I hope everyone is staying well and keeping busy. It was great to see so many of you attend the 9th Annual Transportation Summit on February 24th. I found the presentation and panel discussion very thought provoking, and hopefully you did as well. Also, I don’t know about you, but I was very surprised to hear that the number of FHP officers has not changed over the years. A big thanks to everyone who helped make that a spectacular event; but especially to Central Florida Section Board members Scott Perfater and Maile Spang, who spearheaded the organization and logistics of the event.
We now set our sights on our upcoming events. Our next Transportation Tuesday will be on March 22nd at A La Cart; stop on by. We were delighted to have one of the ASHE National Directors, Jason Hewatt, attend the previous TT. There will also be a Technical Luncheon on March 30th; Dana Chester with CFX will use his broad and storied experiences to give advice on career development. In addition to gaining some great career guidance, PE’s can also obtain 1 PDH for attending. I don’t know about you, but I think I benefitted greatly from attending these type of presentations early in my career; I highly recommend you encourage your younger staff to attend.
I wanted to use this month’s message as a call to arms of a sort. Every Spring, the Central Florida Section is responsible for submitting an article to ASHE National for inclusion into their scanner magazine. So, if anyone has a project, research or innovative services related to the planning, design, construction, or operation aspects of the highway industry that you’d like to broadcast to a national audience, please contact myself or any of our Board members. The article is a great way to get some notoriety for your company or agency. The deadline to submit to our Section is April 8th.
Last and least, here’s the Corny Joke for March:
During his physical, the doctor asked the patient about his daily activity level. He described a typical day this way:
“Well, yesterday afternoon, I waded along the edge of a lake, drank some beer, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, jumped away from an aggressive alligator, drank some more beer, marched up and down several hills, stood in a patch of poison ivy, and crawled out of a mud pit.”
Impressed by the story, the doctor said, “Wow, you must be one heck of an outdoorsman!”
“Nah,” he replied, “I’m just a terrible golfer.”
Stay safe out there!
Sherman Klaus, PE
ASHE Central Florida Section President