Monthly President’s Message

Jeff Forman - President of ASHRAE COK Chapter
By: Jeff Forman

May 1st, 2019

Time to wind up the 2018-19 ASHRAE year Central Oklahoma.  Although we surpassed last year’s performance in most every category and once again entered the Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) with the highest Presidential Award of Excellence (PAOE) points total in the region, the Austin chapter did a fantastic job developing a good chapter into one who won this year’s Golden Gavel.  Congrats to them!  But in the face of stiff competition, and thanks to everyone’s excellent teamwork and dedication, I’m proud to say we’ve left your chapter, which was already performing strong, in better shape and position than when we started!

I would publicly like to personally thank all the chapter officers and my Board of Governors who agreed to serve last year when myself and the nominating asked for their help.  As anyone in leadership knows, if you surround yourself with the right people you can accomplish great things.

I hope you will plan to attend our final chapter meeting on Wednesday, May 1st at the MetroTech SW campus.  We will be using a new caterer thanks to your Social Media chair Kaylee agreeing to help.  Besides the Italian menu, our speaker will be another former ASHRAE Society President and Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Tim Wentz.  Additionally we are set to have a strong student turnout from OSU and MetroTech.  You won’t want to miss!

In closing I would like to say thank you for allowing me to be president of this great Central Oklahoma chapter for 2018-19.  I’ve been honored to serve with and after so many great people.

Character Commitment Community

Character - the inward values that determine outward actions

Commitment - to be engaged, involved, available and to persevere

Community - to work together, to give back and to focus on others

Character Topic of the Month:

Attentiveness vs. Distraction – Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided attention.

The internet of things (IoT), social media and the latest “stay connected” technologies have increased the pace of our lives, expectations of response times and encourage us to focus on multi-tasking and speed instead of attentiveness.  Take a look around next time you’re in public, everyone has their head in their phone not focusing attention, much less undivided attention, to those around them.  Even families eating together cannot seem to pull away from their media to focus and talk to one another!

At its core, one could point to selfishness as the root cause for a lack of attentiveness.  When you are not attentive, others may feel minimized or not important, respect may be lost, a relationship damaged or others may simply withdraw or disengage.

Being attentive is tough these days.  We all struggle with it at times, some of us more than others :).  What’s the simple answer?  There probably isn’t one, but we can consider the negative effects of not being attentive to others and start being intentional about changing our behaviors and habits.  Checking our phones all the time has definitely become a habit worth kicking!

In summary, practicing attentiveness is part of "treating others the way you want to be treated" and "loving your neighbor as yourself." So next time you and I are tempted to pick up the phone, let's don't and instead give those people around us more of us!

-Jeff Forman, ASHRAE Central Oklahoma Chapter President

Jeremy Wood (ECC/Webmaster) & Kaylee Oliver (Social Media) - 2018-2019 EC Excellence WinnerRegion VIII ECC Excellence-Winner '18-'19

Michael Wilson - 2017-2018 EC Excellence Honorable MentionRegion VIII ECC Excellence-Honorable Mention '17-'18

ASHRAE Mission:
To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

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