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The Three Stooges Take on Canada

A cross-country meeting tour provides BICSI's Canadian membership with information and BICSI's brass with new celebrity


December 1, 2000  


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Sometimes nicknames have a nasty habit of “sticking” — especially if they are unflattering. Such is the case with the “Three Stooges” nickname that was given by John Bakowski to the three BICSI representatives who embarked upon a recent cross-Canada Region 5 meeting tour.

John “Moe” Bakowski, Scott “Curly” Dawdy, and Greg “Larry” Porter (me) comprised the trio who completed the four-city tour, which had Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver on the itinerary.

Attendance at the meetings was excellent. In Vancouver we even ran out of seats. (Of course, when you bring back a comedy team like the Stooges, attendance is expected to be good). For those of you who were unable to attend, the following is a summary of the presentations:

CURLY REVIEWS MEMBERSHIP

The meetings were started with an update from the Membership and Public Relations Committee by Canadian representative, “Curly” Dawdy. Scott told the group that membership growth has been strong across the globe, and that we will be very close to the 20,000-member mark by the end of the year.

Growth has been particularly strong outside North America, with the latest addition of Region 7 (Brazil). Scott also updated the membership on the conferences and events that occurred during the year, and provided information on upcoming events for 2001.

LARRY TALKS ABOUT TRAINING

“Larry” (me) provided updates on publications and registration programs. For those who don’t know, BICSI will be offering its first “on-line” web based training course in October. Check out the BICSI web site at www.bicsi.org for more details.

The first course, Residential Cabling, is expected to be the start of many more to come. I also spoke to attendees about a potential Canadian BICSI Conference. It will likely be held in Montreal in October 2002, but I will know more after the next Board of Directors meeting in December.

MOE TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS

Finally, “Moe” Bakowski, BICSI Secretary, passed on a message from BICSI president, Dick Powell. He reviewed the expansion of the organization’s Tampa facility (which is doubling in size to 40,000-sq.-ft.) and the financial well-being of the organization in general. John also elaborated on the web-based training and the activities of the Board of Directors. He concluded by saying “The Three Stooges would like to thank you all for coming out.”

And that is how it all got started folks.

ELECTION RESULTS

During the tour, the election results were released. They are as follows:

BICSI SECRETARY

John Bakowski,

RCDD/LAN Specialist

REGION 2 DIRECTOR

Chris Lake,

RCDD

REGION 4 DIRECTOR

Steve Calderon,

RCDD/LAN Specialist

REGION 5 DIRECTOR

Greg Porter,

RCDD

REGION 7 DIRECTOR

Jose Roberto da Silva,

RCDD

As you can see, “Moe” and I are back for a second term. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. I’d also like to take a moment to wish Bob Brown (who was my opponent for Region 5 Director) the very best.

MANUFACTURERS ENDORSE BICSI INSTALLATION TRAINING

In other BICSI news, five companies have agreed to recognize certification of BICSI’s Cabling Installation Training and Registration Program as their own. The companies are ADC, Homaco, Inc., Krone, Inc., Ortronics, Inc. and Eladphon Communications.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2000 is almost over but you can still attend the last conference of the year, the Caribbean District Conference, which will be held December 7-8 at the Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is worth 10 continuing education CECs for RCDDs, three CECs for LAN Specialists and three CECs for Installer, Level 2 and Technician.

Well that’s it for this month’s BICSI Bulletin.

“Larry”CS

Greg Porter, RCDD is Region 5 Director of BICSI and Business Development Manager for Tyco Electronics Canada Ltd., Markham, ON.


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