December 2021, President Message

It was great to see so many Members again at the 65th Annual Symposium and Banquet.  I can’t thank the team enough that made it all happen.  I’d also like to thank Sting and his Board for leaving the Society in such great shape.

As we look to the coming year, I hope to see us safely meeting in-person at more symposia and local section meetings.  I also would like to see more of our newer Members reach out and get involved with our Society…or maybe you need a gentle tap on the shoulder or a suggestion from one of our more senior experienced members.  That’s how I became more involved.  If you’d like to be more involved, ask.  Talk to your local section, talk to a Board Member, or email me.  We’ll find a way to get you more engaged.  There are plenty of opportunities: run for office, serve on the SETP Foundation (there’s at least two openings there), help with an upcoming STEM event, or write a paper/presentation.  If you know someone who’s done great work we haven’t heard about, suggest they write a paper.  We can’t accomplish the Society’s mission without you and a willingness to communicate your lessons. Be an active member!

How can you be an active Member? I’m glad you asked.  First, pay your dues.  Yes. It’s that time again.  Don’t make the Staff hunt you down.  Then consider doing just one thing this year like mentioned above.

While you’re pondering how you want to help this year, I’ll bring you up to speed on a few things that are happening.  The 66th Annual Symposium and Banquet (21-24 Sep 2022) is planned to be back at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, CA.  The SETP Board approved to continue our relationship with the Disneyland Resort for several years.  The Publications Committee and the Board is working on draft criteria for external submissions to Cockpit Magazine.  Here are other things we are looking into: Are there ways the greater Society can help our sections?  We already give each section a stipend each year, but are there other things we should do? We are also looking at our committees and how we staff them. Should they have term limits?  If so, how long?  And yes, we are working on improving the SETP Website.  Thank Sting and his Board for starting that process.  Hopefully by the time you read this, the login experience has improved, and you are able to successfully pay your dues on-line.  If you are a U.S. Member, remember to consider setting up an auto-bill pay through your bank.  Once you arrange this directly with your bank, a check will be mailed to Society Headquarters each year and you won’t have to think about this again!

Finally, I’d like to thank all our corporate members for their support of the Society. Like you, they realize the value of this Society. Their support helps on so many levels.  If your company supports SETP, thank them.  If your company isn’t a corporate member, ask them to consider it.  Shoot me an email with a contact, and I can explain the benefits as well.

I thank you for your support and look forward to a great year.  Be an active member.  Hope to see you out there at one of our symposia.

Fly Safe,


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