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November 12, 2013 5:20 pm

President Vargo called the meeting to order with the following in attendance: Vernon, Strayer, Buirge, Nagie, McNamee, Fulton, Dorenkott, Moyta, Prindible, Miller, Geist, Lander, Carnegie, and Thornton.

PRESIDENT:   Prior to the meeting, Vargo emailed comments to the Board, which included the following general topics: November program items; holiday party sponsors update; Institute news regarding fall membership promotion; four website issues and changes; student outreach presentation summary; and collaboration activities with GBA.

SECRETARY:   MOTION: To approve the minutes of October Meeting as submitted; proposed by Nagie, seconded by Strayer; motion unanimously approved.

TREASURER:   Reviewed monthly report and revised 2013 - 2014 budget.  MOTION: To approve the treasurer’s report; proposed by Watson, seconded by Buirge; motion unanimously approved.  MOTION: To approve the revised yearly budget; proposed by Miller, seconded by Prindible; motion unanimously approved.

HOSPITALITY:   The minimum number of tables for December meeting at Chadwick in Wexford, PA for Dessert Mini-Product Show have been committed and are now working on bar sponsors; a lottery tree is planned and currently considering a Chinese auction; a list of attendees will be given to each table sponsor; no decision yet on AIA design boards; and cost will remain at $35 per person.

PROGRAMS:   December - Dessert Mini-Product Show; January - Joint meeting with MBA/AIA and Joint Committee Best Practices; February - Speed Dating; and two other programs will be a building tour and the repeat program Are You Smarter Than a Specifier.

WEBSITE:   Discussed advertising which we cannot currently modify, however the vendor could revise site software at a yearly cost so our Chapter could make change; forms are available for advertisers; and will set up PayPal accounts.

PUBLICITY:   Information will be posted about 1-1/2 to 2 weeks before Chapter meetings; GBA desires to exchange information about meetings; and any information for emails blasts should be sent to Miller, Schuster, and Vargo.

MEMBERSHIP:   Monthly total is 142; Chapter will give three free memberships at tonight’s meeting; reviewed names of expired memberships; one director did not renew membership, so Vargo appointed Schuster as a replacement; membership information was uploaded on Google drive; and Institute is having 20% off on memberships during week of November 18th - 22nd.

TECHNICAL/EDUCATION:   A 90 minute seminar costing $30 for members and $35 for non-members on “Commercial Roofing Materials” by Kris Kennedy with AIA credits is planned on 11-21-13 at MasterBuilders with a registration start of 8:30 that includes a continental breakfast.

CERTIFICATION:   One Chapter member, John Walker, passed CDT Institute exam; and while Chapter study guide is available on a CD for approximately $125, Institute on-line study course and practice exams are $50 each.

AWARDS/SPEC COMPETITION:   Region award nominations are being prepared for December deadline with 13 awards for 18 members.

STUDENT OUTREACH:   Presentation to CMU went well with time afterward for student and faculty interaction that included pizza and drinks.



NEW BUSINESS:   Member profile will be selected tonight for next Specigram.

MOTION:  For adjournment at 6:05 PM, since the Board desired to fellowship with members and guests of our Chapter and ASHRAE regarding the combined membership meeting; proposed by Miller, seconded by Fulton; motion unanimously approved.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Dennis Buirge - CCS, CCCA.