I am thrilled to address our members in my first message as President of the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH). While the new calendar year does not bring the much-needed renewal that I, and I am sure most of you, thirst for – we do have a lot to be excited and enthusiastic about for AIH in 2021. We have a fantastic leadership and management team, along with strong priorities and ambitious initiatives for advancement of AIH. As AIH President, my priorities include:
- Address “fundamentals” for improved effectiveness and efficiency of association
- Improve outreach and engagement with AIH members, hydrology community, and public
- Grow recognition of AIH and increase membership
Over the next few months, I will post messages that delve into more detail for each of these priorities and share status of the many initiatives that our all-volunteer Executive Committee and additional volunteers are working on. In the meantime, I encourage you to either reach out to me directly or contact our management office if interested in taking on a volunteer role to address either of the above priorities and/or AIH’s goal and mission.
Additionally, as I write this message on Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service, I’d like to remind our members to consider what we should do to help our communities advance social justice, racial equity, and inclusion related to hydrology and water resources.
In collaboration with Sarah Erck, our Executive Director, our management team, and Executive Committee, we are looking forward to next steps for advancing AIH’s goals and mission. If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to contact me, Sarah, our management office, or either of our EC members – we are here to serve you!
– Jamil S. Ibrahim