January 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

 Happy New Year to the Post!

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday. I am excited and honored to serve as the SAME Phoenix Post President for 2018. My name is Marilyn Zenko. I am a Project Scientist for Terracon Consultants, Inc. I have been with the SAME Phoenix Post since 2013 when I arrived to work on the archaeological data recovery solar project at Luke Air Force Base. We have some great events planned this year including the Small Business Symposium, golf tournament fundraisers, monthly luncheons and a few social gatherings. These events provide valuable networking opportunities and a chance to build business relationships. This year we plan to offer Continuing Education credits on select events to help with professional growth and development.

A couple of goals we have this year include increasing Post membership involvement and provide STEM education and/or mentorship for our future generation. Last, the Phoenix Post would like to mirror the SAME National mission to unite public and private sector entities and individuals in the A/E/C fields so that we can prepare for and overcome natural and man-made disasters, acts of terrorism and improve security at home and abroad. I look forward to working with our new and existing members in having a successful 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 Bruce Kay, Post Vice President - Membership or Doug Peters, Post Secretary.

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Calendar of Events

25 January - January Luncheon at the Wigwam Resort

22 March - USACE LA District Open House at the Regional Office in Phoenix

23-25 May - Joint Engineer Training Conference and Expo (JETC) in Kansas City, Missouri

September, Date TBD - Phoenix Post Golf Tournament: Bigger and better than ever!!

Fall (date and location TBD) SAME Small Business Conference

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2018 SAME Phoenix Post-Board of Directors

Congratulations to the newly-elected 2018 Board of Directors!

  •  President- Marilyn Zenko
  • 1st Vice President of Programs- Gabriel “Sam” Groves
  • 2nd Vice President of Membership- Bruce Kay
  • Secretary – Doug Peters
  • Treasurer- Bruce Preston

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Small Business Opportunities

Department of Veteran Affairs NCO 22 Gilbert Office
Small Business Matchmaking Event

Learn how to sell your goods and services that are in demand to the federal government. Listen to presentations about the process and ask questions in one-on-one matchmaking sessions with contracting officers representing simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) purchases below $150,000, leases, supplies, all small equipment purchases, services, and other items not under SAT.

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 8:00AM to 12:00PM

  • Rio Salado College Conference Center, 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
  • To register: Contact Nora Plonsky, AZPTAC Program Assistant, nora.plonsky@domail.maricopa.eduor at (623) 845-4700. This is a free event.



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Volunteers Needed

Our Post runs on volunteers! Please consider becoming one and sign up for one (or more) of these opportunities!

  • Construction Camps Chair and committee members
  • Scholarship Chair and committee members
  • STEM Chair and committee members



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