Message from our President

Shannon Bentz

There went another summer! Kids are back at school and the regular routine is starting to take shape. BW Chapter of ICRI is nothing routine this year. As we strive to improve our chapter and membership we continue to learn how to work with our new management company, Adverse Creations and how to work in our new roles as board members, committee chairs and chapter members.

I’m delighted to say that we have some new faces and budding interest in our memberships. I myself look forward to seeing some of these new folks at our dinner meetings and social events.

I know everyone is busy winding up their summer and getting prepared for the fall, but as we near the 3rd Quarter, ICRI has a lot to offer that shouldn’t be forgotten. While these events get announced and posted they sometimes get overlooked.

• The Golf Tournament is just around the corner! We have maxed out with record attendance in the past and this even is one of the best. Don’t forget to sponsor a hole, register your foursomes and get in a few practices because the event takes place in early October.

• The Fall Seminar is held in early December at CPR’s “house”. This year our theme is Pre-cast related and we are already filling presenter slots. If you have an interesting presentation, product or project related to precast (connections, failures, repairs, preservation, durability, etc.) please contact the BW Chapter.

• The national Fall Convention is coming up November 15-17th in New Orleans. NOLA is such a fun town and I am sure plenty of our members are planning on attending. If you are, why not have ICRI contribute monetarily towards your trip? If you register as our chapter delegate and attend the sessions, we will cover a fair share of these costs. This boasts points for your chapter towards national awards each year. Please contact the BW Chapter if you’re interested.

• Scholarship applications have been available on the website. There isn’t much time to get these completed before our committee must begin the review process. As a member, your sons/daughters who are enrolled in college have the opportunity to receive a scholarship paid directly to the registrar from the BW Chapter.

• Project awards are also being considered. Everyone has that one story they love to tell regarding a project. Sometimes it’s the cost, the solution, the problem, the repair, the approach, the location. While the project seemed to be nothing to speak of, my favorite one to discuss involves, detecting a non-existing façade leak that led to the complete reconstruction of a masonry wall all because of a feline friend. Ask me about it at our next dinner meeting. If you have a story to tell, you could be awarded project of the year. So please submit your nominations.

• Board nominations are also being compiled. If you would like to serve on our board, become more involved, make a difference and share your expertise, please consider joining our Board of Directors. Simply let a current board member know of your intent and we will be sure you are added to the ballot.

• It is also time for Habitat for Humanity where we give back to our community. Information will be forthcoming as we schedule our Build-Day.

The list can go on. Please take advantage of these opportunities and visit our website for all the up to date information. You can also email us at if there are comments, questions or feedback.



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