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I recommend that you read my good friend Delon Hampton's column in the June, 2000 issue of ASCE News.  I am trying to obtain an electronic version of this article, and will post it if I am successful.  It is right on the mark in addressing a host of issues facing civil, structural, and architectural engineers.  Whether you like it or not, professional organizations offer the best hope of successfully negotiating the troubled waters that lie ahead for all of us.


Stan Caldwell in Dallas

Question:  Just a few short years ago, who could have ever predicted that
Microsoft would be split up, or that Bill and Hillary would remain together?

-----Original Message-----
From: Vyacheslav Gordin [mailto:scgordin(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 6:32 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: a why to members

Why do we join our professional association(s)?

Why do we continue to be members and encourage others to join? Are we REALLY
better off being the members of such associations than otherwise?  Are we
(both the engineering community and the public)benefiting from these outfits
and getting at least our dues worth?

I completely recognize and appreciate the fact that our much useful and
wonderful list is a direct result of the SEAOC existence.  On the other
hand, the quite successful SE Practice forum was - at least in my
understanding - started by Bill Polhemus, solo.

These thoughts came to me in view of the recent heated debates spearheaded
by much-discussed Dennis Wish's decision.

So, are YOU a member? And WHY?

Vyacheslav "Steve" Gordin, PhD, SE
Irvine CA