Terry A. Howell Jr 2015-06-23 01:01:25
ASABE’s Future Depends on Your Engagement I have taken great pride in my ASABE membership because of the valuable things members are doing to solve the resource challenges facing the world. As I have become friends with many of you over the years, my respect for your work and contributions to our profession has continued to grow. As President, I have been exposed to an even broader sector of our membership. I am never disappointed in the amount of engagement our members have in addressing the needs in their field, and I am continually impressed by our members’ commitment to our professional society. ASABE is exactly what its members want it to be. Where we are lacking, it is because we have not committed together to make the changes or improvements that are needed. Where we are strong, it is because members like you have fostered a vision to move us forward. I was in a meeting recently with several members and had occasion to visit with a member from Vermont (a select group in that state, as there are only nine total). I asked how he came to join ASABE, and he explained that he had started working in agricultural consulting and eventually extension work. ASABE publications and ASABE Standards became important resources for him—to the point where he joined the Society. This member “recruited” by our literature did not just join ASABE. He got involved in the technical communities and committees serving our profession—a fully engaged member making a difference in our profession. What a great story! It reminded me again how valuable our products can be. Not only do they provide timely and solid information, they can also be used to market how relevant our Society is in meeting the needs of society at large. These publications did not happen overnight. They were the result of members working to expand the knowledge base of our profession. That story is just one of many. Each of you has a story of how ASABE has impacted your career. As I challenged our members when I took this office, find ways to engage where you have influence—your section, your technical communities, and your networking communities. If ASABE is lacking in an area or needs to grow somewhere, consider working to put together a group of like-minded members interested in addressing the issue. ASABE will be what you want it to be. It has been an honor serving you as President. See you in New Orleans!
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