PRESIDENT’S REPORT Dr. Ali Erdemir Membership at its best Why has STLE succeeded for 73 years? In a word: Value. STLE HAS MAINTAINED A LONG TRADITION OF EXCEL-LENCE in not only attracting but also maintaining a stable membership pool represent-ing many scientiﬁc and engi-neering disciplines. Since its foundation in 1944, tens of thousands of professionals from around the globe have embraced STLE as their princi-pal professional afﬁliation. These members have been the lifeline and the key reason for STLE’s very existence for all these years. Furthermore, Since its foundation in 1944, tens of thousands of these committed members professionals from around the globe have embraced helped STLE in many ways, STLE as their principal professional afﬁliation. often taking active leadership roles in promoting STLE’s key mission to advance the sci-and Webinars. Our members are often the most ence of tribology and best practices in lubri-valuable recruiting resource, as they can tell cation engineering. prospective members what is unique about Undoubtedly, maintaining a strong mem-STLE and the long list of member beneﬁts. bership base is critically important for the To make sure that its members are fully vitality and long-term viability of a profes-satisﬁed, STLE conducts regular surveys asking sional association. Hence, attracting and re-members for their opinions on multiple fronts. cruiting new members, while at the same time So far STLE has scored very well with more than retaining existing ones, is imperative. How-80% of our members conﬁrming their satisfac-ever, this is not an easy task as the landscape tion with their membership experience. These for associations has lately become very surveys also give STLE important clues on what crowded and highly competitive due in part most matters for our members and how we can to the emergence of many new associations better serve them in the future. with overlapping interests. This is particu-Compared to other organizations, STLE’s larly true for STLE, as its members come from value proposition—Connect, Learn, Achieve— many different professional backgrounds. stands loud and tall. Through its singular However, such diversity also is what makes technical content, archival publications, digi-STLE unique and perhaps its strongest point. tal resources, important news items, educa-STLE has done quite well in meeting the needs tion, certiﬁcation and training courses, STLE of such a diverse membership base. offers top value for a reasonable fee. Our STLE also attracts prospective members technical meetings are among the very best through its technical meetings, local afﬁliates, an association can offer. Extensive and excit-online membership drives, social networking 4 ing outreach and scholarship programs for students from K12 to STEM, from undergrads to post-graduates, are all rat-ed as among the very best. This is perhaps one of the most important reasons why our members renew their memberships year after year to further enrich their profes-sional lives. Since its inception, STLE has enjoyed the privilege of having many dedicated and loyal members. Going forward, we need to boost our member-ship base further, especially among new and younger members. Member-to-pro-spective member communica-tion works best in expanding our membership base, as a face-to-face con-versation goes a long way toward conveying the message of who we are and what we offer. If you have not yet done so, please visit STLE’s totally redesigned and greatly en-hanced Website at www.stle.org to see the wealth of membership beneﬁts that await you and your colleagues. Also, please share this link with your friends and colleagues. We would love to hear back from you to ﬁnd out what your concerns are and how else we can meet your needs. STLE thanks you for your unwavering sup-port and reiterates its commitment to serving you even better in the future. © Can Stock Photo / frender Ali Erdemir is a Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill. You can reach him at email@example.com. John Herschel Glenn was born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio. His father, John Glenn, Sr., was a plumber, his mother a homemaker.