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Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015
From: Christopher J. Renfro, EIT
To: All YMF Members and Board Chairs
Subject: ASCE Philadelphia YMF Kicks Off Its 20th Anniversary

As we leave summer behind and look forward to beginning the twentieth new year of our official rebirth in 1995, it caused me to look back at how we got where we are today.

The YMF has developed from a single chair of representation on the Section Board with a handful of members at its start to a complete entity of twenty Board Chairs with hundreds of members. This growth is a result of the dedication and efforts of young civil engineers and students as well as the committed participation of an engaged membership. It is that fact that has culminated in us winning the most prestigious honor bestowed by the national ASCE leadership, the 2015 Younger Member Group Award for large groups, which will be accepted at the National Convention in New York on October 11th.

Once again we will be hosting the classics, starting with the fall Bowling Night to welcome back the colleges, the 20th Annual Winter Social for networking, the Critical Issues Seminar in the spring, and finally the Phillies Game & Tailgate. We will be bringing you more unique technical and social events like last year including construction tours, engineering game-shows and legal introductions, along with community service volunteer events to help the less fortunate and maintain our stretch of road with ASHE under the Adopt-A-Highway program. Additionally, the CivE Club™ is launching into its third year, we are regularly conducting STEM K-12 outreach in local area schools, and the returning Mock Interview service was made available to students. Planning for all this is happening while in the background we have reorganized our internal structure to take on initiatives that will enhance and streamline our appearance, such as upgrading the website, synchronizing communications, and by rebranding.

As part of the ongoing mission to provide enjoyable and meaningful profession-related events, I encourage you to provide feedback; we are listening and are open to suggestions. Please reach out to me with ideas, questions, or anything I can do to improve your experience with us.

Thank you all for your continued participation. Also, a special thanks to Past President Drew Sirianni, the 2014/15 YMF Board, and the Philadelphia Section for their support.


Chris Renfro

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