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2020 May/June President's Message

26-May-2020 11:48 AM | Lynne Irwin (Administrator)

It is the beginning of May as I write this it looks like spring has arrived. Sheltering in place because of Corona virus is not much different than retirement!  There have been many cancellations; PLEASE VERIFY IF EVENTS ARE ON OR OFF WITH THE OFFICIAL SOURCE BEFORE ATTENDING!

Please have no doubt that the RES will continue on in this time of crisis. We are exploring our options to keep open, but I believe we have things well in hand. Our monthly board meetings are now virtual (thank you Greg!) as will be the annual meeting on 5/27/20.

The Gala scheduled for 4/18/20 was cancelled for this year due to Corona virus fears. The Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year, Finalists for Young Engineer of the Year, Engineers of Distinction, and our high school and college scholarships selections will be honored virtually at our annual meeting on May 27, 2020. More details will follow. Many of our Gala sponsors generously let us keep their sponsorship dollars to meet our ongoing expenses. They will be also be honored at the annual meeting.

The Engineering Symposium (PDH Fest) was rescheduled to September 22, 2020 from April 28, 2020 also due to Corona virus fears. The re-planning effort is already underway (thank you Chris DeVries). We will have sponsors but no venders this year at the Riverside Convention Center. And always, parking will be free, and 7 PDHs and a free lunch are available at a very modest fee. Help is always appreciated but we will especially need registration volunteers on September 22nd. Registration is planned to re-open August 1, 2020. Details regarding the rescheduled event will follow.

As part of the year-end process, we were looking for nominations for our Board of Directors! Thank you to those who have joined the RES and volunteered to be directors.

Our tutoring and Science Fair effort at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy were thrown into a tizzy with the Corona virus and recent layoffs instituted by the Rochester City School District; an effort to get it back on track in the fall is ongoing unless the virus interferes.

If you have any concerns or input, or feel the need to volunteer for anything or to help us out, feel free to contact the RES via the website at www.roceng.org or me directly at jdombrowski3@rochester.rr.com. As always, I hope to see you at one of our RES events, the 2021 Gala, or the Symposium on 9/22/20.

As this is my outgoing message, I would like to thank the board, both past and incoming and especially Lynne, for making my job much easier than it could have been. Times have been unusual to say the least, but with all of your help, RES will come through it successfully and better than it ever has been!

Joe Dombrowski
Outgoing RES President

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