To my friends across the state, colleagues, and executive committee, a big thank you for the past year. Like the Boz Scaggs song, “It’s Over”. The end of my Presidential term ended this past evening, November 9th.    Time has flown by faster than “Back to Future”!

For those members across the state that were not able to attend the annual meeting in Charleston, we missed you.   It was a highly successful meeting as we predicted.  The program and attendance exceeded our expectations.   I close personal thanks again to Kathleen Duncan, our new President, whose role as executive director in a meeting like we had falls on her and her team.   I also want to thank the past year’s executive committee; Jamie Hairfield past president; Bill Eubanks, Trustee; Holley Bloss Advocacy chair; Sarah Marrs, Media, and speaking of media…..if there was one goal for this short year, it was for  us to launch a new website,  and we did by the week before the meeting….thank you; Claudia Rainey, our Secretary and Advocacy; Maria Ghys, our news flasher and getting out the Prez’s squawk box….and especially Josh Tiller, Treasure and sponsorship extraordinaire;  Andy Smith, Awards Chair; Andrew Hargett our Membership Chair, and rounding out the board  Jenny Horne, Chris Watson and Clint Rigsby upstate representatives, and last but not least Patrick Livingston in the  midlands…..many many thanks.

We completed a great National meeting in Chicago Monday the 9th.   We had a good turnout from South Carolina.  Kathleen Duncan, Bill Eubanks, Josh Tiller, and I started last Wednesday night, November 3rd.   The Chapter President’s Council meeting and Board of Trustees met Thursday and Friday.    All good.  These meetings can be attended by others interested in a leadership positions.  They are well worth the time when you want to engage in active discussions about the society as well as promoting the profession which helps all of us practitioners. I have always tried to express our thoughts from South Carolina as well have take- backs to our board.  We are all very excited in seeing and hearing the update on the Headquarters renovation and the Complete Street Case study for the China Town area of DC.  It’s going to be amazing.

Thursday night we had the honor to be present when Mayor Knox White of Greenville except his Honorary ASLA membership.   Mayor White received an applause after describing the renaissance of Greenville that he promoted and had the vision to make it happen.
The expo was amazing, we really don’t have enough time to see and talk to all the representatives at the booths that interest us.   Always next year.   The Alumni tail gate was in the heart of the expo Saturday evening, I thought that was a good venue.   Speaking of tailgating, there was a huge turnout at the Clemson pole….and as everyone saw, the Tigers bit the Seminoles in the behind.
After five days of meetings, seminars, tours, dinners, and dancing it’s time to get back to the regular.    In the seminars we saw super work that LA s do around the world.   I am always energized when I see and hear about the projects on the board, completed, and research that can apply to what we do daily.
I am sure next year for South Carolina will be another good one.   Your new President Kathleen Duncan is energized as well.   Josh Tiller our new president-elect is already planning too.  We all welcome Natasha Sexton as our new Treasure and good luck to the new full executive committee.

Thank all of you for the Landscape Architectural work you do every day.   You do make a difference.
My best, Duane


2015 Expo

Landscape Architects and Expo Vendors at ASLA – Chicago 2015 Convention
Photo credit: Duane Christopher

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SCASLA President-Elect Kathleen Duncan and Treasurer Josh Tiller
ASLA- Chicago 2015
Photo credit: Duane Christopher

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SCASLA Lowcountry chapter leader, Maria Ghys, President, Duane Christopher and Pittsburgh colleague Poojitha Vikas at Millenium Park, Chicago ASLA 2015
Photo Credit: Erika Mueller

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Duane Christopher, Maria Ghys, JR Kramer, Erika Mueller at Land 8 party
ASLA Chicago 2015
Photo Credit: Duane Christopher