I would like to begin my tenure as president by thanking the entire membership for the trust and responsibility they have placed in the hands of myself and my fellow CEAC board members. In the months ahead, I hope to earn that trust through hard work and dedication to our association and the men and women whom the CEAC serves.
Next month, the board will meet for its annual retreat. At this time, committee chairs will present their plans and the entire board will discuss how best to meet our obligations to the organization throughout the coming year. We have much planned for 2012 including our semi annual Vendor Fair that will be held on April 18th at the White Eagle in Niles.
I want to thank Airways Systems, Lionheart and Preservation Services for hosting the December Christmas meeting. The turnout for this event was great and I was pleased to learn that the National Guard had to call in three additional vehicles to pick up all the toys and gifts that were generously donated by our membership. In addition to all the toys, nearly two thousand dollars in grocery, gas and store cards were also donated. Not everyone realizes that when a National Guard member is deployed to the Middle East, they sometimes are forced to give up the employment income from their civilian jobs. The Illinois National Guard will use the cards donated by the CEAC to assist families of guard members experiencing financial problems.
This month we will be celebrating at the Installation Dinner Dance on January 28th at the Westin River North Hotel in Chicago. I certainly hope to see you there for this night of fun and celebration. Next month, we will host the second annual SkateFest event on February 18th at the Evergreen Park Ice Rink. Those who attended last year’s event can attest to the fun that was had at this family event and understand how it has quickly turning into an annual event.
I would like to thank Angelo Saccameno for all the hard work and dedication he gave to the Chief Engineers Association the past two years as its president. Angelo worked hard every day to make the organization stronger and better and thanks to all that work, he leaves behind an organization that is financially strong and well equipped to meet what challenges may come our way.
In conclusion, I would like to remind everyone that without the support of our Associate members and advertisers, this organization would not exist. Please remember to check the Quick Shopper card or your current issue of the Chief Engineer Magazine for a list of the finest contractors and suppliers serving our industry. And please remember to tell then that you found them through the Chief Engineers.
Joseph Weber Jr.