UMRA/RSES NEWSLETTER - March 2003

2003 Conference - Omaha Chapter

April 23 - 26, 2003




Newsletter Sections

Message from the Region 11 Director

Message from the Region 16 Director

Message from the UMRA President

UMRA Board Meeting Minutes, April 18th, 2001

UMRA Board Meeting Minutes, April 19th, 2001

UMRA General Meeting Minutes, April 20th, 2001

Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

Supplement - A Guide to the UMRA Officer Duties

Chapter Reports

UMRA Chapters

Outstanding Achievement Award of the Regional Association Nomination Form

UMRA 2001-2002 Officers



MESSAGE FROM RSES REGION 11 DIRECTOR


BRUCE KAMPERSCHROER, CM




Hello all and welcome to another UMRA year. I sincerely hope that it has gotten off to a great start for you personally and for your families. Without even knowing, I can guess that at a minimum, 1 in 3 amongst us are very closely connected to world events. Irma and I both share in your prayers that it is over soon and that those whom we know and don't, do make it home safely.

I would like to congratulate the Winnipeg chapter and RSES Canada for hosting a great co-sponsored event last year. For those who did not make it last year, make a note to not miss out when the opportunity arrives again. Our Canadian friends are great hosts.

I do read the minutes and communications from all the chapters, and commend you on the hard work and efforts put forth by our members to sustain the continued education and making courses and information available. The Fargo Chapter hosted a very successful compressor seminar sponsored by the Kellow Foundation. Many chapters are participating in RSES courses and have made them part of their meeting agenda. Keep up the good work.

Chapter web sites are looking great, please visit them, this media makes it possible to share great ideas and make information readily available. Kevin Johnson of the Twin Cities Chapter has done a superb job, as has David Olson from the Fargo Chapter, who also has put together the UMRA site.

The Omaha Chapter has lined up some great seminars which will benefit HVAC contractors, commercial mechanical and refrigeration companies, appliance repairmen, safety and health officials, wholesalers, and building owners and operators. The presentation by Bill Angell, whose keynote feature on mold and IAQ is very timely and current especially so when there is such a public heightened awareness of this issue. Bill's wealth of expertise should definitely be a highlight amongst the seminars. Kim has shared his excitement and enthusiasm about the conference outlining the tours, programs, which sound superb for both the men and women. The conference has all the ingredients to be fun and informative, so please plan to attend if you are able. Kim Cafferty, Megan Huelse, Kurt Saathoff, and Scott Owens have all worked tirelessly to assure a great conference. Please congratulate and thank them when you see them.

As you make plans to attend this conference, please give some thought to hosting next year's conference. I don' t believe that there has been a chapter who has come forward yet to date, so do lend some thought and consideration to hosting next year's event.

This fall I will have completed my two-year term. With your indulgence and support I will and do stand for re-election. There are many reasons to be proud of RSES, and it also goes without saying that we should have some concerns. The declination of membership has not improved but did hold its own from the previous year so we can and will move forward. Market and economic conditions have also affected our organization's budget, but it is manageable and will improve. Our EVP Rob Isaacs had his contract renewed, and the programs which he has been diligently working on will continue. Rob's personal efforts and strong commitment to RSES will serve to strengthen our society financially and put our society on track to promote continued membership growth. The majority of directors are supportive of Rob Isaacs and the numerous programs he has initiated. With that said, I also will continue my best efforts in working towards making RSES an organization of which we are all proud to be associated. With all sincerity, I also request that you keep in contact and let me know if you have concerns, ideas and/or solutions to share. It has been numerated time and time again, "RSES is a well kept secret." Let's not keep our organization secret, promote our great organization any and every chance that you get.

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MESSAGE FROM RSES REGION 16 DIRECTOR


BRIAN BAKER, CM




Are you planning on attending the RSES Canada Educational Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario in May? Give it some thought and plan a short early season vacation. There are many good topics and speakers that will make your trip well worth the time.

It's been incredibly busy for me as Region 16 Director with so many issues coming at the HVACR Industry and from all sides. From Transportation of Dangerous Goods, R410A safety & Training and the reduction of R-22 production fast upon us to re-certification of ODS certification, Trade issues, and the same or increased workload from our day-to-day businesses. We can be very fortunate that at least our services are in high demand and that the technology is continually changing. Of course, change means that we must keep up and due diligence come to mind. This is where RSES enters into the discussion. RSES must keep pushing the envelope and not fall into a comfortable state that all is well and that everything is basic. We must keep on the leading edge and with the addition of the Interactive CD-Rom training that we are offering we can reach more technicians than ever before. Chapters cannot be everywhere and so for our rural members or those for one reason or another cannot attend local Chapter meetings these types of delivery methods help fill the need. There are three new programs that you can order from International. They are: Reciprocating & Scroll Compressor Test Procedures in DVD for $33.75/member, HVAC Personnel Assessment CD-Rom for $20.00 and finally HVAC SuperTech CD-Rom for $50.00/member. Of course all prices are in U.S. dollars, but these are great prices. I encourage you to order yours today.

What else…ASHRAE has published a Users Guide to ASHRAE Standard 15-2001, this is a users guide, not the standard itself, and is very well done. It assists with helping you understand and apply the code.

The CBT3 programs that have been out for quite some time have from the feedback I've received to be great value and well worth the investment. If you have not yet moved up to the next level of training give these programs some serious thought. In addition, what about NATE certification, are you going to sit back and wait or are you going to take the lead and high road? Be an Industry leader, do not be mislead by taking the easy way out.

What about R-410A, are you going to sit back and wait until the Industry is forced to changeover to this non-ozone depletion alternative or are you going to offer and educate your customers on their options. You see a good technician is one that understands the customers needs and recommends solutions. In addition, they understand that good customer service is selling, and selling is good customer service. Sounds phony… not really, the customers do not always have access to the latest developments in technology. So, this summer when your customer is facing the decision to replace the existing R-22 system, do them a favor, recommend an R-410A system. It may not be an easy sell, but it would be malpractice to not make the recommendation.

As we near the end of the RSES meeting season, I want you to all keep in mind the many local members who give selfishly of their time to work on behalf of the HVACR Industry and you. Please take the time to let them know that you appreciate their efforts. Many of you will host awards nights and wind-ups. Be sure to say thank you to these hard working individuals; they'll appreciate the fact that you did notice. Until next month, think about this one question… "If you were the President of RSES what are the first three items or issues that you would make a priority?" Look forward to your responses.

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MESSAGE FROM RSES UMRA PRESIDENT


DICK LEBRUN




Encouraging new people to serve in committee and leadership positions is more important than ever as we confront the challenge of technological and economic change. I believe our most pressing challenge lies in the area of continuous training and education. We need to conduct more successful education programs and work to develop new ones, continue to learn new skills and concepts and expand our abilities. During this current tough economic time, I know it's not as easy as it sounds. Being in this HVAC/R industry is not the easiest way to make a living, it is full of risks and uncertainty.

The UMRA Conference is a very good way to increase your knowledge. This is a great organization, we need you to help make it better. See you in Omaha!

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UMRA Board Meeting

April 18th, 2002


The meeting was called to order at 4:00 PM at the Delta Hotel, Winnipeg, Canada, by UMRA President Joe Wades.

All officers were present.
President Joe Wades
1st Vice President Dick LeBrun
2nd Vice President John Huso, CM
Secretary Chris Daly, CM
Treasurer Jim Senst, CM
Sgt. at Arms Randy Cress

There were a total of 18 members present at the meeting representing 8 Chapters. Region 11 Director Bruce Kamperschroer, CM, Region 13 Director Leonard Hoist, CMS and Region 16 Director Brian Baker, CM were present.

Motion made by Woody Seaman, CMS (Souris Chapter) to approve the Minutes from the previous meeting as printed in the Newsletter with no exceptions, seconded by Dale Buehler, CM (Black Hills Chapter).

Treasurer report given by Jim Senst, CM - Balance as of 3/31/02 was $3,308.36. President Joe Wades asked if there were any outstanding bills. The following were submitted:

Woody Seaman (Plaque) $ 75.97
Kinkos Printing (Newsletter) $687.19
Irma Kamperschroer (Newsletter) $148.36
Twin Cities Chapter (Postage) $227.80

Motion made by Dick LeBrun (Twin Cities Chapter) to accept the treasurer's report and for the payment of the bills presented, seconded by Gary Nysveen, CM (Red River Chapter).

President Joe Wades indicated that he appointed a committee for the Achievement Award. Anyone who would like to nominate someone should contact one of the following: Woody Seaman, CMS (Souris Chapter), John Huso, CM (Souris Chapter), or Ivan Maas, CM (Red River Chapter) before 4:00 PM, April 19th.

President Joe Wades asked for volunteers for the nomination committee for Sergeant at Arms. Jim Senst, CM (Twin Cities Chapter), John Huso, CM (Souris Chapter) and Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter) to make a recommendation at the 3:30 PM meeting, April 19th.

The 2003 Conference will be April 11th & 12th in Omaha, hosted by the Missouri Valley Chapter. President Joe Wadas contacted them and gave an update on the pre conference planning. They were unable to attend and President Wadas indicated he would make mention of the conference at the President's Banquet.

Motion made by Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter) to advance $800.00 to the Missouri Valley Chapter for the 2003 conference, seconded by Dale Buehler, CM (Black Hills Chapter).

No site has been selected for the 2004 conference. Bruce Kamperschroer, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) recommended a "Site Selection" Committee. President Joe Wadas volunteered to be the Site Selection Committee.

Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter) said that we would contact Ed Stockert, CMS (Badlands Chapter) regarding the Photo Albums. The Albums will be the responsibility of the 2nd Vice President.

Woody Seeman, CMS (Souris Chapter) questioned the $150.00 special committee from last meeting minutes. Ivan Maas, CM (Red River Chapter) to chair this committee. Purpose of committee was to get an appreciation gift for our outgoing Region 11 Director, Irv Moeller, CMS (Red River Chapter).

The UMRA Web Team was suggested by Bruce Kamperschroer, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) to finalize the website that had already been started. Dale Buehler, CM (Black Hills Chapter) to contact Web Team with information from original startup. The Web Team members will consist of the following: current UMRA President, Region 11 Director and David Olson, CM (Red River Chapter). David was asked by the Board to complete the Web design.

Bruce Kamperschroer, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) asked each chapter to appoint an Email contact person and let him know who they are. Also the local chapter officers should contact RSES HQ and get on the RSES emails. Bruce indicated that we would send a letter to each chapter requesting this information.

Brian Baker, CM (Winnipeg Chapter) discussed the importance of the Reader Reply Card of the RSC Journal. Suggested that each chapter look at them and use them. The Advertisers consider these very important.

There being no further business a motion was made by John Huso CM (Souris Chapter) to adjourn, seconded by Gary Nysveen, CM (Red River Chapter) at 4:35 PM.

Minutes reported by Chris Daly, CM (Red River Chapter) UMRA Secretary

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UMRA BOARD MEETING

April 19th, 2002


The meeting was called to order at 3:30 PM at the Delta Hotel, Winnipeg Canada, by UMRA President Joe Wadas.

All officers were present.
President Joe Wades
1st Vice President Dick LeBrun
2nd Vice President John Huso, CM
Secretary Chris Daly, CM
Treasurer Jim Senst, CM
Sgt. at Arms Randy Cress

There were a total of 16 members present representing 8 Chapters. Region 11 Director Bruce Kamperschroer, CM and Region 13 Director Leonard Holst, CMS were present.

Minutes from the April 18th meeting were read by Chris Daly, CM (Red River Chapter) UMRA Secretary, motion made by Bruce Kamperschroer, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) to accept the minutes as reported with no changes, seconded by John Huso, CM (Souris Chapter).

Bob Syrota, CM (Winnipeg Chapter) reported 206 registered for the conference and they would issue a final count at the General Meeting on April 20th.

John Huso, CM (Souris Chapter) reported that the committee for the Achievement Award has made a selection and they will get the information to Bruce Kamperschroer, CM, Region 11 Director, prior to the Saturday President's Banquet.

President Joe Wadas called on the nomination committee for a report. John Huso, CM (Souris Chapter) reported the following members interested in Sergeant at Arms:

Dale Buehler, CM Black Hills Chapter
Gary Nysveen, CM Red River Chapter
Aden Okerson Badlands Chapter

A vote was taken and Dale Buehler, CM was the chosen. Motion made by Jim Senst, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) that all officers move up the chairs, seconded by Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter).

Treasurer's report was given by Jim Senst, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) UMRA Treasurer. As of today the balance is $1,369.04. Motion made to accept report as read by Woody Seeman, CMS (Souris Chapter), seconded by Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter).

Motion was made by Bruce Kamperschroer, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) to have the President and 1st Vice President in charge of site selection for upcoming conferences, seconded by Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter).

David Olson, CM (Red River Chapter) gave a report on his take of how the Website and Web Team should operate. The UMRA Board embraced David's ideas. A motion was made by Gary Nysveen, CM (Red River Chapter) for moneys not to exceed $450.00 towards the website development, seconded by Dick LeBrun (Twin Cities Chapter). Dale Buehler, CM (Black Hills Chapter) is to contact prior Web Designer for receipts and any information relating to Website, this information to be forwarded to David Olson, CM (Red River Chapter) in an effort to speed up the design process. A standing committee was also formed and made mention of again. This committee is to guide the Website designer, and will consist of the Region 11 Director and the Current UMRA President.

Jim Senst, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) asked that someone from UMRA offer our condolences to the families of the four Canadian Solders killed in friendly fire in Afghanistan. Bruce Kamperschroer, CM Region 11 Director indicated he would do this at the President's Banquet.

A bill was presented for payment for the Achievement Award Plague $70.12 Canadian Funds. Motion made by John Huso, CM (Souris Chapter), seconded by Gary Nysveen, CM.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Dale Buehler, CM (Black Hills Chapter) to adjourn, seconded by Jim Senst, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) at 4:15 PM.

Minutes reported by Chris Daly, CM (Red River Chapter) UMRA Secretary


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UMRA GENERAL MEETING

April 20th, 2002


Minutes reported by Chris Daly, CM (Red River Chapter) UMRA Secretary

All officers were present.
President Joe Wades
1st Vice President Dick LeBrun
2nd Vice President John Huso, CM
Secretary Chris Daly, CM
Treasurer Jim Senst, CM
Sgt. at Arms Randy Cress

There were a total of 16 members present at the meeting representing 7 Chapters. Region 11 Director Bruce Kamperschroer, CM was present.

Motion was made by Woody Seaman, CMS (Souris Chapter) to approve the minutes from the April 7, 2001 General Meeting as printed in the Newsletter with no exceptions, seconded by Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter).

Minutes from the April 19th Board Meeting were read by Chris Daly, CM (Red River Chapter). Motion made by John Huso, CM (Souris Chapter), seconded by Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter) to accept the minutes as read with no exceptions.

President Joe Wadas has been in touch with the Missouri Valley Chapter and they are moving ahead with the conference for 2003. They have a location and Joe will give a plug for them at the President's Banquet.

Discussion was held concerning future conferences and different ways to approach promoting them. The general consensus was to make education the focal point and promote it not only through the mail but email as well.

The nomination committee presented there slate of officers for the upcoming year:
President Dick LeBrun
1st Vice President John Huso, CM
2nd Vice President Chris Daly, CM
Secretary Jim Senst, CM
Treasurer Randy Cress
Sgt. at Arms Dale Buehler, CM

A motion was made by Woody Seeman, CMS (Souris Chapter) to accept the slate of officers as presented by the nominating committee, seconded By Gary Nysveen, CM (Red River Chapter).

Jim Senst, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) UMRA Treasurer reported the current balance at $1,323.29. Motion made by Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter) to accept the treasurer's report as read, seconded by Dale Buehler, CM (Black Hills Chapter).

A motion was made by John Huso, CM (Souris Chapter) for Jim Senst, CM (Twin Cities Chapter) to purchase a new "digital" recorder not to exceed $250. Seconded by Dick LeBrun (Twin Cities Chapter). The current recorder has been less than reliable the last two years.

Garry MacKenzie, CM (Winnipeg Chapter) gave a final report on the conference - 230 registered of which 74 were UMRA members. 27 members took the CM & CMS tests and they had 37 booths at exhibitor night. They decided against the Saturday afternoon board meeting and focus on top-notch education to try to get more locals to attend. President Joe Wadas commended the Winnipeg Chapter on a well run conference with excellent speakers.

There being no further business a motion was made by Rudy Wolf (Badlands Chapter) to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Michael Zerr, CM (Souris Chapter) at 7:35 AM.

Before leaving the meeting the Board thanked President Joe Wadas on a doing an excellent job running the meetings.

Minutes reported by Chris Daly, CM (Red River Chapter) UMRA Secretary


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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

W. H. (Bill) Hanson, CM 1970
Tom Summerville, CM 1981
Edward Grieman, CM 1982
Irv Moeller, CMS 1983
Don Anderson, CM 1988
Evan Killian, CM 1989
Roy Fullerton, CM 1990
Wendell Johnson, CMS 1991
Alex Monteith, CM 1992
Bruce Kamperschroer, CM 1993
Rodney Johnson, CM 1994
Ed Stockert, CMS 1995
Ivan Maas, CM 1996
John Husso, CM 1997
Ronald C. Poling 1998
Randy Branstad, CM 1999
Woody Seemann, CMS 2000
Kevin Johnsen 2001
Gary MacKenzie, CM 2002
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Supplement - A guide to the UMRA Officer Duties


In addition to the duties in the Officers' Guide:

President:

1. Check with the Hosting Chapter to answer questions and check progress. Make sure they have a Conference Planning Guide.
2. Send letter to Newsletter editor to include the following:

  • Reminder to have two directors from each chapter for the UMRA Conference.
  • Reminder to submit for "Outstanding Achievement Award."
  • Reminder for formal applications for future conferences.
3. Appoint Committees Members for:
  • Nominating Committee - "New Officers."
  • Outstanding Achievement Award.
4. Check with newsletter editor on progress.

1st Vice President:

1. Collect formal applications for future conferences.
2. Responsible for Past UMRA President pins, and present pin and certificate to departing President.

2nd Vice President:

1. Historian - keep track of photo albums and history. Make sure hosting chapter adds to the latest book and limit themselves to five pages.

Secretary:

1. Send minutes from meetings and new slate of officers to:
  • International HQ
  • Region 11 Director
  • Newsletter Editor
2. Keep Records in order.

Treasurer:

1. Get bonded.
2. Get interest on money in account.
3. Deposit funds, keep balance.
4. Have Treasurer's report for UMRA.
5. Take care of UMRA property for sale (caps, lapel pins, etc.).

Sergeant-at-Arms:

1. See that Canadian & USA flags are in place by Host.
2. Charter is displayed.
3. Photo albums are displayed.


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CHAPTER REPORTS

Twin Cities Chapter #220

St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN

Greetings from the Twin Cities Chapter:

Things are beginning to look up for our Twin Cities Chapter. Our membership roster is continuing to grow thanks in large part to our website, and our on-line newsletter. We are also seeing a renewed interest in training. For the first time in several years, we have a training course in progress, in this case the RSES Electrical Course.

We wish to congratulate Robert Peterson CMS, winner of our 2001 Chapter "Member of the year" award. Bob is a Past President of the Twin Cities Chapter and has done much good work for the chapter, especially as an instructor and proctor of "Refrigerant Usage Certification" exams. We wish to thank Dick LeBrun, another chapter Past President, who will step down as UMRA President at this conference, for his good work at the chapter and regional level.

We are looking forward to seeing all of our friends in Omaha. We invite you to visit our website at www.rsestc.org. Ed Grieman, CM, Secretary




Black Hills Chapter #227

Rapid City, SD

It has proven again to be true, "Education, Education, Education." Last fall our chapter began the RAC (Refrigeration Air Conditioning) series. WOW what a turn out. We picked up 24 new members as a result.

The year before that, we held the Heat Pump course so local technicians could become certified. As a result of that, we had welcomed about 12 new members. So in spite of about 10 old timers dropping out, membership is up substantially.

There are a lot of people out there wanting to learn. Now our challenge is to encourage the old timers to stay with the organization and share the knowledge.

Hope to see you in Omaha and/or Nashville.

Dale A. Buehler, CM

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UPPER MIDWEST REGIONAL ASSN. R.S.E.S.
2002 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

For dedication, service, promotion and improvement of our educational organization presented to
Garry MacKenzie, CM (Winnipeg Chapter)
CONGRATULATIONS Garry!!!

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UMRA Chapters

Badlands #11403 (Bismarck, ND)
Black Hills #11227 (Rapid City, SD)
Buffalo Bill #11221 (No. Platte, NE)
Calgary #16276 (Calgary, Alberta)
Elkhorn Valley #11444 (Norfolk, NE)
Grand Forks #11224 (Grand Forks, ND)
Gateway #16277 (Edmonton, Alberta)
Great Plains #11228 (Aberdeen, SD)
Head of the Lakes #11282 (Duluth, MN)
Lincoln #11222 (Lincoln, NE)
Mid-Nebraska #11305 (Kearney, NE)
Missouri Valley #11223 (Omaha, NE)
Red River #11225 (Fargo, ND)
Saskatchewan #16280 (Regina, SK)
Saskatoon #16281 (Saskatoon, SK)
Sioux Empire #11215 (Sioux Falls, SD)
Souris #11226 (Minot, ND)
Southeastern MN #11219 (Rochester, MN)
Southwest MN #11466 (Marshall, MN)
Twin Cities #11220 (St. Paul/Minneapolis., MN)
Winnipeg #16283 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)


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Outstanding Achievement Award of the Regional Association Nomination Form

  • Any individual member in good standing within the UPPER MIDWEST REGIONAL ASSOCIATION is eligible for this award.
  • The President of UMRA shall appoint a committee who will receive the nominations during the Conference. The committee shall consist of the previous year's recipient of the award, and two (2) past Presidents or Officers of the Association.
  • Each nomination shall include details of the nominee's past activity within RSES and the Regional Association. Information which should include service to his chapter and the Association; outstanding activity in education and service to his community; it should also include some of the highlights of his background and family.
  • The committee will announce the winner at the Annual Awards Luncheon during the Conference.
  • All nominations shall be presented to the committee during the Conference before the set time which will be announced early in the Conference


Information to submit includes the following:

  1. Nominee & Member Number
  2. Address
  3. Chapter Making Nomination
  4. Form to be signed by two chapter members, preferably Officers
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2002-2003 UMRA OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

2001-2002 UMRA OFFICERS SPOUSES
President, Dick Lebrun Anita
1st Vice President, John Husso, CM Dawn
2nd Vice President, Chris Daly, CM Mary
Secretary, Jim Senst, CM  
Treasurer, Randy Cress Carol
Sergeant-at-Arms, Dale Buehler, CM Millie
   
REGION 11 DIRECTOR  
Bruce A. Kamperschroer, CM Irma
   
REGION 16 DIRECTOR  
Brian Baker, CMS Denise


Newsletter Editor
Bruce Kamperschroer, CM
bruceirma@aol.com

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