President’s Report

Thura Zin, CPD, GPD
December 2017


I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner together with your family.  I wish you all the best and the happiest holiday season ever.

The timing of November’s meeting was not great due to the LA Dodgers World Series final game. Although 62 people did RSVP, only 50 showed up. The topic was very good regarding Medical Gas presented by Christoph Lohr, the VP Tech from the Phoenix Chapter. I’d like to thank him for his presentation. He discussed pre-design awareness, design coordination and construction administration. He also mentioned the 2018 NFPA code updates.

We had our annual Holiday party, the Monte Carlo Night, on Saturday, November 11th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. About 70 people attended and everyone had a good time! I’d like to thank Jeff Atlas for taking care of the event. See pics & video on the ASPE LA Facebook page.

We had another chapter event, our very first WOA event, which was “Women of ASPE LA Shoe Design”. Thanks to our chapter WOA Chairperson Ms. Linda Deunay. The winner of the first event is Ms. Laura Bigge and the runner-up is Ms. Sarah Deunay. Congratulations Laura and Sarah. There will be more events to come. Please contact Linda, if you have ideas for future events. Also, she is organizing a WOA Blanket Drive and plans to donate the blankets to the LA Mission for the homeless. Great job Linda and if you and your family want to participate, please contact Linda or any of the Board members.

Again, ladies from our chapter, you are not automatically enrolled in WOA. You need to enroll into this program yourself. If you are interested in becoming part of the group and receive updates on the various programs WOA is working on, please contact Stacey Kidd, at or contact a Board member.

Something else I’d like to share with all LA members: Our chapter got awarded by the Society the  Chapter Award of Merit and Membership Growth Award at the last ASPE Technical Symposium. Thanks to VP membership John and to all Board of Director members, our chapter membership growth between October 2016 and November 2017 is 12.9% and since October 2014 is 15.38%. Keep on going. Contact John for new membership benefits. Ask how you can get free dinners at our monthly meetings.

Last month we lost 2 members and are currently down to 210. Fellow LA members, do you have any problems regarding maintaining your ASPE membership?  If so, please contact me or any Board member so we can work together to help you stay as a member. If any ASPE LA Members are suffering an unexpected hardship that strains their relationships, careers or finances, please contact me. If you or an immediate family member needs assistance, please contact me or any Board member.

Again, starting next year ASPE-LA will increase the meeting fee for non-members, so please join and get free dinners at our monthly meetings.

I’d like to share details from the 2017 Technical Symposium in Canada. We got a lot of positive feedback. Our Region 4 had a total of 43 people who attended. Among that group, we had eight new members, 14 first timers, 4 AYP and 6 speakers. LA and San Francisco Chapters had the largest attendance from the Region.

Also, the Society is looking for Region 4 expansion in Hawaii and Tucson, Arizona. If you know any plumbing engineers or sales representative in Hawaii, please let the Region 4 president know or contact me.

If you have an idea for a group activity which will bring our ASPE families together, please let me or our Board members know.

See you all at the December meeting.