Looking ahead to the future September 17, 2015 The Promotion of Engineering and Scientific Knowledge Relating to Plastics Educate the Membership Promote Relationships with other Plastics Professionals Have fun. The Origins - Newark – New Jersey Section chartered February 20, 1944 - Palisades Section chartered January 27, 1964 The Merger: 2008 – 2009 Stabilization, Operating Guidelines written - 2009-2010 Program Revitalization : 2010-2012 Building and Securing the Future: 2012 - >300 members Rich Experience and Tradition Crosses multiple polymer and process types >15 Elected Officers and Directors 11 Active Program Committees Winner of Gold Pinnacle Award Successful golf outing Financially Secure One of the top Sections in the SPE Talks Newsletter Triennial Conferences We will host Vinyltec in 2016 Tutorials & Courses offered in conjunction with conferences Sponsoring of Student Chapters Recruiting student SPE members Scholarships Tutorials and courses offered in conjunction with conferences Communications Excellence Award September issue Advertisements from 16 sponsors Golf Outing photos Profile and Interview with Peggy Schipper (new BOD member) Announcement of talk (Richard Chadwick) => The Spec Sheet is a self-supporting, award-winning publication that covers all aspects of Section activities and uses links! Many companies have left the area Support of technical activity in industry has diminished The pool of plastics professionals is reduced Our membership (SPE data for August) 2013 539 2014 448 2015 393 But – 2015 includes 52 Students and 5 Young Professionals – Hope for the future. Succession planning through involvement of students Subsidize meeting attendance by students They’re the ones looking for relationships Joint meetings with other sections Transportation may be the hard part Interaction with junior faculty Two Directors have come from the Rutgers student chapter, one of whom became an officer Lehigh? Philadelphia? More involvement with local industry Tours Marketing Presentations Pinnacle Gold Award Review and potentially revise Endowment Fund for support of junior faculty Joint meeting(s) with Lehigh and/or Philadelphia Chapter(s) Tours and/or marketing presentations with local industry Successful organizations need to change and adapt. The most successful organizations reinvent themselves periodically. The Palisades – New Jersey Section is no exception. We are undergoing changes in order to grow, prosper, and effectively serve the membership. We need to be cognizant of succession planning to ensure continued future operations.