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What an amazing 2018 we have had to date. Since the beginning of the year we have been going non-stop to ensure we continue to provide meaningful technical sessions, advanced educational opportunities, and a plethora of social activities to promote networking, friendships and professional development. In May, we will have our last ASPE Chapter meeting before we break for the summer months of June, July, and August. However, you won’t have to wait until Septembers meeting to continue earning CEU’s. While we will not be holding monthly Chapter meetings at our regular location during the summer months, we will be continuing to offer technical sessions, and educational opportunities throughout the hellish summer months.

I would like to thank all those individuals who came out on March 16th to play in the 2018 ASPE Phoenix Golf Tournament at Starfire Golf Course. We deeply thank all the sponsors who made this tournament possible and appreciate all of the continued support. We also would like to extend special thanks to Dorothy Thrasher our ASPE Phoenix Golf Tournament Chair for once again organizing a great golf tournament. We look forward to doing it all again next year.

I would also like to announce that we will be holding an ASPE Phoenix Summer Blast Kickoff Event in May. We are having a sporting clay shooting tournament this May 11th at 10:30am at the Ben Avery Sporting Clay Facility to kick off our summer endeavors.  We are still ironing out the details on this event, but slots will be limited, so make sure you keep an eye out for the event flyer coming soon!

If you haven’t attended an ASPE Chapter meeting over the past few months, you may have missed the announcement for the Women of ASPE Sponsored Water Drive. This summer, the ASPE Phoenix Chapter is asking that cases of bottled water be donated in efforts to ensure our ever-growing homeless population here in Phoenix can stay hydrated all summer long. ASPE Phoenix is looking to contribute our water donations to an organization by the name of Cloud Covered Streets. Cloud Covered Streets is a philanthropic organization that uses their time to bring basic human needs to the homeless community. Their efforts to help the homeless community are highlighted by their interesting methods of providing service to the homeless population. Cloud Covered Streets utilizes a long vehicle trailer that appears to have been converted into a full service one stop shop for the homeless. The trailer includes a small toilet room with showering facilities, clothes washers, and is packed full of food, supplies and other amenities such as soap, toothpaste, snacks, clothes, and water bottles. The conversions of these trailers require clean potable water storage, instantaneous water heaters, and pumps so maintain pressure to the plumbing fixtures that are installed in the trailers. Considering we are a society of plumbing engineers, I was immediately interested in the way that these trailers were being modified and constructed. Regardless of how they are built, I think this opportunity is right in line with the types of community outreach ASPE Phoenix should be perusing. We will be collecting cases of bottled water at every ASPE meeting, technical session and event we have from here until the end of August. The ASPE member that donates the most water will receive a very special gift donated by Bobier Sales and Delta Faucet. If you are a vendor and wish to donate water bottles on behalf of your company, we are offering the Featured Advertiser slot to the company who donates the most water bottles. As Featured Advertiser you be granted a small window of time before the September ASPE Chapter meeting to advertise your product, or product line to all those in attendance. If you are interested in donating bottled water, please see the front page of the ASPE Phoenix web page, ASPE Phoenix LinkedIn, or the ASPE Phoenix Facebook page for further details.

As always, looking forward to see all of you on May 14th for our regular Chapter meeting at Aunt Chilada’s.

Warm Regards.

Thanks for supporting ASPE

Mathew Klem, CPD
Energy Systems Design
Phoenix ASPE Chapter President