End of Year Annual Banquet

Join us June 11 at 5:30 pm for our End of Year Banquet at Crestview Country Club.  For more information on our speaker and to reserve your tickets, please go to the banquet webpage.

Please note that tickets for the banquet must be purchased by June 4th.  No late purchases will be accepted.

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Society SWE Committees

Are you interested in being more involved with SWE? In case you missed the email from SWE the national committees are looking for members.  Deadline to sign up is May 1.  Here is the information from our national President Elect.

To: All SWE Members

I am pleased to announce the call for FY20 committee members. The power of our committees and our volunteers is what moves SWE forward. Society committees are also a major aspect of our talent development pipeline process. I encourage both collegiates and professionals to join the SWE volunteer team for FY20.

Listen to podcasts or review the descriptions to find a committee that matches your interests and availability in FY20. There are a wide range of opportunities and levels of commitment.

If you would like to continue serving on a committee, please confirm with your current leader. For any new roles, please complete the simple committee member volunteer application by May 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Questions about a committee? Find contact information for current chairs in the committee contact information document.

SWE values diversity and thus I encourage all of you to think about the opportunity of serving on a committee. Thanks to all who are currently serving. I am looking forward to another great year of progress.

Cindy Hoover

FY19 President Elect

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FY20 Proposed Slate of Officers

The Nominating Committee has presented the following slate of officers for FY20:

President – Jess Stitt
Vice President – Shaina Shapiro
Secretary – Madeline Mueller
Treasurer – Rachael Schwantes

To learn more about each nominee click here

To vote on the proposed slate of officers visit: Officer Ballot

If you have any questions you may contact Michelle.

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Wichita SWE Awards

The Wichita Section of SWE is proud to announce the debut of Wichita SWE Awards to recognize the successes of Wichita SWE members who enhance the engineering profession and advocate for women in engineering through contributions to industry, education, and the community.

Each year, up to one award will be given for each of the following categories:

ICT Heritage Award – recognizes SWE members who have made a significant contribution(s) to the Society of Women Engineers at all levels of the Society and the engineering profession for at least fifteen (15) years.

ICT Trailblazer Award – honors women engineers who have been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession and have ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of cumulative engineering experience.

ICT Groundbreaker Award – honors women who have demonstrated outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in SWE and the community, in the first ten (10) years of their career.

Awards submissions are due by Wednesday, May 15th by 11:59PM CST. No exceptions will be made for late packages. The Wichita Awards Committee will review the submissions and make their selections. Notifications will be made by Friday, May 31st, and award winners will be recognized at the end of year banquet scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th.

For FY19 descriptions of each award, nomination forms, and FAQs, visit: http://bit.ly/2FRzlBD

Each award nomination package is structured from the criteria required for WE Local and Society Individual Awards. Wichita section applicants and winners will be given the option to have their package submitted for WE Local Awards (Fall 2019) or Society Awards (Spring 2020). More information can be found on those awards here:

Society Individual Awards: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/awards/individual-awards

WE Local Awards: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/awards/we-local-awards

For questions concerning Wichita SWE Awards, contact Michelle at awards@wichitaswe.org

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Leadership Survey

It is time to nominate officers for FY20 as well as look at filling our local committee positions.  If you are interested in being an officer or committee member next year, please fill out the survey found here.

Note: You must be a paid member of SWE to hold one of the 4 executive offices. These are the dues for FY20.

While each of the positions give descriptions, if you have any additional questions, please contact Michelle Boehm.

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Estate Planning Event

When: Thursday April 18 at 6:00pm

Where: Picasso’s Pizzeria in Delano

RSVP: Please RSVP for the event here — Anyone is welcome to attend the event as long as they RSVP as we do have limited space in our location.

Why: Several members have expressed interested in learning more about estate planning.  Hugh Gill of Hinkle Law Firm, LLC will be presenting to us.


A little about Mr. Gill:

As a member of Hinkle Law Firm LLC’s trusts and estates practice group, Mr. Gill uses his extensive experience in business and tax matters to lead the probate and trust administration needs of the group. He is primarily responsible for guardianships and conservatorships, disability planning, post-mortem tax planning, and marital agreements. He also assists clients with estate planning, asset protection, business entity formation, and business succession planning.

Hugh frequently lectures on estate planning and estate administration topics. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Kansas/Missouri Super Lawyers.

Hugh is active in the legal community. He has served as Chairman of the Kansas CLE Commission. He is also a past president of the Wichita Bar Association and of the Wichita Estate Planning Council.

Taken from https://www.hinklaw.com/our-team/hugh-w-gill/


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Cocoa Dolce Chocolate Tasting and Networking

Join Wichita SWE for an evening of chocolate tasting and networking through pairings of Cocoa Dolce chocolates with either a wine flight* or hot cocoa flight on Tuesday February 26th at 6:00 at the West Cocoa Dolce Location.

You must pay for the flight of your choice through this link.

The Wine flight consists of

1. Auntsfield Sauvignon Blanc 2017 with Key Lime Chocolate

2. Vento Antale 2015 with Champagne Chocolate

3. Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 with Tahitian Vanilla Chocolate

The Hot Chocolate Flight consists of

1. Mexican Hot Chocolate with Spicy Nut Mix

2. Mayan Hot Chocolate with Mayan

3. Belgian Hot Chocolate with Tahitian Vanilla

Each Hot chocolate is topped with our homemade Tahitian Vanilla Bean marshmallow

*Note that you must be 21 to participate in Wine flight pairings. You will be carded by Cocoa Dolce

To see the full tasting menu, please see the 2019 SWE Menu

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AIAA Panel – An Evening with Eagles

AIAA is having a free event open to everyone on Tuesday, March 5th. During this presentation, “An Evening with Eagles,” leaders from five local aviation companies will be participating in an executive engineering cross-talk with time for questions and answers. Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to RSVP. The deadline to RSVP for this event is also Monday, February 18th.

For more information about the event, please check out their flyer: AIAA_Mar-5 2019-MB R1

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WCES Banquet Info and Congratulations Hannah Morris!

WCES Banquet Deadline Approaching

A quick reminder that the Wichita Council of Engineering Societies (WCES) will be having their annual banquet on Thursday, February 21st at the Marriott. The flyer with additional information is attached, and the deadline to purchase tickets is noon on Monday, February 18th. The topic is “Building Vehicles for Commercial Space Access”. You can purchase tickets through this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wces-annual-banquet-tickets-53714190590

WCES Banquet Flyer 2019 20190109

Congratulations, Hannah Morris!

Our very own Wichita SWE section member, Hannah Morris, will be receiving the Outstanding Young Engineer Award at the WCES Banquet as well! She has volunteered approximately 155 hours over just this past year alone and is being recognized for doing a fantastic job of helping to promote the engineering profession through community service.


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Vote to Name the Expo Logo

Don’t forget to go and vote for your favorite name for the Expo Logo.  Voting closes on the 13th!


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Society of Women Engineers
Wichita Area Section
I005 PO Box 1096
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Jess Stitt

Shaina Shapiro

Madeline Mueller

Rachael Schwantes


Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following establishments for providing a location to hold our meetings:

Watermark Books & Café
Wichita Water Center