January 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a safe new year’s.

The start of a new year traditionally brings on an abundance of resolutions.  Many of which are forgotten after only a few days, some after a few weeks.  A good friend recently tasked me with choosing one word to sum up my goals for the year versus bogging myself down with unrealistic expectations.  I have chosen “stability” as my objective for 2018.   I task each of you with choosing one word to sum up your goals for the year.  Make this word your 2018 Motto. 

Our first event planned for the New Year is a joint mixer event with ASCE.  It will be held on January 11th at the Fort Myers Brewery from 5:30 to 7:30.  There will be a tent set up and food trucks.  The brewery will also be providing a tour for those interested. 

February is a busy month for FES; we have the 27th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resource Conference, MATHCOUNTS, E-Week, and County Proclamations! 

MATHCOUNTS will be held on February 17th at Dunbar High School in Fort Myers.  We are still looking for sponsors and volunteers for the event.  Please contact the MATHCOUNTS Chair’s Kellie Fissinger, fissinger@abbinc.com, or Christian Harvey, christian.harvey@kimley-horn.com, for sponsorship and/or volunteer information. 

E-Week is the week of February 18th through the 24th.  We encourage all of our members to be active in events encouraging education to the youth.  Should you wish to participate or start an E-Week presentation please contact Richard Lewis our K-12 Committee Member, rlewis@lewis-solutions.com.

Other upcoming events to look forward are tour of the Babcock Ranch Development tentatively scheduled for March 9th and we have FES Lobbyist Allen Douglas April 4th.  Meeting venues or topic suggestions are always welcome. 

Check out our website, www.fes-calusa.org, or our Facebook page, @FESCalusa, for upcoming meetings, events, job postings, member updates, etc.  Should you or your firm have any pictures, job postings, community events, etc. feel free to tag us or email to publicrelations@fes-calusa.org.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming mixer and throughout the year!   


Sommer Foster
FES Calusa President 

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Call for Nominations!

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FES/ASCE Social - Fort Myers Brewing Company

Join us on Thursday, January 11th, 2018
5:30 - 7:30PM
(FMBC open until 10PM)

A tent will be set up for the social!

Food Truck Rally will consist of:
~ Currie's Smokin Hot BBQ 

~ Rollin' Raw Bar 
~ Taste of the South 
~ Up North Doggs

Event Address:
Fort Myers Brewing Company
12811 Commerce Lakes Dr., Suite 28
Fort Myers, FL 33913

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This year's competition will be held on February 17th, 2018 at Dunbar High School! Both sponsors and volunteers still needed for the event! Please contact the MATHCOUNTS Chair’s Kellie Fissinger, fissinger@abbinc.com, or Christian Harvey, christian.harvey@kimley-horn.com, for sponsorship and/or volunteer information. 

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Professional Engineer Legislative Days

Professional Engineer Legislative Days
January 30-31, 2018
Florida Engineering Society & Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers

Guests may call to make reservations at 1-800-368-7764 and mention the "Florida Engineering Society" group block using the code FA29AA. Registration will open November 2017

Hotel Accommodations
Four Points Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
Make Your Reservations Online

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27th Annual SW Florida Water Resource Conference

We are excited to announce that the 27th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resource Conference will be held at Pelican Preserve, Fort Myers on February 2, 2018. This conference will have a variety of technical experts that will address “The Changing Climate of Regulation and Funding” for Florida’s water resources.Additionally, we have put together an expert panel to present on Hurricane Irma and the effects it had on our groundwater, stormwater, and natural systems. Our conference website www.swfwrc.org has additional information and will be kept up-to-date with the latest information as we draw nearer to this conference.

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FES/FICE 4th Annual Water Winter Seminar

FES/FICE 4th Annual Water Winter Seminar
February 26-27, 2018
FSU Conference Center

Earn up to 8 PDHs!

Who Needs to Attend?
Public and private sector Professional Engineers, Geologists, Scientists and Consultants whose practice areas involve water resources. This advanced seminar is designed primarily for technical staff, within and outside of government.

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2018 FES/ACEC-FL Annual Conference

2018 FES/ACEC-FL Annual Conference
August 1-4, 2018 
JW Marriott Marco Island

Mark your calendars for the 2018 FES/ACEC-FL Annual Conference! This year's Annual Conference will be held at the breathtaking, newly-renovated JW Marriott in Marco Island. You won't want to miss out on the valuable information shared in the seminars, the opportunity to earn PDHs, and the networking opportunities at the many events taking place during Annual Conference.

Event details will be added to www.fleng.org as they become available (including registration rates, agenda, sponsorship/exhibitor prospectus, PDHs, hotel information, etc).

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Calendar of Events

January 11th - Fort Myers Brewery FES/ASCE Joint Social
January 19th - FES Award Nominations Due
January 20th - Thomas Edison Kiwanis Regional Science & Engineering Fair
January 27th - AWWA Water Tower Competition at FGCU
February 2nd - 27th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resource Conference
February 10th - STEMtastic Event at Lee County Education Center
February 17th - Mathcounts Competition at Dunbar High School
February 18th - 24th - E-Week
March 3rd - Solar Boat Race at Bishop Verot
March 9th - Babcock Tour
April 4th - Legislative Meeting
April 7th - Sunchase Solar Go-Kart Race at FGCU
May 9th - STEM@Work Wrap Up Event
May 18th - Casino Night
June 14th - Scholarship/End of Year Banquet 
August 1st - 4th - FES/ACEC FL annual Conference

Please check our website for more event information!

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FES Membership Renewal

Thank you for your membership in the Florida Engineering Society. Our Society is successful because of your support and involvement. With over 3,000 members who, like you, believe in advancement through united efforts, we continue to realize our vision and mission of promoting and defending the professional interests of all engineers in the state of Florida. 

Please continue to endorse our collective goals by renewing your membership as soon as possible. Renew your FES membership online today!

Let's make this a great year together!

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Please email treasurer@fes-calusa.org to renew your newsletter sponsorship!

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