The 2017 Annual Meeting of the AIPG Ohio Section was held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at La Scala Italian Bistro in Dublin, Ohio. The event was well attended, with a nice crowd of members, spouses, and students from Wright State University and the Ohio State University. The evening began with a social hour featuring a cash bar and appetizers provided by the Ohio Section. In addition, the WSU and OSU chapters oversaw a 50/50 drawing, selling tickets throughout the social hour and dinner, with 50-percent of the collected money going to the drawing winner and the other 50-percent going to the student Chapters. Following the social hour, attendees were served a family style Italian dinner.
At the conclusion of the meal, President Brent Smith addressed the crowd with welcoming words and a recap of the Section accomplishments during 2017 (be sure to read Brent’s farewell message for the highlights!). In addition, Brent announced the results of the election for 2018 AIPG Ohio Section Officers, which included the following:
- President-Elect: Tim Brown (CPG No. 11637)
- Secretary: Thomas Swinehart (CPG No. 3627)
- Treasurer: Robert Andrews (MEM No. 2172)
- Members-at-Large: Shay Beanland (CPG No. 11823), Curt Coe (CPG No. 06240), and Tom Jenkins (CPG No. 07892)
They will join Colin Flaherty (President) and Brent Smith (Past President) on the 2018 Executive Committee. Congratulations to each of you on your election and here's to a prosperous 2018!
Following his address, Brent introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Laura Factor, Assistant Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Laura’s presentation, entitled Ohio EPA Update, focused on providing AIPG members with an update on recently enacted legislative changes as well as budgetary implications on the agency. This culminated in 2017 with the passage of the biennial budget, recognized as House Bill 49, and Senate Bill No. 2, which created the Lake Erie Commission, revised and redefined laws governing Construction and Demolition Debris landfills, public water systems, and waste water treatment and disposal. Laura also discuss briefly some of the recent efforts to address the Lake Erie nutrient reduction issue, some of the programmatic and regulatory change considerations relative to the Voluntary Action Program and Certified Professionals, and emerging issues including vapor intrusion and ground water contamination from currently unregulated contaminants. Overall, Laura’s presentation showed that the Ohio EPA is working diligently to ensure the protection of Ohio’s drinking water resources and continually improve operational efficiencies and legislation during economically and socially challenged times.
Following the presentation, Chapter President Brent Smith introduced the 2018 President Colin Flaherty, to allow him the opportunity to discuss 2018 plans. Please See President Flaherty’s President’s Message for more details on the exciting things he has in store for 2018.
Following Colin’s address, the Executive Committee presented the 2017 awards, which included:
Award for 50 years of AIPG Membership: William E. Shafer, CPG 1620
For the award, Bill was given a clock and a plaque with the following message in the program:
The Ohio Section of AIPG would like to thank William “Bill” Shafer for his 50-years of loyalty to the Ohio Section. Mr. Shafer’s career, after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1951, began as a geophysicist, first with the United Geophysical Company, the Union Oil Company of California, and the California Ohio Company (Chevron). Following employment by the State of Ohio, Bill founded Shafer Exploration Company Inc., and later the Resources Exploration Development Company Inc. (REDCO). He has contributed numerous technical reports evaluating the potential for natural gas production of the Lake Erie basin for the Ohio Department of Energy.
Bill Shafer has served the AIPG Ohio Section in every officer position, including Member-at-Large, Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect, President (1974), as well as screening board member and section historian. As president he led the pursuit of state registration, gaining Ohio Senate sponsorship of the Ohio Geologists Registration bill. In 2009 he received The Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Section. His dedication to the profession of geology, professional ethics and AIPG is a great legacy. The Ohio Section is truly grateful to Bill Shafer for his service.
While Bill could not attend the event, CPG Tom Jenkins was able to deliver the award personally to Bill.
The Award for Outstanding Achievement: Laurie Chilcote, AS 0144
Laurie was presented a plaque with the following engraving as recognition to her assistance with the AIPG Ohio Section in recent years, and in particular for the highly successful Vapor Intrusion Short Course conducted in October 2017:
This award of achievement is presented to Laurie Chilcote in recognition for her dedicated service to the Ohio Section of AIPG. Laurie was instrumental in organizing the Ohio Section Vapor Intrusion Short Course presented to Ohio Section members during October 2017. It was through her efforts that the short course was a great success. As a result, the Ohio Section of AIPG is proud to present this award for outstanding achievement to Laurie. Her dedicated efforts and expertise assisted the Ohio Section of AIPG in providing continuing career development to our members, greatly contributing to the health, welfare, and safety of all Ohioans. It is with great appreciation that this high honor is presented for her efforts contributing the profession of geology.
Laurie was both surprised and flattered to receive the much deserved award.
The Award for Outstanding Achievement: Martin “Mort” Schmidt, CPG 08432
Mort was presented a plaque with the following engraving as recognition to his assistance with the AIPG Ohio Section in recent years, and in particular for the highly successful Vapor Intrusion Short Course conducted in October 2017:
This award of achievement is presented to Mort Schmidt in recognition for his dedicated service to the Ohio Section of AIPG. Mort was instrumental in organizing and instructing the Ohio Section Vapor Intrusion Short Course presented to Ohio Section members during October 2017. It was through his efforts that the short course was a great success. As a result, the Ohio Section of AIPG is proud to present this award for outstanding achievement to Mort. His dedicated efforts and expertise assisted the Ohio Section of AIPG in providing continuing career development to our members, greatly contributing to the health, welfare, and safety of all Ohioans. It is with great appreciation that this high honor is presented for his efforts contributing the profession of geology.
While not in attendance, the award was graciously accepted on Mort’s behalf for personal delivery by Craig Cox of Cox-Colvin and Associates.
Additionally, the following certificates were issued to recognize other significant membership milestones:
Certificates of Recognition for 35 Years of Membership
Mr. David Bennett, CPG 05143; and Dr. Thomas Naymik, CPG 06030.
Certificates of Recognition for 25 Years of Membership
Jim Smith, CPG-08366; JoAnne Mitock, CPG-08413; Douglas Wagner, CPG-08419; Steven Williamson, CPG-08420; Martin Schmidt, CPG-08432; Miriam Wieckowski, CPG-08492; Wendell Barner, CPG-08610; Mark Butler, CPG-08610; George Colvin, CPG-08630; and Richard Kenter, CPG-08684.
Mark Deering and Karen Royce with thier prizes
Following the awards presentation, attendees were entertained by a door prize give away that included several books donated by members and AIPG National, coffee mugs, beer glasses, and a nice AIPG backpack. OSU Student Chapter President Becky Anderson and WSU Student Chapter President Ashylnn Boedecker were able to sell over $150 in raffle tickets. The 50/50 drawing was won by Karen Royce, former Advisor for the OSU Student Chapter, who graciously donated her 50-percent back to the student groups.
Student Chapter Presidents Ashlynn Boedecker (WSU) and Becky Anderson (OSU)
2017 and 2018 Presidents with OSU Students
2017 and 2018 Presidents with WSU Students
Thanks again to Laura Factor, all members who attended, the 2017 Executive Committee, and the OSU and WSU Student Chapters for making this a fun and memorable event! Also special thanks to ALS, In-Situ, and Terran Corporation for sponsoring the event and for your continued support.