ASPE Announces a New Local Chapter in Evansville, Indiana
At its July 2012 meeting, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) board of directors approved the formation of a local satellite chapter in Evansville, Indiana. The Evansville Satellite Chapter was sponsored by ASPE’s Central Indiana Chapter and will be under its jurisdiction until the satellite petitions the board of directors to become an independent chartered chapter.
“We are very excited to support this satellite chapter and help grow the Society as a whole,” says Jim Rodgers, CPD, president of the Central Indiana Chapter.
The Evansville Chapter is the first satellite chapter in ASPE’s Region 2, which includes Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania and New York. The idea for the chapter was conceived several years ago when ASPE members working in southern Indiana found it difficult to attend the Central Indiana Chapter’s monthly meetings and events.
“We started out by having two meetings a year, one in the spring and one in the fall,” says K. Larry Fox, interim president of the Evansville Chapter and a senior plumbing designer with Durkin & Villalta Partners Engineering in Evansville, who spearheaded the formation of the chapter. “I invited area plumbing engineers, contractors, and suppliers, and the response was tremendous.”
The primary role of ASPE chapters is to provide professional development services for local ASPE members and the engineering community, including monthly technical presentations, educational programming, and networking opportunities. “It is the Evansville Chapter’s intent to increase awareness of the Society and plumbing engineering and provide education to not only southern Indiana, but the western Kentucky area as well,” says Fox.
The Evansville Chapter’s first official meeting will be in September and will consist of an evening celebration dinner. For more information, contact Larry Fox at LFox@dvpe.net or Jim Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org.