June 2020 Newsletter - End of the Society Year Update - Last Month for Research Promotion Donations! Print

President's Report

Daniel J. Howell

I wanted to take a moment to update the members on the chapter. It feels like months since we have been able to take part in social gatherings and member meetings. Many of us would have been out fishing last Friday for our spring fundraiser. Many other events have been put on hold or cancelled as we are all living in a unique time. As we near the end of the ASHRAE society year, I wanted to inform the members on our status as a chapter.

Board Leadership: I’m proud of the additions we have made to our board and of the position we are in for a successful chapter future. With that being said, we still have some gaps in our chapter’s committee positions and there is a need for volunteers to assist on the YEA and Student Activities Committees. If anyone has an interest in participating, please reach out to a board member.  It is paramount to the success of the chapter and society that we continue developing leaders in our organization. As many of you have experienced, ASHRAE is instrumental in leadership development in our industry.

Annie Vanderstelt, our chapter secretary, recently completed the ASHRAE LeaDRS Program, a Regionally funded program to promote ASHRAE leadership development by shadowing a Director and Regional Chair Member (DRC) during the Winter Conference. See the 'LeaDRS Program' section below for a summary of the expereince! 

Chapter Meetings and Events:  As you are all aware, our chapter and society made the difficult decision to cancel all meetings and events this spring for the safety and wellbeing of our members. The good news is that the speakers and the Stryker tour have been rescheduled for the fall. Dates TBA. The spring fishing event had to be cancelled as well, unfortunately. This was a difficult decision as this event is critical in helping us meet our RP goal for the year. The fall golf and fishing outings are still on track to be held at this time. We will update membership on any changes to these events.

Research and Promotion:  We started off on track for a very successful RP campaign this year. The chapter was on track to reach our goals with the help of each and every one of you. The spring COVID-19 pandemic has put reaching this goal in jeopardy. Please see below 'RP' section for an update from our RP Committee Chairman, Thad Kuzma.

Principals Breakfast:  The last event we held as a chapter prior to the pandemic, was our Principal’s Breakfast. We hold this event every couple of years to ensure our chapter is meeting the needs of the engineering community and to receive feedback. I want to thank all the principals whom braved the conditions to help guide our chapter. We were lucky enough to have 9 engineering professionals representing their firms. The feedback was greatly appreciated. I would also like to Adam Doubblestein for leading the discussion. The chapter is going to making some changes this coming fall based on the input we received.

One of the primary recommendations was to have an ASHRAE liaison at each engineering firm to champion ASHRAE involvement amongst younger engineers. We will be establishing a champion for each company. If you are interested in being that champion for your team, please let a board member know!

The other primary recommendation was restructuring the Grand Rapids meeting. We have received feedback over the last few years that evening monthly meetings are hard to accommodate in member’s schedules. The overwhelming consensus from the principal’s breakfast confirmed this feedback. Be on the lookout for changes this coming fall to the Grand Rapids Chapter meetings.

Thank you all for your support through chapter event attendance, Research & Promotion contributions and volunteerism. The chapter continues to thrive on member participation and we are always looking for more people to help with various committees, recruitment to meetings, and special events. If you have any interest at all, please let one of the chapter leaders know you would like to help.

As the society year is coming to a close, most of you are aware that the board members will be changing positions. This leads to the conclusion of my path as a board member. I wanted to thank all the members, committee chairs, and board for their support and work throughout my years. It has been an honor to lead this group over the past few years. I feel confident the chapter is in a good position for the future. As I look at the future, I’m planning to continue my involvement with the chapter on a committee.

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West MI Chapter Updates

Research Promotion (RP) Update - Annual Goal

Dear Members of the Western Michigan Chapter of ASHRAE,

Your support of ASHRAE Research (RP) is of the utmost importance in this time of worldwide crisis.  ASHRAE Research is to thank for the many technical resources we have available to address the challenges of the current pandemic and future epidemics as it relates to the effects of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems on disease transmission in healthcare facilities, the workplace, home, public and recreational environments.

Research can only take place through our donations that fund the various project studies.  Currently, the WM ASHRAE chapter is at 60% of meeting our annual goal of $14,000.  Our ASHRAE fiscal year ends on June 30th, 2020, so we are about 90% into with the ASHRAE year. One challenge we have this year is that the annual Spring Salmon slam was cancelled, which was usually a good boost to our RP fundraising.

If you have already contributed, personally or as a business, we thank you!  If you have not yet donated, please consider the issues and challenges our world is currently facing and how important ASHRAE Research is in educating everyone on how to fight dangerous viruses like the Coronavirus.

To donate, please click on the link below for the RP Campaign donor form and be sure to list the Western Michigan Chapter in the contributor information field:


If you prefer to pay by check, please send it to the address shown below. (Please note on the Memo Line: Western Michigan Chapter Donation).

1791 Tullie Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Thank You for your dedication and support of ASHRAE.

Thad Kuzma
ASHRAE Western Michigan Research Promotion Chair
[email protected]

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LeaDRS Program

Annie Vanderstelt, our chapter secretary, recently completed the ASHRAE LeaDRS Program. Here is a summary of her experience:

" During this year’s ASHRAE Winter Conference, I had the opportunity to shadow our Director and Regional Chair Member (DRC), Doug Zentz, during his society duties. The experience is funded by the ASHRAE Region through a program called ‘LeaDRS’ and gives members a look at what it is like to participate in ASHRAE at a higher level and encourages the development of future chapter, regional and society leaders.

I attended the Conference Friday through Wednesday and my daily agenda was packed full of committee meetings, luncheons, mixers and social events. I attended these events with my DRC mentor and was encouraged to ask questions and speak to the conference participants. I found that almost every participant was excited to answer questions. They were excited to have new faces in the meetings - a lot of them had started off with ASHRAE the very same way.  Many have been participating in ASHRAE for decades and some were from opposite ends of the globe. The group’s diversity of experience and culture sets the stage for innovative and tactful discussion during meetings. They were more than a committee or council; they were also friends.

There were so many valuable takeaways from this experience, but what is most prominent, is the energy of the participating ASHRAE members. So many times, I had to remind myself that they were here as volunteers. The enthusiasm and care with every topic were outstanding! Truly, it was because of the passion for the ASHRAE organization and industry.  It is volunteers like this that make everything ASHRAE does possible, whether it is at a chapter or society level.

Please consider participating in the LeaDRS Program (or volunteer at your local chapter) to experience ASHRAE at a global level. Personally, this experience altered the way that I view the industry and my professional development. I guess you could say that I now ‘drink the Kool-Aid’ and am very eager for what I can do for ASHRAE! If anyone is interested in participating in “LeaDRS” or would like more information, please contact me or any of the board members. " -Annie Vanderstelt
More information on the program can be found at: https://www.ashrae.org/communities/young-engineers-in-ashrae-yea/yea-events-and-programs/ashrae-region-leadrs-program

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Meeting Locations

Grand Rapids Location:
University Club - Grand Rapids
111 Lyon St. NW #1025
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Free parking in 5/3 ramp off Ottawa or Monroe St. for the meeting. Tell parking ramp booth attendant that you’re there for an ASHRAE meeting.

5:00 – 6:00 Social
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 Program

$30.00 – Members
$35.00 – Non Members
$20.00 – Students / Retirees

Kalamazoo Location:
Western Michigan University John E. Fetzer Center
2251 Business Ct.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

11:45 – 12:00 Gather
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Program

$25.00 – Members
$30.00 – Non Members
$15.00 – Students, Retirees

RSVP on our website or to Ryan Fiebig @ [email protected] for both GR and KZOO meetings.

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In response to inquiries regarding "local" ASHRAE career postings..... On behalf of the West Michigan Chapter, we are pleased to announce we have a new ASHRAE West Michigan careers page as part of our chapter website.
The West Michigan ASHRAE page is dedicated to our individual and corporate membership as a means to reach local talent.
If you are still looking for this feature, please feel free to begin utilizing it.
The postings require a minimal fee to keep the page self-sustaining with website maintenance.
Let us know if you have any questions.

ASHRAE Jobs is the official jobs board for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (www.ashraejobs.com). The service is devoted to assisting professional members find some of the best jobs the HVAC/R industry has to offer Professionals and employers are brought together through:

Job Listings: Help wanted listings without space restrictions, directed specifically to the desired audience. Build your pipeline of talent, find a superstar or diversity candidate, or simply upgrade the quality of your team.
Resume Access: Access a database of actively searching professionals. Review and screen for experience and credentials prior to initiating contact. This on-demand service enables hiring managers to source candidates immediately and speed up the hiring cycle.
Talent Alert: Included with Resume Access, Talent Alert pro-actively notifies you when new resumes of interest post into ASHRAE Jobs. Our automated resume delivery system sends these resumes out to you by email. There is no need to log back in down the road.

Employer Branding: Promote yourself as an employer of choice through site advertising, branded emails, and job alert email sponsorships. Collect these job seekers early in their search path, and before they apply to your competitor.

Have questions? Call Doug Woolf, ASHRAE advisor! 877-252-2168 (CST). 


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