Presidents Message

David L Stipe, ASLA, LLA

Winter has been a real let down this year.  It seems to be the thing we are all talking about.  However, the sun has finally decided to peak out from behind the clouds in central Washington.  Despite the fact that it is still February, I can’t help but think about bicycling and hiking in the Wenatchee Foothills.  Believe me, I will be taking advantage of the weather this weekend.  All of you can take advantage of our excellent Spring weather at the conference in May.  We have received a number of excellent session proposals and are in the process of reviewing them and putting together what looks to be an excellent schedule of educational presentations.  Registration for the conference will be open soon and we hope you all plan on treating the annual meeting as an outing as opposed to a day somewhere other than your office in the Puget Sound or Spokane. 

As I mentioned in my previous message, the daytime temps here average in the mid-70s with little or no precipitation.  The Wenatchee foothills will be in full bloom this time of year with lupine and balsamroot dominating the landscape.  Keep a close eye out for registration to open and join me for a great educational and recreational opportunity here in sunny Wenatchee. 

On another note, it is ASLA Fellows season and our fellows committee has prepared another compelling slate of candidates for induction into the elite group of landscape architects.  The Washington slate of candidates includes ten practicing professionals and one professor.  Candidates can be nominated by the fellows committee in four categories: works, leadership, knowledge and service.  I along with Courtney Landoll and Curtis LaPierre from our Executive Committee had the pleasure of attending the Fellows Investiture Dinner last year.  I personally was humbled by the achievements of all of the 2014 inductees and proud of all of the fellows put forward by the Washington Chapter.  Over the next several months the National Fellows Committee will be evaluating the applications, which are due at the end of this month.  I would like to wish our 2015 candidates luck in their application preparation.  

Cheers to all of you.


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