October President's Message

Greetings CSI Memphis!

I would like to thank everyone who attended our September Chapter Meeting! We had a great turn out. For those of you who missed it, Veronica Tansey of Fleming Architects gave an excellent presentation on the recently completed Collierville High School. October’s chapter meeting will be Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. Our guest speaker will be CSI Memphis Past-President, Scott Guidry of designshop. He will present on his work on the Memphis Grizzlies Locker Room with a focus on millwork and lighting. This is a small, but high-profile local project and I am looking forward to learning more about it. This will also segway nicely into our Memphis Millwork plant tour scheduled for November 8th. To RSVP to the chapter meeting, checkout the events page on the award-winning www.csimemphis.org.

Past-President and Dempsie Morrison Scholarship Chair, Julie Fleming presented her Scholarship Fund Update at our chapter meeting. To date, the Dempsie B. Morrison Scholarship Fund Raising Drive has raised more than $4,000! Also, we announced a few winners for the University of Memphis Football tickets, graciously donated by our very own, Michael Cardone. Jim Neison won the full set of season tickets for donating $300 or more to the scholarship fund and Charles and Charlotte Cooper won the set of October tickets, which includes the home game against UCF for donating $100 or more to the fund.

The Institute Convention, the CONSTRUCT Show is less than two weeks away. Long Beach is this year’s host city and the conventions is October 3rd through the 5th. CSI Memphis will be sending four representatives to the Institute Convention. Our Vice President Susan Evans, Past-President Mike Zielinski and Treasurer Gary White will join me in Long Beach. We are all looking forward to the experience. Jason Ontiveros and Isaac Barrantes will be in attendance representing the University of Memphis Student Affiliate. I’m excited for these two students to get this experience; I had the opportunity to attend the Institute Convention when I was a student back in 2012 and it helped shape the person I am today. I probably would not be as involved in the chapter if not for that trip to Chicago those years ago. The members of CSI-S Memphis are currently raising funds to finance their journey and provide extra funds for the student affiliate. You can help them out by purchasing a calendar of student work at our chapter meetings or online at www.csimemphis.org/calendar. These calendars are $15 each and will be good all the way through December of 2019. The printing and binding of the calendars was done in-kind thanks to Chris McNally and Melissa Pope at Memphis Reprographics. That means that all the money earned from calendar sales goes directly to the student’s travel fund.

I would like to encourage our chapter’s members to volunteer, donate and get involved in anyway you can. Want to get involved? Email us at info@csimemphis.org. If you can’t donate your time or money to the chapter but still want to help, bring a guest to the next chapter meeting. With your help, we can continue expand and improve our chapter.

Jeffrey Parnell, CSI, AIA

Architect, HBG Design

CSI Memphis Chapter President