October 2020 Newsletter



SAME JAX'S Industry Day will be held Nov 17th 2020. Please visit

to register or sponsor! 

Our Next Meeting!

Our next meeting will be held Oct 28th and will focus on Cybersecurity. 

Please click below or visit to register!


Nationals Recognizes Three SAME JAX Members as Fellows

SAME held its first-ever virtual Fellows Investiture Ceremony on Sept 16, 2020.  Among the Fellows Class of 2020 were 3 individuals from the Jacksonville Post: Brian Files, Tony Buitrago and Douglas McCutchen.  Each of these individuals have provided dedicated service to SAME and the Jacksonville Post for many years and they are very deserving of this distinguished accomplishment.  If you are interested in becoming an SAME Fellow, check out the following link:  The process has already started for 2021 candidates but you can certainly set a goal for 2022 or beyond!


September Meeting Slides

Last month's meeting was presented by Jacksonville's JEA, a community-owned utility that proudly serves an estimated 478,000 electric,  357,000 water, 279,000 sewer and 15,000 reclaimed water customers. 

The slides from the presentation are available by clicking here. 

To view a recording of the meeting, Click Here (46 mins) Recording password: nP2FzduJ



For each new individual member that a current Post member recruits the new member will receive a high quality “SAME Jacksonville Post” polo shirt as does the recruiting member which can be worn on the golf course or in professional settings.  (Limit 1 shirt for each existing member). All new recruits earn a shirt.

If a current post member recruits 6 members via new Individual or Sustaining Members the recruiting Post member will receive a $200 gift certificate Visa or MasterCard gift card in addition to the polo shirt.

Post members may also be acknowledged for other membership contributions such as those whose sustained actions go above and beyond demonstrating Society values (leading by example), achieving membership tenure goals or other like deeds.

Please contact Elizabeth May at [email protected] or (321) 230-8085 for more information.


All Things Membership!

The Membership Community of Interest (COI) is having their semi-annual meeting on Nov 11 @3PM ET and it is open to anyone interested in growing the society. Email [email protected] for details


The Diversity and inclusion Working Group has launched a survey and encourages everyone to participate. All responses are confidential!



SAME Values

Integrity: Unwavering commitment to always do what is right, regardless of consequences.
Patriotism: Support our national ideals and take pride in our country.
Public Service: Recognize the critical contribution that public servants make in supporting the economic and environmental needs of the nation.
National Security: Recognize the dedication of our national security team, comprised of the uniformed services, civil service and contractors, in defending freedom.
Technical Competence: Deliver high-quality solutions.
Excellence: Strive for the highest standards of performance in all actions, both personal and professional.
Environmental Stewardship: Preserve, protect, conserve and restore our national resources through sustainable practices.

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September 2020 Newsletter


Our Next Meeting!

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Call for Virtual Guest Speakers!

The University of Florida Student Chapter is seeking guest speakers for the 2020-2021 Academic Year! 

If you are interested in being a guest speaker, please contact the UF Student Chapter Vice President, Capt. Carter Kelly (USA) by emailing him at



Ways to Get Involved with SAME

by Elizabeth May, Membership Chair


National hosts a variety of Communities of Interest (COI) that members at large are welcome to join.

The mission of the Membership COI is:

Develop and communicate to all Posts the strategies, best practices and tools that are most effective for them to grow their membership, to foster greater member engagement and leadership, and to enhance their members’ experience with SAME, further enabling each Post to support the current Strategic Plan of the Society.


Purpose of the Membership COI:

As one of only three “operational” Communities of Interest (vs. “technical” COIs), the Membership COI serves as an extension of the national office staff to assist all Post leaders, especially Posts’ Membership Chairs/POCs, with the tools, resources and connections necessary to help enhance their members’ society experience through their locally relevant Posts.   Between our COI members and the post membership chairs/POCs, invited to our calls and sponsored webinars, we are over 140 people strong across SAME.   

SAME’s Membership COI is open to any SAME member to participate.   Unlike many of our other COIs that focus in on special professional and technical interest areas important to SAME members, the Membership COI provides participants with a broad-ranging opportunity to become involved at the national level.  Our forum has the potential to positively impact the experience of every current and future member of the society as it pursues its strategic goals.    If you are interested in getting more information about Membership COI activities, or in serving on the Membership COI Steering Committee, please e-mail your interest and contact info to Michael Huffstetler and [email protected].


Objectives of the Membership COI

    Provide opportunities to foster connections with other post leaders across all sizes of posts and post geographies 

    Engage with best practices employed at others posts’ by their leaders and members

    Share creative tools and resources aimed at improving post level retention and recruitment successes


For more information or to join any of the COI’s visit


Also, any interested in joining our Post can contact Elizabeth May at [email protected] to fast track your application.


A Thank You From A Scholarship Awardee

As Posted on the National S.A.M.E. LinkedIn Page, UF Architectural Student, Laura Ellis, posted the following post



Thank You To Our

SAME JAX Sustaining Members!


A. N. Watt Consulting Engineers, LLC Environmental Resource Solutions Normandeau Associates, Inc.
AECOM FLUOR North Wind Group
Aerotek Four Waters Engineering Optimal GEO
Anchor QEA Freese and Nichols, Inc. Peters and Yaffee, Inc
Applied Ecology, Inc. Gannett Fleming Inc. Pond & Company
APR Energy GCR, Inc. Prosser, Inc.
Aptim Federal Services, LLC Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. Rose Consulting Law Firm
ARCADIS, U.S., Inc Gilbane Federal RS&H
Atkins Golder Associates Corporation Sauer, Inc.
AVCON Inc. Greenman Pedersen Inc. (GPI) SEARCH Inc.
Bergmann  Hanson Professional Services Inc. SEMS, Inc.
Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. Haskell SES group of companies
Brown and Caldwell Hyatt Survey Services, Inc. SGS North America, Inc.
BRPH Architects-Engineers, Inc. Islands Mechanical Contractor, Inc. (IMC) Shannon & Wilson Inc.
Burns & McDonnell Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Siemens Industries, Inc.
Cardno Jacobs Singhofen & Associates, Inc.
CCI Utility and Construction Services, LLC Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc. Stanley Consultants Inc.
CDM Smith KBR Stantec, Inc.
Conti Federal Services Kennedy Engineering & Associates Group LLC Stellar
CORE Engineering and Construction Inc. Keville Enterprises Inc. Surveying And Mapping, LLC
Crawford Consulting Services, Inc.  Kiewit Taylor Engineering Inc.
CSI Geo, Inc KMK Construction Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Dawson Technical, LLC Lanier Municipal Supply Co., Inc. Tetra Tech, Inc.
Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. Leidos The Constantine Group
Dewberry LEO A DALY The R-A-M Professional Group, Inc.
Dial Cordy and Assoc. Inc. LG2 Environmental Solutions, Inc. The Walsh Group
DRMP Manson Construction Co. Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.
Dynamic Solutions, LLC Mason & Hanger Three O Construction, S.E.
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC Mead & Hunt, Inc. Tidewater, Inc.
EarthBalance Corporation Meskel & Associates Engineering Trihydro Corporation
Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc. Michael Baker International Vectrus
Energy Systems Group Mott MacDonald Weston Solutions, Inc.
EnSafe Inc. MV7, Inc. Wood
    Woolpert, Inc.
    Workplace Solutions Inc



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