Dear IGS Members,
As 2018 draws to a close, most of you will be in the midst of preparations for the holiday season. This is the time to relax, spend time with family and friends, and to recharge one’s batteries. It is a time for giving and sharing as well as for goodwill and compassion. I urge each and every one of you to reflect on these special moments and savor the relationships that we have tried so hard to cultivate over the years.
2018 has been one of the most exciting years for me. Being elected as President of the IGS is by far the highest honor of my professional career. I feel personally responsible to lead this great society to the next level. In addition, we, the IGS, deserve to be proud of the great success of 11ICG, which was held in September this year. While keeping with the spirit of this joyous time, it is equally important for the IGS to remain forward-thinking and innovative to focus on the future.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the individual members, for your support and the pride you demonstrate at being members of the IGS throughout the year. You are the driving force of the society that help support the aims of the IGS, which contributes to the advancement of the art and science of geosynthetics.
My thanks also goes to our corporate members. Corporate membership is the backbone of the IGS as it directly supports the educational programs and resources produced by the IGS. I look forward to your continued support and sponsorship of the society and its activities in the coming years.
My sincere appreciation goes to the IGS Officers, IGS Council Members, and IGS Chapters Leaders for your tremendous efforts and dedication to ensure the proper governance of our society. Your countless hours of volunteer time and commitment are greatly appreciated. Last, but not the least, I would like to thank the Secretariat Office for your continued efforts to make sure our members are provided with sufficient support and services.
I hope this holiday season is an exceptionally good and safe one and that the New Year brings you much health, happiness and prosperity.
Chungsik Yoo, Ph.D.
President – International Geosynthetics Society