Autumnal greetings and a welcome to all!
This summer, a new roster of Officers and Directors was sworn in for the Society of American Military Engineers Piscataqua Post. Many of you know me, and I look forward to building relationships with those who don't. I am honored to have served as President Elect and eager to serve as Post President during the 2017-2018 year. I have been an active member in SAME since 1996, involved in several Posts as well as National Committees. In early 2017 I was proudly inducted into the SAME Academy of Fellows. Having spent my teens living and playing around the Piscataqua River and Great Bay, I have a special connection to the region and its people.
Given the intimate culture and small size of Piscataqua Post's membership, our Past President, Dr. Geoff Brown, and his team have been called upon to serve multiple terms. Last year marked yet another solid performance including educational activities, networking and social events, and fundraising for support of the next generation of STEM professionals. I know the full Post membership offers its deep appreciation to Geoff and others for their dedicated leadership over the past years. We are fortunate that many Post leaders have signed on for continued roles this year. We are happy to welcome CDR Doug Herrin to the area, and as President Elect of our Post. Please see this year's roster of fresh volunteers and steadfast continuing leaders on our website. Thanks to all for their past and current service!
With the Society’s Centennial anniversary to be celebrated in 2020, plans are underway to create a series of geographically distributed activities building up to a pinnacle event in the form of the annual SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference in Washington, DC. A team is heading the initiative to attract national recognition to further heighten recognition for SAME and its mission. Given the unique personality and location of Piscataqua Post, it seems we are poised to share our rich history and traditions as part of the run-up to an exciting and impactful 2020 celebration. In the spirit of volunteerism, please stay tuned for opportunities large and small to share your time and talents to support Piscataqua Post and the larger SAME mission.
We are scheduling a date for a November meeting to finalize our plan for the year, and will soon post it to the website, along with planned future events and agendas for upcoming meetings. If you haven't been to a Post meeting lately, please join us any time. Hope to see you soon at a monthly meeting.
Wendi Goldsmith, PhD, PG
SAME-Piscataqua Post President 2017-2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Westin-Waltham Hotel | 70 Third Avenue | Waltham, MA 02451