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August President's Message

Saturday, August 1, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Emily Guglielmo
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Where Do We All Belong
by Emily Guglielmo
(click here for supporting soundtrack)

Ah, look at all the lonely people!
Ah, look at all the lonely people!
Eleanor Rigby picks up the lunch in the house where her workspace has been,
Lives on her screen.
Looks out the window, wearing the mask that she keeps in a jar by the door,
Who is it for?
All the lonely people,
Where do we all come from?
All the lonely people,
Where do we all belong?
President Sabelli writing the words for a Convention that no one will hear,
At least not standing near.
Sits at home working, writing code changes while distanced when there’s nobody
What should he wear?
All the lonely people
Where do we all come from?
All the lonely people,
Covid look what you’ve done.

With apologies to the Beatles, our current challenges bring back memories of my own past professional loneliness. It was a SEAONC meeting several years ago when my professional life took a sudden and lasting turn. Up until that specific meeting, I had very few connections, I had not developed a professional passion, I was not sure where I belonged. I chose the last open seat at a SEAONC event and mustered the courage to engage the engineer to my right. That ensuing conversation launched a lifelong friendship and the start of me truly belonging in SEAONC.

For the past four months, and likely the foreseeable future, our members have not been afforded that same
opportunity to rub shoulders with a colleague. While social distancing is a current necessity, it is the antithesis of SEAONC’s rich history of bringing like-minded people together.

So today, SEAONC is committed to discovering the most relevant and resonant mechanisms to connect with our membership. At this time, we are making progress with novel learning and networking opportunities, and we are strategically planning for the challenges we face now and the future.

1. Revised Newsletter:
This September, SEAONC will introduce a brand-new newsletter format, which will include more robust
content, increased opportunities for remote engagement, and exposure to our SEANOC community. To
jumpstart our new format, please help us name our newsletter!.

2. Published Calendar of Technical Content:
In planning this year’s calendar, we will shift away from dinner meetings, short courses, seminars, and miniseries. In their place, we are committed to delivering relevant technical content to our members on an ongoing virtual basis.

3. Social and Interactive Events:
SEAONC is committed to celebrating our successes as well as creating opportunities to interact in a virtual setting. On September 1, we will announce our SEAONC Honors Awards, including SEAONC Fellow, Brunnier Lifetime Achievement, and the Zacher Award. In addition to honoring our esteemed colleagues, we are now evaluating new ways to facilitate virtual social gatherings for SEAONC members.

4. Social Media:
SEAONC is committed to developing and growing our social media presence to stay connected with our members in new and dynamic ways.

5. Committees:
In our now virtual setting, there has never been an easier time to participate in a SEAONC committee meeting. SEAONC has published a calendar with upcoming committee meetings and promises relevant and actionable committee goals for the coming year.

Many organizations offer education and information, but SEAONC offers something more: the sense of belonging to a community. SEAONC is not just any community, but a mission-driven organization that advances practice, builds community, and educates the public regarding the structural engineering profession.

SEAONC is an organization where we can be part of something greater than ourselves while improving our careers, companies, profession, and local community. Along the way, we develop relationships with friends and acquaintances who convince us that SEAONC is a community where we all belong.


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