The Pioneer Valley Engineer
At last month’s meeting two topics were covered: the proposed changes to Chapter 146 and the finical condition of our Chapter. In regards to Chapter 146 the Chapter discussed some of the changes with the biggest concern on the variance of attendance. The body concluded that more clarification was needed and collectively agreed that one of the best was to get answers was to contact the Chief directly. He is looking to conduct dialogue on these changes, so if you are looking for answers please send them to him.
Much of our meeting focused on the proposed budget. The bottom line is we are not bringing in as much money as it is costing to run our educational programs and Chapter business. Between a drop in class enrollment and a reduction in membership our budget was significantly short from being balanced. Of the ideas floated were raising Chapter dues (which has been $15 for at least 20 years), transferring money from our savings, seeking advice from a finical advisor, and starting an on line bases education and continuing education classes. None of these will be done immediately but we will spend a good portion of this year’s business meetings discussing and seeking options. What was decided that we cannot hold classes at a loss. Therefor we will need to hold our continuing education classes to a 10-person minimum.
Our spring continuing education schedule is now accepting registrations. Please look in the flyer for the classes, schedule and costs. Call the office at 413-592-NAPE to register.
Lastly the National automatic credit card billing went out on January 15. Please continue to support the National and the Chapter. With all we do for you, think about what will happen if you don’t.
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Chicopee, MA 01013