December 2018 Print

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Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society.

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This Month's Meeting

December Technical Meeting

December 18, 2018
11:30 AM MST - 1:00 PM MST

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

Main Presentation:

We will have Jim Paschal from Aquatherm joining us to discuss Polypropylene Piping Systems.

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President's Report

by Brad Welch

Happy holidays everyone.  It is hard to believe 2018 is pretty much over.  I would like to keep my article this month short.  I only have a couple things to touch on.

First, ASPE Intermountain has made a charitable donation of $500 to Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity.  The money we donated is 100% from our lunch meeting raffles.  The money you have provided as a chapter member to enter the raffle is not used at all for chapter operations, it is solely used for charitable donations.  Thank you for being so generous and I hope this tradition continues.  I would also like to thank all who have provided raffle prizes in the past, without those donations we would not be able to keep this program.

Second, I have a few announcements related to ASPE.

  • Registration is now open for the 2019 CPD Examination.
  • The 2019 Technical Symposium will be October 24-27 in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • The 2020 Convention and Expo will be September 11-16 in New Orleans, LA.

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Special Announcement

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VP Technical Article

by Nick Allred

Well Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukah!  Don’t forget about Festivus for the Rest of Us!  I hope to see all of you at our next meeting on the 18th, and don’t forget to bring some non-perishable food for our annual food drive.  From what I remember, we didn’t have a great turnout of food donations last year, but as a member of the board, I take the blame for not doing more to remind you guys beforehand.

Next, I have some great news!  Well, its great for me and you might like it also.  The rest of our technical meetings for this season are scheduled and I have already scheduled the first meeting of the next season starting in September also!  All the meetings for the rest of this season are listed on our chapter website and are open for registration.

Speaking of technical meetings, this month we will have Jim Pachal from Aquatherm to talk about polypropylene piping systems.  Jim has been in the industry for 27 years and has a slew of educational and professional degrees and certifications.

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Special Announcement

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VP Membership Article

by Jeff Zaugg

December has found us again.  It looks like I missed World Toilet Day.  In case you didn’t know, it was November 19.

World Toilet Day is a campaign to promote sanitation for all and end open defecation.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation.  It makes me appreciate modern plumbing just a little more.

This can be a fun time of year to spend with friends and family.  It can also be a tough time of year.  Family Christmas parties, work parties, shopping, decorating, work, gifts, holiday treats, snow, ice, cold.  Some people really enjoy all the festivities and others may not so much.  We can all lend a hand.  Look for any opportunity to help someone else.  Be aware of others.  I hope this season finds you well and I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Member Spotlight

Bret Christiansen

  • How is it that you became involved in the plumbing industry?
    • I began designing plumbing systems in 1989 on small projects and a coworker recommended I join ASPE. ASPE has always been a resource for me and I have learned many things over the years of attending local and national meetings.
  • How long have you been doing your current job?
    • 1988- Present. 30 years.
  • What do you enjoy most about your work?
    • Working with great people and having a hand in constructing complex projects.
  • Tell us about your family?
    • Married with two daughters and a son, a son-in-law and our first 6 month old Grandson.
  • What do you like to do for fun and excitement in your spare time?
    • I enjoy summers at our cabin, usually having a project to work on and working on my 1969 Camaro.
  • What is your favorite movie and why?
    • I don’t have a specific favorite but really like documentaries on history.
  • What is the most terrifying animal you have ever encountered?
    • Spitting Cobra in Thailand.

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AYP Article

by Mauro Artica

Hello everyone, ASPE and VBFA's soccer season is almost at an end. As you can see from the table below, we have 3 victories, 1 tie, and 2 losses. With two remaining games, this is not a bad result for a bunch of engineers who have never played together before. Our hope is to see this activity become a continuous event that we can look forward to every week. The dates and times for the two remaining games are listed below. If you would like to participate, help sponsor, or simply come root for the team, please send me an email to and I can give you more detailed information.

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Special Announcement

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Picture of the Month

Here is a picture for review.  Is there anything in this picture you like, is there anything you dislike?  Responses will be included in next month's newsletter.

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