In June of 2016 I was joined by a group of my peers and colleagues in the industry for the inaugural meeting of THSOA Midwest Chapter. We had a great first meeting and have since developed from a short 3-4 hour session to an all-day event with workshops and on-the-water demos. Each new meeting brings a fresh group of folks it seems and we are fortunate to have some regular attendees as well.
I had the pleasure of working with Tami Beduhn who acted as Secretary and Brian Lounsbury who acted as Treasurer. At each event we stressed the mission of THSOA and the newly formed chapter as being an avenue for people to learn. We try to restate that at each meeting so we all remember why we are there. The highlight of my time as Chair was having the ability to give away two $1,000.00 scholarships on Jan. 1, 2018. Each member should feel very proud of that accomplishment as they all have a say in what that money goes towards. To me that is an outstanding accomplishment by everyone involved and I extend a great thanks.
Thank you again for attending the meeting last Friday, it was a huge success. As unanimously elected the new officers are:
CHAIR - Washington Bryan – Great Lakes Dredge and Dock
TREASURER - Dennis Buelow – Spaceco
SECRETARY - Jon Arleth – Gordie Fraser and Associates
In the end I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the new chapter and see it grow. I am also very grateful to everyone who donated time, money and most importantly knowledge in our endeavor and I think with our newly elected officers THSOA-Midwest will only get better with time.
James Dunkley, 2017-2018 Midwest Chapter Chair