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March 11, 2014 5:30 pm

President Vargo called the meeting to order with the following in attendance: Vernon, Strayer, Buirge, Nagie, McNamee, Bosco, Dorenkott, Moyta, Prindible, Miller, Bailey, Carnegie, Thornton, and Chapter Members John Bliss and Josh Telenko.

PRESIDENT:  A written report was submitted that included the following highlights: upcoming events for Chapter, Middle Atlantic Region, and local industry meetings; Chapter election information; summary of the “Specifications for Non-Specifiers” presentation to Art Institute; and a proposed modification regarding membership loyalty program to Chapter Policy.  Vargo stated that term of ‘Chapter Convention Ambassador’ will remain in Chapter Policy Manual.  MOTION: To accept written Chapter Member Loyalty Program and Policy as submitted; proposed by Miller, seconded by Nagie; motion unanimously approved.

SECRETARY:   MOTION: To approve the minutes of January Board Meeting as submitted; proposed by Miller, seconded by Nagie; motion unanimously approved.  Note: There was no board meeting in February.

TREASURER:   Reviewed monthly reports; and Food Bank cashed gift check from December meeting.  MOTION: To approve January and February financial reports as submitted; proposed by Strayer, seconded by Prindible; motion unanimously approved.

HOSPITALITY:   April - Cefalo’s Restaurant; May - catered at tour; and June is tentatively scheduled at Cefalo’s Restaurant.

PROGRAMS:   April - “Are You Smarter Than a Specifier” (questionnaire was sent to CMU and Chatham College); May - tour of Lampus manufacturing plant in Aliquippa, PA; and June - Awards program.

WEBSITE:   Still working out issues on how to use PayPal on website, which should be resolved by next month; and Nagie will create a form as a paper trail for verifying PayPal.

PUBLICITY:   Bliss will forward information for next month’s tour for distribution to membership.

MEMBERSHIP:   Monthly total is 138; and reviewed names of expiring memberships.

TECHNICAL/EDUCATION:   Considering an early June seminar at MasterBuilders to review LEED Version 4 with a panel type discussion consisting of a local contractor, GBA representative, manufacturer’s representative, and an architect.

CERTIFICATION:   Early registration ends on 01-31 for spring Institute examinations, while late registration ends 02-28 for tests being given between 03-31 and 04-26.

AWARDS/SPEC COMPETITION:   Nine Pittsburgh Chapter members received 6 Region awards; and one group of Institute Awards are due 05-02-14 and another on 07-15-14, some requiring endorsements.

LONG RANGE PLANNING:   Announced current slate of candidates for upcoming Chapter elections, which includes a strong mix of individuals having different job positions and equal gender representation.


OLD BUSINESS:   Reimbursement is available for those attending Middle Atlantic Region Conference.


MOTION:  For adjournment at 6:10 PM, since there was no additional business before the Board; proposed by Prindible, seconded by McNamee; motion unanimously approved.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Dennis Buirge - CCS, CCCA.