July 2017 – President’s Message

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President’s Message
by Grant Iwamoto, YMF President

In June, the San Francisco Younger Members Forum (YMF) and San Jose YMF along with ACE hosted the ASCE YMF Charity Golf Tournament at Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton, CA. One of the organizers commented that planning a golf tournament was harder than planning a wedding. Although I’ve never planned a wedding, being involved from the beginning I realized that it took months of planning, cold calls, and many volunteer hours to bring this event together. ASCE members often participate without the promise of billable hours, raises, or promotions, but sometimes we do it anyway.

As I look back on the event, it seemed like all the hard work may have paid off in a different way. As I was volunteering on the course, I was able to learn more about ASCE, my engineering career, and how to create a homebrew from Region 9 Governor Matt Kennedy. At the banquet, I was lucky enough to speak with some of the engineers that reviewed my design and received valuable face-to-face feedback.

President of the San Francisco YMF isn’t the most glamorous office especially when you’re following up on event planning or catching up on ASCE emails after a full day of work, but sometimes it takes just one event to make it all worthwhile. This year flew by with all the events we’ve hosted and the diverse engineers that I’ve met. I look forward to the last few months of summer and staying involved long after my term as president is up. For any young engineers who are interested in getting involved, we are taking nomination for next year’s officers in July!


Grant Iwamoto




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