Happy New Year, ASHRAE Northeast Chapter Members! I hope the new year brings health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone in a way that offsets the turmoil of this past year. It certainly has been difficult, but we will all persevere and be stronger as a result of these challenging times.
I am very happy to announce that our Chapter has achieved Full Circle Plus this year! I want to thank my fellow Chapter Officers and Board of Governors who contributed to the Research Promotion (RP) Campaign! It is greatly appreciated and sets a great example for our fellow members to follow.
We currently have raised $1,455 (13%) of our $11,500 RP fund raising goal for the year. We still have a way to go to hit our goal by June 15, 2021 but there is still plenty of time to donate and show your support for ASHRAE’s industry advancing research and standard development, along with other educational and scholarship programs!
With the Governor’s State of the State Address, it is clear that New York State is setting out to be an example for progressing a “Green Energy Economy.” Many of those initiatives will be based upon research and standards that ASHRAE has been involved with developing over its 125 year history. ASHRAE continues to advance sustainable efforts and provide guidance on modernizing our future for generations to come.
As mentioned in the last RP newsletter update, COVID-19 has disrupted a few of our normal RP fund raising techniques. And with social distancing policies still warranted in the near-term future, those opportunities will continue to be disrupted. However, donating doesn’t need to occur at an event. It is as simple as going to ASHRAE.ORG/CONTRIBUTE.
Please note that donations to RP do not go solely into research. RP funding also goes toward other great elements of ASHRAE such as developing learning and educational programs, scholarships, and the support of Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA).
Thank you for your continued support!
2020-2021 Treasurer / RP Committee Chair
I started in the industry over 50 years ago when I started working for York at the headquarters in York, PA after serving in the Navy. I went through their Graduate Engineering Program and was assigned to the Commercial Air Handling and Refrigeration Products Division. After the birth of my son we moved to Wilton, NY and started with Eastern Refrigeration as an Assistant Service Manager and moved up into a Sales Engineer position later to Vice President and General Manager before leaving to start a service company for Tougher Industries and served as General Manager. I left Tougher Industries to become a Sales Engineer in Building Automation Products for Trane. I retired from Trane, but later took a position with Honeywell Service Sales and finally I worked for Unilux Advanced Manufacturing as a Sales Associate at their Headquarters in Niskayuna, NY working with their distributors world-wide in the sales of boilers.
I was introduced to ASHRAE at Eastern Refrigeration and have been a member of ASHRAE for 46 years. I was asked to serve a Membership Promotion Chair by William Jacobs. I then went on to serve as Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect and President in 1985-86. I went on to serve the Region as a Refrigeration Chair and member of the Society Refrigeration Committee and chaired the Refrigeration Committee for two years before moving on to Region I Director and Member of the Society Board of Directors. After three years in this position I went on to serve on the Technology Council, Nominating Committee for Region I and as Regional Historian. Last year I was Chair of the Society Historical Committee. I currently am the Regional Historian. I have been honored to have received the following awards, Presidential Award of Excellence, Most Improved Chapter, Chapter Service Award, Regional Award of Merit, Distinguished Service Award and Exceptional Service Award.
I was an avid runner up into my 70's before moving over to rowing with the Saratoga Rowing Association. I row singles, quads and eights. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, riding my motorcycle and shooting sports.
I thought ASHRAE was the place to be if you were in this industry. I enjoyed the people in ASHRAE and the opportunity to learn from those in the industry and to teach those coming into the industry and ASHRAE.
REMINDER : Please Register for the monthly meeting in two places!
1. First here on ASHRAE Northeast Chapter website
2. Register here with GoTo Meeting: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4130598415604779020
The Past Presidents & History meeting was a virtual meeting on December 15, 2020. A chapter history display photo was presented and discussed by historian Stan Westhoff. Northeast Chapter Presidents attending this meeting were as follows:
Richard Vehlow – 2005/06, Khaled Yousef – 2007/08, Christine Harvey – 2009/10 and Stan Westhoff – 1985/86.
Society President Charles Gulledge presented his theme for the year “Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0”. The presentation was interesting and well received.
This year the Northeast Chapter is celebrating 70 years as a chapter.
Submitted by Chapter Historian,
Stan Westhoff (1/2021)
Going forward until further notice Northeast ASHRAE Monthly Meetings will be virtual using Goto Webinars. Below is the scheduled dates for 2020-2021 - as presenters are announced we will keep you posted.
To get started, click on the following registration link for that specific monthly meeting date. Put in your name and email information and click "Register". Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email sent to the email you provided with instruction on how to access the meeting. You will also get a reminder email 1 day before and 1 hour before with the meeting information and access to join the webinar.