COL Joe D. Manous, Jr, USA (Retired)
President, Northern Virginia Post
Welcome to the SAME Post of Northern Virginia. Our Post has a long history of service to the military, private industry supporting the Nation, and the local community. As SAME has evolved over recent decades into an organization serving an ever broader community of individuals and organizations supporting the engineering, architecture, and construction industries, the NoVA Post has been integral to those changes. Whether providing education and training for professionals, mentoring students and young members, assisting Wounded Warriors, or providing networking opportunities for businesses and individuals - the NoVA Post has been a consistent leader at the local and national levels.
While the accomplishments of individuals and the Post as a whole have been exceptional, it is the selfless service of the individuals involved that I find most inspiring. In addition to normal work requirements, members of the NoVA Post consistently participate in events that increase their technical and business skills while earning continuing education credits, volunteer to work with middle and high school science fairs, raise money for college scholarships, assist with college outreach efforts at the University of Virginia and George Mason University, and help wounded service members and their families move forward with their lives. The tireless efforts by the Board members and membership is unparalleled and a most invigorating environment in which to be associated.
In the spirit of this dynamic organization, I feel it appropriate to continue challenging our members as we move into the 2015-2016 program year. First, I ask that each of you bring a guest to at least one monthly meeting this year. Your guest could be a current or future business partner, a co-worker, or even a high school or college student; but let us continue to extend our reach to new people. Second, I challenge each of us to consider one new SAME related activity to become involved over the next year. No need to become the full-time point of contact or action person, just volunteer to assist with one event.
In closing, I am humbled to have been elected to serve as President of the SAME Post of Northern Virginia and will strive to meet the expectations of its membership and the Society. Further, I thank each of you for your continued support of SAME and the NoVA Post.
Keep up the pace!
Joe D. Manous, Jr, PhD, PE, D.WRE
Institute for Water Resources U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (703) 428-7074