The Houston Post was founded in 1948 and celebrated 50 years as a Post in 1998. In 1998, as part of the Post’s 50-year celebration, we changed our official name to the Houston/Galveston Post, solidifying our ties with the Galveston District, USACE. Posts are the designation SAME gives their Chapters because the first ones were located on Army Posts. Since 1994 the Houston/Galveston Post has been very active and is one of, if not the fastest growing post in the Society. The success and growth of the Houston/Galveston Post is attributable to the support of the Sustaining Members, enthusiasm of Individual Members and involvement of its Public Agency Members such as METRO, the City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering, the City of Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Harris County Office of Emergency Management, Harris County Flood Control District, the Port of Houston, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, NASA Johnson Space Center, and the Galveston District, US Army Corps of Engineers. Houston’s military bases consists of a US Coast Guard Marine Safety Office with the Port of Houston and the US Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is located on Galveston Island. There is also a US Coast Guard Air Station at Ellington Field, a US Coast Guard Station in Galveston adjacent to the Galveston District, and US Army Reserve, US Navy Reserve and US Marine Reserve commands in Houston. Houston is home for many large, medium and small architecture, engineering and related firms that make up our Sustaining Members. The leaders and committee workers strive to support the goals of the Society and to make the Houston/Galveston Post one of the most successful in the Society. The Post has become the most active engineering Society in Houston, which attracts new members. The following achievements are noteworthy:
- Current Strength, more than 500 members.
- More than 90 Corporate Sustaining Members.
- Over 5 Public Agency Sustaining Members.
- Young Members: more than 55.
- Steady growth over the last five years, both Individual Members and Corporate and Public Agency Sustaining Members.
- Active Committee Members, Officers & Directors: more than 60.
- Active participating former Post Presidents: more than 15.
- Number of Fellows: more than 20.
- Gold Post Award (Top post in the Society): 2 ( 97, 98).
- Number of Distinguished Post awards: 15 (1980, 83, 85, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99).
- Other national awards: 4 per year for the past 7 years, including Home Runs (won all national awards) in 1993, 97, 98.
- Regional Vice President’s Trophy, 8 awards (1990, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 02).
The Houston Post sponsors a Student Post, the Texas A&M University Student Post, (Distinguished Student Post Award received 14 times). The Post collects in excess of $10,000.00 annually for scholarships and expects to hand out $6,000.00 this year to dependents of members and Student Post members. Major accomplishments of selected members: LTC (Ret) Wendell Barnes is a 1980 Wheeler Award recipient, a 1997 Goethals Award recipient, past president of 2 posts, is a Fellow & Life Member of the Society and Chairman of the 1999 SAME National Training Conference and mentors the Texas A & M University Student Post. The previous TEXOMA Regional Vice President, LTC (Ret) Ken Haveman, A Houston Post member until 1997, is a 1997 Gold Medal winner, a 1995 President’s Medal winner, a Former National Vice-President, a Fellow & Life Member of the Society, former National Director and a past post president. Mr. Wade H. Cockburn is a 1994 President’s Medal winner, a Former National Vice-President, a Fellow and Life Member of the Society, former National Director, past post president, TEXOMA Regional Young Members Chairman and mentors the Texas A&M University Student Post. They are all very active participants in Post activities. The leaders and members of the Houston Post were very excited about hosting the 1999 SAME National Training Conference in Houston following their 50th year in the Society. The October 1993 TEXOMA Regional meeting in Houston was highly successful and was done entirely by volunteer help from the Post. The Houston Post meets monthly, with most meetings being luncheons held the third Wednesday of each month at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society (H.E.S.S.), 5430 Westheimer Way (just west of The Galleria and Yorktown St.). January and December meetings are evening socials with spouses and are held in the Hyatt Regency downtown. Additionally, meetings are held periodically down at Galveston or half way there in South Shore Harbour.