Georgia Chapter Discusses Fiber-Reinforced Polymers, Plays Golf
By James M. Brown, AIA, RRC, RCI Georgia President
The Georgia Chapter’s fourth meeting of the year was held on September 16, 2016, at the Perimeter Maggiano’s, where members again enjoyed an excellent lunch and a presentation given by David White, PE, Vice President of Technical Services for Sika Corporation. It was titled “Retrofitting Concrete Structures Using FRP Composite Materials.” The program discussed how Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) have become a viable and accepted means of upgrading, retrofitting, strengthening, and rehabilitating structures throughout the world. Typical applications include external reinforcement, façade repairs, seismic upgrades, change in use, building alterations, and innovative anchoring techniques. The presentation described successful installation of these various systems and included a discussion of the relevant building codes and fire protection requirements as they relate to FRP composites. Particular attention was paid to the use of FRP composites for carrying structural loads when existing buildings are modified to accommodate architectural changes. Case studies were presented to showcase the use of these materials in the field and demonstrate the economic viability to building owners and property managers.
The chapter’s second social and fundraising event of the year occured on October 14, 2016, with the annual RCI Georgia Chapter Stanley Gerson Golf Outing at the Heritage Golf Links. The weather was excellent, and there was a great turnout with over 60 golfers. The scramble-style tournament included a box lunch, door prizes, and prize money for the top three foursomes of the day. The winners were Mike Laird, Andy Sorrells, Al Farmer, and Kevin Yates from Roof Management. The tournament was a great success and fundraiser, and huge thanks and appreciation go out to Joe Morgalis for coordinating the event.
Great Lakes Chapter Hosts Successful Golf Fundraiser
By Sue Baumberger, Industry Director, Great Lakes Chapter of RCI
On September 12th, the Great Lakes Chapter held its eighth annual charity golf outing. This year the beneficiary was Joy-Southfield Development Corporation. The chapter thanks the venue, Walnut Creek Country Club; Chris Laslo, photographer; the many sponsors; and, of course, the 100+ golfers themselves, who made this event unforgettable.The GLC is proud to state that they were able to contribute $15,000 to this year’s recipient, and as a chapter has surpassed $100K in total charitable contributions to many different organizations over the last 8 years.
December 1st was the GLC Annual Meeting & Banquet at Walnut Creek Country Club, South Lyon, MI.
Volunteers are important to any organization. If you would like to help, please call or email chapter President Ron Kinne at 734-591-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SoCal Chapter Donates to Strength In Support at Fundraiser
Recently the SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. unanimously approved a donation of $2000 to Strength In Support, a nonprofit organization that offers support to families in need of transitional and post-combat support. They provide individual and family therapy, mentorship and education to address all areas of their well-being.
On Friday, October 14th, Strength In Support held a fundraising golf event at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, California. Many of our own So Cal Chapter members and their associates sponsored and played in this event. It was Dave Erney, SoCal Industry Director and veteran, who made our chapter’s board of directors aware of this event and the opportunity to give back to our community and to those who have proudly served our country.
At the end of the day, following the tournament awards and prizes, Dave was asked to speak about his own service experience and the loss of a veteran friend who could have benefitted from the mental health services offered by Strength In Support. We were reminded that the casualties of war are not just from battle but often what follows after the experience. Through Dave’s efforts and this local organization that we can give back to a group that supports our veteran men, women, and their families. Check out their website, www.strengthinsupport.org.