By: Mark Leonard

Hello ASHRAE Boston Community,

Thank you all for another memorable and successful ASHRAE year.

We kicked off the year in typical fashion with a tour of the new Boston College Central Heating Plant which was well received by the members. We carried the momentum into October which marked the largest attended meeting of the year as the Chapter enjoyed a presentation on Zero Net Energy presented by Jacob Knowles. The success continued for the monthly meetings between November and March until the world was suddenly struck with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Families, companies and organizations were faced with new challenges which previously seemed unimaginable. People’s priorities quickly shifted in unison as the safety and well-being of family and loved ones became the majority focal point of daily activity. Daily routines were uprooted and we were all forced to adapt to a new way of living and working to various degrees.

The Federal and State Governments rolled out new orders and guidelines which we all had to react to, which left the ASHRAE Boston Chapter no choice but to cancel several events for obvious reasons including the Product Show, Golf Outing and YEA/WiA Spring events. I would like to personally thank Amy Gebhardt for all her hard work in leading the planning efforts for the Product Show as well as Eric Edman and the rest of the Product Show Committee who put in countless hours of preparation that will be revealed at our next Product Show in 2022.

On behalf of the Chapter, we thank all the generous vendors for their patience as we continue to issue refunds for booth reservations. As for the Golf Outing, the Golf Committee and the Board of Governors considered postponing the Golf Outing to August or September, however this presented logistical challenges as the social distancing guidelines continue to evolve. This was the point where the Board transitioned from trying to salvage the 2019-2020 year to focusing on the upcoming ASHRAE year because the show must go on!

We are excited to announce the Chapter’s first virtual meeting for the 2020-2021 Installation of Officers which will be held on June 16th from 4-6 PM. The Chapter Officers, Board of Governors and Committee Chairs are also discussing movements for the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year as we plan to be active regardless of the circumstances when the events commence in the fall. We hope to be able to meet in person, but if not, ASHRAE Boston will not disappear!

As we look forward to the upcoming year, we would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in getting involved with the Chapter at any capacity. We have various committees looking to grow and would welcome any and all volunteers. Please contact our incoming Chapter President, Deanna Adkison, if you are interested.

I would like to thank everyone involved in the ASHRAE Boston Chapter for a wonderful year. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as President for the ASHRAE Boston Chapter and I look forward to seeing you all at future events.

Best Regards,

Mark Leonard

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