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Akron-Canton CSI History

In the 1960’s and 1970s there was a local CSI Chapter, known as the Warren, Akron, Canton, Youngstown or “WACY” Chapter. The Chapter gradually fell apart from lack of leadership and loss of interest and was dissolved in the early 1970s.

A few of the former members retained CSI membership recognizing the value and benefits even without a local support Chapter. Some transferred to other Chapters in the region. Some were simply unaffiliated members.

On September 26, 1996, a meeting of 28 prospective members of the new Chapter was inspired by a highly motivational presentation of “What is CSI” by Edith Washington, a member of the Toledo Chapter. Edith is currently president-elect of the Institute, and was treasurer of the Great Lakes Region at that time. Her enthusiasm for CSI in her presentation convinced a lot of attendees to join and made clear that she was destined to go far in CSI.

At the October 1996 dinner meeting conducted by Larry Everhard, officers were elected by verbal vote. By October 1996 the first Chapter newsletter was published and mailed to members, prospective members, and construction-related organizations. Monthly dinner meetings continued through the winter, as did recruiting of members.

On March 27, 1997, at the monthly dinner meeting, Larry Raymond, president of the Great Lakes Region, presented Larry Everhard with a gavel, and a Charter for the Akron-Canton Chapter, CSI. Forty-two charter members, most of whom werepresent, received their charter certificates.

Since that time, the Chapter has grown to 65 members, and continues to grow. Several rounds of new officers have been elected, and have taken the Chapter to new levels of achievement. Our Chapter has won several national and regional awards and is recognized as an important part of the local construction community.



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  • History of the Akron-Canton Chapter
    Akron-Canton CSI History In the 1960’s and 1970s there was a local CSI Chapter, known as the Warren, Akron, Canton, Youngstown or “WACY” Chapter. The Chapter gradually fell apart from lack of leadership and loss of interest and was dissolved in the early 1970s. A few of the former members retained CSI membership recognizing the value and benefits even without a local support Chapter. Some transferred to other Chapters in the region. Some were simply unaffiliated members. On September 26, 1996, a meeting of 28 prospective members of the new Chapter was inspired by a highly motivational presentation of “What is CSI” by Edith Washington, a member of the Toledo Chapter. Edith is currently president-elect of the Institute, and was treasurer of the Great Lakes Region at that time. Her enthusiasm for CSI in her presentation convinced a lot of attendees to join and made clear that she was destined to go far in CSI. At the October 1996 dinner meeting conducted by Larry Everhard, officers were elected by verbal vote. By October 1996 the first Chapter newsletter was published and mailed to members, prospective members, and construction-related organizations. Monthly dinner meetings continued through the winter, as did recruiting of members. On March 27, 1997, at the monthly dinner meeting, Larry Raymond, president of the Great Lakes Region, presented Larry Everhard with a gavel, and a Charter for the Akron-Canton Chapter, CSI. Forty-two charter members, most of whom werepresent, received their charter certificates. Since that time, the Chapter has grown to 65 members, and continues to grow. Several rounds of new officers have been elected, and have taken the Chapter to new levels of achievement. Our Chapter has won several national and regional awards and is recognized as an important part of the local construction community.
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