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October 25, 2018

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RSVP now for the SN-ICC Chapter Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 8 at Sierra Gold on Jones Boulevard and Sunset Road.
The Nominating Committee will report on candidates for the election of officers on the 2019 board of directors.

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Committees include Code Development, Education, EduCode Public Outreach, Communications and Membership.

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"Our volunteers are the heart of our association," said SN-ICC President Sam Palmer.  " Please help the chapter meet its mission and goals by signing up at the next chapter meeting to join one of our committees."

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SN-ICC Board of Directors
Sam Palmer, P.E., C.B.O.
Clark County
Terry Kozlowski
City of North Las Vegas
1st Vice President
James Gerren, P.E., C.B.O.
Clark County
2nd Vice President
Kevin McOsker, P.E., C.B.O.
City of Las Vegas
Christa Bilbrey
KB Home
Director At Large
Michael R. Gentille, C.B.O.
PCNA Group
Director at Large
Majid Pakniat, P.E.
City of Henderson
Past President
Alan R. Ellis, M.B.A., C.B.O.
EduCode Director
Monica Caruso
Executive Director 
Pictured at the SN-ICC table at the Construction Career Day at UNLV, from left, are volunteers Duane Resop of the Clark County School District, Public Outreach Committee Chairman David Goldstein of Geotek and 2nd VP Jim Gerren of Clark County. 
The chapter participated in the recent " Construction Career Day," a joint effort by UNLV's College of Engineering and the Nevada Contractors Association.
The Chapter had a booth where local high school and college students, parents and educators could learn about careers in the code profession.   
The participation in the career fair is part of a broader workforce development effort by the chapter to encourage more young people to chose a career in the code profession. 
The Chapter thanks our members who generously volunteered their time and talents that day to staff the booth -  President Sam Palmer of Clark County, 1st Vice President Terry Kozlowski of the City of North Las Vegas, 2nd Vice President Jim Gerren of Clark County, Public Outreach Committee Chairman David Goldstein of Geotek, Board Member Michael Gentille of PCNA Group, David Cross of the City of Henderson and Duane Resop of the Clark County School District.
SN-ICC plans to participate in additional, upcoming career and job fairs. 
SN-ICC member David Cross of the City of Henderson discusses career opportunities in the code profession with a parent and student who visited the SN-ICC table at the Construction Career Day at UNLV.   
Registration for the next EduCode conference and expo has begun.   
Educode 2019 is scheduled for March 11-15 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino Conference Center. 
Participants can register online or by mailing a completed Registration Form available at the website.
Register by February 4 for the best pricing and course selection. Also, a discounted group rate for rooms at the Orleans Hotel and Casino will be offered until February 6.
Retired Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is featured in the Chapter's new "Preview Las Vegas" promotional video.
President Sam Palmer unveiled at the October Chaper Meeting a new video, produced by the Communications Committee, that will be used to promote attendance to the International Code Council's Annual Business Meeting in October 2019 at the Rio Hotel.
The 2-minute, fast-paced video features numerous images of Las Vegas' tourism attractions and natural wonders. The video premiered this week at the ICC ABM in Richmond, Virginia.
The chapter salutes the Communications Committee, chaired by Cathy Altstatt of Clark County, for this outstanding effort. 
For the video production, Past President and EduCode Director Alan Ellis donned a mobster's attire to channel Bugsy Siegel, a prominent historic character in Southern Nevada's construction industry - best known for building the exponentially over-budget Flamingo Hotel & Casino.   

Girl Scout Tahoe Mack, left, is pictured holding replica of proposed mammoth statute to be erected in North Las Vegas, home of the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, which contains mammoth fossils. Also pictured is Sherri Grotheer, director of Protectors of Tule Springs, a non-profit organization that has joined with Mack on the 'Monumental Mammoth' project.
Following presentations and research, the SN-ICC board has voted to support an unusual and innovative public art project to be constructed in a yet-to-be determined park in North Las Vegas near the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.     
The Chapter is providing administrative support and has pledged a contribution of $2,500 after the City of North Las Vegas issues the permit for the monument's foundation. Several sites in North Las Vegas are being considered.
The mammoth statue will stand nearly 14 feet by 20 feet.  
Tahoe Mack, 17, conceived the idea for the monument for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The project's non-profit partner, Protectors of Tule Springs, is collaborating with Mack to raise the funds and in-kind donations to construct the monument.  
Artists Luis Varela-Rico and Dana Albany will oversee the mammoth statue design and construction. 
Click here to read more about this project, which was featured in a story earlier this month in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
Nevada Commission on Ethics Executive Director Yvonne Nevarez-Goodman spoke at October Chapter Meeting. 
Yvonne Nevarez-Goodman, executive director of the Nevada Commission on Ethics, was the guest speaker at the Chapter Meeting on October 11 at Sierra Gold.
Nevarez-Goodman explained the role of the Nevada Commission on Ethics, an 8-member commission appointed by the governor and Legislative Commission to interpret and enforce the provisions of the Ethics in Government Law set forth in NRS Chapter 281A ("Ethics Law").
She said the Ethics Law establishes the public policy and standards of conduct necessary to ensure the integrity and impartiality of government, free from conflicts of interest between public duties and private interests of state and local public officers and employees.  

Pictured here are Public Outreach Committee Chairman David Goldstein, retired PEF administrator Clarice Donnelly and Presient Sam Palmer.

During the October Chapter Meeting, SN-ICC honored Clarice Donnelly, who retired recently as a longtime administrator at the Public Education Foundation. SN-ICC and PEF partner to award annual scholarships to deserving local high school, college and university students. 

Pictured with President Sam Palmer and Public Outreach Committee Chairman David Goldstein are scholarship winners, and three of our newest Student Members, Mohsen Jahandardoost, Olufemi Olubode and Kazi Tamaddun.

The chapter, through its partnership with the Public Education Foundation, awarded about $35,000 in scholarships to 30 local high school, college and university students several months ago to continue their educations at accredited institutions of higher learning.

Three of those students attended the October Chapter Meeting and were presented with SN-ICC Student Memberships. Congratulations and welcome to these outstanding students!

Congratulations to Monica Gresser of BRAZEN Architecture, winner of the raffle prize of an Olive Garden gift card at the October Chapter Meeting.



Only a few seats remain for the "2018 Uniform Mechanical Code Update" and "2018 Plumbing Code Update" classes scheduled for November 7-8 at the Henderson Inspection Services Building.
SN-ICC and the Southern Nevada Chapter of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials partnered to offer the classes to code professionals who will need to implement or enforce the 2018 codes.


Member Billy Okubo of Interwest Consulting Group gives a thumbs up at the chapter's membership networking mixer at the Mob Museum. 

Chapter members enjoyed good food, drinks and camaraderie at the recent Membership Networking Mixer at the Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas.
Attendees were able to tour the museum at their leisure during the mixer.  
The Chapter thanks the staff at the Mob Museum and Masterpiece Cuisine for their hospitality.  



President Sam Palmer, right, presents Al Ellis with a retirement gift from the chapter - a personalized Vegas Golden Knights jersey.  
Past President and EduCode Director Alan Ellis retired recently from the City of Henderson Building and Fire Safety Department. He will focus on his duties as head of the EduCode International conference and expo, which is set for March 11-15 at the Orleans Hotel. Family, friends and associates gathered earlier this month for a retirement party at McMullen's Irish Pub. Click here to view photos of the retirement party.  
Congratulations to Nat Hodgson, the executive director and CEO of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, who was the winner of a beautiful home in Henderson, valued at $415,000, from St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Hodgson purchased four $100 raffle tickets for the charity drawing that raised more than $1 million for St. Jude's Ranch.  
Click here to see the two Channel 3 news videos about Hodgson winning the home.

The City of Las Vegas issued an Industry Advisory that the Building and Safety Department will be closed for the Nevada Day holiday on Friday, October 26. Builders and contractors must contact the department by October 25 to arrange for inspections on Saturday, October 27. Click here to read the city's Industry Advisory. 
The City of Las Vegas has issued an Industry Advisory about a new queuing system for the Development Services Center. The new "Quick Pass" went into effect October 9. Customers can check in remotely for DSC services to see the number of customers waiting to be served, as well as estimated wait times. Click here to read the city's Industry Advisory. 
The College of Southern Nevada will re-launch its Construction Management - Building Inspection Certificate of Achievement Program in the spring semester, which begins in January.The initial course offering will include classes on the IBC, the IRC, the UPC and the UMC. For more information on this program, contact CSN Professor of Construction Management Doug Nelson at
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a report about ways to keep buildings operational after natural hazards, such as earthquakes and tornadoes. Click here to read the story recommended by Past President Ron Lynn at a recent Chapter Meeting.  


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