Welcome to June and the gateway to summer! This is an exciting month, and not just because the New York Mets are making a Southern California tour - taking two wins at Dodger Stadium this past weekend, visiting Petco Park, and then stopping in Anaheim to play the Angels. For us here at SEAOSC we wrap up our operating year and prepare to usher in a new chapter of leadership. It is also a month when many of our members are asked to renew their SEAOSC membership. As you may be starting to see those renewal requests in your inbox, I ask: have you been getting the most out of your association membership?
We have 14 active association committees - are you actively participating? In this new world of virtual meetings, it is easier than ever to get involved in committee work and engage with like-minded colleagues in your specific areas of interest.
Have you been sharpening your skills with webinars and education programs? This past year we have been working to bring you a mixture of technical content as well as personal and professional development topics. It’s not too late to take advantage of our half-day seismic retro-fit program scheduled for June 30th in DTLA. As a member, you receive event discounts and other special privileges. And don’t forget, these benefits extend to SEAOC and NCSEA content as well.
Have you been “in the know” thanks to our SEAOSC This Week email blast? Each Tuesday we have been curating industry specific content, not only to help keep you apprised of association activities but also hot topics that affect our professional practice.
Has your professional network grown? As many of you know, networking is an important part of our personal success and growth. I can personally attest that there are dozens of valuable connections I would be missing out on, would it not be for my involvement in SEAOSC. Here at SEAOSC we have revamped our meetings this past year taking advantage of happy hour style “Structured Connections” to connect our members.
In addition to these great benefits, your continued membership allows the association to further its mission, including efforts in Community Engagement and Policy Advocacy.
I do hope you will continue your involvement with SEAOSC, and better yet share your experience with a friend or colleague. We are always looking to extend our community, and your testimony is a great way to do that.
Kelsey Anne Parolini, S.E.
SEAOSC President, 2021-22