NAWIC #261 Capital District, NY
In This Issue President’s Message
April Meeting Notice
March Meeting Minutes Dear Members,
Women’s Build Info
Great big “Thank You” to Bridget, Donna, Dawn and Susan for an informative and fun
Career Day Info
meeting in April. For those of you who couldn’t be with you, we met at Burt Crane in
New Member Green Island and our focus was on safety, including the new OSHA regulations for
Home Remedies cranes. Our member, Dawn Preston, gave out sheets from her company, Travelers
Insurance, as the OSHA Fact Sheet as part of her presentation. Donna Shave brought in
All Lifts to talk safety, and Bridget demonstrated some of the hand signals used by signal
persons, and gave us a pocket guide of all the hand signals.
I know it’s early, but everyone please mark your calendars for October 1, 2011. The
www.nawicnycap.org chapter will participate in the Susan B. Koman “Race for the Cure”. The newsletter will
www.nawic.org publish place and time when available. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are
planning to participate, we are planning on acquiring pink hard hats for the event and
need to know how many to order.
www.ecainc.org Forum was great, as always it was wonderful seeing all of our NAWIC friends. The
speakers were all very informative; Director Stoddard did an outstanding job putting
together a great program. MY complete Forum report is in the newsletter. Remember
that we are hosting Forum 2012 in Saratoga Springs on May 4 & 5 2012. If anyone
Chapter Officers 2010-
would like to be on the planning committee, please let me know.
This month, our nominating committee will be announcing the slate of candidates for the
Pres: Judy Ploof officers and board, please answer their requests for nominations, we have room for a few
more candidates so if you have an interest in running contact Eileen Venn, Toni Cristo or
VP: Kate Beach
Sec: Lisa Harding
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting,
Treas: Kait Bloss
Capital District NAWIC Chapter # 261
April 19, 2011
At Burt Crane, Green Island
Call to Order @ 5:49p.m.
Board Members & Guests Present: See Attached Attendance Records
Secretary’s Report: None
Treasurer’s Report: Kait Bloss- Report Attached.
Membership- Carol- We have one new member, anyone have a lead or interested new member please contact Carol.
Prof Ed- Diann
May- Scholarship- Lisa- So far had 6 applications (now have 8) We will narrow applicants and interview on
June- Forensic Documentation, Elections
July- PWB Social Mixer
WIC- Susan Zucker- Thanked everyone for attending, Toni commented on how it was a great and “moving” event.
Nominating- Eileen Venn- If you know someone interested in filling a position to let her know.
New Business- Carol- Directors fund to increase from 2 dollars to 5 dollars per member. Cost to Capital District
chapter budget will be an increase of +/-100.00. All voted in favor to recommend a yes vote to the members and Judy will pass
this yes vote at the presidents meeting at Spring Forum. This directors fund covers costs such as travel, awards and minor
expenses. All members agreed to Yes vote recommendation from our Chapter.
Also Carol mentioned to have NAWIC do the Susan B. Komen walk October 1st, 2011. Registration comes out in May.
Construction Career Days- 10th Year! Anne Marie represents NAWIC for this awesome event, she sent fliers to all
members previously for volunteers.
(Professional Women Builders) PWB Mixer- July 2011- Social Event, possibly at The Mill in Round Lake
Directors Insurance- Carol, 2 quotes were between 750 and 1000 per year. (Toni agreed based upon her research as
New Venue- Finish up season at Bucca
Meeting adjourned @ 6:15 pm by Judy Ploof, President
PRESENTATION BY ALL- LIFTS ON RIGGING
Dawn Preston with Travelers on Crane / OSHA rules (handouts given)
Burt Crane also provided information
Meeting adjourned 8pm.
Respectfully submitted by Lisa Harding, Secretary
Membership Meeting Notice
Buca di Beppo
44 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205
Tuesday, May 18, 2011
Board Meeting 4:30 PM
Dinner 5:45 PM
R.S.V.P by May 12, 2011 Toni Cristo PH: 463-6985
Call or Fax Reservations to: FAX: 462-9650
PROGRAM: Announcement of Scholarship winner and hopefully introduce her to our members. Our new
slate of officers will be presented. We will also be having and informal meeting introducing the scholarship
winner and/or guests to ourselves by giving a short profile of who we are(name), company we work for, what
we do (job description) to show how varied we and the construction industry are.
I will attend____ I will not Attend _________
Cost $35.00 Non Members $40.00
Selected Menu will be served family style includes a green salad, Penne Basilica (chicken broccoli, pesto in
cream sauce), Chicken Limone, and Chocolate Cake selections along with coffee, tea or soda and a desert.
I will attend____ I will not Attend _________
Cost: $35.00 members $40.00 non-members
Register on line at: www.nawicnycap.org credit cards can be used here.
Make checks payable to: NAWIC #261
Mail to: Kait Bloss, NAWIC Treasurer
6 Wembley Court
Albany, NY 12205
April 29 & 30
Forum started with a Presidents Meeting held by Director Stoddard and attended by NAWIC President,
Deb Gregorie as well as all the Chapter Presidents, where we discussed best practices for making meeting
attendance better. One of the points to remember that stuck with me is that just because we tried something
years ago and it didn’t work, it might not be a bad idea to think about trying it again. Twenty years ago, not
many people used the internet and now most of us have Facebook sites. BY the way, Region 14 has joined
Facebook and has very few friends as of yet, so feel free to visit the page.
Carol Henry spoke to the presidents about the directors fund, she explained that the entire fund purpose
should be revisited and reworked. Director Stoddard is looking for volunteers for a committee to do this, if
you would like to participate, please contact her. When the committee has finished with their review and
the new document has been adopted, the chapter contributions to the fund will be revisited, for now the
matter has been withdrawn.
Forum officially began at 1 PM on Friday. After opening ceremonies and introductions we had our first
speaker, Brooke E. Thomson, Chief of the Business, Technology & Economic Development Division.
Brooke outlined how she ended up in her current position and how networking played a role in her success.
One of the most important things anyone can do to help themselves is to join a professional organization, so
Congratulations, Ladies, we have each taken this step.
After break, we conducted the business portion of the meeting, the Regional Safety Award went to the
On Saturday we had two speakers, President Gregoire and Sarah Beatty. Sarah calls herself an “Accidental
Entrepreneur” because she started Green Depot after she had redone her home in preparation for her first
child and found out two weeks before the baby was due that she had a mold problem that had ruined her
new floors. She moved out and decided to research products that were proven safe to the environment and
her kids, and realized that there were probably a lot of people like herself who wanted the safest
environment for their children, so because she was fortunate enough to be married to a major construction
materials distributor, she was able to “bolt” her small company onto his existing network and so Green
Depot was born.
After lunch we did Team Building exercises using Legos, it was a lot of fun and very hands on. It was
amazing to see what you can build in 3 -5 minutes. You were given instructions like “build something you
like about your job”, then you have to explain what you built.
We closed the meeting around 4 PM.
And another report:
NAWIC Region 14 Annual Forum Report
April 29-30, 2011
Director Sue Ellen Stoddard and Boston Chapter #15 hosted the 2011 Region 14 Forum at the Westford
Regency Conference Center. NAWIC President Deb Gregoire was our national representative. Fifty
members attended the conference, including several first timers.
Brooke M. Thompson from the MA Attorney General’s office welcomed us to the State and spoke about
the role of the AG’s office in business development and also discussed the gender inequality in politics and
industry. We can promote equality by promoting a gender neutral environment; recognize that men and
women communicate differently so learn the differences and listen; network; and get involved politically.
NAWIC president Deb Gregoire spoke about the value of a NAWIC membership. Most women join
NAWIC for networking, mentoring (goes in both directions), professional opportunities and education.
NAWIC offers many education opportunities through NEF, Lorman Associates and through chapter,
regional and national events. NAWIC also provides leadership development.
Sarah Beatty, owner of Green Depot, spoke about bringing passion to your work. She started Green Depot
after remodeling her home in preparation of upcoming birth and discovering mold and other toxic after
products. Green Depot is a one stop resource for environmental products that are competitively priced and
work. She stated that people are not necessarily interested in saving the world, only themselves. Find out
what your clients want by asking questions and listening. Stress the benefits. She summarized her business
with CLEAR – conservation, local, environment, air quality and responsibility.
Carla Suitjerbuijk led the group in Lego Serious Play. We were divided into groups with individual bags of
Lego blocks. Several challenges were issued and everyone built something to address the challenge.
Because every member had blocks, it leveled the playing field and everyone participated and individuals
were given an opportunity to discuss their solution.
National President’s Report – President Gregoire issued a challenge to chapters to select one day to
promote NAWIC and report back to her by Convention. Last year 32% of our region voted in the national
election and we were the third highest. All were encouraged to discuss candidates at chapter meetings and
encourage everyone to vote. Everyone was encouraged to check out the NAWIC website, particularly the
career center and advertisers. Jobs are posted in both places. Take advantage of member services.
Block Kids – Six chapters held events with 186 children participating. The first place winner was from
Eastern Maine with the Eiffel Tower, the second place winner was from Granite State who built a series of
ships carrying building products and the third place winner was from Greater Worcester with the space
CADD – No. 1 of Rhode Island was once again the only chapter participating.
WIC Week – all chapters in the region participated.
Construction Industry – all chapters reported meeting summaries five out of seven months.
PR/Marketing – we are developing a regional logo and voted on 4 entries. Director Stoddard asked
members to provide feedback on what we would like to see on website.
Safety – Chapters are encouraged to devote one meeting in the year to safety. For the regional safety
award, five applications were received, all for construction industry. No entries were received by
construction related companies. Gilbane Company won the regional award.
Membership – Our region is growing, but it is important that chapters involve new members early in
committees and events. Make them feel welcome at meetings. Follow up with prospects and continue to
invite them to meetings. Carol O’Donnell also discussed coordinated activities with Sisters in Trades.
Reach out to other sister organizations.
Director’s Fund – All proposed changes were withdrawn from consideration. A task force has been
established to review the guidelines and recommend changes.
2011 Annual Convention will be held in St. Louis, MO from September 1-3. Education is the focus. There
will be two NEF study session and CPR/First Aid course on Wednesday prior to Annual Session on
September 1. NEF will have a fundraiser on Friday evening.
2011 APC will be held in Portsmouth, NH on November 5. Director Stoddard will be hosting leadership
training on Friday, November 4. All members are encouraged to attend.
2012 Forum will be held in Saratoga Spring, NY on May 4-5.
2012 APC will be hosted by Greater Worcester in Framingham, MA
No.1 of Rhode Island will host 2013 Forum and Maine will host forum in 2014.
Carol P. Henry CCA
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Hope you all enjoy the
Tulip Fest Festivities
and have a
Happy Mothers Day
Members in the News: Rensselaer Chamber member honorees of the Business Review's 40 Under 40
includes Stefanie Wiley of Hoosic Valley Contractors. Contact Carol Henry if you want to attend and sit at a
table with other NAWIC members.
The State University Construction Fund invites you to attend its
How to Do Business
State University Construction Fund
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Crossgates Restaurant & Banquet House
225 Washington Avenue Ext.
Albany, New York 12205
Who Should Attend:
Contractors, consultants and subs that provide Architectural, Engineering,
Construction and other Construction Related Services.
The State University Construction Fund (the Fund), provides capital Planning, Design and
Construction and Funding Services and administers the multi-billion dollar Capital Program
for the 34 campuses of the State University of New York.
Will detail and clarify the processes employed by the Fund in awarding work and contracting with
Will preview upcoming design and construction projects throughout NY State
Will provide information on new laws affecting the MWBE opportunities program
Will provide an opportunity for firms to network
Pre-registration is required for this seminar. There is no cost to attend.
To pre-register, please contact Doreen Bottieri at (518) 320-1639 (firstname.lastname@example.org),
No later than Friday, April 22, 2011
( Additional seminars will be held in other regions of New York State – dates and times to be ann
353 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12246
CAPITAL DISTRICT NY #261
2010 – 2011 QUICK CALENDAR
Board Meeting date/location to be announced
13 – Joint NESCA/NAWIC Meeting (Century House) Remember to bring tools for
15 – Chapter Board 15 & Membership Meeting –Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake –
Tour and Dinner
6-12 – Women in Construction Week
15 – Chapter Board 15 & Membership Meeting – The Art of Public Bidding – From
Bid to Award (The Bonadio Group)
25 – Memorial for 100th Anniversary of Triangle Shirt Factory Fire
Construction Career Days April 27 & 28
8-9 – Region 14 Annual Forum (Westford, MA)
19 – Chapter Board & Membership Meeting – Focus on Safety (Burt Crane)
17 – Chapter Board & Membership Meeting – Member Profile & recognize
Scholarship Recipients (Buca di Beppo)
21 – Chapter Board & Membership Meeting - Chapter Elections (Buca di Beppo)
Board Transition Meeting – Date/Location to be announced
August 31-September 3 – National Meeting and Convention (St. Louis, MO)
20 – Chapter Board & Membership Meeting - Planning for upcoming year and board
installation (Buca di Beppo)
ASSOCIATION, INC. & NESCA
**U P C O M I N G E V E N T S**
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ANNUAL RECEPTION - MAY 2011
STEAK ROAST - JUNE 21, 2011
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DAY AT THE RACES - JULY 28, 2011
NIGHT WITH THE VALLEY CATS - AUGUST 5, 2011
GOLF OUTING - AUGUST 29, 2011
Reminders of Chapter Upcoming Events
PWB (Proffessional Women Builders) Mixer in July - more information to follow
Susan B. Komen Walk October 1, 2011 – Registration out in May
2010-2011 NAWIC MEMBERS
NAME COMPANY PHONE FAX e-mail
Audi, Christina Christina Steel, Inc 861-6042 861-6040 email@example.com
Bianchi, Paula Gilbane Company 474-5767 473-9902 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beach, Kate Atlantis Equipment 733-5910 733-6834
Bloss, Kait Bonadio Group 464-4080 464-4087 email@example.com
Burt, Nicole Rifenburg Const.Inc 279-4326 279-4260 firstname.lastname@example.org
Connolly, Gynger Blinds,Shades&More 374-9871 374-0927 email@example.com
Cristo, Antoinette Cristo Demolition, Inc 463-6985 462-9650 firstname.lastname@example.org
Curran, Tracy J.J. Curran & Sons 434-8110 434-8249 email@example.com
Dale, Kimberlee Kimberlee Dale Marshall P.C. 220-9577 220-9587
DeLuca, Sarah SRI 459-2776 459-0068 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dexter, Pilar Straight Line Industries 220-2000 220-9993 email@example.com
Dickert, Linda Merit Plumbing 431-0910 431-1049 firstname.lastname@example.org
Englehart, Diann DLE Consulting 356-5172 356-5172 email@example.com
Gomez, Caroline Gomez Electrical 427-8365 427-8366 firstname.lastname@example.org
Harding, Lisa Lash Contracting Inc 783-7832 783-7341 email@example.com
Henry CCA, Carol Campito Plumbing & Htg. 785-0994 785-0769 firstname.lastname@example.org
Herzog, Arlene Esoteric Farm Services 439-1559 475-1448 email@example.com
LaRoche, Marianne Pompa Bros 587-3043 587-1208 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lester, Kelly Phillips Lytle Law Firm 472-1224 472-1227 KLester@phillipslytle.com
Marinello, Linda Marinello Const. Co Inc 449-1717 449-1717 email@example.com
McNamara, Megan Johnson Controls 451-2710 451-2701 firstname.lastname@example.org
Miller, Magie Curtis Lumber 490-1435 884-2908 email@example.com
Olsen-Geitner,AnnMarie Harrison & Burrowes 465-6254 465-3822 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ploof CIT, Judy Eastern Contractors 869-0961 869-2378 email@example.com
Preston, Dawn M. Travelers Companies Inc 862-7672 862-7637 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shave, Donna Dig Safely New York 895-2221 895-2221 email@example.com
Scheib, Bridget Burt Crane 271-6858 271-6938 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomlinson, Judy Rose & Kiernan 244-4223 244-4261 email@example.com
Venn, Eileen Mechanical Testing Inc 328-0440 374-9482 firstname.lastname@example.org
Walker, Marie The Bonadio Group 464-4080 464-4087 email@example.com
Wiederkehr, Brenda Access Compliance 782-2222 218-9245 Brenda@accesscompliaqnce.net
Wiley, Stephanie Hoosick Valley Contr. 235-7108 235-7424 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wright, Denise Motion Industries
Young, Roberta RBM Guardian Fire Prot. 463-4340 463-4378
Susan Zucker Occupational & Environmental
Health Ctr 690-4420 ext 220 SZucker@emblemHealth.com
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION: MISSION
To unite for their mutual benefit women who are actively employed in the
To promote cooperation, fellowship and a better understanding among
members of the Association;
To promote education and contribute to the betterment of the construction
To encourage women to pursue and establish their career in the
construction industry; and
To provide members an awareness of the legislative process and legislation
as it relates to the construction industry.