As a newly appointed YEA Chair and relatively new member of ASHRAE, I was exposed to a different element of ASHRAE at the Region IV Chapter Regional Conference (CRC). This was my first CRC, so I did not know what to expect. I assumed there would be some discussion on standards and guidelines – I mean this is ASHRAE right? But to my surprise standards and guidelines were barely mentioned.
So what was this CRC all about?
Within the first evening I picked up on the friendly competitive nature of all seven chapters. As I quickly found out, there is a highly esteemed award within Region IV called the Rudy Ferguson Award given to the best performing chapter of the region. In addition to the Rudy Award, numerous awards were distributed to recognize the hard work and numerous volunteer hours individuals had put into ASHRAE over the past year.
Although emotions were high in anticipation of the awards, I was amazed by the intimate nature of everyone in attendance. It was if we were all one big Region IV family. As with every family there were some disagreements, but also helping hands and advice extended to those that needed it. This is where I saw the greater vision of ASHRAE at work – a commitment to serve.
ASHRAE is more than networking, technical sessions, standards, and numerous other products which are critically important to our industry. ASHRAE is a group of people – mostly volunteers – working to serve, educate, and connect people all around the world. What an amazing organization to be a part of.
Live Music, Libations, and Marshmallows
As the Region X YEA Regional Coordinator, I have had the honor of hosting the “YEA Activity Night” at our Chapter’s Regional Conference (CRC) for the past few years, and we always have a great time! This year was no exception.
Our CRC was held in Las Vegas and given the volatile setting (and Caucus meetings the next morning), we had to tame it down a little and keep the crew together so we opted for an activity that we found in Ted Talks®. With the help of my Student Activities and Membership Promotion Regional Vice Chairs, we were joined by more than thirty-five Young Engineers in ASHRAE to participate in the “Marshmallow Challenge”; The group was divided into teams who then had a limited time-frame to attempt to build a freestanding structure using only a few sticks of uncooked spaghetti, some string, tape, and a marshmallow on top. The challenge was fun to watch and hilarious to judge as structures “snapped” at the very last second. In the end, the winner stood only a few mere inches off of the floor, but it was still standing! To celebrate, we headed down to Jack’s Irish Pub in the host hotel, mingled, enjoyed some libations and listened to some live tunes. Always a good time with YEA!
San Diego YEA Padre Game and Tailgate
The San Diego Chapter held its 5th annual YEA Padre Game and Tailgate event this past month and had another great turnout of Young Engineers in ASHRAE. This year, the group “mixed things up” a little by hosting the event on a Friday afternoon/evening rather than a Saturday and we brought in a taco cart to feed the crowd instead of grilling burgers and hot dogs. The taco cart was a HUGE hit and it was nice to not have the extra work and get to mingle more with the group. We had some games going at the tailgate such as corn-hole tournaments, flip-cup, beer pong and card games – some of which even had an extra element of fundraising for the chapter! Over 35 YEA members joined us for this fun and festive event as we all filtered in after a long work week; and then made it over to Petco Park for a 7:05 game against the Chicago Cubs. Not always a top billing by late August, but both teams put up a fair fight and the home team eked out a win in the 7th inning. The event was hosted by the chapter to kick-off the new year and intended to just break-even but with the spirited group and awesome turn-out we managed to raise some extra funds! Looking forward to an exciting 2013-2014 ASHRAE year!