Edited By CORE Y DAHL
I’m proud to be an American Solar Energy Society busi- ness/professional member. ASES is the only national solar organization with a 50-plus year history of advancing solar energy. ASES is unique — it connects scientific and technical professionals with: a) Each other, through the annual ASES National Solar Conference and proceedings; b) The public and solar consumers, through SOLAR
TODAY, FindSolar.com and the ASES National Solar Tour;
c) Solar advocates and policy makers, through ASES
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Returning from China in 2006, I was visited by my doc- tor at my home — an actual house call — because I couldn’t breathe. The airborne coal emissions in Beijing and Shanghai had helped give me walking pneumonia. When you are gasping for air, your priorities change. Feeling like any breath could be my last, it was impera- tive that I commit to my solar society by becoming a life member. There was an easy payment plan (and, luckily, I got better).
So now, still alive, I’m proud to be a life member of the
During my tenure serving on the board of directors and as treasurer of the American Solar Energy Society, and
previously, as a member of a number of boards of directors
and trustees in local organizations, I felt that a board of
trustees could also be extremely beneficial to ASES. Specifically, there are two reasons why I felt that I should suggest
the creation of such a board of trustees.
First, the trustees of a society are selected from experienced business leaders who, with their practical knowledge,
are valuable resources to render suggestions and advice to
the directors of a society. They represent a senior counterpart to the dynamic leaders of the society, i.e., the members
of the board of directors.
Why am I an active American Solar Energy Society mem- ber? Three primary reasons come to mind.
I believe in the mission of ASES: “To inspire an era of
energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy.” This mission is core to who I am
and what I want to work toward in my life. And that’s not
because I am an engineer, although that is a natural outflow,
but because I am immensely thankful for this beautiful Earth
and hope to one day pass it on to my daughter knowing that
I did my best to preserve it.
ASES pursues its mission with programs that “move
the needle.” With its award-winning magazine, SOLAR
TODAY; the ASES National Solar Tour, the largest grass-roots solar event; its insightful policy papers; and its one-
policy statements, ASES outreach, and local chapter activities;
d) And the international solar community through
ISES, the International Solar Energy Society.
I’m a big fan of keeping science and technology as the
foundation that ASES builds upon. The engineers, solar
installers, business professionals and scientists that ASES
brings together are at the heart of what ASES does, and this
enables our organization to effectively advance solar energy
in a large number of ways.
— RAND Y GEE, ASES Business/Professional Member
American Solar Energy Society since 2006. I’m also a life
member of my local ASES chapter.
You don’t have to be on your death bed to become a
life member. Join today and enjoy the supportive feeling.
— JOSEPH MCCABE, ASES Life Member
Joseph McCabe is also SOLAR TODAY’s Solar Prose columnist.
Read more of his original poetry at solartoday.org/blog.
It is who you are
The Solar Clan beacon shines
Life Members are proud
Second, the trustees also have the means to donate to a
trust fund that provides the basis for augmenting, in perpetuity, the financial resources of the society and, through its
annual interest, funds the salary of one or more members of
the society’s staff.
As a consequence [of the ASES Trust Fund], new
ASES programs are planned to extend the society’s operations in the field of renewable energy, and I am looking
forward to working together with the other trustees and
the board of directors to create even more focused future
efforts in solar energy.
— RENA TE BÖER, ASES Board of Trustees
stop-shop solar conference for advocates, educators and
solar professionals — ASES carefully stewards its limited
resources to make the biggest impact possible.
I love ASES people. Passionate, committed, genuine,
and knowledgeable — ASES has been built on the shoulders of true pioneers since 1954 and continues to be led by
hard-working visionaries. ASES was proclaiming the promise of renewable energy a long, long time before “green” was
mainstream. This provides an authority and trustworthiness
that is hard to find these days when we need it most.
I am honored to be a part of ASES, where I can join with
great people to effectively pursue a noble mission.
— NATE MI TTEN, ASES Professional Member
(Student Member since 2006)