MSPE - Western Chapter

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The Western Chapter Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax deductible. Please contact the Treasurer or President for documentation.

2016-2017 Officers

Western Chapter BOD:

1.    President    Derek Vap, PE*
2.    President-Elect    Dena Mezger, PE*
3.    Treasurer    Sam Samarasinghe, PE*
4.    Secretary    Tom Greer*
5.    Chapter Director    Jim Guthrie, PE, DE
6.    Chapter Director    Kyle Roberts, PE
7.    Chapter Director    Kevin Rohner, PE
8.    Chapter Director    Charles Loughman, PE
9.    Chapter Director    Mike Skeens, PE
10.    Chapter Director    Eric Strack, PE
11.    State Director    Kelsie Clark, PE
12.    State Director    Kyle Schomaker, PE
13.    PEPP    Vacant    
14.    PEG    Vacant
15.    PEE    Vacant
16.    PEC    Vacant    
*  Officers = 4;  Quorum = ⅓ BOD = 12÷3 = 4 members


Section 1.  Composition of Board:  
There shall be a Board of Directors consisting of the elected Officers, the elected Chapter Directors, the State Directors, and one duly authorized representative from each Practice Section.  

Section 2.  Duties of the Board:  
The duty of the Board of Directors shall be to transact the necessary business to carry on the activities of the Chapter and perform such other duties as are set forth in the Bylaws.  It shall meet at the call of the President.  Its quorum shall be one-third of the Board; however, vacant positions shall not count toward determination of a quorum.


18.    Ad Hoc    TBA – Blue Ribbon Panel – Bill Anthony, P.E. Coordinator
19.    Inter Society (JEC)    Dena Mezger, P.E.
20.    Arrangements    Mitch Krysa, P.E.   
21.    Awards    Vacant
22.    Program    Jordan Freborg, P.E.
23.    Audit & Budget    Jim Steele, P.E.    
24.    By-Laws    Mike Skeens, P.E.    
25.    E-Week    Derek Vap, P.E.
26.    Auxiliary   Jim Guthrie, P.E.    
27.    Education    Clint Mason, P.E.    
28.    Young Engr    Tom Greer, P.E.    
29.    Retired    Joel Cerwick, P.E.    
30.    UMKC Student Chapter    Jim Guthrie, P.E. & Jessie Sherwood, P.E., PhD    
31.    Membership    Tom Greer, P.E. & Jane Vogl (UMKC), P.E.
32.    Bridge Building    Tom Greer, P.E.  
33.    MathCounts    Eric Stack, P.E.
34.    STEM    Jim Guthrie, P.E. 
35.    History    David Howe, P.E.    
36.    Communication & PR    Vacant
Education Foundation BOD:

1.    President    Derek Vap, P.E.*
2.    President-Elect    Dena Mezger, P.E.*
3.    Treasurer    Sam Samarasinghe, P.E.*
4.    Secretary    Tom Greer, P.E. *
5.    Chair- Education/Voc Guidance    Clint Mason, P.E.
Quarum = >50%, 5/2 = 3 members


Section 1.    Membership.  The members of the corporation shall be those persons who are the officers of the Western Chapter Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the Chair of the Education and Vocational Committee of the Western Chapter Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.


Section 1.    Composition of the Board.  The business and property of the corporation shall be managed and controlled by a Board of Directors, consisting of those persons who are members of the Corporation as stipulated in Article I, Section 1.  Each Corporation Director shall hold office for a term coextensive with the respective term as a Director of the Western Chapter Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, except that the Chairman of the Education and Vocational Guidance Committee will serve a one-year term consistent with the term in the Western Chapter Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

Section 7.    Quorum.  At all meetings of the Board of Directors, a majority of the Directors shall be necessary and sufficient to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the act of a majority of the Directors present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Board of Directors, except as may be otherwise specifically provided by statute or by these bylaws.

President's Message

Volunteer Today - There Are Many Opportunities in Kansas City

Authors: Jim Guthrie, Clint Mason, Derek Vap

Many P.E.s, graduate engineers, EITs, associates, and friends in the Kansas City metro area volunteer their time and expertise in supporting community activities which are aimed at providing needed services for many; but also to provide positive experiences for boys and girls through many different “STEM” (science; technology; engineering; & mathematics) focused programs.

Participation in the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE-WC) programs allows many engineers and their friends to provide civic service to their community and allows them a chance to offer that spark that possibly helps a youngster decide to pursue a career in a STEM field.

What helped you decide to go to college; or pursue a particular discipline in engineering?  Was it your parents; or a school teacher; or a relative who provided a good example; or maybe it was the engineer who volunteered at your high school to help your physics teacher build a robot for your team?  Most engineers were encouraged or inspired to consider engineering by someone who took the time to share their time and passion for engineering with them.

Participation in MSPE is an excellent way to give back to the engineering community through volunteering.  The goal of MSPE-WC is to promote the ethical and competent practice of engineering.  Our chapter accomplishes this by creating a network of engineering professionals and leaders in the Kansas City area and by promoting engineering as a career to middle and high school students.  Participation in MSPE-WC can take on many forms.  The first step is to attend local monthly meetings.  MSPE-WC is always looking for volunteers to lead committees or to assist in putting on our special events.  MSPE-WC has several programs and annual community outreach efforts in which one can become involved.

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