"So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye"
Von Trapp Family Singers, The Sound of Music

Have you ever finished something, only to realize that it's not really over? The job that keeps going; the final, yet not quite perfect plan submittal; the deadline that slips only to create a new schedule with a new deadline. It seems there is always something to update or change once we're supposedly done. And so it is with my service in the ASCE Sacramento Section. This is it, my last month as President and my last Engineerogram article.

In pure cliché, the year has flown by, and here we are again getting ready for another officer installation and awards banquet. In retrospect, it has been a great year for the Section. Let me give you a quick recap into what your ASCE has done this past year and a glimpse into where we're headed next year.

STUDENTS – Last year, your generous donations provided over $40,000 in scholarships to 9 amazing civil engineering students. The Construction Institute also hosted a Student Days in which over 50 students were offered a banquet, Folsom Dam Tour, and an interactive panel discussion with industry leaders. Our goal this year is to raise $100,000 for scholarships to reach even more students! Remember, your donations this year will be matched! Donate here!

BANQUETS – Our annual Project and Individual Awards Banquets honored 17 projects and 22 individuals, including the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission's Altamont Corridor Express Maintenance/Layover Facility as Project of the Year. We will continue these traditions, but will also be hosting the California Infrastructure Symposium in March 2016. Stay tuned for more information and in the meantime, sign up for the 2015 Individual Awards Banquet on October 6, 2015. Register here!

SERVICE – ASCE members were involved in numerous service activities including: Discover Engineering at the Sacramento Children's Museum, Girl Scouts Renaissance Fair, Toys for Tots, Student Resume Workshops, Sacramento STEM Fair at Folsom High School, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser and others! We will continue to serve and sponsor those organizations that promote engineering in the younger generation and hope you will join in our efforts of community outreach.

BRANCHES – The Capital Branch continues to be an active force for the Section. They have continued to bring us the monthly luncheon presentations and are continually striving to provide us with interesting and varied topics. My favorite this year was a dinner meeting in which the architectural and structural aspects of the new Kings arena were discussed. Also, efforts are being made by the Section and Region to help reinvigorate the Feather River Branch (Chico area). An upcoming Oroville Dam Tour will hopefully spark some interest for involvement.

EDUCATION – The Section began offering discounted rates for continuing education webinars hosted by ASCE National. We have also partnered with NextEd to bring more engineering work based learning opportunities to high school students throughout Sacramento via tours and presentations. Looking back, my first thought was "I didn't blow it!" ASCE is still a vibrant organization that is anxious to give back to you its members.

To the outgoing officers (Kimberly Brown – Past President, Kenny Dosanjh – Senior Director, Keith Flaherty – Secretary), it has been a pleasure to serve with you. Thank you for your effort, your council, and your time. Looking forward, I am excited to see the new officers continue in this service and find even better ways to reach out to you. Let me tell you about them. Louay Owaidat will be the new President. He is no stranger to this title as he is the President of Magnus Pacific. He ispassionate about giving back and recognizing good work, and his proven leadership will be put to great use. Marie Silveira will be our new Senior Director and will continue to help plan the award events. Most of her work is done behind the scenes, but we are excited to have her on our team. Jafar Faghih is continuing on as our Treasurer and is instrumental in keeping our finances in order. It’s a good thing that engineers like numbers. Thor Larsen will also remain on the Board as Executive Director. His experience in the organization and involvement through the years is vital to our cohesiveness and lessons the turbulence from the annual turnover. With this core of officers, and a new Secretary and Junior Director to be elected once the voting has been tallied, I am more confident than ever that the ASCE Sacramento Section will continue to be an organization that I am proud to be a member of.

I have a feeling this ending will be no different than so many others…one that finishes only to begin again. And you know what?...that's a pretty good thing.

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Kyle Sanford