President’s Message March 2017

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Tim Reilly of Clariant for presenting at the February meeting. I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion of fire retardant technologies offered by Clariant. As a formulator myself who happens to deal with wood treatments, I find it very useful to have Tim come in an update me on the newest technologies and products that might help me with my work. As a reminder to all members, the PSCT board is always willing to listen to ideas for topics that might interest our members. If you have an idea for a topic, just email one of the board members or stop us during one of the meetings.

The deadline for the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM grant is March 15, 2017. I’d like to remind everyone to read the application thoroughly and make sure your application is complete. Incomplete applications will NOT be approved by the Scholarship Committee. As a reminder, the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship will be $6,500 to be split among the winners, and the STEM grant winner will receive a $500 scholarship. Please review the scholarship applications for further details.

Our next social event will be a Pirates baseball game on April 24th. Come and watch the Pirates play some team from Chicago that might have won something last year. The cost of the event will be $70 per ticket. There is a limited number of tickets for this event! Please make your reservations early so you don’t miss out!

We are still searching for PSCT Board members for the next year. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to keep our organization strong! As usual, we will be seeking nominations for Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, and Director-at-Large. We will also need a Society Liaison Representative which is a two-year term. The current Vice-President, Mark DePasquale, will move to President and the current President, Ken Cutler, will move to Past President. If you have any interest in any of these positions, please contact Jim Wasik or any of the PSCT Board members.
Have you considered helping the PSCT by volunteering for a committee chair? This is a great option for those you don’t feel like they have the time to commit to a PSCT board position, but still want to be actively involved. These positions are appointed by the PSCT President and serve for one year. We are in need of filling the Membership, Nominating, Program, Bylaws, Audit, and Scholarship Committee chairs for next year. If you are interested, please contact one the PSCT board members.

Our next meeting on March 13th and will be at Roland’s Seafood Grill & Iron Landing in the Strip District. The speaker, PSCT member Dwight Weldon, will present at 6 pm with a talk entitled “Anatomy of a Coating Failure” and will be followed by dinner. I hope to see all of you there!

Kenneth Cutler
PSCT President 2016-2017

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