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Re: The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer (Canada), Order of the Engineer (US)

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Gary: I suggest that you post " The Calling of Engineer" for the 
benefit of the list. 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Hodgson & Associates" <ghodgson(--nospam--at)vaxxine.com>
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2004 9:13 am
Subject: Re: The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer (Canada), Order 
of the Engineer (US)

> List,
> This ritual has existed in Canada since approximately
> 1900.  It came about, partly, because of the collapse
> of the first Quebec bridge.  Rudyard Kipling who was
> visiting Canada at the time was very interested in the
> affair and wrote the oath "The Calling of an Engineer".
> You take part in this when you graduate not as part of
> the university ceremony, but as a separate function only
> for engineers.  It is a myth that the rings come from
> the collapsed bridge, but the original rings were iron.
> Jordan and Christopher--there is no society or club.
> That function (as far as Canada goes) is your last
> contact with the camp (what it is called at your
> university) unless you need a new ring. I am on my 3rd
> ring--worn on pinky of your working hand.  So you need
> not worry about all those other responsibilities or fees
> you mentioned, unless your US Order is different.
> Gary Hodgson
> 
> PS. It is interesting to go to a meeting and see someone
> peeking to determine if you have an "Iron" ring.
> 
> On 29 Oct 2004 at 9:40, Christopher Wright wrote:
> 
> > 
> > On Oct 29, 2004, at 8:40 AM, Peggy Dall wrote:
> > 
> > > Yes, I've seen some info on it, but what I wanted to know is what
> > > *you* think of it, as engineers. 
> > Ordinarily, I'd really be into stuff like that, but engineers have
> > problems enough with the techno-geek image, without taking on the
> > trappings of some sort of priesthood.
> > 
> > Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
> > chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com    | this distance" (last words of Gen.
> > ...................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 
> 1864)> http://www.skypoint.com/~chrisw/
> > 
> > 
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