I hope everyone has enjoyed the cooler summer weather and rain. With school back in session we are looking at kicking off a great 2013-2014 year with SPE. We are looking at kicking off our first luncheon meeting on September 27th and our IOR committee is already working hard on putting together the 2014 IOR Symposium this April led by Sada Joshi.

Every year a group of dedicated volunteers give their time to setting up the SPE events. I would like to take a moment to thank our newly elected program chair Bryson Wolfe for working hard to put together a great list of speakers this year. Two new individuals joining the SPE executive board are Adam Brazeal, our newly elected SPE Secretary, and Ashley Jorishie, our new SPE Treasurer. If you see these individuals around, I encourage you to thank them for the time they spend making our organization great.

I am excited to be a part of the section again this year as Chairman and look forward to serving the community. We are off to a great start this year with our SPE Fall RoundUp Golf Tournament lined up for September 16th. We have already sold out team slots and are looking forward to seeing you all there. Raffle, sponsorships, and dinner tickets are still available. The Annual SPE Sporting Clays Classic will also be held on October 18th. For more information and where to sign up you can visit our website at www.spemc.org.

Rita Behm
2013 - 2014 Chairman