Growing the YPC from the top down The YPC strives to identify opportunities to enrich ASABE membership for young professionals. While the YPC has always been very active during the Annual International Meeting—as highlighted in previous News and Notes columns, it has expanded its reach outside of the AIM over the past few years. The AIM attracts a large concentration of our Society’s young professional members and makes it very easy to engage them in various activities, but the AIM alone does not give young professionals full exposure to all of our community. Almost 20% of the Society’s membership is young professionals, but only 20% of those members attend the AIM. With that in mind, we’ve worked with local sections to help them attract young professionals to attend and network at their own yearly meetings. Encouraging an active membership at the local level is a promising path toward a more rewarding experience at the national and international levels. Two events, previously highlighted on the YPC blog (www.asabe.org/membership/membership-communities-cooperating-organizations/blogypc.aspx), took place at the Texas and Iowa sections. During their fall meetings, these sections collaborated with the YPC to host social gatherings. The Iowa Section hosted a tailgate prior to the Iowa State vs. San Jose State football game. Attendees agreed that the tailgate was a relaxing time to chat with new students, talk with old friends, and connect with young members. The Texas Section hosted a social event during their annual meeting to welcome graduating students to the section and encourage networking with other ASABE members. These events are great examples of how the YPC can collaborate with sections to further engage young professional members outside of the AIM. Is your section looking to involve younger members? We’d love to help you and expand our presence within the Society. Contact the YPC (email@example.com) to find out more. ASABE member and YPC chair Shane Williams, Kuhn North America, Brodhead, Wisc., USA, firstname.lastname@example.org. ASABE member and YPC member at large Amélie Sirois- Leclerc, Bayer CropScience Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, email@example.com.
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