U.S. South-Central Region Director
Jeffrey Beavers, RCDD, OSP
OSP/ISP Engineering Group Lead
Black and Veatch
24307 W. 86th Ter., Lenexa, KS 66227
Tel:+1 913.458.8408 or +1 913.749.3237
U.S. South-Central Region: AR, CO, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NM, OK, TN, TX
A Message from U.S. South-Central Region Director Jeffrey Beavers, RCDD, OSP
January 9, 2014
I trust this finds you and yours well; that you had a safe and wonderful Christmas and your New Year is off to a great start!
My family spent Christmas with my in-laws in Northeast Iowa, in the small town of Strawberry Point. It snows a lot in Iowa. It also gets very cold. In fact on Christmas Day, it got down to -15°. If I can come up with one good thing about -15°, it is that it makes 15° feel warm.
But 15° wasn’t warm. It was just a reprieve from an even colder -15°.
It’s kind of like the time I visited a doctor looking for some relief from some intermittent, but intense pain in my back and stomach. Suspecting a kidney stone, among the “tests” the doctor performed was a punch to the side of my lower back. He said “If you had a kidney stone, you’d be hunched over."—I expected a more sophisticated test, but then this doctor had a reputation for wearing overalls. Not that there’s anything wrong with overalls.
So I still had the intense stomach and back pain, but for a moment it was gone…I was distracted by the lesser pain from the punch.
Sunny and 75°
I cannot wait to attend the 2014 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition. I’ll enjoy the reprieve from the cold weather, but it’s the networking and learning I’m most interested in. That said, I'm also looking forward to a new event—the Region Directors' Reception.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to meet, to get to know each other better and to share ideas on ways to better serve our local BICSI communities. You’ll be able to network with others in our Region, as well as those in neighboring Regions!
So, please join me on Monday, February 3, from 7:45-9 p.m. in Sebastian I at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort for an evening of food, fun and fellowship!
It’s not just Iowa. Here in Kansas City, as well as many parts of our Region, it is (bitterly) cold this time of the year. Oh to be somewhere warm, if only for a while. The forecast for Orlando next month is for sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s. Like Joe Nichols says in his song—“I’m so there.”
Be safe, someone is counting on you.
Jeff Beavers, RCDD, OSP
Serving you as the BICSI U.S. South-Central Region Director