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President Shawn’s Rotary Roundabout Episode 5 August 13, 2018

Posted by shawnpci in Change Leadership, Club 27, Good Stuff to Share, Rotary, Rotary Club of Des Moines Iowa, Rotary District 6000, Rotary International.
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Hello Fellow Rotarians and Friends!

Here’s this week’s podcast for Week 7 of the Rotary Year.

Even though I’m on vacation, I’m still committed to Rotary Roundabout!  This episode highlights the pending arrival of our Rotary Exchange Student, Pina Marasou, as well as some upcoming activities from other local Rotary clubs.

Let me know what you think about how I might improve this effort or what topics and subjects you’d like me to cover.

Thanks for listening!

intro and outro music:  KANSAS:  Questions of my Childhood; LEFTOVERTURE, Kirschner Records, 1976 (c)

President Shawn’s Rotary Roundabout Episode 4 August 6, 2018

Posted by shawnpci in Change Leadership, Club 27, Good Stuff to Share, Rotary, Rotary Club of Des Moines Iowa, Rotary District 6000, Rotary International.
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Hello Fellow Rotarians and Friends:

Here’s this week’s podcast for Week 6 of the Rotary Year.

In this episode I discuss our Board’s visioning meeting that resulted in our Positioning Statement as well as promote our upcoming keynote speaker, Matthew Walsh, and our Wheels Fellowship group’s upcoming events.

Let me know what you think about how I might improve this effort or what topics and subjects you’d like me to cover.

Thanks for listening!

intro and outro music:  KANSAS:  Questions of my Childhood; LEFTOVERTURE, Kirschner Records, 1976 (c)

President Shawn’s Rotary Roundabout Episode 3 July 30, 2018

Posted by shawnpci in Change Leadership, Club 27, Good Stuff to Share, Rotary, Rotary Club of Des Moines Iowa, Rotary District 6000, Rotary International.
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Hello Fellow Rotarians and Friends:

Here’s this week’s podcast for Week 5 of the Rotary Year.

I recap the leadership and work of our 12 club committees and highlight this week’s keynote speaker, Bob Bauer, from Principal Financial Group

Let me know what you think about how I might improve this effort or what topics and subjects you’d like me to cover.

Thanks for listening!

intro and outro music:  KANSAS:  Questions of my Childhood; LEFTOVERTURE, Kirschner Records, 1976 (c)

President Shawn’s Rotary Roundabout Episode 2 July 23, 2018

Posted by shawnpci in Change Leadership, Club 27, Good Stuff to Share, Rotary, Rotary Club of Des Moines Iowa, Rotary District 6000, Rotary International.
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Hello Fellow Rotarians and Friends:

Here’s this week’s podcast for Week 4 of the Rotary Year.

I recap some of the important weekly meeting duties that we need volunteers for as well as introducing the members of our Board of Directors and Club Officers.

Let me know what you think about how I might improve this effort or what topics and subjects you’d like me to cover.

Thanks for listening!

intro and outro music:  KANSAS:  Questions of my Childhood; LEFTOVERTURE, Kirschner Records, 1976 (c)

President Shawn’s Rotary Roundabout Episode 1 July 16, 2018

Posted by shawnpci in Change Leadership, Club 27, Good Stuff to Share, Rotary, Rotary Club of Des Moines Iowa, Rotary District 6000, Rotary International.
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Hello Fellow Rotarians and Friends:

I’m stepping out a bit here as I begin my year of service as president of Club 27, the Rotary Club of Des Moines, Iowa.

One of my goals as president it to be intentional about promoting what our Club does and its value to the greater Des Moines community and world beyond.  Thus, I hatched this idea of creating a podcast as a different way of approaching this goal.

I’m no expert and I don’t profess to know all there is about my I-Mac’s GarageBand software, but bear with me.  I’m sure that I’ll learn as I go.

Let me know what you think about how I might improve this effort or what topics and subjects you’d like me to cover.

Thanks for listening!

 

intro and outro music:  KANSAS:  Questions of my Childhood; LEFTOVERTURE, Kirschner Records, 1976 (c)

Popular Installers’ Townhall & Other Activities at 36th FSSA Meeting February 20, 2018

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The popular installers’ townhall meeting was held on the last day of the the 36th annual meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association at the Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.

Over 100 installer member companies attended the morning meeting. A wide range of topics were covered including how to attract labor, best practices with design and estimating software, ideas on how to minimize employees use of smartphones while driving, and R&D tax credits available for contractors.

SFPE’s Victoria Valentine discusses fire system inspection, testing and maintenance awareness.

Participants offered examples and real-life experiences on several of the topics. Many attendees learned of new ways of looking at old problems. The 90 minute session went quickly as members exchanged views, ideas and opinions.

Prior to the close of the conference, FSSA members also attended sessions with topics ranging from turning system deficiencies into a profitable revenue stream; best practices for creating awareness of need for inspection, testing and maintenance as well as several supplier/vendor presentations from companies participating in the first ever Supplier Expo.

The 32nd annual meeting concludes today, February 20th.

36th Annual FSSA Meeting Highlights Industry’s Best February 18, 2018

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Members gather for start of 36th Annual FSSA Meeting

The start of the Fire Suppression Systems Association’s 36th Annual meeting featured presentations by many of the industry’s best practitioners.   Opening keynote speaker, Jim Smith, Jr gave an inspirational presentation on  the value of not just going “to” the next level, but “beyond”.  His message infused personal stories of triumph and failure as well as video selections and quotable quotes from a variety of sources on breaking down barriers to achieving one’s best.  He further challenged the attendees by asking them to pair-up and share their greatest accomplishments, goals, barriers, and action plans with each other.

A new feature of this year’s Annual Meeting was the presentation of unique application solutions by four selected member installers.  ASSI presented their solution and approach to protecting gloveboxes with high-air flows; BFPE showcased how they installed air-sampling detection throughout a famous alabaster-colored house in Washington, D.C.; Orr Protection highlighted the challenges of installing watermist in an unusual location under movable auditorium seats and Protectowire presented the application of their new fiber-optic based linear heat detector in a large aircraft service hanger.

The day’s presentations also included technical and NFPA updates from Technical Chair, Dan Hubert and Technical Director, Tom Wysocki.

The final presentation by BFPE highlighted their approach to acquiring and retaining the best help in a competitive employment market.

The FSSA’s Annual Meeting continues through Tuesday, February 20th.

36th FSSA Meeting Set To Begin In Rancho Mirage February 17, 2018

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The 36th annual meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association is set to begin with one of the larger groups in attendance in the association’s history. President Helen Lowery is poised to welcome members and guests at the Omni Resort Las Palamas in Rancho Mirage, California,

36th Annual Meeting set to begin with evening Welcome Reception and Dinner

The busy four-day agenda includes presentations ranging from an economic outlook and forecast from Dr. Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics to FSSA technical committee activities and from installer presentations on challenging applications to an all-new supplier Expo.  And if that’s not enough, other presentations will offer updates on NFPA technical committee activities and insights on capitalizing on common system deficiencies.

The Fire Suppression Systems Association is a not-for-profit trade association, drawing members domestic and internationally and is comprised of a blend of designer/installers, manufacturers, consultants, academics, and suppliers working together to share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression systems industry. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression.

Committee updates tout FSSA's industry influence

Committee updates tout FSSA’s industry influence

FSSA is dedicated to promoting use of, and being the recognized leader on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment.  As a global reaching organization, they provide their members with support and guidance with many questions or issues that arise, with a strong united voice.

The 36th annual meeting continues through Tuesday, February 20th.

 

NFPA Standards Council Approves New Document 770 Hybrid (Water and Inert gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems January 4, 2018

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The National Fire Protection Association’s Standards Council voted to approve the request of the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems to enter the new document NFPA 770, Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire-Extinguishing Systems, into the Annual 2020 revision cycle.  The committee’s approval occurred during their recent meeting on December 4-5, 2017.

The NFPA Standards Council is a 13-person committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors. The Council oversees the Association’s codes and standards development activities, administers the rules and regulations, and acts as an appeals body. The Council administers about 250 NFPA Technical Committees and their work on nearly 300 documents addressing topics of importance to the built environment. The Council meets three times each year.

To learn more about the NFPA 770 committee and its work click here.

NFPA 770 Hybrid (Water and Inert gas) Technical Committee Meets in Savannah September 19, 2017

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The new NFPA technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems has gathered in Orlando, Florida for its fifth round of meeting beginning September 19 and concluding on September 21, 2017. 770 9-17

Looking to continue the development of  the new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, the committee welcomed principal and alternate members and several guests.  Chairman Jeff Harrington is leading the committee in the establishment of standards related to this fire-fighting technology that has been gaining marketplace acceptance for over the past 11 years.

At its December 2015  meeting, the NFPA Standards Council issued the following directive to the committee:

The Council considered the request of the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems to revise the title and scope of the Technical Committee. After review of the material presented, the Council voted to deny the request of the Committee at this time. The Council notes the timing the request to change the scope of the Committee is premature and directs the Committee to continue drafting the document. Then, if necessary, the Committee can request Council revise the scope to reflect the drafted text of the document. The Council further cautions the Committee about removing the words “Fire Extinguishing” from the title of the Committee. The removal of these words will likely cause confusion as to what the Committee is authorized to address and were intentionally included to avoid this situation. In the present case, the Committee scope needs to address what the Committee does not cover to prevent overlap with other NFPA Committees’ responsibilities.

Standards Council Member James Golinveaux recused himself from the deliberations and vote on this issue.

The committee continues to work on its scope, and the standard at this meeting in the hopes that a final draft can be forwarded to the NFPA Standards Council in December of 2017 for public comment release in 2018 .

To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.