A few weeks ago, I learned a new phrase that many of you are likely familiar with. “The days are long, but the years are short.” As I’m composing this, I’m thinking of all that has transpired in the last month—many days were long and filled with work—others were mostly fun, and lots of time was spent with friends and family as we celebrated Christmas. Yet, here it is, time to write a short note again for the newsletter, which means another month is gone. Fear not, my tenure will end soon and these notes will likely become much more interesting when the next chairman is installed….so, now, on to information about our section.

As all of us were busy working and celebrating the holidays with friends and family, there was less obvious activity conducted by the section, but there are still plans being made for 2017 and beyond. Please be sure to read the information about the 100-year anniversary celebration planned for fall of 2017. This is quite an accomplishment for our section and something you’ll want to attend if possible.

Please be aware that this is the season to nominate your colleagues for an SPE award. Nominations are due by February 15th. I hope many of you will take the time to nominate those that come to mind—we need to recognize them for their technical and professional contributions. More information can be found at www.spe.org/awards.

We have two Distinguished Lecturers headed our way in the next couple of months. I hope to see you at both of the planned luncheons.

Finally, if for some reason you have not renewed your SPE membership for 2017, kindly take a few minutes and check that off of your list—remember, there is a dues waiver program for those of you who find yourself unemployed.

Molly Boyd
2016-2017 Chairman