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Project Showcase
Project Showcase Submissions Due August 7
Don’t forget to nominate your exceptional work over the past year for its chance to be included in the Project Showcase, a special publication to be produced by Zoomba Group, publishers of  Foodservice Equipment & Supplies  (FE&S) and  restaurant development + design  (rd+d).

All current FCSI — The Americas Division members are eligible to enter. Both Design and MAS consultants may submit one entry of any foodservice facility project completed between June 2019 and May 2020. Entries must be made by August 7. There is no fee to submit.

A committee of distinguished FCSI professionals and other foodservice experts will select a limited number of projects to be included. The special issue will be distributed in March 2021 to all FCSI members along with a curated list of operators, consultants, designers, architects and contractors from FE&S and rd+d.
Upcoming CEU Opportunities
Continuing Education Credits
FCSI consultant members engage in lifelong development to maintain and improve knowledge and skills for competent consulting. A commitment to continuing education is one of the things that sets FCSI consultant members apart from other foodservice consultants, which is why earning continuing education credits is a condition of membership.

Don't forget to track and log your CEUs for 2020!  

Even though many conferences and tradeshows have been canceled due to COVID-19, there are still several ways to earn CEUs this year. Thanks to our Allied members it is easier than ever to earn CEUs through the FCSI Education Provider Program. Be sure to check out the calendar of upcoming live and on-demand webinars .

Remember
Professional members must earn 12 CEUs annually
Senior Associates must earn 6 CEUs annually
Associate Members must earn 3 CEUs annually

You can track your own CEU credits by logging into your member profile . We're also here to help--contact Penny if you have questions about CEUs.
FCSI Experts Network
FCSI Experts Network
FCSI The Americas’ Experts Network is the foremost source for thought leadership regarding the present and future of the foodservice industry. Our network of experts regularly submits opinion pieces on important issues impacting foodservice and the millions of jobs and people who depend on it, as well as serving as quotable sources for both industry and mass media articles on the foodservice industry. Recent appearances by members are added to the FCSI Experts Network website regularly.

Recent Expert Post
Arlene Spiegel, Arlene Spiegel & Associates

If you are an FCSI member and have any questions or would like to be included in this exclusive network, please contact FCSI TA’s Director of Administration, Amy Stark at amy@fcsi.org .
Membership News
New Members
Corporate Members

Affiliate Member
Will Morris, SoCalGas

Student Member
Freddy Pina, Lehman College
In Memorium
It is with great sadness that we report that Steve Waltz passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Steve was a Senior Project Manager at Cini Little and had been with the company since 2006. He was a Professional Member of FCSI and served on the Board of The Americas Division. FCSI extends heartfelt condolences to Steve’s family and his colleagues at Cini Little.

An obituary was not available at this time.
Northeast Chapter Leader Needed
The Northeast Chapter is still in need of a member to volunteer as Chapter Leader. 

If you are interested in becoming more involved with FCSI and want to contribute to leadership within your professional association, consider nominating yourself to lead the NE Chapter through 2021! Chapter Leader responsibilities include organizing at least one annual event (networking reception, education program, social event, etc.), serving as a resource to other foodservice professionals in your region, and reporting to HQ on foodservice events, trends, and changes in codes/regulations in your region.

The NE Chapter includes ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, PA, and Washington DC.

If you would like to nominate yourself or a member of FCSI you think would be interested in chapter leadership, please contact penny@fcsi.org .
FCSI Canadian Chapter Update
There were times when we wrote these updates that we could have said "business as usual," but that is definitely not the case this year. Our lives and the business world have been turned upside down. Moving forward, the COVID‐19 pandemic will certainly initiate and produce many changes, new creative ideas and a different work ethos. Zoom, Skype, and Go‐to‐Meetings are now the norm.

Our Scholarship Dinner event at Humber College slated for September 24th is still on the books, so please continue to hold that date for FCSI. If there are changes we will send the necessary notification. St. Georges Christmas Walkabout is booked for December 3 and our current plans are to proceed with this fabulous mingling and silent auction evening which this year may include many Santa beard/ masks.

Our FCSI advertising are on target for 2020 with three advertisements to be placed in the Canadian Architect Magazine. This will also be the third year of a Humber Scholarship in its final committed year.

The FCSI Canadian Chapter is proud to be a part of The Foodservice Industry ‐ We share, We support, We inspire.

Respectfully,
John Radchenko FCSI PP
Chair Canadian Chapter
Industry News
Equipotel Show Postponed
The 2020 Equipotel Show, originally scheduled for October 2020, has been postponed to fall 2021. The decision to cancel the show was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show was rescheduled for September 14 to 17, 2021 at São Paulo Expo.
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Headquarters is always happy to feature articles from Consultant Members in the Direct Connection. We encourage Consultants to take some time and share experiences with the membership. No idea or topic is too silly!

If you would like to have an article featured in the Direct Connection, submit it to Amy by the 23rd of each month.
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