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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Dr. Ali Erdemir Come on board! Serving as an STLE volunteer is a good cause and an experience you will never regret. written guidelines that clarify THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT the speciﬁc requirements of a STLE’S greatest strength is its particular volunteer position. ability to entice the support STLE really shines in em-and efforts of many great vol-bracing new volunteers and unteers who have, in turn, helping them assume elevated made STLE what it is today. leadership roles. In particular, These volunteers work STLE’s headquarters person-hard around the clock in sup-nel are extremely well quali-port of STLE’s strategic goals ﬁed, helpful and resourceful in and value propositions, which terms of helping volunteers are embodied in three simple achieve their speciﬁc tasks. words: Connect. Learn. Achieve . This is one of the key reasons Volunteers work quietly but why most of our volunteers very effectively with STLE’s remain engaged and still ac-board of directors, Executive tive in all kinds of society ac-Committee and headquarters tivities. staff to survey the ﬁeld and Overall, the continuing develop wide-ranging strate-success of our society de-gies that ensure top-of-the line pends on its volunteers’ time technical content, educational and efforts. STLE salutes and materials, certification pro-On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank all recognizes those volunteers grams and other tools and STLE volunteers. It is their hard work that has made STLE a who extend their helping trades that are a prerequisite world-class technical society. hands and spare their pre-for a world-class professional cious time in making STLE the society. greatest tribology society in Our strategic plan process the world. Thanks to these volunteers, STLE was a bit nervous in the beginning, but the uses volunteers and thought leaders at every offers the best educational and certiﬁcation help and support I received from STLE friends conceivable level. This in turn helps STLE so-programs at its meetings year after year. and staff were incredible. It was not me but lidify its leadership role in improving exper-These volunteers also are the pinnacle of suc-many other volunteers who worked hand in tise, advancing innovation and advocating cess stories behind our cutting edge technical hand for a successful outcome. From that mo-tribology and lubrication engineering across meetings, STEM programs and local sections’ ment on, I’ve always felt that I was an impor-the globe. Although these goals might sound activities. tant part of STLE and never said no to any like music to our ears, there are always some Volunteers, thanks a million for what you inquiry for help. In return, what I have done unexpected downturns or hiccups—espe-do for STLE and our tribology ﬁeld. Please for STLE over the years as a volunteer carried cially when taking up on something new or keep on volunteering for a good cause and an me to where I am today. navigating through unchartered territories— experience you will never regret or forget. As you can imagine, recognizing and nur-but these are all good challenges for our turing the needs of new volunteers and future volunteers in redeﬁning our focus and fur-leaders for an organization like STLE is not an ther sharpening our resolve for continued easy task. For this reason, STLE puts a lot of success and signiﬁcant strides in what we Ali Erdemir is a Distinguished emphasis on mentoring new volunteers to stand for. Fellow at Argonne National clearly deﬁne the scope of what is expected When I volunteered for STLE the ﬁrst time, Laboratory in Lemont, Ill. from them. In fact, at every leadership level, it was as a paper solicitation vice chair, a po-You can reach him at we have well-structured training sessions and sition I still vividly remember and cherish. I email@example.com. 4 Winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans as summer heat does. © Can Stock Photo / AlexMax
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