2012.04 President's Letter

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Metropolitan New York Chapter Leads the Way
Jeffrey Matles, President

 Apple Computer just released the new iPad[3], another evolution in handheld devices and it seems to be an early success. A sure sign that technology creates excitement and improvements are here to stay. What makes it so interesting is that we have moved onto another exciting level of technology.

Last June I was approached by the Chapter Membership Committee, Tom Lanzelotti (Chair), Bill DuBois, and Ruma Som with a game plan to bring our organization into the 21st century. The idea from Tom and Bill was to provide a new membership ID card to use as name badges at Chapter events. They put together a document explaining the concept behind the membership card for the Board of Directors. The card would have a barcode to sign people in at events and assist in tracking learning units. The large name imprint will assist in networking at Chapter events, providing a sense of belonging. Ruma helped to make the idea a reality by offering the sponsorship of Assa Abloy for the hardware and software needed. To be truthful, I was a little skeptical. Would our membership accept this kind of change?

The Board approved the concept, and at the next meeting we were greeted with our new name badge/membership cards. We were were all delighted and now can say we will be using the new card reader system at our monthly meetings.... Thank you to Tom, Bill, and Ruma and ASSA ABLOY for your foresight.
CSI National will be studying our new Chapter system for possible use nationwide. Let us help to lead the way into the future.

On March 14, 2012 the Door and Hardware Institute NY and our CSI Chapter met at the Steelecase Showroom to hear the presentation “Social Media for Construction Professionals: Understanding Social Media and How it Works” by Joy Davis, CSI, CCPR. Whether you are considering a blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, a Linkedin profile or another networking option, you have something to offer in cyberspace, and social media has something to offer you in return. Thank you to Joy and to Bob Crane for bringing her to NYC for the event. It was one of the best presentations we have seen in awhile and it was enjoyed by all.

Come join us in April for an amazing tour...