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August 4, 2011

AWI Convention Speaker to Detail “The Greening of Business”

"Why is the greening of business unavoidable and how do companies profit from it?" Find out from globally recognized speaker and green business expert, Andrew Winston. What will he tell you?

Mr. Winston will share insights about "how the world’s best companies use environmental strategies to innovate and profit in a crowded, resource-constrained world." Hear his lively presentation during the 59th AWI Annual Convention, October 26-28, 2011 in Charlotte, NC. 

The co-author of the international bestseller Green to Gold and the author of the more recent Green Recovery will explore the environmental pressures and powerful stakeholders driving companies to go green.

Through fun and fascinating examples from a range of industries, Mr. Winston demonstrates how leading companies…

Get Lean: Amp up energy and resource efficiency to save millions.

Get Smart: Use data about products and supply chains to save money, drive performance, and serve customers better with innovative new products.

Get Going: Engage and excite employees to solve the company’s, the customer’s, and the world’s environmental challenges.

Get Creative: Rejuvenate innovation efforts by asking tough questions such as, "Can we operate with no fossil fuels?"

Mr. Winston makes the case that pursuing sustainability is not optional anymore, but it saves money, drives innovation, and represents a new and fundamentally better way of doing business.

Watch for the September issue of AWI NewsBriefs for more details. To check out Mr. Winston’s best-selling books, Green to Gold and Green Recovery, visit www.eco-strategies.com.

About the Speaker
Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how business can profit from environmental thinking.  He advises some of the world’s leading companies, including Bank of America, HP, Boeing, Pepsi, and Bayer.  Mr. Winston also serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation and the Executive Environmental Advisory Council for Hewlett-Packard (HP).  He is the author of Green Recovery and co-author of Green to Gold, the best-selling guide to what works – and what doesn’t – when companies go green.  His earlier career included corporate strategy at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in marketing and business development at Time Warner and MTV.  Mr. Winston received his B.A. in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. 

Learn More...                                                        

"The Greening of Business:
What You Can Learn From It"
October 28, 2011
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Andrew Winston
Environmental Strategist, co-author of Green to Gold and author of Green Recovery

Andrew Winston’s engaging talk, "The Greening of Business," will explore the environmental pressures and powerful stakeholders driving companies to go green and describe the strategies and tools the world's best companies use to innovate and profit in this new, environmentally-sensitive world. Winston’s best-selling guides explain what works – and what doesn’t – when companies go green.

Register by September 2 and Save! www.awinet.org 

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AWI Learning Forum

Upcoming Online AWI “Talk” Forums

Hosts of AWI’s "Talk" forums will answer your questions about the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and sustainability issues. Space is limited.

Register today!  The sessions are growing in popularity.

"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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AWI News

AWI Announces Annual Membership Meeting Details

AWI President Robert Stout is pleased to announce the AWI annual membership meeting will be conducted on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 8:30 am and will be held at the Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 South College Street Charlotte, NC 28202.

AWI Bylaws state, "ARTICLE X, CONVENTIONS AND MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS, Sec 2...Written notice of the time and place of each membership meeting shall be sent by the Executive Vice President to each member not less than 20 (twenty) or more than 60 (sixty) days prior to the business meeting. In the case of a special meeting, the notice shall include the purpose(s) for which the meeting is called."
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Congratulations Tom McCool

What did Tom McCool of RCS Millwork in Ankeny, IA, win from the AWI drawing?

The AWI Manufacturing Member won an Ipad at the AWI booth during the AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas. Congratulations and enjoy! Thanks for stopping by the AWI booth.
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Business Tools

Lessons Learned from the 2011 CODBS Report

Did you know? The 2011 Cost of Doing Business Survey and Compensation Study found high profit firms are 11.25% more profitable that average profit firms. How do they do it?

Find out on the AWI e-Learning site. The drivers for the higher Gross Margin for the high-profit companies are lower raw material costs, direct labor, and direct overhead factors affected by pricing effectiveness and production efficiency. To view the "Income Statement Comparison" click here. Visit AWI eLearning to learn more about what high profit firms are doing differently than average profit firms.

All AWI Manufacturing Members may view the entire 2011 Cost of Doing Business webinar on the AWI e-Learning site. The webinar was initially a complimentary benefit to all those who participated in the 2011 CODB Survey. The insightful session was developed and presented by Sebastien DesMarais, Business Development for Hollywood Woodwork, Inc., Hollywood, FL, and Marc Sanderson, President and Owner of Wilkie Sanderson, Sauk Rapids, MN. The presenters’ thorough review of the CODBS Report and their business management expertise is now available to all AWI Manufacturing Members. Find out what lessons were learned from the big changes that occurred in 2011 CODBS compared with the 2010 CODBS. Then, as the presenters advise in their webinar, take action to improve your bottom line.

AWI members may enter the AWI e-Learning site through the "Members Only" portal on the AWI Web site.

Here’s what you need to do to access the webinar.

1. Go to www.awinet.org.

2. Login FIRST with your AWI member access codes.

3. Once you are in the "Members Only" section, scroll down on the left menu column and click on "Educational Offerings" to find the "eLearning" tab. Click on that tab.

4. You will come to a home page of the AWI eLearning site. Click on "e-learning Portal" at the bottom of that page.

5. If you have not previously established an account, you must register the first time, creating a new account and password of your choice. It is a one-time effort. Registration is free and available exclusively to AWI members.

6. If you haven’t visited the site previously, we recommend that you take the tutorials at the top of the inside home page.

7. To locate the CODBS webinar, click on the "Woodwork Professional" portal. It will open a page with various grouped offerings under sections.

8. Click on the words "Business Management" and scroll down to the bottom and click on "Cost of Doing Business Webinar Archives." Click on the title "7 July CODB Webinar" to start the program.

9. Allow your computer to Download the necessary software – Java Web and Elluminate Live! – to unleash the full capabilities of the eLearning system.

10. Follow the prompts to hear the webinar and view the charts and graphs referenced throughout the presentation.

For first-time users, it takes a bit of time to get set up, but it is a one-time effort. Thereafter, you can enter easily and quickly to find what you need. If you have difficulties registering or accessing the site, please contact AWI Chief Learning Officer Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org for assistance.

AWI e-Learning: Always On

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Summer Edition of Design Solutions Now Online

Review the amazing projects in the summer edition and the Cornerstone article on why you should publish your projects in Design Solutions. Here is an example of a spring AOE winnerLange Bros. Woodwork Company.

Shown here is the lobby of the law firm of Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren in Milwaukee featuring woodwork fabricated by Lange Bros. Woodwork Company of Milwaukee. Plain sliced, quartered, rift and burl Walnut was used throughout the project, including the reception area pictured here. Other views of the architectural woodwork throughout this project can be seen in the spring 2011 issue of Design Solutions.
Photo Credit: Mike Rebholz, Madison, WI

Visit the AWI Web site for information and submission forms for the upcoming (winter 2011) AWI "Award of Excellence" (AOE) program. The deadline is December 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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Tips for Motivating Employees during the Summer

From Insperity, Human Resources and Business Solutions Affinity Partner of AWI

For many businesses, the summer months can put a damper on employee morale, especially this year when many are still recovering from the economic downturn. Here are tips for employers to help employees beat the summertime blues.

Offer flexible work arrangements.
When it comes to flexible schedules, employers have several possibilities to consider, including shortened work weeks, telecommuting, late arrival or early departure.

Encourage career development.
Training and development can serve as a strong motivator for employees who desire greater responsibility. Equipping employees with more knowledge and new tools now can help better prepare them for busier months ahead.

Create incentives.
While business may be slower for some companies during the summer months, there are still goals that can and should be accomplished. Consider areas within the organization that could benefit from a little more attention, and solicit input from employees on improvements. Simple incentives can yield great motivation.

Promote volunteerism.
Volunteering is an excellent way to help inspire employees and to give back to the community at the same time. Allowing employees to take a few hours to volunteer during the workday can help them feel good about themselves and proud of the company.

Host a company function.
An off-site company picnic or a weekly softball league provide a break from the everyday routine. They also provide great team-building opportunities.

Offer casual workdays.
Many companies relax dress codes during the summer. But employers can also take it to a whole new level of fun by incorporating different themes, such as favorite team jerseys. Anything outside of the norm can help boost employee attitudes. 

Planning fun activities that can help break up the slower summer pace can have a dramatic impact on staff morale. By taking the time to do this, employers can potentially enjoy stronger employee performance, improved profitability, enhanced client satisfaction and increased employee loyalty in the long run.

Article by Insperity (NYSE: NSP), a trusted advisor to America’s best businesses for more than 25 years, providing an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance. Insperity Business Performance Advisors offer the most comprehensive Workforce OptimizationTM solution in the marketplace that delivers administrative relief, better benefits, reduced liabilities and a systematic way to improve productivity. Additional offerings include MidMarket SolutionsTM, Performance Management, Expense Management, Time and Attendance, Organizational Planning, Recruiting Services, Employment Screening, Retirement Services, Business Insurance and Technology Services. Insperity business performance solutions support more than 100,000 businesses with over 2 million employees. With 2010 revenues in excess of $1.7 billion, Insperity operates in 55 offices throughout the United States. For more information, call 800-465-3800 or visit www.insperity.com.

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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.  Conversations have shifted to new topics.

What are AWI members talking about?

  • Horizontal Matching of Veneer Grain
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Exterior Trim Wood Preferences
  • Software for Estimating through Accounting

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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Do You Know What the AWS Says?

By Shows Leary, AWI Quality Certification Program Inspector

...about wood cabinet drawer fronts? Find out.

Wood Cabinet Drawer Fronts

I often see woodworkers planning to make Premium Grade cabinets with S4S solid lumber drawer fronts with grain running horizontally for "flush" or "stile and rail" cabinet assemblies. Is this recommended in the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS)?

Looking at section 10 page 249 and 250, item 1.2.16 you will see illustrated samples of drawer front edge profiles. All sketches show variations on panel product with veneer (or other overlay) faces and different types of applied edges. None of these details show what appears to be solid lumber. Let's dig deeper.

On page 251, item 1.2.19 the layout options for stile and rail cabinets is shown. The left elevation shows a style of design including stiles and rails at the doors only, with the drawers running vertical with end matching of grain. The right elevation shows a style of design where the doors and drawers have stiles and rails. The grain on the doors run vertical and the grain on the drawers run horizontal. For cabinets designated as style-and-rail the choice to run draw front grain horizontally or vertically belongs to the manufacturer.

On page 252, item, we see a layout for flush cabinets showing all grains running vertically. There is also reference to blue print and sequence matching, something not often specified with solid limber.

In the material section, page 261, item 4.2.1 we see reference to "grain or directionally patterned sheet product". Item requires that the grain "shall run and match vertically within each cabinet unit, including doors, drawers, false fronts and finished ends". In item we see that for stile and rail cabinets the drawer front panels can run vertical or horizontal at the manufacturer's option.

Now let's go to stile and rail cabinets starting on page 271. Item discusses the panel core of stile and rail cabinets being covered by veneer, overlay or rim banding. No reference to solid lumber. Going to page 272, item we see that solid lumber is not permitted for panels in Premium Grade. (However, solid lumber panels are allowed for Custom Grade if less than 13 3/4" in width per item

One last reference is seen on page 285, item, where drawer fronts and false fronts are required to have "banding matched to exposed surfaces." We probably all agree there would be no need to edge band solid lumber.

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 Leary Project Management, LLC, shows@showsleary.com.

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About QCP

QCP Helps Resolve Discrepancy between Specifications and Shop Drawings

By QCC Inspections Manger Wayne Hintz; Q-representative Joe Fleck; and AWI Communications Consultant Kara Thorp

Learn about the results in quality casework for the War Memorial Hospital Project, Berkeley Springs, WV.

Certification of a project not only attests to the work’s compliance with AWI Standards, but also confirms the woodworker’s adherence to project specifications and contact documents. In addition to familiarity with AWI Standards, a thorough understanding of the entire specification is therefore necessary not only for product quality, but also project certification. The War Memorial Hospital (Berkeley Springs, WV) is a case in point.

To read more, click here.

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Green Scene

New Curriculum Explores Profound Changes Facing America's Forests Today

When teachers head back to school, their students can learn first-hand about forests, thanks to a new teaching resource from Project Learning Tree®, the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation (AFI).

"Do you know the water from your faucet might be naturally filtered by a forest instead of a water treatment plant? Do you know you can calculate the carbon sequestered by the trees in your own backyard? Do you know that one of the biggest threats to America's forests is the transfer of family property between generations?" asks Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation. "These are just a few examples of the types of thought-provoking questions that high school teachers can pose to students using a new Project Learning Tree curriculum guide that engages students in exploring forests in their own communities," says Martin.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 2011 as International Year of Forests to promote broader understanding of the importance of forests, and to bolster global efforts to promote sustainable forest management and conservation. PLT's new high school curriculum Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests teaches students about forest health, fresh water supply, climate change, who owns America's forests, and more. Hands-on classroom lessons and field investigations help students develop an understanding and appreciation for stewardship and informed decision-making on issues that affect forests.
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Construction News

June Construction Starts Jump 15%

New construction starts in June climbed 15% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $436.8 billion.

According to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, the gain followed particularly weak activity in May, and helped the pace of contracting during this year’s second quarter stay close to its first quarter level. June featured a substantial increase for the nonbuilding construction sector, led by the start of several large electric utility projects. Nonresidential building also registered improvement in June, while housing edged up slightly. During the first six months of 2011, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis came in at $198.2 billion, down 7% from the same period a year ago.

The June data lifted the Dodge Index to 92 (2000=100), which is the highest reading so far in 2011. During the first five months of 2011, the Dodge Index had trended downward, moving from 91 in January to 80 in May.  "The pattern of construction starts during the early months of 2011 showed a loss of momentum, due largely to renewed weakness for single family housing combined with a pullback for public works and institutional building," stated Robert A. Murray, Vice President of Economic Affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction. "June’s gain enables the average for this year’s second quarter to be down a modest 2% from the first quarter, a milder slowdown than what was being suggested by the data through May. The overall level of construction continues to be weak, but June’s gain is consistent with the sense that construction activity is hovering at a low level, rather than seeing further sustained declines."

Nonresidential building, at $153.6 billion (annual rate), climbed 11% in June, McGraw-Hill reported. The commercial categories showed healthy percentage gains, moving up from May’s weak activity. Office construction in June rose 39%; hotel construction jumped 55%; and store construction improved 11%. 

On the institutional side of the nonresidential market, healthcare facilities in June rose 16%. The amusement-related category increased 90% in June. The public buildings category, which has fallen sharply over the past year, bounced back 89% in June. Educational facilities, the largest institutional category, improved a moderate 4% in June. Institutional structure types with June declines were church construction, down 34%; and transportation terminals, down 77%. 

For full details, see the McGraw-Hill news release here.
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Decline in Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected in 2011; Modest Growth Projected for 2012

A multitude of factors are preventing a recovery for the beleaguered design and construction industry, and the costs of key building materials are increasing.

According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), "Lenders that have been extremely reticent to finance construction projects, budget shortfalls at all levels of government, the ripple effect of overbuilding, a depressed housing market and rising costs of key construction commodities are all contributing to what projects to be a decline of 5.6% in spending this year for nonresidential construction projects.

Consensus Construction Forecast
AIA’S semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters, also projects a 6.4% increase of spending in 2012.

"Consumer and business confidence is poor and the overall economy has yet to pull out of the downturn that began in 2008, which both add to the general sense of anxiety and uncertainty in the real estate market," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "Spending on renovations of existing buildings has remained strong, but the depressed demand for new construction isn’t likely to improve until next year, led by the commercial sector: offices, retail and hotels."

Regional Patterns
Although the AIA does not provide regional construction forecasts, there is evidence that some areas of the country are recovering faster than others. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s payroll surveys:

  • Michigan leads the country with a 5.2% increase in construction payrolls in the last year.
  • Hawaii, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Illinois and Washington, DC have had gains of 3% or more.
  • Nevada and Rhode Island have each lost 10% or more of their construction payrolls.

The Federal Reserve Board’s Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions (Beige Book) from early June noted that nonresidential construction rose modestly in the Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis and Dallas districts. More broadly, a number of districts expressed a general sense of optimism for the second half of 2011.

About the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel
The AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel is conducted twice a year with the leading nonresidential construction forecasters in the United States including, McGraw Hill Construction, IHS-Global Insight, Moody’s economy.com, Reed Business Information, Associated Builders & Contractors and FMI. The purpose of the Consensus Construction Forecast Panel is to project business conditions in the construction industry over the coming 12 to 18 months. The Consensus Construction Forecast Panel has been conducted for 13 years.

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Who Are the Titans of Architecture?

Are you working with any of the 250 top architect/design firms?

The top five ranked by 2010 revenue are:

  • AECOM Technologies, Los Angeles, CA
  • Gensler, San Francisco, CA
  • Perkins+Will, Chicago, IL
  • HDR Architecture, Inc., Omaha, NE
  • HOK, St. Louis, MO

Click here to see the entire list reported in the July 22nd edition of Architectural Record (subscription required), published by the American Institute of Architects.

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Member News

Stiles’ Director of Education Honored by WoodLINKS USA

Stiles Machinery is pleased to announce that Duane Griffiths, Director of Education for Stiles, was awarded the Larry Hilchie Past-Presidents Award by WoodLINKS USA.

The award was first established in 2004 when WoodLINKS USA realized there was a missing link in their award system for individuals who went beyond the scope of the other awards.

Read the entire press release online at www.stilesmachinery.com/news?newsID=69.
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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. To reach any of the chapter officers for more information, visit the AWI Web site chapter page here.

AWI New England Chapter
When: August 12, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Annual Fishing Outing
Where: Plum Island, Newberryport
Information: Click here
Questions: Kevin Barlow; (p) 978-462-7193, kevin@keiver-willard.com 

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

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: August 17 -19, 2011
What: August 17 - National Board Hosted Reception
Where: Hilton Downtown Portland
What: August 18 – National Board meeting
Where: Hilton Downtown Portland
What: August 19 – Tour of Christen Shipyard
Where: Vancouver, WA
Information: Sean McConeghy, sean@mcconeghy.com
Guests: AWI National Board members 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: August 18, 2011 (7:30 am start)
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 Great Lakes 
When: August 25-27, 2011
What: Gold Outing, catamaran ride, plant tours, education forum, winery tour
Where: Park Place Hotel, Traverse City, MI
Sponsorships: Available, contact Tyle Cerny, (p) 231-929-2140; Debra Behring, (p) 586-468-4765
Guest: Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery, AWI National Board of Directors
Information: www.awigreatlakes.org 

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: August 29, 2011
What: Annual Golf Outing
Where: White Mountain Country Club
Information: Carlos Castillo, castillomc@hotmail.com 

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 (Correct Date)
What: Annual Golf Outing & Chapter Meeting
Where: The Bog-Saukville, Madison, WI
Information: Click here

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

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

AWI Minnesota Chapter
When: September 22, 2011
What: Sporting Clays Shooting Event
Where: Horse & Hunt Club
Special Presentation/Guest: Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery & AWI Board of Directors member

AWI New England
When: September 28, 2011
What: Fall Program – Fairfield County Millwork Plant Tour; LEED® Seminar
Presenters: Bruce Chapin, Atlantic Plywood; Briana Capra, FSC; Rob Ziegelmeier, AWI Sustainability Resources Representative
Information: Tye Waller at tyewaller@msn.com 

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 

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: January 19, 2012 (12:30 – lunch; 1:00 - 3:00 pm – program)
What & Presenters: "LEED® for New Construction," Speaker – Garry A. Astles, Northway Industries, Inc.; "FSC Certification and Carbon Footprint of Forest Products," Speaker – Keith Atherhold, Lewis Lumber Products, Inc.
Registration & Details: See attached
Fees: $35 pp, Chapter / AWI Members; $70 pp, Non AWI Members; Tabletop Exhibits - $200
Information: Garry A. Astles, gastles@northwayind.com

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 August 18, 2011.

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