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Re: QUERY: What Are The Practical Benefits of Joining An "S.E.A.xx."?

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By joining,. you may learn just one thing at each monthly meeting that
will keep you out of legal troubles or that will save you several hours
of time. 

Stan Scholl, P.E., FASCE

On Tue, 23 Jan 2001 07:14:20 -0600 Bill Polhemus <bpolhem(--nospam--at)>
> I am in the process of applying for membership in the Structural 
> Engineers
> Association of Texas (SEAoT). Mr. Caldwell has STRONGLY urged me to 
> do so, but
> since he's an old fuddy-duddy, I'd like to solicit some comments and 
> opinions
> about the practical usefulness of such associations for an ASPIRING 
> old
> fuddy-duddy like me.
> First, I am not one employee among many of a firm. I'm a one-man 
> outfit, likely
> to remain that way for the foreseeable future. There are lots of us 
> here. So my
> biggest concern is getting the work out, as I have no one to whom I 
> may
> delegate, nor anyone to whom I may pass the buck or point the 
> finger.
> My second biggest concern is where my next meal, er, "job" is coming 
> from. I am
> still somewhat in the marketing phase (being less than one year old 
> and hardly
> of preeminent stature so as to be engaged immediately upon name 
> recognition). It
> is more important for me to find people who want to engage me to do 
> work for
> them, than to hob-nob with others like myself, who are doing that 
> work INSTEAD
> of me.
> Those two concerns comprehend both a lack of time (and a need to use 
> what time I
> have wisely, something that has been a challenge for me all my 
> life), and a
> priority of focus. In addition, I have never been much of a 
> "joiner", so that
> there is only a limited social value, in my own mind, attached to 
> the company of
> my professional peers. What time I have left, when I'm not working, 
> in other
> words, is typically spent in personal and family pursuits.
> So, I'm wondering if anyone out there can help me to see compelling 
> reasons why
> joining an "S.E.A." is a "good thing", uniformly, even for 
> iconoclasts like me.
> I would note that Dennis Wish is pretty close to the person "most 
> like me" that
> I know of in this particular gathering of minds, and HE has been 
> active in
> SEAInt for a number of years. That, and Stan Caldwell's continued 
> urging, as I
> am inclined to consider anything that he would suggest, are the only 
> reasons
> I've even bothered to download the application.
> Looking forward to sparking some discussion.