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FALL, 2011 MAG CALENDAR OF EVENTS
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Note from the Executive Director
Fall Outing Reg- 2-3 istration & Details Craftsmanship Awards Info
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ATTN: Board Members!! Our next meeting will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 6th at the Lafarge Training Facility (2520 Paul Avenue, Atlanta).
As some things will stay the same, others must change, and such is the case with the Masonry As‐ OCT. 13 –16 - FALL OUTING & MANsociation of Georgia and its focus for 2012. POWER FORUM IN DESTIN
The board of directors recently met to discuss the future of MAG and its preservation during these NOV. 3 - CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARDS uncertain economic times. I’ve been doing some DINNER! reading, and while it is comforting to know that we are not alone, it still doesn’t make it any easier to DEC - TBD contemplate and come to terms with the difficult choices that we have had to make. ADAPT: Change; alter; modify; adjust; vary; It is with deep regret that I must announce the tem‐ amend; bend; rework porary suspension of our apprenticeship training - To change something to suit different condiprogram, effective at the end of this year. MAG has tions or a different purpose eight dedicated students in the program, and they - To become used to a new environment or will complete the current semester. Although the different conditions program has made significant strides in recruit‐ ment, professionalism, networking, etc., the board has determined two additional key components Although this is a temporary suspension of our that must be present to insure the success of the apprenticeship training efforts, Jamie will need to look for alternative employment as of Decem‐ program, neither of which is currently present: ber 31. If you know of any job opportunities, ‐ Sufficient funding to continue to support/ please send them her way and help us spread the sustain the program word that she will be available. She is accom‐ ‐ Job placement after the initial training year plished in many different areas (other than ap‐ prenticeship) and would be glad to furnish you With the widespread erosion of market share in with her resume. Just email Jamie at Georgia, the board will direct MAG’s efforts toward firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at promotion in 2012. It is critical that masonry is 678‐873‐1097. perceived as the right choice in the design and build process. Through our combined efforts to influ‐ If you would like more information about MAG’s ence this choice, more masonry products will be change of focus from training to promotion in used in design, more masonry products will be sold, 2012, please contact Michele at the association and more masonry professionals will be needed to office or any of your MAG officers and board install the products. This will bring us back around members. They will be glad to answer any ques‐ to the need for apprenticeship training, so not only tions you might have. the materials are of the highest quality, but the You must be up to date with your dues for 2011 to installation and installers are, too.
Jamie Buck has worked tirelessly as our Apprentice‐ ship Training Director for over six years overseeing our program and developing relationships with metro Atlanta school systems and business part‐ ners. She has an excellent work ethic and can‐do attitude as well as the ability to recruit and moti‐ vate individuals to do their best.
remain an active member in good standing with the association. If you have any questions about your company’s renewal, contact Michele at 770-310-1885.
If you have reinstated your membership, please review your listing on the website and contact Michele via email with any updates or changes .
Masonry Association of Georgia - 2011 Fall Outing The Palms of Destin, Florida October 13-16, 2011 Please return this form and your registration fees today, so we can adequately plan for our events. The deadline for hotel rooms is September 30, and no rooms will be held for us after that date. Please call The Palms of Destin directly at 877-447-3767 to reserve your room today and tell them that you are with the Brick Industry Group. Our preferred room rate is $129 and this is for a JR. TWO Bedroom CONDO. Your per person package includes: Thursday evening Welcoming Reception and Cocktail Party, Business Meeting, Saturday Evening Cocktails & Banquet, and long-sleeved t-shirt. There is no additional charge for children unless they attend the banquet.
REGISTRATION FORM FOR 2011 MAG Fall Outing Cancellations: If you must cancel up to fourteen days before the event, your money will be refunded; however, any cancellations after that date may incur a cancellation fee.
$150.00 per EACH MAG member $100.00 per each spouse/guest
COMPANY NAME: __________________________ CONTACT NUMBER(S): _______________________ MAG MEMBER NAME (FIRST/LAST)
SPOUSE or GUEST NAME
NOTE: These t-shirts are for registered guests only. Please indicate sizes below:
Adult M____ Adult L____ Adult XL____ TOTAL: ___
Golf will take place on FRIDAY, October 14th with tee times. The course is Bluewater Bay Golf Club. Check it out by clicking on the name of the club.
GOLF TOURNAMENT: (modified scramble)
$125.00 per person
(Complete and return attached form) $ _________
TOTAL ENCLOSED: Please return to:
Masonry Association of Georgia, Inc. DEADLINE: September 30, 2011 885 Long Branch Circle, #100 Sugar Hill, GA 30518 email@example.com 770-310-1885 2011 FALL OUTING COMMITTEE: Keith Duncan (Pyramid), Chair; Jim Kelley (Block USA), Golf Coordinator; Kami Rogers (Boral Building Products), Social Coordinator; Michèle Huber (MAG), General Flunky.
Masonry Association of Georgia Fall Outing 2011
SPONSORSHIP FORM Your Fall Outing Committee is committed to keeping costs reasonable this year while keeping our quality high! We couldn’t do this without our sponsors. Did you know that this year’s three-day event is 29.5% LESS per person (excluding golf) than our last Fall Outing in 2008? This is due to a decision to change venues and your committee’s eye on the bottom line to encourage more members to attend. We want you to join us! Please consider your company’s involvement and take a minute to help make this year’s outing a success. This year, there are two levels of sponsorship:
$200 LEVEL – too late!! $100 LEVEL – your company name will be recognized All sponsorships include signage at scheduled events, in arrival packet and recognition in our newsletter and on our website. If your logo is in a .jpg format, send it to the association office, and we can include it with the sponsorship information!
$200 SPONSOR - closed out $100 SPONSOR $____ other amount Our deadline for sponsorships is September 19th to have logo on t-shirt. If your company would like to sponsor an entire event (excluding golf prizes), please contact me!
My check is enclosed.
Please bill my company.
Thank you for your support! See you in Destin! Masonry Association of Georgia 885 Long Branch Circle, #100 Sugar Hill, GA 30518 firstname.lastname@example.org 770-310-1885—voice
COMPANY: ___________________________________ CONTACT: __________________________________
YOUR NAME HERE
MAG 2010-11 Craftsmanship Awards by the numbers: 6 contractors 16 projects Ranging from $150,000 to $3.4 million Who will take home the Award of Excellence for 2010-11 projects? Which project will be recognized as an Award of Merit? Mark your calendar now for the November 4 meeting to be held at the Doubletree (Lavista Rd).
The new LEED 2012 draft is underway. Throughout the U.S., LEED and other codes and standards continue to be adopted that could directly affect your business whether you are a designer, supplier or contractor. The difference this time is that the provisions in most of these standards are mandatory. Green building is now a requirement in many locales. And while in general this is a good thing, the language found in many of these standards often narrowly defines “green” and can stifle innovation. Your participation is essential if we are to create truly sustainable buildings. You should be aware of these recent developments and how they could affect your business. Much of this information is technical in nature, so I have provided links to articles for the full story:
Green Building Risks: What You Need to Know Minimum green building standards promulgated by the International Code Council (ICC) and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) may dramatically impact the U.S. construction and real estate markets. Read more in this artic l e a t h t tp : / / w w w . d i n s la w .c o m / green_building_risks/.
Understanding the Implications of Green Building Codes and Standards on the Concrete and Masonry Industries
The ACI Fall 2011 Convention taking place Oct. 16-20 in Cincinnati, OH will include a session on recent changes to building codes and standards that affect product selection, design and construction of concrete and masonry components. This technical session will explore trends and content in building codes and standards that may impact the construction of green and/or sustainable buildings. View a listing of presentations from this session.
New Bricks Promoted for Disaster-related Construction A new type of sand brick has 2.5 times as much tensile strength as concrete, says the Japanese company that developed it. It can be manufactured in a minute and takes a day to harden. The "CO2 Structure" is solidified using carbon dioxide, and an epoxy binder is added to increase the bricks' tensile strength. The bricks could prove useful in emergency situations such as building shelters for the quake and tsunami victims in Japan, according to this Inhabitat article.
Students Use Cannon to Test Hurricane-grade Materials Using a cannon on loan from the University of Florida, students from Florida's Seminole Community College tested the ability of various building materials to withstand a hurricane. They found that foam blocks, reinforced with concrete, and concrete blocks outperformed wood. Read more and watch the video at WESH-TV (Orlando, Fla.).
OUR MISSION STATEMENT: “The Masonry Association of Georgia, Inc., is committed to education, integrity, and Masonry Association of Georgia, Inc. 885 Long Branch Circle, #100
fine craftsmanship. By providing instruction and proper training, we support quality, longevity and cooperation among those
Sugar Hill, GA 30518
in the masonry industry.”
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2011 FALL OUTING!!!!
There’s still time to sign up for the MAG Fall Outing October 13-16 in Destin! DEADLINE: THIS FRIDAY, SEPT. 30
Keith Duncan, Pyramid Masonry, is heading up the committee, so please contact him or Michele with your verbal or written commitment as soon as possible. We will meet during the SE Manpower Forum.
See Registration form and more details on PAGES 2-3!
House Bill Targets Costly EPA Concrete Manufacturing Rules A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation last month that seeks to ease Environmental Protection Agency restrictions on the cement industry. The bill specifically addresses three rules affecting manufacturers of Portland cement. The Portland Cement Association estimates the rules could cost more than $5.4 billion and could potentially cause 18 plants to shut down by 2013, according to this Manufacturing.net article.
Got an idea for a dinner program? Is there a really cool new product you want to share? Just call Michele in the association office, and she’ll set it up!
We are pleased to announce our 2011 MAG Fall Outing Sponsors!
Amerimix Block USA Boral Building Products Cemex Holcim Lafarge NA Quikrete