Cal's Corner

On 6 December the Chapter held its annual awards presentation.  Great evening of friendship and acknowledgment of efforts. A larger attendance would have better shown appreciation for the awardees efforts.

Last month we talked about change, values and recognition of efforts. A new calendar year is upon us already and I want to continue talking about value of a CSI membership.

A few years back Ron Green wrote a wonderful letter about CSI and I kept it for future reference since it was so well written. With due credit to Ron I am including the letter with this month's message.

Dear CSI Member,

CSI offers you the opportunity to connect to your colleagues. No matter what your role:  owner, designer, specifier, contractor – all of you can make connections through CSI membership.  Connections that make you smarter and help you do your job better – they come with CSI membership.  I’ve seen professional connections develop into lifelong friendships.
As a CSI member, you can access literally hundreds of years of experience. CSI is a safe place to test ideas, hear different perspectives and build a network you can trust to give you their best thinking.  
Yes, there are many ways to network or “connect” today.  LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are all ways to do so.  But I would offer that the connection you make with a fellow CSI member is one that will serve you throughout your career.  Many times I’ve been faced with a business challenge and immediately a resource comes to mind because I know them as a result of my CSI membership.
CSI exists to provide members support and the ability to realize their full professional potential – no matter the stage of their career.  Connect at your local chapter. Connect using our directory on Connect through our brand new online communities and practice groups.  

Ronald Geren, FCSI, CCS, CCCA
Board Chair, CSI


Great programs are coming up. Hope to see many of our members and other members of the construction team in attendance.  

More next month -  Cal Bowne FCSI, AIA

CSI offers many opportunities to the members of the construction industry to meet their needs. .let' all take advantage of them

Cal's Corner

The construction industry continues to change. CSI and other organizations have to change to remain relevant. What remains the same are the needs, which are often translated into Values. In order for CSI to remain a significant partner in the evolution, we must continue to meet the needs (values) of the construction industry in a way no other organization can.

CSI has an advantage over the others as it includes the Whole construction team as members. Every time we meet as a group all sides of a problem are addressed.

The needs (values) offered by CSI have always been and are still viable:

  1. Professional development
  2. Networking
  3. Social interaction

By putting all of the above together CSI becomes the best venue for "problem solving"

CSI offers many avenues to the members of the construction industry to meet their needs:

  1. Organization of construction documents
  2. Certification program
  3. Getting up to speed on new products and processes.
  4. Best industry magazine
  5. Annual Region and Institute meetings.
  6. Earning learning units
  7. Networking
  8. Social activities and rewards for participation

The Syracuse Chapter is hosting a Holiday Gala on December 6th (click here to register) where networking and fellowship are the main focus. Also, it is the time we acknowledge the efforts of a few with our Annual Awards Program.

None of the above happens unless members participate - Hope to see many of you on December 6th at Justins.

More next month....