Funding the Future of ASABE The Young Professionals Community (YPC) strives to keep our young professionals aware of, engaged, and active in the business of the Society. Our efforts are dually focused on retaining current members and welcoming new, young engineers within our industry to an active professional membership. To help us with some of our “bigger picture” projects, especially during the past five years, we occasionally enjoy the assistance of Initiative Funding from the Board of Trustees (BOT). Dollars and cents add value The BOT Initiative Fund began distribution of funds in 1999. This Fund offers seed money for new events, activities, and other projects that add value to the Society and its members but may not be initially self-sustaining. Any group within the Society can submit an Initiative Fund proposal, and the use of the funds must support current Society objectives for that year. Details regarding the Initiative Fund are available at www.asabe.org/about-us/governance/initiative-fund.aspx. In 2012, the YPC received funding to develop materials for membership development. With those funds and the help of an outside editor, we collected footage at the AIM in Dallas and put together a short video to advertise the benefits of ASABE membership. Haven’t seen the video? Check it out on the ASABE website: www.asabe.org/join. Funding for another video project was granted in 2015. This video, scheduled for completion by the 2017 AIM, will focus on the importance of standards and promote the involvement of the Society’s young professionals in the development process. Dollars and a sense for needs In 2013, ASABE participated in the McKinley Advisors’ membership engagement benchmarking study alongside other professional societies. Among the trends indicated by the study, two stood out with the YPC: Low conversion rates from students to young professionals were common in many professional societies. Regular meeting attendance was the most successful tool in facilitating membership engagement and commitment. In response to those findings, the YPC applied for Initiative Funding to address both of these areas. The funds that were awarded allowed us to grant travel scholarships to the AIM for first-time young professional attendees. Funding was also applied toward our efforts to reach out to graduating ABE seniors—to recommend and remind them of the benefits of active membership once they begin their careers. Thanks in large part to assistance from headquarter’s staff, this project is still active and will remain active. Other aspects of the YPC mission include providing a social body that offers networking opportunities for the members of the community as well as exploring issues facing young professionals, and providing guidance and solutions. The YPC News & Notes column in the March/April issue of Resource highlighted the foundation and activities of the Graduate Student Involvement (GSI) committee within the YPC. Most GSI committee work is made possible because of the Initiative Fund. Thanks to this funding, networking and career development activities for current and potential graduate students have been a continued success and should be able to sustain themselves in the future. For example, Initiative Funding made possible the YPC-sponsored Childcare Lounge at the 2016 AIM in Orlando. Providing an area where parents can care for their young children during the course of each day’s events makes it easier for members to attend the meeting and remain involved. This opportunity is being pursued again for the 2017 AIM in Spokane. These are just a few of the areas where the YPC has recently focused its efforts on membership development and involvement. While some of these projects have been short-term, others can and will be sustained for years to come. Is there another area where we should focus our time and efforts? Let us know! Perhaps, with the help of our own funds or the Initiative Fund, we can turn your idea into a reality. ASABE member Shane Williams, YPC Executive Committee Chair, Design Engineer, Kuhn North America, Inc., Brodhead, Wisc., USA, email@example.com.
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