June 8, 1998


June 10, 1998


It has been a very rewarding year for SENH culminating with our annual meeting on May 12th. This newsletter highlights some of the recent activities of SENH and what is planned in the coming months.

September Membership Meeting

Pencil in September 15th as a tentative date for our next membership meeting. This meeting will be held in the greater Manchester area. The technical subject/presentation will most likely be on engineered lumber, seismic retrofit of buildings, or retaining wall systems. More information on this meeting including time, place and reservations will be provided in the next mailing to the membership which will occur in late August.

May 12th Annual Meeting

We had a very impressive turnout for our May 12th Annual Meeting. Approximately 70 members and guests attended this meeting at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth. Reports by all the standing committees and specialty committees were made as well as elections for new Board of Director positions were held. A very informative technical presentation on cold form steel framing systems was also made. Two and one half (2.5) PDH's were assigned for attending this meeting. Please read the enclosed membership meeting minutes for more information.

Q&A Forum

The Question & Answer (Q&A) Forum is on the verge of extinction! In order for this forum to continue, we must have participation by the membership. Please forward your technical questions to Jeff Nawrocki at fax #431-2881 by Friday, September 11th. All questions will be discussed at our September 15th meeting and answers published in the next membership newsletter. If we do not receive contributing questions from the membership, we may decide to discontinue this forum. SENH encourages you, the individual member, to use this forum to tap the expertise of our 145+ members to answer those tough technical questions!

NCSEA Newsletter, Magazine & Annual Convention

The April and May issues of the NCSEA "Monthly Moments" newsletter is enclosed for your reading to keep you abreast of their activities.

The NCSEA magazine "Structure" is soliciting input from member organizations. The magazine is very interested in member organizations such as SENH to contribute to this magazine. SENH encourages its members to submit articles, letters to the editors, case studies, technical questions, etc. to the editorial staff. If you would like to contribute to the magazine, please contact Gene Vogelzang at NCSEA headquarters.

The 6th Annual NCSEA Conference will be held in Portland, ME on October 1 - 3, 1998. A complete agenda for the conference including registration fees and hotel accommodations will be provided in the July issue of Structure Magazine. We urge all members and associate members to show a good turnout for SENH and to attend this conference. SENH will assist our members (in good standing as of June 4th) with partial registration fees for this conference. The SENH assistance program for attending this conference will be outlined in our August newsletter. Keep an eye out for the July issue of Structure Magazine and the August SENH newsletter for registration information on the conference.

Web Site Committee

The Web Site Committee has been very active in researching means and methods to create an SENH web site. The Committee is surveying the membership to find out more about how the web site should work and what should be contained on it to best serve SENH. Enclosed is a survey/questionnaire prepared by the Committee. You may also have received this questionnaire by e-mail. Please complete this survey by July 31st and mail your survey response to the Committee. Let's see a great response from the membership so that we may create a web site to serve your needs.

Engineers and Accountants

Three engineers and three accountants were traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each bought tickets and watched as the three engineers bought only a single ticket. "How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asked an accountant. "Watch and you'll see," answered an engineer.

They all boarded the train. The accountants took their respective seats, but all three engineers crammed into a restroom and closed the door behind them. Shortly after the train departed, the conductor came around collecting tickets. He knocked on the restroom door and said, "Ticket, please". The door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand. The conductor took it and moved on.

The accountants saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the accountants decided to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that). When they got to the station, they bought a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers didn't but a ticket at all. "How are you going to travel without a ticket?" said one perplexed accountant. "Watch and you'll see," answered an engineer.

When they boarded the train, the three accountants crammed into a restroom and the three engineers crammed into another nearby. The train departed. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers left his restroom and walked over to the restroom where the accountants were hiding. He knocked on the door and said, "Ticket, please".

Enjoy your summer and look for the next SENH newsletter in August.




Robert H. Durfee, P.E.

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