The roots of the Seattle YMF go back as far as 1970, which offers the current officers a wealth of information and an inspiring legacy to maintain. The YMF is currently in the process of planning our 20th annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSB). This is a very exciting milestone and a great time to acknowledge our achievements and reflect on the people that helped us get here.
The foundation of the Younger Member Forum is incredibly strong. In addition to Popsicle Stick Bridge competition, YMF hosts a holiday party, summer picnic, winter leadership retreat and multiple outreach and community service events each year. Many of these events have a long history and each new officer is able to build on the successes of the previous years.
One of my priorities as I became president was to get a new face in every officer and committee member role. Those that had been involved in the past, I encouraged to try out a new position, to give others an opportunity to experience the different facets of the YMF. I am almost two months into my presidency, and I am not regretting it yet. With many organizations, this could be a nightmare, but I am privileged to be part of such a well oiled machine.
At the beginning of the fiscal year, I asked each officer to provide me with a list of goals and highlight some of the ways that they would like to improve their positions. I was amazed by the enthusiasm and energy the new officers displayed. We hit the ground running and immediately hosted two university outreach events, started our website over from scratch, and had over 30 attendees at our first networking event.
The best part of our turnkey organization is the ability to build on our existing momentum. This year we are kicking off two new events. In January, a panel of younger members with diverse backgrounds will perform a question and answer session at UW and Seattle U. This will offer the students an opportunity to ask about the different disciplines in Civil Engineering, find out what type of work engineers do immediately out of school and find out how our panelists got where they are today. In April, we are also planning our first Executive Panel. YMF is planning to gather engineers of all ages together to ask questions to area engineering executives. This will be an excellent networking opportunity and we look forward to seeing you there!
We are hosting the Western Region Younger Member Council on February 20-21st in Bellevue, WA. Engineers from across Regions 8 and 9 will be descending upon Seattle for professional development presentations, technical tours, and networking events. Interested in attending, donating, or volunteering? Please visit WRYMC 2015 or email Diana Hasegan!!
The Seattle YMF has won the Most Outstanding Younger Member Group in the Country for the past 2 years. This is an incredibly high bar and we look forward to raising it even higher! We could not do any of it without the support of the Seattle Section and our amazing members. Thank you for all that you do and we look forward to seeing you at the 20th annual PSB Competition on February 7th, WRYMC on Feb 20th-21st and at our Executive Panel event in April.
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