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  • 21 Sep 2018 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    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

    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

    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

  • 19 Jul 2018 1:03 PM | Anonymous

    MSPE is partnering with the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE) to offer PE exam prep courses to help you prepare for the October 2018 PE exam. Choose from civil (construction, geotech, structural, transportation or water resources/environmental), electrical power or mechanical (HVAC, machine design or thermal & fluids systems). Courses meet mid August through mid October. Attend via live webinar from your location - students can be anywhere (not just MN). Courses are relevant for students and PE exams throughout the country and use books and other course materials published by PPI, provider of the popular Lindeburg books. A free retake is GUARANTEED if you take this course but do not pass the October 2018 PE exam.

    Registration deadlines vary but are in early to mid August


  • 24 Apr 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The IT committee has been hard at work on developing a new website within Wild Apricot.

  • 3 Apr 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MSPE IT Committee recommended the use of Wild Apricot to the Executive committee for future event management. The goal is to roll Wild Apricot out to allow online registration for the Annual Convention.

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