President's Message November 2007 Ronald Geren, CSI

President's Message November 2007 Ronald Geren, CSI

Going, going, gone

This past month we said farewell to longtime Phoenix Chapter member Bob Sears. Arriving in Phoenix in 1988 from Seattle, Bob, who was active in his former chapter, immediately joined the Phoenix chapter. But Bob didnt sit still; he became active in the Phoenix Chapter as newsletter editor and, eventually, chapter president. Additionally, he was a frequent contributor to the chapters newsletter with his op-ed articles titled ÏAs I See It.

Bob will be moving to Kansas, but will continue writing specifications for SASC via long-distance for some time. Well miss Bob, but wish him and his wife well as they head northeast to cold country (Im sure Arizona will be in his thoughts come January).

But Bob is not the only one leaving us_

Steve Wadding, son of George Wadding (chapter immediate past president) and brother of Mike Wadding (Mr. Raffle), is leaving us for the Las Vegas chapter, which is where his job is taking him. We wish him well, and lots of luck (you can guess for what).

And finally, Andrea Stephan, Academic Liaison, is leaving us for Charlotte, North Carolina, to be with family. Although she was only with the chapter a short time, she has given the position of Academic Liaison the adrenalin boost it needed to make things happen. In the brief period she held the position, she has contacted several community colleges and other educational institutions. Her work with ITT-Techs construction management program has set the foundation for a potential student chapter at the school. The positive side of all this, shes going to be a specifications writer for a Charlotte architectural firm. Best wishes, Andrea, and happy writing (dont forget CSIs four Cs)!

The date is set, but not the location

The Southwest Region Conference Committee has met and set the dates for the conference for April 24th through the 26th. The committee has a potential location and discussions are in progress, but other locations are also being considered. A final selection should be made by the November Chapter meeting.

And, fortunate for me, we have two committee cochairs: George and Mike Wadding. However, they cant do it all themselves. We have several members whove expressed an interest, but more assistance will only make things easier for everyone. If you have not already expressed an interest in helping, but would like to, please contact George ( or Mike (

Institute is looking to make a few changes

Like this past year, Institute is putting a new governance proposal in front of the membership for voting next spring. This new proposal is a revised version of the proposal that failed to pass this last spring. Although the comment period has ended, it is important that all members understand the proposed changes and what they mean for the future of CSI.

To read what the Institute is proposing this time around, Click Here. The link will take you to a PDF document that gives a brief background why the change is needed and what each of the proposed changes includes. From my reading of the proposal and the webinar I participated in, it appears the Governance Task Team took to heart the many concerns that came out of the Teams previous attempt.

I dont want to tell you how to vote, but a change is necessary at the national level to keep CSI a viable professional organization for years to come. Please read this proposal and the revised one that will be made public some time following the November Institute board meeting, and take part in CSIs future by voting during the 2008 ballot.

Ronald L. Geren, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, SCIP

Phoenix Chapter President

CSI Southwest Region

CSI Insitute