Chapter News – December 2016

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December 27, 2016

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Delaware Valley | Georgia | North Texas

Delaware Valley Chapter Hosts Annual Meeting, Supports Holiday Charity

by Julie Palmer, Vice President, Delaware Valley
Delaware Valley chapter members gather at the Stone Terrace Restaurant for the annual meeting and holiday party.
Delaware Valley chapter members gather at the Stone Terrace Restaurant for the annual meeting and holiday party.
On Wednesday, December 7th, the Delaware Valley Chapter hosted its annual meeting and holiday party. This year’s celebration was held at the Stone Terrace Restaurant in Hamilton, NJ. The meeting opened with a short presentation of humorous “Wall of Shame” photos depicting odd and unusual conditions observed on the roof by the chapter’s members. Following dinner, outgoing chapter President Mike Frech reviewed the year’s activities, followed by a short greeting by President-Elect Bill Reisinger.

The chapter then held its annual election of the board of trustees with the following results for 2017:

Toys for Tots donations
Donations for the chapter’s annual Toys for Tots drive.
Bill Reisinger – President
Julie Palmer – Vice President
Joe Czaszynski – Secretary
Brian O’Donnell – Treasurer
Dave O’Brien– Trustee
John Farr – Trustee
Mike Frech – Past President
Bill Waterston – Interim Region 1 Director, ex-officio member

The chapter is proud to continue its annual tradition of supporting the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots program. Attendees donated an impressive array of toys for the holiday drive. The chapter thanks everyone for their generosity! They also thank the restaurant for the great atmosphere and excellent food, as well as all of the event sponsors and guests for helping make it a great evening! The chapter is looking forward to another exciting year in 2017. Next year’s calendar of events will be announced shortly. Stay tuned to the RCI Delaware Valley website ( for more information, or contact chapter President Bill Reisinger (

Georgia Chapter Elects Board

by James M. Brown, AIA, RRC
RCI Georgia President

The Georgia chapter’s fifth meeting of the year was held on December 2, 2016, at the Sage Woodfire Tavern. Members enjoyed a savory lunch and a presentation given by Christopher Payne, the Manager of Technical Services– Roofing/Product Manager for NB Handy Company of Lynchburg, VA. The presentation, titled ANSI/SPRI ES-1 Standard – Gaining Clarity: What a Consultant Needs to Know, reviewed the following:

  • Identification of the key aspects of ANSI/SPRI ES-1 standard and the International Building Code
  • Different program offerings to roofing contractors for compliance with the standard
  • The reality and risks associated with loose interpretation of the ANSI/SPRI ES-1 standard
  • Independent, third-party quality assurance programs, and their interface with the standard
  • Discussion of the “best practices” regarding the standard, moving forward

The presentation helped members gain additional clarity with the ANSI/SPRI ES-1 Standard and the International Building Code through information exchange and dialogue.

The chapter also elected 2017 officers of the RCI Georgia chapter board. The results were as follows:
President – Chris Dawkins with Beech Consulting
Vice President – Bob Kenney with ESI
Treasurer – Rich Chapman with The Roof Depot, Inc.
Secretary – Rich Johnson with Soprema

The past president, Jim Brown, along with new member Maurice Deprey, will join as members of the board of directors to allow the Georgia Chapter to consist of a majority of Consultant members in accordance with the RCI Chapter Bylaws.

North Texas Chapter Holiday Event and Announcement of 2017 Board of Directors

by Bryan Staffel, PE, North Texas Chapter Secretary

img_0106The North Texas Chapter of RCI celebrated its seventh annual holiday event at The Ranch in Las Colinas, Texas. Forty-four attendees shared in the festivities, and donations of approximately 60 toys were collected to be donated to SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

SafeHaven is the largest and most comprehensive agency in Tarrant County providing services at no cost to domestic violence victims. SafeHaven’s mission is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention, and social change. The North Texas Chapter is honored to help support the families within this great organization.

During the event, the new board of directors was announced, and outgoing President David Leslie, RWC, was presented a plaque of appreciation for his efforts and contributions to the North Texas Chapter by 2017 Chapter President John Aleksic, RRC, RRO.

img_0068The 2017 North Texas board of directors is as follows:

President – John Aleksic, RRC, RRO
Vice President – Bryan Staffel, PE
Treasurer – Bill Hobgood, RRC, RWC, REWC, RBEC, RRO
Secretary – Cristal Green
Immediate Past President – David Leslie, RWC
Director of Education – Paul Walden
Director of Membership – Luke Legrand
Industry Committee Cochairman – David Johnson
Industry Committee Cochairman – Brett Biggers
Professional Liaison – Keith Simmons

The North Texas Chapter is looking forward to another great year in 2017.