President's Message

Greetings Memphis Chapter CSI!!  

It seems like only yesterday I was returning from a great CSI convention in St. Louis. I am now preparing to go to another convention, this year in Austin, Texas, a town that prides itself on being weird. I am looking forward to the fellowship, the educational opportunities and meeting new folks in our industry. I will be there with our very own Jeffrey Parnell. We will both provide reports upon our return-look forward to them!

This month’s meeting program is by Michelle Ashbery, CDT, LEED AP, a familiar face to be sure. Her program last year was on acoustics, a subject near and dear to my heart. This year she will present her program: Understanding Code Compliant Integrated Ceiling Solutions. Unfortunately for me I will be in Austin during this gathering but hope to hear from an attending member on how good it was.

We have added a new feature in the magazine for your reading pleasure: What I Learned I hope will be a new feature that will be authored by a member who attended the meeting and, of course, was willing to write a quick report on what they learned. Look forward to future reports. Our first is by Susan Evans, CSI.

Please don’t get tired of reading this plea: I want to encourage everyone who reads this-member or not- to contribute to the Dempsey B. Morrison Scholarship Fund. This is a tax deductible contribution to the extent allowed by law. I encourage you to make a donation to this very worthy scholarship fund. CSI Memphis in partnership with the University of Memphis provides two scholarships that fully fund the tuition for the two selected students for one year. This can eliminate a financial hardship that might exist and in turn provide peace of mind to the student allowing them to focus on their studies and not fund raising activities. I knew Mr. Morrison and had him as a drafting teacher while attending State Technical Institute at Memphis- now SWTCC. Please consider a donation to this very worthy endeavor. If I can donate to this very worthy fund…so can you!

We have our Board meetings the Monday prior to our chapter meetings that are currently scheduled for the second Thursday evening of the month. The general membership is invited to attend the Board meetings should they have business to bring before the Board or simply want to see how the Board functions. If you have an agenda item, let me know by email the Friday prior to the meeting and I will place it on the agenda.

Once again I thank you for the opportunity to serve the chapter in this honorable position. I am humbled by the history of this chapter and its membership, past and present and hope to have an effective, productive and meaningful term. My phone is always open so if you have questions, comments, recommendations or simply suggestions give me a call. I’ll see you at our next meeting!

Hans Dietrich Faulhaber, Architect

The University of Tennessee