The Pioneer Valley Engineer

 President's Message 

March 2018

With a small body and minimal business on the docket, our February business meeting was quicker than getting the Enterprise to Warp speed.  While the meeting was brief, business was still conducted to move this Chapter forward.

A budget was presented by Treasurer Fontaine. The finical status of the Chapter is never an enjoyable topic, but none the less it needs to be discussed.  The Chapter is a not-for-profit operation but even getting you this flyer requires income outside the generous support of our vendors.  The budget process allows us to analyze our income and debts and helps us understand the stability of the Chapter.  While we are in good shape we always hope the Chapter could be doing better financially.  The budget was approved, and I’d like to thank Brother Fontaine for all his hard work in providing this information to the Chapter.

Due to lack of enrollment we had to cancel the 1st Fireman /3rd Engineer license preparatory course.  While this is not the first time this has happened, it forces us to take notice.  When we have to cancel a class, it directly impacts our budget.  We are a Chapter that succeeds when our education succeeds.  More importantly this asks us to review our current educational process.  We have great teachers, I would say some of the best in the state, who take pride in successfully educating as many students as they can.  However, we all know that there are alternative ways of educating students.  We are actively pursuing them, yet we seek the help and support of our body.  Come to the March business meeting to help us move forward.

Finally, at the February Business there was discussion of holding a 2nd Engineers Class.  It would be a great help to know who among the Chapter are interested in attending a class.  Without confirming details with teachers, the class would most likely be held in the fall and run for several months.  If you are interested would you kindly call the office and let them know?  We are just looking for a count for now. 

Continuing Education for the spring semester will be up and running in March.  Check the flyer for a schedule and call the office to enroll.



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