President’s Message – October

 I would like to thank the 49 golfers and numerous business sponsors who attended and supported the September Golf Outing.  The weather prediction for the day was much worse than the actual brief rain that occurred.  The weather did not dampen the competitive spirit amongst the teams and everyone seemed to enjoy the camaraderie, venue, and networking. A large thank you goes out to Sam Puglisi and Jim Wasik for doing a great job at organizing the golfing event.

The Golf Outing is the major fundraiser for the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship Fund.    In addition to the Scholarship Fund, a special grant of $500 will be offered to one student that is enrolled in the Science, Technology, Math or Engineering field that meets the criteria.  The scholarship and grant information will be provided in the November newsletter.

The Pittsburgh Society for Coatings Technology website,, has been updated with a fresh look. The meeting notice and president’s message will be available and updated on the website each month.

At the September meeting, Valerie Sherbondy of KTA-Tator, Inc. gave a very interesting presentation on volatile organic compound (VOC) content and regulations; Valerie showed how the VOC regulations are progressing beyond the current tests available to support lowering limits.  Our next meeting is October 14th and Jim Wasik (Past – President and 2009 – 2013 Society Liason to the ACA) will be giving a presentation on the history and current objectives of our society.  The October meeting will be held at Domenico’s in Cranberry Twp, 20550 RT 19N (Piazzo Plaza). The link to Domenico’s website to preview the venue or obtain directions is:  Based upon feedback from those attending the October meeting we will continue to hold meetings at Domenico’s, or revert back to the Spaghetti Warehouse for future meetings. There is plenty of parking on-site at either location.

Cindy O’Malley
PSCT President 2013-2014

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