For those of you who do not know me, I am Kim Bibolet, your new Chapter 57 President. I started my right of way career at Epic Land Solutions 11 years ago. I still remember being asked if I knew what an easement was during my interview (and my answer was no). I thought for sure I would be shown the door never to return once “right of way” was explained to me. Luckily, the Overcamps saw something in me and I was given a chance.
was introduced to the IRWA a couple years later. In fact, I got engaged to be married the night before my very first lunch. I began taking classes and working my way along the path to reach my SR/WA. I drove to Arizona shortly after the birth of my 1st daughter, she was 8 weeks old, to take the SR/WA 3-day cram course. That was the only course offered on the West Coast that year and three of us from Chapter 57 made the trip. Somehow, although sleep deprived, I passed.
When I was sworn in as Secretary, my 2nd daughter (4 weeks old) attended the installation with me. As you can see, major milestones have been celebrated with my family and the friends I have made in the industry over the years. Whether we are colleagues or competitors, we support one another and the strive for the common goal of improving people’s quality of life through infrastructure development. This is why I chose to join the Executive Board.
I am excited for the year ahead and I look forward to leading the board and the chapter through a successful year. Shortly after the installation lunch in June, the International Education Conference was held in Portland, Oregon. It was the 2nd highest attended conference to date. Chapter 57 had many members in attendance as did the rest of the Southern California chapters. There were so many great sessions, it was hard to decide which ones to attend.
Many thanks to our members who routinely attend our luncheons. We’ve been averaging 50-60 members at the luncheons and I hope we can continue to introduce the IRWA to new people and grow that attendance even further. Chapter 57’s very own Mark Easter will be presenting at the upcoming luncheon on September 4th. To add to the excitement, we changed venues and our luncheons will now be held at the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. I look forward to seeing you.
Finally, Chapter 57 will be hosting the Tri-Chapter Lunch this year at the Mission Inn. If you would like to dedicate your time to help with this event, the Events Committee would welcome your participation. We are also looking for sponsors – this is a great time for your business to advertise!
Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your President.
Kim Bibolet, SR/WA, R/W-NAC
Chapter 57 President
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