President’s Message

By: Damon McClure

Welcome back Central Oklahoma Chapter. I believe several of the chapter members know me on some level or another.  However, for those that don’t, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Damon McClure and I am mechanical contractor with a B.S.M.E from the University of Oklahoma. I have been involved in the industry for over 14 years and I joined Central Oklahoma Chapter of ASHRAE in 2010. Initially, I joined ASHRAE for the networking opportunities.  But after hearing Tim Wentz’s (2016-2017 Society President) Presidential preview speech titled “Adapting Today to Shape Tomorrow” in Fort Worth, Texas in April 2016, I realized I joined ASHRAE for much greater reason. Paraphrasing a section Mr. Wentz’s speech, Tim remembered his father’s answer to his question, “Why should I join ASHRAE?”  His father replied, “When you go to an ASHRAE meeting you will find the building owners we serve, the engineers we work for, the suppliers we buy from, and our competitors, all in the same room. You need to be in that room.”  I joined because I was a mechanical contractor, and I had to be in the room.

In order for you and me to contribute purpose to our chapter, ‘you need to be in the room’. Central Oklahoma chapter has a storied past with notable industry/ASHRAE “greats” like William “Bill” Collins Jr., Bob Vermillion, Faye McQuiston, and several others that have contributed purpose at local and regional society levels.  These visionary leaders all had something in common, they had directives that set a precedent and they had chapter members that respected and executed those directives for the advancement of our chapter. This year our chapter directives are triune in nature and lead to one common end goal: Contribute. Purpose.

The first directive point is to increase the general membership and active membership. Active membership is defined as those members who contribute to the chapter in sustaining the chapter’s growth and viability. In order to achieve this goal, we are looking for an interested general member to contact either me, or our Membership Promotion Chair, Daniel Brazeale. If you are interested in furthering your role in the chapter and participating in a chapter committee role, please contact one of us via email, or see me at the first chapter meeting on October 4. Please do your part to contribute to the chapter and invite a guest, colleague, and/or student to a chapter event or program. We currently have 292 members to date.  If each of our members asked or brought at least one (1) guest to a function, envision the potential impact it could have on our chapter.

The second directive point is to increase the overall chapter contribution to Research Promotion, by providing more individual and chapter sustainable contributions. Our Research Promotion (RP) chair is Chris Dolan and he has planned several creative and insightful RP programs and events throughout this year. The first event organized by Chris and Bryan Garcia is the COK ASHRAE Annual Golf Tournament held at Kickingbird Golf Course on 9/11/17. We are still currently looking for hole sponsors and there will also be a silent auction. Also, did you know that you can individually contribute at Imagine the seeds you could sow with your contribution; you can earmark your donation to research, scholarships, and/or general funds if preferred.

The third directive point is to increase the chapter’s student, Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA), and women memberships. This year we intend on developing a chapter pilot program to increase local chapter involvement and member retention from students, YEA, and/or women memberships, as they transition from college to the workforce. Our Student Activities chair Scott Sanders will be instrumental in finding candidate(s) from our student chapters to participate in this program.  All of the details for this program are not specifically set at this time. However, we should have the format finalized by the October meeting and will be implementing the steps to completing the process.

In closing, I am looking forward to working and serving with all of the volunteers that donate their time to be involved at every level in ASHRAE. This includes the local volunteers that agreed to serve with me this year and continue to contribute to our chapter and our chapter’s premier status with Region VIII. This also includes the society and the regional level of ASHRAE and our new Director and Regional Chair (DRC) Jon Symko. As Bill Klock (former Region VIII DRC) stated and challenged each chapter president-elect in February at President-Elect Training, “Leave the Chapter better than you found it.” I am grateful that our chapter can forward with the mantra of “Contribute. Purpose.”

 CRC 2016

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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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Last Updated: 09/08/2017