September 2015

It’s time for ASHRAE Kansas City Chapter to begin our monthly meetings again! We have company coming for lunch. Join us on September 14th with our guests from the ASPE –KC Chapter. The program is on the new ASHRAE Standard 188 which establishes minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems.

 What did you do this summer?

Our chapter is one of 13 chapters in ASHRAE Region IX http://ashrae-regionix.org/.   Every year the chapter officers and committee chairs gather at CRC (Chapters Regional Conference) for committee and officer training, leadership training and to conduct ASHRAE Society business. July 25-28 we met in Rapid City, SD.

I drove the 12 hour trip because I’ve never seen that part of the USA . . . the Badlands, Black Hills and of course Mt. Rushmore. The scenery was striking and beautiful. It made me reminisce about Scouting with my two sons for the last 15 years. We camped and backpacked a lot . . . hiking up numerous 14’ers in Colorado, backpacking along the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide, 3 days to backpack through the Grand Canyon, hiking in Zion and Bryce Canyons. What I really wanted to do in the Black Hills was go hiking and camping. If you have not driven through South Dakota to Rapid City, put it on your itinerary. One thing I didn’t do was go a few short miles further north to Sturgis, where the famed Motorcycle Rally is held . . . their 75th Anniversary Rally was the very next week. Over 1 million bikers were expected . . . there were a lot coming into town as I was leaving . . . whew! I beat the traffic!

We get to plan the PARTY?

Speaking of anniversaries, we have a very special one coming up ourselves. 2017 is our 100th Anniversary as a Chapter. We need your help to make Kansas City a showcase when we host the 2017 Region IX CRC. All the planning and preparation needs to be accomplished this year. So, we (the BOG and Committee Chairs . . . a fun group of people) need your help and participation in this endeavor. It is a great time to get involved in the Chapter . . . a once in a life-time opportunity!

I’ve been talking with Larry Staples, one of our ASHRAE Life Members, he recently asked the following:

  • Where do you want to be ten years from now?
  • Do you want to progress with your career?
  • Do you want to change career paths?

ASHRAE can help in this. Active, involved members not only assist the chapter meet its goals, but also develop friendships with other ASHRAE members. Chapter committee assignments can make you more effective and valuable in the workplace. There are many veteran members who will attest to this.

Think about it and ask us how you can get involved.

Jim Noé

Chapter President 2015-2016