Where did this year go?

June….wow, where did this year go! This will be my last President’s
message you will be receiveing from me. This past year has been filled
with some challenges, but, I believe, some very good events and
programs for our Membership. Our membership is the largest we
have had in a long….long…time. Kudos to the Membership Committee
and their embraceing of the Chapter Challenge. We now have, last I
checked, one hundrend members in our Grand Rapids Chapter! A few
of us attended both Constrct in Long Beach, California and the Region
Conferene in Detroit. We’ve had some very interesting speakers at
our monthly membership meetings and I even had the pleasure of
playing Alex Trebec during CSI Jeopardy!!! I now challenge our current
and new members to get involved in the Chapter. Be it a potential Board Member, a member of the one
of the many Committees we have: Membership, Golf Outing and Scholarship, Communications, Expo
and Programs, just to name a few. We are always looking for new and fresh ideas in all of the above
mentioned committees. If you feel moved to run for one of the Director or Board postions that will
come available next year, please let me know, as I will now hold the title of Immediate Past-President
which includes the title of Nominations Chair.
I would also like to recognize our newest Directors and Board Members to the Chapter:
Ben Buter: Director
Jana Cooper: Director
Casey Gross: Secretary
Many of you have inquired about the Scholarship Golf Outing. We ran into a few “technical difficulties”
and have decided, for this year at least, to move it to Wednesday, September 18! I will be putting
information together yet this month, so plan on hearing more from me, as I will be taking over the
organization for this event. If there are any members that would like to assist me, please feel free to
contact me (murphyj@progressiveae.com). I plan to implement something new this year, but have to
work out the logistics before I annouce what that will be ��!
We are pleased to announcer that The Scholarship Selection Committee has decided to provide funds
to (2) applicants for this year. These recipients will be notified very soon and will be formally announced
at the Golf Outing in September. These recipents will be invited to the golf outing, so if you see them,
please give them a warm welcome and congratulations!
To take the place of the June Golf Outing, we have planned on a very informative program/tour for this
month. Look for that information in this newsletter.
Lastly, I would like to personally thank my Board of Directors, and as I would call them, Advisors, for the
past year. This truly was a learning experience for me, and really don’t know what I would have done
without them:
President Elect: Justin DeMarco Immediate Past President: Charlie Appleby
Secretary: Stan Ellenbaas Treasurer: Gary Biemers
Director: Brian Welsh Director: Elise Love
Director: Kevin Bush Director: Brandon Hartwick
Advisors: Gregg Jones and Ed Avink
I now pass the torch and welcome Mr. Justin DeMarco, CSI, CDT to the incoming position of Chapter
President. I know he as many new ideas and things he would like to do in the coming year. I hope to

GR CSI Newsletter – President’s Message – June 2019
assist him, as much as possible, to continue our drive for new members, getting our current and new
members involved in the Chapter, to introduce new and more exciting progams and continue to update
our presence on our Social Media Platforms.

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