December 5, 1997


December 9, 1997


As we approach the end of the year, the Board of Directors and many of the Committees have completed important assignments for our membership. Read on in this newsletter to find out recent SENH accomplishments and news on upcoming meetings and issues.

Next Membership Meeting

The next membership meeting will be held on January 13th in Manchester, NH. The topic will be on the Engineer As The Expert Witness. We have two (2) attorneys for Manchester who will give a presentation and question and answer period on the engineer and his/her role in the courtroom. See the meeting announcement in this mailing for further information. SENH has estimated 2.0 PDH's for this meeting. Attendees will also receive the 1997 SENH membership roster.

November Membership Meeting

Our last membership meeting was held on November 13th in Gilford. Over 50 members attended this meeting to hear building code officials from two New Hampshire communities talk about the BOCA Code, the new International Building Code being drafted, and other building issues. See the enclosed minutes of this meeting for further details on this very informative meeting. Attendees earned 2.0 PDH's.

SENH Policy on Continuing Professional Development

The Board of Directors, working with the New Hampshire PE Board, has developed a policy on how we will assign professional development hours (PDH) for our SENH activities and how verification will be provided of PDH's earned. Enclosed is a copy of the Policy and an Activity Log that members can use to track and record their professional development hours.

Specialty Licensing Committee Recommendations

The Specialty Licensing Committee has concluded several months of work and has submitted a report of their findings to the Board of Directors, a copy of which is included in this mailing. A portion of our January 13th meeting will be set aside for the Board of Directors and the Specialty Licensing Committee to discuss this report. The Board and the Committee encourages members to attend this important meeting to voice their opinions. If you cannot attend this meeting, written comments will be accepted until January 22nd. Send written comments to Art Rose at HTA - Kimball Chase, Pease International Tradeport, 29 New Hampshire Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Fax #603-431-8067.

By-Law Changes

The Board of Directors is proposing two (2) by-law changes. These will improve some administrative procedures for the Board. A summary of the proposed by-law changes is enclosed for your review. These proposed changes will be voted upon by the membership at our annual meeting on May 12th, 1998.

1998 Budget

The proposed operating budget for 1998 is enclosed in this mailing. If you have any questions concerning this budget, please contact Fred Emanuel, Treasurer, phone no. 772-4400.

NCSEA Newsletter

Enclosed is the latest NCSEA Monthly Moments newsletter. NCSEA is conducting a survey of the Structural Engineer of Record (SER). If you did not complete this survey at our November 13th meeting, NCSEA encourages you to complete the questionnaire on the back of their newsletter and fax it to national headquarters at 312-372-5673. Please assist National Council by completing this questionnaire if you have not already done so.

Annual Dues

Membership dues for 1998 are due! The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row their will be no increase in our dues structure. If your membership is up for renewal, you will find an invoice for your 1998 dues in this mailing. Please complete the requested information on the invoice and return it to SENH with a check for the appropriate amount. Please help SENH meet its financial obligations by paying your dues as soon as possible. Thank you.

Reflections of an Engineer

If you can't get your work done in the first 24 nights.
A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.
You can go anywhere you want, if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool.
There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss should ask for a ride home from the office.
Everything can be filed under "miscellaneous".
Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of a cocktail hour.
Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.
If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.
Following the rules will not get the job done.
Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules.
No matter how much you do, you never do enough.

I hope you have a safe and happy holidays and I look forward to seeing you at our January 13th Meeting in Manchester.



Robert H. Durfee, P.E.

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