The President's Message: May 2014
By Mike Mizell
What a terrific Chapters Regional Conference Arkansas ASHRAE hosted in Little Rock this past weekend! If you weren't able to attend, you really missed out. It took a lot of planning to pull off, but all the hard work was worth it. There were attendees from as far away as Denmark, and they all seemed to have a great time. Final tally came to 195 participants.
The festivities began with a golf tournament at the Maumelle Country Club on Thursday. There were 65 participants on 16 teams. Although there was a rain delay, the teams were able to complete a full round. The rain continued into the evening, but everyone was of good cheer at the Welcome Party held at the Museum of Discovery. For those young enough to stay up late, Phil Watson and the Arkansas Young Engineers in ASHRAE committee hosted an afterparty at Sonny Williams Steak Room. Thursday's companion activities included chair massages and a driving tour of the city's historical Quapaw Quarter.
Friday was a very full day, which started at 6:45 a.m. for the members of the Caucus. Society President-Elect Tom Phoenix delivered an outstanding presentation of his presidential theme, "People, Passion and Performance," during the President's Luncheon. Ed Tinsley and Richard Royal, both of Arkansas, provided spectacular programs during afternoon technical sessions. Companions enjoyed the sunny day aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat for lunch and a river tour. The day was capped off with dinner and touring the Clinton Presidential Center.
Even though we were quite worn out by Saturday morning, members of our chapter leadership, as well as those from our neighbor chapters within Region VIII, attended workshops to learn how to maximize the performance of our committees and officer roles. Companions were able to soak in another lovely day out on the hotel terrace for a painting session. Regional caucus business was finished up in the afternoon, but the climax of the conference was the Awards Luncheon, in which the Arkansas Chapter came away with the Golden Gavel, the Region VIII award for the year's top chapter.
If you see any of the following Host Committee members, make sure to congratulate them for jobs well done:
- Rick Sellers, CRC Chair
- Keith Wortsmith, CRC Treasurer
- Mark Eley, CRC Secretary
- Chris Ahne, Registration
- Cortney Herbst, Offsite Events/Marketing
- Betty Wade, Companion Activities
- Bill Simpson, Sponsorships/Marketing
- Jim Monk, Hotel Coordinator
- James Dayer, IT/AV
- Tom Hanlon, Tech Sessions
- Randy Moore, Golf Tournament and Hospitality
- Steve McConnell, Transportation
- Bill Harrison, VIP Host
I am grateful to be a part of this awesome chapter. Thank you to all the officers, committees, and their families for the sacrifices they make to make Arkansas ASHRAE the best chapter in the best region.
We hope to see you at Past Presidents' Night and Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony as we recognize Mr. Paul Briscoe, Mr. Sam Cummins, and Mr. Earnest Pettit for their contributions to ASHRAE. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at the Country Club of Little Rock
Mark your calendars for the 2015 CRC hosted by the Fort Worth Chapter April 23-25.