Second Decade 1976-1986

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HISTORY and ACCOMPLISHMENTS of THE MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER
Second Decade 1976-1986


The Second decade began in July, 1976 with a continuation of the same Officers - Harrison, Cooper, Oaks, Upton, Miller, and Bouchillon. For the first time in the history of the Chapter, it began to make an impact in the CSI Region. First, in August, 1976, the Chapter hosted its first Regional Leadership Conference and in March, 1977 hosted its first Annual Region Conference. Lynton B. Cooper served both of these events as Chairman. Jerry A. Oakes served as Hospitality Director and each of the officers helped carry out these successful meetings. Following the two-year service of the President Harrison, William R. "Bob" Henry served a two year term as President, 1977-1979. They were the last to serve two consecutive terms and the last of the Charter Members until Lynton B. Cooper, the Charter President, came back for one more term as President for 1985-1986. The Henry Presidency saw the Chapter begin a major undertaking for membership growth which resulted in at least a 100 percent growth by the end of his term. Again, the Chapter won an Institute Membership Cup as the Chapter with the greatest growth for 1977 and received by President Henry at the 1978 Institute Convention in San Antonio, Texas. From that time forward, the Chapter has maintained an approximate membership of 100. Beginning in the fall of 1977, Robert V. M. Harrison, who had just begun what was to be a long-term commitment as a Part Time Instructor for the Mississippi State University School of Architecture in Jackson, required his 5th Year Students to attend all CSI Mississippi Chapter meetings. The enthusiasm of the Chapter to serve Higher Education thus became a long time commitment. With the addition of students at the meetings, it was not uncommon to have approximately 75 people in attendance at most meetings, a trend that would last for many years. Slowly, the Mississippi Chapter would continue to make an impact on the Construction environment in Mississippi throughout its second decade. With the change in the Institute Bylaws which allowed Industry Members to serve as President, the Mississippi Chapter installed its first Industry Member President when Glynn G. Butler took over the reins in 1980. Other outstanding Industry Member Presidents that followed in later years were Gregory M. Horne in 1982, Thomas L. Clarke, Jr. in 1987, Glen A. Lewis in 1990, Robert E. Hamm in 1992, and Connie Miller in 1993. At the institute level, Lynton B. Cooper served on the Education Committee.

In 1981, the Chapter instigated an Annual Products Show as the only fund-raiser for the Chapter. A lot of hard work goes into this each year, and it continues today as a major success for the Chapter averaging nearly 400 in attendance and over 75 Product Booths. Under the direction of President LaRose, the Chapter hosted its second Regional Leadership Conference in Jackson in 1984. Other outstanding accomplishments during the second decade began with having the Charter President, Lynton B. Cooper, serve for five years as an Institute Director. He completed his tour and the second decade of the Chapter by being elevated to Fellow of the Institute, both accomplishments being a first for the Chapter. During this time, the Institute instigated a new professional recognition with the Certified Construction Specifier program. Lynton B. Cooper was the first in the Chapter to obtain that designation in 1985. This was followed in 1986 by Robert V. M. Harrison, Gary W. LaRose and A. J. Staub, III. Also, in 1986, the Institute developed another recognition program for the Industry Members - the Construction Documents Technologist. This recognition was first received in the Mississippi Chapter by Robert E. Hamm and Thomas L. Clarke, Jr. Another first for the Chapter was to have James W. Vinson complete the second decade of the Chapter as the Chapter President. He was the first graduate of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University to do so and was also in the first graduating class of the new school and was a member of the student class that first began attending the Chapter meetings in the fall of 1977. In December 1986, to celebrate the completion of two decades, the Chapter held a Celebration Dinner with many members and guests attending. The Guest of Honor for this event was CSI Past President Terrell R. Harper, FCSI, who had just been made an Honorary Member at the June Annual Convention in Los Angeles. He is the same officer that presented the Chapter its original Charter in December, 1966. At this time, a new recognition was begun by giving all Past Presidents a permanent metal name plate indicating their term in office. This continues today, and is presented to the outgoing President, at the annual June Awards Program.

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