Welcome to the new SPE season from your new Cleveland Section President. I hope you all have had a great summer. By way of introduction to those members who don’t know me, I have been in SPE since 1971, serving as President of the Firelands Section twice, the CAD Division board for 12 years, on the Detroit Section Board for 4 years and now on the Cleveland Section Board since 2013. As you can see, I am a believer in the Society of Plastics Engineers. I realize that in these days of social media that many trade associations are challenged to maintain members and financing, including the Cleveland Section. Call me old school, but I still believe that personal contact with others in our industry has significant value. Yes, you can download a tech data sheet or get a question answered by email quickly but this is merely data gathering. It is not building relationships with colleagues, customers and suppliers. It is not sharing ideas in an open and free discussion. It is not the opportunity to build helpful networks and even the opportunity to turn these relationships into genuine friendships. As your new President, I am asking for your participation. Come to the meetings, come to the various SPE conferences, serve on your local Section Board and Committees and watch for upcoming local conferences. This is the way to get the most value out of your membership. I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting in September.