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President’s Message

By: Joe Sanders   

Most people who have known me for a while know that I am a big Green Bay Packers fan.  I’ve been lucky enough to get to see the Packers win the Vince Lombardi Trophy twice in my lifetime.  While I am clearly biased due to my fandom, it just feels right when the Lombardi Trophy returns to its original home in Wisconsin.  It was a similar feeling for the more than 20 Central Oklahoma Chapter members on hand this past Saturday afternoon when we were awarded the Golden Gavel at this year’s CRC in Fort Worth. 

For those not quite up on our chapter’s history, our own Bill Collins was instrumental in the development of the Golden Gavel Award and our chapter was fortunate enough to win it in its inaugural year, 1968.  In fact, our chapter won 11 of the first 20 Golden Gavels and now 16 overall.   The Golden Gavel is awarded to the top Chapter in each Region and has become a hotly contested award.    It is our chapter’s first Golden Gavel since B.H. Prasad was chapter president in 1992-1993.

It seems that the president of the chapter receives all of the accolades afterwards, but really all I did was ask the right people to lead our chapter; thankfully they accepted.  I’ve been involved in ASHRAE since 2003 and I truly believe that our collection of committee chairs, committee members, board members, and officers were the most dedicated group yet.  Judging by the recognition and awards our committee chairs received throughout this past weekend, it appears that the regional leaders would agree.

Take a moment to review the list of chapter leaders in this newsletter, and congratulate them on a tremendous year.  There are several members that helped that are not listed; Chris Dolan, John Harrod, and Jeff Forman come to mind.   Also, take a moment to find and review the list of awards that our chapter and members received this year and congratulate them on a job well done.

I want to thank all of the members for entrusting me to preside over this chapter.  It has truly been a rewarding and at times humbling experience.   We have many great leaders in the wings ready to take over and continue the momentum, starting with next year’s president, John Semtner.  John has been hard at work forming another strong leadership team, and there is always room for those who want to get involved.  Over these next few months as we prepare to start another year please consider volunteering your time to our chapter, you may find the experience to be as rewarding as I have.

Finally, we would like to invite our Life Members to be recognized at our next meeting on May 6th.  These members have been instrumental in the continued success of our chapter and deserved to be recognized.   Life Members interested in attending can register online by clicking this link:  Register Online.   Feel free to contact Alan Loeffler or myself with any questions.

Thank you all for the great year!

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