President’s Message May

Editor’s Note:  We are pleased to offer two “President’s Message” articles this month.  Beth Lavoie has been home with her new future-engineer, Molly, but found the time to send an article for the May newsletter.  Ebony Joseph has very capably stepped into Beth’s shoes as acting President, and is running unopposed to become President in FY13.  So I have decided to include both messages this month.  Aren’t we lucky?  Peg

Conversation Starters

Beth Lavoie – NESS President

As I have done in the past, I searched online for some inspiration to kick-start this May’s President’s Message.  This month as I was looking over ‘Month of May’ quotes, I stumbled onto this:

“Don’t knock the weather: nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.”  – Kin Hubbard

While it doesn’t directly apply to May, the quote made me smile!  It is so true – my fallback discussion with someone new is usually the weather.  Actually, I know people that regularly have full conversations solely about the weather.  My good friend’s grandmother, Kay, (the sweetest woman), actually dedicated an entire paragraph of a thank you note to the weather going on outside her window in Illinois.  Why I needed to know about last week’s midwest weather when I was living in Rhode Island… I am unsure, but I had the information.

Now you may be asking yourself why I’m babbling about weather-conversation starters. What does this have to do with SWE and SWE-NESS in the month of May?  Well, for SWE-NESS, May means Membership Month!  We typically host a meeting to focus on our membership and recap all the events we have enjoyed over the past year.  May is the month that NESS makes an extra effort to encourage NESS members and friends to meet each other.  While NESS members and friends still have the safety net of talking about the weather when meeting new people, NESS activities offer a unique opportunity – another default conversation starter:  sharing what being a woman engineer means to you!

I encourage all our members and friends to attend our May 17th Membership Meeting and start a conversation with a new person. We’ll have the All Saints Academy Robotics Team to talk about, so we won’t have time to worry about the weather!

Until we talk again… enjoy life!




Ebony Joseph – NESS Vice President

April Showers bring May Flowers…

Although I do not have a green thumb I have been mentally preparing to begin my new garden adventure for almost a year. Yes, this project did require a lot of thought. If it weren’t for my son asking to plant vegetables, the garden would still be just a dream. In April, I planted seeds so that I can have a beautiful vegetable and flower garden. I am looking forward to seeing my first buds.

Preparation…let’s talk about that. SWE is always looking to add to the pipeline of SWE Future Leaders (SWEFL). The SWEFL program seeks SWE members who have no less than two years left in a degree program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Additionally, candidates must have attended a SWE Collegiate Leadership Forum.  I hope each of you will start thinking of potential SWEFL candidates. The application deadline is about 12 months away, so there is plenty of time to consider nominating a collegiate member.

Also in the spirit of preparation, please send us your suggestions for facility tours, Professional Development, Collegiate/Professional joint activities and Outreach event ideas for FY13. The EC will soon be drafting the calendar for FY13 and we want to make sure we get as many ideas from our members as possible. Feel free to send any of the officers or committee chairs your ideas. If possible, also send contact information for the activity you recommend.

I cannot forget to mention one very exciting event taking place this month. Our annual Membership Meeting will be held on May 17 in Middletown, RI. The FIRST LEGO League RI State Champion Robotics team from All Saints Academy will be there. The team is currently preparing for the National Robotics competition in Florida, and is planning on discussing and demonstrating what their Robot can do during this meeting.  Attending this event is a great way show support for our young engineers-in-training. It is also the perfect opportunity to learn what SWE-NESS has accomplished this year.

Stay up to date on other SWE-NESS events by viewing our Calendar.  I hope you can attend one of our exciting events.

Stay Motivated. Stay Encouraged. Stay Productive. Stay Safe.

Ebony Joseph

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