A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members April 1, 2010
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Today’s the Day!

The recent economic turmoil is changing the way business does business. So, how do you cope? The 2010 Annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey provides some answers. But today, April 1st, is the last day to participate, if you haven’t done so already.

The CODBS is a perfect resource for re-evaluating your strategic plan and measuring your costs against those of high profit as well as average businesses. All AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate. Click here to download the spreadsheet to submit your data.

AWI members are reminded that only participating AWI Manufacturing Members will receive a complimentary copy of the full report. In addition, all participants are eligible for entry into a drawing for a $500 gift card. Non-participants will receive an Executive Summary only and the opportunity to purchase the report.
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AWI “Award of Excellence” Program: Business Exposure Tool

Do you have what it takes to earn an AWI "Award of Excellence"? What can you do to earn an award?

Start by submitting your application for the next AOE honors program – summer 2010. 

Use an AOE award to market your excellence and gain a competitive edge during these challenging times when others are seeking entry into your markets. All Manufacturing Members are eligible to participate. Gain exposure among the outstanding projects of AWI Manufacturing Members who are featured in Design Solutions Magazine, AWI’s official quarterly journal.

Visit awinet.org for submission forms. The deadline for submissions for the next quarterly (summer) AOE honors program is May 1, 2010. Benefits to AOE honorees include exposure in the online issue of the journal which is open for business 24/7, plus distribution to more than 25,000 industry professionals.

Photo Credit: Warren H. Lieb, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Pictured is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects featured in the fall AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. The Potts Residence in Daniel Island, SC is a boat builder’s dream home featuring a plethora of wood in a variety of applications fabricated by Art of Woodwork & Design Charleston, LLC in SC. The project included Brazilian Cherry for wood flooring; Poplar and Birch for standing and running trim, doors, fluted columns, wainscot, mantels, coffered ceilings and paneling; Spanish Cedar on the stairs; Pecky Cypress in the family room; and Teak, Mahogany, Maple and Holly in the media room. Other views of this project can be seen in the winter issue of Design Solutions.
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Managing Multiple Generations in the Workplace

With four generations of employees in today’s workplace, age-related diversity issues are increasingly significant. To cultivate a more cohesive environment, companies must educate themselves and their employees about generational differences.

Traditionalists, also known as "Veterans," are 63 years or older. They are:

  • Loyal
  • Conservative
  • Detail-oriented
  • Respectful of authority
  • Acknowledgement-seeking

    Baby Boomers are approximately 44-62 years old. Many plan to work past retirement age. Regarded as the largest and most influential generation, Baby Boomers are:
  • Competitive
  • "Workaholics"
  • Optimistic
  • Results-oriented
  • Respect-seeking
  • Personally fulfilled by workplace contributions
  • Relationship-focused
  • Nonconformists

    Generation X-ers are 28 to 43 years old. They are:
  • Independent
  • Appreciative of structure and direction, but not micromanagement
  • Loyal, but unattached to any one organization
  • Fans of flexibility and work-life balance

    Generation Y, also known as the "Millennials," are age 27 and younger. This technologically-savvy generation, which has the highest turnover rate, is fast-approaching the Baby Boomers in numbers. They are:
  • Confident non-conformists
  • Collaborative
  • Open-minded
  • Socially conscious
  • Demanding
  • Seeking personal satisfaction in their work
  • Multi-taskers who want work-life balance

    How can organizations help these four groups work better together?

    1. Adjust communication.
    A Traditionalist or Baby Boomer might prefer a face-to-face meeting whereas a Generation X or Y employee may prefer e-mail. Employees need to accommodate each group’s style.

    2. Encourage mentoring.
    Mentoring allows employees to learn from one another. Older employees are equally eager to learn as their younger colleagues.

    3. Customize motivation and incentives.
    While older employees may value monetary incentives, younger employees might prefer time off.

    4. Conduct more creative recruiting.
    Consider flexible hours and telecommuting, which appeals to younger and older workers alike, or offering volunteering as a benefit to attract Generation Y, which has the highest volunteer rate.

    Article provided by Administaff (NYSE: ASF), the nation’s leading professional employer organization (PEO), serving as a full-service human resources department that provides small and medium-sized businesses with administrative relief, big-company benefits, reduced liabilities and a systematic way to improve productivity.  The company operates 49 sales offices in 24 major markets. For more information about Administaff, call 800.465.3800 or visit www.administaff.com. Administaff is an AWI Affinity Partner.

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    Learning Forum

    Buy 1 Get 1 Free Scholarships Available for AWI Education Programs

    One day remains for the Buy 1 Get 1 Free scholarship offer AWI is extending to members who wish to attend the AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars, April 29-May 1, in Marina Del Rey, CA. Education is a critical factor in tough competitive times like these. Tomorrow, April 2 is the deadline for this special offer and for registration. How do you tap into this free $20,000 educational resource?

    See the attached for scholarship fund rules and application procedures. Funds are still available, but only on a first-come, first-serve basis. Invest in cross-training of your employees. Give them the tools they need to not only keep your company alive, but also to help it thrive. Tap into the outstanding education sessions at the AWI Spring Professional Development Seminars to distinguish your company and its resources from the competition. Knowledge is power!

    For seminar descriptions and to register for the Spring Professional Development Seminars, click here.
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    Did You Know...about the AWS?

    By Shows Leary, AWI Quality Certification Program Inspector

    Familiarity with the AWI Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards Illustrated (QSI) can no longer be relied on in woodwork project specifications where the Architectural Woodwork Standards introduced in August 2009 supercede the QSI. Don’t assume the standards are the same. Learn about back priming of standing and running trim.

    As a service to architectural woodworkers, we will report about some of the differences between the QSI and AWS in each issue of AWI e-briefs to help members educate themselves about the changes.

    Back Priming of Standing and Running Trim

    The QSI requirement for factory back priming of standing and running trim is that factory finished moldings shall be back primed with one coat of sealer or primer. The requirement for back priming of standing and running trim in the AWS is seen on page 113, item standing and running trim shall have one coat at 1 mil dry for premium and custom Grade. No difference between the QSI and the AWS.

    About the author: Shows Leary has been an AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) inspector since 1996. He has served as QCP's Regional Representative and as a member of the Quality Certification Corporation Board of Directors and Board of Appeals. He is an alternate member of the AWI Technical Committee. Contact Shows Leary at shows@showsleary.com.

    The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) makes every effort to ensure that published information is accurate and current. Neither AWI, nor any content contributor, officer, or employee of AWI warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published in AWI NewsBriefs and/or AWI e-briefs, nor endorses any products, services or other information resources linked from AWI’s editorial content and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of the information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk.
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    AWS Errata Web Site

    Architectural woodworkers are reminded to check the Errata Web site for the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) for updated information which is posted as data changes.

    Visit http://www.aws-errata.com/ for errors and corrections to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) jointly produced and published by the three developers: AWI, the Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI).
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    Understanding & Marketing AWS: Upcoming Presentations

    With the release of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), members of the AWI Speakers Bureau, AWI chapters, staff and others are/will be making presentations to architectural woodworkers, architects, designers and contractors about the differences between the AWI Quality Standards Illustrated and AWS. Watch for news of special presentations in your area.

    AWI Wisconsin Chapter
    When: April 27, 2010 (1:00 – 5:00 pm)
    What: One-half Day AWS Workshop
    Presenter: Mike Bell, Kentucky Millwork
    Information: See attached
    Questions: Contact Chapter Officers

    AWI Empire State Chapter
    When: May 5, 2010
    What: AWS002 Training
    Where: SWBR Architects, Rochester, NY
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers

    The AWS is jointly produced by AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute.
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    AWI News

    2010 AWI Membership Resource Directory in the Mail

    The annual AWI "who’s who" reference guide to all AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members in good standing is on its way. Your copy should arrive by April 15.

    The AWI Membership Resource Directory is a complement to AWI’s online Directory of Members which has been updated as well.
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    Do You Sell Saws?

    If you make or distribute Straight Line Rip or Gang Rip Saws for woodworking operations, you know more than anybody about them. Help us out.

    The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) needs an expert to write Skill Standards for operators. Your time commitment will be about one hour per week for four weeks. There are no meetings to attend, no travel away from home. E-mail your inquiry or interest to gheuer@woodworkcareer.org.
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    Industry News

    A Date to Remember for IWF Atlanta

    IWF Atlanta, August 25-28, 2010, is offering discounts for registration prior to July 23. Remember that date and act early to benefit.

    General Registration Info
    If you register before July 23, 2010, the cost is $20 per badge and the badge is good for all four days of the show. AWI members, however, receive a bigger discount an additional $5 discount off the price. Click here to take advantage of this offer.

    After the July 23, 2010 early registration deadline, the cost is $25 per badge.

    To assure you receive your housing preference for IWF Atlanta, use this association member link to arrange for accommodations. AWI members should use the special access codes (Login = IWF; password = AWI) to reserve housing (not IWF registration).

    Technical Conference Sessions
    The cost for attending the Technical Conference sessions at IWF 2010 is $45 for registrations made before July 23, 2010 and $55 for registrations made after the July 23, 2010 early registration deadline.  You must register for a show badge to attend any Technical Conference session. This registration fee is uniform for all attendees – no additional discounts are available.

    For attendees, IWF has scheduled 21 seminars in six tracks, including the AWI presentation of "LEED® - Green - Sustainable Woodwork" on Thursday, August 26, 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

    This program explores the relationships between the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ of the U.S. Green Building Council project specifications and the use of wood and wood products. It is intended for general-level design professionals, end-use customers, and woodworkers who are unfamiliar with the LEED® requirements. The concept of LEED® points or credits are related to AWI’s support of sustainable architecture and the use of wood, nature’s renewable resource.  Attendees take home an understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of using FSC-certified materials. The program reviews green lumber, panel products, veneers, and doors.

    Click here for Information on all the educational tracks.
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    February Construction Rises 5% -- A Positive Sign

    At an annual rate of $440.9 billion (seasonally adjusted), new construction starts in February climbed 5% from the previous month, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. 

    Much of the lift was provided by the public works sector, reflecting strength for both transportation and environmental projects.  Residential building also showed improvement in February, but nonresidential building slipped back after January’s gain, according to McGraw-Hill.  For the first two months of 2010, total construction on an unadjusted basis came in at $57.2 billion, essentially the same amount as reported during the first two months of 2009.

    The February statistics produced a reading of 93 for the Dodge Index (2000=100), up from 89 in January.  "The pattern shown during February is what’s expected for 2010 as a whole – more public works construction, improved activity for residential building, but further weakness for nonresidential building," stated Robert A. Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction.  The positives for housing include low mortgage rates and a shrinking inventory of unsold homes.  For nonresidential building, however, the tough environment for project financing remains a substantial constraint."

    Residential building, at $141.3 billion (annual rate), rose 5% in February, according to McGraw-Hill.  Single family housing grew 3%, continuing the gradual upward movement that began last spring.  By region, gains for single family housing were reported in the west (up 1%), the south central (up 2%), the northeast (up 3%), and the midwest (up 14%), but the South Atlantic retreated (down 2%).  Multifamily housing, while still at a very weak level, increased 23% in February.  Over the past two years, the number of large multifamily projects has fallen substantially, so the February start of two apartment buildings represents a departure from recent experience.

    Nonresidential building in February dropped 7% to $147.3 billion (annual rate), after posting a 12% gain in January.  Healthcare facilities also retreated from a strong January, falling 34%.  February declines were also registered by manufacturing plants, down 24%; and churches, down 28%.

    On the plus side, the nonresidential total in February featured a 25% increase for educational buildings.  The public buildings category in February grew 9%, helped by the start of a $75 million historic renovation project for City Hall in New York NY.  Other institutional categories with February gains were dormitories, up 19%; and amusement-related projects, up 9%.

    McGraw-Hill reported that additional perspective is obtained by looking at twelve-month moving totals, in this case the twelve months ending February 2010 compared to the twelve months ending February 2009.  On this basis, total construction is down 20%, reflecting this pattern by sector – residential building, down 21%; nonbuilding construction, down 6%; and nonresidential building, down 28%.  By region, the twelve months ending February 2010 showed this behavior for total construction compared to the prior twelve months – the Northeast, down 11%; the South Central, down 18%; the South Atlantic, down 20%; the West, down 22%; and the Midwest, down 23%.

    See the press release dated March 18, 2010 for more detail.
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    Federal Scene

    Two New Tax Benefits Aid Employers Who Hire and Retain Unemployed Workers

    On March 18, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that two new tax benefits are now available to employers hiring workers who were previously unemployed or only working part time. These provisions are part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act enacted into law the same day.

    Employers who hire unemployed workers this year (after February 3, 2010 and before January 1, 2011) may qualify for a 6.2% payroll tax incentive, in effect exempting them from their share of Social Security taxes on wages paid to these workers after the date of enactment. This reduced tax withholding will have no effect on the employee’s future Social Security benefits, and employers would still need to withhold the employee’s 6.2% share of Social Security taxes, as well as income taxes. The employer and employee’s shares of Medicare taxes would also still apply to these wages.

    In addition, for each worker retained for at least a year, businesses may claim an additional general business tax credit, up to $1,000 per worker, when they file their 2011 income tax returns.

    The two tax benefits are especially helpful to employers who are adding positions to their payrolls. New hires filling existing positions also qualify but only if the workers they are replacing left voluntarily or for cause. Family members and other relatives do not qualify.

    In addition, the new law requires that the employer get a statement from each eligible new hire certifying that he or she was unemployed during the 60 days before beginning work or, alternatively, worked fewer than a total of 40 hours for someone else during the 60-day period. The IRS is currently developing a form employees can use to make the required statement. Businesses, agricultural employers, tax-exempt organizations and public colleges and universities all qualify to claim the payroll tax benefit for eligible newly-hired employees. Household employers cannot claim this new tax benefit.

    Employers claim the payroll tax benefit on the federal employment tax return they file, usually quarterly, with the IRS. Eligible employers will be able to claim the new tax incentive on their revised employment tax form for the second quarter of 2010. Revised forms and further details on these two new tax provisions will be posted on www.IRS.gov during the next few weeks.
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    President Obama Signs HIRE Act

    The HIRE Act (H.R. 2847), signed by President Barack Obama on March 18, contains helpful provisions for subcontractors and small businesses.

    The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) reported that measures it supported are included in the new law:

  • A one-year extension of a tax provision that allows small businesses to write off up to $250,000 of capital expenditures; and
  • An expansion of the Build America Bonds program, which provides a federal subsidy for state and local governments' cost of borrowing for building and infrastructure investment.

    Good news for the construction industry.

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    ASA Publishes Health Care Report about New Law

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) became law on March 23 after months of contentious debate. So how does it affect small businesses?

    Some provisions will affect businesses immediately while others will be phased in over the next several years. The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) has published an analysis, ASA Special Report: Health Care 2010. The report explains the law’s creation of small-business health plan "exchanges" and tax credits; its mandates and penalties; and its changes to the tax code, including tax-advantaged medical accounts.

    For more information, contact ASA at 703.684.3450, Ext. 1333, or GovernmentRelations@asa-hq.com. Access is available to ASA members.

    In addition, The Wall Street Journal (paid subscription) published a summary of the major elements of the law and their effective dates. Visit www.wsj.com to research the archives.

    For information on how the U.S. Small Business Administration defines a small business go to: www.fedaccess.com/what-is-small-business.htm.

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    Fairness in Federal Construction

    If your company performs federal contract work, you should learn about the Construction Quality Assurance Act of 2009 (HR 3492). The legislation bans bid shopping and bid peddling.

    The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) is working to change practices by contractors whose bids have been accepted by the government and who subsequently negotiate with a subcontractor to perform at a lower price than that used to calculate the bid.

    To learn more about the issues, and the actions that ASA is taking, visit www.asaonline.com and Click on "Advocacy & Contracts" on the top menu bar. There is currently a direct line to HR 3492 on the home page of the site. The ASA Web site contains features to allow advocates to contact their Members of Congress. ASA is working to gain additional sponsors for the legislation to get the bill moving.
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    Green Scene

    Saving Energy Prime Factor Driving Green Construction

    A green building survey shows support for green construction remains high, although saving energy is the top priority.

    The 4th Annual Allen Matkins/CTG/Green Building Insider Green Building Survey revealed that building green remained nearly unanimous at 92%. However, support for LEED® certification slipped 4.7% in 2009 to 62%. "Cost is a major driver for green building in this economic downturn," Green Building Insider noted.

    To view the survey results, click here. Over 1600 construction and design professionals responded to the survey.
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    Safety Matters

    CNA Risk Control Webinars

    Tap into the resources of AWI Safety Partner CNA for complimentary Webinars on a variety of risk control topics.  Here’s a list of upcoming events.

    April Construction Industry Focus

    Does Your Safety Behavior Include Driving?
    Date: April 6, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenters: Gary Clevenger and Dennis Powell, CNA

    SORCE on Demand — An Online Learning Tool for Construction Workers
    Date: April 20, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenters: Gary Clevenger and Joe Wallace, CNA

    Risk Transfer Solutions for Subcontractors
    Date: April 27, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenters: Attorney Michael Davis, Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Martin and Shari Falkenburg, CNA

    May Manufacturing Industry Focus

    Hurricane Preparedness
    Date: May 4, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenter: Tom Gray, CNA

    Drug and Alcohol Use: What Do Employers Need to Know?
    Date: May 7, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenters: President, Mary Hines, Substance Abuse Pro- gram Administrators Association (SAPAA) and Shari Falkenburg, CNA

    Electrical Arc Flash Safety and Risk Management
    Date: May 11, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenters: Shari Falkenburg, CNA and Joe Weigel, Schneider Electric

    Updates: Labels and Warnings in Product Liability Prevention
    Date: May 17, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenter: David Ludwin, CNA

    Managing the Latino Workforce
    Date: May 21, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenters: Hector Escarcega, Bilingual Solutions Int’l and David Ludwin, CNA

    Motion is Money — Managing your Business Economy
    Date: May 27, 2:00 p.m. EST
    Presenter: Brian Roberts, CNA 

    To register for a CNA School of Risk Control Excellence Webinar visit: www.cna.com/riskcontrol. Under SORCE, see the Webinar section.
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    Chapter News

    Chapter Developments

    The AWI Central PA and New Jersey Chapters held a "Strategies for Success" meeting on March 25, which attracted about 50 participants.

    Members of the two chapters heard Steve Waltman, Vice President of Strategic Sales and Marketing for Stiles Machinery, set the stage for discussion of various strategies during the program.

    Pictured are (left to right): Paul Hansen, ETemplate Systems; Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery; and AWI New Jersey Chapter President John Gehman, Architectural Woodwork Associates, LLC, Frenchtown, NJ.

    In other news, the AWI Georgia Chapter has freshened its Web site, www.awigeorgia.org. Congratulations!

    All chapters are reminded that newsletters and Web sites will be evaluated in the 2010 Chapter D.R.I.V.E. program and the best of the best will be recognized with honors at the AWI Convention, October 27-30, 2010 in Denver.
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    The Race Continues!

    Which 11 AWI chapters have achieved "AWI Distinguished Chapter" status so far in 2010?

    Congratulations to the following AWI chapters. Your efforts are commendable. Keep up the good work in the 2010 AWI Chapter D.R.I.V.E. Campaign.

    Carolinas Chapter
    Central PA Chapter
    Colorado Chapter
    Florida Chapter
    Georgia Chapter
    Great Lakes Chapter
    Heart of America Chapter
    New England Chapter
    Ohio Valley Chapter
    Texas Chapter
    Wisconsin Chapter

    Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services, reminds all other AWI chapters there is still plenty of time to gain recognition as a "Distinguished Chapter" this year. Contact him at gbednar@awinet.org, if you need more information about the steps you need to take to reach this goal.

    Chapters will be honored during the 58th AWI Annual Convention, October 27-30, 2010 in Denver, CO.
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    Upcoming Chapter Events

    What’s happening in your local AWI chapters and architectural woodwork communities?

    Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

    AWI Arizona Chapter
    When: April 4, 2010 (11:30 am)
    What: Chapter Meeting, SkillsUSA Update, Veneer/Sanding Presentation, Roundtable Discussion on "Surviving in this Economy"
    Where: Louis and Company Tech Center, Phoenix, AZ
    Information: Carlos Castillo, Stiles Machinery, ccastillo@stilesmachinery.com
    , 310.418.6680 (p) 

    AWI New Jersey Chapter
    When: April 8, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Arizona Chapter
    When: April 12, 2010
    What: Sponsorship and Involvement in SkillsUSA Competition
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers

    AWI Carolinas Chapter
    When: April 13, 2010
    What: Involvement in SkillsUSA North Carolina Competition
    Where: Greensboro, NC
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Heart of America Chapter
    When: April 15, 2010
    What: Judging of SkillsUSA Competition by Chapter Members
    Where: Wichita, KS
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Carolinas Chapter
    When: April 16, 2010
    What: Involvement in SkillsUSA South Carolina Competition
    Where: Columbia, SC
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
    When: April 16, 2010 (7:30 am - 4:15 pm)
    What: Chapter Meeting and "Results Oriented Selling in the ‘New Normal Economy’" Program
    Presenters: Michael Strickland Group
    Where: Indianapolis Marriott East, Indianapolis, IN
    Information: See attached
    Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Georgia Chapter
    When: April 16, 2010 (11:00 am – 1:30 pm)
    What: Spring General Membership Meeting and Presentation by ETemplate Systems about their Universal 3D Digital Field Measuring System
    Presenter: Paul Hansen of ETemplate Systems
    Information & Registration: Bruce Robb, 678.495.3935 (p); bruce.robb@myinsidesign.com
     or Jere McCorkle, 404.456.8837 (p), Jmccorkle@hardwoodweb.com

    AWI Iowa/Nebraska Chapter
    When: April 23, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Chesapeake & Potomac Chapter
    When: May 4, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers

    AWI Chicago Chapter
    When: May 12, 2010
    What Chapter Meeting & Presentation on "Finishing Systems"
    Presenter: Joe Binder
    Special Guest: AWI National Director Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery, Inc.
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI New England Chapter
    When: May 19, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting & Associate Product Fair
    Where: Doubletree Hotel, Westborough, MA
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Great Lakes Chapter
    When: May 19, 2010 (1:00 – 5:00 pm)
    What: Tour of Traverwood Branch, Ann Arbor Library; LEED® Presentation; followed by dinner and General Membership Meeting at another location
    Where: Ann Arbor, MI
    Presenter: AWI Sustainability Resources Representative Rob Ziegelmeier
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter 
    When: May 20, 2010
    What "Growing Your Own: Investing in Your Most Valuable Asset," including an update on the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America, National Skill Standards, and WoodLINKS USA.
    Presenter: L. Duane Griffiths, Professor, Author, Manager of Educational Services, Stiles Machinery
    Where: Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
    Information: Program/Registration
    Questions: Garry Astles, President, Central PA Chapter; gastles@northwayind.com 

    AWI Colorado Chapter
    When: May 20, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Heart of America
    When: May 20, 2010
    What: Chapter Meeting
    Special Guest: AWI National Director Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery, Inc.
    Host: Salina Planing Mill, Salina, KS
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    AWI Carolinas Chapter
    When: May 21, 2010
    What: Membership Meeting
    Special Guest: AWI Past President Ed Brewer, Louisville Lumber & Millwork
    Where: Myrtle Beach, SC
    Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

    All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues. Also, if your chapter is involved in local and regional SkillsUSA competitions, advise AWI. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at gbednar@awinet.org.
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    The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published April 15, 2010.

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    Competition, AWI plays
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