A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members August 19, 2010
Learning Forum

Value Added Aspects of QCP

A Conversation with QCC Executive Vice President Craig Elias

As you evaluate your business strategies to adjust to economic realities, AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) Executive Vice President Craig Elias suggests that Quality Certification Program (QCP) participants leverage their accreditation into their strategic planning. Why is it particularly important in today’s business environment?

For the "Value Added Aspects of QCP" workshop scheduled for company owners and senior executives at the 58th Annual AWI Convention in Denver, October 27-29, 2010, QCC will reveal the results of its first-ever case study survey of QCP participants who use the program to their competitive advantage. "The case studies will be springboards for discussion of how participants are extracting value from their QCP participation beyond the obvious logo use and other marketing tools. We want to explore how companies are making strategic decisions that increase their abilities to develop winning bids," Elias told AWI e-briefs.

To facilitate fruitful discussions, prior to the convention QCC will disseminate a synopsis of the case studies to attendees registered for the program. The workshop discussions should enable prospective and existing participants to understand the challenges that have been overcome around the country in different markets. The QCP workshop will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to extrapolate strategies from the case studies and attendee comments for incorporation into their business planning. This is not a "how-to" participate in the QCP; it is not a town hall meeting; and it is not a "rant and rave" session. "It is an opportunity for architectural woodwork industry leaders to share strategies with AWI members to help them grow their businesses and to contribute to the overall well-being of the industry," Elias said. "When companies share their successful strategies, yes, it may help their competition, but, more importantly, it spurs demand for architectural woodwork in design projects," he said.

Elias is a strong proponent of wood for design projects, and insists that the positive profile of the industry is proportionate to adherence to project specifications and Architectural Woodwork Standards. As satisfaction levels increase among the design community with the results of woodwork incorporated into their projects, the demand for woodwork will grow and, equally important, not be jeopardized. "Let’s assure that more woodwork is used in design projects, not the alternatives to wood," Elias noted.

Project certification responds to the demand for sustainability. If a product is fabricated and installed properly, it means that resources are used wisely and efficiently; if a job is not performed according to standards and specifications, the risk for waste is compounded, according to Elias. "Using standards as a baseline to ensure the quality and endurance of the product, along with materials used, is a necessary factor. If the project is built correctly, it will last," Elias said.

He encourages AWI members attending the convention to participate in the "Value Added Aspects of QCP" workshop. "They will hear an idea or two that will gel and spawn their thinking about solutions to their business challenges," Elias said. Register at www.awinet.org.

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 Friday, October 29, 201010:15 am – 11:15 am
"Value Added Aspects of QCP"

Join a facilitated discussion based on case studies from companies that have successfully leveraged their QCP credentials to increase their bottom line. Come prepared to share your questions and insights on the best methods and strategies to get the most out of your QCP participation.

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Early Bird Registration Ends September 3rd for 58th AWI Annual Convention

Don’t miss the opportunity to save and learn by registering for the 58th AWI Annual Convention, October 27-29, 2010. The convention will deliver enlightening education, networking opportunities and enticing leisure activities for you, your colleagues and your family. Early bird registration ends September 3.

Complete information on how to register, including special rates at the convention hotel—The Westin Tabor Center—are on the AWI Web site at awinet.org, as well as options to register now and pay now or pay later.



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Expand Your Knowledge of LEED® during AWI Seminar at IWF

AWI supports IWF’s education programs by sponsoring a session for woodworkers at each show. With green building a popular hot market, the AWI presentation at the 2010 IWF will focus on "LEED® - Green - Sustainable Woodwork" on Thursday, August 26, 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

 "LEED® - Green - Sustainable Woodwork"            

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.

The AWI session is among 21 seminars in six tracks scheduled during the show. Click here for Information on all the IWF educational tracks.

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Safety Matters

Ask the Expert: Dock Safety – Loading & Unloading Loss Prevention Strategies

Answers to Risk Control Questions by CNA Insurance, AWI’s Insurance Safety Partner

Question: Daniel, a shipping receiver at a small woodworking company was recently injured during a routine delivery. As the truck driver raised the rear trailer door, an unsecured shipping crate struck Daniel’s right shoulder as it fell from the trailer. As a result, Daniel suffered from a dislocated shoulder and some very severe bruising. Are there risk control strategies pertaining to proper dock safety loading and unloading that may have prevented this accident?

Answer: Yes. Although dock safety risks can vary depending upon the dock environment, there are some useful strategies to be considered when creating or reviewing your dock safety loading and unloading procedures:

  • Foot traffic should be cleared during the loading and unloading of trailers.
  • Loader and driver safety hazards should be clearly identified and posted in the dock area to encourage safe working procedures.
  • Loads in trucks and on forklifts should always be properly secured.
  • All loading dock gaps and drop-offs should be identified and secured.
  • Forklift operators should be trained prior to operating a forklift.
  • Employees should never position themselves downhill of a moving load.
  • Wheel chocks and other vehicle restraint devices should always be used on trailers.

    For additional information on dock safety loss prevention resources and strategies, please contact Fay Kitchin (Fay.Kitchin@cna.com) at CNA.

 CNA Disclaimer: 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. The examples provided in this material are for illustrative purposes only and any similarity to actual individuals, entities, places or situations is unintentional and purely coincidental. In addition, the examples are not intended to establish any standards of care, to serve as legal advice appropriate for any particular factual situations, or to provide an acknowledgement that any given factual situation is covered under any CNA insurance policy. Trademark Notice: CNA is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation. Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2010 CNA. All rights reserved.

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Business Tools

Top 10 Flaws of Ineffective Leaders

A list of the ten characteristics of ineffective leaders published by the Harvard Business Review revealed flaws of today’s managers. Can you name them?

Click here for access to the list published by Sales & Marketing in BusinessBrief.com (free subscription).

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AWI Award of Excellence Winners Leverage for Business

Need a reason to stay in touch with your past and present customers? Tell them you earned an AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE). How do you start the easy application process?

Visit the AWI Web site for information about submissions. They are now being accepted for the winter 2010 program. The deadline is December 1st.

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 next deadline for submissions for the AOE honors program is December 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. ONSITE Woodwork Corporation of Loves Park IL fabricated the woodwork for the Culinary Institute of Charleston featured in the summer issue of Design Solutions. The beautifully patterned Anigre island with a granite top is the highlight of the demonstration kitchen shown here. Other views of this project can be seen in the summer issue of Design Solutions
Photo Credit: Matt Silk, Myrtle Beach, SC

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AWI News

Welcome New AWI Members

AWI is pleased to welcome nine new members to its community of members. Who are they? How do you contact them?

Arbor Wood Products, Kansas City, KS
Colecraft Commercial Furnishings, Falconer, NY, www.colecraftcf.com
Kramer Furniture and Cabinet Makers, Inc., Edinburgh, IN
Premier Mouldings, Harrisonburg, VA, www.valleybuildingsupply.com
Quality Custom Woodwork, Inc., Pueblo, CO
R.E.D. Construction, Inc., DBA 3V Company, Houston, TX, www.3vcompany.com
Riverside Woodworking, Inc., Springbay, IL
Schulist's Custom Cabinets, Inc., Stevens Point, WI, www.schulistcc.com

Hardware Resources, Bossier City, LA, www.hardwareresources.com

Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at www.awinet.org for contact information and access to the Web sites of these and other AWI members. The resource is open 24/7 for use in seeking manufacturers and suppliers of architectural woodwork.
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Connect with AWI at IWF Atlanta!

AWI will have a high profile during the upcoming IWF Atlanta, August 25-28, 2010. Network with AWI members at the association’s booth and at three evening gatherings. Make new connections; reinforce business relationships; relax among industry peers.

AWI Booth at IWF
Stop by Booth #1573 at IWF to meet AWI staff, other members and prospects. Grab your AWI bag and hat to display as you walk around the show.

Network with AWI Members
There are three evening opportunities to network with your fellow AWI members and other industry associates.  Join AWI and Vance Publishing, publishers of Wood & Wood Products and Custom Woodworking Business (CWB), on Wednesday, August 25 and Friday, August 27 from 5:30-6:30 pm at Meehan's Public House, Downtown, 180 Peachtree Street.

Also make sure to attend the AWI member reception on Thursday, August 26 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The reception will take place in room A404/05 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Share your discoveries and thoughts about the show and the industry with current and prospective AWI members.

To register for IWF Atlanta, click here.           

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Plenty of Networking Going on at AWI LinkedIn

Learn, Share, Connect! What are the current discussions? How do you join in?

Current discussions on AWI LinkedIn relate to specific wood product projects, federal acquisition regulations, job positions available, PowerPoint presentations, and more. Join in.

Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. Click into the AWI LinkedIn home page here. 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

Negative Conditions Persist in Architecture Billings Index

There’s good news coming from the American Institute of Architects. The Commercial construction category is a healthy sector – but the only one, according to the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) released on July 21st.

There was a negligible increase in the Architecture Billings Index last month. AIA reported the June ABI rating was 46.0, up slightly from a reading of 45.8 the previous month. This score reflects a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index increased from 55.5 to 57.7.

"The steep decline in nonresidential property values has slowed investment in new facilities," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "Conditions at architecture firms continue to remain very soft, but we’re optimistic that they will improve before the end of the year."

Key June ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: northeast (47.7), south (46.7), midwest (46.3), west (43.6); 
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (50.6), multi-family residential (46.5), institutional (45.0), mixed practice (44.7); 
  • Project inquiries index: 57.7.

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly "Work-on-the-Boards" survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. 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.
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Construction Employment Changed Little in July

Total employment declined by 131,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.5%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on August 6. With construction employment changed so little in July (-11,000), could this mean the worst is over?

Ten thousand (10,000) construction workers were off payrolls due to strike activity, BLS noted. Private-sector payroll employment edged up by 71,000.
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Signs of Moderately Faster Economic Growth

Gross domestic product advanced at an annual rate of 2.4% in the second quarter, and while the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and other economists would like to see faster progress, the big news is that GDP experienced its fourth consecutive quarterly increase.

NAHB’s Chief Economist David Crowe said that while there were variations in the pace of GDP growth, it is not unusual considering the country is coming out of a recession. He points to other positive signs like consumer spending, business investment taking advantage of low interest rates, and federal distribution of funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Finally, Crowe said that companies are building their inventories, which is another positive sign of growth.

For more details, see the NAHB Eye on the Eonomy (free subscription) of August 4th here.
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June 2010 Construction at $836.0 Billion Annual Rate

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during June 2010 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $836.0 billion, 0.1% above the revised May estimate of $834.8 billion.

Private Construction
Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $527.6 billion, 0.6% below the revised May estimate of $530.9 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $258.3 billion in June, 0.8% below the revised May estimate of $260.3 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $269.3 billion in June, 0.5% below the revised May estimate of $270.6 billion.

Public Construction
In June, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $308.4 billion, 1.5% above the revised May estimate of $303.9 billion. Educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $71.0 billion, 3.2% below the revised May estimate of $73.4 billion.

For more detailed data and methodologies, go to the Census Bureau Web site.
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CSI Joins ConsensusDOCS Coalition

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is the newest supporter of the ConsensusDOCS Coalition of 27 leading construction industry associations.

CSI is a national association of more than 13,000 volunteers (including specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, facility mangers, product representatives, manufacturers, owners and others who are experts in building construction industry).

ConsensusDOCS offers a catalog of 90+ contract documents covering all methods of project delivery; ConsensusDOCS contracts incorporate fair risk allocation and best practices to represent the project’s best interests. Coalition members represent designers, owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties (DOCS). For more information, visit www.ConsensusDOCS.org.
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Manufacturers Association Launches Election Center

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has introduced a resource for employers to educate their employees about participation in elections. The NAM Election Center is aimed at building a better informed constituency about actions that "impact manufacturers’ ability to do business in an increasingly competitive global marketplace."

"If every person working in manufacturing goes to the polls to vote for pro-jobs, pro-manufacturing candidates," NAM said it will make a strong impact in November.

The NAM Election Center provides access to the following resources:

Education and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Resources

• GOTV Resource Center to help employees prepare to vote.
• Sample messages to employees on the importance of voting.
• "Manufacturing Matters" messaging documents to educate employees on the top issues.
• GOTV posters for the workplace to remind employees that "Manufacturing Means Jobs!"

GOTV Tools and Information Resources

• EZ Vote buttons for information on voter registration and obtaining absentee ballots.
• Election information, such as primary dates, to make sure your employees get to the polls.
• Congressional profiles and voting records to see where candidates stand on manufacturing issues.
• Election and polling insight and analysis from NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons.

Visit the NAM Election Center here.

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Safety Matters

CNA School of Risk Control Webinars Feature Employment Practices

During September, AWI’s safety insurance partner, CNA, will focus on employment practices in its ongoing series of risk control Webinars. Check them out.

Physical Capability Testing—Matching the Worker to the Job
Date: September 10, 2:00 pm EST
Presenters: Rob Teistma, Business Development Manager, Cost Reduction Technology (CRT) and Brian Roberts, CNA

Top 10 Drug Testing Mistakes that Employers Make
Date: September 14, 2:00 pm EST
Presenters: Attorney Tommy Eden, III & Mary Hines, President, Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association

(SAPAA) Social Media: A New Employment Law Frontier
Date: September 20, 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Laura Lapidus JD, CNA

The Effects of Obesity in the Workplace
Date: September 24, 2:00 pm EST
Presenters: Ted Borgstadt, CEO, Trestle Tree and Brian Roberts, CNA

Emerging Trends Involving Fraud
Date: September 30, 2:00 pm EST
Presenter: Tim Wolfe, CNA

To register for a CNA School of Risk Control Excellence Webinar, visit: www.cna.com/riskcontrol.
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Green Scene

GBCI Celebrates 10,000 LEED® Green Associates

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced that it has awarded the LEED® Green Associate credential to over 10,000 individuals this week.

The credential was introduced to the market in 2009. The LEED Green Associate exam tests for fundamental understanding of sustainable building practices and principles. It is specifically designed for those individuals who work in industries that support sustainable building, such as manufacturing, sales, policy, real estate, property management, law, marketing, and many others. It is also a starting point for students and professionals who desire to eventually become LEED APs with specialty, GBIC said.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) provides third-party confirmation that specific criteria related to LEED building certification and LEED professional credentialing have been met. GBCI is undergoing the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation process for personnel certification agencies complying with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standard 17024. Early in 2009, GBCI assumed responsibility for administering the LEED building certification program for the more than 30,000 commercial projects seeking third-party verification of compliance with the industry's leading green building rating system. For more information, visit www.gbci.org.
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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 (AWS) introduced in August 2009 supercede the QSI. Don’t assume the standards are the same. Learn about factory finishing of architectural woodwork.

Section No. 5 of the AWS includes several techniques for factory finishing of architectural woodwork which were not addressed in AWS' predecessor, the QSI.

One of the most often overlooked parts of factory finishing is the sample process. Part 4, Rules (page 110), contains the requirements for finish samples including minimum sizes, labeling criteria, and their purpose. The sample submittal preparation process is one of the most important steps of the finish process.

As you should recall in the QSI, the TYPE system was eliminated and the systems were simply called by their names, such as Conversion Varnish, Acrylic Lacquer, etc. The AWS method of identification is "Systems" followed by the numbers 1 through 13 (The list starts on page 115). New to the lineup are finishing systems formulated to help with specifications requiring LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ of the U.S. Green Building Council: Water Based Acrylic, UV Curable Polyester, and Water-Based Polyurethane.

Page 106 of the General Section includes a General Performance Characteristics table. The table provides information on the durability, reparability, abrasion resistance, and other abuse-related conditions for each system. For example, System No. 7, catalyzed vinyl, is ranked high for reparability, while System 13, Catalyzed Polyester, is ranked lowest. Therefore, in a low-impact area where repairs may be required, such as high wall panels or ceiling trim, catalyzed vinyl is a reasonable specification. On the other hand, catalyzed polyester, though not very repairable, is ranked among the highest in overall durability. UV curable polyester might therefore be a good choice for a desk front or baseboard.

Page 107 of the General Section includes a Specific Performance Characteristics table. This table allows the design professional to specify finish systems based on common product types that could affect a fine factory finish. For instance, System No. 1, Nitrocellulose Lacquer, is the least resistant to isopropyl alcohol, while System No. 9, UV Curable Polyester, is among the most resistant to isopropyl alcohol. Part 4 also contains definitions of various types of finish defects that can help determine what went wrong or help determine if various defects are permitted per the AWS.

Part 4.2.1 (page 113) summarizes the requirements for back sealing of finished woodwork. In the AWS, premium grade casework requires one coat (1 mil dry) of back sealing. This is not a requirement for custom grade. However, in both premium and custom grades, standing and running trim must be back sealed with at least one coat (1 mil dry) and wall panels must be back sealed with two coats (2 mil dry).

Part (page 115) defines the steps required for each type of finish. It is also broken down into wood characteristics such as opened and closed-grained woods.  Part 4.3.15 (page 115) describes each step required for each of the 13 systems. For example, a premium grade stained post catalyzed lacquer stained and filled finish on an opened grained wood, such as Red Oak requires the following steps: Vinyl wash coat; Stain; Filler; Vinyl sealer; First topcoat; and Second topcoat.

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.

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AWS Errata Web Site – Check for Latest Changes

The AWI Technical Committee reminds members about Errata published – and changing continually – for the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS). See the latest changes.

AWI members are reminded that the Errata List is a living document and should be checked frequently for changes in the AWS. Don’t be caught using outdated information on your next project that specifies the AWS.

Many changes have been made since October 1, 2009 following publication of the First Edition of the AWS in August 2009. The Errata Web site is the ultimate source of information which is posted as AWS 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 Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI).

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Federal Scene

Hardwood Resolution Passed by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate has joined the House of Representatives in recognizing the importance of U.S. hardwood products as a sustainable resource in building construction. S. Res. 411 passed with unanimous consent on August 5.

According to the bill language, it urges that "U.S. hardwoods and the products derived from U.S. hardwoods be given full consideration in any program to promote construction of environmentally preferable commercial, public, or private buildings."

The Hardwood Federation generated nearly 600 letters by its members urging their representatives to sign on to S. Res. 411. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Blanch Lincoln (D-AR) and co-sponsored by 12 Senators from across the country.

This latest action follows passage of H. Res. 81 by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 15, 2009. That measure was sponsored by Rep. Brad Ellsworth (IN-8) and 52 cosponsors.

To view the history of the legislation, the list of sponsors, and the text of each resolution, click here. Search by bill number.
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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 Georgia Chapter
When: August 23, 2010|
What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Where: InsiDesign
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: September 8, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Georgia Chapter
When: September 10, 2010
What: Golf Outing
Where: Marietta City Club, Marietta, GA
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: September 10, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting & Election of New Officers
Where: Richmond, VA
Information: Contact Bruce Cody, bcody@arcwoodva.com 

AWI National Meeting with Potential Oregon Chapter
When: September 15, 2010
What: Meeting with Prospective Oregon Chapter Members
Program: Overview Presentation about AWS by Greg Bednar
Information: Contact Greg Bednar, gbednar@awinet.org 

AWI New England Chapter
When: September 15, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting
Special Guest: AWI Board of Directors member Matt Lundahl
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Great Lakes Chapter
When: September 15, 2010 (8:00 – 10:00 am)
What: Chapter Board Meeting Conference Call
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Washington Chapter
When: September 15, 2010 (5:30 – 9:00 pm)
What "Composite Panel Products Presentation
Where: The Old Spaghetti Factory, Seattle, WA
Information: See attached
Questions: Janette Farr, Chapter Executive Director, 253.904.5055 (p)  

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: September 16, 2010
What: Annual Golf Outing Hosted by Liberty Hardwoods
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Carolinas Chapter
When: September 17, 2010
What: Chapter Membership Meeting
Where: Myrtle Beach, SC
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Iowa-Nebraska Chapter
When: September 17, 2010
What: Chapter Meeting at DMAC
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: September 24, 2010 (Date changed from September 17th)
What: Clay Pigeon Shoot & Meeting
Where: Owenton, KY
Information: Contact Chapter Officers 

AWI Minnesota Chapter
When: September 24 2010
What Horse & Hunt / Sporting Clays / Gun Shoot
Special Guest: AWI President Doug Carney
Information: Contact Chapter Officers  

AWI Texas Chapter
When: September 30, 2010
What: Octoberfest
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. 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 AWI E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published September 2, 2010.

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