There was a terrific turnout last Thursday evening at Shadows Hill Country Club for the 50th Anniversary celebration for the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. Seventy-plus chapter members (past and present) and guests commemorated the occasion with a walk down memory lane testifying to the chapter's half-century of achievements, camaraderie, and influence both here in the Willamette Valley and also on the national scene.
It was in May of 1965 that John Amundson, Eldon Shields, Paul Edlund, and Richard Gessford attended the CSI convention in
. There they determined that CSI could help
improve the building construction industry back home in San
Diego . Upon returning to Oregon , Paul and Richard called a meeting to
spread the word and seek support for establishing a new CSI chapter in the
Eugene/Springfield area. The CSI idea caught fire, and with help from NW Region
Director Dick Ehmann and a few members of the already established Portland
Chapter, the institute granted the Eugene chapter its
charter in October 1965. Willamette
The 24 charter members of the Willamette Valley Chapter CSI were:
- John Amundson
- Bob Ashbaugh
- Jim Balzhiser
- Jim Bernhard
- Paul Bogen
- Eldon Brown
- John Briscoe
- Rick DeYoung
- Dale Dukes
- Stan Ducyk
- Paul Edlund
- Richard Gabriel
- Richard Gessford
- Miles Kontich
- Don Leavitt
- Fred Masarie
- Max Moorhead
- Gene Schaudt
- Larry Nielson
- Bruce Purdy
- Eldon Shields
- Walt Schmeiding
- Bob Stearns
- Paul Wilson
Paul Edlund, FCSI (my photo)
(photos by Steven Leuck)
The Willamette Valley Chapter has much to be proud of. The 50th Anniversary celebration highlighted all of this as well as setting a very optimistic tone for the chapter's next fifty years. The evening's speakers—Paul Edlund, FCSI, Jim Chaney, FCSI (past Institute President and current WVC-CSI President-Elect), and Bob Simmons, FCSI (immediate Institute Past-President)—collectively looked back to the historic high points while also praising the chapter's resilience and forward-thinking attitude. Tom Deines, FCSI, served as the master of ceremonies.
Tom Deines, FCSI (my photo)
Deva Priyo and Gypsy Moon provided wonderful musical accompaniment throughout the proceedings.
We definitely all owe thanks to the evening’s sponsors for helping make it such a great success.
- Contractors Electric
- Chambers Construction
- Twin Rivers Plumbing
- Robertson/Sherwood/Architects pc
- Essex General Construction, Inc.
- KPD Insurance and Risk Solutions
- Rodda Paint
- John Hyland Construction
- TNT Consulting, LLC
- Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
If I could jump into Dr. Brown’s DeLorean time machine and visit the Willamette Valley Chapter in 2065, I’m sure I’d find it still going strong, still setting the bar high. Looking back from 2015 across the span of its storied history was great. Looking forward, I’m certain the chapter has much, much more to accomplish.