THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER
October is here and Cincinnati ASHRAE is still planning the events of this 2013-2014 ASHRAE year. We will continue to update the membership on our meeting topics and any other events that are being planned.
On a solemn note, we lost two local members this summer. ASHRAE Fellow James “Burt” Rishel and ASHRAE Member Jack Drake both passed away in August.
Over this past summer we [BOG] spent quite a bit of energy and time discussing ways to bolster excitement, meeting attendance and volunteering interest through a plea to many Cincinnati based consulting firms. I am including a snippet below from the letter that went out early August. The response was underwhelming. Please send in your ideas, from changing meeting times, meeting places, topics, or anything that will give you [Consulting Engineers] the desire to come be a part of and endorse the society for your peers/colleagues to be a part of our local Engineering Community.
“ASHRAE is the pre-eminent organization responsible for technical research and standards in the HVAC industry worldwide, but locally the Cincinnati Chapter needs your help. We have seen a dramatic drop in both membership and attendance over the past few years. As such, we have found it more difficult to find people willing to donate their time in service to our organization and it is becoming too much of a burden to the few that have been involved. Many of the reasons that we have been given demonstrate to us that the local engineering community does not see a value in the services that ASHRAE provides. As such I am hoping that you will provide input to the following… ASHRAE is an engineer driven organization nationally but has become driven more by vendor organizations locally. Without more support from the local engineering community, the local chapter will continue to decline. In the past year, I have been to many regional functions and as such seen engineer participation levels in other chapters. Cities such as Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton have engineer participation at levels well in excess of 50% and currently I estimate the participation of engineering firms in the Cincinnati chapter to be around 10%.”
On October 8th Larry Hall presented “Chilled Beams in Hospitals”. On November 12th we will be hearing about Industry changes in Refrigerants from Mike Thompson.
The USGBC is hosting an event entitled Planning for Climate Change. This speaker is touted as having a new and innovative perspective on climate change. Please go to the link below for details.