February 2020 Print

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Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society.

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This Month's Meeting

February 18, 2020
11:30 AM MST - 1:00 PM MST

Legends Sports Pub
677 S. 200 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Venue website


Main Presentation:

Dominion Energy Engineering and Project Management Personel will be presenting on Natural Gas Systems and Infrastructure.

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Chapter Social Activity

February 18, 2020

7:00 PM MST - 9:30 PM MST

Farmington Cinemark
900 W Clark Lane
Farmington, UT 84025

Bring your family and join us for a free movie night to see Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker!!!  Pre-registration is required and closes at 1:00 on the 18th.

We will be at the Farmington Cinemark Theaters and will have access starting at 6:30 pm with the movie starting at 7:00 pm. 

And a special Thank You to our sponsors, Aquatherm and Ben Cook West, that helped make this a free movie!


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President's Report

I want to start off by thanking everyone that came out to our service project at the Utah Food Bank.  We had a wonderful time!  And don’t forget that you each earned a $10 concessions gift card for our movie night on the 18th, be sure to get registered on our chapter website!

And speaking of our movie night, which is free thanks to our wonderful event sponsors Aquatherm and Ben Cook West.  On Tuesday 18th at 7:00 pm in Farmington, we have reserved an entire theater for ourselves to see Star Wars.  Seating is limited to 86 attendees, hence my asking to keep guests limited to immediate family.  But please, we want to fill the theater, so invite your coworkers too!  Remember that pre-registration is required and closes at 1:00 pm on the 18th.

Moving on, in our last board meeting I got on a soapbox for a little bit.  After the meeting I remembered an incident with some friends a few years back.  There was something some of them did that was a small and insignificant thing, but for some reason I found it to be earth shattering.  As I was telling them about this awful and immoral thing they would say, I was starting to realize how stupid it was for me to be getting so upset by it.  And being such wonderful friends, they proceeded to give me a hard time about it for a couple weeks and it fully sunk in that I was only making myself upset over something that wasn’t even a real problem.  My attitude about the specific thing changed from “how dare they!” to “who cares?”.  Well I believe that it is healthy for a person to vent frustrations, sometimes, at least for me, I must also recognize that those frustrations are probably not that big of a deal.

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Special Announcement

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VP Technical Article

I have had to think about Captain Silly Pants so much, that it brought to my mind Captain Caveman from Hanna-Barbera.  You know, I think if Kyle stopped shaving and grew out his hair and carried a wooden club around, he’d probably look just like Captain Caveman.

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Special Announcement

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VP Legislative Article

Have you ever wondered why winter seems to take a toll on your overall productivity?  During the long summer days get out early and enjoy the cool morning air, put in a full day at the office and still have energy to do outdoor activities or yard work until dark.  So why do I feel like just being a couch potato all winter?  I just assumed that the cold, dark evenings and mornings were just not as inviting and I was happier to stay inside where it is warm.  I had a theory that it had to do with less sunlight and as it turns out, I was right!  Here some interesting information I found on

“Sunlight not only puts us in a good mood but is the source of energy and good health in our lives.

The natural circadian rhythm is also known as our sleep/wake cycle, wherein a number of hormonal changes occur. The day light stimulates the release of cortisol which makes us more alert. But when it is dark the levels of cortisol lower and the body releases melatonin and this tends to make us tired and sleepy.

Lack of sunlight also means less exposure to Vit D

Studies have shown a direct correlation between Vitamin D and depression. Thus, a drop in the levels of Vitamin D can not only affect our mood but also make us feel more tired.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

People with SAD usually experience mood disorders during certain times of the year, more commonly during the winters. Symptoms include sleeping too much, less energy, irritability and overeating all of which can take a toll on our productivity.”

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VP Membership Article

A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity as a Chapter to attend a service activity at the Utah Food Bank. I am not sure who suggested the idea of a service project, but to the surprise of many, this activity turned out to be a lot of fun. If you have any suggestion on any activity we can enjoy as a Chapter, please let us know. On the same note, we will have a movie night this upcoming week, everyone is invited with their immediate family members. It is very exciting to see our chapter involved in several activities other than the annual golf tournament. These are great opportunities to spend time with our fellow chapter members and develop friendships with those in the same industry.

ASPE Convention and Expo is also coming up this year. Our chapter will be sending three delegates to vote on the new board members as well as any changes to our bylaws. During the convention there are also classes offered and an exposition of the latest products in our industry. I hope to be able to attend and participate in this incredible event.

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Special Announcement

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Affiliate Liaison Article

It is FLU season and one of the best ways to avoid getting sick is simply washing your hands.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

I never thought of myself as a germaphobe before, but I have come to realize that I have a hard time turning on a water faucet with filthy dirty hands and then after cleaning my hands, looking down at the faucet and having to touch the same handle to turn the water off.  With so many options now for touchless faucets, I would love to put in a push to make these the go-to for public restrooms.

Let us provide a way for a healthier winter and practice good handwashing to keep the FLU away

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AYP Article

THANK YOU to all those who came to the Utah Food Bank service project last week! It was a great success and we had so much fun singing and watching Kyle try to dance while we worked. If you weren’t able to make it, it’s okay, we will consider forgiving you. However, please come to our next activity! What is the next activity, you ask?

STAR WARS! This coming Tuesday, February 18th, ASPE has rented out a theater so admission is free! Yes, FREE. There are no tickets physically being handed out, so you need to sign up on the ASPE Intermountain chapter’s website ( to put your name on the list for entrance. Bring your spouse, significant other, parents, coworkers, and/or your kids! Your mailman is even invited as long as you put his name on the list. The theater is located at Farmington Station and the movie will start at 7:00pm. Come one! Come all! Spread the word among your coworkers - we want to fill the theater! See you there!


Cinemark Farmington at Station Park 

900 W Clark Lane Farmington, Ut 84025

7:00 pm

Sign up at

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