President's Message

Colonel Bill LeadyDear Members and Friends of the Sacramento Post, Society of American Military Engineers:

The Sacramento Post has a long and proud tradition of excellence, and I am thankful, humbled and excited to serve as your President for 2014-2015. I am looking forward to another great year, and to getting to know as many of you as possible. I especially want to thank Dave Cook, who did a great job as President last year, and all the officers and board members.

Our industry is facing a number of challenges from both sides. Federal and state budget issues impact all of us, as do the continued effects of the recession. Our federal members are constrained by new, more stringent interpretations of the ethics regulation. California is debating a number of large, high-profile infrastructure projects, while maintaining the existing infrastructure to serve our people. In the short-term we face severe drought, while in the longer term we must consider the effects of climate change. In short, we find ourselves in a very difficult environment.

Despite these challenges our Post remains strong, and that is due to the enthusiastic commitment of our members. No matter the task, we never have to wait very long before someone steps forward and says “I’ll do it”. As with any professional organization, however, most of our active participation comes from 10-20% of the membership. I urge you to make this the year that you step forward and help with at least one event. Take a look at our list of committees on the Post website, and contact the chair of the area that interests you most. I assure you, you will be warmly welcomed.

SAME’s national priorities remain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), mentoring, and Wounded Warrior support. Our Post has a nationwide reputation for the strength of our scholarship program, and we continue to do well in mentoring. We have several programs planned in the area of STEM support, and are looking for good ideas to increase our support of Wounded Warriors.

We also want to make Post membership fun. Our golf tournament is our best fundraiser, but it is also a great day of fellowship, and I urge you to participate by either playing or volunteering. The same goes for our annual holiday party, and for other events that we will schedule during the year. I look forward to sharing those good times with all of you.

COL(CA) Michael L Herman, PE
Sacramento Post President

The Society of American Military Engineers: formed “in the interest of National Defense… bringing together all phases of U.S. engineering, [in both the] civil sector and military, for the advancement of knowledge…and the rapid mobilization of engineering capabilities.” - Charter of the Society of American Military Engineers, founded in 1920.