Dear Chapter Members and Guest:

Itís been a few months since taking on the presidentís position. With the help of a great Board of Directors (BODís), Iíd like to report that the Chapter is doing quite well. Membership remains steady, weíve had some very informative training, the topics are set for the next three trainings and the BODís continue to research subjects and opportunities for future trainings.

The April training on Dryer Fires will be presented by Michael Stoddard of the Wright Group. Mr. Stoddardís experience and education is very appropriate for this topic. The training is scheduled for April 2, 2014 at the AMVETS Hall in Yarmouth at 9:00 am.

On June 2 & 3, 2014 the Chapter and The Maine State Fire Marshalís Office will be co-sponsoring a two-day training session with internationally-recognized forensic engineer, Dr. John DeHaan. The class location will be at Florian Hall, at the State Public Safety Building in Augusta. More information will be available when the logistics are finalized. Because of occupancy limits in Florian Hall the two-day session will be restricted to a limited number of attendees, so keep looking for the seminar information to come out.

For the October 2014 training the Chapter has retained two International IAAI instructors from the Chicago area. The instructors offer a number of subjects to choose from and the Chapter will select one or two topics during the summer in an attempt to provide appropriate training for the fall seminar.

This past fall the Chapter began a new Snowball Raffle fundraiser for the Joseph Menezes Scholarship Fund which did very well for the scholarship fund, as well as giving the winners some extra cash during the holiday season. The BODís have decided to offer the raffle again next fall. Iíd like to say thank you to Dan Roy who recommended and coordinated the raffle with the assistance of Chapter members with the actual drawings.

The BODís also decided to resume the Peter Simard Golf Tournament this spring. The tournament will be held on June 12, 2014 at the Poland Springs Golf Club in Poland Springs with a shotgun start at 8:30am. With the great support from the Poland Springs Golf Club, the cost of the 18 holes of golf, the cart and a buffet meal will remain the same as our last tournament ($65.00 per person or $260.00 for a team of four). The golf flyers are ready for distribution, so if you are interested in putting a team together, please contact myself or any of our BOD members. Flyers can also be obtained from our website. If anyone is interested or knows someone who is interested in sponsoring a hole for $100.00, or donating items for door prizes, please contact one of the BOD members, Tim Allen or myself.

The next BODís meeting will take place following the lunch break at the April Seminar. The meeting afterwards will be held on May 7th at the Auburn Fire Department at 9:00 am. As always, anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend any of our BOD meetings. Your suggestions and comments are what help provide information for future trainings. As stated previously, a number of past training sessions were the results of requests and suggestions received rom Chapter and BOD members.

As youíve heard many times and will continuously hear in the future, this is your Chapter and we always welcome your suggestions for trainings and support that will enhance the organization and its members. If you have any suggestions for training topics or venue location, please contact me or any of the BODís.

During the June Seminar the Chapter Members will be voting to replace the BOD members whose terms will be expiring. As always, the BODís are looking for active members to become part of the Chapterís BODís. If youíre interested in becoming a BOD member or have questions, contact any BOD member or myself.

On behalf of the Maine Chapter BODís, have an enjoyable spring and we look forward to see you at future trainings.

Stay and be safe.

Sincerely,

Gary P. Simard, CFI ĖCFEI
Maine Chapter IAAI President