AWPA e-Newsletter: September/October 2019


2019 Fall Technical Committee Meetings

We have wrapped up our Fall Committee Meetings which were held in Anchorage, Alaska at the Hotel Captain Cook from September 15 through 18.  Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and a plesant time was had by a total of 183 attendees.  Looking ahead, please make plans to attend the 2020 Fall Committee Meetings at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico from September 20-24, 2020.  We look forward to seeing you there!  The deadline for Fall 2020 Standardization Proposals is Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

2019 AWPA Book of Standards is still available!

Did you know that most of the funding for AWPA’s standards development process comes from the sale of the AWPA Book of Standards?  Every treating plant, laboratory, specifier, and inspector should have a current edition on-hand, so please be sure to purchase updated copies each year to help AWPA cover the cost of standards development.  If you don’t have the 2019 edition, your standards are already outdated!  This edition is available as a hefty 656-page printed book, a searchable read-only USB drive, or a printed book/USB combination.  To order online, visit the AWPA online store – please note that AWPA members must log in to the store to obtain discounted member pricing (click here if you’ve forgotten your store password).  If you prefer to order by mail or fax, a form may be downloaded by clicking this link.

Current Standards Activity

During the AWPA Fall Technical Committee Meetings in Anchorage, Alaska, the committees considered 45 standardization proposals, one of which was withdrawn during the meeting.  Therefore, and 44 proposals are authorized to move forward to letter ballot, which will open in mid-October.  The letter ballots will close after 30 calendar days or when a 60% return rate is achieved, whichever is later.  The public comment period will open and close concurrently with the letter ballots.  Once the ballots have closed, the negative resolution procedure will begin and, if necessary, a recirculation ballot will be sent to each committee with unresolved negative votes.  The Executive Committee will then perform a procedural and legal review, taking final action at their meeting in January 2020.  A summary of proposals is found on the standards activity web page.

AWPA Welcomes New Members

Here are AWPA’s newest members...Congratulations and welcome!

  • Peyton Motley, Stella-Jones
  • Roland McPherson, McPherson Design, PLLC

Updated AWPA Website

If you have recently visited the AWPA website, you may have noticed that it looks a bit different. While all the same information is still available on the new site, there are some exciting new features.  Along with having a more streamlined appearance, the website is now mobile-friendly so you can look up important information on-the-go. Another new feature is the log-in screen.  Instead of your old username, you will now log-in with your e-mail address and your current password.  If you ever forget your password, there’s no need to contact our office any longer – simply click on the “forgot your password?” on the member login page, and you can create your own password!  Also, if your organization posts any links deeper than our home page, please be sure to update your links to point to the new page on our site!

2020 AWPA Sponsorship Enrollment

In addition to membership dues and publication sales, AWPA relies heavily upon voluntary contributions from organizations that support AWPA’s objects and purposes.  Through our Organizational Sponsorship Program, AWPA recognizes its sponsors at meetings, on the website, in publications, and other printed materials.  If your organization is an AWPA Sponsor in 2019, you should receive a renewal notice by email in the next couple of weeks.  If your organization does not receive a renewal notice, please let us know and we will send you one.  If you are not currently a sponsor and you’re able to support AWPA financially, please visit the “become a sponsor” web page or contact AWPA for more information.

Call for Papers:  116th Annual Meeting

The AWPA Annual Meeting arrangements committee is putting together an excellent technical program and social events for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Lake Tahoe (Incline Village), Nevada.  If you would like to present a paper during one of the many Technical Sessions, please submit a working title and a list of authors to AWPA by December 15, 2019.  Contact AWPA if you have any questions or need additional information.

Nominations for AWPA Officers, Award of Merit

In the next few months, AWPA members will be nominating individuals to serve as Officers, Executive Committee Members, or Nominating Committee Members.  If you know of an eligible AWPA member that would serve AWPA well in these positions, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Dave D’Hooge or you may submit the nomination directly to AWPA.  Also, the deadline for nominations for the 2020 Award of Merit is December 1, 2019.  Please consult the Award of Merit Policy and submit your nomination of a worthy individual to AWPA.

SPC Handbooks are Available

A limited quantity of Statistical Process Control (SPC) Handbooks are available for purchase from our website.  This SPC Handbook introduces wood preservation industry personnel to the terminology and SPC tools available for understanding and monitoring industrial processes.  The authors are Tim Young and Adam Taylor (University of Tennessee) and Patricia and Stan Lebow (USDA Forest Products Lab).  The cost is USD $5 per book plus shipping costs.  However, all orders $75 or more ship free to USA addresses, so it’s a great add-on to your AWPA Book of Standards purchase.

Upcoming AWPA Meetings

  • Winter 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Birmingham, Alabama at the Embassy Suites Birmingham/Hoover, January 28-29, 2020
  • Spring 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Incline Village, Nevada at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, April 25, 2020
  • 116th Annual Meeting: Incline Village, Nevada at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, April 26-28, 2020
  • Summer 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Birmingham, Alabama.  Date/Location to be determined
  • 2020 Fall Technical Committee Meetings: Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Eldorado Hotel, September 20-24, 2020


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