President's Message

     From The President...... 


    Awards Banquet – May 18

    As we spring into summer and start to enjoy the sun and fun, I get to reflect on this year’s past events and the effort of everybody who contributed to the success of CSI-MSP. Best of all, we get to recognize and reward this hard work and dedication at our annual Awards Ceremony, Thursday, May 18 at the St. Paul Depot. Please register to attend and enjoy a festive night of celebration, dinner, drinks, tours and as much fun as you can handle!  

    A tour starts at 4:00 PM with a presentation on the history and renovation of the Union Depot. If you haven’t seen the Depot’s transformation into a new, dynamic transportation hub, you’ll be amazed with the results. Thank you for the efforts of Tohnya Adams, Rick Nichols, James Bergevin and the rest of the Award’s Committee for putting together a solid program that recognizes the enormous effort of volunteers who make our chapter one of the best in the nation. In addition to the awards, we’ll swear-in new Board of Director’s Kasey Howard and Mark McPherson (Dave Rasmussen “re-sworn”), and Andy Garner as your new President.

    Please register here for tours and dinner celebration:

    New Member Orientation – Thursday, May 11

    All new members are invited for lunch and CSI-MSP’s New Member Orientation at Pella’s office, 15300 25th Ave North in Plymouth on Thursday, May 11 from 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM. Please join Membership Committee Chair Gary Patrick and other CSI leaders for lunch and find out everything CSI has to offer and the many opportunities available to make it more valuable.

    Even If you’re not a new member and want to learn more about CSI-MSP please register here:

    Lunch is free and we hope to see you there!

    Golf Outing – Thursday, June 1

    Thursday, June 1st is the date for our annual Golf Outing at Bunker Hills Golf Club from 10:30 – 7:00 pm. Put your foursome together and battle it out for bragging rights and win our version of the Claret Jug. Or something similar. We appreciate the hole sponsors and value all the contributions that go to growing our Scholarship Fund.

    Deadline for registering is May 19.

    Please go here to register for golf and sponsorship packages:

    Please remember we upped our Scholarship contribution over $1000 this year because of the Golf Outing. Thank you to Ryan Hallesy once again for his stellar effort in organizing this important event that gets better year after year.

    CSI Construct National Convention – September 13-15

    This year’s convention will be in Providence, Rhode Island September 13-15 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. - featuring 50 accredited education classes and exhibition hall filled with the latest services, products and technologies. This conference presents a myriad of networking opportunities through tours, receptions and other social events.

    Please go here for more information:

    In Closing

    As I mentioned at the last program meeting at Grumpy’s on the new U of M Athletes Village, we really need at least four people to step up and help on committees. Because of the extraordinary people who volunteer their time and effort, CSI-MSP is one of largest and most recognized CSI Chapters in the country. I’m very proud of this chapter and every member needs to understand that it takes a lot of time to keep the machine humming at a high level. The more people that help, the less burden it is on the committee leaders. What you put into CSI is what you get out of CSI, and joining a committee will help get you a better return on your membership and create a more rewarding experience.

    The Program Committee is already working on plans for next year, so now is the time to step in and help make an impact shaping next year’s list of programs. Communications is looking for someone to help with the newsletter and updating the website. This is a great opportunity to support us with communication, marketing and other messaging strategy.

    I look forward to seeing everybody at the North Central Region Conference in Madison this Thursday through Saturday.

    Please feel free to ask me any questions, voice any concerns, or drop me a line on any other issues you’d like to discuss: I’m interested in hearing from you!



    George Ramsay, CSI, CDT

    Chapter President FY 2017