December President's Message

Yikes!!  Its December already!  The Holidays are upon us.  But didn’t we just do this a couple of months ago or so??  It sure seems like that.  So any day now someone just about everywhere I go will be asking “so are you ready for the holidays?”  For the greater part of the month, (up until late in the day on the 24th) I will likely be answering “no.”  But the one thing I will be ready for is our annual SEAONC holiday dinner meeting at the Faculty Club on the UC Berkeley campus December 6th.  This is always one of my favorite dinner meetings each year.  First of all the club building is amazing.  It was designed in classic Craftsman style by architects Bernard Maybeck and John Galen Howard and is listed internationally as one of the finest examples of craftsman architecture, complete with hand carved beams, stained glass and elegant fireplaces.  It has been a secluded meeting place and lodge on the campus since 1902.  So if you have never been there this is a “must do” for you this year.  Secondly, we will be hearing from Joe Maffei and Karl Telleen in what hopes to be a fascinating presentation on how they retrofit Bowles Hall to straddle the Hayward Fault.  I’m looking forward to a great turnout.  I’ll see you there!!

Since the beginning of this Board Year, we have been having a regular discussion that we have dubbed “Vision 2020.”  Some of you may remember “Vision 2000.”  That was all about implementing performance-based structural engineering.  Looking back into the 90’s, I think we all can say that worked out quite well.  Well this vision is different.  This is “What actions can we take to increase the value of SEAONC for our members and what will these be by the year 2020?”  We currently have 18 extremely energetic committees and a Board of Directors.  There is a tremendous amount of work going in several of our committees developing what are believed to be useful tools, reports, guidelines, continuing education, volunteering and outreach opportunities, and much more.  We can’t work in a vacuum though.  We really welcome and encourage your input. If you have some thoughts on this, W want to hear from you.

So as we come to the end of this calendar year, and hopefully somewhere towards the end of the month you get a chance to relax, take some time off from your work and maybe do some thinking.  Ask yourself, why do you participate in SEAONC?  Or better yet, why don’t you participate.  We want both answers.  This will help steer us towards things we can implement to increase the value of your membership.  Just send your thoughts to

Until next month, have a wonderful holiday season!  See you all next year!