2022 Presidents Message from Gerard Lumabas

2022 Chapter President - Gerard Lumabas

San Diego & Imperial Counties Chapter Members:

It is an honor and privilege to serve as Chapter President for 2022. As we enter this new year, I have a lot of excitement and anticipation about what we could do, and uncertainties we might face. These two years have been a challenge for all of us personally and professionally. Our ability to hold general meetings, educational workshops, and networking events virtually the last couple of years are examples of how we as an organization need to be nimble and creative to continue our mission: Promote and educate Public Works to our community.

This past year, we accomplished many things and continue to provide value and benefits to our members. We had a successful dinner Gala, Awards Event, Golf Tournament, Education presentation, Luncheons, Transportation events, and Community events. These were accomplished both in-person and virtually. Our membership has been very supportive by continuing to participate and contribute to several of our programs.

Our Chapter is run by volunteers, starting at the committee level, where the visibility is the most. These groups showcase our capabilities and establish our branding. However, we cannot do it alone. We need help and that means having the support of volunteers that serve as committee/co-committee chairs and as members of committees to work in tandem with one-another. I have appreciated seeing how multiple committees have worked together, such as the transportation-social/community service committees on the recent Mid-Coast trolley tour and the joint Transportation/General meetings that we hold annually. We could do more of these to harness the resources of our organization. The Young Professionals (YP), student chapters, and internship/scholarship program (aka Giving Back Committee) are also integral to future success as these are individuals that will step into our shoes in the years to come. Supporting them is supporting the future.

Another big event is, PWX 2023! Who doesn’t want to come to San Diego? Come join this nationwide expo from August 27-30, 2023. This will be a perfect time to network with agencies and companies, learn about new and exciting programs in public works, and enjoy the backdrop of our region with beautiful beaches and excellent weather. Sponsorships and support are a big part of the preparation, so we invite sponsors to take advantage of this opportunity to also promote their company. Information can be found on our PWX 2023 webpage here: http://sandiego.apwa.net/PageDetails/28455

Our organization exists because of our membership and the volunteers that take personal time and effort for it to be successful. If you’re new or want to check out a meeting or event, please join us at a future event and get on our mailing list by sending an email to admin@apwa-sd.net.

Thank you and may we all have an outstanding year!

Gerard Lumabas

2022 Chapter President

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