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President's Message: 

San Jose ASHRAE Members and Friends,

Welcome back to another ASHRAE year!  We unfortunately lost a few of our leaders to other chapters over the past few months which is why you are stuck with my lovely face for another year! A huge thank you to Cinthya Carrillo, Rob Potter, Cherie Nixon and Rushang Shah for all their contributions over the years. We will miss you and hope to see your faces around the ASHRAE world! I want to give an even bigger thank you to our new leaders who have stepped into more responsibility than they may have expected. This year would not be possible without Vanessa O’Connor, Austin Hochstetler, Joe Singer, Chalini Ekanayake, Sarah Dahel, Joe Chin, and Derek Leverenz. I'm looking forward to working with you all - thank you for your dedication to ASHRAE! 

While vaccines were distributed this spring, I had hope we’d be able to pull off a normal year, but the rise of the Delta variant has put that into question. We’ve overwhelmingly heard that our members want to meet in person and our chapter leadership is working on how to accomplish that without excluding anyone who does not feel comfortable yet with in person events. While we’re not sure what the entire year will look like, we’re kicking it off with some wonderful events.

Vanessa O’Connor has been hard at work planning our September Social. On September 30th, we’ll be meeting outdoors, in person at Stein’s Beer Garden in Mountain View. We’ll have a reception style events so attendees can mingle to their comfort level and we’ve lowered our registration fee to make sure the event is accessible to anyone who wants to attend. We do have sponsorships available for anyone who would like to support our first in-person event in 18 months! I am so excited to see all your smiling faces and can’t wait to hear how you’ve been doing.  

If you have ideas or requests for future meetings, please let us know what you’d like to see! This will be another unprecedented year and we are always looking for feedback as to how we can best serve our members.

On that note, we are always looking for more volunteers. If you have a desire to be more involved with ASHRAE, please reach out to chapter leadership or find us at September Social! All of our contact information can be found on the website; we’d love to welcome you to our chapter leadership.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming year and seeing you all virtually!

Elise Kiland

2021-22 San Jose ASHRAE Chapter President


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