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May 13, 2013 8:05 pm

President Vargo called the meeting to order with the following in attendance: Vernon, Buirge, Nagie, Watson, Fulton, Bosco, Moyta, Prindible, Miller, Bailey, Schuster, Thornton, and Matt Lander.

PRESIDENT:   Six Chapter members attended MARC last week and Chapter received 9 of 18 awards presented.

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

TREASURER:   Reviewed monthly report.  MOTION: To approve the treasurer’s report as submitted; proposed by Buirge, seconded by Miller; motion unanimously approved.

HOSPITALITY:   Next month’s meeting with entertainment is scheduled at Cefalo’s Restaurant.

PROGRAMS:   Chair thanks Chapter members for assistance this past year and will initiate planning for next year’s calendar during a July or August meeting.  July and August meetings will only be for board members to plan for 2013 - 2014 calendar year.

WEBSITE:   Schuster is in middle of complete revamp, which should be completed this summer; and is still working through third party who performs information changes.

PUBLICITY:   Postcards have been prepared for meetings; Chapter will submit a nomination next year for a Region award; and an electronic copy of The Specigram was distributed.

MEMBERSHIP:   Monthly total is 142 with 5 new members; Vargo will mentor anyone who steps forward to fulfill vacant chair; reviewed names of expiring memberships; and Vargo will forward to Institute the names of recently deceased members.

CERTIFICATION:   Reviewed monthly report; those board members not holding a CSI certification were encouraged to obtain one; CCS and CCCA study modules are missing information, while CCPR is being completely revamped; a member from Savannah Chapter passed CDT from our study program; and dates for Institute examinations were given.

AWARDS/SPEC COMPETITION:   Only one 2013 SketchSpec Section was submitted; Outstanding Chapter Commendation (OCC) paperwork was submitted to Institute; and Chapter related awards will be distributed at June meeting.

STUDENT OUTREACH:   Chapter received a thank you from Carnegie Mellon for April Chapter Meeting ‘Are You Smarter Than a Specifier’; and 8 of 10 MasterFormat copies to give to local higher education facilities, including Art Institute of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham College, and LaRoche.

GOLF OUTING:   Outing was planned at Grandview Golf Course, however several players preferred another course, so chair is investigating another possible courses.

MEMBER PROFILE:   Next member to be profiled on Chapter website is Frank Hughes.


OLD BUSINESS:   Chapter archiving continues; and Don Gold has a potential source for Chapter name tags and will obtain a sample, while negotiations continue with the previous source with a want of having name tags distributed at our September meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:   Since the AIA now requires a credit facilitator who must take an 8 hour course and be an AIA member, Vernon will consider the position; and MARC for 2017 may be given to our Chapter and if so, discussed possibility of combining with Erie and PA Railroad Chapters where event one day would be in Erie, another day in Altoona, and another day in Pittsburgh.

MOTION:  For adjournment at 8:55 PM, since there was no additional business before the Board; proposed by Prindible, seconded by Miller; motion unanimously approved.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Dennis Buirge - CCS, CCCA.