Society dues: $199/yr

Chapter dues: $35/yr
Total amount: $234/yr


Welcome to ASHRAE Arkansas


February 2017


The President’s Message

By Mark Eley

Society President Tim Wentz often talks about the many reasons to be “in the room”.  The room he is referring to is where we hold our monthly meetings, programs and luncheons.  Today I want to discuss a different room . . . the boardroom, and why you should also consider joining ASHRAE leadership.

 As I write this, our Nominating Committee is considering candidates for Secretary and three BOG positions for next year.  Our President Elect is also seeking candidates for more than a dozen chair positions.  It therefore seems like the perfect time to reflect on why I joined ASHRAE leadership.  Perhaps some of my experiences will help you decide to make a phone call. 

 My first experience with a professional society was in 1989 when I joined ASME.  My reasons for joining were somewhat selfish.  Instead of joining to support my professional society, I was mainly interested in having something to add to my résumé other than college and work experience.  It never occurred to me that the guys in leadership were just regular people like me, that they might need volunteers, or how much better being in leadership would have looked on that résumé.  Plus, like many young engineers, I was shy and tried to avoid attention.   

 When I interviewed for my current job, Bill Boone asked a series of questions trying to gauge my level of dependability.  He asked about kids, military service and even the Boy Scouts.  He needed someone responsible enough to work out of their home unsupervised.  Do you have experiences in your past that demonstrate a strong level of experience and responsibility?   How can you break through the glass ceiling into management positions if those positions all require management experience?  You already know the answer.  ASHRAE doesn’t care whether you’re an engineer, a salesman, a contractor or a facility manager.  You are just as valuable to us at 22 as you would be at 42 or 62, and maybe more so because young people come with new ideas and energy. 

 My one major regret is not having gotten involved at a much younger age.  I’ll never know how this experience might have benefitted me in my twenties and thirties.  Of course, the true spirit of volunteerism is in considering what we can do for ASHRAE rather than for what ASHRAE can do for us.  In that regard, I’ll leave you with one final consideration . . . You’re Chapter needs you.