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Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

 June 2012

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Does anyone know a good rain dance?  Or have some magic beans to make it rain?  We are drying out! 

We are in the midst of summer, while many people have gone on vacation, your Indianapolis Chapter is still hard at work trying to make this the best chapter it can be.  Of course, with the Awards Banquet being tonight to reward that hard work.

A couple things to note in this issue:  Baseball Outing, Trade Show registration, and all the other good stuff you normally look out for.
As always, please send comments, articles and suggestions to me as they may come up.


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 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter Editor

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Upcoming Events
Programs Committee

Upcoming Events

2012 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Awards Banquet 

Thursday June 21, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Skyline Club - One America Building


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Exhibitor Registration 

Thursday September 20, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Riverwalk Banquet Center


2012 Standing Reservation List 

Monday December 31, 2012 from 12:00 AM to 11:00 PM EST

Riverwalk Banquet Center


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Pete Kerfoot, CSI, CDT 
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Whether you are writing or presenting, it is always best to know your audience.  I have for the last eleven months offered a Starbuck's Gift Card as an enticement to learn the make up of my audience.  The information to win the card was not easily available, but actually secluded away in the very last paragraph of this article each month.  To earn the card one had to weather through to the end.  It wasn't rocket science and the result could have been expected; you, dear reader, are a current CSI Leader.  So what, in my last article as President do I have to say once I know my audience?  

All but one or two of you are Past Presidents.  There is nothing this humble author can solicit in the way of advice on things CSI, but I can thank each and every one of you for your support in the last year.  It has been very rewarding to serve the Chapter Membership, especially when there is such a 'yes' attitude when a volunteer endeavor is requested and answered quickly.  Indianapolis CSI is known for excellent volunteerism with a 'get it done' attitude around the country, and I have found this to be particularly true over the last year.  I wish there was some way all this spirited volunteer effort could be rewarded.  Oh wait, there is!  Let's have an Award's Banquet!

June 21st is our annual award's banquet and will be held at the Skyline Club on the 36th floor of the One America Building again this year.  The festivities will be in a completely enclosed banquet hall so no outside noise will distract.  A brand new sound system is employed and should make all who attend able to hear every word of appreciation spoken.  Check farther down in the Newsletter to see how you can reserve your night for a fine meal, CSI camaraderie, and join in congratulating all those who have made the last year great with their volunteer efforts.

I look forward to the coming year.  Indy CSI is going to be steered with capable hands by incoming President Andy McIntyre.  A slate of interesting presentations are already in place; I am particularly looking forward to the 'Super Bowl Recap, Lessons Learned' that is scheduled for next month at The Riverwalk Banquet Center.

The last year sped by incredibly fast and I wish there had been more hours in the day so I could have prompted more adaptation to the ever-changing technical revolution in which all organizations are currently immersed.  The existing and future leadership of CSI Indy is youthful and aware of these changes; I feel we are on a good track for our 2nd fifty years.  I ask the membership to adapt, accept and embrace change, for as the well-known humorist of the last century Will Rogers was known to say, "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

There is no Starbuck's Gift Card secret email title this month.  There is already a winner for June.  But if you have made it once again to the last paragraph I ask for a big 'thumb's up' during the last Gift Card presentation at the award's banquet.  It has been a lot of fun watching our 'group in the know' grow over the months.  Thanks CSI Indy.  The past year was a great experience.



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2012 Trade Show
Exhibitor Registration

Trade Show Committee


Registration is now open for the 2012

edition of the Greatest Trade Show around!


Booth locations will be assigned on a first come first serve basis, with previous year's exhibitors getting first choice (on or before the early bird deadline of July 21)


For more information about this opportunity, please visit the following link.  And remember, this event isn't just for the exhibitors, this is for the designers, specifiers and architects in the community to get in on the latest technologies and systems available for their projects. 



Night at the Ballpark

Special Event


The Chapter is hosting a "Night at the Ballpark" for those that enjoy getting out and enjoying the great summer pasttime.  The chance to enjoy a cold one with your fellow chapter members and bring your family out for a good time makes this a great event.  Fireworks will follow the game.

This is a chance to get Reserved seats at a discounted rate.  Follow the following link to purchase the tickets (sale of the tickets must be done directly with the Indians, no money shall pass through the chapter for this event.)
The promo code for you is: tribe



Table Tops

Jeremy Hoffman

Indianapolis Chapter CSI


The Indianapolis Chapter of CSI is accepting reservations for Table Tops for upcoming Chapter meetings.  The list of programs for upcoming Chapter meetings is published in this newsletter, the web site, or contact Program chairman Andy McIntyre, so if you would like to target a particular meeting, make sure to get your reservation in early.  We do have a limit of four spaces available for Table Tops in a standard meeting room and 10 if we have a double room.


Table Tops are an opportunity to promote your company, products, or services to all attendees of our regular chapter meeting during the social hour.  There is a maximum of 20 minutes for Table Top presentation at a regular Chapter meeting.  You have the floor for maximum of five minutes during the dinner to communicate to the entire group if there are four presenters. If there is a greater demand, the 20 minutes will be divided by the number of presenters and rounded down to the nearest 30 seconds.


The Table Top presentations are FREE, one time, to new members, and cost current Indianapolis Chapter members only $75.  Non-members get the same opportunity for $125.  A 30 by 60 table with a cover and skit will be included.  All proceeds go to support the Chapter.


Another opportunity for a Table Top is during an Education Seminar.  The cost is if you combine it with the Chapter meeting and Education Seminar the cost would be $100 for current members and $150 for non-members.


If you would like to schedule a Table Top for a future meeting or seminar, contact:


Jeremy Hoffman - CREW Technical Services

jhoffman@crewtech.com  or (317) 713-7777

Make sure to put 'Table Top Request' in the subject line  

Continuing Education thru Certification with CSI

by Certification Committee


CSI is the construction community's authority on communication and construction documentation. Through CSI's Certification Program, you can develop a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process, and concrete skills in: 

  • Construction documentation development and administration
  • Specification writing and enforcement
  • Product research and sourcing
  • Communication with the design and contracting teams

CSI's Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) program is prerequisite to CSI's advanced Certifications: Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA); Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR). 

Exams will be offered October 1-27, 2012, in the U.S. & Canada.

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Early registration deadline: August 1, 2012
Final registration deadline: August 31, 2012

Questions? Contact CSI Member Services at csi@csinet.org or 800-689-2900.


The Indianapolis Chapter will be offering study classes each Saturday from September 1 to the 29th.  Contact Chuck Thompson at 317.263.6226 for more information.

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster


1. Change Orders are:


a. Prepared by the Contractor

b. Prepared by the Architect/Engineer

c. Prepared by the Owner

d. Prepared by the Owner's legal counsel


2. The general organization of most standard agreement forms is:


a. The Preamble, The articles, The Affirmation, The Signatures

b. The Introduction, The Articles, The Agreement, The Signatures

c. The Preamble, The Articles, The Agreement, The Signatures

d. The Introduction, The Articles, The Time of Performance, The Signatures


3. The type of bond that assures suppliers and subcontractors will be paid is?


a. Payment Bond

b. Roof Bond

c. Performance Bond

d. Bid Bond


4.The builder's risk policy covers the value of the construction and the value of the tools and equipment used to build the project.


a. True

b. False


5. During bidding, the contractor questioned some unclear language in a specification.  How should this be corrected?


a. Issue the addendum immediately

b. Discontinue use of the specification section

c. Telephone call from the Project Manager

d. Rewrite the unclear language at the next regularly scheduled update




Answers located at the end of this newsletter....

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Chapter Photos
March 2012


We hope you have enjoyed seeing these previews of the latest images from our events.  To view more, visit our online photo album.
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Education Foundation 


You have the opportunity to donate directly to the foundation in a secure way in order to boost the number and financial quality of the scholarships.  The donations to this foundation are tax deductable.  If you are considering this good deed and have any questions about the tax aspect, please don't hesitate to contact the Foundation.



2012 Great Lakes Region Conference
Great Lakes Region
July 19th-21st


This year's conference will be focused on providing leadership training and opportunities for chapters to share ideas and learn from each other.  The conference has a new condensed format. The Executive Committee meeting and region board meeting will be held on Friday morning. All region members are invited to the board meeting if they choose.



Board of Directors' Minutes

Online Archive 


Minutes of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Board of Directors can be read here.  Please contact the president with any comments or questions.
Standing Reservations 
Meeting Arrangements Committee
For those of you who know you will be attending each chapter meeting and don't want to mess with making sure they have a spot each month, the Chapter offers to its members in good standing the Standing Reservation List.
Please review the terms of this program at the following link.
Quiz ANSWERS:  1. - b; 2. - a; 3. - a; 4. - b; 5. - d 
In This Issue
Trade Show!
Table Tops
Meeting Innformation

June 21, 2012

Skyline Club
One America Bldg
6:00 Social Hour
7:00 Dinner
8:15 Mtg/Program 
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