Networking and Fundraising Looking forward to the AIM in Orlando, the question I ask myself is, “Why travel to the sunny south in July?”—Why pack my bags and work to spend three days in a convention center? Why attend committee meetings, technical sessions, business meetings, and other activities? Why indeed. While all of these activities are important to me—as is giving back to the Society that has given me so much, the parts of the meeting that I enjoy most are the social interactions with other members: • During committee meetings, with members of the same engineering discipline. • At technical sessions with the speaker, and then racing to the next topic of interest. • During the business meeting, with those who are concerned with what is best for the Society. • Dining at the Awards Luncheon, at a random table, with eight new people who provide fresh perspectives as engineers or Society members. So what events at the AIM provide additional opportunities for cross-community, cross-cultural, and cross-age activities? ASABE Foundation activities! Golf Outing Sunday, July 17 A local course is the venue for a relaxing morning outdoors. Most teams are created at random, and points don’t matter. The ability to drive the ball 230 yards is your teammate’s job! ASABE Foundation Silent Auction Sunday, July 17 through Tuesday, July 19 The Auction provides random meetings of wine and beer connoisseurs, old and new college alumni, arts and crafts lovers, tractor collectors, travel enthusiasts, and those with a bent toward philanthropy through “Bid to Give.” Great conversations take place at auction tables. Begin at the Welcome Reception, bid on items or take advantage of the “buy it now” option. Get your ticket for Pick-a-Prize, one awarded daily and two on the final day. Foundation Portrait Studio Monday, July 18 Improve your personal brand with a portrait photo! Perfect for social media networking, employment opportunities, or award announcements. Headshots are offered in the Exhibit Hall at scheduled times. Foundation Dinner Tuesday, July 19, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse This is THE social event for good conversation, food, drink, and entertainment—the best AIM opportunity to mingle outside your usual circles. Remember astronaut Scott Kelly harvesting “rocket” lettuce as part of the “Veggie by NASA” program? How about “The Martian”? Did you read the book and see the movie? Ray Wheeler, who leads the Kennedy Space Center’s Advanced Life Support research efforts, will enlighten us with his dinner presentation on “potatoes in space,” part of his postdoc work at the University of Wisconsin. The possible impacts of his research on future agriculture will intrigue ASABE members and guests. Come and enjoy what Fogo de Chao does best: towering skewers of meat carved tableside! Don’t miss “one small bite for man, one giant meal for mankind.” Network with fellow ASABEers, many of our next generation! (Students: sign up early and be sponsored again this year by CNH Industrial!) So, why attend the AIM? To answer the question in one word: Networking! We grow as professionals, community members, and people when we interact with individuals with diverse experiences and perspectives. As you complete your AIM registration, consider the Foundation events to expand your horizons and advance the good work. A new friend or colleague awaits you in Orlando! Foundation Trustee Scott Mueller, Assistant State Conservation Engineer, USDA-NRCS, Madison, Wisc., USA, email@example.com. Foundation Trustee and Development Committee Chair Sylvia Schonauer, P.E., Principal Engineer, Advanced Innovation Global Breakfast, W. K. Kellogg Institute, Battle Creek, Mich., USA; firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributors: Dave Murray, Joann McQuone, and Sarah Cook.
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