The 2014 Calendar! Please mark your calendars for these must-attend events!
The leaders of the Western State Conference and the Western Insulation Contractors Association met on Friday, March 28th in Palm Springs for its annual Labor/Management Meeting. While progress is often hard to measure there was a great deal of discussion on several important items to our industry. The agenda for the meeting included topics such as; Bonding For Trust Obligations, Discipline, Termination & Documentation Procedures, Journeyman Upgrade Programs, Project Labor Agreements Utilization, Sheet Metal Workers Jurisdiction Disputes, Thermal Imaging & Training. There was also updates on California Senate Bill-54, Apprentice Evaluation Solutions, Energy Evaluation & the 3E Program. For more information contact Robert Bergman.
It’s time to dust off the clubs and hit the driving range to prepare for the WICA Northern California Golf Tournament. The event will be held on Monday, May 19th at Crow Canyon Country Club. The day will kick-off at 12:00pm with a Shotgun Start and a BBQ lunch on the course. After the final putt has dropped, join us inside the clubhouse for dinner and an awards ceremony following the tournament. The cost to attend the tournament is $125 per person for members and $175 per person for non-members. Sponsorships are also available for $200 per member hole sponsor and $250 per non-member hole sponsor. The deadline to register is Friday, May 9, 2014 so get your registration in today! Register online by clicking here or download the registration form here.
If you’re feeling the need for a little sunshine and beach time, plan now to join WICA at the Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu from October 12-14 for the 2014 WICA Annual Convention. This year’s convention will feature ample time enjoying the island life while also providing cutting-edge educational topics and ample networking opportunity. The WICA Programs Committee is in the process of finalizing the details of the convention, and registration will be made available in early Summer, but mark your calendars now to make the trip this Fall!_READ_MORE
The 2014 WICA Fishing Derby has been scheduled for August 15-16, 2014. Just as last year, this two-day event will feature fishing on the Columbia River and lodging at Curt Holdt’s home on the coast of the river. Registration will be opened in the coming months, but mark your calendars now for a fun weekend of fishing!
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