President’s Message

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

April 1st, 2019

Hello Central Oklahoma, I trust you found an activity to plug into last month – we had several!  Once again our major spring Research Promotion (RP) fund raiser, the 4th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament was a big hit and continues to grow in popularity and monies we raise for ASHRAE.  Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who participated.  Also our Sustainability event the following day, spearheaded by Korey Wheeler accomplished our goal of helping Rebuilding Together restore a veterans home and turned out to be quite “heart healthy” for those who attended.

Next up, our Government Advocacy outreach we call “Day on the Hill” led by Byron Hughes was the most productive yet where we developed a clear path this fall to generate and submit a bill in conjunction with our legislators to pass the IECC 2015 energy code.  Finally rounding out the four-event month of March, Justin Love led our chapter, with NEOK and Arkansas chapters on a successful Refrigeration Tour of the AAON lab in Tulsa.

The month of April begins with our Social Night, formerly called Spouses Night, at Remington Park where, following an initial light social hour, we will have a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) with dinner and then the rest of the evening to watch horse racing.  Jason Keyes has put a lot of effort into setting this event up, so please plan to attend for a relaxing, enjoyable Friday night at the track.  Just watching the horses run if you’ve never seen them is fun in and of itself.

Finally the most important event of the year for your chapter begins April 11th, the Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) held in Cancun this year sponsored by the Mexico City chapter.  CRC is where motions are introduced, nominations for Regional and Society officers are held, individual honors and awards are submitted and presented, chapter year reports and presentations are given and the yearlong competition for various Region VIII chapter awards are judged.  CRC is kind of like March Madness for ASHRAE!

Once again, thank you for your involvement and service in ASHRAE.

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:

Endurance vs. Despair – The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best.

For those of us pushing to finish well this 2018-2019 year of ASHRAE ahead of our April CRC, or those with kids in school and the multitude of spring activities ahead of graduation, the character quality of endurance to withstand stress is familiar territory!  Webster’s definition of endurance is “the ability to withstand hardship or adversity, especially the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity.”

What activity reminds you of endurance – the annual Le Mans sports car race, the Iditarod dog sled race, the Tour de France bike race, the Ironman triathlon?  No matter the event, there are several common themes and takeaways we do well to practice in our own lives to help us have the endurance to with stand whatever “race” you are facing:

  • Consistent training (physical or mental)
  • Proper rest / down time
  • Correct fuel – diet and nutrition
  • Focus on the goal, not the “ruts” immediately in front of you
  • Support and help of others.

There’s an old Zambian proverb that says, “When you run alone, you run fast. But when you run together, you run far.” Our life is not a 50-yard dash. It is a marathon so be encouraged and endure with the rest of us!

- 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: 4/4/2019