Greetings Memphis Chapter CSI!!
We have real news here: the time and place for our chapter meetings has been changed. The Board deliberated and determined to change from a plated dinner meeting to a buffet lunch meeting starting at 11:30am. The venue has changed to the Holiday Inn on the University of Memphis campus. The location is more central to our membership and having a lunch meeting instead of a dinner meeting should translate into more members and guests attending. Oh, one more thing: the cost of the meal has DECREASED by $5.00 to $20 for members.
We have had some Board changes over the past few months. Richard Hill’s work schedule has caused him to decline the position of President. Our very own Julie Fleming has stepped up and will become the next President of our chapter!! Way to go Julie!! Richard will maintain a seat on the board and in fact will replace Julie’s Board position. Gary White has agreed to take Ken Hudson’s Secretary position also due to Ken’s work schedule. We should have a succession plan for the next couple of years which is really good news for the chapter.
This month’s meeting program is by Kent Kile with PPG on the colors of Frank Lloyd Wright. I’ve actually seen this presentation before and is why I asked Kent to present it to our chapter. I found it very interesting and informative and I am sure you will too.
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 are currently in the planning stages for the Gulf States Region Conference to be held right here in lovely Memphis next April. Our very own Jeffrey Parnell is heading up this effort and doing a fine job. In upcoming issues we will provide the schedule, the speaker’s bios, and the classes that will be available for continuing education. So be on the lookout for what’s coming!
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