President’s Message

By: Damon McClure

Happy New Year, Central Oklahoma Chapter! As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, we hope to accomplish several tasks over the last six months of this chapter year. As we start 2018, I can report we are making great strides in accomplishing those tasks. The focus will remain on resourceful programs, providing our student chapters with guiding insight, and making lasting contributions to research promotion and scholarships.

This month’s meeting topic of “The Future of Connected Buildings and What is Possible” will be presented at the normal place and time (50 Penn Place @ 11:30am). This meeting will also feature as Donor Recognition and the chapter will provide Hall of Fame recognition for a special chapter member, Dr. Jeffery Spitler. The Winter Conference is also at the end of January, and several of our chapter members will be attending; so, mark your calendars. February’s meeting will be in the afternoon, in lieu of a lunch meeting. We will be touring Chesapeake Energy Corporation Information Technology Computing Center (ITCC) and Central Plant in an open Q&A forum format. You should have already received a “Save the Date” Evite for early registration. Early registration will help our organizer to schedule the correct number of tour liaisons and help with onsite parking. Lastly, in March, the chapter will host our third annual sporting clay shoot at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in Guthrie. This will be our final RP event to close out the chapter year before CRC. The willingness of our members to give at these events will aid in reaching our chapter’s overall RP goal, as well as sow seeds into our new COK ASHRAE Scholarship Endowment over the next several years. Upon maturation, this endowment will provide a self-sustaining source for additional scholarships to our students.

Our Student Activities is continuing to contribute and grow. As mentioned last month, our chapter is generating student member involvement with our introductory Student Protégé pilot program member, Nirav Modi. Nirav took part in December’s Board of Governors meeting via electronic communication, and was able to see the inner workings of the chapter operations. Our chapter is looking forward to his continued involvement in our chapter meetings and the upcoming Winter Conference in Chicago. Also, both OU & OSU are anticipating a large student involvement, with up to 13 total students collectively attending their first Winter Conference. Our chapter is looking for any available financial assistance to help send these students to Chicago in January. Finally, the new University of Central Oklahoma student branch will be added to the Winter Conference Members Council agenda and then approved at their January 23rd meeting.

To conclude, as we continue into the new year, two of our chapter committees have met to determine a couple of key chapter operation items. First, the Nomination Committee met in late December to determine nominations for the next slate of Board of Governors and Secretary Officer position. The focus of the Nomination Committee was based on the Chapter’s newly developed Long Term Strategic Planning Outline provided to our Region’s DRC in December. Nominations will be presented to the chapter during our February Chapter meeting. Last of all, the Chapter’s Scholarship Committee met during December to select the two (2) $1,500 scholarship recipients. The two recipients will be Bryce Wilmore and Aaron Gooden. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation will be sending letters to both recipients next week. Again, I would like to say thank you to our chapter members for their continued support, as well as our chapter volunteers; I couldn’t do this without them. Thank you for contributing to our purpose for the future growth of our chapter and our society!

 CRC 2016

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Last Updated: 01/10/2018