In 1974, the first ASPE Chapter in Ohio was chartered in Cleveland; in October 1980, the Central Ohio Chapter was chartered in Columbus. At that time, a number of plumbing engineers, designers, contractors, sales representatives and building officials from Southwestern Ohio were members of the Central Ohio Chapter and actively participated in that Chapter’s functions. However, it was understood that the Cincinnati- and Dayton-area members would someday break away from the Central Ohio Chapter and form a Chapter of their own once membership reached sufficient levels.
When the Chapter was able to obtain the necessary 20 full or associate members, a petition for charter was prepared and submitted to the Society office in early February 1982. The Chapter was presented its charter on February 26, 1982, by the Society president, A. Calvin Laws, PE, CPD, of San Francisco, California. Region II Chairman John Matthews, PE, CIPE, of Detroit, Michigan was also present at the charter presentation, held at the Manchester Hotel in Middletown.
During its history, the Chapter has been honored on several occasions with the ASPE Chapter Award of Merit recognizing superior Chapter accomplishment. The criteria for the Award include membership retention and growth, Chapter technical meetings, Chapter newsletters, Regional meeting attendance, membership on Society level committees, seminars, joint projects (with other plumbing industry-related organizations), additional Chapter publications and donations to the ASPE Research Foundation. The Society Board of Directors annually presents the Award at either the Convention/Expo or Symposium.
While the Chapter struggled in its first few years of existence, its growth and development has been a steady one. Today, the Southwestern Ohio Chapter boasts of a membership of over 70 members, with the membership located primarily in the Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky areas. For the full Chapter History click here. For the ASPE profile, click here.