President's Message

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Hello and thank you for your interest in the CSI Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter.

I want to thank all of you who attended the Chapter’s 60th Anniversary event the evening of September 20th. Wow what an event. It was so nice to see those that attended with their enthusiasm for the event, the CSI organization and our Chapter and their energy for future success.

For all of you that couldn’t attend the Chapter’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, it started with cocktails and networking where many people were able to visit with Mark Dorsey (CSI National), retired CSI Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter members, North Central Regional Members, and past and current members of the CSI Minneapolis-St.
Paul Chapter.

I would like to thank all the members of our CSI Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter for their involvement, and outstanding efforts on all the Chapter Committees to make our Chapter so successful. A special thanks to the Chapter’s 60th Anniversary Committee who made it such a memorable event. The Committee consisted of: Alana Griffith, John Griffith, Gary Patrick, Greg Ochs, Eric Johnson, Marthe Brock, Heidi Lohman, Tohnya Adams, Joel Meyer, Jerry Putnam, Doug Lingren, Rick Gale, Andy Garner and Cynthia Long.

I would like to take this time also to thank all the sponsors who supported the Chapter’s 60th Anniversary and our Chapter events throughout the years. It was wonderful to be able to present a proclamation from Governor Mark Dayton proclaiming September 20, 2018 as Minneapolis/St. Paul CSI Day! A champagne toast to all our members by Sheldon Wolfe followed the proclamation presentation.

Other Highlights:

Mark Dorsey-CSI National Executive Director, gave a brief informational speech.

Don Shelby our keynote speaker gave a very interesting speech regarding “Global Warming.” The entire audience was intrigued by his presentation.

With the audience that stayed following the presentation by Don Shelby an exciting game of Kahoots was played by answering multiple choice questions related to Minnesota and CSI history. There were several winners that received gift cards.  

A Silent Auction raised approximately $1,900 for Rebecca L. Foss Scholarship Fund. Thanks to those who donated and bid on the gifts.

Finally, Jim Kellet, one of our long-term CSI Minneapolis-St. Paul members put together his memories of the people who were the remarkable leaders who initiated the start of the CSI Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter. Please take the time to read the article “Bringing Up a Chapter” in this month’s Specifics.


Cynthia Long || CSI, CDT
CSI Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter