Chuck Barlett, PE Alfred Benesch & Company Back in my days at K-State I was thrilled when I scored an 89% on some of my exams. I’m sure you would agree that our homes would be more peaceful if our kids listened 89% of the time. Today, I’m proud to say that this year our chapter has scored an 89% membership retention rate. With the national average at 87% for other chapters, the Kansas Chapter continues to shine as a robust one. Certainly, we have challenges to overcome – most notably a large state with a distinct rural and urban demarcation. However, we continue to do well and have overcome many obstacles as a chapter. The encouraging thing is we see new members coming on board all the time. I extend a heartfelt thank you to those of you that have maintained your membership throughout the years. I also extend a hearty welcome to those of you that are new to the chapter. As with most things in life, there is room for improvement.