A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members June 17, 2010

Last Call to Save on Hotel Rooms for IWF Atlanta

The block of hotel rooms reserved for AWI member accommodations at IWF 2010 will be released on July 2nd. If you have not made hotel reservations to attend IWF 2010, August 25-28, 2010 in Atlanta, do by July 2nd to take advantage of the discount. Fees will go up and rooms only will be available at the rack rate thereafter.

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 (Log in = IWF; password = AWI) to reserve housing (not IWF registration). The accommodations are at the Hyatt Regency.

You can also save on registration fees. 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.

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Green Scene

Certified Wood Standard in Fourth Comment Period until July 4

Over 1,100 responses from the third round of comments on the LEED® Certified Wood Standard credits prompted the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to launch another comment period on the much-talked-about Benchmark language. Interested AWI members can learn what is being proposed now and submit comments by July 4.

The LEED Steering Committee, Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group and the USGBC staff have drafted recommended changes to the Forest Certification Benchmark and are seeking comments only on certain revisions to the standard during this fourth public comment period.

To view those changes and the elements of the Benchmark, visit www.usgbc.org. The fourth comment period will close on July 4 at 5:00 pm PDT.
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SFI Continues to Urge the USGBC to Support North America's Forests

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) – the world's largest single forest certification standard – continues to urge the U.S. Green Building Council "to end a forest certification policy that discriminates against North American forests and against almost all of the independent forest certification standards used in the United States and Canada."  

SFI reported that, "There are few substantial changes between the 3rd round of benchmarks and the 4th round of benchmarks.  The 81 benchmarks as currently drafted remain overly detailed and complex.  In many instances, benchmarks are vague and will require further interpretation on the intent.  It's worth noting no other building material has to go through this level of scrutiny for just one point."  

"The USGBC benchmark development process, which officially began in 2005, may result in the continued exclusion of independent forest certification standards used in North America, including SFI, the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the Canadian Standards Association's (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management Standard, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC)," said SFI.  "With close to 200 million acres (81 million hectares) certified to the SFI Standard in North America, and another 183 million more acres (74 million hectares) certified to CSA and ATFS combined, more than three quarters of the certified fiber in North America is not recognized by LEED's certified wood credit.  Excluding these programs means excluding responsibly-managed, third-party certified forests and the communities and jobs that depend on them in the United States and Canada," said SFI. 

"The USGBC continues to fall short when recognizing the true merits of wood," said Jason Metnick, SFI Senior Director of Market Access and Product Labeling.

SFI also lists the sources of support for multiple forest certification standards and relevant arguments. For more details, see the compilation of information on the SFI Web site, which includes sources supporting multiple forest certification standards as well as the relevant arguments posed.

  • Quotes and statements from elected officials, government agencies, professional foresters and other stakeholders across North America who have voiced concern over exclusive forest certification policies in green building rating tools are available on the SFI site here.
  • SFI’s March 2010 statement can be viewed here.
  • Fact Sheet on SFI and Green Building can be downloaded here.
  • SFI video clip on the USGBC, green building and forest certification can be viewed here.

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LEED ® Buildings May Be Green, but Some Are Also Toxic, Study Says

A new study from a health-research nonprofit organization says LEED buildings are not quite the bastions of healthy and safety as they appear. Opinions from a variety of sources are adding to the discussion about the study at FastCompany.com (free subscription).

Learn more and join the discussion by clicking here.
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Learning Forum

Registration Opens for AWI National / Empire State Chapter Summer Seminars

Carve out time July 30-31 for the next round of AWI Professional Development Seminars. The AWI Empire State Chapter will host summer sessions for estimating and project managers in the Albany, New York area. Registration is now open!

What’s on the agenda? Click here for more details about the "Fundamentals of Estimating" and "Fundamentals of Project Management" sessions. What could be more vital to the success of your business than these fundamental tasks?

Send your new employees to learn the basics; send novice managers to fine-tune fundamental knowledge and skills. Participants will be certain to improve their skills, increase efficiency, refresh their minds and recharge their batteries. Building your foundation with knowledge can increase your firm’s ability to compete in the crowded marketplace.

Registration is open. Sign up early – space is limited.

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Registration Open for AWI Convention: Sign Up Early and Save!

Find out how you can Refresh, Recharge, Reconnect at the AWI Convention, October 27-30, 2010 in Denver, CO.

The AWI Convention Planning Committee has produced an outstanding program with enlightening education sessions packed with information you can use for business and professional growth, AWI President Doug Carney announced. These are tough economic times and the program addresses today’s realities that are challenging so many members. Don’t miss this important event; it’s a wise investment in your business.

Check out the full program coming to your mailbox soon. And, watch for management and other news about programs that impact the business of woodworking in the July, August and September issues of AWI’s monthly print newsletter, NewsBriefs. AWI E-briefs will also deliver news about content beginning in July through August.

Meanwhile, look at the impressive listing of events on the AWI Web site. Sign up at awinet.org. Early bird registration ends September 3.
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IWF 2010 Announces New Cabinets to Countertops Symposium

IWF and the International Surface Fabrication Association (ISFA) are partnering on a one-day Symposium August 24th titled "Turning Opportunity into Profit," scheduled during IWF 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The one-day program will provide important information for Countertop and Cabinetry companies that will enable them to improve their manufacturing process, implement new technology, market to their potential customers, and make a profit.

The program will include the following topics and speakers:

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks, Evan Kruger of Solid Tops LLC & President of ISFA "Money on the Table: Don’t Forget the Countertop," Russ Berry of A.S.S.T.
  • "Cutting Edge Materials: Performance Characteristics & New Applications," Russ Berry of A.S.S.T.
  • "What Architects Want: How to Host a Killer Specifier’s Event," Grant Garcia of Sterling Surfaces
  • "What it Takes to Gear Up for Countertop Fabrication, "Outsource vs. In-House: The Profitability Tipping Point," Mike Job of Quality Surfaces
  • "Survey Says…Countertop Trends, Margins & Pricing, Consumer Preference," Russ Lee Executive Director of ISFA and Kevin Cole of ISFA
  • "Putting it all Together: Case Study," Russ Berry of A.S.S.T.

"The new Symposium provides another educational opportunity for cabinetry and countertop professionals to learn at IWF. For the advanced registration price of $175.00 you have the opportunity to get face-to-face with the decorative surfacing industry’s best and brightest for the entire day and see new products at IWF.

For more information about the IWF 2010 Technical Conference program go online to www.iwfatlanta.com.
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Workshop on Global Competitiveness of Hardwood Products

Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. is a cosponsor of the "Global Competitiveness of Hardwood Products: Strategies for Success in a Chinese Market" workshop on August 23-24, 2010, at the Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne, VA.

The program is designed for forest products trade organizations, forest products industry personnel, corporate executives, timberland investors - REITs/TIMOs, and Appalachian Hardwood producers. This conference explores the opportunities and barriers confronting the U.S. hardwood market in an increasingly challenging global economy. Industry leaders from both the U.S. and China will discuss strategies to improve trade relationships and eliminate trade barriers. Presentation topics include US-China trade barriers, Lacey Act, Housing market outlook, and increasing global competitiveness.

Reservations should be made no later than July 20, 2010 for preferred rate. For information, contact Sue Dimmick, Event Coordinator, WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, by phone at 304.293.0020 or by e-mail at sue.dimmick@mail.wvu.edu.
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Business Tools

Open the Door to New Business with an AWI “Award of Excellence”

Looking for potential new customers? Need a reason to stay in touch with your past and present customers. Tell them you earned an AWI "Award of Excellence." How do you start the process?

Submit your application for the next "Award of Excellence" (AOE) honors program – fall 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 (fall) AOE honors program is August 1, 2010. Benefits to AOE honorees include exposure in the online issue of Design Solutions Magazine which is open for business 24/7, plus distribution to more than 25,000 industry professionals.

Pictured is one of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects featured in a recent AWI "Award of Excellence" quarterly competition. Befitting its world class status, the Resort at Pelican Hill in southern California is richly endowed with woodwork fabricated by Montbleau & Associates of San Diego. The hotel lobby is comfortable and elegant with its stately columns and warm tones. Other views of this project can be seen in the spring issue of
Design Solutions.

Photo Credit: The Irvine Company Resort Properties, Newport Beach, CA
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Overwhelmed by E-mails Piling Up?

Most of us can answer "yes," considering it could be an average of 350 a week. A recent corporate survey offers some insights and tips about working smart.

How do you conquer your e-mail "Inbox?" Learn from an article posted by FastCompany.com (free subscription).
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Safety Matters

Congratulations to Winners of OSHA Citation Contest during AWI Safety Week

Thanks to all the entrants in our AWI Safety Week information contest. Congratulations to the winners who correctly identified the number one violation that OSHA identified in 2009 among the standards for millwork manufacturing? Find out and learn the answers.

The following were the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards for millwork manufacturing in fiscal year 2009:

1. Hazard communication standard, general industry
2. Respiratory protection, general industry
3. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
4. Powered industrial trucks, general industry
5. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry
6. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry

The following members were the first in their time zone to get the correct answer.

Darrell Dixon, IBS Millwork Corp., Manassas, VA
Dan Keller, RCS Millwork LC, Ankeny, IA

The following member was second to correctly answer the quiz.

Tom Brown, Memphis Plywood Corporation, Memphis, TN

Jan Efraimsen, Woodtronics Inc.
Samantha Parenti, Parenti & Raffaelli
Jeff Elzemeyer, Pierce & Pierce Millwork and Moulding
Jeremy Payne, Rowland Woodworking, Inc.
Daniel Harris, Central City Millworks
Matt Parent, Trend Millwork
Duane Lundell, DGS Retail
Charlotte Thurlow, Mark Richey Woodworking
JR Parisi, Parisi, Inc.
Louis J. Sola, SledgeCraft, Inc.
Kevin, Stachowski, CTB Inc.
Gayle King, Commercial Millworks, Inc.
Holly Panek, Fondell Woodwork, Inc.
Jeff Carter, Westmount Group
Bruce Cody, Architectural Wood
Dan Poole, Hunter Millworks, Inc.
Michael Wilson, Kramer Furniture and Cabinet Makers, Inc.
Brian P. Reiter, TMI Systems Design Corporation
Allen Cloud, Jefferson Millwork & Design, Inc.
Kallin Benson, Fuller Cabinets 

Thanks to all for your interest in safety.
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OSHA Launches Newly Redesigned Small Business Web Page

The new Small Business page of the Occupational Safety and Administration’s (OSHA) Web site provides links to numerous OSHA resources and information designed specifically for smaller employers.

The information includes the free On-site Consultation Program, safety and health tools and publications, easy-to-follow guides for specific OSHA standards, and descriptions of benefits that small businesses receive from OSHA. The page also contains information on the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), which recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system.
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New OSHA Proposal Focuses on Trips, Slips and Falls

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a revision of the current Walking-Working Surfaces standard to require employers to provide their workers with fall protection devices such as self-retracting lanyards and ladder safety and rope descent systems.

Trips, slips and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries and death and the revisions to this standard will help prevent an estimated annual 20 workplace fatalities and more than 3,500 injuries serious enough to cause people to miss work, according to OSHA. Current Walking-Working Surfaces regulations allow employers to provide outdated and dangerous fall protection equipment such as lanyards and body belts that can result in workers suffering greater injury from falls, the agency reports.

OSHA is seeking public comment on the new proposal. See the news release for more information. Submissions must be filed by August 23, 2010.
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AWI Ask the Expert Column

From CNA Insurance

A woodworking company employed James for over 12 years. During the last few years of his employment, James’ work performance began to decline. After several complaints from customers about substandard work, the company decided to terminate James. At the time of his termination, James was 50 years old. What do you think happened next?

The company subsequently hired a new employee who was 32 years old. James filed an age discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that he was terminated because of his age.

Despite the growing verbal complaints, there was very little written evidence to support the foundering performance that led to James’ termination. Many of the performance problems and complaints were not documented by the company.

Is there an insurance coverage that would have protected the company and respond in this scenario?

Yes, Epack Extra from CNA is a multi-line policy form that provides Employers Practices Liability insurance (EPL) that can be written as a stand alone policy or in a package format. The Epack Extra product would have covered, up to the policy’s limits, the costs of defending the EEOC claim and the defense costs and damages associated with any discrimination lawsuits.

For more information on Employers Practices Liability coverage, contact Fay Kitchin, Program Manager at CNA (fay.kitchin@cna.com), or visit the CNA Web site at www.cna.com.

Please remember that only the relevant insurance policy can provide the actual terms, coverages, amounts, conditions and exclusions for an insured. All products and services may not be available in all states and may be subject to change without notice. CNA is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation. Trademark Notice: CNA is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation. Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2010 CNA. All rights reserved.  


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AWI News

Join the AWI Online Discussions: Wood Dust is Hot

Learn, Share, Connect!  What’s a hot discussion going on among members? It’s about wood dust and the conversations are flying around. Join in.

A discussion began with the question, "Are there shops that have a good way to deal with fine dust that settles in inaccessible spots like the top of duct work?" Do you have any solutions to suggest?

Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. Click into the latest discussion about this topic here. AWI’s Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer recommends checking this article out posted in LinkedIn. You can also see the comments of others. Get LinkedIn and receive notices of new discussions.

If you’re not yet registered with LinkedIn, do it when you check out the article. It’s free and it’s a useful networking tool among AWI members.
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Industry News

Construction Unemployment Rises, Despite Recent Declines

Total payroll employment grew by 431,000 in May, due mostly to the hiring of temporary employees for Census work, while private-sector employment changed little (+41,000). However, construction employment declined, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In May, employment in construction declined by 35,000, largely offsetting gains in the industry in the prior two months. May's job loss was spread throughout the sector.

For all employment sectors, the good news is that unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent, according to BLS statistics.
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Business Conditions Slowly Improving, AIA Reports

Architects see some good news from increasing billings. For the third straight month the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has gone up, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported.

AIA announced that the April ABI rating was 48.4, up from a reading of 46.1 the previous month. Although this score reflects a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings), it is the highest score since January 2008 when revenue at architecture firms headed into recession. The new projects inquiry index was 59.6.

"It appears that the design and construction industry may be nearing an actual recovery phase," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "The economic landscape is improving, although not across the board, but doing so at a gradual pace. It is quite possible that we will finally see positive business conditions in the foreseeable future."

Key April ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: northeast (51.0), midwest (49.2), south (46.5), west (44.7);
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (48.5), mixed practice (48.4), institutional (46.8), multi-family residential (45.8);
  • Project inquiries index: 59.6

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly "Work-on-the-Boards" survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group.

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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 the Errata page.

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.

The Errata Page
The AWS is a new book, based on a compilation of the AWI/AWMAC Quality Standards Illustrated and the Woodwork Institute's (WI) Manual of Millwork. It was a group effort of many individuals from each member association. As a first edition, there is bound to be errors or omissions. You, the woodworker and end user of the AWS have the opportunity to help clarify items and follow along as others make comments and the book evolves toward a second printing and edition sometime in the future. Everyone remembers the Page 10 from the QSI where anyone can submit a recommendation or clarification. The AWS also includes page 10 and everyone is encouraged to use it when they see something that can be improved.

But where do all the changes take place and where can the woodworker become aware of changes prior to future editions? By going to the following internet link, http://www.aws-errata.com/ you can see the most current errata items as posted by the Joint Standards Committee. The JSC consists of members from all three organizations (AWI, AWMAC and WI) who meet monthly to review page 10 submissions and make recommendations for improvement.

The Errata page is laid out by section for easy reference. There are currently over 75 errata items on the link. The Errata page is very important and should be a site regularly visited by estimators, drafters and woodworkers to make sure they are up to date with any and all changes.

Here are two hints on how to handle errata. One way is to pencil in all the changes right in your own AWS. Post them in the right order in the right page and you will have a constant handy reference and updated book. Another, less time intense way, would be to print the errata and leave it in the book. Go to each section and where an erratum is given, write in your book "see errata" and that will give you a hint to look at the printed sheets for the update information. Just remember to check the Errata page at least monthly and somehow incorporate the revised information into your copy of the AWS.

By the way, a page 10 has been submitted on page 10 to ask for an e-mail address where page tens can be sent.

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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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 Virginia Chapter
June 25, 2010
What: AWS & Lunch
Where: Hill City Chop House, Glenn Allen, VA
Information: Bruce Cody, bcody@arcwoodva.com 

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

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 Iowa-Nebraska Chapter
When: June 18, 2010
What: Meeting at DMAC
Sponsor: Stiles Machinery
Information: Contact Chapter Officers  

AWI New England Chapter
When: June 24, 2010 (11:00 am - 5:00 pm)
What: Product Fair & Vendor Expo 
Where: The Newburyport Elks #909 Lodge, Newburyport, MA
Information: Click here
Questions: kevin@keiver-willard.com
; tye.waller@neawi.org

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: June 24, 2010
What: Judging of SkillsUSA Competition
Where: Wichita, KS
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Missouri/Illinois Chapter
When: June 24, 2010
What: Meeting
Special Guest: AWI Past President Ed Brewer, Louisville Lumber & Millwork
Where: St. Louis, MO
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: June 25, 2010 (corrected time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
What: Chapter Reorganization Meet & Greet and Meeting (program about AWS; discussion about chapter direction)
Special Guest: AWI National President-Elect Robert Stout, RLS Commercial Interiors, Inc.
Where: Hill City Chop House, Glen Allen, VA
Information and RSVP: AWI National Past President Bruce Cody, bcody@arcwoodva.com 

AWI Florida Chapter
When: June 26, 2010 (7:30 am – 5:00 pm)
What: Dual Track Program: 1) "Software for Woodworkers: Vendor Showcase"; and 2) "Software for Woodworkers: AutoCAD for Woodworkers"
Presenters: Paul Hansen, E-Template System; Russ Rucks, Roger Shaw & Associates (Microvellum); Mark Stearns, Taskklock, Inc.; Norman Fink, Trakware Systems, Inc.; and Christopher McVey, Resource Engineering, Inc.
Where: Renaissance Plantation Hotel, Plantation, FL
Information: See attached flyer for details and registration fees and deadlines 
Questions: Chapter President/Treasurer Phyllis Thornberg, 813.977.6683 (p); phyllis@lyndan.com 

AWI New England Chapter
When: July 8, 2010 (2:00 – 6:00 pm)
What: AutoCAD Training, Session One (The AutoCAD Interface and AutoCAD Settings)
Presenter: Joe Fiorello, Author of CAD for Interiors Basics and CAD for Interiors beyond the Basics
Where: Porter and Chester Institute, Canton, MW
Registration: $50; tye.waller@neawi.org
Questions: Jfiorello@fadstudios.com 

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: July 15, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting
Hosted by: Technique Manufacturing
Where: Hutchinson, KS
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: July 16, 2010 (8:00 am) 
What: Golf Outing
Where: Legendary Run Golf Course, Cincinnati, OH
Information & Registration:  See attached
Questions: Contact Chapter Officers  

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: July 16, 2010 (9:30 am)
What: Tour of Sherwin-Williams Greensboro, NC facility
Host: Sherwin-Williams
Where: 113 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro, NC
Information & RSVP: Contact Kristine Cox at 336.887.0700 x24 (p)

AWI New England Chapter
When: July 22, 2010 (2:00 – 6:00 pm)
What: AutoCAD Training, Session Two (Creating and Inserting Blocks; Orthogonal Drawing; Creating a Millwork Detail; Layout Space & Plotting)
Presenter: Joe Fiorello, Author of CAD for Interiors Basics and CAD for Interiors beyond the Basics
Where: Porter and Chester Institute, Canton, MW
Registration: $50; tye.waller@neawi.org
Questions: Jfiorello@fadstudios.com

AWI Georgia Chapter
When: July 23, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting with Sherwin-Williams & LEED® Finishes
Special Guest: AWI National President-Elect Robert Stout, RLS Commercial Interiors, Inc.
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Iowa-Nebraska Chapter
When: July 23, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting & Summer Social
Where: Honey Creek / Sailing Social
Special Guest: AWI National President Doug Carney, R&S Casework, Inc.
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI New England Chapter
When: July 26, 2010
What: Annual Golf & Fishing Event
Where: Wentworth by the Sea & Fishing, Newburyport, MA
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Empire State Chapter
When: July 30-31, 2010
What: 2010 Summer AWI Professional Development Seminars
Program Host: AWI Empire State Chapter
Where: Albany, NY area
Information: See attached and visit the AWI Web site 

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: August 19-21, 2010
What: Summer Event (Opening reception, plant tours, wine tasting, boat cruise)
Program Sponsors: AWI National, AWI Great Lakes Chapter, Strata Design, JB Cutting
Where: Park Place Hotel, Traverse City, MI
Information: Click here
Registration: Hotel reservation must be made before June 20 by calling 231.946.5000 and asking for the AWI Great Lakes room block.
Questions: Debra Behring at dbehring@jbcutting.com
; 586.468.4765 (p) 

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. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at gbednar@awinet.org

Members are encouraged to check chapter event listings in the most recent issue of AWI e-briefs, as well as with chapter officers and chapter Web sites for program changes. As plans become finalized, dates and presentations may change for chapter programs previously listed. This issue of AWI e-briefs contains the most current information available to AWI National.

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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published July 1, 2010.

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