Annie Foster CourtneyPRESIDENT'S MESSAGE, OCTOBER 2014

Aloha, members and friends of Golden Gate ASHRAE! Why the island spirit, you ask? I just wanted to share some of the essence of this year’s Region X Chapters’ Regional Conference (CRC), which took place in Honolulu, HI about two months ago. The CRC is a meeting of representatives from the 14 chapters in our region (Region X spans Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada). This year, ten of us from Golden Gate participated. Erik Kolderup and I represented the chapter in business meetings, and several committee chairs were trained for their new roles. It was a fun and productive conference, and I would like to share some of the highlights:

Golden Gate presented five motions, all of which were passed, and will make their way through Society for (hopefully) approval and implementation. Most of our motions were written to help Chapter Programs and Membership Promotion Chairs perform their duties. Two of the motions, if they pass through all the proper channels, would add functionality to the Society membership webpage. We are asking for the capability to collect dues for section members and members who join our chapter mid-way through their Society membership year.

Last year’s committee chairs won a slew of awards. Here are just a few:

  • ERIK KOLDERUP won the Francis G. Brown Award Of Publishing Excellence, presented for Region X Best Newsletter. (Special thanks also go to our Newsletter Editor, TINA LEWENHAUPT of Lewenhaupt Designs, for putting together this wonderful newsletter every month.)
  • CHRIS DANIEL won the CTTC Chapter Chair Communicator Award
  • ZBERRI ALVI won several Research Promotion awards. It was a great year, and we raised more funds than any year in chapter history.
  •  Regional Award of Merit for DENNIS THOMPSON


I’m also proud to say that I received the Director’s Cup, the top individual award in our region, given to “an outstanding leader in Region X” for excellence and dedication to ASHRAE. It was an honor to walk up on stage and receive the award from our Director and Regional Chair, Society Presidential Member Bill Bahnfleth, and current Society President, Tom Phoenix.

It was an amazing CRC, and I’m pleased that we were able to send so many committee chairs and board members. (Make sure to check out the photos in the back of the newsletter, and don’t miss the photo of our newest board member, Nikola Kravik, in his Hula gear!)

We’ll be handing out all of the CRC awards at the first chapter meeting of the season on Thursday, October 9th. I hope to see you there!

-Annie Foster Courtney