President’s Message

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

December 3, 2018

The busy holiday season is upon us, and I hope most of you had the opportunity to relax with family and friends for Thanksgiving.  Your various chapter committee chairs have been staying busy as well.  This past Saturday morning, Korey Wheeler was able to pull off another Devon Boathouse/River Cleanup between our Oklahoma weather patterns.  If you could not participate (OU fans J), please consider lending a hand and “giving back” this spring when Korey schedules our next sustainability event.

Last week your chapter held two Student Activity events.  Thanks to our SA committee and Don Carter’s continued dedication to students, we worked with OU and their general contractor to tour Gallogly Hall on campus studying the mechanical and electrical systems.  Also, Scott Sanders and Damon McClure continued their participation in the OSU Senior Design Competition.  With the MetroTech ASHRAE Student Branch application progressing and our year to date activities, the ASHRAE Region has praised us for our efforts and we are making excellent progress towards one of our 3 goals for the year of increasing our chapter’s student, YEA and women memberships.  Thank you to everyone helping make our chapter a success.

Earlier this year at the Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) in San Antonio, I approached the incoming 2018-2019 ASHRAE Society President, Sheila Hayter, and asked if her travels allowed, the COK chapter would love to host a visit.  Last month she accepted!  More to follow next month, but we are gearing up for an exciting spring 2019 leading up to our CRC in April.

Finally, please plan to attend this month’s chapter meeting as we will be voting on and approving our nominating committee.  The committee’s primary function per our Bylaws is to select and bring to a chapter vote candidates for chapter office positions. You don’t want to miss this month’s speaker, Dr. Nathon Mellor whom I’ve previously work with, from Strata Leadership.  You will learn, be inspired, and motivated!

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:

Compassion vs. Indifference – Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others.

Webster’s defines compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.”  If we focus more on ourselves and our own schedule, it becomes challenging to demonstrate the character quality of compassion.  Today is a fast paced, "I need it now" work environment, and that makes it even harder to slow down and see someone’s pain.  But true compassion doesn’t just stop with feeling or empathizing, it also involves doing something, taking action to help heal the hurts or improve someone’s circumstances.

The month of December provides us many opportunities to practice compassion and serve and help others.  Let’s all challenge ourselves in the next few weeks to demonstrate in our attitudes, words and actions more compassion to friends, family, co-workers and people we just come in contact with.

- Jeff Forman, ASHRAE Central Oklahoma Chapter President 

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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Last Updated: 12/04/2018