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President's May Letter

Dear SAME Savannah Post Members,

First up a big THANK YOU to all those working so hard to put together our Annual Program Review! It will be our premiere event of the year and feature a greater variety of speakers and attendees than ever. Frankly, the new DOD conference attendance rules have made organizing this year’s program an uphill fight but through the deft maneuvering of BG (R) Joe Schroedel and the efforts of our two Fellows Gwen Parker and Sally Riker as well as great cooperation from our USACE counterparts led by Major George Mitroka from Savannah District we’ve finally gotten to “yes.”

 This year our program features a small business show case and young member haunted pub crawl on the 14th followed by program reviews on the 15th. This is also the month for our annual Golf Tournament here in Savannah so please make sure you sign up for this event on the 14th as well. To date we have over 300 personnel signed up to attend and we still have a week to go so this is shaping up to be one of our best attended events. Please see our website to sign up today.

We had a great time at our annual Joint Engineer Training Conference May 24-27 in Phoenix, AZ along with at least a dozen other attendees from Savannah Post. It was a great opportunity for learning, networking and hearing from the military services Senior Engineer Leaders and the leadership of our Society. I was honored to receive 10 Streamers and Awards on your behalf at the Annual Awards Breakfast. Thanks to the efforts of our Streamer Committee, committee chairs and all of our volunteers Savannah was one of only a handful of posts to receive all the streamers that were up for grabs. This exceptional achievement marks us as one of the best Posts in the nation and I couldn’t be prouder to lead this great organization. THANKS so much to all of our volunteers as YOU are the ones who make this Post great!

This will be my last President’s Letter since my term ends this month. I’ve begun the process of handing over the reins to Maureen Hoke. Maureen served our Post in numerous capacities including Vice President, founded our Student Chapter at GSU, spearheads our STEM outreach efforts and has chaired committees and been on our board for years. She brings a wealth of experience and energy to the position. We also have several other new officers who will be taking over this summer – please join me in congratulating and supporting Maureen and our new officers assuming leadership of our Post.

It has been a fast paced year in which we’ve accomplished a great deal in terms of our Post priorities of growing our Military involvement, stepping up STEM outreach and supporting our Veteran and military population. We implemented several initiatives such as luncheons at Fort Stewart and Operation Homefront that we’ll institutionalize to keep getting after these priorities. I’m humbled, blessed and honored to have served alongside you this past year and it was my privilege to lead in a professional organization I’ve admired since I first joined the Army 26 years ago. Please keep up your great energy, enthusiasm and continue to keep our Post at the top.

Thanks again for all you are doing, have done and will do in the future for our Society and our Profession and I look forward to continuing to serve with you in the Savannah Post in the years ahead.  



R. Daren Payne, PMP

Lieutenant Colonel, US Army

Savannah Post President