The Pioneer Valley Engineer
There is just something about typing my message for August that bothers me. Summer just goes by way to fast. The coming of August makes me also realize that our fall education is just around the corner and schedules need to be put together. Our 2nd Fireman’s class is schedule for the fall already and is filling up fast. Posted in the flyer are the fall continuing education classes. Sign up as soon as you can.
At the July Business meeting the body received an update on the finical status of the National. Like many organizations, memberships continue to decline. These associations can no longer rely on member dues to support the finances required to run them. The National has done a tremendous job promoting and selling its online educational programs. Yet even with strong sales the National is still running its budget in the red. While support comes from other organizations, it is probable that if educational sales do not continue to show growth, the National will be forced to raised dues. But for this year dues were not subject to an increase.
Our Chapter is strong at 140 active members yet we face the same financial issues that the National does. Our dues are $15 per member per year and have remained that way since I joined. Thanks to our Educational Department and its staff we have been able to remain financial stable. And of course, thanks to all of you who support this Chapter. It is so easy to just withdraw for whatever reason, giving more gratitude from those of you who stay. Thank you.
Chapter officers for the upcoming year were solicited by the Election Committee. All the current officers have agreed to serve another year except for the position of Recording Secretary. Past National President and our long-standing Recording Secretary, Charles Bayer, has decided to step down only if someone was willing to fill the position. Brother George Rzeznik has agreed to be elected into the position. Our gratitude goes out to Chuck for all the notes he took recording the minutes of the meetings. These minutes are an accurate record of our meetings for all to review. Our election and installation will take place at our August meeting.
Finally, I would like to recognize Conductor Craig Morris on his recent passage of his First Engineer’s examination. Brother Morris not only serves the Chapter as an officer but has taught many students who have gone through our license preparation classes. Please join me in congratulating Craig on his accomplishment!
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Chicopee, MA 01013