Annual Yellow Ribbon Picnic – September 8, 2022

Save the Date for the Annual Yellow Ribbon Picnic, on September 8, 2022 at Great Lakes Naval Base.

Registration is now open! Click here for more details and to register.

Recipient of the SAME Scholarship

Samuel Smiley was the recipient of the Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship. We wish them luck in their studies at Ball State University!


Past Events and Announcements

SAME Chicago Annual Charity Boat Cruise – August 2, 2022

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Chicago and Lake Michigan Posts held their 15th Annual Boat Cruise Fundraiser on August 2nd, 2022 from 7:30-9:30pm at Wendella Boats, Trump Tower Dock (401 North Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL).

The 2- hour evening cruise, with our traditional pre-boarding gathering, is the highlight of our summer programs. Started in 2007, the event has raised over $45,000 for various veteran and military family support organizations, such as Fisher House—Illinois and Honor Flight—Chicago. Our goal for this year’s event is to raise $10,000 for these and other worthy organizations.

To view our flyer for this event, click here.

Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) – July 13-14

The 16th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference was held on July 13-14 in-person at Volk Field Air National Guard Base in Camp Douglas.

Day 1: Grants and Funding

Day 2: Selling to the Government and Corporations.

Full agenda details can be found at www.wigobc.org.

SAME Annual Golf Outing – June 17 at Midlane Golf Resort

This year the annual SAME LMP Golf outing hosted 40 golfers and raised over $5,000 for their scholarship fund. LMP awarded $12,000 in eight scholarships for 2022.  Scott Jackson, champion of the scholarship program for SAME LMP,  presented the check to 3 of the recipients.

Joel Sensenig, Past President of SAME LMP, sharing comments with the golfers. 
A great day for the golfers 

After the golf, the new SAME LMP Officers were installed – congratulations to all.

Join us in congratulating the new leadership of the Post!

PositionName
PresidentCharles Frangos 
Vice PresidentDave Yandel
Secretary Aina Vilumsons 
TreasurerSteve Blinderman 

Elected Directors
Elected Director 1Tony Bilotti
Elected Director 2Nik Dobberpuhl
Elected Director 3Ken Endress
Elected Director 4Dave Guseman
Elected Director 5Scott Jackson
Elected Director 6Dave Marasco
Elected Director 7Melissa Meade
Elected Director 8Todd Polacek
Elected Director 9Joel Sensenig
Elected Director 10Chi Zang

SAME – LMP Industry Day

Thank you to all our attendees and presenters!

Presentations by the speakers will be posted to this site early next week.

Congressman Schneider
Colonel Paul Culberson (USACE), Fran Gomes (VA), and LCDR Kip Bordelon IV (NAVFAC)
Steve Blinderman (Blinderman Construction) with Congressman Schneider
Charles Frangos (Orion Engineers)
David Guseman (Blinderman Construction)
Kurt Woolford (Lake County Stormwater Management Commission), Tara O’Malley (Regional Transportation Authority Illinois), and Tim McMahon (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning)
Jennifer Killen (Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways), Manar Nashif (Illinois Tollway), Timothy McMahon (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning)

Platinum Sponsors:

Blinderman Construction | Orion Engineers | FGM Architects

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Gold Sponsors:

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC

Presentations

Andrew Hunt – click here.

Fran Gomes – click here.

Paul Culberson – click here.

Kip Bordelon – click here.

Jennifer Killen – click here.

Manar Nashif – click here.

Jose Rios – click here.

Kurt Woolford – click here.

Tara O’Malley – click here.

Tim McMahon – click here.

Chicago Waterways Systems Panel Discussion

Col. Culberson will host a panel consisting of Executive Directors from the City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and the Friends of the River on Wednesday, May 25th from 11:45 – 1:30 at the Union League Club.  The panel will focus on upcoming activities and the future of the Chicago Area Waterway System.  To register, please click here.

Navy Great Lakes Sea Perch Competition

The Navy Great Lakes Regional Competition will be held on April 9, 2022 at the Lake Forest Academy (1500 W Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045).

The competition has three classes: Middle School Standard, High School Standard, and Open Class. The competition includes two in-pool components: an obstacle course and a challenge course. For more information, please visit https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas/education/stem-education/seaperch.html

Decarbonization and Net Zero Energy (A Partial Solution to A Carbon Free Built Environment)

February 10, 2022 – Thank you to special guest speaker Lois Vitt Sale and all those who attended the seminar, “Decarbonization and Net Zero energy (A Partial Solution to a Carbon Free Built Environment).”

SAME Lake Michigan Post Luncheon Meeting

December 9, 2021 – Thank you to Frank Grimaldi, Assistant Commissioner, Design & Construction, Chicago Department of Aviation, who provided a great presentation and update on O’Hare and Midway airports at the SAME Lake Michigan Luncheon Meeting.

Frank Grimaldi (4th from left) with SAME Lake Michigan Post Leadership (from left to right): Charlie Frangos, Melissa Meade, tony Bilotti, Frank, Jeffrey Murphy, David Yandel, Ken Endress, Joel Sensenig
Resources Available – Initiatives to Promote Inclusion
Presenter Frank Grimaldi, Assistant Commissioner, Design & Construction, Chicago Department of Aviation
Joel Sensenig, President, SAME LMP provided closing comments