- President's Message: February, 2017
New commitments for a New Year? Please consider participating in one of our Chapter’s committees or task teams. Help is always needed as March and Pro-Fair approach. There are many other opportunities to get involved – membership; electronic communications; graphics; marketing; programs; and certification are just a few of the ongoing efforts that take place thanks to the Board of Directors and a core team of volunteers. There are many ways to match your skills and interests to a range of activities that can be very rewarding. Please contact me, or any Board member, and let’s find a great match.
- CSI Institute Report - Linda Stansen
I attended the CSI Institute Board of Directors winter meeting was held January 21sth to 23rd in Tuscon, Arizona, just after the completion of the Master Specifier’s Retreat. It was a concentrated series of meetings addressing services and programs being refreshed and made more readily accessible to our membership.
Everyone at Institute is working very hard to respond to concerns from the Regions and Chapters about communications and service. There is a strong commitment by all at the Institute to do as much as possible to support the organization at all levels. And I can’t stress enough how important it is to me as the representative from West Region to hear of any concerns any Chapter or the Region has to convey to Institute. I need to hear from you!
- Tower of Babel - Sheldon Wolfe
I recently enjoyed watching a video clip of a senate confirmation hearing, in which Scott Pruit, EPA Administrator nominee, was being grilled by Joni Ernst, Senator from Iowa (the fun starts at about 2:14). At issue was the term WOTUS, or "Waters of the United States." Not knowing at the time I watched it what the term meant, it was amusing to see that 97 percent of Iowa would be governed by expansion of the existing definition. Further discussion focused on puddles and on a definition of a parking lot puddle as a "degraded wetland."
The labyrinthine regulations of the federal government reminded me of regulations we in construction deal with every day. They are similarly complex and obscure, differing only in extent. I was not surprised that I didn't understand the subjects of the senate hearing, but on further thought, I realized I really don't know much about the countless codes and regulations that govern construction.