In early February we held our first luncheon of the year and heard from Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, Public Information Officer, Amy Roderick who spoke to us about the growing opioid epidemic in the United States. Special Agent Roderick's presentation was an eye opening look into this growing domestic crisis and how other countries play a role. The talk was so impactful that Special Agent Roderick drew interest from a number of brothers who wished to have her speak on the topic to other groups they are associated with.
In March we celebrated our 162nd anniversary at our annual Founders Day Dinner. The evening was a pleasure as Brothers young and old came together to share stories, share a drink, and break bread with one another. We heard from the EAs of our three undergraduate chapters, our Province Archon, and honored our 2018 Richard Troncone Brother of the Year, Gary Keehner (Washington Alpha '62).
Did you hear? The Association's award winning website (www.saesd.org) got a facelift. The use of a fully functioning website to bring ease to our members was something your board placed focus on heading into 2018. Association Secretary Mark Scannell (California Theta '84) and former Association Secretary Mike Templeton (Ohio Epsilon '63) have worked hard to bring us into the 21st century so to speak.
Some of the highlights of our new website are the ability to register and pay for events online. Visitwww.saesd.org/events to see what Association events are coming up, register, and even prepay online. Our next event will be Brews with Bros on April 20th at Draft Republic in UTC. Following Brews with Bros will be our second luncheon at the San Diego Yacht Club on May 31st. Our speaker will be former Camp David Commander, Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione, author of Inside Camp David, (The Private World of the Presidential Retreat.)
Another focus of our website was adding the ability for brothers to join our Association or renew their membership online. You now have the ability to visit www.saesd.org/membership-levels to view our various membership levels. Once you have chosen the level of support you are most comfortable with, simply access the link to Join/Renew to make your payment online. Please take a moment and visit this page if you have yet to renew your membership for 2018 or wish to join. Renewing your membership early in the year saves the Association time and effort and ensures our ability to continue to provide programming to you and support to our three local chapters throughout the year.
That said, I want to thank all of you who have already renewed your membership for 2018. Your early support is crucial.
As we continue to move forward this year, your board will continue to work to improve and update our Association. That is our promise to you and to our undergrads. We look forward to having you be part of this journey and appreciate your continued support and participation.
In the bonds,