President’s Message

Jeff Forman - President of ASHRAE COK Chapter
By: Jeff Forman

March 1st, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s chapter meeting, giving our guest Sheila Hayter, the 2018-19 ASHRAE Society President a warm Oklahoma welcome!  She truly enjoyed her visit and appreciated everyone’s hospitality. Although I haven’t checked our history files, we certainly set a record attendance since I’ve been serving – a total of 87 with 11 students and 7 guests.

Did you know ASHRAE tracks and awards points to your chapter for meeting attendance?  This month’s chapter meeting focus is to bring a friend.  If you haven’t been to a meeting in a while, please plan to attend this month’s joint AIA meeting – an excellent time to network with our industry architects.  If you haven’t renewed your membership, please consider another year.  Our Membership Promotion goal from Society this year is 292 members, and with your help we can reach it.  Recall also, for the 2nd year your chapter and this region has a goal to increase our student, YEA and women membership.

Don’t forget we are meeting at the north – Francis Tuttle, Portland Campus.

If you haven’t found an ASHRAE activity to participate in yet this year, March can be your month.  In this month's newsletter you will see after our chapter meeting on March 6th, we will be holding our 3rd major Research Promotion (RP) event of the year, the 4th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament on Friday, March 8th.  Then on Saturday, March 9th Korey Wheeler has organized our 2nd Sustainability Event this year on Saturday, March 9th helping Rebuilding Together repair one of our veteran’s homes.  He served to keep us safe, let’s help repair his home to keep him safe.

Next, Byron Hughes, your Government Affairs Committee (GAC) chair, has organized our 5th Annual “Day On the Hill” event on Tuesday, March 12th at Oklahoma State Capitol Building.  Last year our COK Chapter led the nation with participation.  We will again be joining the NEOK Chapter from Tulsa speaking with our Representatives and Senators about codes and legislation to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality as prescribed by ASHRAE 62.1, 90.1 and 189.1 for example.  Talking points will be provided. And finally, Justin Love has organized a joint Refrigeration tour of AAON's new NAIC research lab with the NEOK (Tulsa) and Northwest Arkansas ASHRAE Chapters on Friday, March 15th.

March will be a busy and exciting ASHRAE COK month, thank you for your involvement and service.

Character Commitment Community

Character - the inward values that determine outward actions

Commitment - to be engaged, involved, available and to persevere

Community - to work together, to give back and to focus on others

Character Topic of the Month:

Loyalty vs. Unfaithfulness – Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve.

One doesn’t have to look far to see commitments ignored or minimized.  This time of year, numerous high school and college athletes commit to a school to play a particular sport.  And unfortunately, many of these athletes when presented with a better deal, change their mind and “de-commit”.  Notice how society has marginalized the very meaning of the word commit.  De-commit doesn’t sound as bad as unfaithfulness, renege or going back on your word!

Demonstrating loyalty and following through on your commitments is not always easy, especially when difficulties and conflict arise.  Loyal partners, loyal employees and loyal friends are something we all want to surround ourselves with so let’s all work to first carefully consider any commitments we make and then to “stay the course” especially when the inevitable challenges arise.  I’m very thankful for all the loyal and committed ASHRAE members, especially all the BOG members, committee chairs and fellow officers.

- Jeff Forman, ASHRAE Central Oklahoma Chapter President 

ASHRAE Mission:
To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

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Last Updated: 3/05/2019