Chapter News – October 2017

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October 27, 2017

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Chicago Area Chapter Summer Program Summary and Upcoming Fall Event

By Chicago Area Chapter Treasurer Patrick Reicher

The Chicago Area Chapter of RCI, Inc. (CAC-RCI) conducted its summer program on Friday, September 15, 2017, at The Village Links of Glen Ellyn in suburban Chicago. The event was attended by approximately 40 CAC-RCI members, speakers, guests, and exhibitors. Tabletop exhibitors included Tecta America, SJ Mallein Co., Hunter Panels, and A&D Building Products.

The first program presentation was “Roof Preservation – A Sustainable Option” by John Breidenbach of Tremco Roofing. The second presentation was “High-Performance Design with Polycarbonate Glazing Systems” by Mark Brink of Wasco Skylights. Both presentations offered new and interesting concepts to the group, and offered AIA and RCI credits. Immediately following the educational program, several CAC-RCI members and guests participated in a casual afternoon of networking and golf. Due to the success of the inaugural outing, a significantly larger golf event is being planned for 2018.

With autumn now in full swing, CAC-RCI is currently gearing up for the fourth and final education program of 2017. Please join us on Friday, November 10, 2017, for a morning of great speakers, networking, and catching up with friends and colleagues. By attending the educational event, you have the opportunity to earn 2.0 CEHs. Program registration includes a breakfast buffet. Registration is only $5 for consultant members.


Program Agenda

  • 6:45 – 7:45 AM  – Registration, breakfast buffet, tabletop exhibits, networking, introductions, and announcements
  • 7:45 – 8:45 AM – “Black vs. White Membrane – What is the Energy Efficient Choice?” by Alan Jorzak, Versico Roofing Systems
  • 8:45 – 9:00 AM – Break, tabletop exhibits, and networking
  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM – “The Proper Way to Specify an Air Barrier to Meet ASHRAE 90.1, IECC-2015, IgCC, and LEED v4.0,” by Roy Schauffele, Division 7 Solutions, Inc.
  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM – CAC-RCI business meeting, tabletop breakdown, and social time

The Village Links of Glen Ellyn
485 Winchell Way
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

The chapter hopes to see you there.

Great Lakes Chapter President Ron Kinne

Great Lakes Chapter Holds Golf Event for Charity

By Great Lakes Chapter Industry Director Sue Baumberger

On September 11, the Great Lakes Chapter of RCI, Inc. held its ninth annual charity golf outing. Donations from this year’s outing exceeded $21,000 to Rippling Hope, a local Detroit organization helping the less fortunate. The chapter is proud to announce that through the generous funding by sponsors and golfers, they have raised more than $115,000 for local charities. The chapter thanks all who have supported their community outreach over the years.

Mark your calendars now for the annual banquet and membership meeting on December 8. Details will be sent to the membership well in advance of all scheduled events.

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

RCI Mid America Chapter President Andrea Goodhope and Chapter Vice President Ken Hunt represented RCI at the Kansas Roofing Association’s seminar.

Mid America Chapter Visits Kansas Roofing Association Seminar

By Mid America Chapter President Andrea Goodhope

In September, the RCI Mid-America Chapter hosted a booth at the Kansas Roofing Association’s fall seminar in Lenexa, KS. There, chapter officers discussed the benefits of RCI membership with conference attendees.

Mid Atlantic Chapter Holds Crab Feast, Announces Educational Seminar

By Mid Atlantic Chapter Secretary Matt Schofield

The Mid Atlantic Chapter of RCI, Inc. held its fourth-quarter educational seminar of 2017 on October 26, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Columbia East in Jessup, MD. A total of four presentations were scheduled to be given worth a total of six RCI Continuing Educational Hours (CEHs). They are as follows:

The Mid Atlantic Chapter enjoyed their eighth annual crab feast social.

The Mid Atlantic Chapter held its Eighth Annual Barbeque and Crab Feast Social on October 5, 2017. The event was held in Pasadena, Maryland, and provided attendees with steamed crabs, catered barbeque, salads and sides, beverages, great views of the Magothy River and Gibson Island, and networking opportunities.

For more information about this event and future events or other chapter information, visit the Mid Atlantic Chapter website at, or contact Matt Schofield at, or Steven Bohlen at

Northern California Branch of So Cal Chapter Hosts First Annual Golf Tournament

By Northern California Branch Vice President Jerome Jeffers
The Northern California Branch had a very successful inaugural golf event.

The NorCal Branch of the So Cal Chapter of RCI shared a splendid day with their closest friends and colleagues on August 17, 2017, with the hosting of the inaugural NorCal branch golf tournament. A group of 127 enthusiastic golfers enjoyed the unseasonably mild temperature at Callippe Preserve Golf Course located in Pleasanton, CA, and overcame the challenging course in style. They also enjoyed the company of RCI President Michael Williams, RRC, RWC, RRO, who flew in to attend the event.

NorCal’s Golf Tournament was well-sponsored.

Over 50 sponsors graciously supported the event, including Platinum Sponsor EPRO, and Gold Sponsors Kodiak Roofing, Versico Roofing Systems, and Carlisle Syntec Systems. Fourteen of the 18 holes had tee box sponsors that handed out snacks, beverages, and giveaways throughout the day. Dehydration was not a problem. The overwhelming success of this event was directly attributable to the energy and excitement of the sponsors and the hard work of volunteers.

Morning registration began at 8:30 AM, where golfers were signed in and directed to their foursomes. Golfers received swag bags full of giveaways and raffle tickets. The majority took advantage of the opportunity to purchase mulligans and additional raffle tickets. Made-to-order breakfast burritos, coffee, tea, and juice provided the early morning energy for golfers and volunteers alike. The putting contest, set up by the amazing staff of Callippe Preserve, was one of the most challenging we have seen. The raffle was “pick-a-prize” format, so golfers could place their raffle entries toward specific prizes in which they had interest.

Tournament winners included:

  • First-place trophies: Chuck Miller, Chris Miller, Steve Galli, and Courtney Kyler
  • Second-place trophies: Gene Smith, Chad Bailey, and Eric Smith
  • Third-place trophies: Jeff Berg, Dave Waskey, Mike Perata, and Kevin Shinar

Contest winners included:

  • Longest drive, men’s: Chris Miller
  • Longest drive, women’s: Caroline Klatman
  • Straightest drive: Thomas Ede
  • Closest to the pin: Nick Vadasz (It went in the cup – hole in one!)
  • Putting contest: Kevin Thurston

Every par three had a hole-in-one prize available, including safaris, golf getaways, and cash. There was even a lucky (or maybe it was all skill) golfer who got a hole in one, winning $15,000! Hole number three had a long drive champion who would hit your tee shot for you. A donation to RCI would enable you to have a chance to hole-out your second shot of 125 yards to win a golf getaway at Pebble Beach.

The chapter handed out raffle prizes and tournament awards while golfers and sponsors enjoyed a tasty dinner buffet. Raffle prize favorites included Yeti coolers, a 4k Smart TV, a Roomba vacuum cleaner, a Hero 5 GoPro camera, surveillance cameras, live Maine lobsters, and a digital safe, just to name a few.

Event proceeds will help the branch in their journey to establish the themselves as an affiliated chapter of RCI, as well as support delivery of industry educational training and RCI accredited technical presentations. The branch is also hosting a December appreciation event to thank everyone who has contributed so much to the NorCal momentum.

The branch also wants to take this opportunity to thank their “Momma,” the So Cal Chapter of RCI. The support for the development of a Northern California Chapter has been humbling and inspiring at the same time. Many of the board and other members have gone out of their way to be available to answer questions, share lessons learned, and more. Szymon, Danielle, Ivan, Ed, and Arturo even came north to volunteer in person at the golf tournament.

The branch looks forward to next year’s tournament!

Ontario Chapter Hosts Breakfast Seminar

By Ontario Chapter Director Jay Campbell

A breakfast seminar was held by the Ontario Chapter at the Brea Ben Golf Club in Mississauga, Ontario, with great success. The seminar was attended by 32 members in-house and another six joined in via the Web, as the chapter now streams these events to allow for a broader audience and to encourage participation for those who reside outside the Greater Toronto area. The seminar included two presentations that revolved around SB-10 and fenestration.

Les Szczepanski of Oldcastle Building Envelope discusses SB-10.

The first presentation was given by Les Szczepanski of Oldcastle Building Envelope. He provided the audience with detailed analysis of the code impacts of SB-10 and how SB-10 will affect fenestration designs. He further examined the fenestration calculations as they relate to building envelope wall designs and pathways to compliance of the new code.

Nicole Parsons addresses the audience on Effective Thermal Performance.

The second presentation was given by Nicole Parsons of WSP. Parsons delved further into the zoning and the U-value tradeoffs. She concisely described how to calculate the minimum insulation R-value and the affect it would have on the designs of the roof assembly while taking into account such issues as thermal bridging. Despite the fact that she was discussing the same topic as Szczepanski and given the plethora of information provided, Parsons did a fine job not regurgitating the same information.

The RCI Ontario Chapter thanks all sponsors and attendees for making this a great event and a special thank-you to Les and Nicole for helping shed some light on a highly technical topic.

The RCI Ontario Chapter would like to acknowledge Kemper Systems, Oldcastle Building Envelope, and Velux Skylights for providing their tabletop displays and contributing to the seminar. It is much appreciated.

Upcoming Events:

Special Announcement

The RCI Ontario Chapter would like to send out their heartfelt thoughts and prayers to their friends in the United States who were affected by the catastrophic hurricanes this past month in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

Visit the RCI Ontario Chapter website at for details on all upcoming events.

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So Cal Chapter Donates to Houston Food Bank in Support of Hurricane Victims, Co-Hosts Panel Discussion

By So Cal Chapter President Szymon Zienkiewicz

In response to the devastation and heartache that Hurricane Harvey imparted on Houston and the southeast Texas region, in mid-August the chapter quickly convened to discuss relief alternatives. After constructive dialogue and feedback from consultant friends in Region IV who were directly impacted, the chapter unanimously supported the donation of $7,500 to the Houston Food Bank. The chapter hopes their relatively small contribution will help to support those most needy in the Houston area.

To all those affected by one of the most active hurricane seasons on record—including Houston and surrounding Gulf Coast communities, as well as Florida and Puerto Rico—the chapter wishes hope, perseverance, and strength in a speedy recovery.

Panelists fielded questions from the group.

So Cal Co-Hosts Panel Discussion With URCA

On October 10, 2017, the So Cal Chapter collaborated with the Union Roofing Contractors Association (URCA) to co-host a joint panel discussion on roofing issues and concerns. Both organizations recognized the importance of this event and graciously hosted their members at no charge. The event took place at the Double Tree in Norwalk, CA and featured two panelists from the URCA: Ernie Glasgow (president of the URCA), Dave Stefko (Eberhard) and two panelists from RCI, Inc.’s consultant members: Dean Larsen (Larsen Zienkiewicz, Inc.), and Jason Mullis (Allana Buick & Bers).

Chapter Vice President Danielle Ward checked in attendees.

After the registrants were checked in, they enjoyed a networking cocktail hour and buffet dinner, followed by the program. So Cal Chapter President Szymon Zienkiewicz provided opening remarks and moderated the discussion that focused on role/scope identification, the submittal review process, RFIs, “detailing in construction,” preconstruction mock-ups and testing, and construction administration. The open discussion was constructive, with the main take-away emphasizing effective communication throughout the construction process. Both groups learned from one another.

There were 33 attendees.

The 33 attendees included consultants, roofing/waterproofing contractors, manufacturers, and members of industry. After the panel discussion wrapped up, the panelists fielded questions and comments from the audience. Overall the event was successful, and the chapter looks forward to building on it in the future with a potential focus on other elements of the building envelope. The chapter extends a big thank you to Dr. Ron Johnston, executive director of the URCA, for championing this event for over a year and being instrumental in making it a reality. Last but certainly not least, the chapter would like to thank chapter Vice President Danielle Ward for checking in and greeting the guests and designing the snazzy name tags.

November 2017

1 Waterproofing in New Orleans 2 Waterproofing in Langley, BC; OVC Education Day3 Vegetative Roofing in New Orleans; Exterior Walls in Ontario4
56789 Exterior Walls in Portland10 CAC-RCI Fall Meeting & Program11
1213 2017 RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium14 BES201715 Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting16 OVC Air Barriers & Liquid Applied Membranes17 CAC-RCI Board Meeting18
2627 North Texas Lunch & Learn2829 Exterior Walls in Delta Fredericton, NB30

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