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July 7, 2011
AWI News

AWI Joins ConsensusDOCS Coalition

Last month, the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) joined a growing coalition called ConsensusDOCS that produces best practices construction contracts that are fair to all parties in the design and construction process.

"Over the years, AWI members have contacted AWI for samples of contract documents and related documentation that we could not provide," AWI Executive Vice President Phil Duvic said. "AWI’s participation in ConcensusDOCS allows us to provide our members with numerous contract document samples accepted across the industry as being fair and widely accepted. AWI’s participation strengthens the entire construction industry," Mr. Duvic noted.

SERIES 700: SUBCONTRACTING
AWI members will want to review ConsensusDOCS "Series 700: Subcontracting" in the document series that was specifically developed for subcontractors. There are 16 individual documents that range from purchase agreements to change orders. "Purchase of a ConcensusDOCS subscription to a specific section provides access to a software tool. The subscription gives the user permission to use the software tool, which is a master document building system. By entering relevant information about a contract in the software program, users obtain forms that automatically build themselves. Users may also print out the information to review the text," Mr. Duvic noted.

AWI MEMBER DISCOUNT
AWI’s endorsement of ConsensusDOCS enables AWI members to receive a 20% discount off the retail price of an annual subscription, providing unlimited access. Subscription fees for the 700 Series are: $549 – retail; $449 – Members. For the 20% discount, use the following codes: Partner Code – AWI; Promotion Code – 100.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

  • To explore the value of a subscription, AWI members may download excerpted samples from the ConsensusDOCS Web site, www.ConsensusDOCS.org. Click here for details about Ten Reasons Your Project Needs ConsensusDOCS.
  • To purchase a subscription, go to the "Subscription" page on the ConsensusDOCS Web site, www.ConsensusDOCS.org, select the series you wish to purchase, then "Add to cart." A new window will come up with login prompts; you will need to create an account before proceeding. Your account logins (User ID and Password) will be e-mailed to you. Once the account codes are received, you can proceed with purchase using your User ID and Password, and then for the AWI discount, the Partner Code and Promotion Code.

For more information, visit www.ConsensusDOCS.org or call 866-925-DOCS (3627). Watch for more news about this new AWI service for members announced in the July edition of AWI NewsBriefs, the association’s monthly print newsletter. It will arrive in your mailbox on/around July 15.


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AWI Calls for Honorary Life Member Nominations

AWI is currently inviting nominations for the high distinction of Honorary Life Member. Do you know someone who should be recognized?

Honorary Life Members are individuals who have contributed exemplary service to the association, its’ members, and AWI’s Mission as deemed by his/her peers.

NOMINATION PROCEDURES
Any current or retired owner or employee of an AWI Manufacturing or Supplier Member in good standing is entitled to nominate an individual for the distinction of Honorary Life Member. Nominations will be made and presented to the AWI Board of Directors. A majority vote by a quorum of the AWI Board of Directors is required for election to the position of Honorary Life Member.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR HONORARY LIFE MEMBER
Nominees must meet the following qualifications:

  • A current or retired AWI member in good standing.
  • 25 years of membership in AWI.
  • 15 years of voluntary service to AWI.
  • All Past Presidents 10 years removed from office are automatically nominated.
  • An individual who may not have met above qualifications but has demonstrated superior leadership and championed the Mission of AWI.
  • All Rinehimer Award recipients are automatically elevated to the distinction of Honorary Life Member.

DISTINCTION
An Honorary Life Member of AWI shall receive the following:

  • Gratis Lifetime Individual Membership entitling recipient to all regular Manufacturing Membership mailings, meeting announcements, electronic communications and other benefits as might be determined by the AWI Board of Directors.
  • Recognition in the roll of AWI members.
  • Continuous Honorary Life Membership until death.
  • Entitlement to attend AWI events where attendance fees are charged at a reduced rate.  (Discount equal to 50% or maximum $200.00 attendance fee for Honorary Life Member. This same discount can be used to bring a spouse/guest.)
  • The Honorary Life Members will be awarded at the AWI Annual Convention.

The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2011. Click here to complete a nomination form.


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AWI Learning Forum

AWI Convention Session Looks at “The Big Picture of the Recovery”

These are challenging times for architectural woodworkers. Tenacious and innovative business leaders will weather the downturn in the economy. But when will sunny skies return?

"It begins with the housing market. The Institute for Trend Research (ITR) has revised its forecast down due to continuing foreclosures, the lack of movement in the housing market, tight credit and unemployment," Dr. Jeffrey Dietrich, Senior Analyst, told AWI e-briefs. "Housing starts are down about 10% from a year ago," he said. This means that 2011 will be another challenging year. ITR is forecasting the housing recovery to be stronger in 2012 and 2013.

COMMERCIAL MARKET
Competition for business in commercial construction is stiff. There is a huge vacancy rate in the commercial sector, so businesses are taking advantage of lower interest rates and remodeling space. Seek out the opportunities.

"As for lodging and educational buildings – those sectors are still in the doldrums, well below year ago levels," Dr. Dietrich said.

"We think that trend lines indicate a longer recovery than anyone wants," Dr. Dietrich noted. "In recent memory no one has seen the extent of the national overbuild and credit collapse we are experiencing now. The early 1980s was the last time we saw anything similar. Nationally speaking, we have to go a long way back to see parallel trends," he said.

So, is there hope? Dr. Dietrich recommends that firms continue to be aggressive and competitive to keep the doors open. "For some businesses, it’s a matter of reinventing themselves. The bottom line is that businesses have to focus on strengths and what sets them apart. Price cutting only gives a business a few months advantage."

OUTLOOK FOR THE RECOVERY?
What are the positive signs? "The urban dwelling movement is positive among a younger demographic, more focused on remodeling and renovation. However, it will take awhile for the younger generation to see a house as an investment," Dr. Dietrich said. ITR expects continued housing foreclosures, more apartment dwellings, and limited investment in housing. "New house formation is down around 500,000, compared to the 1.2 million prior to the downturn.

ITR takes a much longer view. "We are quite optimistic, although 2011 will continue to be a struggle. We encourage people to not give up and not read the latest headline as bad news. On the positive side, it is very healthy to curtail spending. However, we will see growth when consumers really start spending money. Right now, we have a lot of economic and political uncertainty," the senior analyst said.

For more information about the market trends, including positive indicators about improvements to the economy, watch for the August edition of AWI NewsBriefs, the association’s monthly print newsletter. And, for the latest trends and economic recovery forecasts, plan to attend "The Big Picture of the Recovery" on October 27 during AWI’s 59th Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC.

About the Speaker
Sought-after presenter Dr. Jeffrey Dietrich is a Senior Analyst for the Institute for Trend Research. More than 30 years of public speaking experience before large and small groups enables Mr. Dietrich to demystify economics, bringing an often-confusing maze of economic information into sharper focus and resulting in practical business application. He grew up in Cameroon, West Africa, which helped inform his understanding of the global economy. He has a Masters Degree in Theology and wrote his doctoral dissertation on leadership development and team building. He served as a Human Resource Trainer and Consultant prior to coming to ITR, and has taught at the college level. In addition to his national and international speaking, Dr. Dietrich’s views appear on TV, the radio and through a myriad of articles.

Learn More...
"The Big Picture of the Recovery"
October 27, 2011
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Jeffrey Dietrich, Senior Analyst, Institute for Trend Research

The best teams are always prepared. To plan your strategy, you need to understand the context of the economy. Gain a macro overview of economic trends for your roadmap to recovery. Learn what trends to watch, understand business cycles, and get current forecasts from an ITR analyst who will turn numbers into knowledge. Will your company follow the pack or take the lead? 


 
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Upcoming Online AWI “Talk” Forums

Hosts of AWI’s "Talk" forums will answer your questions about the AWI Quality Certification Program, the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and sustainability issues. Register today; space is limited!

"QCP Talk"
July 27, 2011
2:00 pm EDT, Online
Presenter: Joe Sorrelli
Total number of seats: 45
Cost: Free to AWI members
Registration: Click here

"AWS Talk"
August 24, 2011
2:00 pm EDT, Online
Presenter: Randy Jensen
Total number of seats: 45
Cost: Free to AWI members
Registration: Click here

"Green Talk"
September 21, 2011
2:00 pm EDT, Online
Host: Rob Ziegelmeier
Total number of seats: 45
Cost: Free to AWI members
Registration: Click here
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Safety Matters

OSHA Requests Comments on Proposed Updates to Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announced in the June 22 Federal Register that updates two aspects of the agency's record-keeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses.

Comments must be submitted by September 20, 2011. See the Federal Register notice for details on how to submit comments.

Under the proposal, employers would be required to report to OSHA any work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations within eight hours, and work-related amputations within 24 hours. Under the current regulation, employers are required to report any work-related fatality and only work-related in-patient hospitalizations of three or more workers and are not required to report amputations.

OSHA is also proposing to update Appendix A of the record-keeping rule (Part 1904 Subpart B) that lists industries partially exempt from the requirements to maintain work-related injury or illness logs because of their relatively low injury and illness rates. The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system used in the current list of industries would be replaced by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) used by most federal agencies.
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New Report on Carcinogens May Affect Employer Hazard Communication Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released the National Toxicology Program's (NTP) 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), one of the two cancer lists referenced in OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Formaldeyde is included.

As a result, employers that manufacture, distribute, or use any of the eight chemicals with new or updated listings in the 12th RoC need to determine if the changes have any impact on their existing hazard communications programs. The 12th RoC added two substances – formaldehyde and aristolochic acids – to its list of known human carcinogens, and six substances – captafol, cobalt-tungsten carbide (in powder or hard metal form), certain inhalable glass wool fibers, o-nitrotoluene, riddelliine (a botanical, not be confused with the drug Ritalin) and styrene – to its list of chemicals and biological agents that are reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens. For chemicals like styrene and formaldehyde, which are already listed as carcinogens by the NTP or other organizations, the impact of the listings in the 12th RoC is likely to be minimal because many of the HCS requirements have already been triggered by the previous listings.

Chemicals listed in the RoC are considered carcinogens under OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. Therefore, manufacturers and importers of a chemical or a product containing a chemical listed in the RoC must list the chemical on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) if it is present at a concentration of 0.1% or greater when the product has not been tested as a whole, and they must include warning information about cancer in the MSDS. Chemicals listed on the RoC that are present at less than 0.1% must also be listed if they could be released from the product in concentrations that could present a health risk to workers. The MSDS must also indicate that the NTP lists the chemical as a carcinogen.

Employers that use chemicals with new or updated cancer listings in the RoC or products that contain these chemicals should review incoming MSDSs for new information and must train workers about any new chemical or product hazards. Employers must also look at how the chemical or product is used in their workplaces and make sure that the precautions and protective equipment they require are sufficient to protect workers from anticipated exposures. See the news release for more information about the 12th Report on Carcinogens and OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Page on Carcinogens to learn more about employer responsibilities to protect workers from exposure to these hazardous substances.
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Business Tools

AWI Award of Excellence Winners; Quality Sells Woodwork

Need a reason to stay in touch with your past and present customers? Tell them you earned an AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE). See the project of one of the AOE winners – Millerblaker Woodworking – featured in the spring edition of Design Solutions.

Millerblaker Woodworking of the Bronx, NY, fabricated the unique wood used in the Northstar Realty Finance Corporation’s headquarters in New York City. Pictured here is the boardroom accented with distinctive looking paneling and trim. The firm selected Amazaque wood for the project for its unique look and desire for sustainability. A single tree of the renewable African wood was sufficient for all of the veneer flitches needed for the project. Other views of the architectural woodwork throughout this project can be seen in the spring 2011 issue of Design Solutions. Photo Credit: WASA/Studio A, New York, NY

Visit the AWI Web site for information and submission forms for the upcoming (fall 2011) AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE) program. The deadline is August 1, 2011.

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.

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. Design Solutions showcases, quality, professionalism and creativity among architectural woodworkers.
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What Are They Talking about This Week?

Check out the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network.

What are AWI members talking about?

  • Phenolic Cabinets
  • Wood Panels in Elevators
  • EPA Announcement about Polyurethane
  • Skill Standards Evaluations at WCA Booth at AWFS
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Bid Opportunity Trends
  • Sales Promotion Methods
  • Laminating Light Colored Wood Veneers
  • Should Architects Specify Construction Details for Cabinetry?

Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. The AWI LinkedIn home page is here. See what your peers are saying. If you’re not yet registered with LinkedIn, do it when you check out the current discussions. It’s free and it’s a useful networking tool among AWI members and now over 1100 participants strong.
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Trade Shows / Industry Forums

AWI at AWFS

While you’re at the 2011 AWFS®Fair trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, July 20-23, stop in the AWI booth and the AWI / WCA-sponsored workshop.

AWI’s booth is #2064. Stop in and say hello; grab a gift; and bring a prospective member. If you have certification questions, the QCP booth is right newxt door at #2066.

Check out the education workshop sponsored by AWI and the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA), as well as the range of AWFS educational seminars this year. All members of AWI will be eligible to receive a 10% discount on any of the College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) educational seminars for which they register.

To take advantage of the discount when registering online, members must fill in their association name and Code Number. The Code Number for AWI is AW4323. To register online or for more information on the AWFS®Fair, go to www.awfsfair.org.

AWI / WCA SEMINAR AT AWFS

"Using Industry Standards as Teaching Guides" (General Attendees)
Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Session Code: SA85B
Track: Teacher

Speakers:
Kent Gilchrist, Chair, AWI SkillsUSA Committee
Greg Larson, New England School of Architectural Woodworking
Patrick Molzahn, Madison Area Technical College
Scott Nelson, President, WCA

Moderator: Duane Griffiths, Stiles Machinery, Inc.
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Green Scene

LEED® Pilot Credit Library Continues to Grow

Credit ideas for the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) green building rating system can be accessed in the growing LEED Pilot Credit Library. One of the recent additions to that library is use of Certified Products released in June. Architectural woodworkers should be aware of LEED Pilot Credit #43.

Since its introduction, the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Pilot Credit Library has been strongly embraced by LEED users as a flexible, interactive mechanism for testing proposed credits in the marketplace and gaining real-time feedback on their usability as well as their ability to meet a credit’s intent, according to a USGBC announcement.

"Innovation doesn't follow a schedule. The LEED pilot credit library provides the thousands of volunteers around the globe who are engaged in LEED development with the ability to introduce credit ideas for testing as they emerge. This unique flexibility allows LEED to evolve interactively and accelerates the market transformation LEED was created to catalyze," said Brendan Owens, VP LEED Technical Development, USGBC.  

PILOT CREDIT LIBRARY 
Initially launched with seven credits as part of the LEED 2009 roll out, the pilot credit library today contains more than 40 credits exploring everything from LCA of building assemblies to medical process equipment and efficiency.  Pilot credits create dialogue among LEED users and interested stakeholders about how to effectively deal with the challenging interdependencies and complexities that future evolution of LEED faces.

Two recent additions to the Pilot Library encourage project teams to explore new credit ideas dealing with Demand Response in buildings and the use of Certified Products.The pilot library can be accessed here:  http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2104.

See LEED Pilot Credit #43 which affects opportunities for more sources of lumber and veneer. An article in the June 22nd issue of Environmental Leader (free subscription) gives additional insight into the issues.

"Pilot credits are multi-stakeholder market tests. We expect dramatic changes to credit content to occur during the pilot test periods. Feedback from projects actively engaged in the application of the concepts being tested by pilot credits coupled with active dialogue with other stakeholders fuels an interactive process that seeks to optimize credit structure and operation prior to making it an official part of the rating system," said Mr. Owens.

HOW IT WORKS
LEED project teams that find any of the proposed credits suitable to their projects are encouraged to participate in pilot testing. All participating project teams submit evaluation forms, providing input on the proposed credit’s strengths and weaknesses, engage in dialogue via the LEEDuser website and share their views on the future of each credit they pilot test. This feedback is reviewed by a Working Group of the LEED Steering Committee and shapes improvements to the content of the idea addressed in the pilot credit. Each project that participates in a credit’s pilot and submits feedback receives one Innovation & Design or Innovation in Operations point.

"We’ve also worked hard to make sure people understand that while project experience using the credit is invaluable, there are numerous appropriate ways to comment on a credit’s intent even if you aren’t actively using it," Mr. Owens continued. "Through our partnership with LEEDuser we get feedback from our chapters, project teams, and other stakeholders; we get letters and e-mail; we have our formal public comment periods as the rating system evolves – there are plenty of ways to be heard and we take all of it into account. The green building movement collectively benefits from a robust dialogue around these issues – USGBC encourages you to engage with us on these issues and help us build a stronger LEED," Mr. Owens said.

Details on each pilot credit are available for download at the Pilot Credit Library: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2104. Questions can be directed to pilot@usgbc.org.

Watch for an upcoming edition of the online publication, Green Matters IQ Alert (www.woodiq.com) for insights by AWI Sustainability Resources Representative Rob Ziegelmeier into the three LEED Pilot Credits that pertain to woodworking. On May 5, AWI announced an agreement with NeuMedia, LLC, provider of Digital Information Portals, including Green Matters IQ Alert.


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SFI Funds Community-Based Education and Green Building Projects

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) has awarded a total of $35,200 in grants to nine community-based projects to support forestry education activities and green building for low-income families.

The projects are an extension of the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, which has committed more than $1 million to date to help build knowledge, support landowner outreach, strengthen global supply chains, and deliver countless benefits in forests and communities across the United States and Canada. Partner contributions will leverage additional resources, raising the total value of the projects to $4.2 million.

In recognition of International Year of Forests 2011, SFI Inc. announced earlier this year it would award grants for smaller, community-based projects. Through the involvement of partners, the total value of the nine projects announced on June 20th will be close to $100,000.

For details about the projects go the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program posted on its Web site at www.sfiprogram.org/conservation-grant.
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Sponsor Spotlight

Spotlight on ETemplate Systems

ETemplate Systems will be showing its latest 3D measuring systems in booth #9806 at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas. This will include their new 3D laser measuring system, ELaser.

The new ELaser can run as a stand alone system or in conjunction with ETemplate Photo.

The new ELaser system can easily measure out of reach locations and includes a real time video view of the area being measured, including an 8x zoom capability. Another unique feature is the cross hair target, similar to a rifle scope, that allows the user to pinpoint distant measurement locations easily. Another prime function of the unit is the ability to project installation and mounting points onto surfaces.

The ETemplate Measure Manager™ software helps control the measurement process, providing intuitive tools to create coordinate systems, utilize multiple 2D planes in space, and advanced fitting algorithms that can provide for easier installations.

"Please visit us in booth 9806. Not coming to the show; please visit our Web site at www.etemplatesystem.com or call us at 919-676-2244," ETemplate said.
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Member News

Stephenson Millwork Honored with Family Business of the Year Award

AWI Manufacturing Member Stephenson Millwork Company of Wilson, NC, was honored with a Family Business of the Year Award in the large category (100+ employees) by Wake Forest University Schools of Business Family Business Center and Business North Carolina.

The Family Business of the Year Awards recognize the community contributions and achievements of family-owned businesses. Stephenson Millwork is a third generation architectural millwork family business founded in 1946 by Russell Stephenson. It is the largest millwork company in North Carolina and one of the largest in the southeast, employing 120 people in two locations.

Judging criteria for the Family Business Awards include: innovative business strategies and practices, business growth and new development, contributions to community and industry, involvement by different family members and generations, and commitment to family well-being.

Stephenson Millwork Company of Wilson, NC, has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 1955.

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States Industries Announces Design Competition

States Industries has announced the launch of The Art of ApplePly, a design competition for furniture, fixtures, cabinets, art, toys, and puzzles etc., made principally of ApplePly. Substantial cash prizes are available.

The cash prizes will be awarded in Student, Amateur and Professional categories and anyone over 18 is eligible. Rules and entry forms are available on www.ApplePly.com, or www.statesind.com.

States Industries has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1988.
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Stiles Machinery Helps AWI Arizona Chapter Enhance Its Brand

The AWI Arizona Chapter recently received a supply of handsome polo shirts for use in branding the chapter. The shirts will make their debut at the chapter’s Annual Golf Outing on August 29.

In his note to Steve Waltman, VP of Marketing & Sales for Stiles Machinery, AWI Chapter President Carlos Castillo said the chapter will use the polo shirts as "recruiting tools, as well as awards for ‘over and above’ contributions for our skills contest and chapter participation."
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Around the Industry

Masonite Announces Acquisition of Marshfield Doorsystems, Inc.

Masonite Inc. has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Marshfield DoorSystems, Inc., headquartered in Marshfield, WI.

Marshfield is a leading provider of doors and door components for commercial and architecturally specified applications. Marshfield’s operations were founded in 1890 in Marshfield, WI, and it has been manufacturing and selling high-quality commercial door products since 1908. Marshfield employs approximately 600 people, with a primary facility in Marshfield, WI, and two smaller locations in Greensboro, NC and Largo, FL. Marshfield’s 2010 revenue exceeded $100 million.

"Both Marshfield and Masonite have solid reputations for delivering great customer service and quality products and we look forward to partnering with Masonite to provide new opportunities for our customers, employees and suppliers." Mr. Bergman, a veteran of the building products industry, will remain with Masonite focusing on expanding Masonite’s commercial and architectural door business.

The transaction is expected to close immediately following regulatory approval.
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Workforce

Happy Recipient of AWIEF Scholarship

AWI’s Education Foundation (AWIEF) sees the results of its scholarship awards on the happy faces of recipients. Here’s another one.


AWIEF scholarship recipient Marion Goodsell, accepts an AWIEF scholarship at the New England School of Architectural Woodworking in Easthampton, MA (www.nesaw.com/). Pictured with her, left to right are: Greg Larson Director and instructor, NESAW (Director of the Woodwork Career Alliance); and William F. Geyer, Assistant Professor, Construction & Design Technologies, & LEED AP, PA College of Technology (AWIEF Director, WCA Director).

For the full list of AWIEF scholarship winners, see the June issue of AWI NewsBriefs by clicking here.


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Federal Scene

IRS Increases Mileage Rate to 55.5 Cents per Mile 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and other purposes.

The rate will increase to 55.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. This is an increase of 4.5 cents from the 51 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2011, as set forth in Revenue Procedure 2010-51. In recognition of recent gasoline price increases, the IRS made this special adjustment for the final months of 2011. The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year.

While gasoline is a significant factor in the mileage figure, other items enter into the calculation of mileage rates, such as depreciation and insurance and other fixed and variable costs. The optional business standard mileage rate is used to compute the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business use in lieu of tracking actual costs. This rate is also used as a benchmark by the federal government and many businesses to reimburse their employees for mileage.

The new six-month rate for computing deductible medical or moving expenses will also increase by 4.5 cents to 23.5 cents a mile, up from 19 cents for the first six months of 2011. The rate for providing services for charitable organizations is set by statute, not the IRS, and remains at 14 cents a mile.

The new rates are contained in Announcement 2011-40 on the optional standard mileage rates.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.
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Chapter News

AWI Issues Chapter GPS Directional Training Manuals

All AWI chapter leaders should have received a GPS manual for guiding and defining their path to lead and grow AWI chapters.

If you did not receive a copy, contact Chapter Development Coordinator Greg Bednar at gbednar@awinet.org. He thanks all those chapter volunteers who helped formulate the content and design of the manual.
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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. To reach any of the chapter officers for more information, visit the AWI Web site chapter page here.

AWI New Jersey Chapter
When: July 9, 2011 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
What: Woodworkers Family Picnic (Boating, Fishing, Volleyball, Lawn Games) & Big Daddy Family BBQ provided by NJAWI
Where: Henryville, PA
Information: John Gehman – (p) 908-319-5243; jgehman1@verizon.net


AWI Central PA Chapter
When: July 14, 2011 (8:30-9:30 am Registration; 10:00 am Shotgun Start; 3:00 pm Dinner/Awards)
What: Chapter Golf Outing, Dinner & Awards
Where: Four Seasons Golf Course, Landisville, PA
Registration/Information: See attached 

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: July 21, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Host: Technique Manufacturing, Inc. 

AWI New England Chapter
When: July 25, 2011 (7:30 am start)
What: Annual Golf Outing|
Where: Blackstone National Golf Club, Sutton, MA
Information: Kevin Barlow – (p) 978-462-7193, kevin@keiver-willard.com
; Tye Waller – (p) 617-858-1615, tyewaller@msn.com

AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
When: July 29, 2011 (8:00 am start)
What Annual Golf Outing
Where: Legendary Run Golf Course, Cincinnati, OH
Registration & Contact Details: See attached
Golf Game Form: See attached   

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: August 2, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Carlos Castillo, ccastillo@jowat.com 

AWI New England Chapter
When: August 12, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Annual Fishing Outing

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: August 16, 2011
What: Board of Directors Meeting & Program
Where: Milwaukee, WI 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: August 17, 2011 (12:00 noon)
What: Chapter Meeting & National Board Hosted Reception
Where: Hilton Downtown Portland

Guests: AWI National Board of Directors members

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: August 18, 2011 (7:30 am start) (date change)
What: First Annual Golf Classic
Where: Stone Creek Golf Club, Oregon City, OR
Presenter: Stiles Machinery
Beneficiaries: Woodwork Career Alliance, North Salem High Woodshop Program, WoodLINKS USA
Registration & Information: See attached  

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: August 29, 2011
What: Annual Golf Outing
Where: White Mountain 

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: September 1, 2011 (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
What: Lunch, Presentation, Tabletop Exhibit
Program: "Business Relationships in an Electronic Age" Program
Presenter: Herb Meldahl, Meldahl Consulting Services
Where: C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Information/Registration: See attached
Contact: Garry Astles, gastles@northwayind.com; (p) 717-503-6295 

AWI Virginia & Carolinas Chapters
When: September 14, 2011
What: Joint Chapter Meeting & "Finishing 101" program
Where: High Point, NC
Host: Stiles Machinery
Hotel Accommodations: contact Joni Oligmueller at joligmueller@stilesmachinery.com
Table Top Displays: contact Owen McGee at mcgee@stilesmachinery.com by September 8

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: September 14, 2011
What: Annual Golf Outing & Chapter Meeting
Where: The Bog-Saukville, Madison, WI

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: September 16, 2011
What: Golf Outing & Chapter Meeting
Host: Salina Planing Mill

AWI Iowa / Nebraska Chapter
When: September 16, 2011
What Chapter Meeting
Where: DMAC
Sponsor: Hafele America / Shawn Svoboda

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: October 4, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Florida Chapter
When: October 7-9, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting and Changeover Program of Officers and Board of Directors Meeting
Where: South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, FL

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: October 18, 2011
What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Where: Milwaukee, WI

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: October 19, 2011 (12:00 noon)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: November 3, 2011
What: "LEED® & FSC Certification" Programs (1:00 – 3:00 pm); Lunch (12:30 – 1:30 pm); Tabletop Exhibits
Speakers: Garry A. Astles, Northway Industries; Keith Atherholt, Lewis Lumber Products
Where: C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Registration: $35 (Chapter / AWI Members); $70 (Nonmembers); $10 (Students)
Information: See Attached

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: November 9, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Plant Tour in Ashland
Host: Rex Lumber
Where: Richmond, VA

AWI Heart of America
When: November 17, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Host: Woodwork Manufacturing & Supply

AWI Iowa / Nebraska
When: November 18, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Where: DMAC
Sponsor: Blum/Kevin Voit

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: December 6, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: December 9, 2011 (5:00 pm)
What: End of the Year Meeting / Celebration

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