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  • 21 Jun 2019 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MSPE Membership Alert

    MSPE Approves Bylaws Amendment to Reduce Board Size From 30 to 24

    JEFFERSON CITY- The MSPE Board of Directors composition is changing for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1. At the 2019 Annual Convention at the Lake of the Ozarks, MSPE members cast their votes on the proposed amendment that was provided to all members in April and May. The motion passed overwhelmingly and takes effect with the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

    The amendment condensed the MSPE Board of Directors from 30 to 24 Directors by allowing each chapter to have a single board representative that has weighted voting.

    President Michael Purol and President-elect Bob Becnel previously asked the Bylaws Committee, chaired by Ross Kasmann, to consider the amendment. MSPE currently has the largest Board of Directors among the state societies across the nation.

    The “weighted voting” concept reduces the Board size while allowing each chapter to keep their respective voting power. For example, the Ozark Chapter will name one person as their Board representative who will attend Board meetings and carry three votes. With this change, the Board is smaller and more manageable but does not harm chapters by taking away any voting power. The amendment was modeled off of how the NSPE House of Delegates works. Each state/territory has one person in the HOD with different numbers of votes, based on their membership size.

    MSPE staff is reaching out to chapter leaders now to name their primary representative.

     

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  • 29 Apr 2019 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    This announcement serves as official notice of a proposed amendment to be considered by the membership during the annual convention at Lake Ozark on Monday, June 17 at 2:30 PM. The amendment proposes condensing the MSPE Board of Directors from 30 to 24 directors by allowing each chapter to have a single board representative that has weighted voting.

    President Michael Purol and President-elect Bob Becnel asked the Bylaws Committee, chaired by Ross Kasmann, to consider the amendment. MSPE currently has the largest Board of Directors among the state societies across the nation.

    The “weighted voting” concept reduces the Board size while allowing each chapter to keep their respective voting power. For example, the Ozark Chapter would name one person as their Board representative who will attend Board meetings and carry three votes. The Jefferson City Chapter would send one person and carry two votes. This way the Board is smaller and more manageable but chapters are not being harmed by taking away any voting power.

    The amendment is modeled off of how the NSPE House of Delegates works. Each state/territory has one person in the HOD and they have different votes based on their membership size.

    Pursuant to ARTICLE XVII, Section 3, the Bylaws Committee has brought this amendment forward. Because the proposed amendment is a “governance” change, the process to approve is to present the amendment to the membership in writing with 30 days’ notice (published in the Spring Missouri Engineer) and at the convention’s membership meeting members can vote to approve or disapprove. The changes must be approved by a 2/3 majority of members at the meeting to prevail.

    Click here to see proposed changes to ARTICLE V- Board of Directors (Governance): MSPE Bylaws.pdf

  • 17 Apr 2019 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ACTION ALERT!

    MSPE is Requesting Members Contact Their State Senator to Oppose
    Senate Bill 463 and Any Related Amendments That Would Require Companies with State Contracts to Use Computer Tracking Software

    The Missouri Society of Professional Engineers strongly opposes SB 463, which requires companies with a state contract in excess of $100,000 for professional or technical services to purchase and use a computer software program to verify the hours billed for work done on a computer. Personal data from your computer must be stored for seven years.

    This bill, known as the “Software Tracking Bill”, is being pushed by a single company nationwide. Though the bill has been rebuked in nearby states and across the nation, the bill is picking up momentum in Missouri and could possibly latch to another bill as an amendment.

    Please contact your state senator and ask them to “vote no on SB 463 and any language that mandates companies to use tracking software”.  

    Click the link below to look up your state senator.   

    http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/default.aspx/leg_lookup.aspx


  • 25 Jan 2019 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Official Notice
    January 25, 2019

    Special MSPE Membership Meeting Scheduled for March 2, 2019 at the MSPE Office to Vote on Proposed Bylaw Amendments

    JEFFERSON CITY - MSPE President Michael Purol has announced a special membership meeting will be held on March 2 for the sole purpose of considering proposed by-law amendments. This is the rescheduled meeting for the one postponed in January for inclement weather.

    Over the last several months, the MSPE Bylaws Committee, crafted amendments to the existing society bylaws to comply with revisions to the NSPE Bylaws in the Spring of 2018. The new membership model became effective on July 1, 2018. MSPE contractually became an integrated society at that time. Revisions in the bylaws are required to ensure consistent policy between the MSPE bylaws and the NSPE Bylaws.

    Per Article XVII of the bylaws, the MSPE Board of Directors can approve amendments to "administrative" sections of the bylaws. The MSPE Bylaws require the Membership approve Amendments to sections labeled "governance". On October 12, the MSPE Board of Directors approved the "administrative" changes. During the same meeting, the Board of Directors approved holding a special membership meeting for the purpose of the membership voting on the "governance" amendments. This action satisfies the MSPE Article IV, Section 2 Bylaw requirement to call a special membership meeting.

    Meeting details are as follows:

    Event: MSPE Special Membership Meeting

    Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

    Time: 9:30 AM

    Location: MSPE Office

    200 E. McCarty Street

    Jefferson City, Missouri

    This notice is to comply with Article XVII, Section 2, providing thirty days-notice via electronic communication to the voting membership. During this meeting, the proposed amendments may be approved by a two-thirds vote of the voting members in attendance. A quorum is defined as being at least one voting member present from at least two-thirds of the chapters. 


    A vote in favor approves the proposed changes.  A vote against disapproves the proposed changes.

    Please click here for proposedbylaws.



  • 23 Jan 2019 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jefferson City - The Missouri Society of Professional Engineers is featuring a new logo. During the January Board of Directors meeting, directors voted to adopt the new logo that makes MSPE more consistent with counterpart societies. Different formats for the state logo and chapters have been provided by NSPE. Each chapter president has received files for their logo in blue, black and white versions with transparent backgrounds.

    According to NSPE, 40 of the 48 state and territorial integrated societies have adopted the new NSPE state logo. MSPE now becomes the 41st.


  • 17 Jan 2019 6:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Official Notice
    January 17, 2019

    Special MSPE Membership Meeting Cancelled Due to Winter Weather Concerns

    JEFFERSON CITY - MSPE President Michael Purol has announced the special membership scheduled for January 19 has been canceled due to winter weather concerns. The meeting was charged for the sole purpose of considering proposed by-law amendments. The meeting will be rescheduled for a date to be announced. MSPE apologizes for the inconvenience. 


  • 19 Oct 2018 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    JEFFERSON CITY-  MSPE has a new website and a new membership database powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software. This software helps streamline membership services.

    With this new membership database, you will be able to log into the website and be able to make changes to your account yourself. If you change companies, email addresses, or contact information, instead of emailing us these changes, you will log into the MSPE website and make these adjustments yourself. This will improve efficiency and accuracy.

    This applies to both “three tier” and “two-tier members”. For “three-tier” members, even if you make that change on the NSPE website you will still need to make those changes with us on the MSPE website.

    From the website you will be able to see all the upcoming events as well as be able to register online for events such as Fall PDH Days, Annual Convention and chapter events that utilize online registration. You can also renew your membership, pay it online, or request an invoice.

    The content on the website should look very similar but more user friendly so if you haven’t spent much time on the MSPE website now is the time to check it out!

    Login Instructions

    Log in to MSPE’s website with your email associated with your membership. You will be prompted to reset your password by clicking “reset password”. You will be emailed a new password and can then change it from there.


  • 21 Sep 2018 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vote Yes on November 6th

    JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri Society of Professional Engineers has endorsed Proposition D, a referendum to fund Missouri highway construction and maintenance.  Proposition D is on the November 6th ballot.

     

    According to the referendum’s fiscal summary: "If passed, this measure will generate at least $288 million annually to the State Road Fund to provide for the funding of Missouri state law enforcement and $123 million annually to local governments for road construction and maintenance."

     

    MSPE encourages its membership to vote yes on Prop D on November 6.



  • 19 Jul 2018 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    JEFFERSON CITY- The National Society of Professional Engineers’ new membership model became effective on July 1st. The new model sets a uniform dues structure of $299 for three-tier (NSPE/MSPE/Local Chapter) members for renewals and anyone new joining the association. For Missouri, this will reduce the three-tier membership level from $360 to $299, a $61 drop in annual dues. There are other financial benefits for MSPE too. As part of the new model, societies are not able to allow new “state-only” two-tier members for anyone joining after July 1st. Existing state-only MSPE members, also known as associate members, will be able to continue as “grandfathered” members. Because MSPE is an active association with a full staff, the association will actually retain a higher percentage of the dues share with NSPE. The membership model has generated a lot of discussion over the past two years across the nation. State societies were asked to individually decide whether they wanted to “integrate” or “non-integrate” into the new national model. Seeing the benefits of the new model, Missouri voted to integrate. Only four of the 52 state and territorial societies voted to non-integrate. NSPE is still considering adding a government rate in the near future. “This is a great opportunity for Missouri,” explained MSPE Executive Director Travis Lowe. “Our members’ dues will drop 17% while most associations are having to increase dues to account for increased costs and inflation. Also, MSPE will receive a larger share of the dues split with NSPE, which allows us to do more with that money at the local level. A strong MSPE and NSPE is good for all licensed professional engineers. We aware are of licensure threats and other concerns across the nation. With the dues price reduction, it is a great time to recruit your fellow engineers.” 

  • 19 Jul 2018 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MSPE Members, We hope everyone had a safe 4th of July! It is my pleasure to send you this message as the new Executive Director of MSPE. I am part of the Gaches, Braden & Associates team, which has been retained by the MSPE Board of Directors to provide full association management services for MSPE. As you know, MSPE President Michael Purol announced changes within the office staff, which included the choice to mirror other SPE organizations, which efficiently use an association management firm. The concept of an association management firm may be foreign to some. In short, we provide full association management services, including strategic planning and management, communications, event planning, as well as marketing and financial management to clients. We do this for over twenty nonprofit associations, societies and foundations across the country. Of particular interest to you, Gaches, Braden & Associates has provided association management and lobbying services to the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers and its 501(c)(3) foundation, the Engineers’ Foundation of Kansas, for more than twenty years. GBA has also provided association management and lobbying services for ACEC of Kansas for more than fifty years. In addition, our firm manages leadership programs for several ACEC states, including ACEC of Missouri’s Future Leaders Academy. We have worked with many MSPE leaders for years, including Bruce Wylie, who’s knowledge has been instrumental in our transition. Gaches, Braden & Associates has a staff of eleven that specializes in specific areas of association management. Several of these employees will work as MSPE staff to complete a robust scope of services outlined by the MSPE Board of Directors. Please reference the “Meet Your MSPE Staff” section that was circulated earlier this month for specific staff roles. We are excited to continue the great work provided by Bruce, Cherie and Stacey over the years that make MSPE a strong association. As mentioned, we have years of experience in the SPE (society of professional engineers) world, with great relationships with NSPE. Our staff has had the pleasure of serving on NSPE’s first and second membership model taskforces, which will keep July 16, 2018 MSPE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MESSAGE “Working for You” MSPE MEMBERSHIP ALERT MSPE firmly in the loop on the sequence of changes. We plan to use all of our knowledge and relationships to ensure MSPE has as smooth of a transition as possible as NPSE’s new membership model took effect on July 1st. This means all two-tier associate members (MSPE & Chapter) as of June 30th will be grandfathered in as associate members. Another important change is the fact we will not be able to enroll any new “state only associate members” after July 1st. New members that sign up on July 1st or after will become three-tier members. As part of the new NSPE membership model, membership dues drop from $360 down to $299, a net savings of $61! That equates to a 17% decrease in dues cost! NSPE is still considering adding a government rate in the near future. More information will be shared as it becomes available. Speaking of NSPE, don’t forget to add their annual conference in Nevada from July 18-21st to your calendar. MSPE member Britt Smith is making a run for the Membership At Large seat on the NSPE Board of Directors! This position is elected by the NSPE House of Delegates. Our own Gary Strack is concluding his term as North Central Region Director on the NSPE Board. We thank Gary for his service! MSPE just finished its 2018 conference at the Camden at the Lake Resort. This was a great event at a beautiful venue. We want to thank every member, sponsor and volunteer that helped make this conference a success. We will be sharing the 2019 date soon, so be ready for another great conference! Fall PDH Days will be here before you know it. We will have details out very soon and hope you can attend! Over the next couple weeks, you’ll notice an increased presence on MSPE social media. Please follow or “like” us, as we can use this as a tool to share information and attract interest in the association! Please “share” it! The legislative session has concluded, though the transition in the Governor’s office will keep an active buzz in Jefferson City. We would like to thank the lobbying team at the Statehouse and look forward to their continued work for MSPE and ACEC of Missouri. This is a critical function of MSPE. Through the transition, our Board of Directors will be meeting more often to handle association business. The Board recently approved a budget that forecasts income and expenses for the next fiscal year. A lot of planning goes into budget forecasting so we can make sure the books balance for the association. It goes without saying, but a primary goal for us is membership growth and retention. If you know of any licensed professional engineers that are not members, please encourage them to join! Thank you again for your support. Travis Lowe

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