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I am a member of ASCE and got one. Considering the usefulness of ASCE, I would be way ahead to drop the membership and join AWC/ACI/etc. With those organizations I would get useful information that applies to work. Ii would lose the SEI, but I'm not sure if that is something to worry about.

Jnapd(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:
In a message dated 10/31/2007 2:21:46 PM Pacific Daylight Time, gmse4603(--nospam--at)gmail.com writes:

    I received the same certificate from ASCE yesterday.

    It was a a true honor. I framed it and placed it next to my
    nightstand. The picture of the kids will now go elsewhere.

    -g

    On 10/31/07, *Dennis Wish* <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)verizon.net
    <mailto:dennis.wish(--nospam--at)verizon.net>> wrote:

        My wife opened the mail today and left a certificate for ASCE
        on my desk that stated "ASCE (American Society of Civil
        Engineers) By Action of the Board of Direction (or should this
        be Director's) MY NAME has been 'elected' Affiliate Member……"

        I haven't been a member of ASCE for over 21 years and could
        not understand why they would have "elected" me an affiliate
        member until I read the application that I was to send in. The
        attached letter gave me all the benefits of being an ASCE
        member and even offered the rest of 2007 (60 days) added to
        all of 2008 as part of my Affiliate Membership.

        Now excuse me for being upset about this, but when reading the
        application to send in it appears that my election to be a
        member is based on send a payment of  $205.00 with the
        application.

        Since when has ASCE resorted to the same type of trick junk
        mail that one might expect from Reader's Digest or any number
        of Spam messages I receive by e-mail? In my opinion, this
        belittles a professional organization that, while I chose not
        to join, still maintained a sense of professionalism that was
        honest and direct in their attempts to build their membership.
        This is an advertising ploy that I believe is beneath a
        professional association.

        I'm not sure how many of you received this advertisement, but
        this falls into the same disingenuous spam that I receive on a
        daily basis including a new one that I received just yesterday
        which is a twist on the old African money laundering scheme
        that attempts to get your bank information. For those that
        have not seen this one yet it was sent with the following message:

        "Good day,

Mine was only $185.00 I should have saved it and put it next to my ICBO member certificate. Joe Venuti
Johnson & Nielsen Associates
Palm Springs, CA



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