President’s Message

 

Hello Members,

I would like to introduce myself to the many of you whom I haven’t met; I’m Steven Ledbetter and I’ll be your San Bernardino-Riverside Branch President for 2015-2016. I would like to first thank all the members for their continued support of the ASCE San Bernardino & Riverside Counties Branch. I am taking the reins from Brandon Reyes, now our past president, who did an outstanding job as president this last year. He and the other current board members have strived over the last few years to better interact with and engage the branch. Without the exemplary work provided by the volunteers on the Branch Board, Younger Member Forum (YMF) Board and the Committees, none of this would be possible. Our membership is as diverse as they come. Spread throughout two massive counties, we range in age, background, sector and discipline. The large infrastructure within the area brings both a breadth and depth of Civil Engineers to live and work in the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. This diversity brings an interesting challenge for us, your board, in creating valuable and engaging events throughout the year that the membership will want to be a part of.

With the fast paced economy we live in and the constant demand for results, participation in ASCE events and other career development events has its challenges. At times, it can be difficult to find the time, but the advantages of being involved with ASCE far surpass the time requirements. ASCE develops attributes like leadership, team work, and delegation which, are required to succeed in the engineering field. In addition to strengthening personal skills, ASCE develops networking contacts and provides technical programs to draw upon during your career. ASCE has provided an invaluable experience throughout my early career and I would urge each of you to actively participate and consider volunteering for ASCE in the future. I would also encourage all the members to feel free to e-mail me with any suggestions, comments, ideas or even interests in participating or volunteering in any of the activities being planned for this year. The Branch is here to serve you and we really appreciate any feedback.

I hope to see each and every one of you at an ASCE sponsored event this year, and if you like it, help us spread the word.

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Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ASCE.

Sincerely,
Steven Ledbetter, P.E.
ASCE San Bernardino and Riverside Counties Branch President

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    Struggling Section and Branch Webinar
    Leader Training Committee (LTC) has developed a Webinar for Struggling Sections and Branches. Speakers with first-hand experience in reviving struggling Sections/Branches will be addressing the audience and imparting new ideas and strategies to help in your revitalization efforts.

    The Webinar will be offered on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM (EDT).

    If you wish to attend the webinar, please contact Nancy Berson by Friday , May 27. Additional information and login information will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy at 703-295-6010 or nberson@asce.org

    Although we have addressed this invitation to Section and Branch Presidents, we encourage you to invite other interested Officers on your Section or Branch Board.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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    Greg Kuklinski, P.E., M.ASCE and Doug Knapp, P.E., M.ASCE
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    “Dream Big"
    The buzz around ASCE’s involvement in the Dream Big IMAX project is continuing to build! The film’s release is scheduled for February 2017 during Engineers Week.

    As a Region 1 Governor and Past Region 9 Director we have been involved with Dream Big through our work with the Committee on Pre-College Outreach (CPO). ASCE and CPO are moving ahead aggressively with Dream Big. We are now looking to you, the representatives of the Civil Engineering Community for support as we enter the next phase of the Dream Big project.

    This film and educational program have the potential to be explosive in terms of exposure for our field. We need you, as ASCE Section & Branch Leaders to take action to help this project to reach its full potential.

    Here is what you can do:
    • Start a Section or Branch Dream Big Committee to begin planning premiere and outreach programs. Be sure to include your Younger Member Group and affiliated student chapters
    • Appoint a Dream Big Chair to serve as a liaison with the Committee on Pre-College Outreach. This member will receive program updates and resources. Please indicate the name and contact information of this liaison below and submit to  nberson@asce.org.
    • Participate in Dream Big planning webinars and conference calls. Look for the schedule coming out this spring.
    • Recruit volunteers from every group in your area to be ready in the fall 2016.
    • Include Dream Big in your Section and Branch activities, such as Engineers Week and precollege outreach.

    If we seize this golden ticket, ASCE could reach thousands of students and guide them towards a career in Civil Engineering. We could lead them towards creating something tangible and real in a digital world.
    Not sure where to start? Contact Jeannine Finton, Senior Manager of Pre-College Outreach for ASCE, at jfinton@asce.org  or 703-295-6310.

    Thank you!
    Anthony “Tony” Cioffi, P.E., M. ASCE
    Region 1 Governor

    Chuck Spinks, P.E., M. ASCE

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    * ASCE Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF)
    Section and Branch Presidents and Region Governors:

    We hope you will consider attending the Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF) on Sunday and Monday, September 18 and 19, 2016. We will be holding the event at ASCE World Headquarters in Reston Virginia. You will have an opportunity to visit our home base and meet with ASCE staff. The Leader Orientation Weekend will also be held in conjunction with the PGF providing an additional opportunity to interact with Society Officers and hear President-elect Mattei discuss her future agenda.

    The purpose of the Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF) is to provide a venue for current Section, Branch and Region leaders to gain the knowledge to effectively and efficiently run their local units. This workshop provides a summary of Best Practices presented by Section and Branch leaders. The program will also include discussions on how to successfully lead your Section or Branch, and how to effectively utilize your Region Governors. The PGF provides an excellent opportunity for networking with your ASCE peers.

    Many Sections, Branches, and Regions plan their budgets at this time of year. There is a subsidy for one attendee from each Section and Branch in the amount of $135.00. We realize this will not cover your airfare or total expenses, but it will hopefully help defray some of your costs. If you are unable to attend, or will be leaving your leadership position before the event, please pass this information to your successors so they don't miss out on this opportunity.

    Please consider this a pre-announcement as additional details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. We wanted to ensure you had this information for planning, budgeting, and transitioning purposes. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Berson at  nberson@asce.org or at 703-295-6010.

    We look forward to seeing you in Reston this fall.

    Greg Kuklinski, P.E., M.ASCE
    Leader Training Committee


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2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure Produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers The Report Card is an assessment by professional engineers of the nation's status in 16 categories of infrastructure.

Abstract:

Now the 2013 Report Card grades are in, and America’s cumulative GPA for infrastructure rose slightly to a D+. The grades in 2013 ranged from a high of B- for solid waste to a low of D- for inland waterways and levees. Solid waste, drinking water, wastewater, roads, and bridges all saw incremental improvements, and rail jumped from a C- to a C+. No categories saw a decline in grade this year.....

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ASCE San Bernardino & Riverside Counties Branch (ASCE SBRiv) was founded in 1953. We are a branch of the ASCE LA Section.