Fifth Decade 2006-Present

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HISTORY and ACCOMPLISHMENTS of THE MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER
Fifth Decade 2006-Present


In December of 2006 the Chapter celebrated its 40th anniversary. John Dunaway, Glen Lewis and others headed a team to plan a special event, and through Phil McDade’s efforts had Edward Soenke, then president of the Institute, join the celebration as the keynote speaker. John Dunaway unveiled an A/V Documentary created for the occasion, which later won both Region and Institute awards for “Special Publications”. Tom Clarke continued his service to the Chapter and Region by serving the Chapter as both Certification and Technical Chair from 2006 until 2011 and serving the Region as Technical Chair from 2006 - 2008. John Dunaway served as Region Awards Chair from 2006-2008 bringing dignity and order to the Region Awards ceremony. John also served another term as Chapter President 2008-2009. He was the first recipient of the Gulf States, Eugene Wetzel Award for Communication Excellence, at the Region Conference hosted by the Gulf Coast Chapter in May of 2009. The Newsletter Editor, Chuck Byrd, received numerous Region Awards for the Speculator during his service as editor from 2006-2010 and brought unique messages to the membership through his byline "Rants and Ramblings". Chuck Byrd, John Dunaway, and Shawn O'Keeffe as well as “Chapter friend” Charlene Dunaway received acclaim for their work with the Spectones, a CSI Region R&B Band, cumulating in a performance at the CSI National Convention in Indianapolis in 2009. At the 2010 Region Awards Banquet the second EW Communication Excellence Award was presented to Phil McDade for his outstanding communications skills as witnessed by his many speeches and lectures on behalf of CSI. Randall Lewis received special recognition at the 2010 Region Awards ceremony for his work as Region Electronic Communications Chair and went on to the 2010 Institute Convention to present a special program on the release of the new Institute website. Phil McDade continued his service to the Institute by serving as Chairman of the College of Fellows and was the Master of Ceremonies at the 2010 Institute Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the 2010 Chapter Awards ceremony Charlene Dunaway was honored with a special award for her devotion and service to the Chapter. John Dunaway was elected to the office of Gulf States Region Vice President for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011. At the Institute Convention in September 2011 Tom Clarke received the Hans William Meier Award for Advancement of Certification Programs in recognition of his work in developing and implementing construction documents education programs throughout the Gulf States Region. The Chapter received its 10th Outstanding Chapter Commendation at the Convention and, Randall Lewis, CSI, received an Outstanding Contribution Award for his notable contributions to the goals of the Institute.

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