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CFI Update



CFI President Matt Sanders recently announced a leadership summit to be held in early 2009. This meeting is intended for all past and present directors, past presidents, and current members to help create a new strategic vision for CFI. Check the CFI Web site at www.carpet9.org for updates as the summit draws closer.

The annual members GIVE BACK volunteer carpet cleaning and Bar-B-Que will be at the Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto, Calif., Feb. 21, 2009. CFI has made a tradition of supporting Ronald McDonald Houses, and would appreciate your participation in this worthy event.

  Chapter News
Orange/Inland Empire – New Chapter Director Graham Bedwell is planning his first chapter meeting to be a mill tour of Royalty Carpet Mills in Irvine. Royalty is the largest independent carpet mill in California, and has always been a great supporter of the CFI.  Technical and Claims Manager Jim Hernandez and his staff will conduct an extensive and informative tour. Date to be announced.

Central Coast – “Lots of plans are in the works” is the word from Chapter Director Rick Lewis, starting with a CFI member benefit “Advanced Two Day Hands On Upholstery Class” just held December 4-5. A closed class available to CFI members only, it was held at Lewis’s new facility, Lewis Carpet Cleaners, 92 East 21st Avenue in San Mateo.

The next chapter meeting will be in San Carlos, Dec. 10, from 6-9 pm. The topic and meeting location is to be announced.

San Diego – Nov. 5 saw a chapter meeting at Mission Janitorial, 2 Activity Road, in San Diego. Guest speaker David Newman, who has been in the flooring industry for over 25 years, shared the do’s and don’ts of flooring estimating, and what to look out for when dealing with various types of floor coverings.

The San Diego breakfast meeting is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at The Original Pancake House, 3906 Convoy St. in San Diego. Beginners and veterans are invited; just pay for your own breakfast and network with other cleaners, restorers, rug cleaners and suppliers. You can gain knowledge on what works and what doesn’t in chemicals, marketing, procedures, machinery, etc. If you are new, come and learn from the pros. Call Chapter Director Gabe Mathews at (619) 454-049.

Arizona – New Chapter Director Norma McCormick reports that her chapter is finishing up a community service project for a non- profit group called Maggie’s Place, a home for unwed mothers.

Nov. 11 was the kickoff of the CFI Master Mind group, a breakfast meeting at the Roadhouse on 24th Street and University in Phoenix. The meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 a.m. Any and all are encouraged to attend for brainstorming on any issues or problems they might be encountering.

  Education
Education Director Peter Sierck will be instructing upcoming IICRC classes to be held at  A+Plus Environmental Supplies, 13535 Marquardt Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670.  To register call (888) 286-8878.

Sierck reports that the September Moisture Mapping class held in Los Angeles was totally booked out, as was a follow-up class in October. The CFI is looking to additional classes in the Bay area and San Diego in early 2009. The course fees are reduced for CFI members.

  New CFI Address
The new CFI mailing address is P.O. Box 758, Escondido, CA 92033. There is also a new fax line:  (760) 746-7891.  The main phone and message number remains (800) CARPET9  (800-227-7389) and the Web site address remains www.carpet9.org.  

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