About the Central Florida Chapter
The Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society (FES) is the largest FES chapter with over 450 members. We are within FES Region 3 and includes Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Sumter Counties. Our Chapter's knowledge and expertise comprise a vast range of engineering fields, from the entertainment industry to transportation to sophisticated weapons systems to environmental.
Our members seek to promote the engineering profession in various community service projects. If you have an interest in becoming involved, please contact an officer or committee chairman. Go to our newsletter archives to learn more about us and the engineering profession. To participate in Central Florida Chapter activities please click on our calendar.
The Executive Committee Manual has been added to the Chapter website for all to see and use. The information contained within this manual is very informative and useful to anyone interested in getting more involved in the chapter. If you have any questions or interest in anything within the manual, please contact any officer and they will be glad to help you.
First, we are the largest chapter at over 450 members. That is more than 100 members larger than the next closest chapter. Central Florida Chapter members are the Chairs of 7 State Committees – so we are active locally and at the state level. As a side note, just a reminder that dues are due now. Further on within this newsletter, you will find information on a membership drive where you can receive prizes for recruiting new members (page 11 of the October newsletter).
The CFL Chapter awarded $3,250 (1-$1,000 and 3 - $750) in scholarships last year to students from the area that are or will be studying engineering in college. These scholarships were funded by our members through all of our fundraising efforts throughout the past year.
Every year we have various events to involve and introduce elementary, middle, and high school students to engineering. This past year the Project CREATE Expo was held on February 20, 2015, FES Central FL News Ryan Blaida, P.E. Senior Project Manager Connelly & Wicker FES CFL Newsletter Editor: Amy Blaida / RS&H 2 at the Amway Center and nearly 300 students from 25 schools participated. The local MATHCOUNTS event this year had over 270 students from area schools that participated. In addition, we presented STEM in the Classrooms to nineteen (19) different elementary schools. All in all, this equates to CFL Chapter members introducing engineering principles to over 2,000 local area students.
As we move forward this year, all of these programs are already gearing up for the upcoming year. In addition to these programs, the Chapter performs fundraising throughout the year with bowling events, the golf tournament, and for the first time this year a cornhole tournament. On top of all that we have our Community Service Committee that volunteers in the community in events at Edgewood Ranch and other locations throughout the year. So whatever it is you are interested in there is a committee that will provide you the opportunity to serve your community and the profession.
So thank you to all of you that have volunteered your time in the past and have made all of these programs successful. I look forward to the continued success of the Chapter with the continued support of all those who volunteer their time and to all those who will make this year the year they step in and help grow the Chapter.
Here’s to a great upcoming year!