President’s Corner

Welcome everyone to another great start to the year with The National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE! I am honored to serve as President for the 2015-2016 society year and would like to thank each member for showing confidence in me to serve the National Capital Chapter. I would also like to extend my thanks to Andy Rhodes and last year’s corps of officers and committee chairs for furthering the goals of ASHRAE and the National Capital Chapter.

The chapter leadership recently spent a weekend in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for this year's Chapters' Regional Conference (CRC). The Johnstown Chapter hosted a great event and several of our chapter officers and committee chairs were honored for their efforts during the 2014-2015 year. CRC is also an event where our incoming Chapter Officers and Committee Chairs gain valuable training in order to better serve you. Thank you to all of those who attended!

The Board has spent the last few months planning for the upcoming year. I’m grateful to the many chapter members who have provided feedback on ideas for speakers and programs in the 2015-2016 year. It was extremely beneficial to us as we selected topics for our Professional Enrichment Seminar (PES) and Dinner presentations. This year we have several interesting seminars planned, covering topics like Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems, Humidification in Sensitive Environments, and Waste Water Heat Recovery. I hope everyone can make it out to our first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 9th. Again this year, we’ll host our first meeting and Awards Night at the Arlington Hilton. Due to rising hotel costs, we have had to raise the price of our dinner and seminar tickets.

In addition to the monthly chapter meetings, we have scheduled a series of social events for members, including the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) socials, and the Annual Winter Party in January. I’m also happy to announce that all the events held last year by the newly formed Women in Engineering (WiE) committee were a resounding success, and we plan to host quarterly networking events this year. WiE events will be casual to allow for socializing and networking. After all, the goal is to connect women of varying occupations, ages and tenure so that personal connections may be made and strengthened over time. Information on all these events, including the Annual Golf Tournament, will be posted to the NCC website, so please visit regularly to stay in the know!

In his address at the Annual Meeting in Montreal in June, Society President David Underwood discussed his theme, “Making Connections.” President Underwood acknowledged that ASHRAE’s reputation as an industry leader is based on making connections; however, it is important that we do not rest on our laurels. As such, I will also embrace “Making Connections” as a focus of the Chapter for the year. For us, that will mean turning the trend of a few dedicated volunteers into an institutional memory. Our WiE and Student Activities committees are strong and active, but rely on the commitment of a few passionate individuals. As Chapter President, I will empower these committees to become lasting institutions with the National Capital Chapter, creating network of volunteers who can rely on each other and chapter members to help us grow even stronger. I encourage all of you to participate and make connections as well.

Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers and their respective employers for their support and commitment to the National Capital Chapter!

Thank you again. With your commitment and support, I am assured a successful, productive, and rewarding year at the National Capital Chapter.

Best Regards,

Laura Petrillo-Groh

President – National Capital Chapter, 2015 – 2016


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