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Director and Regional Chair's Message

I am half way through my effort as your Director and Regional Chair, and much has happened to prevent me from meeting most of you face to face.  I do not know how many of our members we have lost to the Coronavirus, but I do know they are and will be forever missed. We have been saddened but have also seen high achievements by many of our members and chapters. We have struggled but we persevere.

In Region VIII, we are truly blessed with talented and dedicated volunteers who have contributed to the success and growth of our Region as well as for ASHRAE worldwide. We have fifteen great Chapters (3 in Mexico, 2 each in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and 8 in Texas) and each has a rich history of  performance for ASHRAE. Our regional members volunteer at all levels of the ASHRAE organization and have fun and success in ASHRAE everywhere.

As we continue through the remainder of this 2021-2022 Society Year, many chapters continue to try different avenues in conducting Chapter business and meetings.  Many are trying Face-to-Face or hybrid meetings, while others are still mostly virtual meetings with Zoom, Teams or GoTo meetings.  The future is thrust upon us every day.

My goals are the same for the Region in 2021-2022, and they are to assist Chapters in:

  1. Increasing “Active and Diverse” membership.

  2. Assuring each Chapter’s financial stability

  3. Promoting each Chapter’s historical archives.

As you know, ASHRAE’s Annual Meeting just now finished as a hybrid meeting. Please know that we are currently working on both the Region’s President-Elect (PET) training as well as the Region’s Spring CRC.

If you aren’t an active member, please become one.  ASHRAE can only get better with active members who volunteer their time and resources for a worthy cause. Join our ASHRAE Region VIII family and increase your technical knowledge, expand your network connections, and grow both your career and your lifetime experiences.


Randy Schrecengost, DRC 2020-2023

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