THE WINNER'S CIRCLE

Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

 May 2017

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"You must have the devil in you to succeed in any of the arts."









Deep Thoughts

- Voltaire



Please let us know if you have any ideas for future newsletters.

Your Humble Narrator,


Mike Halstead
Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor
Mild Mannered Reporter,

Ryan Muzzillo
Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor
The Insider

Hey kids - it's time for another exciting month of May at CSI Indianapolis!  The Indy 500 is only three weeks away, May 11 we have a joint meeting with IRCA and May 18-20 the Great Lakes Region Conference will be in Akron, Ohio, hometown of The King - Lebron James.  June 1st is the Golf Outing at Eagle Creek, June 15 our Awards Banquet will be at the Skyline Club and July 19 we will have a tour of the new Roche facilities - hands up for those who would like to add a tour of IKEA and the new golf range nearby?  That is going to be wild driving by that five story golf range while they hit golf balls directly at us!   

September appears to be trade show/convention month - September 13-16 is Construct in Providence, Rhode island, and September 28 is the CSI Indy Trade Show at the JW Marriott.  We only have 17 booths left so exhibitors - don't miss out, make your reservations now.  Contact Brian Detty, Ken Schmidt or yours truly and we will get you hooked up.  Does anyone know what we are doing in August?  Besides grilling out of course - and waiting for football to start.
Nate Davis is back! The prodigal son returns happy and healthy and he is looking for a new venue for our monthly programs.  Anyone with a good idea for a new space to rent contact Nate asap.  Hey Nate - nothing parties like a rental!

Thanks again to Ken Schmidt, Randy Vogt and Andrew Huehls for cleaning up the books (or is that cooking the books?).  Andrew is actually going through a full audit for us.  Andrew just remember  the fundamental principal of accounting - what goes in comes out, the ledger must balance.  Or as the Buddha said "Where this is, that is".      
Joel Young is putting a Student Affiliate together for us.  Any of you older members who worked Herr Gaiser on this topic many moons ago please give Joel any information you may have squirreled away.  Speaking of squirrels - whatever happened to the lucky squirrel at Lambeau Field Gaiser?  That little guy won the game for the Colts with a little misdirection.    
 
Last month I introduced you to a character - Buck Wilhite.  And what a character he was.  Anyone ever spend time in his shed playing cards?  On a road trip to see county courthouses?  Please send me your Buck-isms for the next newsletter.

So my Blackhawks let me down in the chase for Lord Stanley's Cup.  It took me a week to watch hockey again - but I got over it in time to watch Alex Ovechkin lose!  Keep your eyes on the Predators - they seem to be peaking and they play mean defense and hit hard on every possession and every line.  Anyone watching the NBA Playoffs before the inevitable - Golden State versus Cleveland?  I know Cynthia McCorkle is watching her Reds - right Lovemaster? - apparently they have a good young team.         


- Your Humble Narrator 
Upcoming Events
Programs Committee

 

 

2016-2017 Standing Reservation List

Monday, August 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM EDT -to- Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

Riverwalk Banquet Center

 

Indianapolis Chapter CSI May Meeting: Asphalt Shingles

Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

This presentation will explain and discuss asphalt roofing shingles. This program will focus on the product standards defined by ASTM, UL, FM, and ANSI. The program will show how these standards relate to the requirements of the IRC, Miami Dade Product Control, the FL Building Code and the TX department of Insurance.

Willows on Westfield

 

2017 Indianapolis Chapter CSI GOLF Outing!

Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

It's time to "GRIP 'EM & RIP 'EM"! The golf course is calling your name. Hire your caddy, get out your mojo, & join us for a fun-filled event! Prizes awarded, lunch included, raffle tickets available, optional dinner following, & fun for all. Let's hit 'em looonggggg! SPONSORS: If you want to sponsor but not play, select the SPONSORS under FEES.

Eagle Creek Golf Club - Sycamore Course

 

2017 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Awards Banquet

Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

The Indianapolis Chapter CSI will host its annual Awards Banquet at the Skyline Club on Thursday evening, June 15th.

Skyline Club

 

Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Exhibitor Registration

Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

This is a chance for exhibitors to sign up for booths to the 43rd Annual CSI Indianapolis Trade Show, #DESIGNINDY2017. It will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis on Wednesday, September 28, 2017 from 3-7pm.

JW Marriott

YouTube Channel  
Visual Education

 

The Indianapolis Chapter CSI has entered into a new phase of the digital communication era, and now has a dedicated YouTube Channel for the benefit of our membership.
View from the Tower

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney-

'It's not enough to have a dream, you have to pursue that dream, and this requires courage.  Many of the self-help goal books you'll read say that you should have a dream, turn it into a goal, and get your giant dream.  This is some lousy advice because it doesn't take into consideration the amount of courage it will take to pursue a giant dream.  You have to have dreams that you believe in, and ones that you feel courageous enough to hunt down.  It's OK to start with smaller dreams that you believe in and have the courage to pursue.'

It is the month of May in Indiana, and we celebrate 3 special days. The first is Mother's Day where we thank our mothers and the mother of our children for inspiring us to dream and for helping us to reach our goals throughout our lives.  The second is the Indianapolis 500.  These drivers, these men and women across the globe, watched and dreamed of racing one day at the famous 2 mile oval.  They practiced on many race courses in hopes of one day achieving the goal to be racing at Indianapolis and perhaps accomplishing the giant dream of winning here.  The last and most significant to me is Memorial Day, where we honor those who have died in service to our country.  It may not have been their dream to fight on a battlefield, but they had the courage to do so.  They did so to defend our country and our freedom so others can dream without persecution no matter how big or outlandish those dreams might be.  Be thankful as we remember those who gave their lives while serving this great country - whether on land, sea or air!

Election results in from the March election were announced, but I forgot to mention that Ralph Gonzales will be returning to the Board for a full term.  Congratulations!

This month's chapter meeting will be a presentation on asphalt roofing shingles.  This program will focus on the product standards defined by ASTM, UL, FM, and ANSI.  This program will show how these standards relate to the requirements of the International Residential Code, Miami Dade Product Control, the Florida Building Code and the Texas Department of Insurance.  The program will be presented by Lora Manning of IKO Roofing.  Lora graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Major in Psychology and Political Science.  Before joining the building material industry through IKO four years ago, she previously worked as a poker dealer at the Horseshoe Casino in southern Indiana.  Lora has been part of CSI for almost three years and is also a member of the IRCA, and BAGI.  I'm looking forward to seeing how we can better understand the standards and improve our specifications.

Thank you to the social committee for making us the fun chapter.  My family is looking forward to the Indians ball game and the Duck Pin Bowling in the fall.  Someone even suggested a Fever basketball game this year. I guess they have a package deal that includes a ticket and meal - sounds like fun to me.  If you would like to help by being part of this committee or by sponsoring one or both of these upcoming events, please contact Kent Hughes at American Structurepoint, KHughes@structurepoint.com.

I would like to encourage members, as well as those who dream of becoming a leader in the future, to attend the Great Lakes Region Conference Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20.  This year the event will be held in Akron, OH, at the Marriott's Courtyard Akron Downtown. It's not too late to register as an attendee when you book your room.  There is also FREE money available through the Chapter and the Region for attendees to the GLRC.  Please contact our Chapter Treasurer for more information on our stipends, and contact the Region Treasurer, Scott Taylor, smtaylor@conspectusinc.com, for the stipends available.

It's still not too late to register for the Memorial Golf Outing to be held June 1 at the Eagle Creek Golf Course.  You can find a link on our website to register as a participant or a sponsor.  This event helps the Chapter in providing a donation to the Foundation that provides scholarships to students attending a school of higher education in the construction industry.  This year's 2 scholarship winners will be announced at the Annual Award Banquet and Annual Meeting.

June 15 is the Annual Award Banquet and Annual Meeting at the Skyline Club.  New officers will be installed and new board members inducted.  Beginning July 1, 2017, your new officers will be as follows:  President, Merlin Gene King of Merlin King, Inc.; President-Elect, Randy Vogt of Aspinall Associates, Inc.; Vice President, David Fryman of Advanced Cabinet Systems (ACS); Secretary, Angela Julian of Sherwin Williams; Treasurer, William McGuire.  We should all be thankful for these individuals for taking these new responsibilities in leading our chapter for the next year.  I'm sure Gene has many dreams and goals that he will share with us that evening.  Please be there and share in the moment.  There will be many well-deserved awards handed out as well.  These include our Attendance Award (see below for criteria) and the presentation of our top 3 awards:  the Fran E. Schroeder Memorial Award for the outstanding Professional member; the J. Warren Hoy Memorial Award for the outstanding Industry member; and the Member of the Year Award for exceptional service to the Chapter.  I hope you and your significant other will join us for good food and fellowship.  A postcard with additional information will be mailed out soon.  Please check out our website for registration information for this and future events, and mark your calendars; visit http://indianapolis.csinet.org/

The Attendance Award criteria are spoken of, but do you know them?  The Attendance Award is to encourage and reward members for their regular attendance to the Chapter meetings and events through the fiscal year.  The award consists of a CSI lapel pin with a specific number appended which represents the number of years the recipient has earned the Award.  The requirements are as follows:
  1. Attend the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in June.  This is a mandatory requirement to earn the award.
  2. Attend all 9 regular Indianapolis Chapter CSI meetings.  Board Meeting attendance does not qualify.  Credit for missed meetings can be earned as following:
    1. Attend CSI National Convention 'CONSTRUCT' - 2 credits
    2. Attend the Great Lakes Region Conference - 1 credit
    3. Attend another CSI Chapter's regular meeting held on the same date as an Indianapolis Chapter Regular Meeting - 1 credit
    4. Attend the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show, Holiday Party and Memorial Golf Outing (all three in the same CSI year) - 1 credit
    5. Purchase a booth at the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - 1 credit
Qualifying years for the Attendance Award do not need to be concurrent to earn the next sequential award number as long as the recipient has remained a member in good standing in the Institute in the interim.  For those that do qualify, you need to turn in your lapel pin affixed to your business card to Ken Schmidt at the May meeting.

Congratulations to the winner of the April book on Walt Disney World Gardens from my collection.  I have always had a dream to have gardens like are in the book in my own yard.  The photo I have selected this month is an early morning picture taken in 2011 when we visited Disneyland.  Remember, if you can dream it you can do it.
  











Ralph R. Pitman, Jr. CSI, CDT
Indianapolis Chapter CSI - President 2016-17 
28th Annual CSI Indianapolis Golf Outing 

The 28th Annual CSI Indianapolis Golf Outing is just around the dogleg ahead. June 1st, 2017 at Eagle Creek Golf Club on their Sycamore course is where the play will be held. Ruth's Chris will be providing sliders for lunch and steak with all the trimmings for the awards dinner. The awards dinner with also features four $300 scholarships that will be offered as prizes for professional development through CSI certification. We currently have 75 plus players committed with nearly a dozen architectural firms already represented along with contractors, suppliers, and product representatives. It is always the goal of CSI Indianapolis to create greater collaboration through building relationships. There is still time for additional sponsors and players to be added.  Please contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you all on June 1st. 

David Fryman
National Director of Dealer & Business Development
Advanced Cabinet Systems
Cell: 765.667.1226 E-mail: dfryman@advancedcabinetsystems.com

http://indyarchyguy.wixsite.com/csiindygolf - - Please join me at the 2017 CSI Indy Golf Outing! 

 

Table Tops
Kent Hughes
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 Jack Morgan - morwalsoplad1@gmail.com , if you would like to target a particular meeting, be sure to make your reservation 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 after dinner before the speaker 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. Payment is due at the time of setup.
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:
 
Kent A. Hughes RA CDT - American Structurepoint
 
Be sure to put 'Table Top Request in the subject line
Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster
 

1.  Under AIA A201, the responsibility to pay sales, consumer, use, and similar taxes for the Work provided is by the:
 

a.  A/E.

b.  Owner.

c.  Contractor.

d.  Installing subcontractor

e.  None of the above

 

2.  All of the following may be accomplished through issuing of a Change Order except:

 

a.  Change in the bid date

b.  Decrease in Contract Sum

c.  Extension of Contract Time

d.  Reduction in Scope of Work

 

3.  True or False:  The A/E may withhold certification for payment in whole or in part if in the A/E's opinion representations to Owner cannot be made concerning the progress of Work.

 

a.  True

b.  False

 

4.  Builder's Risk Insurance is typically provided by the:

 

a.  Owner

b.  A/E

c.  Contractor

d.  Each subcontractor

 

5.  The Negotiating  Process includes which of these steps:

 

a.  Offer

b.  Exchange

c.  Compromise

d.  Restitution

Trump's Infrastructure Plan:  How it could build the Construction Industry
Christopher S. Drewry
 
Regardless of one's political viewpoints and positions on the myriad issues relating to the government overall and the various laws and policies, it is hard to dispute the notion that President Donald J. Trump's first 100 days has been an eventful beginning to his administration.  From foreign relations to healthcare to the recent tax reform proposal, much has occurred in a mere three months.  However, there is one particular area that could have the greatest impact on Trump's presidential term, especially as it relates to the construction industry...his infrastructure plan.
           
While out on the campaign trail throughout the presidential election and since taking the oath of office, President Trump has continually touted the need to rebuild our nation's infrastructure.  Ultimately, Trump has promised to spend at least $1 trillion on infrastructure.   Though there is no concrete plan in place yet (and as with anything else in politics, there are no guarantees it is ever put in place), all we can do is try to predict what the infrastructure plan could be and how it might impact the construction industry.
 
What's the Big Deal with our Infrastructure Anyways?
 
Before delving into the (potential) infrastructure plan, it is important to first look at why any such plan is necessary in the first place.  In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers analyzed the various aspects of the nation's infrastructure and issued a "report card".  The possible scores ranged from 'F' (for 'Failing') to 'A' ('Exceptional).  However, the overall American infrastructure received an overall grade of 'D+' and the ASCE estimated an investment need of $3.6 trillion by 2020 simply to keep the infrastructure in 'Good' condition.  Only one area received an individual 'B' (for 'Good') rating and that was solid waste, while just four other areas (bridges, ports, public parks and recreation, and rail) received a 'C' (for 'Mediocre').  All other aspects (including aviation, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, roads, schools, transit and wastewater) received 'D' (for 'Poor') ratings. 
 
Even government agencies themselves have essentially reaffirmed the ASCE report card.  For instance, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a report that the nation's drinking water treatment and distribution system needed $347 billion in investments over the next 20 years.  Also, the Department of Education has concluded that over half of all public schools need repair, renovating and/or modernizing.  And, the Federal Highway Administration has determined that nearly 20% of the country's roads are in 'poor' condition. 
 
In short, the American infrastructure system - from roads to schools to airports to water and wastewater - needs fixing and it needs fixing sooner rather than later.  That's the bad news.  That, and the potential costs associated with fixing.  The good news, however, is that this is one of the few political subjects that truly has bi-partisan support (at least, from a big picture standpoint).  The next step, however, is getting everything worked out and making sure that everyone is on the same page.
 
What Could the Plan Entail?
 
As far as the potential plan itself, it remains unclear exactly what it might include, how it could be structured, or even when it could be implemented.  What we do know, however, is that the infrastructure plan remains a critical focus of the Trump administration and that the timeline could be expedited. 
 
While the final plan will ultimately need congressional approval, it is easy to speculate on what it could comprise.  President Trump has gone on record that he wants to rebuild the entire infrastructure, citing highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools and hospitals, among other things.  Based upon the ASCE report card and the other federal agency reports, virtually all areas of the nation's infrastructure need improvements.  The question is how to get to that point. 
 
One such way is via tax credits and/or public-private partnerships (P3s).  In order to incentivize private companies and in an effort to spur financing and, by extension, growth, President Trump may turn to federal tax credits or P3s where private companies can provide the financing for the infrastructure projects.  Now, there are certainly questions as to the viability of the tax credits and the use of P3s on those types of infrastructure projects which are sure to be proposed under the plan (as compared to other types of projects where there is a direct economic incentive), but President Trump has authorized staff and agencies to convene and identify the possible avenues for funding and financing.
 
Another aspect of the plan could be repatriation.  This subject has been discussed in relation to President Trump's proposed tax reform plan, so the idea of its implementation under the infrastructure plan certainly has merit.  The proposed repatriation tax would be a 10% tax on the more than $2.6 trillion in earnings that U.S. companies have stockpiled offshore.  Obviously, questions remain about exactly how it would be implemented or how much money the proposal would actually raise, but the concept nevertheless is likely to be included in the infrastructure plan.
 
Other ideas that are surely to be included in the infrastructure plan are reductions in regulations and "Buy American / Hire American".  Regulatory changes have already been underway over the past three months and it is sure to continue.  The goal is to target policies, regulations and statutes which could be modified, replaced, or removed altogether in an effort to streamline and expedite projects. 
 
What Could It Mean for the Construction Industry?
 
Again, the details of the infrastructure plan remain unclear, but if it all comes to fruition, it could be a serious boon to the construction industry.  Inherent in the mass construction of infrastructure projects is job creation.  A recent study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that the $1 trillion infrastructure plan could create more than 11 million jobs over the next 10 years.  According to the study, these jobs would be a combination of 6.4 million "missing jobs" (i.e., those which were not created or lost during the recent recession) and 5 million more jobs in related industries created as a result of the stimulus effect of a new infrastructure.  There is also discussion that the mere buzz surrounding the infrastructure plan could begin attracting new workers and grow the construction industry.
 
One of the potential downsides negatives to the industry could be the difficulty in finding (or the ability to use) cheaper imported products as well as the increased costs that could come with things like Buy American requirements.  Also, there are questions as to the specific skill involved with much of the infrastructure work relative to residential and commercial construction and whether those jobs can be appropriately and timely filled.  However, the aforementioned Georgetown University study found that a majority of the job training transitions could occur in as little as six months. 
 
Conclusion
 
As mentioned previously, we are still operating in the abstract as far as the details for the infrastructure plan are concerned.  While it was a key issue during his campaign and has continued since he has taken office, the details of President Trump's plan remain uncertain.  Nevertheless, it continues to bear watching as it remains an important focus of the administration and it could have a massive impact on the construction industry.  
Spray Foam Insulation Offers Versatility and Efficiency
Spray Foam Coalition
 
A quality insulation is a must in modern home building and renovation, with most homeowners and potential homeowners seeking properties that tightly seal the building envelope and can make the home energy efficient. Builders and contractors recognize this, and understand the importance of insulation for allowing them to meet increasingly stringent local efficiency standards. Among insulation choices, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation offers versatility while providing notable energy efficiency.

An estimated 56 percent of energy used in a home goes towards heating and cooling, and without quality insulation, 40 percent of that energy used to heat and cool a home can be lost. However, installing an insulation like SPF can help a home be more energy efficient.

In addition to having a high R-value, equaling as much as 6.5 per inch of insulation, SPF insulation provides the added benefit of sealing leaks throughout a house. This is due to the fact that the material is sprayed on, allowing it to expand on application, filling in hidden cracks and holes like those often found in a home's attic, which can account for up to 15 percent of a home's energy loss. Additionally, by tightening up the envelope and increasing the R-value, the size of the HVAC system can be reduced by as much as 35 percent.

There are 113 million single-family homes in the United States. If each of these homes used an insulation like SPF to tighten up their envelopes and increase R-values, American's could have their homes be more energy efficient in the long run.

Missy White
Spray Foam Coalition
202-466-6614
Small Brush with Frame
Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC
 
One of the most treasured awards I received from CSI is the Ben John Small Memorial Award. First presented in 1996, and limited to one per year, only eleven people have received this award.

The award, originally intended "to honor those who have achieved outstanding stature and proficiency as specifiers," is named after Ben John Small, charter member and president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter. Ben was well known as an educator; he was a frequent lecturer at Columbia University, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He wrote columns for Pencil Points Magazine, which later became Progressive Architecture. He also wrote a number of books, including Architectural Practice, Building check list, and Streamlined specifications standards. (I have two of these books in my library.)

A couple of years after receiving the award, I was at the CSI office in Alexandria for an Institute board meeting. I recalled seeing an article about Ben John Small in the Construction Specifier, but all I could remember was that his son worked at the Smithsonian. I had a little extra time before my flight, so I went to the Smithsonian in hopes of meeting him.

I started my search at the information desk. "I'm looking for someone named Small. Do you know where I could find him?"

With a somewhat stern look, the receptionist replied, "Mr. Small is on the hill today. What did you want to see him about?"

I told her the Small I was looking for might be the son of Ben John Small. She asked for my phone number and said she would pass it on. And that, I thought, was that.

Later that day, as I was leaving for the airport, my cell phone rang.

"Is this Sheldon Wolfe?"

"Yes. What can I do for you?"

"This is Lawrence Small, Secretary of the Smithsonian. I heard you stopped in to see me." You can imagine my surprise as I realized that this wasn't just some guy who worked at the Smithsonian, but the boss!

Mr. Small invited me to come back, but I didn't have time. He then told me to call him in advance the next time I was in Washington. I took him up on his offer and called before the next board meeting. After greeting me on the first floor, he gave me a behind-the-scenes tour of the Castle (the administrative home of the Smithsonian). His office was a museum in itself, with a space suit, the Lone Ranger's mask, a watch that was worn by an astronaut, and several other unique items on display. How much fun would it be to decorate your office with the entire Smithsonian to draw from?!

After talking about a controversial exhibit that included the nose of the Enola Gay, the B-19 used to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Lawrence told me an interesting story about the end of World War II. The story involved a pink cap that is part of the "Price of Freedom" exhibit in the Smithsonian. The cap belonged to Sandra Roche, who was born in 1945 in a Japanese internment camp in Weihsien, China (now Weifang). Food in the camp was inadequate, and Sandra developed rickets. The camp was liberated by seven American paratroopers 17 August 1945, just three days after Japan surrendered. Sandra's mother asked the paratroopers to sign the pink cap; she then used blue thread to embroider their signatures onto the cap.

And now, as Paul Harvey would say, "the rest of the story." About twenty years later, Lawrence met Sandra, and they were married in 1967.

Awards often mean little to people who don't belong to the organization that presents them. While the awards may be appreciated by members of the organization, and may contribute to obtaining other awards or honors, they typically don't have much impact on the recipient's job or career. The reason, of course, is that people outside of the organization don't know about the awards. Most people don't blow their own horns, so unless someone else does something to publicize awards, they remain secret.

CSI has a great history of preaching to the choir. It's fine to tell each other about what we're doing or what we've done, but shouldn't we also tell the rest of the world? If you're bringing in an expert, a top-notch speaker, or a celebrity to address a chapter meeting, spread the word! The construction community is the obvious target, but there are times when the general public should be invited. Many chapters have had a Frank Lloyd Wright impersonator speak, but how many realized that people who aren't involved in construction are FLW fans and invited them?

Promoting outside the chapter or region also applies to awards and honors. Awards committees at all levels should make notification part of their process. In most cases, it could be as simple as telling the recipient's boss about the award. My preference would be to use a card or a letter, but even an email would work. For more important awards, a press release could be sent to local newspapers.

Awards acknowledge the contributions of members within the organization, but they also can be a positive influence on members' careers.

 

2016, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

Agree? Disagree? Leave your comments at
http://swspecificthoughts.blogspot.com/

For more information...

Historians Protest New Enola Gay Exhibit http://bit.ly/2oNiwfl

Pink cap exhibit http://s.si.edu/2pqf2Dz

History of the Weihsien camp www.weihsien-paintings.org/index.htm
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Quiz Answers:

1. - c [AIA A201, 3.6]
2. - a [PDPG 11.3.1.3 and PDPG 13.9.2]
3. - a [AIA A201, 9.5.1]
4. - a [PDPG 11.3.20]
5. - a and c [PDPG 12.8.3]
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