It was a pleasure seeing you at the January Chapter Meeting. What a terrific turnout! Thank you to John Ziegler for a great presentation and to Mitsubishi Electric for sponsoring our meeting. It is always challenging to find a Sponsor for the January meeting, and John really came through when we called on him just a week prior to the meeting. Our first CEU of the year, more to come.
The Executive Committee is also very grateful to all of you who signed up to be a part of the Chapter Committees. Please see page 3 of the newsletter for a list of the Committees. It is early in the year and there is still opportunity for you to sign up. Please contact me or the committee chair. A few Chair positons are still vacant, we welcome your leadership for these roles. I’m excited about the launching of these committees and look forward to the benefits that will arise from your efforts.
Please remember that a Chapter is only as strong as the individual commitment that we contribute to. We currently seek two individuals to fill the important positions of Executive Director and Associates Director. The descriptions for these positions are included on pages 6 and 7 of the newsletter. If you know somebody that would be ideal for either of these positions, please inform them of how indispensable their role will be to our Chapter and encourage them to apply.
Special recognition to BPSI, DWS Building Supply, Facilities Connection, and New Era Foam Spray for becoming the first Professional Affiliates of the year! We reach out to all our product representatives, experts that we call on daily, we hope that you too will join our Chapter as Professional Affiliates.
Next week Rene Melendez and I will travel to Detroit to attend Grassroots 2016, the AIA’s 42nd annual leadership event. Unfortunately we’ll miss the February Chapter meeting but we’ll report on the Grassroots event upon our return. We look forward to collaborating with fellow architects from around the Nation and share with them details about the Chapter we have the privilege to lead.
Mary J Stills, AIA, CNU-A
2016 AIA El Paso Chapter President