PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Valley chapter into the future. Reach out to the newer generation of designers, architects, engineers, product reps, and contractors that you interface with daily and invite them to lunch or to a chapter meeting. Introduce them to the importance of face-to-face networking and developing trusted advisors. You will benefit from the enlightened interaction and they will benefit from your wisdom and experience. Jon Lattin As we close in on the end of 2019, what are you thankful for? As the current president of your chapter, I have a lot to be thankful for, both personally and professionally. A healthy and loving family and a strong industry have provided stability and joy in my life. My association with CSI has blessed me in other ways. • I am grateful for family gatherings with my extended CSI family. From our first annual kickball game and pumpkin carving parties with the AIA to MARC 2019 and Construct with our region and institute friends. • I am thankful for volunteers. Day in and day out, volunteers are the lifeblood of any organization and the Greater Lehigh Valley is blessed with some of the best around. Through steadfast dedication and a personal commitment to the chapter, these volunteers plan event logistics, develop and manage education, maintain communications, interface with the region and institute, and quietly ensure the chapter continues to flourish and grow. However, volunteers get tired and need help. It takes a village to raise a family and it takes a village to maintain a healthy chapter. Now is the time to act, if you can devote an hour or twenty, we have tasks for you! I am proud to say the fellowship gained in CSI extends beyond the monthly meetings and has flourished into long lasting friendships. • I am thankful for youthfulness. An influx of younger people into CSI provides diverse views and energy that help propel the Greater Lehigh • I am appreciative of the education that I have acquired in CSI. CSI is working hard to elevate the value of the CDT and advanced certifications to make them as valuable and recognizable as the AIA or PE designation. Unlike all of the other organizations, CSI pulls members from the entire AEC community 4

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