Tuesday 17 Jan 2017
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American Design Drafting Association


ADDA's Mission...."Support and Prepare the Design Profession to Preserve the Past and Imagine the Future.”

I will use ‘Retirement Syndrome’ as my excuse for being tardy with these comments.  ‘Retirement Syndrome’, at least with my definition, is to complete one task each day, whether it being cleaning out the garage or just taking out the trash as examples, but can be interrupted by small details like traveling to see children and grandchildren.  Guess which detail supersedes ‘the one a day task’.  So my task for today is to complete my comments, hoping that they add some value to your review.  So here we go.

New Year’s Day really is not important to me as a celebration but a yearly reminder of changes and new opportunities that one has available in the New Year, whether that is personal or professional.

One of the customs that comes with the New Year is the proclamation of resolutions by individuals to complete or start.  Resolutions such as losing weight, working out, stop smoking, etc.  To me, resolutions are easily broken or forgotten and sometimes even whimsical. That is why I do not participate.  I do however look at the past year(s) and reflect on what I did not accomplish or finish, evaluated each if they are worth continuing or removing.  Then I look at the New Year and evaluate what I would like to start, achieve or complete during the next 12 months.  That is why I set up 1 or 2 goals/objectives at the first of the New Year, taking into account what I accomplished or did not accomplish in the last year.  Then the decision is what to discard, as in what I did not finish, by determining that goals value.  Does it still appeal to me or was it realistic to obtain?  Last year’s goal of learning and mastering new CAD software was accomplished, while traveling to Australia did not happen for reasons beyond my control.  That has been put on ‘hold’ for now. If past goals are discarded or delayed, the next step is to decide what I would like to accomplish this year.  So for 2016, my goals are to audit a college level geology and grammar course.  Why these 2?  Well I have always been fascinated by geology and my wife states a refresher in grammar is really needed.

So now, I encourage all of you to set goals for yourselves.  Continue on with school, try something different outside of your comfort zone, travel, learn another language (I already speak Okie) or join a professional/instructor/student organization such as ADDA.  There are several opportunities within ADDA that offer personal development at a reasonable cost/value ratio.  Check us out at on our website to see what is offered.

In closing, I challenge each of you to try something different instead of just offering resolutions this year.  Set some goals and do your best to achieve them.  I hope 2016 will be your best year yet and the upcoming years even better!  Happy New Year!     

Instructors, ADDA is now proud to offer Instructor Certification at three levels of certification: Certified Instructor, Professional Instructpr and Master Instructor.  Each level requires different amounts of experience and education in a specific area of design drafting instruction.  Those areas of instruction are Architectural, Mechanical, General and Digital.  ADDA believes that this will become more important and possibly a requirement as schools, school districts and state departments of education look for industry certification of their instructional staff.  Please check our website for additional information.

Another new program is an Insurance Program offering life, health, professional liability, dental, etc. for our members and sponsors.   ADDA Health Insurance is offered through a partnership with Association Health Programs located in Oak Park Kansas and is a great opportunity for individuals to have or add to existing coverage or companies that want to offer insurance to their employees.  Please check our website for additional information.

The 2015-2016 Drafting Contest Winners are listed on the website.  I always look forward to the contest as it gives me an indication of what is currently being taught and an opportunity to provide positive feedback to the entrants by judging their entries.  I encourage all students from a member school to enter in the coming year.  Please check our website for additional information.

The 2015-2016 Poster Contest Winners  are listed on the website.  I always get excited to see the creative ideas which are reflected in the entries.  This years theme is Diversity in Design which is also the theme of TECON 2016 and the 2016 Design Drafting Week.  Thanks to Dennis Schwartz for heading up this progams.  Take the opportunity to view the winning entries.  Please visit our website for additional information.

The last information I must convey is Due to Unforeseen Circumstances TECON 2916 has been postponed until further notice.  I apologize for any inconvencies this may cause.

In closing, I would like to remind all of you, member or non-member, that the ADDA is the only organization that totally supports the drafting/design profession with continuing education for professionals and soon to be professionals within the drafting/design profession.  Check out what ADDA has to offer!

Remember ADDA is a 501c3 non-profit volunteer association.  All our directors and committees donate their time and effort to improve the profession to benefit other drafters, designers and graphic professionals.  If you would like to assist with any program or be involved with a committee or specific area, please contact me.  Most of our volunteer opportunities can be accomplished through emails and telephone calls.  Volunteering will give you exposure at the next level in your career to improve your network, job skills and personal development.

Design Drafting Contest Information  
Poster Contest Information