The Chicago SFPE chapter meeting on December 16th served a dual purpose. First, it was a holiday celebration at Maggiano’s in the River North area of Chicago (516 N. Clark Street). Delicious food was served. Memories were refreshed. Door prizes were awarded. It was a festive event for all who attended.

Second, this was the Annual Business Meeting of the Chapter, so elections were held. Nominees were Nick Ozog of RJA for President; Dan Fritz of XL for Vice President; Matt Humbrecht of Phoenix Fire for Treasurer; Kelly Opert of Liberty Mutual for Secretary. Terry Pintar of RJA for Past President; Amanda Beck of Primera and Josh Greene of RJA as Directors. The slate was elected unanimously by the quorum of Chapter membership present at the meeting.

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Newly elected officers, from left to right: Dan Fritz, VP; Terry Pintar, past President; Nick Ozog, President; Matt Humbrecht, Treasurer; and Kelly Opert, Secretary

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George Laverick,retiring from Underwriters Laboratories on February 28, 2014

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Bert Cohn will be turning over his duties as Webmaster to John Mammoser in 2014

Terry Pintar also reviewed the 2013 accomplishments of the Chicago chapter. Prominent among those is winning the Gold chapter award (again) ranking the Chapter among the very best within all SFPE International chapters. Terry also reviewed the many Chapter activities during the year. One sad note was the recent passing of longtime Chapter member Bob Pikula to cancer.

It was announced that Longtime Chapter member George Laverick will retire after 40 years at UL in February 2014.

Bert Cohn was also recognized for his work as the Webmaster, as he will be turning over his duties to John Mammoser later this year. The Chapter thanks Bert for his many years of dedicated service.

Next up in 2014 is the annual Fire Service meeting at the William Tell restaurant in LaGrange IL. At that meeting, the Chapter will name its 2013 Finnegan and Freeman Award winners. See you there!

(writeup by Thomas Gray, photos by Joseph Talbert, edited & submitted by K. Mniszewski, 12/20/13)