly November luncheon; support for the Future Cities program, Post Elections for the  2018 Board and what promises to be a very enjoyable evening at our annual Post Holiday Party. On behalf of the Board, we thank you for your involvement, participation and contributions, and look forward to an even better New Year.

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Welcome New Members

We wish a very warm welcome to our new members, whether you are new to SAME or new to the Phoenix Post. We look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming events.

Our membership roster was recently updated with the current roster provided by SAME national. This is necessary becasue our Post website is hosted by a company called Star Chapter, rather than SAME. Star Chapter provides us with resources and tools not available through SAME. If you find that your contact information is incorrect, please let us know by either contacing Neil Wentz, Post Vice President - Membership or Doug Barnard, Post Secretary.

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Nominations for the 2018 Post Board

As a Post we depend on the involvement and participation of our members. We are currently accepting nominations for Board Member positions for the coming year. If you have been thinking about ways to become more involved, please contact one of our board members to learn more. The following Board positions are up for nominations: Post President. 1st Vice President of Programs, 2nd Vice President of Memberships, Secretary, and Treasurer.

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Calendar of Events

November Luncheon

 The next monthly Post Luncheon will be held on Friday, November 17th from 1130 to 1300 at the Wigwam Resort. Speakers,  Mr. Alan Thomas, PE, F-35 Beddown Proj Mgr/Program Coordinator at Luke Air Force Base, and Mr. William Harrick, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Project Manager for F-35 projects will discuss the F35 Program construction updates and planning challenges. They will also provide an update on the FY18 Luke AFB Project Opportunities. 

Holiday Party

Please join us for our annual Holdiay Party will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 1700 to 2100 at the Wigwam Resort. We will enjoy cocktails and converstatons from 1700 to 1800, followed by a festive feast, music and prizes from 1800 to 2100. Registration for this event wil be availalbe on our Post website in the near future.


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Recent Events

Fall Golf Tournament

Hello, Sports Fans!

Friday, 13 October 2017, marked the beginning of a great new partnership between SAME Phoenix Post and the Gateway Golf Group.  Fun was had by all, and our Post was rewarded with a successful golfing event.  Friday the 13th was a very lucky day!

In an effort to provide our players and sponsors with an even bigger bang for their bucks, the Planning Committee for the 2017 SAME Phoenix Post Fall Golf Tournament eagerly explored sources in the golfing industry who could help us bring more fun, more adventure, more value, and more charitable profits to the table.  We wanted to partner with someone who could help us raise the bar on our tournaments and maximize our fund-raising efforts.  And we found that “someone” in the Gateway Golf Group.

Nationally-renowned experts throughout the golfing industry, Gateway Golf Group is associated with some of the biggest, highest-attended, highest-grossing charity golfing events happening out there today.  Specialists in the “Business of Golf”, they are a leading provider in golf tournament services, products, and fund-raising.  And in our first event with Gateway Golf Group, they did not disappoint.  Our players had their golfing experience enhanced by the professional ambiance, activities, and organizational expertise provided by the Gateway on-site team.  Our players were especially enthralled by the competitive  excitement provided by the Ball Launcher off of Hole 1.  In fact, the winner of the proximity Ball Launcher contest was our own VP of Membership, Neil Wentz!  Overall, our committee received a plethora of favorable comments from our players.  They thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and asked that we have Gateway Golf Group support our future events. 

As always, we want to acknowledge and thank the warm generosity of our sustaining member hole sponsors:  Engineered With Layton, AMEC Foster Wheeler, AECOM, Pulice, Four Tribes Construction, Arrington Watkins Architects, TRC Solutions, Mead & Hunt, Michael Baker International, and Ninyo & Moore. And we thank Arrow Indian Contractors, who sponsored the abundant post-tournament buffet.  The enthusiastic support and participation of our sponsors helped make our tournament a fund-raising success.

The SAME Phoenix Post Golf Tournament Committee definitely met our objective of providing a day of fun, great memories, and golfing excitement to our players.  And we were able to add to our Education and Mentorship coffers by meeting our fund-raising goal.

Needless to say, very soon our Committee will be getting together with our new partners, the Gateway Golf Group, to begin planning for the 2018 SAME Phoenix Post Spring Tournament, which will take place next April.  So stay tuned for further information.  An open call for Committee volunteers will be going out.  And, as always, we welcome ideas and suggestions from our Post membership as we prepare for the Spring golfing event.

As with any strategic alignment, our Committee is looking at our partnership with Gateway Golf Group as a long-term, productive, profitable relationship that will help us make our tournaments bigger and better than ever!

A huge Thanks goes out to Gabriel “Sam” Groves, Small Business Liaison Officer and Golf Committee Chair for bringing this event together so spectacularly.

Engineering Camp

The Phoenix Post sponsored Max Hinkle to attend the Engineering Camp this past summer. Max was thrilled and grateful forr this life enhancing experience. He presented a brief slide show of his activities to the Post membership where he enthusiastically shared about the lessons he learned and the freindships he made. From his presentation it is clear to see the value of our continue support of this exceptional program from National SAME.

July Social Outing at Diamondback Stadium

On July 7th, a group of Post members and thier families gathered at Diamondback Stadium to watch our Arizona Diamondbacks win over the Cincinnati Reds 6 to 3. The group enjoyed a relaxing and fun time in the beautiful Arizona sun. It was a perfect outing for members to get together as families and friends.

Luke Civil Engineering Squadron Change of Command

We are pleased to extend a warm welcome to Lt. Col. Paul Fredin who assumed Command of the 56th Civil Engineering Squadron at a Change of Command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base.

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